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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-09905: Jamie Greene (West Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 22 June 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what progress it is making with each of its targets set out in Realising Scotland's full potential in a digital world: A Digital Strategy for Scotland.

Answered by: Derek Mackay 7 July 2017

The refreshed digital strategy was published on 22 March 2017. This is a strategy for the long term and delivery requires involvement from all parts of Scotland. Clear progress has been made towards delivering positive outcomes supporting economic development, public service reform, cyber resilience and social inclusion. The strategy contains a measurement framework and most of the indicators can be updated annually. A performance update will be published each year to provide details on progress.

The following are notable achievements since March:

  • The Digital Growth Fund has been announced and will enable businesses to enhance their capabilities by accessing digital skills training for their employees. The delivery model is being developed and it is expected the first loans for businesses will be available later this year.

  • A public consultation on the proposed intervention area for our broadband R100 programme has been launched.

  • As the first pan-public sector tech accelerator of its kind, CivTech® is driving innovation in public services, empowering the public sector to act differently, and creating economic development opportunities. CivTech® 2.0 went live in May with a new set of diverse challenges.

  • We are also strengthening the public sector’s ability to anticipate and mitigate the risk of cyber attack by promoting the uptake of Cyber Essentials as a baseline standard to support the digital security of all organisations.

  • In May, SG welcomed the development of digital rights for children and young people and these insights are being developed further to encompass digital citizenship for everyone.