During the May 2010 general election I stood on a platform that called for changes to Britain’s digital policy. http://www.thestraightchoice.org/leaflets/4924/ A number of people, predominantly from the digital sector helped me draw up a list of digital pledges. These formed the basis of a mini manifesto that was distributed to a number of homes in my constituency.
The pledges are listed below.
I’ve started to add links to some of the work I’ve done around each pledge. The plan is that by the next general election, I’ll be able to show progress in each area.
If you have any ideas about how I can further contribute to achieving these pledges, or you’ve spotted something I’ve done that contributes to this agenda that warrants a link, please feel free to get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tom Watson MP
1. I will support the right of every UK citizen to connect to the Internet.
2. There is no more fundamental right than that to free speech.
3. The Internet should be built and operated openly without discrimination.
4. We should have a right to control our data.
5. I will always support transparency.
6. I believe that copyright and software patent laws should be reformed to reflect needs of citizens in the Internet age.
7. I will support measures to bring non-personal public sector data and government funded research into the public domain.
Written Question 12 July 2010 – Request to publish the KPMG consultation into NHS Choices and NHS Direct. They wouldn’t for a while but we eventually got hold of it via Freedom of Information and published it here.
8. I will use my role as an MP to support international free expression movements.
9. Elected representatives have a responsibility to understand how the digital space can be used to design public services, develop public policy and engage citizens in law-making.
Supported a bid to provide basic social media and online engagement training to MPs.
10. Procurement rules must be reformed, so that small and medium sized companies and open-source solutions can play a greater role in delivering Government IT.