Technology: Key issues for the 2015 Parliament

This section of the Key Issues 2015 publication focuses on Big Data, the “Darknet” and the “Internet of Things”. This briefing was prepared by House of Commons Library researchers for Members of the new Parliament in 2015 and includes analysis of a range of subjects.


Making big data available – a new asset for the 21st century?

Governments, businesses and others are increasingly asking how information derived from data can be used to inform decision-making and help to develop and deliver better products and services.

The ‘Darknet

Recent operations to crack down on illegal online marketplaces such as the billion dollar ‘Silk Road’ market in 2013, and its successor ‘Silk Road 2.0’ in 2014, have put the ‘darknet’ firmly in the media spotlight.

What is the Internet of Things?

The “Internet of Things”, where billions of devices can talk directly to each other without needing to interact with human beings, could potentially transform the world around us.

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