The lead administration for the Digital Inclusion work sector is the Isle of Man Government.
Developments in digital technology since the creation of the World Wide Web over 25 years ago provide huge benefits to BIC jurisdictions and their Administrations. These range from making access to government services easier, quicker and cheaper to administer to applying for jobs and booking your own travel. As well as these economic or financial gains, digital technology can play a key role in tackling social isolation and loneliness, particularly through the use of social media, video messaging and email.
A key challenge as the internet and technology became ever more pervasive in our communities, is to ensure that the opportunities offered by digital technology are available to all. Without proper policies and programmes in place to support people and communities, many would be increasingly disadvantaged by not being online. Those who are or become 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 focus of the BIC Digital Inclusion work sector is on taking forward cooperation between Member Administrations around the commonly identified themes of ‘People, Partnership and Policies’. By sharing experiences and common 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.
Digital Inclusion was the focus of the BIC Summit held in November 2014, the communique of which can be found here.
Two videos produced for that Summit by this work sector, demonstrate the value of getting online and approaches Member Administrations are using to increase digital inclusion.