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The Digital Readiness Blueprint sets out recommendations for building Digital Readiness in Singaporeans, guided by four strategic thrusts.
A basic part of being digitally ready is having in place the means to access online information, networks and communities. Access is no longer just about having computing devices and internet connectivity. We are increasingly finding that to transact in the electronically-connected world today, there are more digital elements which we use almost daily (see Figure 1 below):
Figure 1: Four Basic Digital Enablers
A digital society is one where citizens not only have access to technology, but also embrace it, utilising technology confidently and effectively to connect with the world around them. Digital Literacy is defined here as having the skills, confidence and motivation to use technology, and is key to our journey towards our Smart Nation vision.
Besides an appreciation of what digital technology can do and the know-how to use it, digital literacy is also about being able to think critically about the information that one has received. With the proliferation of fake news, being able to discern misinformation has become even more important.
Figure 2: Basic Digital Skills Curriculum
To thrive in a technology-rich society, it is not sufficient for people to just be consumers of technology. Instead they should be familiar with new technologies and be motivated and confident to use them to create products, content and services, and connect with their communities. In order to promote motivation and confidence, Singaporeans must be given the opportunities to participate, create, and connect with one another using technology.
Figure 3: Digital Participation Pledge
Whether it is an app, website, or workshop, digital initiatives must be designed in a way that makes it easy for everyone to get involved. The design, content, language and the applicability of the initiative to people’s lives will go a long way in making sure that everyone can participate in our digital journey.
Inclusion by design also goes beyond that, which is directly digital. Policies and regulations that may hamper digital adoption may also need to be assessed and reviewed. There is also an equally important need to understand some of the impediments or "frictions" that prevents people from using digital products and services, so that, so that we can overcome them to create a better ecosystem which supports the move towards a Smart Nation, both for consumers and businesses.
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Take the Digital Participation Pledge now to do your part to help everyone be digitally ready.