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Birmingham searches for the digital family

Antony Savvas

A Birmingham family will soon begin a year-long experiment to demonstrate the difference digital technology can make to everyday life.

Digital Birmingham, the organisation charged with ensuring the benefits of digital technologies can be experienced by all in the city, has joined forces with the Birmingham Mail paper to launch the search for Birmingham's digital family.

The initiative is supported by BT, which is providing a range of equipment for the winning family to use throughout their digital test.

They will be invited to make the most out of BT broadband, BT Vision digital TV, wireless connectivity, security software, and the latest telephones and webcams, to learn and develop their skills and teach other family members along the way.

"While many people are switched on to everything digital technology can offer, it is still a minefield for some who may think W-iFi is a fancy stereo system and broadband a hair accessory," said Birmingham City Council deputy leader Paul Tilsley, who heads up the Digital Birmingham partnership.

The plan is for the family to have their own blog on the Birmingham Mail website and the paper will post regular updates on their progress towards digital expertise.

The winning family will be announced at the end of June.





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