Policy Pulse | Your Weekly Update on Tech and Digital Policy

It’s budget day! Today we hear a number of broad ranging announcements for UK tech. Is it enough? Read our statement below. Meanwhile:

  • Trump administration reveals plans to dismantle net neutrality;
  • Barnier confirms Brexit means loss of financial service passports for UK firms;
  • MPs hear warnings of UK companies falling behind on space contracts.

And plenty more! Get your weekly tech policy fix below.

Top Tech Policy News

2017 Autumn Budget produces ambitious package for tech (BBC)
The Chancellor announces wide-ranging funding for tech that is future focused, but growth forecasts can’t be ignored.

Trump administration unveils plans to end net neutrality (FT £)
The top US telecoms regulator has unveiled sweeping plans to overturn Obama-era rules designed to protect an open internet.

Barnier: Brexit means Brexit, and that includes financial service passports (City AM)
City firms will lose their financial passports upon Brexit says Barnier, however, he reassured a good deal would facilitate as much market access as possible.

UK risks falling behind on space race, MPs state (Telegraph)
Businesses are missing out on contracts for the EU-funded Galileo satellite programme due to Brexit, a parliamentary inquiry has been told.

techUK Action & Reaction

Tech-heavy budget shows money in right place, but is it enough? (techUK)
Deputy CEO Antony Walker welcomes fitness-boosting tech budget, but stresses that it may not be enough to prepare for the uphill road ahead. Check out our analysis.

Chancellor must focus on present to build economy of future (New Statesman)
techUK’s Giles Derrington outlines the imperative need to assist businesses falling behind in a rapidly digitising economy, stating that only then will we be able to embrace the future.

techUK welcomes DCMS Cyber Discovery Programme (techUK)
Although encouraged by the £20m funding announcement, we stress the initiative must form part of a wider response, including migration concerns in the face of Brexit.

An in-depth look into the evolution of DLT and its applications: a techUK report (techUK)
techUK’s new paper explores what the risks are for companies in implementing DLT and what regulatory challenges the technology raises.

More News & Comment

Michael Heseltine: Whitehall must create a regional industrial strategy (FT £)

How can the fourth industrial revolution be made good? (Nesta)

Harnessing technology to challenge inequality (FT £)

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