Join the conversation on digital ethics

December 8, 2020 by 2 Comments | Category Digital Participation, Digital Scotland

The Digital Directorate’s, Digital Participation team are seeking engagement from the public, organisations and businesses on an open digital dialogue to gather opinions on the collection and use of information online.

This work is being done as part of discussions on what it means to be an Ethical Digital Nation. We want to ensure that everyone is able to enjoy the social, cultural and economic benefits of the internet.

The digital society in which we live is full of opportunities, and challenges. Rapid and disruptive technologies (public and private) are integrated more and more into our daily life.

The Scottish Government acknowledges that for its citizens, organisations and businesses to fully participate in and maximize the benefits of digital technologies it needs to improve trust in the way that software is created and privacy and data are protected.

The aim of this open dialogue is to inform the work of the National Digital Ethics Expert Group which has been established to gather evidence and develop the underlying principles and frameworks of how we can develop as an Ethical Digital Nation. The group draw expertise from technologists, social sciences, creative and media, philosophy and the law.

The dialogue will be open from 8 to 18 December. To contribute your thoughts visit:

Contributors can choose their user name and make their submissions anonymous if they wish.

If you have any questions you can get in touch at

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  • E. Morton says:

    Increasingly, internet companies can access users’ personal information for their own ends; “hoovering up” any and all details which can then be bought and sold as commodities to other companies. Their so-called online consent forms are biased towards implicit user agreement, most simply not allowing free choice, or by design and/or repetition, making it exceedingly difficult for users to opt out.

    The default position should be the opposite way round: individuals should maintain complete ownership of their own private data, and if companies wish to utilise these data for any analysis, advertising, targeting, marketing, sharing with other companies, etc., they should firstly offer to pay the individuals a reasonable market rate or fee, a fee to be decided by Government by analysing the worth of such data to the companies’ finances, and after consultation with the public.

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