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Digital Britain means digital inclusion, says minister

Access to the latest technology has an important role in supporting people through the economic downturn, says minister for Digital Inclusion Paul Murphy.

Access to the latest technology has an important role in supporting people through the economic downturn, says minister for Digital Inclusion Paul Murphy.

Murphy was speaking after the government published its interim report on "Digital Britain", which lays out the government's blueprint for the growth of the British digital economy and universal broadband access.

Stressing the importance of improving access for everyone to the latest technology, Murphy said, "Digital Britain outlines some important issues around the regulatory and technical aspects of creating a digital Britain. Through the digital inclusion agenda we are focused on the social benefits which this new technology brings, and its potential to tackle social issues and enhance life chances and opportunities.

"Across government we will now be working together to ensure that the social and equalities aspect of the digital agenda develop alongside the economic aspects outlined in Digital Britain.

In October, Murphy published the Digital Inclusion Action Plan for consultation, which included the proposal for an independent Digital Inclusion Champion.

Murphy will be announcing the new champion this spring, who will work as a high-profile public figure to raise the profile of this agenda, gaining support from industry, the public sectors, and central government.

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