Gordon Brown has said that the "digital future" is "essential" to Britain's industrial strategy to climb out of the current economic downturn.

During the keynote speech at the Digital Britain summit in London, the prime minister told attendees:

"The digital revolution lies at the heart of success for Britain in this new economy. Investing in the digital future is essential to our industrial strategy".

"Britain is a leader in the digital and creative industries and needs to be encouraged to sell its services and expertise to the rest of the world".

"Only by embracing a digital Britain and taking a lead in the global digital economy can we maintain our competitiveness as one of the world's leading economic and industrial powers in years to come".

Lord Carter's "Digital Britain" interim government report was published in January, described as a "plan to secure Britain’s place at the forefront of the global digital economy".