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from The Great Debate UK:

Dear Prime Minister – leave tech spending alone

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-Steve Ranger is the editor of silicon.com. The opinions expressed are his own. Join Reuters for a live discussion with guests as Chancellor George Osborne makes  an emergency budget statement at 12:30 p.m. British time on Tuesday, June 22, 2010. -

There has never been a more important time for chief information officers to raise their profiles and make their worth clear - especially in the public sector, where over the next few years budgets will be under attack like never before.

We were particularly pleased that in this year’s silicon.com CIO50, an annual programme which celebrates the best technology chiefs in the UK, we saw more CIOs voting, and more CIOs being nominated to date.

This year's winner was John Suffolk, the UK government CIO, who is in charge of setting the technology strategy for the entire public sector.

from The Great Debate UK:

Tackling digital copyright theft

lavinia-Lavinia Carey is Chair of the Alliance Against IP Theft, and Director General of the British Video Association. The opinions expressed are her own. -

The proposals contained within the much anticipated Digital Economy Bill have prompted lively debate among politicians, industry and consumer groups. Unfortunately, some have characterised the debate as industry versus consumer, when in fact both industry and the consumer have an interest in reducing copyright theft.

Do you object to your money going to private broadcasters?

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It has been suggested that the BBC could be forced to give up some of its income from the licence fee to help fund regional news on commercial broadcasters such as ITV which are struggling during the downturn.

The suggestion was included in a government-backed report called Digital Britain which is aimed at helping those broadcasters such as ITV which have been hit by the fall in advertising.

Is Britain being too slow in promoting broadband?

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A new report from Ofcom, reveals that more than 30 percent of homes in Britain don’t have basic broadband service.

The study will become part of the government’s Digital Britain report, which is intended to help keep the UK economically and culturally competitive by promoting broadband access.

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