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Final Report

NOTE: To comment on Lord Carter’s final Digital Britain report go to this blog post.

Below is the summary and full final collated report of all the Digital Britain Unconference events, in reponse to the Digital Britain Interim Report.

To add your support to the Digital Britain Unconference Report please consider doing the following by 16th June (when the government releases their final report):

  1. Add your name in full in the comments box below as a signatory to our report
  2. Write a blog post (please feel free to embed the report)
  3. Link to the report on the profile of your favourite social network(s)
  4. Tell others about the unconference report


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UPDATED 1/6/2009 minor correction to include full London session authorship details.

50 Comments leave one →
  1. May 29, 2009 7:18 am

    A pleasure to have been involved in the process, happy to be a signatory:
    Jon Hickman, Birmingham City University, Birmingham

  2. May 29, 2009 7:28 am

    I’d like to thank everyone who put so much effort into this, especially those who organised and attended events and shared their ideas about the report and about what Digital Britain should mean. I’m also happy to add my name to the list of those who endorse the resulting report and recommendations.

    Bill Thompson, Cambridge, England

  3. May 29, 2009 7:42 am

    I’d like to add my thanks to Bill’s. The response from everyone on this has been outstanding. Very happy to add my name in support.
    Kathryn Corrick, London, UK

  4. May 29, 2009 7:52 am

    Thanks to everyone involved, particularly Kathryn for pulling it all together. Happy to include my name in support.

  5. May 29, 2009 8:27 am

    An inspiring collaboration and report.
    Very happy to add my same as signatory.
    Tom de Grunwald, London, England

  6. May 29, 2009 8:53 am

    Excellent summary of all that went on, happy to put my name to it too, well done to everyone. Power to the People.
    (Chris Doyle)

  7. May 29, 2009 8:58 am

    This is an excellent document which must have been a huge undertaking. Thank you. Very happy to put my name to it.

  8. May 29, 2009 9:00 am

    We are very pleased to have been involved in the process and would like to thank Kathryn and Bill for all their hard work. We would also like to thank Fiona Campbell-Howes (@patroclus) for bringing the idea to the our local social media cafe and submitting our feedback.

    The unconference highlighted a number of concerns for our group in Cornwall and we have already organised a follow up event with Act Now (referenced in your report) to look at plans for Next Generation Access (NGA) here. We hope that this meeting will help us learn more about what is in store for our region. (more details at

    I am more than happy to add my name as a signatory to the report and I will actively encourage others within the Cornwall Social Media Cafe to do the same.

    Many thanks,

    Aren Grimshaw, Cornwall
    (Cornwall Social Media Cafe)

  9. May 29, 2009 9:05 am

    Thanks to everyone involved in planning, executing, compiling, editing and presenting every stage of this remarkable and significant collaboration. I am pleased to have been able to contribute a small part to it, and am more than happy to endorse the final report and its recommendations.

    Richard G Elen, Cambridge, England

  10. May 29, 2009 10:22 am

    Superb collation of the many different issues.

  11. May 29, 2009 10:25 am

    A fascinating process and a substantial, stimulating document. Great to have been involved, happy to sign and endorse the report.

    Al Robertson, London, England

  12. May 29, 2009 10:27 am

    Thanks for writing up the report and identifying the common themes from the Unconferences.
    Happy to add my name in support.

  13. May 29, 2009 10:54 am

    Very good report. Fascinating process too and an example of how citizens can be involved in informing big decisions quickly, relatively painlessly and inexpensively (notwithstanding the huge effort by the small team that saw the whole process through of course).

    The very methods of communication used to inspire and execute the Digital Britain Unconference illustrate what an exciting, inclusive and fair future British citizens could expect if we and our government get these initial steps right.

    I found particpating in the Digital Britain Unconference educational, stimulating and rewarding with so many complete strangers coming together and finding common ground in so short a time.

  14. May 29, 2009 11:17 am

    I support these recommendations. Bill Roberts, Doune

  15. May 29, 2009 11:35 am

    Happy to support these recommendations – the Manchester unconference was greatly educational and kudos to everyone involved getting this off the ground.

  16. May 29, 2009 11:36 am

    Fantastic group effort. I’m proud to support these recommendations.

    Owen Blacker, London, GB,
    Director and trustee, mySociety;
    Advisory Council member, Open Rights Group

  17. May 29, 2009 11:44 am

    Thank you to Kathryn, Bill and everyone else who organised the unconferences and put together the report. I’m very happy to put my name to it.

  18. May 29, 2009 11:55 am

    This report is not an example of ‘citizen journalism’. Nor is it just ‘user generated content’. It is a solid and co-ordinated effort by a considerable number of smart and committed people, living by the keystroke, connecting as individuals, with concrete belief that Britain has to be a successful and leading country in all aspects of the digital world.

    To package such a wide variety of knowledgeable opinion and recommendation in a short space of time is a terrific example of how Digital Britain can be far more than the sum of its parts. I am delighted put my name to the report.

    Alastair Duncan
    London N16

  19. May 29, 2009 12:00 pm

    Really sorry to have missed the events but have been tracking the report’s progress avidly. An important addition to the Digital Britain report and one that can’t be ignored.

  20. May 29, 2009 12:13 pm

    Very impressive. I was glad I attended – happy to see so many of our ideas made it.
    I wholeheartedly endorse this report.

    Terence Eden

  21. May 29, 2009 1:13 pm

    Many thanks to Kathryn, Bill, Tom and Alastair for making this happen so quickly and so successfully. I was very pleased to be a part of it. It’s the first time that I personally have engaged with the process of policymaking and I’m very heartened to learn that the DB team are taking notice of the report’s findings and recommendations.

    Thanks too to Aren Grimshaw and Laura McKay at the Cornwall Social Media Café for agreeing to put this on the agenda for the last meeting. We had a great discussion and it looks like it’s going to lead to more civic engagement on the subject of Cornwall’s digital future, which can only be a good thing.

    Looking forward to seeing what comes down from Team DB on the 16th June, but in the meantime, congratulations to Kathryn and team on an excellent piece of work.

    (Oh, and I officially support the recommendations of the full, collated report!)


  22. Steve permalink
    May 29, 2009 2:22 pm

    More than happy to add my name as a signatory. Thanks to all who contributed, and especially those who put the reports together – a huge job well done.

  23. Stephen Way permalink
    May 29, 2009 2:23 pm

    (Sorry, failed to add my full name)

  24. May 29, 2009 3:15 pm

    Digital Britain speaks only for needs of a tiny number of global telecom and industrial media companies. It’s dubious in theory and unworkable in practice – yet another demonstration that our political class is out of date and out of touch. Time for them all to move on.

    The internet was not their creation. The internet was created by the collective efforts of millions of grassroots content creators and technologists. Digital Britain is silent on the impact of it’s proposals on these people.

    So, it’s great to see this initiative and that such an interesting and sensible report emerged.

    Thanks to those who made this happen

    Robert Burrell Donkin

  25. May 29, 2009 3:32 pm

    Thanks for opening up the issue and organising the unconferences. Please add my name to the endorsements.

  26. May 29, 2009 4:19 pm

    Hope I played a very small part in this.

    Many thanks to everyone, especially Kathryn

  27. May 29, 2009 5:35 pm

    I was involved in the London Unconference as a participant and recorder. I followed the other Unconferences over the internet where possible.

    I believe that Britain’s position in the Digital Age is a key strategic issue facing all of us in the way we live and work. It’s too important to leave to the industry to sort out. We have to be involved.

    Our report is evidence of action by citizens in support of a true Digital Britain and I endorse it.

    Brian Condon, Conyer, Kent, UK

  28. May 30, 2009 12:42 am

    A great report, and impressive show case of what “ground up” input can provide.

    The issues touched on in the Digital Britain report are key to the UK’s economic future. The work by those across the country in the Digital Britain Unconference sessions does much to bridge the gaps in Lord Carter’s report. I hope that the government is listening.

    -Benjamin Ellis, GU15.

  29. May 31, 2009 3:02 pm

    It’a come together better than I expected. It would be good to get a chance to add more detail.

    Great exercise, the variety of contribution shows the potency of what id posible.

  30. Ellie Louis permalink
    June 2, 2009 11:01 am

    It was very refreshing to get together with such a diverse group of people and pool ideas in such an open and friendly manner. The report is testament to how much can be achieved when you engage with people in an open and inclusive manner. I am pleased to have been able to get involved and look forward to seeing some positive outcomes.

  31. June 2, 2009 4:31 pm

    Really pleased to see such a concrete response being compiled, with a grassroots approach to the bigger issues.

    More than happy to put my name to this and look forward to seeing what happens next.


  32. June 2, 2009 5:23 pm

    Excellent document – our tiny Cambridge unconference was none the less an excellent opportunity to feed into this …

    thanks for your hard work in making the series of innovative events happen

  33. Vin Sumner permalink
    June 2, 2009 6:08 pm

    Good stuff , was sorry to miss the Manchester event.
    May have missed it i the report , but no real mention of the role of ICT/Digital Technologies in the battle against climate change eg improving energy efficiency and transforming us to low carbon economy and society; was hardly mentionned in DB but is a major part of many countries new green stimuls packages.

    How about thinking about a realtive USO rather than an absolute one that needs recalibrating all the time.

    Some digital planning by cities and the like would also go a long way.

  34. June 3, 2009 7:32 am

    Good report, just wanted to add one qualification on the demand for more speed and who pays!

    Each household pays £95 per month (Ofcom average number) for phone, mobile, tv and radio licence and broadband access.

    Apart from live TV broadcasts, all these applications should in an NGN world be carried on common data transport infrastructure, and thus sharing the costs.

    Thus we see a need for a regulatory regime which acknowledges this sea change and move away from market definitions which support legacy services. This includes changing interconnect and termination regimes to support next generation networkng, not legacy services.

    There is nothing in the Digital Britain report which shows how that £95 pm is re-cut in an NGN world. You would expect reductions in phone and mobile charges and more spent on the high speed networking.

  35. June 3, 2009 9:02 am

    I am so glad that Birmingham participated in this- I am more than Hpapy to sign up here!

  36. June 4, 2009 10:11 am

    I am happy to endorse this report – it was a novel experience taking part in the unconference process & I felt it a valuable exercise in crowd-sourcing a reply to a government initiative.
    We need more of this sort of public action towards all political plans, and we need the output to be genuinely considered
    Democracy 2.0 in the making
    Andy Wise

  37. June 8, 2009 1:47 pm

    A big relief to see how we can all work fast together to shift and hopefully change a dull vision into the potential of creative use for all through this amazing web

    I fully endorse this report

    Ghislaine Boddington
    Creative Director

  38. June 9, 2009 2:02 pm

    Very happy to have been part of the process that created this document.

    +1 endorse.

    Paula Le Dieu
    Executive Producer

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