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TalkTalk has started its search to find Britain's latest batch of Digital Heroes.

Every year, the broadband provider runs a nationwide scheme to identify and recognise people who use technology to benefit their local community and inspire positive social change.

Now in their seventh year, the TalkTalk Digital Heroes Awards have provided almost £500,000 in funding to 78 projects across Britain.

Entrants can nominate themselves or someone else they believe is making a real difference through the use of digital technology.

For 2014, eight new categories have been introduced, with the Young Digital Hero title revamped as The Next Generation Digital Hero.

TalkTalk is looking to find winners in the employment, healthy living, silver surfer, skills, volunteering, fundraising, training and sustainability categories.

The eight winners will be decided by public vote, with each receiving £5,000 to enhance their digital project.

In addition, one overall winner will be chosen by an expert judging panel, and they will receive £10,000.

TalkTalk Chairman Sir Charles Dunstone, Go ON UK Chair Baroness Lane-Fox and Lloyd Embley, Editor-in-Chief of the Daily Mirror and Sunday Mirror, will be adjudicating, along with 2012 Digital Hero Clare Sutcliffe.

Dido Harding, Chief Executive of TalkTalk, explained that the broadband provider established the awards because it believes the internet "can truly make Britain better off".

"We are proud to have provided funding and support to so many Digital Heroes across the country who are working tirelessly to benefit their local community and look forward to seeing who this year's heroes are," she stated.

Baroness Lane-Fox said she is "always humbled" by the amazing heroes that shine at the awards.

"It is a rare platform for them to have their work recognised, championed and supported," she stated.

"The projects take all shapes and sizes but are united by their vision to use technology for good and spearhead digital skills within communities across the UK."

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