Thursday, July 23, 2020

Digital skills

A report has just been published by the UK's All Party Parliamentary Group on Digital Skills: the Group's purpose was "to provide a forum for parliamentarians, educators and employers to promote the importance of digital skills and to encourage a greater understanding of digital skills for personal, educational and career development". One of the problems for me was they don't seem to define what they mean by "digital skills". Anyway, they identify issues to do with access and inclusion, and the need for training, including (as the emphasis is on economic impact) workplace training. They make a number of recommendations for government policy.
A quote I'll pick out is "Data poverty also continues to rise, as many vulnerable people are now facing a choice between food and data. A root cause of data poverty is unaffordable monthly broadband and data bills."
The Group page is here:
The report is here:
Photo by Sheila Webber: summer berries, July 2020

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