Digital Question Time

techUK, the tech. industry lobbying group . together with the BCS and Computer Weekly convened a question time session, and invited the three largest parliamentary parties to send representatives, Ed Vaizey, Chi Onwurah & Julian Huppert

  1. The event took place on Feb 9th and both I and the organisers took some time to review our notes and in my case make this story. I made this public about a month later and looked to use the tag #DigitalQT to find the tweets. Computer Weekly covered the event with several stories and the first tweet below has a link to a video of the event. The tweets are mainly in date order but the first few are organised to highlight other, more complete commentaries.
  2. @techUK summarise the subjects discussed,
  3. #digitalQT ‘MPs clash over privacy, internet access and start-ups as General Election looms’ @V3_co_uk see more here: 
  4. Bruan Glick of Computer Weekly publishes, his take on the event, the article has several further hyperlinks
  5. Why it's time for the IT community to engage with politicians - blog by me:  #DigitalQT
  6. The Guardian says,
  7. Frustrating that many commentators allow Vaizey the last word on censorship; the problem is the technology, backdoors have no morals and in order to control software you have to criminalise/prohibit the knowledge of its construction. The so-called porn filters also control software configuration content.
  8. Comments on Digital Inclusion
  9. #DigitalQT 25% of households do not have broadband, how can we include those not currently able to connect to the internet
  10. #DigitalQT great to talk about GDS etc but what about addressing digital exclusion. What about those who cannot access the net?
  11. #DigitalQT Q&A: On digital govt @ChiOnwurah calls for a platform that local, national & 3rd party providers can share
    #DigitalQT Q&A: On digital govt @ChiOnwurah calls for a platform that local, national & 3rd party providers can share
  12. #DigitalQT need to make Government a place that I.T. talent wants to work @ChiOnwurah
  13. #DigitalQT a web site is not a platform, that's you that is GOD'S. @ChiOnwurah
  14. I was caught by the spellchecker, that's meant to be GDS and it's a great slogan to summarise the limits of the cultural revolution in the cabinet office, even if they call it a Digital Publication platform and not a web site.
  15. I forget what provoked this, but I rather like this....
  16. #DigitalQT Tory party policy on EU is not sulky withdrawal. @edvaizey
  17. it was probably an explicit request for a position by Big Business i.e. #techUK who are generally in favour of staying in the EU.
  18. @edvaizey capital is key to getting growth companies to global scale #DigitalQT
  19. Q&A @techUK - Why no Google/Facebook in UK? @edvaizey laments lack of UK investors brave enough to punt £100m on a startup #DigitalQT
  20. #DigitalQT Huppert says should be an easy to fail environment for startups so people can move on. < a particularly British problem
  21. Above a reply be me, to Huppert on British finance's approach to failure and below to him while he was trying to get down with the Geeks saying that he could use regex,
  22. #DigitalQT Coalition has not met the challanges set by the previous government. Universal broadband & Digital inclusion @ChiOnwurah