Digital Britain Report recognizes the fact that Digital Life Skills are central to the sustainability of the UK economy in general and of the marginalized sections of the society in particular (2009). Digital Life Skills are the cardinal participative tools that will eventually determine the success of all the government policies targeted at the upliftment of the socially and digitally excluded segments of the masses. Digital Life Skills stand to be the credentials that enable the citizens to have an equitable access to public services and economic opportunities in the sphere of social inclusion, employment and education. The report establishes beyond doubt that though the proportion of the people lacking in basic ICT skills has gradually dwindled over time, still a considerable chunk of the British population stands to be digitally excluded (2009). This lacuna deprives them of having an effective access to state portals of service and aid, thereby aggravating their sidelined plight in the attribution of opportunities and benefits. Therefore, the report calls for a sincere and concerted effort towards the enablement of digitally excluded segments of the society that are either unable to or do not know how to go online (2009).
The report envisages the extermination of barriers that curtail the opportunities for the weaker sections of the society. It unequivocally conveys that the opportunities for the weaker sections of the society can be augmented and increased by the democratization of the ICT skills. This will enable the people to improve the quality of their life, better their employment prospects and uplift their communities. The digital infrastructure and literacy ought to be ubiquitous and universally accessible. This calls for the envisaging of steps that assure the incorporation of the marginalized groups within the ambit of digital literacy and e-government.
The report proposes the establishment of such ICT based services that are dedicated to the task of identifying and tackling exclusion challenges (2009). One of the crucial proposals of the report is to guarantee an inclusive healthcare system through the broad based dissemination of Digital Life Skills. The report recognizes the fact that there exists a discernable and direct link between poor health and digital literacy or exclusion. In the current digitized healthcare system, the marginalized groups like the aged, disabled, low income households do end up becoming the objects of neglect or apathy owing to lack of access to internet based services and aid. Thus, creating switched on communities will conclusively enable the marginalized groups to have an unhampered access to NHS. This will not only ameliorate the overall quality of their life, but will enable them to play a meaningful role in their communities and society.
The report also recommends the chalking out of measures pertaining to the national digital grid that will enable the disabled people to identify and exploit their potential (20090. It necessitates a customized approach towards E-governance and the allocation of internet based services. The report unambiguously claims that the needs of physically challenged people in the UK can be met by adapting the computer hardware, software and connectivity to their