Mon, 19 Sep 2011
Liberal Democrat Autumn Conference today endorsed the Information Technology Policy Paper, which affirms the party’s commitments to a vibrant and innovative digital economy and calls for measures to stimulate innovation and to ensure everyone has an opportunity to benefit from the digital revolution.
Commenting, Chair of the Information Technology Policy Working Group and MP for Cambridge, Julian Huppert said:
“This policy has some really exciting proposals, such as those on R&D, net neutrality and digital inclusion. IT is so important to Britain already - and it has the potential to drive a new, greener and more sustainable economy.
“Tackling piracy is important, but it shouldn’t be seen as an end in itself. It’s more important to create conditions that reward innovation and talent, and ensure that creators get the benefits of their work.
“The Digital Economy Act fails to do that; worse, it sorely lacks a convincing evidence base and real democratic legitimacy. I am delighted that Conference has passed this motion calling for the damaging parts of the Act to be repealed, and suggesting new ways for the digital economy to grow.”