Parties urged to set out IT manifestos

IT lobby group Eurim, a coalition of IT directors, politicians and lawyers, has called on the political parties to put IT at the...

IT lobby group Eurim, a coalition of IT directors, politicians and lawyers, has called on the political parties to put IT at the heart of their election manifestos.

The group said government policy should be geared to making the UK a location of choice for information-based businesses, as countries such as India and China increasingly take over the supply of low-value goods and services.

This will mean developing the UK as a centre for world-class communications, creating low-cost, reliable broadband links capable of offering streaming video.

People should be able to access government services over the internet or through a single point of contact, such as a post office or community centre, Eurim said.

And all central government programmes should pass through the full Office of Government Commerce Gateway review process and should be scrutinised by the National Audit Office and the Public Accounts Committee, if they are approved.

The government's ID card initiative should be scrutinised to ensure that it gives adequate protection to data, and achieves economies of scale, Eurim said.

Training should be improved to allow the workforce to update their skills. And computer crime should be integrated into mainstream policing.

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