Martha Lane Fox to be digital champion

Computer Weekly is reporting that Martha Lane Fox is to be the digital champion.

The founder of was unveiled to a small audience including senior civil servants, representatives from the UK Digital Task Force and charities Age Concern and Help The Aged, at a meeting in central London on Monday.

Apparently it’s not official until there’s an appropriate Minister in place. Anyway seems as if I was right in my earlier rumour report. says:

Paul Murphy, the former minister for digital inclusion who proposed the role of Champion in his Digital Inclusion Action Plan in October, would have unveiled the appointment, but his involvement in the expenses scandal led to his subsequent disentitlement.

Fox said on Twitter on Tuesday morning: “Just been 2 see an inspirational uk online centre based in – Helen who runs it should be knighted! ”

Journalists had been invited to attend the meeting, but were then told that the appointment was to remain anonymous until Murphy’s position had been filled.

The Digital Inclusion Champion will be tasked with driving digital inclusion issues into the public eye, facilitating government conversation and promoting cross-sector engagement.

The Champion will need to maintain a strategic oversight of issues from the point of view of excluded citizens, and work with all sections of society to identify evidence of emerging issues, according to Murphy.

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