A Digital Strategy for Scotland – 2017 and beyond

Closed 15 Dec 2016

Opened 3 Nov 2016


Scotland’s current Digital Strategy, published in 2011, describes actions to enhance digital connectivity, increase economic growth and activity by growing the digital economy, promote digital participation and develop digital public services.  While the high-level aims of the strategy are still relevant today, the vast majority of the actions it describes have been delivered over the past five years.  During this same period, the nature of digital, and our understanding of the opportunities it provides, have evolved, and the pace of change across the wider economy and society has accelerated.

The debate in parliament on 3 November  “Realising  Scotland’s full potential in a digital world” confirmed Ministers intention to refresh the digital strategy. We anticipate this will set out a range of ambitions and actions to ensure that Scotland has a clear vision of its place in the modern, digital world. We aim to publish the strategy early in 2017. 

Why your views matter

To assist that process, we are launching an interactive discussion on the six themes which we think should be included the strategy.

We have set out what we think are the objectives for each of the themes. we want your view on whether the objectives cover the right kinds of issues and will help Scotland to make the most of the opportunities that digital can offer. We also are seeking your views on what you think needs to be done, by whom, to deliver on those objectives. We anticipate the discussion may develop into different issues directly related to the proposals.


  • Business, Industry and Innovation
  • Digital