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Digital technology is already having an enormous impact on the economy and society. These impacts are not uniform. For some, a new vista of creative opportunity has opened. For others, they see the possibilities but have yet to fully realise the full potential that digital and other new technologies might offer.

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New technology is not a force of nature. Its impacts and who gets to share in its potential benefits are grounded in the choices we make as a society. This report poses the question: what are the right policy choices to enhance life opportunities for the greatest number as we experience widespread technological change?

The report authors identify three main groups who experience technological change in different ways: The ‘confident creators’, the ‘held back’ and the ‘safety firsters’, and propose strategic policy interventions to ensure that the real benefits of new technology will be democratically distributed.

This report is sponsored by Google UK Ltd.

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