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Facebook, Everything Everywhere and Martha Lane Fox to guide government’s digital strategies

25 Apr 2012 co-founder Martha Lane Fox

Industry leaders from organisations including Facebook and Everything Everywhere and the UK's digital champion Martha Lane Fox will form the basis of a new Digital Advisory Board that will guide the government's development of online services for citizens.

The new board will be chaired by Lane Fox alongside Facebook's policy director Richard Allan and the director of public affairs at Everything Everywhere, Kip Meek, and was announced by Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude on Wednesday.

Maude said that by bringing together expertise from such organisations the government would be better informed to meet its goal of making all public services "digital by default" to offer better "efficiency and cost-effectiveness for the taxpayers".

"The expertise and experience on the Digital Advisory Board will help us achieve our goal of delivering all services digitally so they are cheaper, simpler, clearer and quicker and easier to use," he added.

Martha Lane Fox said in a blog post that the board would meet at least twice a year and would also take part in events and other pieces of work with government whenever possible and provide feedback and advice on digital issues.

"We will have a relentless focus on making sure that the user experience of government is of the highest quality possible as well as sharing our experience and knowledge of developing and maintaining digital provision," she added.

"Government Digital Service is leading and delivering a significant digital change programme across government and GDS recognises that it needs support and challenge from external experts in the digital field to help with this challenging agenda."

Other members of the board will include members of Lloyds Banking Group, the Oxford Internet Institute and London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG).

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Dan Worth

Dan Worth is the news editor for V3 having first joined the site as a reporter in November 2009. He specialises in a raft of areas including fixed and mobile telecoms, data protection, social media and government IT. Before joining V3 Dan covered communications technology, data handling and resilience in the emergency services sector on the BAPCO Journal

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