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How digital is making culture local

Matt Hancock

, October 24, 2016 — Culture

Minister of State for Digital and Culture

How can cultural organisations use digital technology to increase access, interest and excellence in the arts?That is the question I posed to industry leaders in Manchester at the national What Next? Conference. One week on, and I have been struck by the number of tweets and emails I’ve received with examples of innovative cultural and…

#NoNuisance: Making directors pay

Matt Hancock

, October 23, 2016 — Media, broadband and creative industries

Minister of State for Digital and Culture

From early next year we are introducing a new measure which will see company directors held personally responsible for nuisance calls. If they let their employees break the rules then we call that their fault. They’ll now be facing personal fines of up to £500,000 – and that’s on top of any fines against the…

New Blue Plaques – who will you nominate?

Gus Casely-Hayford

, October 14, 2016 — Culture

Our capital city has always been an ethnic melting pot. We are linked through language, culture, alliances and economic partnerships to every part of the world. And peoples from around the globe have found their way here to not just make London their home but to make the city and this country what it is.We…

Championing digital inclusion

Matt Hancock

, October 12, 2016 — Media, broadband and creative industries

Minister of State for Digital and Culture

Today I chaired my first meeting of a council determined to make sure everyone in the country can thrive in the digital age. The Council for Digital Inclusion brings together leaders from business, charities and central and local government to help us build an inclusive – and digitally empowered – nation. It is the latest…

Hull’s vision for a bright future

Matt Hancock

, October 6, 2016 — Culture

Minister of State for Digital and Culture

It only takes a short walk around Hull city centre to see the impact its year as UK City of Culture is already having – and it isn’t yet 2017. Hull is a city on the up, and the growing sense of confidence about the place is palpable.Last week, I was able to visit two…

Digital citizens of the future

In a world being transformed by the speed of technological change – from the way we conduct business to how we make transactions or entertain ourselves – digital citizenship requires us to be in the driver’s seat rather than the passenger seat of technology.In today’s digital economy, being able to navigate the Internet and use digital technology should be…

Getting serious about cyber security

Matt Hancock

, October 3, 2016 — Media, broadband and creative industries

Minister of State for Digital and Culture

This week some of the UK’s leading minds in cyber security are coming together to discuss one of the greatest threats faced by UK businesses and innovative ways to fight it.The inaugural Security Serious Conference will see experts outline why UK companies need to think like hackers in order to beat them, and how companies…

#GreatNorthExpo2018: Sheffield

Martin McKervey

, — Culture

Partner at international law firm Nabarro LLP, board member of the Sheffield City Region LEP and Transport for the North Partnership Board.

In 2018, there is only one place to be. This celebration, over two months in the summer of 2018, will demonstrate why the North is a Powerhouse for the UK in the 21st Century

#GreatNorthExpo2018: Newcastle-Gateshead

David Whetstone

, September 23, 2016 — Culture

Arts & Culture writer for The Journal and Culture Magazine Editor

Newcastle-Gateshead is a place of gradients, viewpoints and fabulous walks. It’s a walkable city. The Tyne Gorge and the bridges over the river create a natural arena (beloved of the TV cameras that gather for the Great North Run) and just a short journey away are wonders like Hadrian’s Wall,Durham Cathedral and the beaches and…