Digital Scotland: Spreading the Benefits of Digital Participation

Michael Fourman, Alan Alexander, Frank Bechhofer, Janet Brown, Norman Macaskill, Darryl Mead, Nicola Osborne, Sarah Skerratt, Martyn Wade, Chris Yiu

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Abstract / Description of output

The RSE’s Digital Participation Inquiry has been exploring how digital technologies and the internet are used by the public, businesses, government and charities on a day to day basis. It has examined the opportunities that digital technologies can offer to people and businesses online. But it has also been exploring why many remain offline at a time when digital exclusion is likely to lead to increasing exclusion from society and the economy.

The Inquiry has taken evidence from individuals, organisations and businesses across Scotland on these issues. It has considered issues of skills and motivation, as well as technical issues of openness and accessibility. It aims to understand the different ways organisations and individuals can use the internet and digital technologies for wider social, economic and cultural benefits – including health, wealth and wellbeing.

In December 2013, the Inquiry published an Interim Report which presented its emerging findings and recommendations to government and its private and third sector partners on how barriers to digital inclusion can be overcome so that everyone in Scotland can benefit from the digital revolution. Consultation on that Report has allowed us to refine those recommendations and to consider in more depth questions on the responsibilities of a digtial soceiety.

This Inquiry was launched in February 2013 with an initial consultation period to August. The Interim Report was published in early December for feedback by 8 February 2014. The Inquiry’s final report was published on 30 April 2014.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherRoyal Society of Edinburgh
Commissioning bodyThe Royal Society of Edinburgh
Number of pages102
ISBN (Print)9780902198173
Publication statusPublished - 30 Apr 2014


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