Conferences and Events23rd British-Irish council discusses digital inclusion

23rd British-Irish council discusses digital inclusion

The British-Irish Council (BIC) held its 23rd summit on Friday 28th November. High on the agenda was the topic of digital inclusion across all member regions.

The British-Irish Council (BIC) held its 23rd summit on Friday 28th November on the Isle of Man to discuss various issues regarding all participating states and create harmonious cooperation.

High on the agenda was the topic of digital inclusion across Northern Ireland, England, Wales, Scotland and the islands of Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man.

The Council discussed the benefits and increasing importance of digital participation in everyday life and reviewed audio visual material produced by the work sector as a collaborative effort to highlight these benefits.

Delegates were updated on examples of work under way in the different BIC jurisdictions to promote digital inclusion.

Nicola Sturgeon the representative for Scotland said that digital inclusion was at the “forefront of our agenda”, forming a major part of a government proposal programme.

The Council agreed the importance of ensuring everyone in their jurisdictions has the opportunity to share in the benefits of technology and the internet and of its potential contribution towards wider government policies, for example tackling issues like social isolation.

The Council agreed that officials in the BIC Digital Inclusion work sector should continue to collaborate on the common themes of “People, Partnerships and Policies” and investigate potential opportunities for research co-operation.

In addition, the 23rd summit was the first “e-summit” as the use of paper for delegates was replaced by tablet technologies.

Related Articles

Public Sector Paperless Awards finalists announced

Conferences and Events Public Sector Paperless Awards finalists announced

3y Jay Ashar
Sprint 19 at Edinburgh, Cardiff, Leeds, Belfast, and London

Conferences and Events Sprint 19 at Edinburgh, Cardiff, Leeds, Belfast, and London

3y Jay Ashar
DataFest19: A two week event showcasing Scotland’s leading role in data science and AI

Conferences and Events DataFest19: A two week event showcasing Scotland’s leading role in data science and AI

3y Jay Ashar
Scottish organisations can access data talent through summer placement programme

Conferences and Events Scottish organisations can access data talent through summer placement programme

3y Joanna Buggy
WECA to host 5G Smart Tourism Showcase

5G & Mobile WECA to host 5G Smart Tourism Showcase

3y Jay Ashar
Speaker line-up announced for Scotland’s first-ever data tech event

Conferences and Events Speaker line-up announced for Scotland’s first-ever data tech event

4y Austin Clark
Facebook-Cambridge Analytica whistleblower announced as DataFest 19 keynote speaker

Conferences and Events Facebook-Cambridge Analytica whistleblower announced as DataFest 19 keynote speaker

4y Austin Clark
First civic tech conference for local government discusses how best to use digital to engage citizens 

Conferences and Events First civic tech conference for local government discusses how best to use digital to engage citizens 

4y Austin Clark