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PROMOTING AND STRENGTHENING THE UK TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY
Labour: sees web science, particularly the semantic web, as an area where the UK can be a world leader.
Conservatives: see super-fast broadband as the driver for a stronger tech industry.
Liberal Democrats: want to see improved education in the subjects of science, technology, engineering and maths; propose Local Enterprise Funds to provide seed capital for start-ups.
Green Party: wants to boost the renewable energy industry; wants to see an increase in the UK's high-tech manufacturing base as a way to reduce the country's dependence on the financial services industry.
Pirate Party UK: sees the abolition of software patents as a way of spurring rapid change in the development industry; sees "overly-broad" hardware patents as disincentives to effective competition.
UKIP: did not answer this question.
BNP: wants to set up technology universities so as to make the UK less reliant on "importing foreigners" for IT work.
SNP: wants a tax break for the computer games industry.
Plaid Cymru: has a laptops-for-kids policy to ensure IT literacy; wants sustainable jobs associated with new technologies.
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LONG-TERM DIGITAL ECONOMY STRATEGY
Labour: wants super-fast broadband across the country, with a rural roll-out ensured by a 50p levy on landlines.
Conservatives: want to complement a market-funded rollout of super-fast broadband with money from BBC licence fee; are keen on using ducts and other utilities infrastructure for fibre; want to change business rates for fibre to encourage new entrants.
Liberal Democrats: support Labour's 50p levy, but with conditions; want remote and rural areas targeted before urban areas; would promote public libraries as part of digital inclusion drive.
Green Party: would force BT to provide high-speed broadband to entire country; want local community banks to fund small businesses who want to set up online presence.
Pirate Party UK: wants people to only have to pay for the broadband speed they receive; wants to enforce net neutrality to allow internet start-ups to compete; wants to make ICT learning in schools less program-specific and more security-focused.
UKIP: opposes state funding for universal high-speed broadband access; opposes the 50p levy; wants local communities rather than central government to pay for a super-fast broadband roll-out where the market fails.
BNP: wants the UK telecoms infrastructure nationalised; supports the universal service obligation for broadband.
SNP: is reforming Scottish education to ensure up-to-date skills are taught.
Plaid Cymru: wants super-fast broadband for Wales; wants compulsory network sharing between mobile phone and broadband operators.
TECHNOLOGY'S ROLE IN GOVERNMENT TRANSPARENCY AND PUBLIC INTERACTION
Labour: wants to make a vast amount of public data available in a form that can be easily interrogated; wants to put public services online with a view to eventually withdrawing offline access to some services.
Conservatives: want to put all major government spending details online; want to create a new "right to government data".
Liberal Democrats: want to make it easier for people to access public services online.
Green Party: says the internet has a major part to play in making information more accessible.
Pirate Party UK: wants all government data made public; would support right of whistleblowers and other critics of government policy to voice concerns online.
UKIP: wants to use technology to let citizens engage in the democratic process; proposes national and local referenda building on the Number 10 e-petitions model.
BNP: would give citizens the right to challenge personal data held by the state and private agencies such as credit bureaus.
SNP: says Scottish government has led the way on transparency through technology; acknowledges that personal interaction is preferable to online services for some citizens.
Plaid Cymru: points out that the Welsh National Assembly already has computers to let members talk to constituents during debates.
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