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Speaker's Commission On Digital Democracy

Question for Department for Culture, Media and Sport

UIN 65031, tabled on 22 February 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the recommendations of the WebRoots Democracy report, Democracy 2.0: Hitting refresh on the Digital Democracy Commission, published on 26 January 2017, whether the Government plans to commission a review on the widespread internet abuse of politicians and citizens online; and what steps her Department is taking to ensure that (a) young people leave school digitally literate and (b) adults of all ages are educated in digital literacy.

Answered on

2 March 2017

We announced on 27 February that we would lead a cross-Government initiative on internet safety. We will be convening a series of round-table discussions with social media companies, technology firms, young people, charities and mental health experts to examine online risks and how to tackle them. The round tables are also expected to examine concerns around issues like trolling and other aggressive behaviour which impact on politicians and citizens more generally.

The Department for Education (DfE) launched the new computing curriculum, includes digital literacy, in September 2014. DfE has provided additional funding for digital skills through The Good Things Foundation, funding 680,000 people since 2014.

Government is also introducing a digital entitlement to ensure that publicly funded digital training to people who are over the age of 19 and do not have such skills.