Patrick Harvie, Green MSP for Glasgow, is welcoming a report from the Royal Society of Edinburgh which calls for greater internet access for all, and greater democratic control over surveillance and privacy issues.

The report calls on the Scottish Government to establish oversight of the effects of technology on society, and expresses concern that the uptake of digital technology risks denying opportunities to those on low incomes, the elderly and rural residents.

Earlier this month Mr Harvie launched a Digital Rights paper as part of the Green Yes campaign, proposing ideas such as a digital bill of rights, a Scottish communications regulator, and a public forum for debate about society and technology.

Patrick Harvie MSP said:

"Our digital age is an exciting time, and this report from the RSE is a welcome contribution to a growing debate. There is a clear need for robust limits on surveillance by state and corporate players if we're going to maximise the economic, creative and cultural potential of digital technology.

"I will continue to press the Scottish Government on these issues. If we are to make the most of the digital age we must build trust and we must ensure everyone benefits."


Green Yes briefing - Digital Rights

RSE report - Spreading the benefits of digital participation