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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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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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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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Event report: Mind the GaaP!

Event report GaaP is the buzzword in digital Government circles, Government as a Platform is the view that Government should be the platform for digital service providers – from the private sector – to deliver the services citizens need from social care to turning on your lamppost.  But some argue that Government is more than […]

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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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Digital access by disabled people: tech showcase

Many disabled people and older people are still being excluded from the digital world by poor design and poor enforcement of access and equality standards and laws. Parliamentarians that are keen to support the creation of a digital world that works for everyone and learn about assistive technology are encouraged to attend the session on Tuesday 20th January which […]

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