Digital Britain summit today


Technology and communications experts are in the throes of debating how best to equip Britain for a digital future at a Digital Britain summit in the British Library in central London today.

Speakers including O2 UK chief executive Ronan Dunne, BT Group chief executive Ian Livingstone, Virgin Media chief executive Neil Berkett. Also attending are television personality Stephen Fry, Universal Music’s Lucian Grainge, Johannes Larcher from online video streaming service Hulu, Hirouki Hishinuma from the Japanese Government and chief executive of the Work Foundation Will Hutton, along with 250 industry leaders.

Culture Secretary Andy Burnham, Business Secretary Peter Mandelson, Trinity Mirror chief executive Sly Bailey and Office of Fair Trading chief executive John Fingleton will deliver keynote speeches.

Minister for Communications, Technology and Broadcasting Stephen Carter said: “The health and success of our digital information and communications sectors are crucial to the future strength of Britain’s economy. In the interim Digital Britain Report, we set out our ambition to fully exploit the shift to digital technology.

He added: “This summit will bring together some of the leading thinkers in the Digital Economy. Their views on how to develop our infrastructure, develop our content and creative industries and keep pace with international competition will be invaluable as we finalise our thinking over the next two months.”

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