Digital Britain – industry leaders speak

Cracking event called Dear Stephen held by the Westminster eForum today – many thanks Peter, Tom and team for an interesting and thought provoking morning.

So, who said what then?  These are my real time tweets from the event for posterity:

  1. The Cloud make a good point about unlicensed spectrum – it is a place for grass roots innovationabout 2 hours ago from mobile web     
  2. And even more worried that those whose customers are not taxed can bid for fundsabout 2 hours ago from mobile web
  3. Emma Gilthorpe worried that 50p levy will get the chop by the Tories – let’s hope not, because we need to fund changeabout 2 hours ago from mobile web
  4. Peter Barron of Google very welcoming and conciliatory – all good news for Google!about 2 hours ago from mobile web
  5. Alastair Davidson echoes Hugh – what happens to spectrum (and what some incumbents have to give up) criticalabout 2 hours ago from mobile web
  6. Hugh Davis of 3 encouraging – looks good for digital inclusion without fixed term consumer contractsabout 2 hours ago from mobile web
  7. Andy King was surprised that more not done to speed up rural accessabout 3 hours ago from mobile web
  8. Seems to be a concern from Anna Bradley, Consumer Panel, about what will be implemented – and she is right to worryabout 3 hours ago from mobile web
  9. General worry about whether next Govt will pick up the baton on Dig Brit properlyabout 3 hours ago from mobile web
  10. Lots of mentions of Susan Boyle – go SuBo!about 4 hours ago from mobile web
  11. Nice scrap betwwen Google and Guardian brewing …about 4 hours ago from mobile web
  12. And worried about search: search takes away monetising contentabout 4 hours ago from mobile web
  13. She also is pleased that Dig Brit recognises threat of online aggregatorsabout 4 hours ago from mobile web
  14. Carolyn McCall: yes, we need more oversight on BBC expansionabout 4 hours ago from mobile web
  15. Andrew Harrison does not think wifi/wimax can offer same quality as digital radio – he might be right?about 4 hours ago from mobile web
  16. Patrick Barwise clearly annoyed that too much focus on pipe not contentabout 4 hours ago from mobile web
  17. and thinks 2 megabits obligation “puny” – I agree!about 5 hours ago from mobile web
  18. Michael Rawlinson of ELSPA: stop brain drain into City, get them into video games industry to drive innovationabout 5 hours ago from mobile web
  19. Tony Cohen pleased that Carter took hold of micro payments for content to subsidise less ad revabout 5 hours ago from mobile web
  20. Caroline Thomson gives thumbs up to Dig Brit – and wishes Stephen well.about 5 hours ago from mobile web

The broad themes from the day were interesting though:

– has Digital Britain focussed too much on the pipe and not enough on the consumers/content stuff?  Jury’s out.

– everyone (except Google, of course) seemed worried about Google (Chrome the OS was only mentioned a couple or times – it was mainly the ad revenue generated by search of creative content that seemed a concern i.e., the content creator isn’t necessarily rewarded)

– EVERYONE is worried about the imminent change of government (seems they don’t trust Big Dave to see it through)

– hardly any mention of tackling copyright infringement … has it just got too hard?  Have we lost our fight?

For a full copy of the agenda and speakers, see: http://www.westminsterforumprojects.co.uk/eforum/digitalbritain2agenda.pdf

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