The Manifesto for a Digital Britain was launched by Communications Minister Stephen Timms, on Wednesday 28 July.
A full outline of the Manifesto for a Digital Britain work programme is available from - www.ippr.org/digitalsociety
From July 2004 onwards, the Digital Society Team of the Institute for public Policy Research will be running a programme of seminars, conferences and research papers, leading up to the publication of A Manifesto for a Digital Britain in Spring 2005. Full details on this programme are available - www.ippr.org
The Manifesto for a Digital Britain is driven by the belief that new Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) are sufficiently important in our society and economy, that no area of policy-making can afford to ignore the implications of the changes that they bring. The rapid diffusion of ICTs produces new political choices at a rate that can be disconcerting. Yet, properly understood and exploited, ICTs can be channelled towards tremendous human benefits.
This is well understood by the UK government in Whitehall, only time will tell if Andrew Davies and the Welsh Assembly Government also understand this. When Stephen Timms announced that every exchange in the UK would be broadband enabled by the end of 2005 it was indeed followed up by the BT UK wide rollout announcement.
William Davies, ippr Senior Research Fellow, said:
"No area of policy making can afford to ignore the implications of the changes new technology will bring. The purpose of the Manifesto is to tackle the perception that ICT is a specialist interest, so that policy-makers can no longer dismiss technological issues as 'geeky', and ICT itself is no longer seen as something outside of our control."
A Manifesto for a Digital Britain will focus on the following themes:
The Knowledge Economy
• News, Information and Digital Media
• Communities & Participation
• Security & Privacy
• Ownership and Intellectual Property
• E-Government - Renewing the Inputs
• E-Government - Evaluating the Outputs
• Future Forms of E-Government
The Manifesto for a Digital Britain will produce regular web reports and a final publication in March 2005.
Stephen Timms, Communications Minister said-
"ICT is at the heart of Government strategy and harnessing the potential of new and developing technologies remains a key challenge for us all.
Government is investing in science and innovation and R&D to help generate a successful and vibrant economy that will exploit the opportunities that ICTs offer.
And to meet the new demands of these technologies, it is the Government's aim to make the UK a world leader for supplying ICT skills and also to deliver higher standards of education through ICTs.
Government has a key role in advancing the development and use of ICT through creating e-government. With nearly three quarters of government services online already, this will help deliver efficiency savings as well as better public services."
THE DIGITAL SOCIETY TEAM-
For almost a decade now, the Digital Society and Media Programme at the ippr has been examining the public policy challenges and opportunities thrown up by digital technology. In publications such as Code Red: Progressive Politics in the Digital Age; eparticipation in local government; and New News: Impartial Broadcasting in the Digital Age the programme team has attracted high levels of both media and ministerial attention and has addressed issues as wide-ranging as public service communications in the online world, privacy, electronic service delivery, e-democracy and digital equality.
The team behind the Digital Manifesto consists of:
William Davies, Senior Research Fellow, 020 7470 0034 / 07940 530 882 / email@example.com
William joined the ippr in June 2004. Prior to this, he worked on The Work Foundation's iSociety project, where his research focused on the relationship between social networks, communities and new media. He is the author of Proxicommunication: ICT and the Local Public Realm (Work Foundation, 2004), looking at the relationship between ICT and local community; co-author of Invisible Villages: Technolocalism and the Enabling Council (New Local Government Network, 2004), which discusses how local authorities can facilitate local uses of the internet; and author of You Don't Know Me, But...: Social Capital & Social Software (Work Foundation, 2003) looking at new uses of the internet in supporting social networks.
Jamie Cowling, Research Fellow, firstname.lastname@example.org
Prior to joining the ippr Jamie completed a MSc in Media and Communications at the London School of Economics. His research interests include media and communications policy and arts administration. He published New News: Impartial Broadcasting in the Digital Age with Damian Tambini in 2002.
Jamie Bend, Research Fellow, email@example.com
Jamie joined ippr in 2001 after graduating from the London School of Economics where he studied Government and Economics. He is a co-author of the recent ippr publication e-participation in local government and is currently leading the team’s work on e-health. Jamie is an experienced public speaker and a frequent contributor to several e-government related outlets.
Emily Keaney, Research Assistant, firstname.lastname@example.org
Emily joined the team after working as a conference organiser producing independent business conferences. Prior to this she completed a Modern History degree at Oxford University. She provides events and research support to the team as well as leading the research on ICT and international development.
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