What would be needed for New Zealand to increase the amount that ICT contributes to GDP so that it is the second largest contributor to the economy by 2025?\nAn advisory group is to be set up to advise the Government on how it can build the digital economy and reduce digital divides.\n\u201cI\u2019m committed to reducing the gap between the digital \u2018haves\u2019 and \u2018have nots\u2019. This group will help us achieve that,\u201d says Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media and Government Digital Services Minister, Clare Curran.\n\u201cDigital technology is changing the way Kiwis live their lives, affecting the way we do business, work, and interact with each other and our communities. Given the pace at which our world is changing, we need to ensure no-one is left behind.\n\u201cThe advisory group will bring immediate focus and a plan to ensure all Kiwis have affordable access to digital services, and the motivation, skills and trust to fully participate in our digital world.\u201d\nExpressions of interest close on 31 January 2018.\nIts first task will be to provide advice to the Government on the development of a blueprint for digital inclusion and digital enablement.\nCurran cited the formation of the advisory group as among the priorities in her first 100 days of office.\nCurran says some of the key questions for the Digital Economy and Digital Inclusion Advisory Group to consider are:\nWhat is the current state of the ICT sector and ICT capability throughout the economy, society, and government?What would be needed for New Zealand to: Increase its position relative to other countries in measures like the Networked Readiness index and increase the amount that ICT contributes to GDP so that it is the second largest contributor to the economy by 2025?What are the possible future scenarios and their relative merits?What would be required to achieve an optimal future state?How might we most effectively work together to build our digital economy, improve productivity and increase the economic benefits of the internet?How might we better understand the \u2018digital divides\u2019 between people who can have access to the internet and can use digital tools, and those who do not?What would it take to eliminate digital divides by 2020?How might we identify develop the skill sets needed for the work of the future?Do we need to take steps to accelerate\/optimise infrastructure rollouts such as UFBl\/2\/2+, RBl2 and 5G? If so, what steps could and should we take?How should government evolve its own ICT use in sectors where it plays a prominent role, such as health, education and justice?\nCurran says there will be up to 15 people in the group, with the ability to bring in additional members or expertise to address particular issues. \n\u201cI\u2019m particularly keen for it to reflect New Zealand\u2019s diverse communities and to include all age groups and ethnicities, including perspectives from M?ori,\u201d she says.\n\u201cGenuine collaboration is needed if we are serious about increasing productivity, growing the digital economy and reducing the digital divides. That\u2019s why I haven\u2019t pre-determined the group\u2019s membership and am seeking the best thinkers across the community."\nSend news tips and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org\nFollow CIO New Zealand on Twitter:@cio_nz\nJoin us on Facebook.