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!
- Check out our reaction comment, welcoming the core tech focus of the paper
- Our long-read on what opportunities the Industrial Strategy white paper actually presents for tech.
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:
- 10 tech take-aways from the 'Fit for the Future' Budget
- Digital communications announcements and updates within the Autumn Budget
- What does the Autumn Budget mean for Smart Transport, Cities and Energy?
- Autumn Budget 2017: A step in the right direction for Digital Devolution.
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.
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