This paper is about statistics and policy related to the Digital Economy, which includes computer programming, telecommunications, manufacturing, publishing and data processing.Jump to full report >>
The ‘digital economy’ is a widely used phrase. The UK government defines it to include the following sectors:
Innovate UK’s Digital Economy Strategy (2015-18) identifies a number of challenges in the digital economy including skill shortages, the cost of protecting intellectual property, funding support and investment in digital infrastructure.
The Government indicated in the Queen’s Speech on 18 May 2016 that it intends to bring forward a Digital Economy Bill that will “make the UK a world leader in digital provision”. The Bill is expected to contain provision for a broadband Universal Service Obligation (USO), reform of the Electronic Communications Code and powers for Ofcom to make switching broadband providers easier for consumers.
Commons Briefing papers CBP-7610
Authors: Chris Rhodes; Daniel Rathbone