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Julian Huppert: Innovation and opportunity vital for a digital economy

September 19, 2011 6:53 PM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

Commenting, Chair of the Information Technology Policy Working Group and MP for Cambridge, Julian Huppert said:

"This policy has some really exciting proposals, such as those on R&D, net neutrality and digital inclusion. IT is so important to Britain already - and it has the potential to drive a new, greener and more sustainable economy.

"Tackling piracy is important, but it shouldn't be seen as an end in itself. It's more important to create conditions that reward innovation and talent, and ensure that creators get the benefits of their work.

"The Digital Economy Act fails to do that; worse, it sorely lacks a convincing evidence base and real democratic legitimacy. I am delighted that Conference has passed this motion calling for the damaging parts of the Act to be repealed, and suggesting new ways for the digital economy to grow."