Scotland sets out ‘world leading’ digital plans

An ambition to achieve ‘world leading’ levels of digital inclusion is at the heart of plans to equip Scotland for the technological transformation of the post-coronavirus world.

The updated Digital Strategy highlights a shared commitment from the Scottish Government and COSLA to deliver digital public services that are accessible to all and simple to use.

Setting out the vision for every business to become a digital business, the strategy makes clear that improved digital education for children and continued upskilling of the existing workforce will be crucial if Scotland is to keep pace internationally. The strategy also aims to support the success of Scotland's tech industry as an innovative and global player, fostering a network of digital and data talent and attracting inward investment, and recognises the potential for technology and digital ways of working to support Scotland’s post-pandemic recovery and its environmental targets.

Innovation Minister Ivan McKee said: "Digital technology is a source of incredible opportunity – to open new markets, work in new ways, tackle climate change and make links across the globe. The pandemic reminds us every day that access to the internet is an essential lifeline and I’m determined to ensure that no one is left behind.

"Progress has been made to address this with Connecting Scotland bringing 55,000 people online by the end of this year. Now we want to go further and achieve world-leading levels of inclusion – as part of an ethical digital nation in which everybody has the skills, connectivity and devices required to reap the benefits of technology.

“The response to the pandemic has seen the public and private sectors deliver new services online and at speed. We’ll build on that momentum to support Scotland’s people and its businesses to thrive in the digital world.”