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Engage Digital

Ideas to maximise the digital opportunity for the UK economy and society

Use the grid below to discover policy ideas that can drive decision making that will enable the UK  to lead in the digital economy whilst ensuring inclusive and responsible digital growth. Our ideas are organised around four key levers for maximising the digital opportunity, evaluated against four accelerator themes and underpinned by supporting policy papers.


A Word From

Oliver Benzecry

Oliver Benzecry

Chairman and Managing Director of Accenture's UK and Ireland business

“The digital revolution is here and offers new opportunities for the UK economy and society. At such a crucial time, we need to ensure that we move at digital speed to continue to be well positioned and build on our existing and considerable strengths. I encourage you to take a look, and engage on the questions and issues that will help the UK harness the digital opportunity.”

Hear more from Olly here

The digital revolution is here and offers new opportunities for the UK.  We start from a position of strength and we generally have strong foundational policies and regulations which allow the opportunity to be realised while providing the needed protections for society.  However, we live in a fast moving world.  We need to ensure that we move at digital speed to continue to be well positioned and with Brexit on the horizon, now more than ever is a time to contemplate what else we can do to harness the digital opportunity for the economy and society.

Take Artificial Intelligence (AI) as an example - essentially a collection of advanced technologies that allows machines to sense, comprehend, act and learn. AI is forecast to improve productivity and lower costs, unlocking more creative jobs and creating new growth opportunities. Put another way, smarter machines will extend our human capability and allow people to achieve more. Nevertheless, as with any disruptive technology, concerns arise. With AI, one concern relates to employment – what will be the impact on jobs? Will people be displaced?

It is essential that we are proactive in addressing these concerns – government, business and broader society working together to invent a 'Responsible AI' philosophy.  Responsible AI, which includes tangible standards and best practice in the development and use of intelligent machines, will enable the UK to capitalise on the opportunities afforded by AI. It will integrate human intelligence with machine intelligence to leverage respective strengths, which in turn will improve how we live and work as a society.

Our Engage Digital initiative, presented here, identifies key levers that would help the UK make the most of the opportunity. I encourage you to take a look, join in the conversation, and engage on the questions and issues that will help the UK harness the digital revolution.

With special thanks to Baker and McKenzie who we collaborated with on this initiative.


Olly Benzecry

The Right Environment

Laws and regulators can and should be enablers of the digital economy. Clarity and predictability combined with speed and flexibility are essential.

The Right Infrastructure

The digital economy needs the right infrastructure to reach its full potential. This includes physical infrastructure, as well as regulatory, economic and skills.

Creating Incentives

Signals matter. Offering incentives to start ups, established players and investors declares that digital growth is a big priority.

The Right Talent

The strongest digital economy has the best talent.

With special thanks to Baker McKenzie.

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