What is the UK government's digital strategy?


UK culture minister Karen Bradley. Foreign and Commonwealth Office

What are the key points of the UK Digital Strategy published on 1 March 2017 by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport?

Culture minister Karen Bradley said the UK's digital strategy 'sets a path to make Britain the best place to start and grow a digital business, trial a new technology, or undertake advanced research as part of the government's plan to build a modern, dynamic and global trading nation".

It includes

  • Google, BT, Apple, Sky, Microsoft, Samsung, Lloyd's, Barclays and Cisco offering free digital skills training
  • Plans to force broadband infrastructure companies to share their technology to widen access across the country
  • Grants to support robotics and Artificial Intelligence projects in UK universities
  • Technology to allow police to use biometric tools to match fingerprints and DNA samples at scenes of crimes
  • After school "cyber" clubs
  • Age-checks for internet users
  • Improved online access to public services like passport renewal and crime reporting

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