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For many of us, the internet is already part of our day-to-day lives. This can bring big advantages: it is easier and cheaper than ever before to connect with other people, to find out about the things that interest us, and to get things done online.

The majority of people in Scotland are already enjoying these benefits, but a significant minority are at risk of being left behind. In particular older people, disabled people, and people living in poverty are much more likely to be digitally excluded.

Digital participation is about empowering people and communities to pursue the things that matter most to them.

The third sector will play a critical role in ensuring that everyone is included in the new digital age. SCVO is stepping up its activity on digital participation, working across the public, private and third sectors to promote a Digital Scotland for all.Initiatives intended to raise digital participation must go with the grain of peoples’ lives, and work through the people and organisations that are already trusted sources of support and advice.

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Leadership group

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A cross-sector Leadership Group has been established to steer the digital participation agenda. Representatives for the public, private and third sectors on this group are:

  • Alison McLaughlin, Sopra Group
  • Colin Cook, Scottish Government
  • Eliot Stark, V-DEL
  • Elma Murray, North Ayrshire Council
  • Louise Macdonald, Young Scot
  • Tommy Laughlin, Scotland IS

The Leadership Group is chaired by Brendan Dick, SCVO Honorary President.

 

Digital Participation Charter

A number of organisations have signed the Digital Participation Charter, making a commitment to use their collective skills and resources to help increase digital participation in Scotland. We will be working closely with these organisations to extend the benefits of the internet to as many people as possible.

Blog

Elma Murray

Digital participation challenges shared & tackled: part 1

SCVO’s Digital Participation team asked its Leadership Group members what are the key digital participation challenges their organisations are facing. First up is Elma Murray, Chief Executive, North Ayrshire Council

21st Jul, 2014

Chris Yiu

Can you help us count digital skills and capabilities in Scotland?

In God we trust. Everyone else, bring data.

16th Jul, 2014

Douglas White

Building digital skills – lessons from around the UK

There has been a great strategic focus on digital inclusion in Scotland this year, with new strategies from both the Scottish and UK governments and the excellent report from the Royal Society of Edinburgh. The need for a new approach and a new focus on tackling digital exclusion is clear. But how can we go […]

14th Jul, 2014

Lynne Swan

Evaluating digital participation – how hard can it be?

Lynne, SCVO's new Digital Participation Development Officer, says the hard data is just the start when measuring progress on digital participation

8th Jul, 2014

Chris Yiu

Be Good, Be Social… Be Digital

Digital is changing our world. Here are three big themes for third sector leaders to think about

4th Jul, 2014

Chris Yiu

ND14: Empowering people

In which we take the challenge of digital participation to the UK's digital leaders

23rd Jun, 2014

Sally Dyson

Digital Scotland Festival 2014: we came, we saw, we conquered (nearly) all things digital

It might have been the first digital participation “unconference” in Scotland but it certainly won’t be the last

19th Jun, 2014

Matt Tyrer

Does our digital world help or hinder our standard of living?

The internet brings great opportunity, but the way we use it risks excluding and exploiting those who need it most

19th Jun, 2014

Chris Yiu

Talking about community digital participation

Notes from the latest meeting of the Ministerial Advisory Group on Digital Participation

16th Jun, 2014

Diane Webb

Helping people with disabilities go for it online

Go4IT is making sure the people with the most to gain from the online world aren’t getting left behind

10th Jun, 2014

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10 internet tips for charities

SCVO Digital Participation: Our plans for the future 

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SCVO's Digital Inclusion conference

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Contact the team

Chris Yiu | Director of Digital Participation | 0131 524 7283 | Twitter Icon LinkedIn Icon Email Icon

Sally Dyson | Programme Manager | 0131 474 8006 | Twitter Icon LinkedIn Icon Email Icon

Lynne Swan | Development Officer | 0141 559 5073 |Twitter Icon LinkedIn Icon Email Icon

Gavin Bell | Milo Programme Manager | 0141 559 5004 |Twitter Icon LinkedIn Icon Email Icon

Kevin Bradley | Milo Support Technician | 0141 559 5064 | Twitter Icon LinkedIn Icon Email Icon