Smart Society Group Meeting Chaired by Craig Williams MP

Map Unavailable

Date(s) - 21/03/2017
14:30 - 16:30





Tuesday 21 March 2017

14.30-16.30 ~ Westminster

To register interest:


How can the UK build digital and industrial strategies for a smart society?

The Digital Economy Bill currently going through Parliament aims to shape the emerging digital world to the benefit of consumers and businesses in the UK, and to support the digital transformation of government. Its progress through Parliament will resume shortly after publication of the 2017 Spring Budget revealed more of the Government’s plans.

These include investing £270 million to launch the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund to keep the UK at the forefront of disruptive technologies like biotech, robotic systems and driverless vehicles, £16 million for a national 5G Innovation Network to trial new 5G technology, and over £500 million in technical education for 16 to 19 year old students who will be able to choose from 15 different T-Level routes including Digital.

Through the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s “Building our Industrial Strategy” green paper, the Industrial Strategy Team, following consultation, aims to improve living standards by increasing productivity and driving growth across the whole country. The UK Digital Strategy developed this further, applying the principles outlined in the Industrial Strategy green paper to the digital economy. It also builds on the Government Transformation Strategy, which maps out how Government will transform the relationship between the citizen and the state to improve public services.

In sectors such as transport, infrastructure, energy, health, and retail, confidence in the secure use of smart devices could lead to improvements in service and reductions in cost of provision.

  • What technical, legal, regulatory, and commercial frameworks can help make the UK a world leader in digital technology and address uncertainties hindering confidence in its secure adoption?
  • What can be learnt from the National Smart Meter Rollout?
  • What areas of policy should the Government prioritise to support UK specialisation in the tech sector, or in development of uses of new technology in other sectors?
  • Can health or local authorities do more to support the development of uses of new technology, such as in procurement, or through idea awards or technology contests?

The objective of this meeting is to discuss these issues and scope for related submissions to the Government, such as to the Building our Industrial Strategy consultation, or through a forum to be convened following the UK Digital Strategy for government and the tech community to work together to support the growth of the UK digital economy.

The DPA’s Smart Society Working Group aims to look at the issues arising from the huge increases in scale, ubiquity, processing capability and interconnectivity forecast for smart devices and the “Internet of Things” (including machine-to-machine interfacing).

This meeting is for DPA members and registered observers. If you are interested in becoming a member we would welcome your attendance as a taster, but before any further participation, DPA membership is mandatory.  More details are available at: