Feeds

UK 'nation of computer buffs'

Broadband growth soars

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Intelligent flash storage arrays

The UK has become a nation of computer buffs, according to the British Computer Society (BCS). Its survey of 2,180 adults found that three quarters of grown-ups can use a PC to acess the net, while two-thirds have gone online to shop.

However, half of those quizzed were hacked off with the complexity of IT, while seven in ten said they were concerned at easy access to "immoral internet content".

Despite this, BCS chief exec David Clarke reckons computer literacy in the UK in on the up although he remains concerned that there is still a danger that some adults could be left behind.

"It is clear that not everyone is experiencing the benefits of computing...we see it as essential that all of society is able to use a computer with the same confidence as the telephone," he said.

Elsewhere, broadband usage has surged ahead in the UK as usage has reached 41 per cent compared to 27 per cent six months ago.

There are now 26.8m net users (six in ten of the population) in the UK - with four in ten hooking up to broadband, according to NOP. ®

Related stories

Top British boffin is a muppet
Only Danes more 'e-ready' than UK
BT extends reach of ADSL
UK boasts 4m broadband users

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012
Thanks for the £3k, Zuck. Doh! you're IN CREDIT. Guess not
Google Glassholes are UNDATEABLE – HP exec
You need an emotional connection, says touchy-feely MD... We can do that
Just don't blame Bono! Apple iTunes music sales PLUMMET
Cupertino revenue hit by cheapo downloads, says report
US court SHUTS DOWN 'scammers posing as Microsoft, Facebook support staff'
Netizens allegedly duped into paying for bogus tech advice
Feds seek potential 'second Snowden' gov doc leaker – report
Hang on, Ed wasn't here when we compiled THIS document
Verizon bankrolls tech news site, bans tech's biggest stories
No agenda here. Just don't ever mention Net neutrality or spying, ok?
NATO declares WAR on Google Glass, mounts attack alongside MPAA
Yes, the National Association of Theater Owners is quite upset
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile
Data demand and the rise of virtualization is challenging IT teams to deliver storage performance, scalability and capacity that can keep up, while maximizing efficiency.
Reducing the cost and complexity of web vulnerability management
How using vulnerability assessments to identify exploitable weaknesses and take corrective action can reduce the risk of hackers finding your site and attacking it.