The Secretary of State for Culture Media & Sport, Karen Bradley, has launched the Government’s ‘UK Digital Strategy’ to help ‘build on our success to date to develop a world-leading digital economy that works for everyone.’
The digital strategy has seven strands:
- Connectivity – building world-class digital infrastructure for the UK;
- Skills and inclusion – giving everyone access to the digital skills they need;
- The digital sectors – making the UK the best place to start and grow a digital business;
- The wider economy – helping every British business become a digital business;
- Cyberspace – making the UK the safest place in the world to live and work online;
- Digital government – maintaining the UK government as a world leader in serving its citizens online; and
- The data economy – opening up further central government data sets, to support further innovation at both national and local levels.
The Heritage Alliance writes:
The Strategy commits to a welcome ‘major enhancement and rationalisation’ of national and local heritage records as well as considering how the planning system can be made both more efficient and give the public greater involvement through better use of data and digital tools. Although there is not a consultation to accompany the Digital Strategy, the Government will create a forum to work with the tech community to support tech sectors and innovation and the adoption of digital in the wider economy. The Alliance has already been approached by DCMS to feed into its future thinking on the cultural aspects of the Digital Strategy.
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