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PM backs Race Online 2012 campaign

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Prime Minister David Cameron has given his support to the Race Online 2012 campaign as it published its annual report today.

External site: Manifesto for a networked nation

The campaign, which is the brainchild of the government’s Digital Champion Martha Lane Fox, encourages public, private and charitable organisations to sign up to help some of the 10 million adults in the UK who have never used the internet to get online.

Read the report “Manifesto for a Networked Nation

The report recommends potential steps that both the government and the commercial sector could make to get everyone in the UK online.

The PM hosted a reception for those involved in the campaign at Number 10. Speaking to the guests, he said:

If we want to avoid this new gulf between information rich and information poor, between the connected and the unconnected, we have just simply got to get everybody connected to the internet and make sure they are sharing in this information rich age.

He added:

I want to give this all the support I can… to make Britain the most connected, the most wired up, the most digitally-advanced country there can be.

Race Online 2012 was launched in March 2010 and has already signed up more than 400 partners who have promised to help 1.5 million new people go online.