Digital exclusion leads to inequality says think tank

Leading think tank Carnegie UK Trust says that people who are left behind in the digital revolution are more likely to experience social inequality.

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 Carnegie UK Trust was established in 1913 by Scots-American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie and “seeks to improve the lives and well being of people throughout the UK and the Republic of Ireland through influencing public policy and demonstrating innovative practice.”

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.

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.

You can find the report here.