Feeds

Last 7m non-digital Brits are OUT OF LUCK: I'm OFF, says Baroness Fox

My work here is done! That other work is not my work

Intelligent flash storage arrays

Gasps were heard in places as far from Westminster as London's Brewer Street as news spread that the government's DIGITAL CHAMPION has quit her role.

The job may not be finished - given that a staggering 7 million citizens made up mainly of elderly, disabled and unemployed folk have never been online - but dot-com decamillionaire Martha Lane Fox, the recently ennobled Baroness of Soho, is moving on having reigned over the rebranding of Directgov.

Prime Minister David Cameron gushed that MLF's efforts were nothing short of a "revolution".

"Your work has helped establish a digital culture at the heart of government. That culture, in turn, is transforming how government works and stimulating a new digital economy, improving millions of lives every day," The PM said in a personal letter to Comrade Lane Fox.

"I am particularly grateful for your work to help bring world-class talent into the Civil Service by kickstarting the foundation of the Government Digital Service. The impact they have had in just two years is testament to the vision you fought for."

At present, one of Britain's youngest ever peers has seen her "vision" remain stubbornly stuck at the design stage - which might please the art establishment, but doesn't a transaction-heavy government website make.

Directgov has been rebranded into prime online real estate by going all minimalistic with the arrival of GOV UK.

It remains painfully incomplete, however. Need evidence? One need only look at the system used to renew a vehicle's tax disc.

Lane Fox told the PM in her resignation letter that she would continue to try to convince more people to shift to the online world through her charity.

"As chair of Go ON UK I will focus my efforts on the vital issue of building digital skills. Go ON UK will of course continue to work closely with the newly created digital inclusion team in GDS [Government Digital Service], and I will continue to be a critical friend from the House of Lords," she said.

"Thank you for giving me the opportunity to do this very rewarding role – I have loved it."

Martha Lane Fox AKA Baroness of Soho. Pic credit: Parliamentary TV

But in the three years since Lane Fox became Cameron's digital champion, official figures recently showed that 7 million people have remained part of the digital divide in Blighty.

And the typical make up of those taxpayers remains depressingly familiar: many are on benefits and they will soon be herded into claiming money online, even as the GDS's ID programme remains missing in action for inclusion in the widely discredited, crashingly expensive Universal Credit system.

Well done, Martha. We salute you! ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
Broadband sellers in the UK are UP TO no good, says Which?
Speedy network claims only apply to 10% of customers
YOU are the threat: True confessions of real-life sysadmins
Who will save the systems from the men and women who save the systems from you?
Virgin Media struck dumb by NATIONWIDE packet loss balls-up
Turning it off and on again fixes glitch 12 HOURS LATER
Facebook, working on Facebook at Work, works on Facebook. At Work
You don't want your cat or drunk pics at the office
Soz, web devs: Google snatches its Wallet off the table
Killing off web service in 3 months... but app-happy bonkers are fine
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Simplify SSL certificate management across the enterprise
Simple steps to take control of SSL across the enterprise, and recommendations for a management platform for full visibility and single-point of control for these Certificates.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.