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We need universal digital suffrage to make technology work for us all

If we put enough pressure on the Government, 2017 can be the year that we started to become enfranchised digital citizens

By Chi Onwurah   October 2017

In I, Daniel Blake the ludicrousness of "digital first" policies is made clear. Photo: Screengrab from I, Daniel Blake

One of the reasons I chose to be an engineer was because I saw technology as democratising and enabling.

Unfortunately, even as the digital economy has grown—with tech businesses in the UK recording a record £170 billion turnover last year—the opportunities it has created have not reached everyone.

The government needs to recognise this. That means providing everyone with the access, skills and rights they need to become digital citizens.

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