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News - 2 September 2013
Government’s ‘Geek Manifesto’ plays to Brighton’s strengths
Chancellor George Osborne published a summary of the government’s plans to promote the creative, digital and IT industries [CDIT] in the Guardian newspaper on Saturday. Just the job for the city’s burgeoning digital sector.
In the week when he will be attending one of the world's largest technology festivals - Campus Party at London's O2Arena - to debate the role for government alongside entrepreneurs with Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales, the Chancellor outlined a raft of measure to put the UK at the forefront of the digital revolution.
This includes extending superfast broadband to 99% of homes and businesses, opening up government data and introducing a requirement into the national curriculum that students aged between five and 16 are taught how to build apps and write computer programs and spending £2m to build a network of 400 "master teachers" who will help thousands of others acquire digital-making skills.
The development of New England House as a hub for digital businesses is a key plank in the emerging City Deal
. The Chancellors enthusiasm for all things digital has come at an opportune moment prior to the presentation of the plan to government in October.
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