Digital Exclusion Campaign Video Project

HEAR Digital Exclusion Campaign Video Project

Over the past few years, prior to the Covid pandemic, during and immediately after, HEAR members, through support from funding by Trust for London, produced a set of powerful written case studies to illustrate a whole range of issues around digital exclusion and digital poverty.

Now some of the contributors are taking part in an exciting project to produce short videos, based on the issues raised in their case studies and new emerging priorities, learning new skills through working with our partners Superhighways, skills which will help them in future campaigning work and add to their organisational capacity. Again we are grateful to Trust for London for funding this exciting work, and we will be launching some of the first videos very soon, so watch out for this soon!

As an insight into one of the contributions, from Community Action to Inspire Hope, here are some thoughts from the group on the impact of digital exclusion that inspired their video:

"We agreed on the theme of lack of agency of digitally excluded people in the discussions/ policy responses to 'include' them.

This theme is manifested into the antithesis of light and darkness in the (digital) sphere, and reflected by the two contrasting sides of the video.

Digitally excluded People expect policy makers to have a clear understanding of what's happening in this dark unknown. ... and they are the ones 'with the light', e.g. resources + technical knowledge.

But when we's revealed that they struggle to see the issue clearly. Perhaps they lack the perspectives of the excluded, those being left behind by the digital transformation."

The full piece from which this is taken, and the video, along with others from the project, will be available soon.

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HEAR Equality and Human Rights Network is a network of voluntary and community sector organisations across London working for equality, rights and social justice and against discrimination. We are currently funded by City Bridge Trust, Trust for London and the National Lottery.

Under our Bridging Divides funding we work to ensure that specialist equality and human rights groups, particularly the smaller and user led ones, and the Londoners they work with, can connect and work together across London and across equality specialisms. With our members we work to make equality issues central in local and regional decision making, and to raise awareness and work more closely with universities, think tanks, professional bodies and business. This funding also supports our core activities as a network: regular bulletins and information provision, knowledge sharing, signposting, website and networking.

The Trust for London project funds our Policy and Campaigns work, which supports organisations to campaign together on equality and rights issues of joint importance. Currently campaigns are focused around support for Deaf and disabled refugees and asylum seekers and Digital Exclusion and we are currently developing a theme with members on Decent Homes as a Human Right. We lead for Disabled customers on the National Asylum Stakeholder Forum Equality Sub-Group, who work alongside the Home Office to ensure the rights of asylum seekers are protected, and established and used to host Charities Challenging Hate Crime, the London pan equality hate crime network.

In the NetEquality project, funded by the National Lottery Community Fund Reaching Communities, through the Cornerstone Fund, dozens of smaller user-led and ‘grass roots’ equality groups and equality partners in London are working together. Over an initial two years, to mid 2021, we will design, test and pilot exciting new ways to use networking and online tools to strengthen our connections and quickly and easily share information and knowledge. We will be exploring ways to join up our voices for solidarity and influence and for more coordinated, effective campaigning to fight discrimination and improve equality in London. Through Stronger Together, funded by Awards for All, we provide activities and support for individual campaigners and those in the smaller, user-led and grass roots groups.
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