Key Policy Themes


The Digital Policy Alliance's work focusses on the huge potential of digital technologies to build a stronger economy and more efficient and inclusive public services.

Our technical working groups have produced expert reports and recommendations to Government for almost 20 years.  Details of our previous work is available on our old website at

If you have a specific area of policy you feel needs to be addressed from either an industry or government perspective, please contact us.

Current policy themes and technical working groups include:


Delivering a sustainable and globally competitive digital economy

DSM-WGDigital Single Market Group

The Digital Single Market (DSM) Group aims to promote coordinated policies to secure a globally competitive digital single market in the EU, and to submit briefings and recommendations in response to the new strategy for the Digital Single Market, launched in May 2015 by Commissioner Andrus Ansip.

DSM also includes:

  • International competitiveness
  • Data protection, data location, free flow of data and Intellectual Property Rights
  • Platforms, consumer issues and competitiveness

Skills-WG21st Century Skills Group

The 21st Century Skills Group aims to set the political agenda for a transition to funding and market frameworks that ensure the UK workforce has the skills, at all levels (unskilled, technical, graduate and postgraduate) to live, work and prosper in an evolving world where demand for abilities, aptitudes and attitudes changes slowly, if at all, while demand for specific skills may emerge and die within years or even months.

EU Connected Continent Initiative


Cost effective and user friendly digital public services

Government as a Platform (GaaP)


  • E-invoicing
  • Public Liability
  • Payments


Harnessing the benefits of next generation technologies

IoT-WGInternet of Things Group

The Internet of Things Group aims to examine new impacts on upcoming policy which may arise from the huge increases in scale, ubiquity, processing capability and interconnectivity forecast for the “Internet of Things” (including machine-to-machine interfacing). Internet of Things themes also include

  • Infrastructure
  • Smart energy
  • Smart cities
  • Digital Democracy

Broadband-WGBroadband and Communications Infrastructure Group

The Broadband and Communications Infrastructure Group aims to bring forward investment in socially and geographically inclusive world class digital communications infrastructures with a focus on enabling businesses in all parts of the UK to be globally competitive.


Building trust through good practice in the online world

AV-WGAge Verification Group

The Age Verification Group aims to identify how rigorous age verification controls in tightly regulated industries such as gambling or adult entertainment might be applied more generally for child online protection.

Age verification themes include:

  • Identity management/authentication

Cyber Security and E-Crime Group

Cyber-WGThe Cyber security and E Crime Group aims to create, identify and support key partnerships to cut online crime and nuisance, reduce risk, increase awareness and confidence in online safety/security and establish UK leadership in Internet policing and governance. This activity has implications for both consumer and business confidence in the online world, as well as delivering a secure consumer/commercial environment which underpins UK competitiveness.

Cyber security and e crime themes also include:

  • Trusted Computing

Payments - crypto currencies