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Pictfor Announces New Officers

Pictfor recently held our Inaugural Meeting to establish our APPG for the new Parliament. We are pleased to announce the election of our new Parliamentary officers. As the All-Party Parliamentary Group for tech, the Parliamentary Internet, Communications and Technology Forum (Pictfor) provides a unique opportunity for Parliamentarians and members of the tech industry to meet, […]

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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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Event report “Digital Health: How can technology transform the NHS?”

Concerns about underfunding, increasing waiting times and the severity of this year’s ‘Winter crisis’ have combined with the prospect of a looming general election to ensure that the NHS has never been far from the top of the political agenda. PICTFOR’s first event of the year sought to look beyond the party political disagreements and […]

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PICTFOR 2014: Review

This past year has seen PICTFOR firmly establish itself as the lead All Party Parliamentary Group on technology within the Houses of Parliament. With the UK technology sector forecast to contribute 12.4% of GDP to the economy by 2016, contributing some £225bn overall, PICTFOR has never been more relevant for industry and Parliament. The depth and […]

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Ofcom Chief Executive Ed Richards delivers keynote speech at PICTFOR’s Annual Dinner 2014

To round off PICTFOR’s 2014, our Treasurer Lord Toby Harris welcomed members and parliamentarians to the House of Lords – or, as he drily described it, the “business end of the house” – for PICTFOR’s Annual Dinner. The dinner began with the Shadow Minister for Digital Government & Cyber Security, and PICTFOR co-chair, Chi Onwurah […]

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Parliament 2.0: How can the internet revolutionise British democracy?

    PICTFOR’s President, The Speaker, John Bercow MP, delivered an excellent keynote speech to our industry and parliamentary membership on 21st July 2014. Last year The Speaker announced a commission on Digital Democracy to investigate the use of modern technology in Parliament. This commission is tasked with nothing more than upgrading Parliament to “version 2.0”. An informative panel […]

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PICTFOR Twitter Awards and Summer Reception 2014

PICTFOR is delighted to announce that our Second Twitter Awards will coincide with our longstanding Annual Summer Reception in 2014. The evening begins with a Twitter Teach-In from social media expert Mark Margaretten, followed by the Awards Ceremony hosted by the Independent on Sunday’s John Rentoul. Afterwards, Chair of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee, John Whittingdale MP, provides the keynore speech to our annual Summer Reception.

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‘A Year to the Election: What should the tech sector be calling for?’

On 13th May 2014 PICTFOR’s industry, parliamentary and academic membership attended a debate to discuss the variety of policy proposals that could emerge from the technology sector ahead of the formal drawing up of the political parties manifestos’. John Burn-Murdoch, a data journalist at the Financial Times chaired the evening, whilst the panel consisted of […]

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The Future of Digital Government: Building services so good that citizens want to use them

  – The Future of Digital Government: Building services so good that citizens want to use them – On Wednesday 18th March, an audience of PICTFOR’s parliamentary and business membership gathered in the Macmillan Room to listen to a debate on The Future of Digital Government.  PICTFOR’s Vice-chair, Stephen Timms MP, chaired the panel discussion. […]

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The Europe Debate, 4 February

PICTFOR was delighted to hold the “The Europe Debate” on 4th February 2014 in the Grand Committee Room, Houses of Parliament.

The event was focused on whether UK technology companies benefit from EU membership, and whether the digital single market is good for UK business.

We heard from academics, industry leaders, and political figures including Bill Cash MP, Chair of the European Scrutiny Committee. The evening was hosted by PICTFOR Co-Chairs Chi Onwurah MP and Stephen Mosley MP, and moderated by The Guardian’s technology editor, Charles Arthur.

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