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Conrad Taylor

All good points. In addition...

Media literacy: In the draft report, this is conceived as the skills required to access, to be a successful consumer, with points mixed in about child protection. But I think literacy more broadly means learning how to be sceptical, how to triangulate opinions, and of course also how to contribute. (Classical literacy is about being able to write as well as read!)

Carbon footprint: I see no reference at all to the fact that Digital Britain will lead to greater use of energy by electronic devices and a greater burden on the environment unless some clever thinking is built in, and soon. Business as usual is not an option.

Citizen protection: It is assumed that digital citizens need protection from online criminality. We may find that we face greater intrustion from business and the State. What levels of protection from snooping and data exploitation can the citizens of Digital Britain expect?

‘British content’: I hope this is not construed xenophobically. Britain has historic links with Africa, Asia and the Caribbean, and quite a lot of British residents were born abroad or have family links abroad, so I hope content will link us to the rest of the world culturally.

Nico Macdonald

Conrad: I agree on your wider definition of media literacy (which is a dubious concept in its narrow sense). On the 'carbon footprint' point, my view is we need innovation in energy generation, distribution and use, rather than individual conservation or limiting progress in other areas. I am more worried about intrusion from the state than business, and there is an interesting debate taking place about the role social networks are playing in the breakdown of the public-private divide. As to the content discussion, if one could prefix it with a 'schm' I would.

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