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 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 participants in the P&I Conference:

 

Nominet

Nominet is an internet company delivering public benefit, with a team of 150 people based in Oxford and London, and over 2,500 members. Nominet runs one of the world’s largest country code registries, managing and running over 10 million domain names that end in .uk. Nominet also runs the Welsh Top Level Domains (.cymru and .wales), and provides registry services to a number of other branded and generic Top Level Domains, including .bbc. Over 3 million businesses, and millions more consumers, rely on its domain registry services.

Nominet’s work keeping the .uk namespace secure led to the development of a ground-breaking network analytics tool called turing, which become commercially available in 2015. Its R&D team is exploring the further potential of the Domain Names System (DNS) and the challenges and opportunities around emerging internet technologies.  This led to the development of IoT tools – using existing standards to integrate the ‘internet of things’ into the existing internet infrastructure.

With the proceeds of its successful registry business, Nominet set up and supports Nominet Trust, a charitable foundation that funds ‘tech for good’ projects.

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www.nominet.org.uk

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Pictfor

The Parliamentary Internet, Communications and Technology Forum (Pictfor) is the All-Party Parliamentary Group  in the Houses of Parliament for the technology sector.

As an All-Party Parliamentary Group, operating under official APPG rules, their membership comprises parliamentarians from both Houses, consumer groups, academic institutions and technology companies. The Group’s purpose is to further understanding of policy issues affecting the Internet, Communications and Technology sector between parliamentarians, the industry, consumer groups and academia. Pictfor’s origins started over 30 years ago as the Parliamentary Information Technology Committee (PITCOM).

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http://www.pictfor.org.uk/

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ISPA

The Internet Services Providers’ Association (ISPA UK) is the UK’s Trade Association for providers of Internet services.

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.

ISPA UK was instrumental in establishing EuroISPA, a European federation of Internet Services Providers’ Associations.

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http://www.ispa.org.uk/

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techUK

techUK represents the companies and technologies that are defining today the world that we will live in tomorrow. More than 900 companies are members of techUK. Collectively they employ approximately 800,000 people, about half of all tech sector jobs in the UK. These companies range from leading FTSE 100 companies to new innovative start-ups. The majority of our members are small and medium-sized businesses.

techUK is committed to helping its members and the sector grow.

Develop Markets

  • techUK works with its members to identify and advance innovation in the key markets representing the most significant opportunities for growth both domestically and internationally.

Develop Relationships and Networks

  • techUK helps companies broaden their network, build connections and deepen relationships with potential customers, partners and suppliers.

Reduce Business Costs

  • techUK works with our members to identify and help shape key public policy issues to optimise our industry’s economic potential–both domestically and overseas.

Reduce Business Risks

  • techUK affords unique insights on key issues to help members make more informed decisions—and ensure a competitive edge in their markets.
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