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It's another bumper week in tech policy! Yesterday saw a big marriage announcement, it was of course the marriage of industry and tech in the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy White Paper. Check out our analysis below. Meanwhile:

  • Government faces criticism over failure to publish full Brexit sectoral analysis reporting
  • Apprenticeship starts fall significantly, raising bells over the newly imposed Levy
  • techUK amongst employers to sign and endorse the Tech Talent Charter.

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

Top Tech Policy News

Innovative technologies to underpin UK Industrial Strategy (ComputerWeekly)
The Government’s ambition to make the UK “the most innovative nation by 2030” is reflected in its technology-focused Industrial Strategy white paper.

Harnessing the power of AI for good: view from Minister Matt Hancock (Times £)
Following significant funding announcements, Digital Minister sets out his ambition to establish the UK as a global powerhouse in the design, development and deployment of AI.

Brexit sectoral analysis report faces criticism across Government (FT £)
Brexit assessment reports on key sectors, including tech, face criticism after a severely cut down document has been presented to the parliamentary scrutiny committee.

100 companies commit to pledges in the Tech Talent Charter (FT £)
Launched by Minister for Digital Matt Hancock last week, tech employers have committed to improving diversity within their staff through a set of diversity and data commitments.

59% decrease in apprenticeship starts casts shadow on imposed levy (BBC)
Significant fall in apprenticeship starts reaffirm techUK position that apprenticeship levy must be more flexible in order to meet target of upskilling millions of Britons.

techUK Action & Reaction

techUK comments on the big marriage announcement – the one between industry and tech in the Industrial Strategy, we mean!

Last week, the Budget had tech at its core. Following our initial statement, the techUK team has done a deep-dive into the elements of the budget most important to the industry:

Tech companies committed to countering online extremism (Bloomberg)
techUK Deputy CEO Antony Walker comments industry and government have been constructive in dialogue, and continued collaboration is key to tackling the issue.

More News & Comment

Nicky Morgan: Social media can be an immense force for good (Times £)

Let’s get serious about leading the fourth industrial revolution (City AM)

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