National Databank seeks to tackle data poverty

The Good Things Foundation is working with Virgin Media O2 to launch the National Databank, a ÂŁ12.5m scheme that aims to ensure fewer people face digital exclusion as a result of poverty.

The scheme, which will help get 200k people connected by the end of 2023, will enable more equal access to mobile data in an increasingly digital society, so more people can access up-to-date information on health and wellbeing, as well as information about training and employment opportunities.

The National Databank is supported by 7.5mn gigabytes of O2 mobile data, which will be distributed through SIM cards and data vouchers. It is currently in a pilot phase, and community organisations are invited to get involved by joining the Online Centres Network. To find out more about the scheme and join the network, visit the Good Things Foundation website.