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The 2013 Parliament and Internet Conference took place in Portcullis House on Thursday 31st October.

Please click here to view the Programme Agenda 

Live twitter feeds were at #piconf13

The Conference, now in its eighth year, brought together leading figures from Government, Parliament, academia and industry to discuss and debate the most pressing policy issues facing the Internet.

Below you may find information from the groups who participated in this year's Conference.

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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:


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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.


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EE, the UK’s most advanced digital communications company, is the first in Britain to offer superfast 4G mobile services alongside fibre broadband. We run the EE, Orange and T-Mobile brands, delivering over 27 million customers the best network and the best service so they trust us with their digital lives.  

We are building the best mobile network by investing £1.5bn over three years to rollout superfast 4G mobile services covering 85 towns and cities, and aiming to reach 98% of the UK population by the end of 2014. This builds on our £15 billion investment since 2000 building Britain’s biggest 3G mobile network. Our fixed Fibre Broadband service has now reached 15 million households. 

We aim to deliver the UK’s best service, through our websites and customer service apps, over the phone and in-store. We have over 11,000 customer service and retail employees who are trained experts in mobile device operating systems. Every year, our service centres teams have over 86 million conversations with our customers, and more than 40 million customers come through the doors of our more than 700 retail stores. Online, we have over 35 million visits per month to our websites. 

EE has a heritage of innovation, and was born from two major mobile brands, Orange and T-Mobile, which joined forces in 2010. One branch of our family tree dates back to 1993, when Mercury Communications launched the Mercury One2One GSM mobile network (which by 2002 had evolved into T-Mobile UK). The other branch can be traced back earlier still, to the 1990 formation of Microtel Communications (which became Orange four years later). Below you'll find three sections covering Our Vision, Our Brands and Services and Our Team. If you have any further questions, don't hesitate to get in touch by finding us on Linkedin, tweeting us at twitter.com/ee, or dropping us a line at ee.co.uk/contactus.


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Digital Policy Alliance (EURIM)

 Informing policy for a competitive, inclusive, networked society

The Digital Policy Alliance alerts Parliamentarians and policy makers to potential impacts, implications, and unintended consequences that could undermine the UK's competitiveness and reputation in an online, digital world.

We cut across organisational and sectoral boundaries to suggest and review proposals for government policy, legislation and regulation in the UK and Europe.


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


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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.


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Childnet’s mission is to work in partnership with others around the world to help make the internet a great and safe place for children.

We work directly with children and young people from the ages of 3 to 18 on a weekly basis, as well as parents, carers, teachers and professionals, finding out about their real experiences online, and the positive things they are doing as well as sharing safety advice.


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e-skills UK

e-skills UK is making sure Britain is getting the technology skills it needs to succeed. As the Sector Skills Council for Business and Information Technology, we work on behalf of employers to develop the software, internet, computer gaming,IT services and business change expertise necessary to thrive in today’s global digital economy.


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