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Tech election 2010: The parties line up

As the country prepares to go to the polls, ZDNet UK has asked the political parties to explain their policies on issues such as government IT
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With no clear leader in the frame for the 6 May general election, all of the parties are out campaigning hard for the public vote. Tech-savvy voters could play a part in what looks likely to be a closely fought contest, so ZDNet UK spoke to several parties to find out how they stand on a range of IT-related issues.

We asked each party to explain its technology policies to help you decide which offers the best digital plan for the next five years. They answered the same questions on topics such as security, open source, government IT projects and digital rights. An extra question was added for each of the major three: Labour, the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats.

Each day for a week, ZDNet UK will reveal the answers the parties gave us. Here's the schedule:

Day 1: Labour trumpets open-source success
Day 2: Conservatives stress need for speed
Day 3: Liberal Democrats promise to invest in tech start-ups
Day 4: Special interest parties (UKIP, Green Party, British National Party, Pirate Party)
Day 5: Regional parties (Plaid Cymru, Scottish National Party)

Check back in to our Tech election 2010 section to find out what they had to say. If you want to respond, leave a comment or post a blog, and let them know what you think.

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