The deputy leader of the UK opposition, the Labour Party, has stated the government “must act” to secure the country’s digital progress.
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UK’s ‘World-Beating’ Digital Services Under Threat
Tom Watson, who was the UK’s first dedicated minister for digital engagement when Labour was in power, described government processes as undergoing a “digital revolution” but that this was now under threat in the wake of Brexit.
Specifically, the government organ responsible for implementing a range of digital advancements for citizens since 2010, the so-called Government Digital Service (GDS), is now subject to disintegration, Watson says.
“The UK is now genuinely world-beating in the [digital services] area,” he wrote, citing the Wall Street Journal’s 2014 appraisal of GDS as “the gold-standard in the global world of digital government.”
Watson continued that the country’s “digital journey is still at an early stage.” The threat to GDS comes in the form of staff and developers