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“Britain now needs to grow its own Googles” argues innovation expert Matt Ridley

Matt Ridley, a leading innovation speaker and best-selling author, has written in The Times that “Britain now needs to grow its own Googles.” He argues that “only high-tech innovation will give us the cash to fund our future…yet innovation has featured in this general election barely at all.”

Matt explains that “technological change is the chief reason that economic growth for the world as a whole shows no sign of reaching a plateau, but keeps marching up at 3-5 per cent a year.” Therefore, the topic of innovation as an engine of progress should appeal to both parties.

For those on the right, Matt demonstrates how “innovation holds by far the best chance to keep pushing down the cost and pushing up the quality of public services, so lifting the burden of taxes and liberating people from dependence on government.” For those on the left, he discusses how “innovation is a great demolisher of inequality.”

Matt warns that if “innovation grinds to a halt then so will growth and deficit reduction and the rise of the NHS budget and all the other things the leaders talk about.”

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“How digital is the 2015 UK election?” asks web culture journalist Aleks Krotoski

In the latest Tech Weekly podcast for the Guardian, Aleks Krotoski, an established social media and web cultural journalist, investigates the extent to which social media and digital strategies will play in winning the main political parties crucial votes.

Aleks is joined by an expert panel – including the Guardian’s leader writer Anne Perkins, community producer Elena Cresci, web editor Jonathan Haynes, and the director of research for We Are Social, Paul Greenwood – to discuss the growing importance of digital skills in election campaigns.

They look at the parties’ growing use of social media platforms to fight for marginal seats in what commentators expect to be a very close election. Which politicians get it right – and which get it wrong?

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For more information on how to book Aleks Krotoski as a keynote speaker for your conference or event, please contact Leo von Bülow-Quirk at leo@chartwellspeakers.com or call 0044 (0) 20 7792 8000.

Norman Lamont, top economics speaker, discusses the outcome of the EU Elections

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