Stewart Hamilton

Written 22 posts

Communications and Engagement Officer

Citizens Advice Scotland announced as the 500th signatory of the Digital Participation Charter

5th April 2018

Last week, Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, announced that Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) was the 500th organisation to sign up to Scotland’s Digital Participation Charter. We asked Karen Nailen (centre of picture), CEO of West Lothian Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB), to tell us what signing the Charter means for CAS….

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Improving diversity in digital roles

13th March 2018

A post from Sarah Davidson, Director-General for Organisational Development and Operations. I signed the Tech Talent Charter on behalf of Scottish Government as part of our celebration of International Women’s Day. The Charter commits us to increasing the diversity of our digital workforce and will help us work with other signatories to address the gender…

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5Rights Youth Leadership Group Launch

26th February 2018

Guest post by Sarah McLeod – Digital Participation Team, Scottish Government. The Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop MSP, met the 5Rights Youth Leadership Group at the Young Scot offices earlier this month. The Youth Leadership Group are taking forward seven of the 20 recommendations from the 5Rights Youth Commission’s Our…

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Get the best from this year’s gadgets and sign up to Superfast broadband.

15th February 2018

Guest post by Sara Budge – Director of Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband. More and more of our day to day lives involves some sort of gadget. Whether it’s a device that orders more bread and turns your heating up, or a drone that flies over your local park, they’ll need decent broadband to operate. Thanks…

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Earth Observation in the Scottish Public Sector

14th December 2017

Guest post from Shona Nicol, Head of the Geographical Information Science & Analysis Team The Geographical Information Science & Analysis Team sits within the Digital Directorate of Scottish Government. One of our key areas of work is leading on the Earth Observation (EO) policy for the Scottish Public Sector. This post will outline some of the key areas…

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Online Identity Assurance

6th December 2017

The Scottish Government’s Digital Strategy contains the commitment to work with stakeholders, privacy interests and members of the public to develop a robust, secure and trustworthy mechanism by which an individual member of the public can demonstrate their identity online, to access public sector digital services. This important work is now up and running and…

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Digital First Improvement Project.

31st October 2017

Here at the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO), we have been carrying out Digital First assessments for just over a year. We have worked with a number of services since going live with our current model in January and are excited to consider whether we can make improvements to the Digital First Service…

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Digital Participation Ministerial Action Group – Reflections on digital inclusion.

17th October 2017

This is a guest post from Douglas White, Head of Advocacy at Carnegie UK Trust. Carnegie UK Trust seek to improve the lives and wellbeing of people throughout the UK particularly those who are disadvantaged. The latest data shows that around a quarter of people in Scotland don’t have access to the internet at home, while…

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We Are The (Digital) Champions!

4th September 2017

A blog from David Robb, Chief Executive of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) on the Scottish Government Digital Champions programme. In the digital world, many of the old clichés become trueisms: the pace of change really is eye-watering, and the possibilities really are endless! A key action from the recently refreshed Scottish Government Digital Strategy is…

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How digital is supporting our Health and Care ambitions

16th June 2017

This is a guest post from Dr Margaret Whoriskey, Head of Technology Enabled Care and Digital Healthcare Innovation, on what the refreshed digital strategy means for the health and social care. The second in a series of posts from Chief Digital Officers in different sectors. Realising Scotland’s full potential in a Digital World sets out the vision…

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