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Digital divide

May 18 2009
The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) believes homeless people need to be given broadband John Prescott's office produced a report at the start of November that said the use of the internet should be increased amongst the homeless to aid searching for jobs and accommodation. This move is aimed only at people in hostels, which are encouraged to connect to broadband. Unfortunately, the scheme has not gone as far as providing laptops with wi-fi to rough sleepers, but the ODPM's social exclusion unit believe that having an email address could be the first step to finding a place to live (if you want it). This move to cross the 'digital divide' has not gone without criticism that it's a cheap fix, but it is backed by Crisis, which is developing a 'virtual life portfolio', which will enable people to store important documents online.
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