While working through the invitation for the round table I am helping organise on 12th September to help drum up inputs to the consultation on the Digital Infrastructure Strategy I was contacted by Lindsey Annison regarding an exercise to put up an on-line service to enable those unable to get to meetings and not active in those professional bodies, trade associations and interest groups which are planning submissions to make their members’ views known. The on-line consultation service is organised by TecQT and uses DigressIT. I am delighted to say that this is now live .
I look forward to seeing how this service is promoted and used in practice. I have observed many exercises to organise on-line consultations using a variety of tools, beginning with that organised by the Select Committee scrutinising the legislation to create Ofcom. That committee received approximately 500 on-line responses, which was about the maximum they could handle with the resources they had available.
P,S, I have been disappointed, but not surprised, to discover that some of the best known names in the on-line world have not spotted the importance of the DCIS consultation to the future of their UK operations.
I think this is because the jargon, including “DCIS Consultation” and “Digital Infrastructure”, conceals the range of topics that need to be addressed: from social exclusion (inner cities and rural communities), through net neutrality (alias traffic and bandwidth rationing at network and interconnection bottlenecks) and planning (including to turn potential infra-structure clashes into shared security) to business models that ensure those who benefit reward those who pay.