08 February 2017
The States of Jersey has launched a new Digital Policy Framework, which sets out six main objectives:
- a thriving digital sector
- digital skills for all
- advanced digital infrastructure
- government digital transformation
- robust cyber security
- secure data protection
The Framework explains government’s plans for new strategies for telecommunications and cyber security, and announces work underway to ensure that Jersey remains compliant with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation. This will allow the Island to maintain market access to the European Economic Area.
The Framework also sets indicators for future success, including:
- 1,000 new high-value jobs in the digital sector
- digital sector GVA up by 50%, with a focus on high-productivity sub-sectors
- a Universal Service Obligation giving every islander the right to access broadband of 1Gb/s
- a compulsory computing curriculum for all students
The Chief Minister, Senator Ian Gorst, said “This Digital Policy Framework sets us on the path to a stable and prosperous future for islanders based on a strong digital sector. It will present opportunities for jobs in new high-value areas, opportunities for a strong and stable economy and opportunities for a healthy society.
“We have already begun some of the important work needed to make Jersey a recognised tech centre. We should be proud that our forward-thinking fibre roll-out will give Islanders unrivalled broadband speeds, and that, thanks to new regulations, Jersey is starting to attract virtual currency businesses.
“This Framework isn’t just about creating new opportunities: it’s also about protecting the Island and its people. The internet is an integral part of most of our lives, whether we use it for banking, social media or for work. There are risks inherent in this and that’s why we are prioritising cyber security and data protection to safeguard Islanders and protect their rights online.
“I want to thank Senator Philip Ozouf for his leadership of the Digital Policy Unit. This unit will continue to drive forward this important agenda. The Framework is testament to his determination and hard work, for which the Council of Ministers is deeply grateful.
“Strategies and policies are being delivered now to show the detail of our plans, supporting our objectives. Digital is Jersey’s great opportunity and I am determined that, through this Framework, we will make a success of it.”
Tony Moretta, CEO of Digital Jersey, added “I am very glad to see the government come forward with its Digital Policy Framework, setting out ambitions for a strong digital future for Jersey. We look forward to supporting the initiatives outlined by government and achieving a high-value sector with 1000 new jobs by 2025."