The Data Poverty Lab
We set up the Data Poverty Lab with Nominet in 2021 to find sustainable solutions to data poverty. Together, we want to make the internet affordable for people on low incomes and free for people on very low incomes.
What is the Data Poverty Lab?
The internet is essential. It enables work, friendships, healthcare and more.
But for too many people, it is unaffordable, with two million people struggling to afford their internet access (Ofcom, 2022).
As the cost-of-living crisis bites and people prioritise energy and food, there is a real risk that people will be forced offline.
We set up the Data Poverty Lab with Nominet in 2021 to find sustainable solutions to data poverty.
Together, we want to make the internet affordable for people on low incomes and free for people on very low incomes.
What we're doing to make the internet more affordable
Data Poverty Lab Fellowship
Nominet and Good Things Foundation are proud to launch the Data Poverty Lab Fellowship scheme to explore sustainable solutions to data poverty.
CHESS: Co-defining what counts as a ‘good’ solution to data poverty
Our Policy and Research Officer, Tom McGrath, presents our findings from the Data Poverty Lab about what makes a 'good' solution to data poverty.
Developing a New Benchmark: A Minimum Digital Living Standard
What is the basic 'basket' of digital goods, services and skills that different households need to live in a digital world? This briefing outlines the first stages of our research.
The Data Poverty Lab has built the foundations which will tackle unaffordable internet in the UK. We’ve done this by:
- Developing the UK’s first National Databank, supported by Virgin Media O2;
- Launching the Data Poverty Lab Fellowships scheme – to stimulate fresh thinking, advocacy and action on data poverty;
- Partnering with APLE Collective to co-design solutions with people with lived experience of data poverty;
- Supporting the APPG on Data Poverty for immediate policy action;
- Engaging senior leaders in national, regional, and local government.
Kat Dixon is a research fellow with the Data Poverty Lab. Over three months, she’s investigating community-led initiatives which enable good access to the internet for people experiencing...
Building a Minimum Digital Living Standard
What is the basic ‘basket’ of digital goods, services and skills that different households need in the UK to live in a digital world? In 2021, the Nuffield Foundation awarded a research grant for a ‘proof of concept’ study to establish a benchmark for a Minimum Digital Living Standard for households – starting with urban households with children.
The project is led by the University of Liverpool with Loughborough University, City University, Critical Research and Good Things Foundation. And, in Wales with funding from the Welsh Government, with Cwmpas and Digital Inclusion Alliance Wales to support research into a Minimum Digital Living Standard for Wales. Nominet is providing additional funding so young people’s perspectives are included.