Tim Peake, the first British astronaut for 20 years, blasted off this morning to dock with the ISS. Adam Afriyie MP, a former technology entrepreneur and Chair of the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology has said that we must make sure that Tim Peake is the first of many British astronauts.
In an article, published on the Telegraph, Adam Afriyie writes:
“The ISS represents a truly momentous international achievement. It is our first permanent outpost at the beginning of a pioneering quest both to understand and ultimately colonise the universe.
With the publication of new Investigatory Powers legislation due this week, Adam Afriyie MP, a former technology entrepreneur and Chair of the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology has said that a crackdown on encryption technology would be economically irresponsible and ultimately futile.
In an article, published on the Telegraph Online, Adam Afriyie writes:
“The Government is rightly concerned about the risks of digital encryption technology, in the same way that it was concerned about invisible ink, encoded letters and faxes in the past. If there is substance to rumours of a crackdown on encryption in the publication of new Investigatory Powers legislation, it would be as mistaken as it would be ineffective.
Last week Parliament renewed its commitment to science and technology. Recent suggestions of budget cuts to the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) prompted prominent members of the science and engineering community, and many MPs and Peers, to voice their support for POST.
Adam speaking about science at the Conservative Party Conference
Following discussions with the House of Commons authorities, Adam Afriyie MP, Chair of the POST Board, is now confident that the POST budget is secure until April 2015.
Commenting on the news, Mr Afriyie said:
“Supporting parliamentarians’ work through POST is absolutely critical to improving understanding of science and technology issues in Parliament. POST has a vital role to play in improving the quality of public policy in the UK by supporting an evidence-based approach to policy-making.
“I am delighted that the POST budget is now secure until April 2015.”
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1. Adam Afriyie is MP for Windsor and Chair of the POST Board. He was Shadow Minister for Science and Innovation from 2007 to 2010.
2. POST’s website: http://www.parliament.uk/post