British Elections: The Parties Manifestos On Cyber

What is Britain's Digital Future? Here is a brief review of the three main party manifestos statements on digital and national their aternative cyber strategies. 
 
Labour
Labour says it will deliver full-fibre broadband to every home in our country by creating a new public service, boosting the economy, connecting communities and putting money back in your pocket. They also say they will establish British Broadband, with two arms: British Digital Infrastructure (BDI) and the British Broadband Service (BBS).  
 
They will bring the broadband-relevant parts of BT into public ownership, with a jobs guarantee for all workers in existing broadband infrastructure and retail broadband work. 
 
BDI will roll out the remaining 90–92% of the full- fibre network, and acquire necessary access rights to existing assets. BBS will coordinate the delivery of free broadband in tranches as the full- fibre network is rolled out, beginning with the communities worst served by existing broadband networks. 
 
Taxation of multinationals, including the tech giants, will pay for the operating costs of the public full- fibre network. The plan will boost jobs, tackle regional inequality and improve quality of life as part of a mission to connect the country. 
Labour will also invest in electric vehicle charging infrastructure and in electric community car clubs. We will accelerate the transition of our public sector car fleets and our public buses to zero-emissions vehicles. 
 
Cybercrime and cyberwarfare are growing, all around the world. Every aspect of our lives, from the NHS to our nuclear facilities, from transport systems to communications networks is vulnerable. A Labour government, ever more dependent on digital technology, will overhaul our cybersecurity by creating a co-ordinating minister and regular reviews of cyber-readiness. It will also review the role and remit of the National Cyber Security Centre to determine whether it should be given powers as an auditing body, with the ability to issue warnings to private and public sector organisations and designate risk.
 
It will also review the structures and roles of the National Crime Agency, to strengthen the response to all types of economic crime, including cybercrime and fraud, and ensure a modern, technologically advanced police service that has the capacity and skills to combat online crime, supported by a new national strategy on cybercrime and fraud. 
 
An incoming Labour government will increase the financial penalties available to the Electoral Commission and require imprints for digital political adverts and will undertake a Strategic Defence and Security Review to assess the security challenges facing Britain, including new forms of hybrid, cyber and remote warfare. 
 
LibDem
The LibDem say that the great advances in technology and the ever-changing nature of the world of work mean that more of us will change careers throughout our lives. LibDems think it isn’t good enough to say that education stops after school or university. A Liberal Democrat government will set up a new Skills Wallet for every adult, giving people £10,000 to spend on approved education and training courses to gain the right skills for the jobs of the future. It would continue to support investment in new UK digital start-ups by reforming the British Business Bank’s support for venture capital funds to enable it to help funds ‘crowd in’ new backers rather than acting as a funder of last resort.
 
LibDems would Support growth in the creative industries, including video gaming, by continuing to support the Creative Industries Council and tailored industry-specific tax support, promoting creative skills, supporting modern and flexible patent, copyright and licensing rules, and addressing the barriers to finance faced by small creative businesses.
 
The LibDem ambition is for the UK to lead the world in ethical, inclusive new technology, including artificial intelligence. They will invest in education to equip people with the skills they need - whether to use new technology or to create it - while also attracting and welcoming the best talent from around the world. 
 
With technology advancing and the world of work always and rapidly changing, skills learned at 18 or 21 will not last a lifetime and it has never been more important for people to continually develop new skills. The system is not set up for this though, opportunities are limited and people do not get the chance to make the most of their talents. We need to empower people to develop new skills so that they can thrive in the technologies and industries that are key to Britain’s economic future.
 
They say they will enable innovators and entrepreneurs to experiment and take risks, while taking on concentrations of power that stifle competition, limit choice for consumers and hamper progress. They will ensure that new technology is developed and deployed ethically, so that it respects people’s fundamental rights, including the rights to privacy and non-discrimination. 
 
LibDem also say they will:
  • Support the UK’s diverse, inclusive tech sector by teaching core skills such as logic, verbal reasoning and creativity in schools, and by reforming immigration rules, including enabling industry bodies to sponsor work visas.
  • Support the growth of new jobs and businesses in the tech sector by allowing companies to claim R&D tax credits against the cost of purchasing datasets and cloud computing, simplifying the regulatory landscape and speeding up regulatory change.
  • Ensure that new technologies are used in ethical and responsible ways by:
  • Introducing a Lovelace Code of Ethics to ensure the use of personal data and artificial intelligence is unbiased, transparent and accurate, and respects privacy.
  • Giving the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation the power to ‘call in’ products that appear to breach this Code.
  • Requiring all courses relating to digital technologies to include teaching about ethics and the Code specifically.
  • Introducing a kitemark for companies that meet the highest ethical standards in their development and use of artificial intelligence and other new technologies
  • Convene a citizens’ assembly to determine when it is appropriate for the government to use algorithms in decision-making.
  • Develop a mechanism to allow the public to share in the profits made by tech companies in the use of their data.
  • Empower consumers and ensure that everyone can enjoy the benefits of new technology, by setting a UK-wide target for digital literacy and requiring all products to provide a short, clear version of their terms and conditions, setting out the key facts as they relate to individuals’ data and privacy.
  • Enable people whose jobs are affected by automation to gain new skills and retrain with our new Skills Wallets, so that they can work in the good, well-paying jobs of the future. 
Conservative
A new UK Conservative government says it will embrace new technologies and crack down on online crimes.They will create a new national cybercrime force and empower the police to safely use new technologies like biometrics and artificial intelligence, along with the use of DNA, within a strict legal framework. They will also create a 'world-class National Crime Laboratory'. 
 
Condervatives will counter the growing threat of serious and organised crimeand strengthen the National Crime Agency so it can tackle the threats we face, from fraud, county lines gangs and child sexual abuse to illicit finance, modern slavery and people- trafficking. 
 
Conservatives will also legislate to make the UK one of the safest place in the world to be online.  The aim is to protect children from online abuse and harms, protecting the most vulnerable from accessing harmful content, and ensuring there is no safe space for terrorists to hide online, but at the same time defending freedom of expression and in particular recognising and defending the invaluable role of a free press. 
 
Also, given how the online world is moving, the Gambling Act is increasingly becoming an analogue law in a digital age. Conservatives say they will review the Gambling Act, with a particular focus on tackling issues around loot boxes and credit card misuse. They say they will invest in world-class computing and health data systems that can aid research, such as the ground-breaking genetic sequencing carried out at the UK Biobank, Genomics England and the new Accelerating the Detection of Disease project, which has the potential to transform diagnosis and treatment. 
 
The Conservative say  they will adapt to new threats, investing more in cybersecurity and setting up the UK’s first Space Command. 
 
LibDems.org       Labour.org       Conservative Manifesto:
 
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