Baroness Lane Fox
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As the UK Government’s Digital Champion, Martha Lane Fox founded the Race Online 2012 campaign and sits on the Cabinet Office’s Efficiency and Reform Board. She is also non-executive director at M&S, Channel 4 and In 2005 she co-founded Lucky Voice, to revolutionise karaoke with its 6 venues and online business and in 2007 she started Antigone, a grant giving foundation. In 1998 with Brent Hoberman, she co-founded, still Europe’s largest travel and leisure website - they took the company public in 2000 and sold it in 2005.

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Never Let a Good Crisis Go to Waste

(1) Comments | Posted 29 June 2016 | (15:12)

"Never let a good crisis go to waste", decried Winston Chuchill. A sentiment I was reminded of via Doteveryone CEO Russell Davies in the turmoil of the last week.

These are particularly poignant words in light of the vote to leave the European Union. I cant be certain but...

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The Most Welcoming Country in the World?

(60) Comments | Posted 5 May 2016 | (00:00)

"Welcome to Jordan, you're most welcome to Jordan." So began nearly every conversation in this beautiful, complex, fabulous country. Whether we were high up a rock in the desert of Wadi Rum or high up in a temple at Petra there was a universal smile and openness to the country...

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New Funding From Big Lottery Fund to Boost Basic Digital Skills Training for 9,500 New People in UK

(3) Comments | Posted 9 September 2015 | (00:00)

Today the Big Lottery Fund has announced four new grants to Digital Unite, Age UK, Citizens Online and the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) totalling just under £2 million. This test and learn initiative aims to help around 9,500 new people gain the Basic Digital Skills they need to...

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Why We Need Dot Everyone - A Public Institution for the Digital Age

(6) Comments | Posted 31 March 2015 | (14:36)

Last night I gave the BBC Dimbleby Lecture. It was interesting timing as it was also the first day of the election campaign. I talked about why we need a new national institution to lead an ambitious charge - to make us the most digital nation on the planet.


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Transparent Information: A Resource for Change

(10) Comments | Posted 12 June 2013 | (00:00)

Information is power - this is well-known. The publication of government information gives us the means to hold the government to account for the way it spends tax-payers' money. Likewise, the disclosure of corporate information allows the public and investors a choice as to how they interact with companies that...

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Launching Gov.UK

(1) Comments | Posted 18 October 2012 | (00:00)

I am sitting in the middle of the delivery team in the Government Digital Service where there is a mega buzz and a jubilant mood as went live in the early hours of this morning. This is an important moment in the move to a 'Digital by...

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Changing the UK's Entrepreneurial Landscape

(2) Comments | Posted 9 October 2012 | (10:52)

"For goodness' sake Martha, just don't be an accountant - at least be a bookie, then you will be your own boss and you get to work outside". This brilliant advice was given to me by my grandfather when I was 15 and pondering what to do with my life....

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Women, Boards and Disruption...

(6) Comments | Posted 4 July 2012 | (14:03)

I was unable to attend the summer party celebration of the 30% Club this week. Apart from feeling uncharacteristically grumpy that I couldn't physically manage it, I was also very disappointed.

The 30% Club was set up by the extraordinary Helena Morrissey, Head of Newton Asset Management...

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Putting Europe at the Forefront of Digital Development

(6) Comments | Posted 26 June 2012 | (13:03)

Yesterday I spent the day in Brussels with the newly created Digital Champions from the EU member states. The fantastic and energetic vice president and commissioner, Neelie Kroes has responsibility for the digital agenda in Europe, and we met a couple of years ago as I was embarking on the...

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Orange Prize for Fiction: Exciting and Important Opportunities Like This Do Not Come Around Very Often....

(0) Comments | Posted 23 May 2012 | (09:20)

In 2009 I was asked to be one of the Orange Prize for Fiction judges. I loved it. Although my boyfriend groaned every time I opened another book, I revelled in it. As I charged through the 30 or so books I was sent over in a large...

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Why I'll Keep Pushing for a Networked UK

(2) Comments | Posted 20 July 2011 | (00:00)

People thought I was crazy to consider a role championing digital stuff within Government. Now they know I am - because I'm actually enjoying it.

I love this job for two reasons. First, because in terms of ambition, ideas and human capital Whitehall's technological capability has made such big...

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