Last week, Go ON UK kicked off their digital inclusion programme in the north east, part of a series of regional efforts to get people online. So it seemed like the ideal time to give you an update on the work of the digital inclusion team as we get set up at GDS. Read more
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Mike Beaven talks the report Smaller, Better, Faster, Stronger: Remaking government for the digital age, an upcoming Digital Advisory Board meeting, Thursday’s Open Standards event, and more.
‘What about people who aren’t online?’ is a question we’re often asked on the assisted digital team. So we decided to run a workshop at GDS’ Sprint Alpha event on 17th July to answer it.
Rebecca Kemp and Richard Smith kicked off the workshop by outlining the two projects GDS and departments are working on together to ensure that people who aren’t online can use digital government services: assisted digital and digital inclusion.
We’re setting up a new team to work in government and beyond to increase the digital skills of the UK.
Today the Department for Business Innovation and Skills released the Information Economy Industrial Strategy (IEIS) to boost growth opportunities for digital industries. It includes something I’ve been working on with departments for a few months – setting up a new cross-government team that will be based in GDS to co-ordinate work on digital skills for citizens and businesses. The work of the team will be developed collaboratively with colleagues across government, but I’m writing this post to tell you more about why we’re putting it together and what it will do.
There are an estimated 9.2 million adults in the UK who have never used the internet; many of these are among the more vulnerable and disadvantaged in our society including:
- 31% of those earning less than £10,400 per annum
- 55% of those who have no qualifications
- 60% of those aged over 65