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Government launches UK Digital Strategy to mixed reviews

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The UK government finally published its Digital Strategy today, outlining its plans for making the country a global capital of the digital economy.

Culture Secretary Karen Bradley MP launched the strategy by laying out the government’s vision of how to develop the requisite infrastructure, regulations and skills to make the UK the ideal place for digital businesses, new technology and advanced research.

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“The Digital Strategy will help to create a world-leading digital economy that works for everyone,” she pledged at the Entrepreneur First startup accelerator housed in a converted Biscuit Factory, a fitting example of the digital transformation the plans intend to support.

“This strategy will ensure that the benefits of digital are spread throughout the country; that we have the necessary infrastructure; that regulations are agile and benign; and that everyone has the skills they need to be citizens in the digital age and workers in the digital economy.”

The strategy is divided into seven strands covering connectivity, skills, digital businesses, data, digital government, cyberspace and the wider economy.

Digital skills

The digital skills gaps is an ongoing concern both in the UK and around the world, and Bradley revealed a number of government schemes aimed at tackling it. More than four million free digital skills training opportunities were promised to develop the country’s digital skills base and infrastructure, with industry involvement central to the plans.

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