ISP Entanet has called on Theresa May to replace Ed Vaizey as minister for culture and the digital economy following her move into 10 Downing Street today.
May is currently reflecting on who will be in her Cabinet and Entanet has urged the new prime minister to ditch Vaizey in favour of someone with "an ability to understand the communications industry from a technical perspective".
In an open letter, Entanet's head of service, Neil Watson, put forward Baroness Joanna Shields as an alternative for the post.
Watson criticised Vaizey's lack of technical nous – citing the fact his own website describes him as being more artsy than technical – and for "failing to engage adequately with the industry on crucial matters".
Watson argued that it is important to have a minister who understands the comms industry from a technical perspective and said Shields would represent a wise choice in that regard.
"Her experience of technology – which includes everything from streaming video and audio, network storage, online marketing, social media and latterly championing the social responsibilities of the internet as parliamentary under-secretary of state for internet safety and security – suggests to us that she has the abilities necessary to continue to pioneer digital technology within the UK," he said.
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