New digital forms of transmitting knowledge and information make it possible for people to be included who, up to now, were at a disadvantage for social or location reasons. This is a key aim, and something our entire society needs to work together and build upon. The aim is for people who are involved to continue to be involved. Many social groups do not engage, either because they are at a social disadvantage or because they no longer feel these new developments are for them.
Particularly people in regions and areas that do not benefit from the pull of cities or urban areas find it difficult to not miss out.
Digital skills and low barriers to entry are key to enabling inclusive participation and lifelong learning. We are currently on a worldwide hunt for examples of how other countries are successfully bridging this digital gap.
Digital knowledge transfer must be accompanied by the acquisition of the relevant skills to learn new things. These skills must be able to be acquired by all age groups and across disciplines.
Not Just About Technology
Digital technology use should always play a supportive role. People, the maintenance of high work and living standards in the region, and the opportunity for competitive economic activity should be placed at the center of all developments.