June 15, 2009 By Wayne Hanson
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown (pictured) in a release today, announced publication of the Digital Britain Report, "an action plan for the digital economy."
"Digital Britain," said Brown, "is about giving the country the tools to succeed and lead the way in the economy of the future ... Investing in areas such as broadband access for every home and business and the move from analog to digital technology will bring benefits across the board, driving growth, enabling businesses to thrive, and providing new opportunities and choices for households right across the country. It is an essential part of building Britain's future."
Initiatives listed in the report include:
The report also addresses upgrades in the energy grid, phased street traffic lights and other transportation innovations enabled by digital infrastructure.
The Times of London said of the plan that the tax-supported BBC may face uncertain funding as new media opportunities unfold and the government's plan to stop digital piracy could lead to increased Internet monitoring.
This Digital Communities white paper highlights discussions with IT officials in four counties that have adopted shared services models. Our aim was to learn about the obstacles these governments have faced when it comes to shared services and what it takes to overcome those roadblocks. We also spoke with several members of the IT industry who have thought long and hard about these issues. The paper offers some best practices for shared government-to-government services, but also points out challenges that government and industry still must overcome before this model gains widespread adoption.