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Also, over the last week:

  • Government publishes 'Culture is Digital' report’The Crown Commercial Service has announced the 10th iteration of G-Cloud;
  • The Data Protection Bill passed Second Reading in the Commons without a division;
  • European Commission publishes draft legal text on Withdrawal Agreement.

All this and more, get your tech policy fix below.

Top Tech Policy News

Prime Minister sets out plans for future EU relationship including alignment on data protection (FT £)
Theresa May set out her latest thoughts on the future UK-EU relationship at a speech at Mansion House. techUK’s Julian David welcomed the pragmatic approach set out in the speech, in particular a crystal clear commitment to data protection alignment and an ambition to reach an agreement beyond adequacy.

Culture is Digital report published to demonstrate how technology and creative industries can work together (gov.uk)
DCMS Secretary Matt Hancock has published the ‘Culture is Digital’ report which sets out a framework to give cultural organisations greater capabilities to utilise technology to unlock the creative potential of technology.

G-Cloud 10 has launch date confirmed for June 2018 (Computer Weekly)
Despite concerns about a delay to the 10th roll out of G-Cloud, the CSS confirmed that it would start accepting new bids to join the G-Cloud framework from April 2018. techUK’s Head of Public Sector Rob Driver welcomed the news.

Data Protection Bill: What you need to know (Politico)
The UK’s Data Protection Bill, which forms part of the UK’s implementation of GDPR, passed Second Reading in the House of Commons with unanimous support, but a number of issues raised during debate including immigration and Leveson.

How to read the European Commission’s legal draft of the Brexit withdrawal agreement (BBC)
Last week the European Commission published a legal draft of the December UK-EU withdrawal agreement, which has led to fresh concerns about the Northern Ireland border.

techUK Action & Reaction

techUK launches International Women’s Day campaign week (techUK)
All week techUK will be marking IWD 2018 with a campaign celebrating the successes of women in tech.

techUK full response to Prime Minister’s Mansion House speech (techUK)
techUK CEO welcomes crystal clear commitment on data protection and adequacy, along with pragmatic approach to developing a future UK-EU trading relationship.

New Institute of Coding announces appointment of techUK President Jacqueline de Rojas (techUK)
Jacqueline de Rojas CBE has been appointed as the industry co-chair of the Governance Board for the new Institute of Coding, in an effort to address the UK’s digital skills gap.

A new comprehensive customs union: Labour’s shift in Brexit policy (techUK)
techUK’s new Brexit and Trade Policy Manager Thomas Goldsmith assesses Jeremy Corbyn’s Brexit speech last week and what it could mean for tech.

Proposals to drive up cyber security in consumer IoT devices welcomed by techUK (techUK)
techUK’s Julian David responds to the Government’s Secure by Design report by calling for the new code of practice to build trust in IoT.

More News & Comment

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Washington acts to preserve net neutrality (BBC)

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