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Our Digital Planet exhibition: The power of the internet in pictures arrives in Glasgow

Glasgow residents urged to get online

New statistics launched by Nominet Trust and Oxford Internet Institute (OII) reveal worrying misconceptions amongst people in Scotland about the internet. The data coincides with the launch of an exhibition in Glasgow designed to encourage people to think differently about the internet. Of the 36% people in this area who do not use the internet, it is perhaps unsurprising that 53% feel they are better off without it.[1]

To dispel some of the negative myths of the internet and encourage more Glasgow people online, Our Digital Planet, an exhibition showcasing 24 powerful images demonstrating the power of the internet to change our lives for the better, is coming to Glasgow, Sauchiehall Street from Wednesday 7th November until Monday 26th November.

Nominet Trust is hoping the exhibition will address negative perceptions of the internet. During the exhibition visitors who have never used the internet, or those who are not so confident, will have the opportunity to get online with guided and friendly support from local organisations including, Glasgow City Council, Glasgow’s Regeneration Agency, Glasgow Life and Glasgow Housing Association.

Brian Smith receiving his prize at the Our Digital Planet compeititon
The exhibition includes an image submitted by amateur photographer Brian Smith from Clackmannanshire, Scotland following a UK-wide competition that invited the public to share what the internet means to them via photography. The winning image entitled Cloud computing provides a view on the world from Brian’s alfresco office – where he enjoys a pleasant afternoon working in the sunshine while listening to digital radio all thanks to the internet.

The combination of these iconic images and the onsite internet station, aims to challenge the views of the 22%[2] of people in Scotland who believe the internet fails in times of need.

Annika Small Nominet Trust CEO commented:

“The internet is the single most powerful social tool that we have ever had. It can alleviate isolation among the elderly, bring together communities around a common cause, provide a platform for new businesses to get off the ground and give easy access to a whole range of services. 

However, despite its contribution to our society, 7.8 million of the UK’s population still either don’t have access to the internet or choose not to use it.

Our Digital Planet showcases examples of exactly how the internet has helped to change our lives for the better. Through this exhibition and by providing people with guided opportunities to get online, we are encouraging people of all ages and circumstances to discover how the internet can help them.”

Councillor Jonathan Findlay, Chair of Glasgow’s Regeneration Agency states: “Our organisation works tirelessly to make the people of Glasgow competitive in the jobs market, both in and beyond the city. An important aspect in gaining this competitive advantage is through developing an understanding of using a computer and the internet. 

The internet is a powerful tool that not only breaks down social boundaries but allows individuals a greater freedom to develop their learning, advance their careers and become financially better off through having the ability to source a wide range of services and goods at competitive prices.

The Skills and Learning team at GRA have developed tailor-made courses for unemployed individuals who have no experience in using a computer. Our dedicated advisers can take the individual from the very basics of switching on a computer to opening an email account, sending emails, CV writing, completing application forms and applying for job vacancies online. 

We are pleased to be working in partnership with Nominet Trust on the ‘Our Digital Planet’ exhibition in Glasgow and look forward to supporting those who need assistance in getting online.”

Jan Bridge from Wecommunic8 said: “Wecommunic8 is thrilled to be partnering with Nominet Trust in order to bring Our Digital Planet to the public. It’s been a great project to work on sourcing some of the most compelling examples of the many different ways that the internet has bettered our lives.  We believe that the exhibition together with the internet station will spur non users to get online and discover the huge benefits the internet can offer.”

[1] Oxford Internet Survey 2011: http://microsites.oii.ox.ac.uk/oxis

[2] Oxford Internet Survey 2011: http://microsites.oii.ox.ac.uk/oxis