Update – our programme of events for 2017

With the triggering of Article 50 on the horizon, and developments on the Industrial Strategy, Cybersecurity and the Digital Transformation Strategy, our forum is more relevant than ever. As predicted, 2017 is shaping up to be a defining year – and there has never been a more pertinent time for the Parliamentary Internet, Communications and […]

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Our plans for 2017

2017 is set to be a defining year in politics and the Parliamentary Internet, Communications and Technology Forum (Pictfor) is more relevant than ever. With the Digital Economy Bill going through Parliament, the progression of the UK’s cybersecurity strategy plans, the recent announcements on digital infrastructure and the growing influence of the tech sector, having […]

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Event report – Connectivity in the modern age: Should adequate internet access be regulated and guaranteed like a public utility?

  Pictfor hosted a panel discussion in Portcullis House as part of the Parliament and Internet Conference, which took place on 27 October 2016. Coming together to discuss ‘Connectivity in the modern age: Should adequate internet access be regulated and guaranteed like a public utility?’, the panel included: Chair: Matt Warman MP, Co-Chair of Pictfor […]

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Event report: How big tech companies can work better with SMEs

Pictfor hosted a panel discussion in Portcullis House on 7 September 2016 on the topic of ‘How big tech companies can work better with SMEs’. The panel included: Matt Warman MP, Co-Chair of Pictfor Chi Onwurah MP, Co-Chair of Pictfor Simon Blagden MBE, Non-Executive Chairman of Fujitsu UK and Industry Chair of Pictfor Mark Barber, […]

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Digital humans: How can society have a better relationship with technology?

On Monday 18th January 2016, Pictfor hosted the #DigitalHumans debate in partnership with techUK. A high profile panel, including the author and technology theorist, Tom Chatfield, and the Shadow Digital Economy Minister, Chi Onwurah MP, examined the impact that developments in technology have had on British society in recent decades, considered where technology is taking […]

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How to get the smallest businesses online?

There are around 4m self-employed and micro enterprises in the UK, it is a sector that has grown rapidly and now accounts for 76% of all UK businesses. These businesses have the most to gain from getting online and we have many notable success stories in the UK’s vibrant digital economy. But this section of […]

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Pictfor article in The House magazine

In this month’s edition of The House magazine, Pictfor were delighted that our co-Chairs, Chi Onwurah MP and Matt Warman, co-authored an article on the importance of technology in changing our economy, society and politics. Please read the full article here

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How is your data used?

With more data than ever being collected and analysed, businesses are increasingly able to develop insights into how their key audiences think and act. This is particularly true of the online realm, where people are spending more and more of their time. As the number of an individual’s online interactions grow, so does their digital […]

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Event Report: How did social media influence the General Election?

Following the plethora of predictions about the role of social media during the election campaign, PICTFOR’s first event of the new Parliament examined the extent to which social media actually influenced the result. Representatives from two of the major platforms, Facebook and Twitter, examined the range of social media campaigning styles and detail how the […]

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Event Report: General Election 2015: The Rise of Tech

The political relevance of the technology sector has soared since 2010. Technology underpins every sphere of 21st century life and as more everyday activities migrate online, digital policy is starting to take a more prominent position in policy makers and, voter’s, minds. In the run up to the General Election, an expert panel examined the […]

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