A cross-party manifesto for technology investment has been created in the hope of better educating the next generation of chief information officers (CIOs).

The so-called ‘Startup Manifesto’ has made headlines for encouraging more coding lessons in schools,techcitynews.com notes. It was argued that such a measure would help equip young people with more of the skills needed to thrive in today’ s increasingly technological world.

This was just one of the 24 points outlined in the manifesto, however, with many others created to not only foster a new generation of CIOs but make life easier for those currently in the role. These included tax breaks for companies that teach coding, prioritising investment in superfast broadband and streamlining the visa process for tech entrepreneurs or graduates coming in from overseas.

The Startup Manifesto was written by former economic adviser to George Osborne, Guy Levin. It has already secured the backing of more than 150 entrepreneurs and large companies, including the likes of Google, TechHub and iHorizon.

Commenting on the manifesto, investor Saul Klein told theguardian.com: “Neither government nor companies can be responsible for how information is managed. Citizens need to be able to make those decisions themselves, but the laws around da ta regulation have improved vastly even from five years ago.

“Technology moves very quickly and regulation necessarily moves slowly, and needs to so that it can be well thought out and long lasting – that will be much better with high level engagement between policy makers, politicians and technologists.”

Author: David Howells