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Event Report: How did social media influence the General Election?

Following the plethora of predictions about the role of social media during the election campaign, PICTFOR’s first event of the new Parliament examined the extent to which social media actually influenced the result. Representatives from two of the major platforms, Facebook and Twitter, examined the range of social media campaigning styles and detail how the […]

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Event Report: General Election 2015: The Rise of Tech

The political relevance of the technology sector has soared since 2010. Technology underpins every sphere of 21st century life and as more everyday activities migrate online, digital policy is starting to take a more prominent position in policy makers and, voter’s, minds. In the run up to the General Election, an expert panel examined the […]

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Event report: Mind the GaaP!

Event report GaaP is the buzzword in digital Government circles, Government as a Platform is the view that Government should be the platform for digital service providers – from the private sector – to deliver the services citizens need from social care to turning on your lamppost.  But some argue that Government is more than […]

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Event report “Digital Health: How can technology transform the NHS?”

Concerns about underfunding, increasing waiting times and the severity of this year’s ‘Winter crisis’ have combined with the prospect of a looming general election to ensure that the NHS has never been far from the top of the political agenda. PICTFOR’s first event of the year sought to look beyond the party political disagreements and […]

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Digital access by disabled people: tech showcase

Many disabled people and older people are still being excluded from the digital world by poor design and poor enforcement of access and equality standards and laws. Parliamentarians that are keen to support the creation of a digital world that works for everyone and learn about assistive technology are encouraged to attend the session on Tuesday 20th January which […]

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PICTFOR 2014: Review

This past year has seen PICTFOR firmly establish itself as the lead All Party Parliamentary Group on technology within the Houses of Parliament. With the UK technology sector forecast to contribute 12.4% of GDP to the economy by 2016, contributing some £225bn overall, PICTFOR has never been more relevant for industry and Parliament. The depth and […]

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PICTFOR Twitter Awards and Summer Reception 2014

PICTFOR is delighted to announce that our Second Twitter Awards will coincide with our longstanding Annual Summer Reception in 2014. The evening begins with a Twitter Teach-In from social media expert Mark Margaretten, followed by the Awards Ceremony hosted by the Independent on Sunday’s John Rentoul. Afterwards, Chair of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee, John Whittingdale MP, provides the keynore speech to our annual Summer Reception.

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‘A Year to the Election: What should the tech sector be calling for?’

On 13th May 2014 PICTFOR’s industry, parliamentary and academic membership attended a debate to discuss the variety of policy proposals that could emerge from the technology sector ahead of the formal drawing up of the political parties manifestos’. John Burn-Murdoch, a data journalist at the Financial Times chaired the evening, whilst the panel consisted of […]

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Recap: Parliament & Internet Conference 2013

Thank you to everyone who helped make the Eighth Annual Parliament & Internet Conference one of our biggest and best yet. We welcomed over 200 delegates over the course of the day. Special thanks to Nominet for their sponsorship of the Conference and EE for their sponsorship of the lunch; as well as our breakout session leaders: UK-IGF, e-skills UK, ISPA, ICAEW, DPA, and Childnet.

Miss a speech? Want to catch up? All sessions held in the Attlee Suite are available on-demand, courtesy of id3as.

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PICTFOR help launch the report ‘How Computers Can Transform Rehabilitation’

On Tuesday 22nd October, PICTFOR, in partnership with the Penal Affairs APPG, held a launch for the report Through the Gateway: How Computers Can Transform Rehabilitation. The report, written by the Prison Reform Trust and Prisoners Education Trust, examines the use of information and communication technology (ICT) in prisons and its potential as a tool for rehabilitation.

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