Government wants ideas

The government is looking for ideas from the public and industry for “the next stage in  the UK’s digital revolution”.

image“Every part of the UK economy and our lives has been digitised – from how we shop and entertain ourselves to the way we travel to work and manage our health,” says Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey, “this digital fever exploded from the cluster in east London, and has spread to every part of the country, making the UK truly a ‘Tech Nation’.

“But we need to work hard to make sure we continue to take advantage of the benefits digital transformation has to offer,” adds Vaizey, “come 2020, undoubtedly the UK landscape will have changed to be firmly in the digital age. But how do you want to shape that? Let’s show the rest of the world how it’s done.”

Government is looking at a wide range of areas such as:

In education, universities and colleges are already using massive open online courses – MOOCs as they’re called – so lectures and courses can reach a much wider audience, costing less. Could schools benefit from similar innovations?

In the NHS, it’s already moving from a largely paper-based system to a digital-by-default. What more can we do to make our health system more efficient and joined up, so that our amazing doctors and nurses can spend more time saving lives and improving care?

From driverless cars to deliveries by drone – the future imagined by far-fetched science fiction films from only a few years ago is rapidly coming true. How can we make sure the UK is at the cutting edge of these developments

Tech City UK kicked off digital start-ups in the UK, says the government but now more than 70% digital businesses are based outside of the capital.

Government is now looking at a new Digital Strategy for the UK for the next five years.


One comment

  1. It would be nice if local authorities could actually offer online access to our Council Tax Accounts. Such a basic feature is not offered. Also monthly reminders that council tax is due would be useful. I do not pay by direct debit so some times forget to pay on time. I get no email reminders, texts, monthly bills, statements and nor do the councils offer online access to see my account as to what has been paid and what is outstanding.

    Local authorities seem to be so far behind in providing such basic access. When banks accounts and other utilities can be accessed online with regular statements and bills.

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