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First Click: A letter to Rory Cellan-Jones

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There are more than nine million adults in the UK that have never used the internet, with 60% of those aged over 65 having never having been online according to figures from the Office for National Statistics.

As more and more government public services are put on the web there is a concern that people who do not have access to them are going to lose out - both financially and socially.

Rory Cellan-Jones, the BBC's technology correspondent, shares his thoughts on the BBC's role in helping the older generation take their first steps through a "digital doorway".

To find beginners' courses for computers and the internet near you call the BBC First Click advice line on 08000 150 950.

Calls are free from most landlines. Some networks and mobile operators will charge for these calls.

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