New heatmap reveals likelihood of digital exclusion in local area

A digital exclusion heatmap has been created by Go ON UK to show the “likelihood of exclusion from a digital United Kingdom at Local Authority level”.

The map has been developed with support from the BBC (“as part of its Make It Digital and wider digital literacy initiatives”), as well as the Local Government Association and The London School of Economics and Political Science. Furthermore, it has used new insight into Basic Digital Skills in association with Lloyds Banking Group.

Go ON UK is a charity that believes in the “transformative power of technology to improve the prospects of individuals, families, communities and organisations”.

Members of the public can use the heatmap to discover the likelihood of digital exclusion in their local area.

Digital exclusion heatmap


Why has the map been created?

The map has been created in order to understand the “detail” behind the reported number of those digitally excluded, and examine “where and why there is an issue”.

It has been described as  a “single, nationwide measure” which – for the first time – illustrates the likelihood of digital exclusion.


How was it done?

According to the Go ON UK website, eight different metrics were used to calculate the overall likelihood of exclusion.

Four of these metrics are digital (infrastructure, access, Basic Digital Skills and Basic Digital Skills used), and have been “aggregated to provide a combined digital indicator”, and four are social (age, education, income and health), and have been “aggregated to create a combined social indicator”.

As stated on the Go ON UK website: “These combined indicators have been further aggregated using a formula designed by the London School of Economics and Political Science to provide, for the first time, a single measure of predicted overall exclusion from a digital United Kingdom.”

To learn more about how the map works – including the calculations made, data used and more – click here.



Related reading