Government Digital Service launches peer-led digital inclusion scheme
People from across the public sector, including civil servants, are invited to share their digital skills with friends, family, neighbours or colleagues who do not use the internet under a scheme introduced by the Government Digital Service.
Digital Friends aims to encourage participants to find someone they know who needs help to go online, and give them basic advice and support to browse the web, use email and stay safe online, among others.
The initiative is the result of a partnership of organistions from across the public, private and voluntary sectors including the BBC, Three, Barclays, BT and The Society of Chief Librarians, Go On UK, Digital Unite, Age UK, EE, Lloyds and Tinder Foundation.
“As part of the Government’s long-term economic plan, we want to reduce the UK’s offline population by 25% every 2 years, so that by 2020, everyone who can be online, will be”, said Francis Maude, Minister for the Cabinet Office. “I’m calling on civil servants, and the public at large, to do something great in your community by becoming a Digital Friend”.
The Government Digital Inclusion Strategy from the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude and Government Digital Service includes 10 actions to reduce digital exclusion, aimed at government and partnering organisations from the public, private and voluntary sectors.
Participants can share their experiences on Facebook and Twitter using #DigitalFriends .