Trust Calls For Renewed Focus On Digital Inclusion

September 26, 2016

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The Carnegie UK Trust has today called for a new focus on tackling digital exclusion. 

Publishing a new report, Digital Participation and Social Justice in Scotland, the Trust has highlighted the significant overlap between digital exclusion and other forms of social and economic inequality. It argues that to solve this problem, all organisations delivering services across the public and charitable sectors need to take action to help everyone enjoy the benefits that digital can offer.

The report, which was funded by the Scottish Government, is based on indepth analysis of the Scottish Household Survey carried out for the Trust by Ipsos MORI. This analysis reveals who is most likely to offline, why this is the case and what might be done to tackle this problem.

Douglas White, Head of Advocacy at the Trust, said:

“Digital participation – helping everyone to get online and maximise the benefits of digital technology – is arguably one of the great social challenges of our age.

We know the great advantages that being digitally connected can offer – improved employment opportunities, higher levels of educational attainment, cheaper goods and products and better access to public services. However, too often those who are excluded from these benefits are the very same people who are also disadvantaged according to most other social and economic measures. This means that digital technology – the great enabling force of the 21st century – is actually exacerbating rather than bridging long-standing inequalities in our society.

It doesn’t have to be this way – and all of us who interested in improving wellbeing have a role in tackling this issue”.

The research builds on previous studies the Trust has undertaken, looking at the digital divide in different locations across Scotland and in mapping best practice digital participation activities across the UK.


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The Carnegie UK Trust

The Carnegie UK Trust was established in 1913 by Scots-American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. It seeks to improve the lives and wellbeing of people throughout the UK and the Republic of Ireland through influencing public policy and demonstrating innovative practice.  To change minds, the Policy Team seeks to develop objective, evidence-based policy to improve lives. The Trust’s work is focused on a set of three themes: enterprise and society, knowledge and culture and people and place. To change lives, the Trust’s Practice work takes forward the initiatives generated by policy and research, either the Trust’s own research or that developed by others, and developing them into practical pilot projects to be undertaken in partnership with other organisations interested in working in the same areas.