The Digital Policy Alliance (EURIM) is the politically neutral, cross-party policy voice of the internet and technology sector.
Informing policy for a competitive, inclusive, networked society.
WHAT WE DO
The Digital Policy Alliance, originally founded in 1993 as EURIM, alerts EU and UK Parliamentarians and policy makers to the potential impacts, implications, and unintended consequences of policies which interact with and leverage online and digital technologies. We collaboratively cut across organisational and cross-sector boundaries to produce informed, representative and authoritative publications based on practical experience and insight, and suggest and review proposals for government policy, legislation and regulation as it applies to the UK.
WHAT WE ARE
We are an independent, not-for-profit, cross-party, broad-based membership organisation, which for the purpose of financial transparency is a company limited by guarantee. We are a politically neutral, cross-party policy voice for the internet and technology sector, informing policy- and decision-makers and working for a competitive, inclusive, networked society.
WHO WE ARE
Our Chairman, the Earl of Erroll, is an independent cross-bench peer. We are financed by subscriptions from our non-parliamentary members, who include corporate suppliers and users of digital technology, trade organisations, charities and small businesses. We are unique in our network of alliances with policy bodies, academia, charitable organisations, industry groupings, central, local and regional governments, and other membership organisations.
HOW WE OPERATE
We focus on digitally-related topics – such as digital national infrastructure, cyber security and e-crime, data protection, skills, age verification and internet safety, artificial intelligence and the development of a Smart Society. We form active working groups which produce plain language summary briefings for Parliamentarians, Ministers, civil servants and industry members. We distribute our findings to policy decision-makers and influencers through a programme of targeted events and publication of briefings, reports and papers.
WHAT WE ARE NOT
We are not a lobbying group. There is no party political prioritisation to our work. We do not get involved in campaigning. We do not advocate positions on behalf of individual members or interest groups. We do not promote specific technologies.
- We set the agenda for the original European Telecommunication liberalisation programme.
- We helped establish the priorities for Transformational Government, including the need to address the issues of secure data sharing.
- We alerted Government to the need for more effective co-ordination and collaboration with industry in the fight against e-crime and helped set the agenda for a number of Government anti e-crime initiatives.
- We lead the DigiChampz project which was an EU Commission-funded project that showcased the European Union's flagship Digital Agenda policies.
- In April 2018 we successfully launched the Publicly Available Specification (PAS 1296) for age checking.
- We argued effectively for the inclusion in the Digital Economy Act 2017 of the power for the Regulator to block non-compliant websites world-wide in order to protect children.
- We hosted an international meeting of the Internet Engineering Task Force in the House of Lords in March 2018.
- We were invited to hold a Smart Society Working Group meeting on "The Barriers to making a City Smart" at the first meeting of the Intelligent Communities Forum Global Summit to be held outside of the USA in June 2018.