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Digital Inclusion: Why is it important for local government?
Digital Inclusion: Why is it important for local government?
Digital Inclusion: Why is it important for local government?
Digital Inclusion: Why is it important for local government?
Digital Inclusion: Why is it important for local government?
Digital Inclusion: Why is it important for local government?
Digital Inclusion: Why is it important for local government?
Digital Inclusion: Why is it important for local government?
Digital Inclusion: Why is it important for local government?
Digital Inclusion: Why is it important for local government?
Digital Inclusion: Why is it important for local government?
Digital Inclusion: Why is it important for local government?
Digital Inclusion: Why is it important for local government?
Digital Inclusion: Why is it important for local government?
Digital Inclusion: Why is it important for local government?
Digital Inclusion: Why is it important for local government?
Digital Inclusion: Why is it important for local government?
Digital Inclusion: Why is it important for local government?
Digital Inclusion: Why is it important for local government?
Digital Inclusion: Why is it important for local government?
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Digital Inclusion: Why is it important for local government?

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Why is digital inclusion an important consideration for local government? From a presentation to the Association of Local Government Information Managers, ALGIM, November 2008.

Why is digital inclusion an important consideration for local government? From a presentation to the Association of Local Government Information Managers, ALGIM, November 2008.

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  • 1. Digital Inclusion Why is it important for local government?
  • 2. Disability is the process which happens when one group of people create barriers by designing a world only for their way of living, taking no account of the impairments other people have.
  • 3. Print disability ( New Zealand Copyright Act 1994)
    • a person has a print disability if he or she—
    • (a) Is blind; or
    • (b) Suffers severe impairment of his or her sight; or
    • (c) Is unable to hold or manipulate books; or
    • (d) Is unable to focus or move his or her eyes; or
    • (e) Suffers a handicap with respect to visual perception.
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  • 8. Inclusion builds participation
    • Social and cultural
    • Education including life-long learning
    • Meaningful employment and business interactions
  • 9. 2006 Census: median income vs highest qualification received
  • 10. Inclusive communications
    • Maximise audience, reduce costs
    • Control accuracy of information and consistency of branding
    • Social responsibility – build internal and external confidence
  • 11. e-Government
    • New Zealand Government Web Standards and Recommendations v1.0 http://www.e.govt.nz/
    • Strong focus on inclusive design
    • Linked with cross-government Digital Strategy: http://www.digitalstrategy.govt.nz
  • 12. Disability Strategy
    • Cross-government
    • “ a framework for removing barriers to disabled people's full participation in society”
    • Government departments report annually on progress towards inclusion
  • 13. UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
    • … States Parties shall take appropriate measures to ensure to persons with disabilities access, on an equal basis with others, … to information and communications, including information and communications technologies and systems … From Article 9, Accessibility
  • 14. Human Rights Act 1993
    • It is unlawful to discriminate on the basis of disability in any of the prohibited areas of public life.
    • Reasonable accommodation. If a person requires special services or facilities and it is not reasonable to provide these, then the provider or employer need not provide them.
  • 15. Web standards
    • HTML is designed for universal access
    • “ The power of the Web is in its universality. Access by everyone regardless of disability is an essential aspect.” - Tim Berners-Lee, director of the Word Wide Web Consortium and inventor of the World Wide Web.
  • 16. Accessible = searchable
  • 17. Accessible = usable
    • “ The results support accessible design as universal design, of benefit to all users, independent of disability.” - The Benefit of Accessible Design for Able-Bodied Users of the World Wide Web, http://atri.misericordia.edu/Papers/ Web_Accessibility.php
  • 18. Accessible = flexible
  • 19. Accessible = flexible
  • 20. Why is digital inclusion important?
    • Moral: it’s the right thing to do
    • Socio-economic: it increases participation
    • Professional: it allows consistent communications with a broader audience
    • Legal: it’s required
    • Technical: it’s a better way of doing things

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