As Sir Tim Berners-Lee famously said of the World Wide Web: “this is for everyone”. Digital is now at the heart of almost every single policy area in one way or another, but it is not really ‘for everyone’.
Too often those on the wrong side of the “digital divide” have been left without the benefits of technological progress that many of us take for granted.
And there are growing signs that digital technology may be concentrating too much power in the hands of unaccountable bodies – not just government agencies, but large corporations whose decisions increasingly affect our rights, freedoms, and the political system itself.
Labour believes that we can demand more from our digital technologies – and build a digital future that is safer, fairer and more inclusive.
But to make this future a reality, we need your input.
Over the next few weeks, we are consulting on the principles that should govern Labour’s approach to digital technologies – not just for the next election cycle but for the long-term.
The deadline for sending in submissions to this consultation has now been extended to Friday 16th of October.