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Tuesday, 16 September 2014 12:03

techUK launches a digital manifesto highlighting the need for a digital voice in the next government

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The new techUK digital manifesto wants the government to take a key role in deciding the future for digital technology in the UK

The consortium of 860+ tech businesses behind techUK has launched a digital manifesto for the next five years “Securing our Digital Future: the techUK manifesto for growth and jobs 2015-2020.” The manifesto urges politicians and policy-makers to recognise the critical significance of the global digital revolution. However in the entire sixty page document Cloud is only mentioned once and it’s only in the context of G-Cloud and how the some NHS trust and Local Authorities are ignoring it.

However while mentions of cloud are non-existent, there is a plan at least to get IT on the government agenda.  The manifesto states

“By focusing on technology led innovation, and building on existing strengths and progress already achieved, the next government can put in place the measures necessary to secure our digital future. “

Well hear hear to that.  The strategy is to focus on four headline objectives: Providing strategy and leadership to deliver success; securing the UK’s position as a global leader in the production and use of tech; harnessing the transformational power of tech across the public sector; and ensuring our digital world is safe and inclusive for all.  All good objectives and ones that we know that fit in well with what you keep telling us, so at least they’re on the right path.

For the cloud industry the best recommendation to come out of the manifesto is the call for the next government to ensure Cabinet-level leadership for a “single integrated strategy for digital, drawing together public sector reform, the digital economy and digital inclusion.” Adding “All departments should have a Ministerial post that has digital within its portfolio and these Ministers should come together within the recently established Ministerial Digital Taskforce to ensure strong coordinated action across government.” Additionally the manifesto also calls for a new Chief Privacy Officer, a “voice in Europe”, and a new FCO Digital Trade Tsar, to bolster the Twitter Tsar we already have in the Cabinet Office.

Julian David, CEO of techUK commenting on the report said: “Tech and digital have a fundamental role to play in almost everything the next government will need to do, as we continue to rebuild our economy for the 21st century. That's why today techUK is launching its manifesto as a roadmap to 2020. The key message for politicians is that voters and industry alike want the Government to secure our digital future.”

Julian David continues: "There's no doubt we are moving in the right direction. There has been a step change in understanding just how significant these changes are and that we are in a global race. The next five years must be about bringing greater scale and pace to the digital transformation of our country. From skills to infrastructure, digital government to digital health, we have to think big and get the job done. Get it right and the action we take over the next five years can secure our digital future for the next thirty."

If you want to make sure that you’re represented and cloud gets more than just lip service then that’s up to you – while tech UK already has 860 members  more cloud representation would be good.  

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