The Digital Poverty Alliance (DPA) is set to host a pivotal event on 4 June 2024, at the historic Fratry Hall within Carlisle Cathedral, marking the unveiling of its updated National Delivery Plan (NDP) and the official launch of its Charter for Digital Inclusion.

The updated NDP builds on the latest research and stakeholder feedback, focusing on key areas such as advancing affordability of connectivity, enhancing media literacy, especially with the rise of AI, and broadening access to digital services such as healthcare. In light of the upcoming general election, the DPA is amplifying its advocacy efforts to ensure digital inclusion is front and centre in national policy discussions.

Elizabeth Anderson, CEO of the Digital Poverty Alliance, emphasised, “This crucial election year intensifies our determination. We are advocating to ensure the voices of those impacted by digital poverty influence policy decisions. We also recognise that no one sector can end digital poverty alone, so launching our Charter for Digital Inclusion at this time is a strategic call to action for every organisation to embed digital inclusivity within how they work.”

The event will showcase keynote presentations from DPA leadership and industry experts, alongside panel discussions that explore innovative strategies for making connectivity more affordable and digital engagement safer and more secure.

The newly introduced Charter for Digital Inclusion, which has already garnered support from a broad spectrum of sectors, encourages organisations of all sizes to commit to actionable goals that promote digital inclusivity. This commitment underscores the DPA’s focus on fostering robust partnerships and securing pledges that lead to tangible results.

“Digital access is essential,” Anderson noted. “Every facet of our lives incorporates a digital element, and the only way to address this pervasive issue is through collective effort. It is imperative that digital inclusion becomes a universal priority.”

Further addressing the need for strategic change, the updated NDP introduces a roadmap that accentuates the potential of new technologies, such as open roaming and mesh networks, to address longstanding challenges in connectivity and affordability. The plan also prioritises media literacy, highlighting the need for trust and safety in the age of AI, and explores the intersection of healthcare access and digital exclusion, with a focus on potentially saving thousands of lives through enhanced health literacy among seniors.

The DPA invites all interested parties to join this landmark event and contribute to a movement ensuring no individual or family is left behind in our digital age.