Thursday, June 20, 2013

Information economy strategy

The UK Government (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) has just published an Information economy strategy: Strategy from government and industry for the future of the information economy. It is not really about the information economy, but more about using "data, analytics and modelling", creating high speed and high powered infrastructure, trying to attract more young people to study computing science (including developing MOOCs to improve digital (i.e. computing/technology) skills), encouraging "information economy" small businesses, improving broadband, addressing cyber security. It all sounds rather familiar from similar 20th century government reports, except they seem to have forgotten e.g. that a previous government spent money putting internet into all UK public libraries (no mention of libraries here, that I could see, let alone information literacy). However, obviously important reading for those of us in the UK.
Photo by Sheila Webber: yet more daisies at Sheffield Station

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