Information technology

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on information technology. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Commons Briefing Papers

DateDescription
22.09.2016Mobile Coverage in the UK: Government plans to tackle 'mobile not-spots'
This House of Commons Library Briefing Paper summarises Government and industry proposals to extend mobile coverage across the UK. Mobile 'not-spots' and 'partial not-spots' - areas where there is currently no mobile coverage and areas which have coverage from some but not all of the 4 mobile networks - currently affect parts of the UK, particularly rural areas.
09.09.2016Commons Library analysis of the Digital Economy Bill
The Digital Economy Bill 2016-17 [Bill no. 45] was published on 6 July 2016 and its First Reading in the House of Commons took place that day. Its Second Reading is scheduled for Tuesday 13 September 2016.
02.06.2016Digital economy: statistics and policy
This paper is about statistics and policy related to the Digital Economy, which includes computer programming, telecommunications, manufacturing, publishing and data processing.
01.06.2016Reforming the Electronic Communications Code
A House of Commons Library Briefing on attempts to reform the Electronic Communications Code, including the Coalition Government's withdrawn amendment to the Infrastructure Bill in early 2015, and the proposals for reform in the May 2016 Queen's Speech.
25.04.2016A paperless NHS: electronic health records
House of Commons Library briefing for Westminster Hall debate on "Use of digital records in the NHS".
19.05.2015Key Issues for the 2015 Parliament
This book examines the key issues facing the House of Commons over the course of the 2015 Parliament - from the public finances to the UK's membership of the EU and from school places for children to climate change.
18.05.2015Regulating the web: The open internet and net neutrality
Net neutrality is the concept that all information and services should have equal and open access online without regard to content, destination or source. Both net neutrality-and the associated concept of the 'open internet'-are considered to be founding principles of the World Wide Web. Concerns that Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are looking to circumvent net neutrality principles-deciding how fast data will be transmitted and at what quality-have led to campaigns to explicitly legislate for net neutrality. Without net neutrality campaigners fear a two-tiered service with fast and slow lanes could develop. In the past few years, the EU and other countries have attempted to explicitly legislate to ensure Internet Service Providers (ISPs) operate in a net neutral fashion.
21.11.2014Online safety: Content filtering by UK Internet Service Providers (ISPs)
This a research paper summarising government policy on the introduction of internet filters iby UK Internet Service Providers
05.10.2011Home Computer Schemes
This note updates Government schemes for funding computers in the home, and to increase internet access.
31.03.2010Internet access
Internet access: By Rachael Harker. SN/SG/2663. This Note provides a summary of information about households with home access to the Internet and individuals' use of the Internet.

Lords Library Notes

DateDescription
13.10.2015Digital Democracy: Political Participation and Citizen Engagement through the Internet
This Library Note provides an overview of developments around citizens' political engagement and participation through the internet. It has been written in light of the 2015 'Open Up' report by the Speaker's Commission on Digital Democracy, which set five key targets for the House of Commons and made a number of recommendations to the administration and MPs in how to meet them. Reference to the report and its recommendations are referred to within.
03.07.2015Reports into Investigatory Powers
This Note provides a summary of the recommendations of recent reports, including the report of David Anderson QC, and supporting material on the use of investigatory powers.

POSTnotes

DateDescription
12.08.2016Automation and the Workforce
Automation technologies can reduce costs and raise productivity. However, there is considerable uncertainty over their potential effects on the UK workforce. This note provides an overview of how these technologies are being used; and potential implications for employment, skills, education and inequality in the coming decades.
24.05.2016Financial Technology (FinTech)
Financial Technology (FinTech) describes the application of digital technology to financial services. This POSTnote reviews how and why FinTech is being used, and the benefits and challenges it presents to the UK.
09.03.2016Digital Forensics and Crime
Digital forensic science is the process of obtaining, analysing and using digital evidence in investigations or criminal proceedings. Digital evidence ranges from images of child sexual exploitation to the location of a mobile phone. This note looks at the use of digital forensics by UK law enforcement agencies. It covers how evidence is obtained, the legislation and regulation in this area, and the efforts being made to address the challenges faced by practitioners.
08.02.2016Electronic Health Records
A POSTnote which explains the plans to introduce electronic health records for everyone. As well as background on what information such records will contain, the paper discusses the opportunities and challenges implementing them will involve.
22.10.2015Automation in Military Operations
Automated technology is increasingly used in military activities such as intelligence gathering, navigation and weapons delivery. The most widespread use of automated technology to date has been remotely piloted air systems. However, each of the main military domains - air, land and sea - make use of automation. This POSTnote outlines current and potential future applications of automation in intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and in combat. It then summarises debate over legal, ethical and societal issues, including debate over whether a pre-emptive ban is needed on future lethal autonomous weapons systems.
19.10.2015Trends in ICT
This note looks at developments in information and communication technology (ICT) and their relevance for UK policy in the next five years. It examines the capability, use and economic impact of ICT; technical barriers; and implications for cybersecurity, privacy and internet governance.

Select Committee Reports

DateDescription
15.09.2011Unauthorised tapping into or hacking of mobile communications.
Government response. Home Office report [Commons]
18.07.2011The national programme for NHS IT.
Public Accounts Committee report [Commons]
22.06.2011Cross-government: Information and Communications Technology in government: Landscape review.
Public Accounts Committee report [Commons]
28.04.2011Video games industry in Scotland.
Government response. Scotland Office report [Commons]
09.02.2010Broadband speed.
Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee report [Commons]

Early Day Motions

DateDescription
11.01.2012WIDE MINDS NETWORK
That this House congratulates the work of Wide Minds, or WiMi, a network that acts as a forum for innovation and best practice in digital learning; notes that WiMi has a presence in ...
25.11.2011NEXT GEN SKILLS LAUNCH
That this House welcomes the launch of Next Gen Skills, a major new campaign by the UK's leading video games, visual effects, advertising and software technology firms, together with ...
25.10.201115th ANNIVERSARY OF THE INTERNET WATCH FOUNDATION
That this House congratulates the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) on reaching its 15th anniversary year; supports its continued success in tackling criminal online content in the UK ...
18.10.2011CCTV IN UK SLAUGHTERHOUSES
That this House calls on the Government to bring forward legislative proposals for the mandatory installation of CCTV in UK slaughterhouses; expresses concern that eight of the nine ...
21.06.2011PUBLIC WHIP WEBSITE
That this House believes that constituents have the right to know how hon. Members vote; recognises the important work of the Public Whip website over the past eight years in explaining ...

Glossary

  • Commons Briefing Papers (CBP) Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POSTnotes (POST PN) - proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses