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Managing Your Digital Footprint

A challenge to develop a new online tool to help young people review and manage their digital footprint has been launched by CivTech and the Young Scot 5Rights Youth Leadership Group.

As part of the challenge, the successful company, will be co-designing the software with the Young Scot 5Rights Youth Leadership Group, as well as other groups of young people.

The challenge is being administered through the CivTech Innovation Flow, designed to quickly and effectively find solutions, using a combination of the best public and private sector practice. Funding for the development will come from the Scottish Government digital participation fund.

The software – which could be an app or web based – will help users to pull together all the input young people leave behind online. It will then help to make informed decisions about how they might want their digital footprints to appear to others, with guidance on how they can delete data, dispute the data uploaded by others, or make certain data private.

Some of the initial ideas proposed by The Young Scot 5Rights Youth Leadership Group include that the software could include the following features.

  • Providing information on the data that has been collected – including an explanation of the privacy policies associated with those collecting or holding the user’s data
  • Guidance on removing content for all major digital services
  • Gamified educational elements
  • Data generated within the solution should anonymous and self-delete.

Callum Adams, a member of the 5Rights Youth Leadership Group said; “We hope the platform we will provide will benefit young people in Scotland, and beyond, protect themselves now and in the future. We look forward to the opportunity of working with the winning developer.

Alexander Holt, Head of CivTech said, “We’re thrilled to be working with the 5Rights Leadership Group to develop a solution for this important challenge. Too often digital public services are designed for young people but not with them. This gives us the chance to work with young people and learn from their experiences to build a solution that really supports their needs. And they’ll have the opportunity to participate in a business accelerator, giving them tools for developing their own innovative ideas and businesses in the future.”

Louise Macdonald, Chief Executive of Young Scot, said, “The 5Rights Youth Leadership Group have come up with a powerful and timely idea to help young people take control of their data and information online. The winning developer has an incredible opportunity to work with a group of inspiring and knowledgeable young people to gain a real deep understanding of the challenges they face every single day.”