Digital Exclusion Exacerbates Existing Divides

Over a million Scots, and most of our small businesses, do not have the access and skills they need to share in the benefits of a Digital Scotland.

  • The Scottish Government must recognise that every individual in Scotland has an undeniable right to digital inclusion and assume accountability for ensuring that everyone can share in the benefits of a Digital Scotland.
  • The Scottish Government and local authorities must act now, and work together with private and voluntary sector partners to bridge a growing digital divide.

An RSE major inquiry has been collecting evidence of digital exclusion across Scotland. These are the key messages of its interim report, “spreading the benefits of digital participation”, published today.

Professor Michael Fourman, chair of the inquiry, said “The internet is fundamentally changing society. Being online opens the door to opportunities in learning, healthcare, employment and business. For well over a million people in Scotland, these opportunities are out of reach. Until everyone can go online, confidently and safely, we will not reap the full benefits of a Digital Scotland.”

Read the full press release here: Digital Exclusion Exacerbates Existing Divides