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.