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Activities: What are the activities that matter most for digital inclusion?

What people do online provides insight into the extent that the internet and associated technologies are integrated into their lives. While many commentators concentrate on people’s use of the internet for entertainment the internet has become a key technology for people to stay in touch with friends and families, participate in their communities, undertake transactions, look for jobs and participate in education. We need to identify a number of key uses that best indicate whether Australian’s are maximising the potential of the internet in their everyday lives.

Some key questions

  • What are the activities that matter most for digital inclusion?
  • What are the activities that are critical to social inclusion more broadly?
  • How we should factor proxy use into digital inclusion (ie people who access the internet through others)?

Sample indicators

  • Proportion of the population who use the internet daily
  • Proportion of the population who use the internet for education
  • Proportion of the population who use the internet to find basic information (e.g. movie times, bus times, opening hours of a business)
  • Proportion of the population who use the internet to interact with government
  • Proportion of the population use the internet to shop online
  • Proportion of the population who use the internet to connect with friends or families

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