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Martha Lane Fox to continue as UK Digital Champion

Rebecca Thomson

Martha Lane Fox will continue in her role as UK Digital Champion, the government announced today.

Despite many projects coming under review and IT programmes often being in the firing line of cuts, the government will continue to fund her work to get more people online in the UK.

As well as encouraging online engagement Lane Fox is focusing on improving the convenience of public services by helping to drive online delivery. She will also sit on the Efficiency Board, chaired by Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude.

The Cabinet Office said her job will involve:

  • Continuing the Race Online 2012 campaign, which she founded, to encourage as many people as possible to get online.
  • Advising the Government on how efficiencies can be best realised through the online delivery of public services; and
  • Leading work to drive efficiencies through the greater use of online services across government, including the transformation of Directgov.

Lane Fox said, "Whilst helping to bridge the digital divide is hugely important in its own right, there are also compelling economic reasons why we need to get everyone online. For example the Government could save millions of pounds each year simply by doing transactions online rather than on paper or over the phone."


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