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Digital Challenge

Volume 461: debated on Tuesday 12 June 2007

27. To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will make a statement on the digital challenge. (141614)

The digital challenge is a cross-Government initiative to address social exclusion and community deprivation through the use of digital technology. The winner Sunderland is hosting a major conference in July to showcase its progress, and all 10 regional finalists continue to work with my Department as regional champions. They are developing key projects including community support for digital inclusion, the ‘Homeshoring’ call centre model to create jobs in deprived areas and work to explore the environmental impact of technology.