Publication - Strategy/plan

Realising Scotland's full potential in a digital world: a digital strategy for Scotland

Published: 22 Mar 2017
Digital Directorate

Scotland's refreshed digital strategy sets out our vision for Scotland as a vibrant, inclusive, open and outward looking digital nation.

Realising Scotland's full potential in a digital world: a digital strategy for Scotland
Summary of Actions

Summary of Actions

In order that scotland fulfils its full potential in the digital world, we will:

  • Launch a new Digital Growth Fund to address the current undersupply of digital skills
  • Extend our Digital Boost programme to give advice and support that improves the level of digital maturity amongst businesses in every part of Scotland
  • Use City and Region deals to maximise the role that digital innovations and infrastructure can play in delivering both economic and inclusive growth
  • Create the conditions in which our digital technologies industries can thrive, working with industry to meet a shared objective to employ 150,000 in digital technology roles over the next 5 years
  • Design key public services in areas such health and social care, justice and social security around the needs of their users
  • Establish all new government organisations as digital businesses and ensure that all digital services developed by Scottish Government meet our Digital First Standard
  • Implement tough new assurance processes for Central Government projects with the power to stop projects that do not meet user needs or represent good value for money
  • Introduce shared technology platforms as a core part of the process of public service reform
  • Engage with the public to build an understanding of how their data is being used for the public benefit, and of the arrangements in place to guarantee the security of their data
  • Ensure that every premise in Scotland is able to access broadband speeds of at least 30 Megabits per second by 2021
  • Urge UK Government and Ofcom to apply the "outside-in" principle when auctioning spectrum for 5G deployment and ensure that operators deliver coverage to our most rural areas before they deploy in urban centres
  • Launch a new digital schools programme, expand the number of school coding clubs and provide teachers with the skills and resources required to use digital to enrich their teaching
  • Work with our schools, employers and skills providers to tackle the persistent gender gap in digital skills and careers
  • Use the Year of Young People as a platform to establish a clear commitment to digital rights and responsibilities that empower people to access the digital world creatively, knowledgeably and fearlessly
  • Launch a new round of funding for community digital inclusion projects and expand Scotland's Digital Participation Charter to get more organisations involved in a national movement to promote digital skills
  • Ensure that our Critical National Infrastructure is secure and resilient against cyber attack


Email: Alan Rodden