The Digital Policy Alliance (DPA) is the politically neutral, cross-party policy voice of the internet and technology sector. The DPA informs government policy for a competitive, inclusive, networked society.
Dr Jon Hall leads the DPA at the Open University, determining the 21st Century Digital Skills agenda for the UK. Dr Hall works with parliamentarians, industry and academic representatives as industrial chair of the 21st Digital Skills Workgroup. Contact Dr Hall for more details or to get involved.
The Digital Policy Alliance (DPA) alerts Parliamentarians and policy makers to the potential impacts, implications, and unintended consequences of policies which interact with and leverage online and digital technologies. We collaboratively cut across organisational and cross-sector boundaries to produce informed, representative and authoritative publications based on practical experience and insight, and suggest and review proposals for government policy, legislation and regulation as it applies to the UK.
At the Open University, the DPA@OU is focussed on digital skills. Dr Jan Collie, for instance, is working on policy interventions for skills for digital engagement; Dr Irum Rauf is working on building software for human; and we are just about to launch an exciting natural ecosystem analytics stream of work too.
At the OU, as you might expect, we’re taking care of an Open digital future.
We are an independent policy forum and not-for-profit, cross-party, broad-based membership organisation, which for the purpose of financial transparency is a company limited by guarantee. We are a politically neutral, cross-party policy voice for the internet and technology sector, informing policy- and decision-makers and working for a competitive, inclusive, networked society.
We focus on digitally-related topics – such as digital skills, national infrastructure, cyber security and e-crime, data protection, age verification and internet safety, artificial intelligence and the development of a Smart Society. We form active technical working groups which produce focused summary briefings for Parliamentarians, Ministers, civil servants and industry members. We distribute our findings to policy decision-makers and influencers through a programme of targeted events and publication of briefings, reports and papers.
We are not a lobbying group. There is no party political prioritisation to our work. We do not get involved in campaigning. We do not advocate positions on behalf of individual members or interest groups. We do not promote specific technologies.
Details of our Policy Areas are avilable here.
Please visit the central DPA website for publicly available Parliamentary Briefings and Position Papers, Consultation Responses and Submissions & Opinion Pieces along with access to the EURIM historical archive.
Summaries of some past meetings and events can be found on the central DPA website.