Digital secretary Oliver Dowden has outlined his imaginative and prescient for expertise and information in a primary main speech since changing into secretary of state in a serious cupboard reshuffle final month.
Speaking on the Media and Telecoms 2020 & Beyond convention in London on 5 March 2020, Dowden outlined his views round digital as a way of “helping to transform communities who haven’t felt the benefits of the change we have seen in recent years.”
“We have an opportunity as we leave the EU [European Union] to be an unashamedly pro-tech nation, and unleash all the innovation and enterprise that emerging technologies can provide,” he mentioned.
The secretary of state talked about supporting technology-driven change, comparable to boosting connectivity, to “spread prosperity across all the UK” and create job alternatives that don’t essentially contain shifting to London.
“To be a truly meritocratic nation, the delivery of nationwide full-fibre and gigabit-capable broadband is an imperative,” he mentioned.
“Connectivity is the lifeblood of any modern digital economy,” mentioned Dowden. “It can create thriving tech scenes in rural areas, enable closer relationships for the socially isolated, and open people up to a world of inspiration and education.”
Speaking of the federal government’s just lately introduced £5bn plan to spice up connectivity within the countryside, the digital minister addressed operators current on the occasion: “I know that many of you share our ambitions on digital infrastructure, and your investment and action will be crucial to delivering this,” he mentioned.
Beyond having the infrastructure, Dowden additionally talked about his imaginative and prescient of what must be performed with it, particularly with regards to information, describing it described it as “the beating heart of any digital economy”. The minister positioned himself as “a champion for the open and effective use of data” and vowed to “remove unnecessary barriers whenever they arise”.
“We have a unique opportunity for the UK to be the best place in the world to innovate, and create wealth and prosperity through the use of data,” he mentioned.
Touching on the federal government’s varied initiatives to introduce laws and regulation aimed toward expertise firms, Dowden mentioned he’s “conscious that the government is asking a lot from the tech sector”, however reiterated his purpose of supporting the it.
“I will be driving a coherent and pro-innovation approach to governing tech, so innovators everywhere can be assured that we will be on their side.”