The Department for Science, Innovation and Technology recently published a roadmap for "reaching tech superpower status by 2030" through a new International Technology Strategy.

At the launch of the new strategy, the foreign secretary and the science, innovation and technology secretary set out how the United Kingdom will build on the strength of its tech sector, which is already the largest in Europe and the third highest by value in the world after the United States and China.

The government says that the publication of the Integrated Review Refresh identified that authoritarian regimes are using technology as a tool of oppression, with far-reaching consequences for the security and prosperity of the British people.

The International Technology Strategy sets out the United Kingdom's alternative. The government says that the United Kingdom, guided by principles to be open, responsible, secure and resilient, will "shape the future of technology in a way that promotes its use positively, and drives innovation and UK tech leadership, while boosting our security from new and emerging threats".

This way, the United Kingdom will "shape the future of technology in a way that promotes its use positively, and drives innovation and UK tech leadership, while boosting our security from new and emerging threats".

The government says that it will work closely with governments, academia and industry to leverage the United Kingdom's strengths in technology through international partnerships with established and emerging science and technology nations.

The government also says that investing in the United Kingdom's thriving technology sector will directly contribute to growing the economy. It will also strengthen the United Kingdom's position on the world stage while forging long-term links that will promote the United Kingdom as a place for investment and collaboration in the technologies of the future.

The government will expand the United Kingdom's network of technology envoys and expertise to create an extensive tech diplomacy network. It will use this as a platform to enforce the United Kingdom's principles, challenge authoritarian narratives and drive international collaboration with industry. Envoys will bring expertise from the technology sector, ensuring that they can put their lived experience of this industry into boosting the United Kingdom's global leadership.

These aims will further be supported through a new Technology Centre of Expertise. With the first pilots running later in 2023, these centres will bring together technology and digital experts from government, the private sector and academia to support countries to transform their economies in a sustainable and inclusive manner through innovation.

As part of the strategy, the government says that it will also work with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's global forum on technology to engage with the international community on how to better use technology. It will also build on the United Kingdom's success in securing a seat on the Council of the International Telecommunications Union, working with partners to increase worldwide connectivity and provide clear leadership in the telecoms sector.

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