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Digital Participation


Increased digital participation can improve people's quality of life, boost economic growth and allow more effective delivery of public services.

We know many people in Scotland already use digital technology regularly and confidently. However, others need support to use the internet and efforts are focused on helping everyone to develop the skills and confidence to become active digital citizens.

Our digital participation strategy 'A National Framework for Local Action' was published on 24 April 2014.  This document sets out how a national movement for change will encourage people and businesses to get online and enjoy all the opportunities of the digital age.

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Digital participation

Internet Use in Scotland

Digital Participation Charter


In November 2011 the Scottish Government and leading organisations from all sectors signed up to Scotland's Digital Participation Charter. Read more about the event and the founding signatories.

Click here to view the revised (2014) Charter and consider how your organisation can play a lasting role in improving digital participation.

A National Movement

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Partnership working is an essential part of our approach and we are working with organisations and individuals who are best placed to help the people we need to reach.  The Director of Digital Participation at the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) is leading the work to create a wide and effective partnership network across all sectors of the Scottish economy.


Internet Use in Scotland

The Scottish Household Survey 2015 shows the percentage of adults using the internet for personal use was 82%.

This is an improving trend to bridging the digital divide but more needs to be done.  For information on the challenge of digital participation read more in the most recent annual progress report (2013).