By Maximilian Clarke

8.43 million adults across the UK have never used the internet, the Office for national Statistics this morning (Wednesday) revealed.

The vast majority of this figure is comprised of the UK’s seniors- aged 75 and above-, as just 1.4 16-24 year olds have reportedly never surfed.

Many of those unable to get online represent the most disadvantaged groups among society, whose inability to access the web excludes them from a host of benefits, further compounding their isolation from society in a phenomenon referred to as ‘digital exclusion’.

In a bid to tackle digital exclusion Martha Lane Fox, David Cameron’s digital champion, has launched the Race Online 2012 campaign, encouraging web literate businesses and individuals to lend their time and expertise to help those who cannot do so themselves.

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