Thoughts on this session: Digital literacy for senior leaders
I might just as well say it: I don’t code. I use a few human languages and am proud to be able to do that. I have a general understanding of how important good user experiences are, because I like elegant and beautiful things – but most of the more technical subjects at events like UKGovcamp go straight over my head.
In the localgovcamp and ukgovcamp community, ‘social media’ or ‘digital communications’ has always been thrown in with what I understand ‘digital’ to be in the sense of using coding languages to build software, new platforms for doing things, opening up and using open data, etc. (There’s probably a better way of putting this… HELP)
It occurs to me that this is not really helpful and we’d benefit from separating the two in how we talk about them. Because ‘social media’ really is something everyone can do and should, to connect with others. It takes about the same level of digital skills as it takes to use email. Lumping it in with the coding side of innovation means that the barrier to entry for ‘a layperson’ (which is a silly thing to think about but evidently it’s a thing) becomes much bigger.
So, do you think we need to delineate the difference between the two more clearly in how we talk about them?