Ofcom’s Media Literacy e-bulletin – September

The September edition of Ofcom’s e-bulletin has just been published.

Selected features:

  • NIACE’s analysis of the Digital Britain Report
  • Futurelab call for ideas (for new ways of learning)
  • Media Literacy teacher training resources from the Media Education Association
  • Young people want advice about online privacy
  • Northern Ireland – WIMPS mobile launched (Where is My Public Servant)
  • European Media Literacy Conference – 21 to 24 October

The full e-bulletin can be accessed on the Ofcom website.

Also, Martha Lane Fox, Champion for Digital Inclusion, will be launching ‘Race Online for 2012’ week commencing 12 October.  This is a challenge to get disadvantaged people online in time f or the Olympics.  Follow her on twitter for the latest on this and other news.

Lord Carter speaking on his Digital Britain report

Here are two youtube videos of Lord Carter speaking on his Digital Britian report.  There are six in total on youtube.

A users guide to Digital Britain

Increasing online participation

Digital Britain: Implications for adult learners and providers

NIACE are organising an event on the 24th of July in Leicester to discuss the Digital Britain report.


… to air both the opportunities and challenges for adult learners that NIACE has identified within the Digital Britain report.


… anyone with a professional or personal interest in the impact of digital technologies on the future of adult learning in Britain – including adult learning practitioners across all sectors, policymakers and opinion-formers, strategists and managers.

To find out more or book a place visit the NIACE events page.

Digital Britain – The Final Report

Tuesday saw the publication of the Digital Britain report which outlines the actions needed to remain competitive and inclusive in a digital future.

The foreword notes:

It offers a strategic view of the sector, backed by a programme of action:

  • to complement and assist the private sector in delivering the effective modern communications infrastructure we need, built on new digital technologies;
  • to enable Britain to be a global centre for the creative industries in the digital age, delivering an ever wider range of quality content, including public service content, within a clear and fair legal framework;
  • to ensure that people have the capabilities and skills to flourish in the digital economy, and that all can participate in digital society; and
  • for government to continue to modernise and improve its service to the taxpayer through digital procurement and the digital delivery of public services.

The third point is encouraging for the promotion of media literacy amongst those who still have to fully embrace the new digital world.  Chapter 6 titled “Research, Education and Skills for Digital Britain” expands further on this point and references the issue of “basic ICT skills”.

The Prime Minister said:

Digital Britain is about giving the country the tools to succeed and lead the way in the economy of the future.

Investing in areas such as broadband access for every home and business and the move from analogue to digital technology will bring benefits across the board, driving growth, enabling businesses to thrive, and providing new opportunities and choices for households right across the country. It is an essential part of building Britain’s future.

I’ve listed a range of articles and posts commenting on the new report – all with their own different viewpoints:

Please post any other relevant links or comments you may have.