Our response to the Digital Economy Bill

Last week I gave oral evidence to the Digital Economy Bill Scrutiny committee in the House of Commons. It was a joint session with Jeni Tennison CEO of the Open Data Institute (ODI) and a member of our Digital Advisory Board.

You can watch the full session on Parliament Live or read Hansard.

We support the sentiment behind the Bill, there’s much to applaud in it. But it’s really important that Government embodies the principles of open access to public data, with strong and transparent operational processes in place. This is a commercial issue because of the extra friction of duplicate and inconsistent public data. For us it’s also a member data issue, in terms of access, privacy and trust.

We need registers to do this. Sharing of data between different areas within Government has the potential to worsen the current situation.

I talked about radical transparency at our AGM. We should all be able to see where and how Government shares data.

We’ll continue to monitor the progress of this Bill in the weeks and months ahead.

Mike Bracken

Chief Digital Officer

Digital Advisory Board

We’ve established a Digital Advisory Board. They’re a small and carefully selected group of individuals with a wide-ranging set of skills which will bolster and complement each other and our own to ensure we’re on the right track and doing the right things. 

There’s a lot to do to support our family of businesses and to deliver our digital approach. This isn’t something we’ve attempted before, so we need a little help in the form of some world-class expertise and experience to add to our own ideas and plans.

The Board is advisory, so it’s not part of our governance or decision-making structure and is in addition to the support we receive from our Members’ Council. They’ll review our planned activities and the wider digital marketplace, providing scrutiny, recommendations and guidance.

They’ll meet every 2-3 months, with the first meeting to take place later this year.

The founding members of our digital advisory board are;

We may add a few more members to the Board if we feel there are specific skills and experience we need access to, and we’ll continue to maintain an equal gender split (plus or minus one member if there’s an odd number).

We want to deliver the very best value to our members and the communities we serve, so we believe having some experts keeping an eye on us to help us do this is a good idea.

Ian Dunnett
Head of strategic growth & partnerships