Why Rural Digital Enterprise Zones Matter

Why Rural Digital Enterprise Zones Matter

EU Digital Commissioner Andrus Ansip wants European governments to close the gap between rural and urban digital economies. To achieve this goal E RADAR’s Will Roebuck calls for the setting up of new Rural Digital Enterprise Zones to meet the challenge of Britain’s Northern Powerhouse strategy in Yorkshire, head-on. We can only realise Britain’s Northern Powerhouse aspirations […]

Rural Digital Divide

Rural Digital Divide

E RADAR and the HD8 Network are calling for more strategic investment to help rural businesses realise the full potential of the digital economy and narrow the rural digital divide. Speaking at a high-level round-table at the European Commission in London, HD8 Network’s founder Merewyn Sayers expressed concern that many businesses across rural Kirklees are struggling […]

Can community partnerships stop data breaches?

Can community partnerships stop data breaches?

Here’s an interesting idea that comes out of work currently being done in rural Yorkshire to showcase the opportunities and benefits of the digital economy. Can local community partnerships help stop data breaches by providing accredited digital champions to work with local online businesses? More significantly, can community groups, for example CICs (community interest companies) set […]

UK in danger of two-tier economy over rural superfast broadband connectivity

UK in danger of two-tier economy over rural superfast broadband connectivity

The lack of universal superfast broadband, particularly in rural areas, is creating a two-tier economy which only serves to marginalise those communities, businesses and individuals struggling to get fast and reliable connectivity to the Internet.  The UK needs to prioritise and move much faster towards deploying universal superfast broadband for all if we intend to reap the […]

Raping the ‘Public Interest’ – Anonymity before a Criminal Charge

“If we look to the laws, they afford equal justice to all in their private differences; if no social standing, advancement in public life falls to reputation for capacity, class considerations not being allowed to interfere with merit; nor again does poverty bar the way.” Pericles, the Athenian leader, 431BC It’s wrong for a civilised society championing […]