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UK and Israel enter digital governance pact, will share data around open standards and open source

The Next Web - The UK and Israel have entered a pact that will see them working together on a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) around digital government, which they say will help create opportunities for future generations.

In an announcement issued this afternoon by the UK Government’s Cabinet Office, Minister Francis Maude pointed to Israel’s reputation at the forefront of innovation in the digital realm as a key factor in its move to align itself with the country.

“When I visited last year, I saw how Israel has a forward-thinking approach to digital innovation, just like the UK,” said Maude. “This Government’s long-term plan is all about creating modern, digital public services that are so good people prefer to use them. So, we will look to find new ways of working with Israel’s impressive array of digital businesses and draw on its culture of entrepreneurship.”

The MoU was signed at the Israeli Prime Minister’s office by the UK Government’s Chief Technology Officer Liam Maxwell, and by Harel Locker, Director-General of the Israeli Prime Minister’s office. The agreement constitutes a commitment by both countries through adhering to the following: