A new Groupe Intellex paper urges greater empowerment of UK municipalities to take a stronger role in developing their local digital infrastructures as a foundation for future economic growth and community development.
The graphic selected for the front of this paper shows the double helix representation of DNA – the stuff of life.
The shot was taken from the chapel of the research institute of the hospital of San Raffaele in Milan.
The message is that digitalisation is now deeply embedded in the DNA of modern economies. The Digital Economy is a term that is now almost redundant; what part of economic activity is not in some way facilitated or enabled by digital networks and technologies?
The paper draws together several threads – calls for devolution, new insights into the efficacy of public investment and demands for smarter attention to local needs – and contrasts the centralised state supervision of the UK with progressive communities across the world.
The topic will be discussed at NextGen 14 Fast Track to the Future conference in Derby (November 11th & 12th).
Unleashing Municipal Enterprise (3MB PDF download).
Video interview from NextGenTV
Thinking back to the summer of 2012, Michael Heseltine and his team made many good decisions. With an ear for political consensus he crafted a way to get things done – and made 89 recommendations.
It may now be increasingly beyond doubt that those right decisions were made for some of the wrong reasons – but does it really matter that some stones remained unturned?
Full story here.
The UK’s Next Generation Digital Challenge is an annual awards programme that culminates in an award ceremony in October – this year at Wembley during the NextGen conference.
The entries this year are interesting for at least three reasons. Firstly the Open Nomination phase resulted in more than three times previous entry levels. Secondly analysis of the entries showed that there were now sufficient entries to justify support for three new categories – in Open Data, Digital Skills and Digital Innovation – in addition to the traditional categories for digital network developments. Thirdly the entries show an increasing awareness of the value for local communities and the economy of long-term investment in digital infrastructure.
With this higher level of entries, up to six nominations in each category have now been selected to go forward as Finalists for assessment by an independent judging panel and all of those short-listed will be invited to make brief presentations at NextGen13.
Full story including the short-listed Finalists here
In our strongest editorial to date on the so-called Digital Economy we assert that, in the same way that people say ‘the real economy’ without explaining what an un-real economy might be, there is no non-digital economy of any great substance.
Across every sector of the economy the qualifier ‘digital’ is redundant. The digital infrastructure is as important to sustainable green policies for energy and transport as it is for Finance, Health and Manufacturing. Fixing the ‘digital deficit’ is the first step towards economic recovery.
We suggest that to track the nation’s digital maturity we need to measure four things: Fitness for Purpose, Balance, Hassle and Disruption.
Full story here.
See also previous editorial: Finding Nemode