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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 Technology Forum (Pictfor).

We’re pleased to announce an updated version of our programme of events for 2017.

We’ve already hosted a roundtable examining Brexit and the Digital Single Market, a panel discussion focusing on skills and diversity and, most recently, an event on driving digital growth throughout the UK.

These topics were those our members, both Parliamentarian and those from industry, most wanted to discuss. As a membership organisation, one of the benefits of membership is being engaged in helping to create our programme of events.

Our programme remains flexible and dynamic throughout the year to enable us to respond to relevant developments while continuing to horizon scan for the issues likely to be of importance in future.

Coming up in 2017, we will continue to examine the changing dynamics Brexit brings with a CEO roundtable in March on the future of the UK’s internet, communications and tech sectors with Lord Bridges, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Exiting the EU, as well as a member’s event on international trade.

We are also organising an event focussing on the Industrial Strategy sponsored by HPE. Another important current topic is 5G and connectivity which will be the focus of our first Parliamentary briefing of 2017.

Two important dates are midday 16 May for a special keynote speech, and 10 July from 16:00 for our annual Summer Reception where the Chief Executive of Ofcom, Sharon White will be speaking. Further details for both these events will be announced soon.

In the summer we’ll be doing our first event ever outside of London. We’ll be going to Newcastle for a discussion on tech in the Northern Powerhouse.

This Autumn we’ll be engaging the tech sector with two great events in ‘Silicon Roundabout’. First, an event themed on the future of tech at which we’ll be specially welcoming new and young members. Secondly, an event on all things data covering the opportunities data brings, such as what big data and the ever-expanding internet of things can enable us to do, the threats, including cybersecurity and privacy concerns, and data protection and regulation including asking if our current levels of connectivity are up to the challenge.

For the last quarter, we’ll focus on the Internet of Things (IOT) holding a briefing as well as a CEO roundtable event on cybersecurity in light of the IOT and privacy.

As always we will close the year with the Annual Dinner giving us the chance to reflect on the past year and set out our vision for the year ahead.

How can you get involved?

To find out more about Pictfor or if you’re interested in attending any of these events please email events@pictfor.org.uk

You can download the full provisional 2017 programme here.


If you would like further information on this topic or about PICTFOR’s programme of events, please get in touch!

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