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 forces that have fuelled technology’s dramatic rise up the political agenda in recent years.
- Eddie Copeland, Head of Technology Policy, Policy Exchange (@EddieACopeland)
- Katharine Peacock, Managing Director, COMRES (@KPeacock_ComRes)
- Antony Walker, Deputy CEO, techUK (@techUKdepCEO)
- Timothy Barnes, Director of Enterprise Operations, UCL (@timothy_barnes)
Chair: Rory Cellan-Jones, Chief Technology Correspondent, BBC (@ruskin147)
2010 – 2015: Tech – now and then
In 2010, at the time of the last General Election, tech hardly featured – now all the main parties have high profile personnel responsible for the ‘digital economy’ and digital policy is likely to figure prominently in their respective manifestos. At a European level, the digital agenda is prevalent and the completion of a connected digital single market promises to generate up to €250 billion of additional growth (2014-19) creating hundreds of thousands of new jobs in the knowledge-based digital economy.