Building a digital knowledge economy in the 21st Century is fundamental to the UK’s future prosperity according to the final report from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. The UK is already digitally enabled and to a significant degree a digitally dependent economy and society.The communications sector underpins everything we do as an economy and society. Electronic systems and new technology have transformed core elements of UK industry, the media and public services. In the City, digital technologies are vital to the billions of transactions carried out each day by the stock exchange and financial institutions. In the high street, stock ordering, inventory control and the cash tills are all completely dependent on electronic communications. As consumers, some 90% of our high street purchases are transacted by plastic which depends on wired and wireless communications to work. That is in addition to the £50bn of consumer purchases and sales through e-commerce that takes place wholly online.
The Digital Britain Report underscores the importance of understanding, appreciating and planning for a fully digital Britain by providing an analysis of the following areas:
- The levels of digital participation, skills and access needed for the digital future, with a plan for increasing participation, and more coherent public structures to deal with it.
- An analysis of our communications infrastructure capabilities, an identification of the gaps and recommendations on how to fill them.
- A statement of ambition for the future growth of our creative industries, proposals for a legal and regulatory framework for intellectual property in a digital world, proposals on skills and a recognition of the need for investment support and innovation.
- A restatement of the need for specific market intervention in the UK content market, and what that will demand of the BBC and its role in Digital Britain. What that means for the future of the C4 Corporation. An analysis of the importance of other forms of independent and suitably funded news, and what clarification and changes are needed to the existing framework.
- An analysis of the skills, research and training markets, and what supply side issues need addressing for a fully functioning digital economy.
- A framework for digital security and digital safety at international and national levels and recognition that in a world of high speed connectivity we need a digital framework not an analogue one.
- A review of what all of this means for the Government and how digital governance in the information age demands new structures, new safeguards, and new data management, access and transparency rules.
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