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Colleagues from across the third sector and from the SDGs network are invited to share their case studies and examples here. This page will form the basis of the SCVO submission to the UN Special Rapporteur. Please share any case studies and contributions by Thursday the 9th of May 2019.
 
=== Introduction ===
The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), our members, and the wider third sector welcome the exploration by the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston, into the human rights impacts, especially on those living in poverty, of the introduction of digital technologies in the implementation of national social protection systems.
 
Our response has been developed openly with input from the Scottish third sector: <nowiki>https://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Poverty/Pages/CallforinputGADigitalTechnology.aspx</nowiki>
 
Key concerns include:
 
* The deeply flawed Universal Credit system which pushes people into poverty, debt, and crisis 
 
* The digital divide which can be a barrier to those accessing social security systems
 
SCVO, would welcome the opportunity to arrange a webinar between the Rapporteur and our members to discuss these concerns, the wider concerns of the sector, and to share how the many communities the third sector work with experience digital exclusion and poverty and the impact of this upon their human rights.
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=== Internet access ===
In 2016 the UN declared access to broadband to be a basic right. Without internet access in the home individuals have limited access to public services, channels for civic and democratic participation, knowledge and information tools, opportunities for social engagement, the labour market, and learning opportunities. Despite this, many individuals and households in Scotland and the UK cannot afford the devices and connections needed to benefit from the advantages the internet offers.