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Labour digital group calls for 'top priority' focus on technology

Charlotte Jee | Sept. 25, 2014
Labour should put technology at the ‘forefront' of its thinking if it wins power in the next general election, according to a prominent group within the party.

He said: "We need to have a real debate on the use of data, what its acceptable limits are and to what extent it can be used in the public interest. Politicians have to step up to the plate and talk about this."

Rapid change

Blackwell hopes that the report will help to usher in a greater focus on technological change within the party, both within government but also society as a whole.

He said: "Slowly but surely there's been a realisation that Labour needs to frame much more of its focus around technology.

"We're saying to Labour: you need to express the scale of your ambition here. Connectivity, big data, skills, privacy and identity; all of these things need to be addressed by the Labour party if it wants to be serious and credible.

"It is not just austerity impacting on people's jobs and careers, services and the high street, there's also the speeding up of the digital revolution. And any credible political party needs to reflect that much more centrally in what it says to people."

 

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