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We must leave no-one behind

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(A white background appears then black text stating “Digital Council for Aotearoa New Zealand” appears as upbeat music plays, this text then fades away. A black line then appears in the middle of the screen, above the line text appears “Mitchell Pham, Chair” and below the line “On the role of the Digital Council for Aotearoa New Zealand”. Music fades slightly to become faint background noise.) “The Digital Council's job is to advise government ministers…” (The speaker appears facing the screen, from the waist upwards and is slightly angled towards the left, white banner appears across the bottom of the screen which states “Digital Council for Aotearoa New Zealand” in the left-hand side and “Mitchell Pham, Chair, Digital Council” on the right side of the banner.) “on issues and opportunities and challenges…” (The camera zooms in showing the speaker from shoulders upwards, slightly angled towards the left.) “that really matters to New Zealanders, to our economy and to our society.” (The banner disappears from the bottom of the screen.) “For me and the rest of the team at the Digital Council…” (The camera zooms out to show the speaker from the waist up placed towards the right of the screen.) “it is really important that... (The camera zooms in showing the speaker from the shoulders upwards, slightly angled towards the left.) “as New Zealand continues to advance digitally…” (The camera zooms out to show the speaker from the waist up placed towards the right of the screen.) “with digital and data driven technologies, that the whole of our society…” (The camera zooms in showing the speaker from the shoulders upwards, slightly angled towards the left.) “and the whole of our economy is able to participate and benefit from all the…” (The camera zooms out to show the speaker from the waist up placed towards the right of the screen.) “possibilities that can come from technologies.” (The camera zooms in showing the speaker from shoulders upwards, slightly angled towards the left.) “And it is absolutely crucial that we must leave no one behind.” (A white background appears, upbeat music increases in volume, then black line then appears in the middle of the screen, above the line text appears “Nikora Ngaropo, Digital Council” and below the line “On the importance of digital inclusion”. Music fades slightly to become faint background noise.) “I think it is vital that everybody is included in our digital future.” (The speaker appears facing the screen, from the top of the shoulders upwards and is slightly angled towards the right.) “We have so many underrepresented communities here in Aotearoa.” (A white banner appears across the bottom of the screen which states “Digital Council for Aotearoa New Zealand” in the left hand side and “Nikora Ngaropo, Digital Council, Te Rararawa, Tūhoe, Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahunguru, Ngā Phui” on the right side of the banner.) “So part of the Digital Council and part of the reason why it’s important is to be able to bring everybody along…” (The white banner disappears from the bottom of the screen. The camera zooms out to show the speaker sitting down from the waist up, seated towards the left side of the screen angled towards the right, making slight hand gestures as he is speaking.) “every community, every person at every level. (A white background appears, then a black line appears in the middle of the screen, above the line text appears “Roger Dennis, Digital Council” and below the line “On the diversity of the Digital Council”.) “The interesting thing about the Digital Council is the diversity of people on the council.” (The speaker appears facing the screen, from the shoulders upwards and is slightly angled towards the left. A white banner appears across the bottom of the screen which states “Digital Council for Aotearoa New Zealand” on the left hand side and “Roger Dennis, Digital Council” on the right side of the banner.) “And the fact that we’re giving advice directly to Ministers in an unfiltered way.” (The banner at the bottom of the screen disappears. The camera zooms out to show the speaker sitting on a chair placed towards the left side of the screen, with the speaker angled towards the left making slight hand gestures as he is speaking.) “The combined experience and the breadth of the networks…” (The camera zooms in to show the speaker from the shoulders upwards, in the middle of the screen, and slightly angled towards the left.) “that Council members bring is one of the key reasons I decided to be a part of this.” (The camera zooms out to show the speaker sitting on a chair is placed towards the left side of the screen, with the speaker angled towards the left making slight hand gestures as he is speaking.) “It’s not just a group of pale, male and stale people…” (The camera zooms in to show the speaker from the shoulders upwards, in the middle of the screen, and slightly angled towards the left.) “getting together and exacerbating the current situation.” (A white background appears, then a black line then appears in the middle of the screen, above the line text appears “Colin Gavaghan, Digital Council” and below the line “On the Council’s latest research project”.) “The first focus for our research is going to be on what we call automated decision-making.” (The speaker appears facing the screen, from the shoulders upwards and is slightly angled towards the left.) “What on earth is that? Well, it's actually a whole family of things.” (The camera zooms out and shows the speaker sitting down, angled towards the left. The speaker is making slight hand gestures as he is speaking. A white banner appears across the bottom of the screen which states “Digital Council for Aotearoa New Zealand” in the left hand side and “Colin Gavaghan, Digital Council” on the right side of the banner.) “It’s a whole umbrella term that covers a range of different decisions that are made at least partly by automated processes. Sometimes with humans involved as well.” (The banner that appeared at the bottom of the screen disappears and the camera zooms in to show the speaker from the shoulders upwards and slightly angled towards the left.) “Sometimes largely by machines. Now they can range from pretty trivial things…” (The camera zooms out and shows the speaker sitting down, angled towards the left. The speaker is making slight hand gestures as he is speaking.) “like what you get recommended to watch on Netflix, all the way up to the most important decisions in our lives.” (The camera zooms in to show the speaker from the very top of the shoulders upwards and slightly angled towards the left.) “Decisions about whether people get jobs, immigration status, whether people get released from prison, or whether children are removed from families.” (A white background appears, then black line then appears in the middle of the screen, above the line text appears “Marianne Elliott, Digital Council” and below the line “On what the research will tell us”.) “Although there has been a lot of research done on automated decision making generally…” (The speaker appears facing the screen, sitting down and is slightly angled towards the right. Speaker is making slight hand gestures as she is speaking.) “there has not been very much research about what ordinary people in particular and…” (A white banner appears across the bottom of the screen which states “Digital Council for Aotearoa New Zealand” in the left hand side and “Marianne Elliott, Digital Council” on the right side of the banner.) “particularly people who have an experience of exclusion and inequality, what they think about this technology.” (The banner that appears at the bottom of the screen disappears.) “What it would take for them to feel confident and comfortable about its use. So there is this real gap. The exciting thing for me is the next step of our research is going to fill that gap.” (The camera zooms in to show the speaker from the shoulders upwards on the left side of the screen and slightly angled towards the right.) “Ultimately the goal of the research work is to ensure that when we advise government around how to make sure we maximise the benefits of these technologies.” (The camera angle zooms out to show the speaker sitting down and angled to the right. Speaker is making slight hand gestures as she is speaking.) “That, that advice is informed both by the best literature we could access…” (The camera zooms in to show the speaker from the shoulders upwards and slightly angled towards the right.) “But more importantly by the perspectives of people in Aotearoa New Zealand.” (A white background appears, then black line then appears in the middle of the screen, above the line text appears “Colin Gavaghan, Digital Council” and below the line “On the reality of our world”.) “I think New Zealanders don’t have a choice but to care about our digital future, and in fact our digital present.” (The speaker appears sitting down from the waist upwards in the middle of the screen and slightly angled towards the left. He is making slight hand gestures as he is speaking. A white banner appears across the bottom of the screen which states “Digital Council for Aotearoa New Zealand” on the left hand side and “Colin Gavaghan, Digital Council” on the right side of the banner.) “More and more of our lives are being spent with at least one foot in the digital world. Whether that’s looking for a job online, whether that’s talking to our friends…” (The banner at the bottom of the page disappears and the camera zooms in to show the speaker from the very top of the shoulders upwards and slightly angled towards the left). “Or browsing Netflix, whether that’s applying for a loan or to buy a house, it’s going to be mediated through some kind of digital platform…” (The camera zooms out to show the speaker sitting down from the waist upwards in the middle of the screen and slightly angled towards the left. He is making slight hand gestures as he is speaking.) “or digital format. That’s just the reality of the world we find ourselves living in.” (A white background appears, then a black line then appears in the middle of the screen, above the line text appears “Rachel Kelly, Digital Council” and below the line “On being on the journey together”.) “On the Digital Council, we are tech people. But that doesn’t mean that it’s all about tech.” (The speaker appears facing the screen, from the shoulders upwards and is slightly angled towards the right. A white banner appears across the bottom of the screen which states “Digital Council for Aotearoa New Zealand” on the left-hand side and “Rachel Kelly, Digital Council” on the right side of the banner.) “It’s actually how we create change and positive impact globally using technology as a tool.” (The banner at the bottom of the page disappears and the camera zooms out to show the speaker sitting down from the waist upward, slightly facing the right.) “To be able to truly make impact, it requires everyone to show up and contribute and be a part of this journey together.” (A white background appears then black text stating “Digital Council for Aotearoa New Zealand” appears as upbeat music plays. The video ends.)

Stewards for New Zealand

We want our work to maximise the societal benefits of digital and data-driven technologies. We want to help increase equality and inclusivity, wellbeing and community resilience in New Zealand. And we want to look beyond technology to the long term impact it has on our country.

Diverse voice on technology

We want to contribute a range of views about technology. We want to support everyday New Zealanders to succeed in an age where technology can either hinder or help.

Diverse and inclusive

We’re here to listen to ideas. We want to hear a range of views and draw on a variety of expertise and communities of interest. That’s how we’ll achieve our goal of providing balanced and trusted advice to government.

Delivery focused

We’re here to do work that matters to New Zealand. And we’re here to add value by adding to what’s already being done and suggesting new directions.

A group who challenges the norm

While we value existing expertise and best practice, we are also willing to test assumptions, ask challenging questions and advocate for new norms in New Zealand’s digital and data landscape.

Accountable and prudent

We’re committed to using our resources wisely, with care and in the spirit of public service. We’re here to support the government’s ambition for a digitally-progressive, equitable and inclusive society.

Neutral and open

We’re not wedded to a particular technology. We’re impartial and politically neutral. We want our work and the information we draw on and publish to be easy-to-find and accessible.