Developments in digital technology provide huge benefits to citizens across BIC Administrations. These range from making access to government services easier, quicker and cheaper to administer, to applying for jobs and booking your own travel. Digital technology also plays a key role in tackling social isolation and loneliness, particularly through the use of social media, video messaging and email. Those who are digitally excluded are not only denied easy access to information and services, but also find they are penalised financially by not being able to use the internet. The BIC Digital Inclusion work sector focuses on cooperation between Member Administrations around the themes of ‘People, Partnership and Policies’. By sharing experiences and policies as well as collaborating on practical outcomes, the work sector aims to increase awareness of common areas of understanding and practice in all BIC jurisdictions.
The Council agreed that the Isle of Man Government should take the lead on a Digital Inclusion work sector at the twelfth Summit in Cardiff in February 2009. In 2017, Ministers discussed and reviewed a paper, ‘Digital Inclusion: Developing Digital Skills’, prepared by the work sector:
Ministers agreed that officials in the Digital Inclusion work sector should continue to collaborate on the theme of digital skills, and progress the agreements made in the meeting to consider how best to make better use of 3 cross jurisdictional partnerships with large organisations and to share best practice.