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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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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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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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Recap: Parliament & Internet Conference 2013

Thank you to everyone who helped make the Eighth Annual Parliament & Internet Conference one of our biggest and best yet. We welcomed over 200 delegates over the course of the day. Special thanks to Nominet for their sponsorship of the Conference and EE for their sponsorship of the lunch; as well as our breakout session leaders: UK-IGF, e-skills UK, ISPA, ICAEW, DPA, and Childnet.

Miss a speech? Want to catch up? All sessions held in the Attlee Suite are available on-demand, courtesy of id3as.

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PICTFOR help launch the report ‘How Computers Can Transform Rehabilitation’

On Tuesday 22nd October, PICTFOR, in partnership with the Penal Affairs APPG, held a launch for the report Through the Gateway: How Computers Can Transform Rehabilitation. The report, written by the Prison Reform Trust and Prisoners Education Trust, examines the use of information and communication technology (ICT) in prisons and its potential as a tool for rehabilitation.

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PICTFOR discusses the Government’s ‘Digital by Default’ agenda

PICTFOR held a panel discussion in conjunction with BCS on Wednesday 11th September on Digital by Default, the Government’s commitment to bring all public facing services online by April 2018 as part of its Digital Strategy. It is estimated that this strategy could transform government services and save between £1.7 and £1.8 billion a year once in place.

Panellists included Richard Heaton, Permanent Secretary at the Cabinet Office; Liam Maxwell Government CTO; David Evans, Membership Director of BCS; Peter Measey, CEO of Radtac and Stephen Mosley MP, Member of the Science & Technology Select Committee and Co-Chair of PICTFOR.

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PICTFOR Partners with Smart City Expo

PICTFOR is delighted to be supporting the 2013 Smart City Expo World Congress, the leading Smart City industry event in the world.This year’s Congress will take place from 19th – 21st November in Barcelona. PICTFOR members will have a 30% discount on tickets to the Congress and bookings of 15 or more will recieve a free flight, accomodation and Congress pass. For more information and a preliminary programme, please visit:

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Congratulations to the PICTFOR Twitter Awards Winners

Sixty Parliamentarians and Parliamentary staff gathered Wednesday night for @PictforUK’s First Annual Twitter Awards in conjunction with PoliticsHome.

Top honours went to Sajid Javid MP (@sajidjavid) for Greatest Increase In Followers, Aidan Burley MP (@AidanBurleyMP) for Most Mentioned, and Lord Bassam (@SteveTheQuip) for “Peer of the Year”. Paul Waugh (@paulwaugh) of PoliticsHome served as Master of Ceremonies for a fantastic new annual event.

Before the Awards, Parliamentarians received a masterclass from Twitter’s Steve Summers (@pocketsteve) on how best to use the platform to engage with constituents and the world at large.

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