Parliament & Internet is an annual conference to discuss Internet policy and inform policymakers by bringing together Government, Parliamentarians, officials, business and civil society. It is a neutral platform where thought leaders debate important technology issues that shape legislative policy in an open forum.
The stimulus for Parliament & Internet came from UK members of Parliament with a keen interest in the Internet who visited Washington DC between 2003 and 2006 and spoke at the US Congressional Internet Caucus. It was felt that a similar regular open dialogue was needed in the UK. The first Parliament & Internet conference was held in the Houses of Parliament in October 2006 and has become a key event each year since for those interested in discussing Internet policy.
The agenda for 2015’s conference can be found here
The participants in the P&I Conference 2015 were:
The Parliamentary Internet, Communications and Technology Forum (Pictfor) is the leading all party group in the technology sector in the Houses of Parliament.
As an Associate All-party Parliamentary Group, operating under official all-party group rules, our membership comprises parliamentarians from Houses, consumer groups, academic institutions and technology companies. Pictfor’s origins started over 30 years ago as the Parliamentary Information Technology Committee (PITCOM).
Our core aims are:
- to brief parliamentarians and corporate interests on the socioeconomic impact of legislation and other developments around the digital economy;
- to work with industry and other interests to address current and potential problems in the digital economy;
- to provide a meeting place for parliament, government, business and other interests to exchange information and opinions;
- to engage with all interested groups and individuals through social media;
- to reflect the global nature of the digital economy by working in close partnership with other legislatures across the world and within the UK.
We hold a range of events in Parliament throughout the year including:
- bi-monthly CEO roundtable dinners focusing on key digital issues attended by Ministers, CEOs of ICT companies and Parliamentarians;
- panel events and meetings discussing digital policy implications and emerging technologies;
- the annual National Schools’ Competition;
- a workshop at the annual Parliament and Internet Conference
- receptions and an annual dinner.
Nominet operates at the heart of e-commerce in the UK, running one of the world’s largest Internet registries and managing over seven million domain names.
Nominet maintains the register of .uk domain names. Running run the technology which locates a computer on the Internet hosting the web site or email system you’re looking for when you type in a web address or send an email to an address that ends in .uk.
Nominet was one of the leaders in establishing the UK Internet Governance Forum initiative.
UK-IGF (UK-Internet Governance Forum)
The UK Internet Governance Forum is a collaborative partnership between Nominet, the UK Department for Culture, Media & Sport, key parliamentarians and other organisations taking a leading role in making the internet a better place.
Its aim is to provide a local forum in the UK that engages industry, government, parliament, academia and civil society in debate on Internet Governance issues. As well as encouraging partnerships and coalitions that deliver solutions and demonstrate best practice for others to learn from.
Other influential stakeholder groups that are taking part include the London Internet Exchange, the Children’s Charities Coalition for Internet Safety, The Internet Watch Foundation, Raceonline 2012 and Childnet.
The Internet Services Providers’ Association (ISPA UK) is the UK’s Trade Association for providers of Internet services.
Mission statement: ISPA brings together the UK internet industry to provide essential support through innovation, knowledge and experience in order to benefit the UK economy and society.
Promoting collaboration and constructive dialogue between its members and the wider internet community, ISPA is an all-important driving force for the industry and relevant stakeholders.
As a trade association, membership is voluntary but the companies who choose to become members of ISPA agree to abide by the ISPA UK Code. ISPA members’ allegiance to the Code means that consumers can view the ISPA UK logo as a mark of commitment to good business practice.
ISPA’s main activity is in making representations on behalf of the industry to Government bodies, such as the Home Office, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and Ofcom. Government and political representatives often approach ISPA for its knowledge and expertise.
Over 200 companies in the UK benefit from membership of ISPA.
Policies are agreed by the ISPA Council, a body of up to ten people selected from and representing the various interests of the membership. The Council is served by a secretariat.
ISPA UK was instrumental in establishing EuroISPA, a European federation of Internet Services Providers’ Associations. EuroISPA voices ISPs concerns to politicians and officials at European Union level and influences EU Internet policies.
ICAEW is a world leading professional membership organisation that promotes, develops and supports over 140,000 chartered accountants worldwide. We provide qualifications and professional development, share our knowledge, insight and technical expertise, and protect the quality and integrity of the accountancy and finance profession.
As leaders in accountancy, finance and business our members have the knowledge, skills and commitment to maintain the highest professional standards and integrity. Together we contribute to the success of individuals, organisations, communities and economies around the world.
The Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB) is the trade association for online and mobile advertising. It promotes growth and best practice for advertisers, agencies and media owners.