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New research from the London School of Economics (LSE) has found that there is still a digital underclass forming in Britain.

New research from the London School of Economics (LSE) has found that there is still a digital underclass forming in Britain.

The research, undertaken by Dr Ellen Helsper, shows those unemployed or those with lower levels of education are less likely to use the internet and less digitally skilled - despite gains made in the last several years.  Gaps based on education and employment persist independent of age or other characteristics, and it’s therefore a problem unlikely to go away even with better infrastructure or as younger generations grow up.

The report also argues that the roll out of high speed broadband does not automatically lead to increased use. It suggests that current the policy on infrastructure may lead to the persistance of this digital underclass and have rammifications for government plans to make services ‘digital by default.’

Read the full report here.

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