NZ to establish digital advisory group


Tuesday, 19 December, 2017


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A digital advisory group will be established by the New Zealand government to assist in building the digital economy and reducing digital divides.

The advisory group will bring immediate focus and a plan to ensure all New Zealanders have affordable access to digital services, and the motivation, skills and trust to fully participate in the digital world.

Its first task will be to provide advice to the government on the development of a blueprint for digital inclusion and digital enablement.

“I’m committed to reducing the gap between the digital ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’. This group will help us achieve that,” said Clare Curran, Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media and Government Digital Services Minister.

“Digital technology is changing the way Kiwis live their lives, affecting the way we do business, work and interact with each other and our communities. Given the pace at which our world is changing, we need to ensure no-one is left behind.

“I’m also keen for the group to consider possible future scenarios and identify what’s needed from government to enable everyone — businesses and individuals — to take advantage of the opportunities provided by digital technology.”

There will be up to 15 people in the group, with the ability to bring in additional members or expertise to address particular issues. It will reflect New Zealand’s diverse communities and include all age groups and ethnicities, including perspectives from Māori.

“Genuine collaboration is needed if we are serious about increasing productivity, growing the digital economy and reducing the digital divides. That’s why I haven’t predetermined the group’s membership and am seeking the best thinkers across the community,” said Curran.

“I want to harness the enthusiasm and great work that’s already happening across the country, and to see what we can deliver together for New Zealanders.”

Expressions of interest close on 31 January 2018. Terms of reference and an application form are available at: http://www.mbie.govt.nz/info-services/science-innovation/digital-economy/dedimag.

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