On the 29th of December 2015, the UK Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey displayed an immense degree of common sense by petitioning industry and the public about how the government should approach a UK-wide digital strategy.
The announcement comes on the back of what has been an exceptional run of sustained annual growth within the UK’s digital economy, as well as a rapid decentralisation of tech-focused businesses, in areas outside the capital. A full blown ‘digital fever’, as the minister so efficiently put it.
In response to the arrival of the tech age, which brings with it considerable challenges, the government is reaching out to ask how the people of this country how they would like to shape the UK’s digital landscape.
In a statement released on the government's website, the minister said,
“We’ve built a great base — but we need to work hard to make sure we continue to take advantage of the benefits digital transformation has to offer, as an economy and as a society. Other countries are hot on our heels but we want the UK to be synonymous with digital – a place where digital technologies transform day-to-day life, the economy and government.
This revolution has been led by entrepreneurs but supported by Government in creating the right environment for ideas and businesses to flourish”
We quite agree with him that the importance of a comprehensive national digital strategy cannot be underestimated, and applaud the fact that the government is seeking the opinions of people in the know, rather than making unilateral decisions.
If you have something to say about a future UK digital strategy or have some thoughts on what could be included in such a plan, you have until 19th January to get your point across.