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After an eventful year that featured events on topics ranging from Cyber Security to Online Safety, on Wednesday 23 November PICTFOR held its Annual Dinner in the House of Lords.

Our 2022 Annual Dinner brought together parliamentarians from both Houses and all parties, senior industry representatives from our membership and beyond to celebrate the continued collaboration between Parliament and the tech industry throughout the past year. We also looked ahead to the coming year, as we move into a new era of digital regulation, growth, and innovation, bringing with it new opportunities and challenges for both legislators and industry.

The dinner focused on tech for good, with Google providing tools that help UK communities, businesses, and organisations, supporting 700,000 businesses with their products and programmes in 2020 and over providing over £55 billion in economic through their search and advertising tools in the UK each year. Nominet helps make the world more connected, inclusive and secure, operating at the heart of the internet infrastructure as guardians of the.UK domain name registry. Nominet’s Public Benefit strategy drives this ambition, formalising social impact with a focus on initiatives that promote greater connectivity, inclusivity and security. Good Things Foundation supports socially excluded people to improve their lives through digital, bringing together thousands of community partners to make up the Online Centres Network, reaching deep into communities to help people gain the support and skills they need to change their lives and overcome social challenges.

PICTFOR would like to thank the event’s co-hosts Google and Nominet, as well as our Ministerial and Shadow Ministerial speakers and our event Chair and PICTFOR Vice-Chair, Lord Clement-Jones.

During the dinner we heard from the following speakers:

  • Paul Scully MP, Minister for Tech and the Digital Economy
  • Alex Davies-Jones MP, Shadow Minister for Tech, Gambling and the Digital Economy
  • David Black, Senior Director, Google UK
  • Elaine Quinn, Director of Corporate Affairs, Nominet
  • Helen Milner OBE, CEO of the Good Things Foundation

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

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