Ci is delighted to launch a new partnership with Digital Leaders. We’ll be working together to facilitate new and refreshing thought leadership, networking opportunities and exciting events for the digital community across the South West region.

At Ci, we recognise that we live in a world where the benefits of technological change risk being overtaken by fears around data protection, cyber security, fake news, the future impact of AI and automation, and the impact of biases in algorithmic decision-making. As our 2017 Thought Leadership programme identified, technology is developing so quickly, it is difficult for society, businesses, policy-makers and regulatory frameworks to keep up. This is why it is so important for us to work collaboratively across sectors and share knowledge. 

We are proud of our roots in Wiltshire, and our place at the heart of Corsham’s rich heritage of technological innovation and entrepreneurship. So the opportunity to help expand and inform the Digital Leaders South West network is a natural evolution for us. But our networks go much wider. We have a national approach, connections and reach, with extensive convening power across civic society, government, industry and academia. And our CEO, Rachel Neaman, is proud to be a member of the Digital Leaders Advisory Board and a former Chair of Digital Leaders.

The launch of the Government’s UK Digital Strategy in March 2017 provided a clear framework to develop a world-leading digital economy that works for everyone. With the Government’s proposal for a new Digital Charter, the recent announcements of new investments in the tech sector, digital skills and R&D, aligned with the Industrial Strategy and the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in May 2018, there is increasing impetus for organisations to learn best practice from one another and prepare themselves for a new and fast-evolving phase of digital innovation and technological change.

That is why this new partnership really matters to us at Ci, and why we are looking forward to working with Digital Leader South West members to shape a programme of activity for the coming months to facilitate useful and relevant conversations.  

Anyone can join as a member of Digital Leaders South West and benefit from our joint work by signing up through the Digital Leaders website.