"Our digital future is too central to economic, political and social structures and processes to leave to the technical experts or the politicians. This book will help broaden and inform debate over the real world stakes in the digital choices facing Britain in today's global network of networks." Professor William Dutton, Director, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford
The spread of digital technologies throughout our society has created new opportunities, new threats and new responsibilities for policy-makers.
The task of modernising public services and the UK economy using new technology is a critical one, but must not crowd out constitutional and legal concerns about our safety and privacy. Equally, the diffusion of these new tools through civil society offers significant new ways of understanding and conducting democratic processes.
This report outlines a policy agenda structured around the three strands of 'modernising', 'delineating' and 'recognising', and argues that these priorities can provide new purpose to the way in which Britain modernises its public institutions and economy.
Snakes and ladders: Tackling precarity in social security and employment supportAcross the country, people are trying to make ends meet, build financial security and pursue their aspirations. But, in a vicious cycle of snakes and ladders, many are being pulled down into poverty.
Making markets: The City's role in industrial strategyTo tackle climate change, we need a significant increase in public and private capital investment.
Broken hearted: A spotlight paper on cardiovascular diseaseProgress on cardiovascular disease was a significant driver of better health and prosperity in the latter half of the 20th century, however progress has recently stalled – with indications it may be in reverse.