Open Government – 9 million adults in the UK yet to use the Internet

Microsoft was a major supporter of this week’s Race Online 2012 announcement to accelerate the campaign to provide all UK citizens with the opportunity to experience and use the internet, safely, to improve their digital skills, communicate online and take advantage of the many financial savings that are only available online.

There are nine million adults in the UK, across the age and socio-economic spectrum, who have yet to take advantage of all the benefits that the internet offers. Microsoft is supporting the campaign very pragmatically by working with our authorised refurbisher partners and broadband providers to offer fully-functioning, internet-ready, Windows 7 PCs from under £100 (eligibility criteria apply) via our portal:


The initiative is supported by 100,000 digital champions (volunteers) from a wide variety of organisations including Mecca Bingo, Post Offices, Local Libraries and Scouts who will provide help and assistance to encourage newcomers to PCs and the Internet to get online, gain confidence and be aware of how to protect their information and identity online. The Government digital champion Martha Lane Fox hopes they will "engage people with the joys of being on the internet".

An additional important requirement for the initiative to succeed is a steady flow of donated PCs that can be professionally refurbished and made available to citizens as part of the programme. If your organisation has any number of suitable PCs (see system specification at then please do contact us via the ‘Donate Now’ button on the website.

Posted by Ian

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