Government seeks advice on UK’s digital strategy

Government is looking for advice on the UK’s digital strategy and it has called on public and industry to share their ideas on how the UK’s digital revolution can take shape.

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The government claims the Tech City UK initiative, launched five years ago, has has changed thde digital economy “beyond recognition”.

This has proliferated with more than 70 per cent of digital businesses now based outside of the capital.

Government is now looking  for more and wants to kpow how digital technologies transform day-to-day life, the economy and government.

Minister for the Digital Economy Ed Vaizey said:

“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. 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. 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, with universities and colleges using massive open online courses – MOOCs as they’re called.

In the NHS, it’s already moving from a largely paper-based system to a digital-by-default.

It even wants business ideas for driverless cars and deliveries by drone.

Further details are in a blog from the Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey. Public and industry can send their thoughts to digitalstrategy@culture.gov.uk by 19 January 2016.


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