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The political parties all make tech pledges in our Manifesto Special with the Conservatives devoting an entire section to digital. techUK also launched its manifesto setting out a roadmap for an open and dynamic digital economy. The policy headlines include the WannaCry cyber attack and the appointment of a new European Commissioner for Digital and Society.

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Manifesto Roundup

techUK manifesto 2017: Inventing the Future (City AM)
techUK urges next Government to get a Brexit deal that works for tech and create an innovation-led economy that works for everyone. Read the recommendations here.

Conservative manifesto features unprecedented focus on digital economy (BBC)
Conservative manifesto includes ambitious policies in a dedicated digital section but care must be taken to make sure they truly drive innovation. techUK’s full reaction is below.

Labour manifesto pledges to grow digital economy (Wired)
Tech announcements echo techUK’s manifesto calls for a Digital Ambassador, securing cross-border data flows post-Brexit and boosting lifelong learning initiatives.

Lib Dem manifesto announces new Digital Bill of Rights (Wired)
Stimulating startups and rolling back state surveillance powers at heart of Lib Dem digital pledges.

Read techUK’s handy summary of all the key tech pledges in the main party manifestos

Top Tech Policy News

NHS hit by large-scale ransomware attack (BBC)
Frontline services impacted as one of largest ransomware attacks in history targets organisations across the world. techUK’s reaction and advice below.

European Investment Fund slowing activity in Britain (FT £)
Change in policy could significantly affect UK startups as EIF accounts for a third of investment in UK-based venture capital funds.

Commission’s digital economy and society portfolio assigned (Politico £)
Mariya Gabriel set to take over key tech brief, replacing Gunther Oettinger.

techUK Action & Reaction

techUK outlines bold and ambitious vision for the next Government (techUK)
#InventingTheFuture calls for additional funding for cyber, public services, investment in lifelong learning and digital skills, and tech-driven Brexit negotiations.

techUK applauds unprecedented digital focus in Conservative Manifesto (techUK)
Conservative manifesto right on ambition for digital economy but there’s a fine line between support and control, says Deputy CEO Antony Walker.

techUK calls for evidence-based digital policies following Conservative announcement (Diginomica)
Deputy CEO says next Government should give time for Digital Economy Act to bed in rather than risking digital growth through hasty policies.

Ransomware attack highlights cyber security threat to all organisations (techUK)
techUK stresses importance of ensuring IT systems are up to date and staff are equipped with the right tools to stay cyber secure amid ever-increasing threats.

More News & Comment

Microsoft President on the need for urgent collective action on cyber (Microsoft)

Never mind the robots - future jobs demand human skills (FT £)

Tony Blair on what Macron’s victory means for France, tech and digital (Institute for Global Change)

techUK President Jacqueline de Rojas named one of London’s Top 10 tech leaders (Netguru)

Upcoming Events - View full events calendar

May 25 - Will GDPR Change the World? With Rob Luke, Deputy Commissioner, ICO

May 29 - Department for International Trade and techUK Mission to South Korea and Japan

June 13 - The LeadersIn Tech Summit

July 19 - *RESCHEDULED* techUK Annual Dinner

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