techUK - Representing the tech industry in the UK techUK provides a collective voice for its members and drives connections with government and business to create a commercial environment in which they can thrive. http://www.techuk.org/ 2018-09-20T14:32:32+01:00 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management Cloud, Data, Analytics and AI Newsletter 2018-09-20T13:44:07+01:00 2018-09-20T13:44:07+01:00 http://www.techuk.org/insights/newsletters/item/13954-cloud-data-analytics-and-ai-newsletter CRM Sync noreply@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>Welcome to techUK&rsquo;s September edition of the Cloud, Data Analytics and AI newsletter! For those of you who took a break over the Summer, welcome back!</p> <p>We&rsquo;re excited to be kicking off Autumn with&nbsp;<a href="https://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/13565-get-involved-in-techuk-s-cloud-week">techUK&rsquo;s Cloud Campaign Week</a>. Throughout the week we&rsquo;ll be highlighting the importance of cloud computing for the UK&rsquo;s digital future - bringing you news, views and insights from the technology sector. Please get involved&nbsp;in the conversation on Twitter&nbsp;<a href="http://www.twitter.com/techuk">@techUK</a>&nbsp;using the #whycloud.</p> <p>We&rsquo;re in the process of organising some great events between now and December. Two big dates for your diary should be the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.techuk.org/supercharging-the-digital-economy/about">Supercharging the Digital Economy</a>&nbsp;on 18&nbsp;October in Manchester and the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.techuk.org/digital-ethics-summit/about">Digital Ethics Summit</a>&nbsp;on the 12 December.</p> <p>I hope you find this month&rsquo;s update a helpful overview of the latest news, events and opportunities to get involved with the Cloud, Data Analytics and AI programme. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions or queries.</p> <p>All the best!&nbsp;<br><br> Katherine Mayes<br> Programme Manager, Cloud, Data Analytics and AI<br><a href="mailto:katherine.mayes@techuk.org">katherine.mayes@techuk.org</a></p> <hr><h2>techUK Cloud, Data, Analytics and AI News</h2> <p><a href="http://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/13925-no-deal-notice-on-data-shows-legal-complexities-face-by-uk-companies">techUK No Deal Notice on Data shows legal complexities faced by UK companies</a><br> Read techUK&rsquo;s CEO Julian David comment on the release of the second group of No Deal Technical Notices, including a notice on the free flow of data.</p> <p><a href="https://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/13702-sage-report-on-building-a-competitive-ethical-ai-economy">Sage report on Building a Competitive, Ethical AI Economy</a><br> This report outlines the key steps for government and businesses to put ethical AI principles into practice to benefit industry, government and society. The paper was compiled with participation from government representatives and global businesses, including techUK.</p> <p><a href="http://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/13911-government-publishes-code-of-conduct-for-ai-and-data-driven-technology">Government publishes code of conduct for AI and data-driven technology</a></p> <p>Read techUK&rsquo;s thoughts on a new code of conduct for Artificial Intelligence (AI) and other data-driven technologies in healthcare.</p> <p><a href="https://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/13710-join-techuk-s-local-public-services-emerging-tech-working-group">Join techUK&rsquo;s local public services emerging tech working group!</a><br> Join a new cross-programme working group which has been set-up to demystify how the technologies of today and tomorrow can re-imagine local public service outcomes.</p> <p><a href="https://www.techuk.org/insights/opinions/item/13827-the-future-of-iot-is-ai">The future of IOT is AI</a><br> Phil Brunkard, CIO, Regional Government &amp; Health, BT, looks at the intersection between the Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI).</p> <hr><h2>Other news and comments</h2> <p><a href="https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/no-deal-would-be-a-very-bad-deal-for-the-tech-sector-7rztmkqn2?utm_source=newsletter&amp;utm_campaign=newsletter_119&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_content=119_10.08.2018%20Red%20Box%20Let%27s%20(1)&amp;CMP=TNLEmail_118918_3912343_119">No deal would be a very bad deal for the tech sector</a>&nbsp;<strong>(The Times)</strong><br><br><a href="http://www.digitaljournal.com/tech-and-science/science/artificial-intelligence-system-detects-often-missed-cancer-tumors/article/530441">Artificial intelligence system detects often-missed cancer tumours</a>&nbsp;<strong>(Digital journal)</strong><br><br><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/sep/08/joseph-stiglitz-on-artificial-intelligence-were-going-towards-a-more-divided-society">Joseph Stiglitz on artificial intelligence: 'We&rsquo;re going towards a more divided society'</a>&nbsp;<strong>(The Guardian)</strong><br><br><a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2018-09-13/india-should-allow-consumer-data-to-flow-offshore">India should let data roam free</a>&nbsp;<strong>(Bloomberg)</strong><br><br><a href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/tomvanderark/2018/09/13/ethics-on-a-deadline/#7bf2761d2e21">Let's talk sbout AI ethics; We're on a&nbsp;deadline</a>&nbsp;<strong>(Forbes)</strong><br><br><a href="https://www.apollo-magazine.com/ai-art-artificial-intelligence/">AI art is on the rise &ndash; but how do we measure its success?</a>&nbsp;<strong>(Apollo Mag)</strong><br><br><a href="https://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/13906-sir-alan-wilson-appointed-chair-of-the-ada-lovelace-institute">Sir Alan Wilson appointed Executive Chair of the Ada Lovelace Institute</a>&nbsp;<strong>(techUK)</strong><br><br><a href="https://www.britac.ac.uk/tag/ai-and-work">AI and work</a>&nbsp;<strong>(British Academy)</strong></p> <hr><h2>Upcoming Events&nbsp;</h2> <p><strong>24 September</strong>&nbsp;-&nbsp;<a href="https://www.techuk.org/events/partner-event/item/13897-take-control-of-and-secure-your-cloud-computing-in-2019">Take control of (and secure) your cloud computing in 2019</a><br> InTech Forums will be hosting a session focusing on cloud cyber security. Delivered by Lloyd's market professionals and leading security experts, this lunchtime forum will provide an insight into some of the latest cyber and fraud threats and the proactive steps that market companies can take to help combat them.<br><br><strong>2 October</strong>&nbsp;-&nbsp;<a href="https://portal.techuk.org/my-events/event/?id=50d3c600-c7b5-e811-813d-5065f38b4641">Home Office DDaT Strategic Procurements: Supplier Engagement Event</a><br> This is a chance for the tech industry to learn about upcoming procurements and to shape Home Office thinking and strategy Public and Private Cloud, Networks &amp; Infrastructure and&nbsp;the commercial opportunities these present. We anticipate high demand for this event so book your place now!<br><br><strong>3 October</strong>&nbsp;-&nbsp;<a href="https://www.techuk.org/events/meeting/item/13112-techuk-introductory-evening-october-2018">techUK October Introductory Evening</a><br> Whether you are new to techUK, thinking of joining us or would just like a reminder of the many benefits and services that we have to offer, then this is the event for you. Join us for an introductory evening, where we will tell you more about techUK, how we work and how you, as a member, can access our many member benefits and services.<br><br><strong>Get Involved: 15 &ndash; 20 October</strong>&nbsp;-&nbsp;<a href="https://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/13739-techuk-green-week-get-involved">techUK Green Week</a><br> Coinciding with Green GB Week, we are looking for members and stakeholders to contribute blogs and articles looking at where they see the real opportunities for digital transformation. techUK is running a campaign week looking at how tech and digital are helping deliver a low carbon and sustainable Britain. Don&rsquo;t miss out on this great opportunity to contribute!<br><br><strong>18 October&nbsp;</strong>-&nbsp;<a href="https://www.techuk.org/supercharging-the-digital-economy">Supercharging the Digital Economy</a><br> Focusing on the ways in which digital increasingly underpins Britain&rsquo;s economy, 200 business leaders from industry will hear how the adoption and deployment of cutting-edge digital technologies, products and services produced by the UK tech sector is, and can, enable every sector of the UK economy.<br><br><strong>1 November</strong>&nbsp;-&nbsp;<a href="https://www.techuk.org/events/roundtable/item/13855-cloud-adoption-in-the-financial-services-industry">Cloud Adoption in the Financial Services Industry</a><br> Join us for an in-depth roundtable discussion focusing on the opportunities for financial service organisations adopting and deploying cloud services, the barriers preventing the sector from moving to the cloud and how these can be addressed.<br><br><strong>3 December&nbsp;</strong>-&nbsp;<a href="https://portal.techuk.org/my-events/event/?id=5697ba2b-828e-e811-813e-5065f38a8ad1">techUK&rsquo;s Cloud 2020 Vision &ndash; Are we there yet?</a><br> In 2016, techUK published its Cloud 2020 Vision for keeping the UK at the forefront of cloud adoption. With 2020 nearly upon us, techUK wants to review what progress has been made and what may still need to be done. Check out this follow up!<br><br><strong>12 December&nbsp;</strong>-&nbsp;<a href="https://www.techuk.org/digital-ethics-summit/about">Digital Ethics Summit</a><br> On 12 December, techUK will hold its second annual Digital Ethics Summit. The event will bring together stakeholders to assess the progress made over the last twelve months to build the capacity and capabilities needed to recognise and address digital ethical issues and concerns. Watch this space for more information on how to secure your place!<br><br> If you have trouble registering for an event, please contact:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:nimmi.patel@techuk.org">nimmi.patel@techuk.org</a></p>{bio}sue.daley@techuk.org{/bio}{bio}katherine.mayes@techuk.org{/bio}</div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>Welcome to techUK&rsquo;s September edition of the Cloud, Data Analytics and AI newsletter! For those of you who took a break over the Summer, welcome back!</p> <p>We&rsquo;re excited to be kicking off Autumn with&nbsp;<a href="https://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/13565-get-involved-in-techuk-s-cloud-week">techUK&rsquo;s Cloud Campaign Week</a>. Throughout the week we&rsquo;ll be highlighting the importance of cloud computing for the UK&rsquo;s digital future - bringing you news, views and insights from the technology sector. Please get involved&nbsp;in the conversation on Twitter&nbsp;<a href="http://www.twitter.com/techuk">@techUK</a>&nbsp;using the #whycloud.</p> <p>We&rsquo;re in the process of organising some great events between now and December. Two big dates for your diary should be the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.techuk.org/supercharging-the-digital-economy/about">Supercharging the Digital Economy</a>&nbsp;on 18&nbsp;October in Manchester and the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.techuk.org/digital-ethics-summit/about">Digital Ethics Summit</a>&nbsp;on the 12 December.</p> <p>I hope you find this month&rsquo;s update a helpful overview of the latest news, events and opportunities to get involved with the Cloud, Data Analytics and AI programme. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions or queries.</p> <p>All the best!&nbsp;<br><br> Katherine Mayes<br> Programme Manager, Cloud, Data Analytics and AI<br><a href="mailto:katherine.mayes@techuk.org">katherine.mayes@techuk.org</a></p> <hr><h2>techUK Cloud, Data, Analytics and AI News</h2> <p><a href="http://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/13925-no-deal-notice-on-data-shows-legal-complexities-face-by-uk-companies">techUK No Deal Notice on Data shows legal complexities faced by UK companies</a><br> Read techUK&rsquo;s CEO Julian David comment on the release of the second group of No Deal Technical Notices, including a notice on the free flow of data.</p> <p><a href="https://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/13702-sage-report-on-building-a-competitive-ethical-ai-economy">Sage report on Building a Competitive, Ethical AI Economy</a><br> This report outlines the key steps for government and businesses to put ethical AI principles into practice to benefit industry, government and society. The paper was compiled with participation from government representatives and global businesses, including techUK.</p> <p><a href="http://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/13911-government-publishes-code-of-conduct-for-ai-and-data-driven-technology">Government publishes code of conduct for AI and data-driven technology</a></p> <p>Read techUK&rsquo;s thoughts on a new code of conduct for Artificial Intelligence (AI) and other data-driven technologies in healthcare.</p> <p><a href="https://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/13710-join-techuk-s-local-public-services-emerging-tech-working-group">Join techUK&rsquo;s local public services emerging tech working group!</a><br> Join a new cross-programme working group which has been set-up to demystify how the technologies of today and tomorrow can re-imagine local public service outcomes.</p> <p><a href="https://www.techuk.org/insights/opinions/item/13827-the-future-of-iot-is-ai">The future of IOT is AI</a><br> Phil Brunkard, CIO, Regional Government &amp; Health, BT, looks at the intersection between the Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI).</p> <hr><h2>Other news and comments</h2> <p><a href="https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/no-deal-would-be-a-very-bad-deal-for-the-tech-sector-7rztmkqn2?utm_source=newsletter&amp;utm_campaign=newsletter_119&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_content=119_10.08.2018%20Red%20Box%20Let%27s%20(1)&amp;CMP=TNLEmail_118918_3912343_119">No deal would be a very bad deal for the tech sector</a>&nbsp;<strong>(The Times)</strong><br><br><a href="http://www.digitaljournal.com/tech-and-science/science/artificial-intelligence-system-detects-often-missed-cancer-tumors/article/530441">Artificial intelligence system detects often-missed cancer tumours</a>&nbsp;<strong>(Digital journal)</strong><br><br><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/sep/08/joseph-stiglitz-on-artificial-intelligence-were-going-towards-a-more-divided-society">Joseph Stiglitz on artificial intelligence: 'We&rsquo;re going towards a more divided society'</a>&nbsp;<strong>(The Guardian)</strong><br><br><a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2018-09-13/india-should-allow-consumer-data-to-flow-offshore">India should let data roam free</a>&nbsp;<strong>(Bloomberg)</strong><br><br><a href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/tomvanderark/2018/09/13/ethics-on-a-deadline/#7bf2761d2e21">Let's talk sbout AI ethics; We're on a&nbsp;deadline</a>&nbsp;<strong>(Forbes)</strong><br><br><a href="https://www.apollo-magazine.com/ai-art-artificial-intelligence/">AI art is on the rise &ndash; but how do we measure its success?</a>&nbsp;<strong>(Apollo Mag)</strong><br><br><a href="https://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/13906-sir-alan-wilson-appointed-chair-of-the-ada-lovelace-institute">Sir Alan Wilson appointed Executive Chair of the Ada Lovelace Institute</a>&nbsp;<strong>(techUK)</strong><br><br><a href="https://www.britac.ac.uk/tag/ai-and-work">AI and work</a>&nbsp;<strong>(British Academy)</strong></p> <hr><h2>Upcoming Events&nbsp;</h2> <p><strong>24 September</strong>&nbsp;-&nbsp;<a href="https://www.techuk.org/events/partner-event/item/13897-take-control-of-and-secure-your-cloud-computing-in-2019">Take control of (and secure) your cloud computing in 2019</a><br> InTech Forums will be hosting a session focusing on cloud cyber security. Delivered by Lloyd's market professionals and leading security experts, this lunchtime forum will provide an insight into some of the latest cyber and fraud threats and the proactive steps that market companies can take to help combat them.<br><br><strong>2 October</strong>&nbsp;-&nbsp;<a href="https://portal.techuk.org/my-events/event/?id=50d3c600-c7b5-e811-813d-5065f38b4641">Home Office DDaT Strategic Procurements: Supplier Engagement Event</a><br> This is a chance for the tech industry to learn about upcoming procurements and to shape Home Office thinking and strategy Public and Private Cloud, Networks &amp; Infrastructure and&nbsp;the commercial opportunities these present. We anticipate high demand for this event so book your place now!<br><br><strong>3 October</strong>&nbsp;-&nbsp;<a href="https://www.techuk.org/events/meeting/item/13112-techuk-introductory-evening-october-2018">techUK October Introductory Evening</a><br> Whether you are new to techUK, thinking of joining us or would just like a reminder of the many benefits and services that we have to offer, then this is the event for you. Join us for an introductory evening, where we will tell you more about techUK, how we work and how you, as a member, can access our many member benefits and services.<br><br><strong>Get Involved: 15 &ndash; 20 October</strong>&nbsp;-&nbsp;<a href="https://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/13739-techuk-green-week-get-involved">techUK Green Week</a><br> Coinciding with Green GB Week, we are looking for members and stakeholders to contribute blogs and articles looking at where they see the real opportunities for digital transformation. techUK is running a campaign week looking at how tech and digital are helping deliver a low carbon and sustainable Britain. Don&rsquo;t miss out on this great opportunity to contribute!<br><br><strong>18 October&nbsp;</strong>-&nbsp;<a href="https://www.techuk.org/supercharging-the-digital-economy">Supercharging the Digital Economy</a><br> Focusing on the ways in which digital increasingly underpins Britain&rsquo;s economy, 200 business leaders from industry will hear how the adoption and deployment of cutting-edge digital technologies, products and services produced by the UK tech sector is, and can, enable every sector of the UK economy.<br><br><strong>1 November</strong>&nbsp;-&nbsp;<a href="https://www.techuk.org/events/roundtable/item/13855-cloud-adoption-in-the-financial-services-industry">Cloud Adoption in the Financial Services Industry</a><br> Join us for an in-depth roundtable discussion focusing on the opportunities for financial service organisations adopting and deploying cloud services, the barriers preventing the sector from moving to the cloud and how these can be addressed.<br><br><strong>3 December&nbsp;</strong>-&nbsp;<a href="https://portal.techuk.org/my-events/event/?id=5697ba2b-828e-e811-813e-5065f38a8ad1">techUK&rsquo;s Cloud 2020 Vision &ndash; Are we there yet?</a><br> In 2016, techUK published its Cloud 2020 Vision for keeping the UK at the forefront of cloud adoption. With 2020 nearly upon us, techUK wants to review what progress has been made and what may still need to be done. Check out this follow up!<br><br><strong>12 December&nbsp;</strong>-&nbsp;<a href="https://www.techuk.org/digital-ethics-summit/about">Digital Ethics Summit</a><br> On 12 December, techUK will hold its second annual Digital Ethics Summit. The event will bring together stakeholders to assess the progress made over the last twelve months to build the capacity and capabilities needed to recognise and address digital ethical issues and concerns. Watch this space for more information on how to secure your place!<br><br> If you have trouble registering for an event, please contact:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:nimmi.patel@techuk.org">nimmi.patel@techuk.org</a></p>{bio}sue.daley@techuk.org{/bio}{bio}katherine.mayes@techuk.org{/bio}</div> What makes a 'good' Digital Board? - new report from SmarterUK 2018-09-19T09:00:00+01:00 2018-09-19T09:00:00+01:00 http://www.techuk.org/insights/reports/item/13951-what-makes-a-good-digital-board-new-report-from-smarteruk CRM Sync noreply@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>The key theme for the Smart Cities and Communities programme this year has been &ldquo;practical steps for delivering smart city solutions&rdquo; which has largely focused on leadership. This has included examining&nbsp;the roles and responsibilities for central government and local authorities in creating smart places around the UK. Local authorities are on the front line when it comes to smart, place-based digital initiatives. Although they should not be tasked with delivering the nation&rsquo;s smart agenda without overarching support and ambition from central government, there are steps that local authorities can take to improve their own capacity and capability.</p> <p>The first step towards this is building a greater understanding of digital, data and technological solutions into local authorities by establishing and maintaining &ldquo;a dedicated and legitimate decision-making body that is empowered by the executive leadership of the local authority&rdquo; - a digital board. A digital board will engage representatives from a mixture of local actors, including academia, local businesses, consumer/citizen groups, and tech companies. By drawing on such broad expertise, a digital board can raise awareness of opportunities for digital evolution, as well as support implementation efforts and ultimately deliver positive and sustainable citizen-focused outcomes for a locality.</p> <p>With the help of industry and local government professionals, we have developed a series of recommendations for establishing and maintaining a digital board. The recommendations address key themes for digital boards to consider; ensuring meaningful engagement with local stakeholders, establishing a culture that supports an action-oriented and delivery focus and a collaborative approach to digital evolution.</p> <p><img alt="" src="//portal.techuk.org/uploaded-images/front_cover_image.jpg" style="height:318px; width:450px"></p> <p>If you would like to hear more about SmarterUK's work on leadership for smart places, please contact <a href="mailto:matthew.evans@techuk.org">Matthew Evans</a> or <a href="mailto:jessica.russell@techuk.org">Jessica Russell</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>{bio}Jessica.Russell@techuk.org{/bio}{bio}georgina.maratheftis@techuk.org{/bio}{bio}Matthew.Evans@techUK.org{/bio}{bio}matthew.evans@broadbanduk.org{/bio}</div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>The key theme for the Smart Cities and Communities programme this year has been &ldquo;practical steps for delivering smart city solutions&rdquo; which has largely focused on leadership. This has included examining&nbsp;the roles and responsibilities for central government and local authorities in creating smart places around the UK. Local authorities are on the front line when it comes to smart, place-based digital initiatives. Although they should not be tasked with delivering the nation&rsquo;s smart agenda without overarching support and ambition from central government, there are steps that local authorities can take to improve their own capacity and capability.</p> <p>The first step towards this is building a greater understanding of digital, data and technological solutions into local authorities by establishing and maintaining &ldquo;a dedicated and legitimate decision-making body that is empowered by the executive leadership of the local authority&rdquo; - a digital board. A digital board will engage representatives from a mixture of local actors, including academia, local businesses, consumer/citizen groups, and tech companies. By drawing on such broad expertise, a digital board can raise awareness of opportunities for digital evolution, as well as support implementation efforts and ultimately deliver positive and sustainable citizen-focused outcomes for a locality.</p> <p>With the help of industry and local government professionals, we have developed a series of recommendations for establishing and maintaining a digital board. The recommendations address key themes for digital boards to consider; ensuring meaningful engagement with local stakeholders, establishing a culture that supports an action-oriented and delivery focus and a collaborative approach to digital evolution.</p> <p><img alt="" src="//portal.techuk.org/uploaded-images/front_cover_image.jpg" style="height:318px; width:450px"></p> <p>If you would like to hear more about SmarterUK's work on leadership for smart places, please contact <a href="mailto:matthew.evans@techuk.org">Matthew Evans</a> or <a href="mailto:jessica.russell@techuk.org">Jessica Russell</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>{bio}Jessica.Russell@techuk.org{/bio}{bio}georgina.maratheftis@techuk.org{/bio}{bio}Matthew.Evans@techUK.org{/bio}{bio}matthew.evans@broadbanduk.org{/bio}</div> techUK to launch its Gender Pay Best Practice Guide 2018-09-20T10:14:08+01:00 2018-09-20T10:14:08+01:00 http://www.techuk.org/insights/event-round-ups/item/13950-techuk-to-launch-its-gender-pay-best-practice-guide CRM Sync noreply@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>Is your business searching for measures to implement ahead of next year's Gender Pay Gap reporting deadline? Are you overwhelmed by the plethora of great gender diversity initiatives in the tech sector? Are you looking for tangible steps to take to improve your Gender Pay Gap? Are you an SME concerned about Gender Pay Reporting in the&nbsp;future?</p> <p>techUK is hosting a panel event on Gender Pay Gap to launch our Gender Pay Gap Reference Guide. The Guide provides tech companies&nbsp;with steps to improve their reports and signposts them to a number of initiatives seeking to improve gender representation in the tech sector. We welcome&nbsp;HR&nbsp;and public policy professionals to attend as well as anyone keen on improving their company's commitments to diversity and inclusion.</p> <p><strong>Improving Gender Pay in the Tech Sector<br> Date &amp; time: </strong>08:30 - 10:00 on Tuesday 25&nbsp;September&nbsp;<br><strong>Location: </strong>FDM Group, Cottons Centre, 3 Cottons Lane, London</p> <p>The event will be chaired by Sarah Atkinson, Vice Chair of the techUK Skills &amp; Diversity Council and Vice President of EMEA Communications at CA Technologies.&nbsp;</p> <p>Panelists include:</p> <ul><li>Helen Wollaston, Chief Executive, WISE</li> <li>Karina Govindji, Group Head of Diversity &amp; Inclusion, Vodafone</li> <li>Inge Woudstra, Director, W2O Consulting and Training</li> </ul><p>Interested in attending? <u><a href="https://portal.techuk.org/my-events/event/?id=4a1c1dbc-2bb0-e811-813a-5065f38be571">Register on our portal.</a></u></p>{bio}india.lucas@techUK.org{/bio}</div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>Is your business searching for measures to implement ahead of next year's Gender Pay Gap reporting deadline? Are you overwhelmed by the plethora of great gender diversity initiatives in the tech sector? Are you looking for tangible steps to take to improve your Gender Pay Gap? Are you an SME concerned about Gender Pay Reporting in the&nbsp;future?</p> <p>techUK is hosting a panel event on Gender Pay Gap to launch our Gender Pay Gap Reference Guide. The Guide provides tech companies&nbsp;with steps to improve their reports and signposts them to a number of initiatives seeking to improve gender representation in the tech sector. We welcome&nbsp;HR&nbsp;and public policy professionals to attend as well as anyone keen on improving their company's commitments to diversity and inclusion.</p> <p><strong>Improving Gender Pay in the Tech Sector<br> Date &amp; time: </strong>08:30 - 10:00 on Tuesday 25&nbsp;September&nbsp;<br><strong>Location: </strong>FDM Group, Cottons Centre, 3 Cottons Lane, London</p> <p>The event will be chaired by Sarah Atkinson, Vice Chair of the techUK Skills &amp; Diversity Council and Vice President of EMEA Communications at CA Technologies.&nbsp;</p> <p>Panelists include:</p> <ul><li>Helen Wollaston, Chief Executive, WISE</li> <li>Karina Govindji, Group Head of Diversity &amp; Inclusion, Vodafone</li> <li>Inge Woudstra, Director, W2O Consulting and Training</li> </ul><p>Interested in attending? <u><a href="https://portal.techuk.org/my-events/event/?id=4a1c1dbc-2bb0-e811-813a-5065f38be571">Register on our portal.</a></u></p>{bio}india.lucas@techUK.org{/bio}</div> Digital Dental Network Suppliers Forum with techUK 2018-09-19T14:17:19+01:00 2018-09-19T14:17:19+01:00 http://www.techuk.org/events/briefing/item/13948-digital-dental-network-suppliers-forum-with-techuk CRM Sync noreply@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p><span lang="EN-GB"><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: medium;">The Digital Dental Network Suppliers forum in collaboration with techUK is the first step as part of the Digital Dental Network launched in June 2018 . The aim to bring the profession , industry and NHS stakeholders together to discuss the future integration of dentistry in to the wider healthcare service.</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: medium;">&nbsp; </span></span></p> <p><span lang="EN-GB"><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: medium;">The forum will explore the art of the possible for NHS primary care dental suppliers to engage with the Digital Dental Strategy and provide input in to the digital dental roadmap, working with industry suppliers to discuss NHS standards, challenges and next steps. Full agenda to follow. This event is led by the NHS Englands Digital Development Directorate in-conjunction with NHS Digital and</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: medium;">NHSBSA. </span></span></p>{bio}ellie.huckle@techuk.org{/bio}</div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p><span lang="EN-GB"><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: medium;">The Digital Dental Network Suppliers forum in collaboration with techUK is the first step as part of the Digital Dental Network launched in June 2018 . The aim to bring the profession , industry and NHS stakeholders together to discuss the future integration of dentistry in to the wider healthcare service.</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: medium;">&nbsp; </span></span></p> <p><span lang="EN-GB"><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: medium;">The forum will explore the art of the possible for NHS primary care dental suppliers to engage with the Digital Dental Strategy and provide input in to the digital dental roadmap, working with industry suppliers to discuss NHS standards, challenges and next steps. Full agenda to follow. This event is led by the NHS Englands Digital Development Directorate in-conjunction with NHS Digital and</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: medium;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: medium;">NHSBSA. </span></span></p>{bio}ellie.huckle@techuk.org{/bio}</div> New initiative launched to bring women in cyber together 2018-09-19T13:15:07+01:00 2018-09-19T13:15:07+01:00 http://www.techuk.org/insights/opinions/item/13947-new-initiative-launched-to-bring-women-in-cyber-together CRM Sync noreply@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p><span style="font-size:12px"><span style="color:black">On Monday 17 September, techUK held its <strong>Bridging the Cyber Gender Skills Gap</strong> event in partnership with Brightsec.&nbsp;The event, held at techUK&rsquo;s offices, brought together senior women from across the cyber security sector to discuss topics such as their journey into the sector, how to attract and retain more female cyber professionals and ways in which to promote a diverse workplace. &nbsp;</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12px"><span style="color:black">Central to the event was the announcement of the <strong>Queue for the Loo</strong> initiative; a series of events and online resources aimed at women in the cyber security sector.&nbsp; The initiative, spearheaded by Sian John of Microsoft, will include quarterly networking events for female cyber professionals to network, exchange ideas and find mentors.&nbsp; According to a recent study, the proportion of women in the UK cyber security sector stands at just 8 per cent, one of the lowest proportions in the world, with men earning an average of 16 per cent more than women.&nbsp;This initiative looks to not only create a stronger network between women in cyber but also to encourage them to do more to get others to consider their options in this space. &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12px"><span style="color:black">Commenting on the event and launch of the Queue for the Loo initiative, <strong>Sian John</strong>, EMEA Chief Security Advisor, Microsoft &nbsp;said:</span><em><span style="color:black"> &ldquo;A stark sign of the lack of gender diversity in our industry is shown at technology conferences where women are in such a minority that we rarely have to queue for the loo, unlike every other public event we attend. This is why I&rsquo;ve started the #queuefortheloo campaign. The aim is to increase the breadth of talent in our industry by encouraging more women to join it so that we are more included and a sign of success will be when we have to start queueing to use the facilities at technology conferences.&rdquo; &nbsp;</span></em></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12px"><span style="color:black"><strong>Ruth Davis</strong>, Head of Commercial Strategy and Public Policy, BT Security, said: </span><em><span style="color:black">&ldquo;Demand for cyber security professionals is growing, but we are failing to attract nearly 50 per cent of the UK&rsquo;s workforce to the sector. I&rsquo;m delighted to be a part of this initiative which I hope will inspire many more women to explore the opportunities a career in cyber security has for them&rdquo;</span></em></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12px"><span style="color:black">Speakers</span> at the event <span style="color:black">included Ruth Davis, Head of Commercial Strategy and Public Policy at BT Security, Sian John, EMEA Chief Security Advisor at Microsoft and speakers from the National Cyber Security Centre&rsquo;s CyberFirst Girls project.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12px"><span style="color:black">For more information on the new Queue for the Loo initiative and the cyber skills shortage, please do get in touch with <a href="mailto:talal.rajab@techuk.org"><strong>Talal Rajab</strong></a><span style="color:black"> </span>or follow us on twitter at @q4theloo </span></span></p>{bio}talal.rajab@techuk.org{/bio}{bio}dan.patefield@techuk.org{/bio}</div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p><span style="font-size:12px"><span style="color:black">On Monday 17 September, techUK held its <strong>Bridging the Cyber Gender Skills Gap</strong> event in partnership with Brightsec.&nbsp;The event, held at techUK&rsquo;s offices, brought together senior women from across the cyber security sector to discuss topics such as their journey into the sector, how to attract and retain more female cyber professionals and ways in which to promote a diverse workplace. &nbsp;</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12px"><span style="color:black">Central to the event was the announcement of the <strong>Queue for the Loo</strong> initiative; a series of events and online resources aimed at women in the cyber security sector.&nbsp; The initiative, spearheaded by Sian John of Microsoft, will include quarterly networking events for female cyber professionals to network, exchange ideas and find mentors.&nbsp; According to a recent study, the proportion of women in the UK cyber security sector stands at just 8 per cent, one of the lowest proportions in the world, with men earning an average of 16 per cent more than women.&nbsp;This initiative looks to not only create a stronger network between women in cyber but also to encourage them to do more to get others to consider their options in this space. &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12px"><span style="color:black">Commenting on the event and launch of the Queue for the Loo initiative, <strong>Sian John</strong>, EMEA Chief Security Advisor, Microsoft &nbsp;said:</span><em><span style="color:black"> &ldquo;A stark sign of the lack of gender diversity in our industry is shown at technology conferences where women are in such a minority that we rarely have to queue for the loo, unlike every other public event we attend. This is why I&rsquo;ve started the #queuefortheloo campaign. The aim is to increase the breadth of talent in our industry by encouraging more women to join it so that we are more included and a sign of success will be when we have to start queueing to use the facilities at technology conferences.&rdquo; &nbsp;</span></em></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12px"><span style="color:black"><strong>Ruth Davis</strong>, Head of Commercial Strategy and Public Policy, BT Security, said: </span><em><span style="color:black">&ldquo;Demand for cyber security professionals is growing, but we are failing to attract nearly 50 per cent of the UK&rsquo;s workforce to the sector. I&rsquo;m delighted to be a part of this initiative which I hope will inspire many more women to explore the opportunities a career in cyber security has for them&rdquo;</span></em></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12px"><span style="color:black">Speakers</span> at the event <span style="color:black">included Ruth Davis, Head of Commercial Strategy and Public Policy at BT Security, Sian John, EMEA Chief Security Advisor at Microsoft and speakers from the National Cyber Security Centre&rsquo;s CyberFirst Girls project.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12px"><span style="color:black">For more information on the new Queue for the Loo initiative and the cyber skills shortage, please do get in touch with <a href="mailto:talal.rajab@techuk.org"><strong>Talal Rajab</strong></a><span style="color:black"> </span>or follow us on twitter at @q4theloo </span></span></p>{bio}talal.rajab@techuk.org{/bio}{bio}dan.patefield@techuk.org{/bio}</div> Internet of Things September Newsletter 2018-09-19T11:46:44+01:00 2018-09-19T11:46:44+01:00 http://www.techuk.org/insights/newsletters/item/13946-internet-of-things-september-newsletter CRM Sync noreply@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>techUK has been involved in DCMS&rsquo;&nbsp;<a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/secure-by-design" target="_blank">Secure by Design</a>&nbsp;project since its inception. This has included sitting on its External Advisory Group and hosting several workshops between members and members of the DCMS team &ndash; you can read more about&nbsp;<a href="https://portal.techuk.org/my-events/event/?id=b048ae39-df6f-e811-8131-5065f38a8ad1&amp;" target="_blank">our involvement here</a>.&nbsp;<br><br><a href="https://portal.techuk.org/my-events/event/?id=bd772ddd-8fba-e811-813e-5065f38b4641&amp;" target="_blank">We are hosting a conference call to discuss DCMS' Secure by Design Project in advance of publication.</a>&nbsp;The purpose of this call is for us to update you on additional engagement with the DCMS, discuss our support for the project and adoption of the Code of Practice which sits at the heart of it, and gather feedback on members&rsquo; support or opposition to the Code.&nbsp;<br> &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/13914-connected-home-device-ownership-up-but-consumers-remain-sceptical" target="_blank">We have published The Second Edition of the Connected Home Report!</a><strong>&nbsp;</strong>It&nbsp;looks&nbsp;at current consumer understanding of the connected home market. Developed in partnership with market research firm,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.gfk.com/" target="_blank">GfK</a>, it explores the appeal and ownership of different categories of devices and makes recommendations to encourage further adoption in the UK.<br><br> Key findings include:</p> <ul><li>Device ownership is growing. The number of households owning more than three devices up by a quarter since last year&rsquo;s report&#8239;.</li> <li>The number of smart speakers/home assistants has doubled and seems to be powering ownership of other devices&#8239;.</li> <li>Knowledge and appeal of the connected home, in general, has stagnated.</li> </ul><p><br><a href="http://link.techuk.org/l/2f430da34a8444e89c512f51d4838771/74C3DC4A/85609535/092018n" target="_blank">Register for our Healthy Ageing Interactive Workshop</a>, Thursday, 20 September, 9:30&nbsp;&ndash; 14:00.&nbsp;<br><br> The event is an&nbsp;<strong>interactive workshop with industry and the public sector in healthy ageing</strong>&nbsp;with delegates working in groups reviewing challenges that cut across social isolation; falls and prevention; physical activity and cultural changes. Attendees will review the problem statements and together explore potential solutions and what new products and services will help people to live in their homes for longer, tackle loneliness, and increase independence and wellbeing. The session will offer industry the opportunity to hear first-hand from practitioners about the challenges posed by an ageing society with a view to helping organisations better shape their products/services, and network with individuals across the social care eco-system.<br><br> As you may already know we are also looking forward to our marquee&nbsp;<a href="http://www.techuk.org/supercharging-the-digital-economy/agenda">Supercharging event on the 18 October</a>&nbsp;which will look at increased digital adoption, particularly in the transport and retail sectors.</p>{bio}Teodora.Kaneva@techUK.org{/bio}</div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>techUK has been involved in DCMS&rsquo;&nbsp;<a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/secure-by-design" target="_blank">Secure by Design</a>&nbsp;project since its inception. This has included sitting on its External Advisory Group and hosting several workshops between members and members of the DCMS team &ndash; you can read more about&nbsp;<a href="https://portal.techuk.org/my-events/event/?id=b048ae39-df6f-e811-8131-5065f38a8ad1&amp;" target="_blank">our involvement here</a>.&nbsp;<br><br><a href="https://portal.techuk.org/my-events/event/?id=bd772ddd-8fba-e811-813e-5065f38b4641&amp;" target="_blank">We are hosting a conference call to discuss DCMS' Secure by Design Project in advance of publication.</a>&nbsp;The purpose of this call is for us to update you on additional engagement with the DCMS, discuss our support for the project and adoption of the Code of Practice which sits at the heart of it, and gather feedback on members&rsquo; support or opposition to the Code.&nbsp;<br> &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/13914-connected-home-device-ownership-up-but-consumers-remain-sceptical" target="_blank">We have published The Second Edition of the Connected Home Report!</a><strong>&nbsp;</strong>It&nbsp;looks&nbsp;at current consumer understanding of the connected home market. Developed in partnership with market research firm,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.gfk.com/" target="_blank">GfK</a>, it explores the appeal and ownership of different categories of devices and makes recommendations to encourage further adoption in the UK.<br><br> Key findings include:</p> <ul><li>Device ownership is growing. The number of households owning more than three devices up by a quarter since last year&rsquo;s report&#8239;.</li> <li>The number of smart speakers/home assistants has doubled and seems to be powering ownership of other devices&#8239;.</li> <li>Knowledge and appeal of the connected home, in general, has stagnated.</li> </ul><p><br><a href="http://link.techuk.org/l/2f430da34a8444e89c512f51d4838771/74C3DC4A/85609535/092018n" target="_blank">Register for our Healthy Ageing Interactive Workshop</a>, Thursday, 20 September, 9:30&nbsp;&ndash; 14:00.&nbsp;<br><br> The event is an&nbsp;<strong>interactive workshop with industry and the public sector in healthy ageing</strong>&nbsp;with delegates working in groups reviewing challenges that cut across social isolation; falls and prevention; physical activity and cultural changes. Attendees will review the problem statements and together explore potential solutions and what new products and services will help people to live in their homes for longer, tackle loneliness, and increase independence and wellbeing. The session will offer industry the opportunity to hear first-hand from practitioners about the challenges posed by an ageing society with a view to helping organisations better shape their products/services, and network with individuals across the social care eco-system.<br><br> As you may already know we are also looking forward to our marquee&nbsp;<a href="http://www.techuk.org/supercharging-the-digital-economy/agenda">Supercharging event on the 18 October</a>&nbsp;which will look at increased digital adoption, particularly in the transport and retail sectors.</p>{bio}Teodora.Kaneva@techUK.org{/bio}</div> Why Marketing Campaigns Can Miss the Mark… 2018-09-19T10:49:47+01:00 2018-09-19T10:49:47+01:00 http://www.techuk.org/events/meeting/item/13945-why-marketing-campaigns-can-miss-the-mark CRM Sync noreply@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p><a href="http://www.techuk.org/focus/programmes/marketing-and-sales">Marketing and Sales Group Event</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>The challenge</strong></p> <p>Marketers today have access to advanced digital technologies to help them. Yet, they often fail to meet marketing objectives. Moreover, marketing team members tend to be misaligned with colleagues, the sales team and the wider organisation, all of which can limit the effectiveness of marketing activities.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>The solution</strong></p> <p>By adopting an Agile Marketing approach, marketers can more quickly and accurately respond to the business requirements. Agile Marketing is based on the principles of agile software development. It is a nimble, responsive and scalable way to deliver successful marketing activities through collaboration, short iterations, continuous learning and feedback.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Attend this free training on Agile Marketing to learn:</strong></p> <ul><li>The key principles and benefits of Agile.</li> <li>Agile ways of working through engaging team games.</li> <li>How successful companies are using Agile marketing.</li> <li>Ways to try Agile concepts within your marketing teams.</li> </ul><p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Speaker</strong></p> <p>Laurence Wood is an Agile Leadership Coach at Mastek. He inspires teams and leaders to deliver more value, more often. An APMG accredited educator/examiner for the AgilePMTM methodology and creator of the Real Roles educational team game series, his Lean and Agile experience spans 25 years at organisations including Marks &amp; Spencer and Jaguar Cars.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>{bio}aby.Wojcik@techuk.org{/bio}</div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p><a href="http://www.techuk.org/focus/programmes/marketing-and-sales">Marketing and Sales Group Event</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>The challenge</strong></p> <p>Marketers today have access to advanced digital technologies to help them. Yet, they often fail to meet marketing objectives. Moreover, marketing team members tend to be misaligned with colleagues, the sales team and the wider organisation, all of which can limit the effectiveness of marketing activities.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>The solution</strong></p> <p>By adopting an Agile Marketing approach, marketers can more quickly and accurately respond to the business requirements. Agile Marketing is based on the principles of agile software development. It is a nimble, responsive and scalable way to deliver successful marketing activities through collaboration, short iterations, continuous learning and feedback.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Attend this free training on Agile Marketing to learn:</strong></p> <ul><li>The key principles and benefits of Agile.</li> <li>Agile ways of working through engaging team games.</li> <li>How successful companies are using Agile marketing.</li> <li>Ways to try Agile concepts within your marketing teams.</li> </ul><p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Speaker</strong></p> <p>Laurence Wood is an Agile Leadership Coach at Mastek. He inspires teams and leaders to deliver more value, more often. An APMG accredited educator/examiner for the AgilePMTM methodology and creator of the Real Roles educational team game series, his Lean and Agile experience spans 25 years at organisations including Marks &amp; Spencer and Jaguar Cars.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>{bio}aby.Wojcik@techuk.org{/bio}</div> techUK scores MAC report 2018-09-18T16:16:59+01:00 2018-09-18T16:16:59+01:00 http://www.techuk.org/insights/opinions/item/13944-techuk-scores-mac-report CRM Sync noreply@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>Today the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) released its long-anticipated report into EEA workers in the UK Labour Market. The report, commissioned in the Summer of 2017, seeks to advise policymakers on the current use of EEA labour in the UK workforce as well as review the existing framework for the &lsquo;Rest of World&rsquo; immigration system.</p> <p>techUK welcomes the MAC&rsquo;s recognition of the valuable contribution immigration makes to the UK economy, and their attempt to demystify the assumption that immigration damages the upskilling of the UK-born workforce or that EEA nationals in the UK take out of the economy more than they put in.</p> <p>Disappointingly, the MAC has failed to recommend whether or not immigration should form part of the negotiations with the European Union. Instead it has premised the entire report on the new immigration system being created in isolation, where it sees no reason for preferential access to the UK for EU nationals.</p> <p>The language in the report sets it up to be inaccurately reported. It is absolutely vital that parliamentarians and policymakers should not fall into the trap of thinking that the MAC is recommending that there should be no preferential access which could unlock huge value.</p> <p>Bearing that very important caveat in mind, techUK has assessed the MAC&rsquo;s report against the ten asks of the future immigration system we published last week. Here&rsquo;s what we think:</p> <p><strong>Overarching policy</strong></p> <p>techUK called for a split in process between short-term business critical travel and long-term immigration, something that is currently bundled together in existing Rest of World immigration and political rhetoric.</p> <p><em>Verdict: </em>There is an acknowledgement of this need as the report flags that ending free movement does not mean visa-free travel for EEA citizens would end, instead a visa would be needed to settle and work in the UK for any period of time. We hope the differentiation between settlement and mobility is kept at the forefront of both the debate and is reflected in the White paper.</p> <p><strong>Improvements to the existing Rest of World system</strong></p> <p>Whilst the MAC report makes a number of recommendations to improve the existing Rest of World system, these are small tweaks around the edges and would not amount to the radical overhaul of the immigration system which is currently not fit for purpose. Particularly if going forward this system would encompass EEA workers too.</p> <p>techUK fully supports the removal of caps on Tier 2 workers, an action we have previously called for in our report. Furthermore, the MAC also recommends abolishing the Resident Labour Market Test. However, these are both only piecemeal solutions that does not take into account the package of recommendations techUK has called for or the ability of the current Tier 2 system to deal with this extension in remit.</p> <p>The removal of caps must happen alongside a wider review of Tier 1, including both a review and rebrand of the underused Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visas to make them more useful for employers to re-introduce post-study work visas for STEM graduates. Whilst the MAC have called for a review of Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) and Tier 1 (Entrepreneur), these are currently routes for the self-employed and do little to ease concerns from employers.</p> <p><em>Verdict: The MAC report provides policymakers with a series of isolated actions. However, for the UK digital economy to continue to remain globally competitive, government must look at the bigger picture and recognise the current strains preventing the UK from accessing high skilled talent; this is a unique opportunity for the UK to recast its immigration system to make it business friendly and fit for purpose. </em></p> <p><strong>Creating an efficient and streamlined application process</strong></p> <p>The MAC has given a nod to the need to improve the application process by calling for the abolition of Resident Labour Market Tests and suggesting that the in-country ability to transfer employers on to a Tier 2 visa is streamlined. By extending the Tier 2 system to EEA nationals, the MAC have also extended the Immigration Skills Charge. This is despite the report acknowledging that importing migrant labour does not damage the training of the UK-born workforce. Instead, this adds yet another obligation on employers that makes accessing global talent more difficult.</p> <p>Furthermore, it is important to look at the great work the Home Office has already achieved through the EU Settlement Scheme. The scheme allows individuals to register for settled status through an online application and does not require any original copies of supporting documentation, instead an individual can upload soft copies (photographs and scans). By embracing technology, the application process is less time consuming and more navigable for both individual and employer.</p> <p><em>Verdict: techUK commends the MAC for calling for the abolition of the broken Resident Labour Market Test but hopes government provides more detail in its Immigration Bill on how the application process will be streamlined and bought into the digital age. The EU Settlement Scheme should act as a gold standard. </em></p> <p><strong>The need for process and consultation between government and industry</strong></p> <p>The MAC received 400 responses to their original call for evidence in August 2017 and it was promising to see how heavily digital skills and the needs of the digital economy were flagged throughout their interim report, released in March. &nbsp;Beyond this call for evidence, the MAC does little to require government to better consult industry before actioning any new system.</p> <p><em>Verdict: A condition of the Tier 2 visa system is that employment is secured on arrival in the UK and employers spend a lot of time and money supporting individuals through the application process, therefore we must have a louder voice at the table of policy discussions.</em></p> <p><em>Final verdict: The MAC decision to caveat their report against the Brexit negotiations makes the final messages of the report easy to manipulate depending on which side of the table one sits on the Brexit debate. Looking beyond the politics, the report does little to reassure tech and digital employers. techUK remains committed to the 10 asks of our future migration system and calls for government to fully review the needs of the UK digital economy when considering a future immigration system.</em></p> <p><u><a href="http://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/13940-mac-report-highlights-positive-contribution-from-immigrants">Read techUK CEO Julian David&rsquo;s comment on the report.</a></u></p> <p><a href="http://www.techuk.org/insights/reports/item/13919-an-immigration-system-that-supports-the-uk-tech-sector"><u>Read our 10 asks of the future migration system.</u></a></p>{bio}india.lucas@techUK.org{/bio}</div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>Today the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) released its long-anticipated report into EEA workers in the UK Labour Market. The report, commissioned in the Summer of 2017, seeks to advise policymakers on the current use of EEA labour in the UK workforce as well as review the existing framework for the &lsquo;Rest of World&rsquo; immigration system.</p> <p>techUK welcomes the MAC&rsquo;s recognition of the valuable contribution immigration makes to the UK economy, and their attempt to demystify the assumption that immigration damages the upskilling of the UK-born workforce or that EEA nationals in the UK take out of the economy more than they put in.</p> <p>Disappointingly, the MAC has failed to recommend whether or not immigration should form part of the negotiations with the European Union. Instead it has premised the entire report on the new immigration system being created in isolation, where it sees no reason for preferential access to the UK for EU nationals.</p> <p>The language in the report sets it up to be inaccurately reported. It is absolutely vital that parliamentarians and policymakers should not fall into the trap of thinking that the MAC is recommending that there should be no preferential access which could unlock huge value.</p> <p>Bearing that very important caveat in mind, techUK has assessed the MAC&rsquo;s report against the ten asks of the future immigration system we published last week. Here&rsquo;s what we think:</p> <p><strong>Overarching policy</strong></p> <p>techUK called for a split in process between short-term business critical travel and long-term immigration, something that is currently bundled together in existing Rest of World immigration and political rhetoric.</p> <p><em>Verdict: </em>There is an acknowledgement of this need as the report flags that ending free movement does not mean visa-free travel for EEA citizens would end, instead a visa would be needed to settle and work in the UK for any period of time. We hope the differentiation between settlement and mobility is kept at the forefront of both the debate and is reflected in the White paper.</p> <p><strong>Improvements to the existing Rest of World system</strong></p> <p>Whilst the MAC report makes a number of recommendations to improve the existing Rest of World system, these are small tweaks around the edges and would not amount to the radical overhaul of the immigration system which is currently not fit for purpose. Particularly if going forward this system would encompass EEA workers too.</p> <p>techUK fully supports the removal of caps on Tier 2 workers, an action we have previously called for in our report. Furthermore, the MAC also recommends abolishing the Resident Labour Market Test. However, these are both only piecemeal solutions that does not take into account the package of recommendations techUK has called for or the ability of the current Tier 2 system to deal with this extension in remit.</p> <p>The removal of caps must happen alongside a wider review of Tier 1, including both a review and rebrand of the underused Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visas to make them more useful for employers to re-introduce post-study work visas for STEM graduates. Whilst the MAC have called for a review of Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) and Tier 1 (Entrepreneur), these are currently routes for the self-employed and do little to ease concerns from employers.</p> <p><em>Verdict: The MAC report provides policymakers with a series of isolated actions. However, for the UK digital economy to continue to remain globally competitive, government must look at the bigger picture and recognise the current strains preventing the UK from accessing high skilled talent; this is a unique opportunity for the UK to recast its immigration system to make it business friendly and fit for purpose. </em></p> <p><strong>Creating an efficient and streamlined application process</strong></p> <p>The MAC has given a nod to the need to improve the application process by calling for the abolition of Resident Labour Market Tests and suggesting that the in-country ability to transfer employers on to a Tier 2 visa is streamlined. By extending the Tier 2 system to EEA nationals, the MAC have also extended the Immigration Skills Charge. This is despite the report acknowledging that importing migrant labour does not damage the training of the UK-born workforce. Instead, this adds yet another obligation on employers that makes accessing global talent more difficult.</p> <p>Furthermore, it is important to look at the great work the Home Office has already achieved through the EU Settlement Scheme. The scheme allows individuals to register for settled status through an online application and does not require any original copies of supporting documentation, instead an individual can upload soft copies (photographs and scans). By embracing technology, the application process is less time consuming and more navigable for both individual and employer.</p> <p><em>Verdict: techUK commends the MAC for calling for the abolition of the broken Resident Labour Market Test but hopes government provides more detail in its Immigration Bill on how the application process will be streamlined and bought into the digital age. The EU Settlement Scheme should act as a gold standard. </em></p> <p><strong>The need for process and consultation between government and industry</strong></p> <p>The MAC received 400 responses to their original call for evidence in August 2017 and it was promising to see how heavily digital skills and the needs of the digital economy were flagged throughout their interim report, released in March. &nbsp;Beyond this call for evidence, the MAC does little to require government to better consult industry before actioning any new system.</p> <p><em>Verdict: A condition of the Tier 2 visa system is that employment is secured on arrival in the UK and employers spend a lot of time and money supporting individuals through the application process, therefore we must have a louder voice at the table of policy discussions.</em></p> <p><em>Final verdict: The MAC decision to caveat their report against the Brexit negotiations makes the final messages of the report easy to manipulate depending on which side of the table one sits on the Brexit debate. Looking beyond the politics, the report does little to reassure tech and digital employers. techUK remains committed to the 10 asks of our future migration system and calls for government to fully review the needs of the UK digital economy when considering a future immigration system.</em></p> <p><u><a href="http://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/13940-mac-report-highlights-positive-contribution-from-immigrants">Read techUK CEO Julian David&rsquo;s comment on the report.</a></u></p> <p><a href="http://www.techuk.org/insights/reports/item/13919-an-immigration-system-that-supports-the-uk-tech-sector"><u>Read our 10 asks of the future migration system.</u></a></p>{bio}india.lucas@techUK.org{/bio}</div> Ofcom's paper should be mandatory reading in online harms debate 2018-09-18T15:22:03+01:00 2018-09-18T15:22:03+01:00 http://www.techuk.org/insights/opinions/item/13943-ofcom-s-paper-should-be-mandatory-reading-in-online-harms-debate CRM Sync noreply@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>Ofcom has today published a discussion paper on <em><a href="https://www.ofcom.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0022/120991/Addressing-harmful-online-content.pdf">Addressing harmful online content</a>. </em>This is as very helpful paper that draws on Ofcom&rsquo;s experience in the regulation of content standards for broadcast and on-demand video services. The paper should be mandatory reading for all of those engaged in the discussion on how to tackle online harms.</p> <p>Ofcom is very clear that the scope and design of any new legislation is a matter for Government and Parliament and, Ofcom as a statutory regulator, has no view about the institutional arrangements that might follow. But the paper does provide some very useful insights on possible approaches to regulation.</p> <p>It is Ofcom&rsquo;s opinion that &ldquo;existing frameworks could not be transferred wholesale to the online world&rdquo;. This reflects the radically different nature of the internet. Take the sheer scale of content online - for example, 400 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every 60 seconds. Ofcom argues that this would make a regime similar to broadcast, including consideration of appeals by an external regulator, impractical.</p> <p>Similarly, unlike in broadcast, content on online platforms is predominantly user-generated and is published as soon as it is submitted. Bearing this in mind Ofcom has raised questions around the effectiveness or proportionality of pre-moderation by platforms arguing that it &ldquo;may not be practical given the large volume of content published online &ndash; or desirable, given the potential implications for freedom of expression.&rdquo;</p> <p>That being the case, what could regulation look like? Ofcom clearly believes a principles-based approach, which mirrors its own and allows for adaptability as services evolve, could work. Highlighting the &ldquo;risk that regulation might inadvertently incentivise the excessive or unnecessary removal of content that limits freedom of speech and audience choice&rdquo; Ofcom suggests that instead of looking at moderation and regulation at the point of upload, more weight should be given to the transparency and robustness of &ldquo;processes that platforms employ to identify, assess and address harmful content &ndash; as well as to how they handle subsequent appeals.&rdquo;</p> <p>Social media companies are already doing a great deal of work in this area &ndash; improving reporting mechanisms and investing in hiring and training moderators. More is also being done to help identifying illegal content and remove it &ndash; for example, Google&rsquo;s new AI tool that can help identify child sexual abuse images by up to 700% or Twitter&rsquo;s use of algorithms to identify trolls and deprioritise their content.</p> <p>Another useful element of the Ofcom paper is its taxonomy of harms. Ofcom is clear that each of these harms will require a different approach &nbsp;</p> <ul><li>illegal content &ndash; such as hate speech, child exploitation or incitement to terrorism;</li> </ul><p style="margin-left:36.0pt">&bull; age-inappropriate content &ndash; such as adult sexual material, disturbing or violent content;</p> <p style="margin-left:36.0pt">&bull; other potentially dangerous content &ndash; which poses a significant risk of personal harm, such as videos or images promoting self-harm or violence;</p> <p style="margin-left:36.0pt">&bull; misleading content &ndash; including &lsquo;fake news&rsquo;, the use of fake accounts and misleading political advertising, which may have undue influence on the democratic process.; and</p> <p style="margin-left:36.0pt">&bull; personal conduct that is illegal or harmful &ndash; such as bullying, grooming and harassment.</p> <p style="margin-left:36.0pt">&nbsp;</p> <p>There is a clear need to have a well-thought out and nuanced debate about how to counter online harms. We need policy responses that are</p> <p>effective, proportionate and give users the protection and recourse they expect when they go online.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Ofcom&rsquo;s contribution to this debate is thoughtful and useful. techUK hopes government will take note as it develops it&rsquo;s thinking on online harms ahead of the White Paper.&nbsp;</p>{bio}vinous.ali@techuk.org{/bio}</div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>Ofcom has today published a discussion paper on <em><a href="https://www.ofcom.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0022/120991/Addressing-harmful-online-content.pdf">Addressing harmful online content</a>. </em>This is as very helpful paper that draws on Ofcom&rsquo;s experience in the regulation of content standards for broadcast and on-demand video services. The paper should be mandatory reading for all of those engaged in the discussion on how to tackle online harms.</p> <p>Ofcom is very clear that the scope and design of any new legislation is a matter for Government and Parliament and, Ofcom as a statutory regulator, has no view about the institutional arrangements that might follow. But the paper does provide some very useful insights on possible approaches to regulation.</p> <p>It is Ofcom&rsquo;s opinion that &ldquo;existing frameworks could not be transferred wholesale to the online world&rdquo;. This reflects the radically different nature of the internet. Take the sheer scale of content online - for example, 400 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every 60 seconds. Ofcom argues that this would make a regime similar to broadcast, including consideration of appeals by an external regulator, impractical.</p> <p>Similarly, unlike in broadcast, content on online platforms is predominantly user-generated and is published as soon as it is submitted. Bearing this in mind Ofcom has raised questions around the effectiveness or proportionality of pre-moderation by platforms arguing that it &ldquo;may not be practical given the large volume of content published online &ndash; or desirable, given the potential implications for freedom of expression.&rdquo;</p> <p>That being the case, what could regulation look like? Ofcom clearly believes a principles-based approach, which mirrors its own and allows for adaptability as services evolve, could work. Highlighting the &ldquo;risk that regulation might inadvertently incentivise the excessive or unnecessary removal of content that limits freedom of speech and audience choice&rdquo; Ofcom suggests that instead of looking at moderation and regulation at the point of upload, more weight should be given to the transparency and robustness of &ldquo;processes that platforms employ to identify, assess and address harmful content &ndash; as well as to how they handle subsequent appeals.&rdquo;</p> <p>Social media companies are already doing a great deal of work in this area &ndash; improving reporting mechanisms and investing in hiring and training moderators. More is also being done to help identifying illegal content and remove it &ndash; for example, Google&rsquo;s new AI tool that can help identify child sexual abuse images by up to 700% or Twitter&rsquo;s use of algorithms to identify trolls and deprioritise their content.</p> <p>Another useful element of the Ofcom paper is its taxonomy of harms. Ofcom is clear that each of these harms will require a different approach &nbsp;</p> <ul><li>illegal content &ndash; such as hate speech, child exploitation or incitement to terrorism;</li> </ul><p style="margin-left:36.0pt">&bull; age-inappropriate content &ndash; such as adult sexual material, disturbing or violent content;</p> <p style="margin-left:36.0pt">&bull; other potentially dangerous content &ndash; which poses a significant risk of personal harm, such as videos or images promoting self-harm or violence;</p> <p style="margin-left:36.0pt">&bull; misleading content &ndash; including &lsquo;fake news&rsquo;, the use of fake accounts and misleading political advertising, which may have undue influence on the democratic process.; and</p> <p style="margin-left:36.0pt">&bull; personal conduct that is illegal or harmful &ndash; such as bullying, grooming and harassment.</p> <p style="margin-left:36.0pt">&nbsp;</p> <p>There is a clear need to have a well-thought out and nuanced debate about how to counter online harms. We need policy responses that are</p> <p>effective, proportionate and give users the protection and recourse they expect when they go online.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Ofcom&rsquo;s contribution to this debate is thoughtful and useful. techUK hopes government will take note as it develops it&rsquo;s thinking on online harms ahead of the White Paper.&nbsp;</p>{bio}vinous.ali@techuk.org{/bio}</div> Cybersecurity Industry Roundtable – South Africa 2018-09-18T15:17:40+01:00 2018-09-18T15:17:40+01:00 http://www.techuk.org/events/roundtable/item/13942-cybersecurity-industry-roundtable-south-africa CRM Sync noreply@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>Frost &amp; Sullivan, commissioned by the UK , Government&rsquo;s Prosperity Fund, released five white papers in July providing an overview of emerging digital market opportunities in South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Brazil and Indonesia. The white papers assess digital market size and forecast growth, through the lenses of cybersecurity, telecommunications and digital services, providing market data and trend analysis, along with opportunities for UK digital businesses.</p> <p>The UK Prosperity Fund is working to better understand opportunities for the UK cyber sector in these five countries and stimulate digital market economies, opening up opportunities of UK and international business. techUK is supporting the FCO&rsquo;s efforts by bringing industry together with key stakeholders from the 5 relevant countries at a series of events over the next 6 months.</p> <p>This initial session will focus on the South African cyber sector, exploring the business and political landscapes, and the maturity of the current sector. A key part of the event will be discussion around the various opportunities in cyber within South Africa, with speakers from both Government and industry discussing their experience. You can view the current agenda here.</p> <p>More information will be added shortly, and for more details please get in touch with the techUK Cyber Team.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>{bio}talal.rajab@techuk.org{/bio}{bio}dan.patefield@techuk.org{/bio}</div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>Frost &amp; Sullivan, commissioned by the UK , Government&rsquo;s Prosperity Fund, released five white papers in July providing an overview of emerging digital market opportunities in South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Brazil and Indonesia. The white papers assess digital market size and forecast growth, through the lenses of cybersecurity, telecommunications and digital services, providing market data and trend analysis, along with opportunities for UK digital businesses.</p> <p>The UK Prosperity Fund is working to better understand opportunities for the UK cyber sector in these five countries and stimulate digital market economies, opening up opportunities of UK and international business. techUK is supporting the FCO&rsquo;s efforts by bringing industry together with key stakeholders from the 5 relevant countries at a series of events over the next 6 months.</p> <p>This initial session will focus on the South African cyber sector, exploring the business and political landscapes, and the maturity of the current sector. A key part of the event will be discussion around the various opportunities in cyber within South Africa, with speakers from both Government and industry discussing their experience. You can view the current agenda here.</p> <p>More information will be added shortly, and for more details please get in touch with the techUK Cyber Team.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>{bio}talal.rajab@techuk.org{/bio}{bio}dan.patefield@techuk.org{/bio}</div> BofE call for interest re RTGS - 28 Sept deadline 2018-09-18T11:38:24+01:00 2018-09-18T11:38:24+01:00 http://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/13941-bofe-call-for-interest-re-rtgs-28-sept-deadline CRM Sync noreply@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>Synchronisation involves what is called &lsquo;atomic settlement&rsquo; &ndash; i.e. the transfer of two assets is linked so that the transfer of one asset occurs if and only if the transfer of the other asset also occurs.&nbsp; For certain transaction types - e.g.&nbsp;housing transactions, corporate transactions and cross-border payments -&nbsp;&nbsp;this functionality could reduce cost and risk, improve efficiency, and support innovative new methods of settlement.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>The Bank is now seeking to consult with interested companies to further explore demand. To find out more, and to register your interest, please visit the <a href="https://www.bankofengland.co.uk/-/media/BoE/Files/payments/rtgs-call-for-interest-synchronised-settlement-in-central-bank-money">Bank&rsquo;s&nbsp;website</a>&nbsp;or contact&nbsp;<a href="mailto:RTGSEngagement@bankofengland.co.uk">RTGSEngagement@bankofengland.co.uk</a>.</strong></p> <p>In particular, the Bank wants to understand:</p> <p>&middot;&nbsp;How a Synchronisation Operator could connect to the renewed RTGS service;&nbsp;</p> <p>&middot;&nbsp;What functionality and capabilities the renewed RTGS service might need in order for third parties to offer innovative synchronisation services;&nbsp;</p> <p>&middot;&nbsp;What functionality a Synchronisation Operator might need in its own systems in order to deliver synchronisation services; and&nbsp;</p> <p>&middot;&nbsp;The Bank&rsquo;s policy with regards to how it expects this functionality to be used (and by which infrastructures).&nbsp;</p> <p>Companies can get involved at 2 levels:</p> <p style="margin-left:36pt">&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;By completing a questionnaire and receiving update emails. <strong>Please complete the<a href="https://app.keysurvey.co.uk/f/1288049/127c/"> questionnaire on&nbsp;Key Survey</a>&nbsp;by 28 September 2018.</strong></p> <p style="margin-left:36pt">&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;By attending face-to-face session at the Bank These will be held later this year; dates to be confirmed.</p> <p><strong>Further information and the questionnaire are on the <a href="https://www.bankofengland.co.uk/-/media/BoE/Files/payments/rtgs-call-for-interest-synchronised-settlement-in-central-bank-money">Bank&rsquo;s website</a>.&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Or&nbsp;feel free to contact the Bank at&nbsp;<a href="mailto:RTGSEngagement@bankofengland.co.uk">RTGSEngagement@bankofengland.co.uk</a>.</strong></p>{bio}ruth.milligan@techuk.org{/bio}</div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>Synchronisation involves what is called &lsquo;atomic settlement&rsquo; &ndash; i.e. the transfer of two assets is linked so that the transfer of one asset occurs if and only if the transfer of the other asset also occurs.&nbsp; For certain transaction types - e.g.&nbsp;housing transactions, corporate transactions and cross-border payments -&nbsp;&nbsp;this functionality could reduce cost and risk, improve efficiency, and support innovative new methods of settlement.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>The Bank is now seeking to consult with interested companies to further explore demand. To find out more, and to register your interest, please visit the <a href="https://www.bankofengland.co.uk/-/media/BoE/Files/payments/rtgs-call-for-interest-synchronised-settlement-in-central-bank-money">Bank&rsquo;s&nbsp;website</a>&nbsp;or contact&nbsp;<a href="mailto:RTGSEngagement@bankofengland.co.uk">RTGSEngagement@bankofengland.co.uk</a>.</strong></p> <p>In particular, the Bank wants to understand:</p> <p>&middot;&nbsp;How a Synchronisation Operator could connect to the renewed RTGS service;&nbsp;</p> <p>&middot;&nbsp;What functionality and capabilities the renewed RTGS service might need in order for third parties to offer innovative synchronisation services;&nbsp;</p> <p>&middot;&nbsp;What functionality a Synchronisation Operator might need in its own systems in order to deliver synchronisation services; and&nbsp;</p> <p>&middot;&nbsp;The Bank&rsquo;s policy with regards to how it expects this functionality to be used (and by which infrastructures).&nbsp;</p> <p>Companies can get involved at 2 levels:</p> <p style="margin-left:36pt">&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;By completing a questionnaire and receiving update emails. <strong>Please complete the<a href="https://app.keysurvey.co.uk/f/1288049/127c/"> questionnaire on&nbsp;Key Survey</a>&nbsp;by 28 September 2018.</strong></p> <p style="margin-left:36pt">&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;By attending face-to-face session at the Bank These will be held later this year; dates to be confirmed.</p> <p><strong>Further information and the questionnaire are on the <a href="https://www.bankofengland.co.uk/-/media/BoE/Files/payments/rtgs-call-for-interest-synchronised-settlement-in-central-bank-money">Bank&rsquo;s website</a>.&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Or&nbsp;feel free to contact the Bank at&nbsp;<a href="mailto:RTGSEngagement@bankofengland.co.uk">RTGSEngagement@bankofengland.co.uk</a>.</strong></p>{bio}ruth.milligan@techuk.org{/bio}</div> MAC report highlights positive contribution from immigrants 2018-09-18T11:14:08+01:00 2018-09-18T11:14:08+01:00 http://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/13940-mac-report-highlights-positive-contribution-from-immigrants CRM Sync noreply@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>The Migration&nbsp;Advisory Committee (MAC) has today released its report on EEA workers in the UK labour market.&nbsp; <strong>In response to the report , Julian David, techUK CEO commented: </strong></p> <p><em>&ldquo;We welcome the MAC&rsquo;s recognition of the positive contribution EEA workers make to the UK and the need for continued skilled migration. We hope the Government will act on the MAC&rsquo;s recommendation to lift the cap on Tier 2 scheme and abolish the Resident Labour Market Test &ndash; both of which make it harder for the UK to access the talent it needs. However, as we bring down these barriers, we should be wary about erecting new ones.&nbsp; </em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;The UK&rsquo;s rest of the world immigration system is creaky, bureaucratic and difficult to navigate. If the UK Government decides not to implement a preferential system for EEA nationals, then the rest of the world system needs to be entirely overhauled.&nbsp; Our current system is simply not fit for purpose to support the kind of immigration the UK&rsquo;s digital economy needs. </em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;The skills needed to power our modern, digital economy simply do not exist in&nbsp;sufficient quantity within the UK&rsquo;s resident </em><em>labour</em><em> market today. The UK Commission for Employment and Skills has estimated we need an additional 1.2 million new technical and digitally skilled people by 2022. Whilst our industry is working in close partnership with Government to ensure the domestic pipeline is strengthened, this will not happen overnight. As the MAC states, immigrants make a positive contribution to both innovation and productivity and there is a continued need for skilled migration into the UK.&nbsp; If the UK wants to be a global hub for tech, it needs to be a global hub for tech talent.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>techUK also recently <a href="https://www.techuk.org/insights/reports/item/13919-an-immigration-system-that-supports-the-uk-tech-sector">published </a>its asks for an immigration system that supports the UK tech sector.&nbsp;</p>{bio}julian.david@techuk.org{/bio}{bio}vinous.ali@techuk.org{/bio}</div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>The Migration&nbsp;Advisory Committee (MAC) has today released its report on EEA workers in the UK labour market.&nbsp; <strong>In response to the report , Julian David, techUK CEO commented: </strong></p> <p><em>&ldquo;We welcome the MAC&rsquo;s recognition of the positive contribution EEA workers make to the UK and the need for continued skilled migration. We hope the Government will act on the MAC&rsquo;s recommendation to lift the cap on Tier 2 scheme and abolish the Resident Labour Market Test &ndash; both of which make it harder for the UK to access the talent it needs. However, as we bring down these barriers, we should be wary about erecting new ones.&nbsp; </em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;The UK&rsquo;s rest of the world immigration system is creaky, bureaucratic and difficult to navigate. If the UK Government decides not to implement a preferential system for EEA nationals, then the rest of the world system needs to be entirely overhauled.&nbsp; Our current system is simply not fit for purpose to support the kind of immigration the UK&rsquo;s digital economy needs. </em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;The skills needed to power our modern, digital economy simply do not exist in&nbsp;sufficient quantity within the UK&rsquo;s resident </em><em>labour</em><em> market today. The UK Commission for Employment and Skills has estimated we need an additional 1.2 million new technical and digitally skilled people by 2022. Whilst our industry is working in close partnership with Government to ensure the domestic pipeline is strengthened, this will not happen overnight. As the MAC states, immigrants make a positive contribution to both innovation and productivity and there is a continued need for skilled migration into the UK.&nbsp; If the UK wants to be a global hub for tech, it needs to be a global hub for tech talent.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>techUK also recently <a href="https://www.techuk.org/insights/reports/item/13919-an-immigration-system-that-supports-the-uk-tech-sector">published </a>its asks for an immigration system that supports the UK tech sector.&nbsp;</p>{bio}julian.david@techuk.org{/bio}{bio}vinous.ali@techuk.org{/bio}</div> China-UK Blockchain Collaboration Seminar & Official Launch 2018-09-18T10:39:56+01:00 2018-09-18T10:39:56+01:00 http://www.techuk.org/events/partner-event/item/13939-china-uk-blockchain-collaboration-seminar-official-launch CRM Sync noreply@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>There is a growing public consciousness on issues related to data privacy and security. A series of high-profile data breaches has served to erode trust in data controllers across the globe, while national governments are playing catch-up to regulate the rapidly evolving digital worlds in which we live. &nbsp;Blockchain technology has the potential to this emerging trust deficit across many industries, and particularly in the area of payments. It combines the openness of the internet with the security of cryptography to give everyone a faster, safer way to verify key information, demonstrate transparency and establish trust.</p> <p>China is the largest digital market with 802 million internet users, the largest market for online payments market, and is emerging as a crucible for blockchain innovation and adoption. The UK is a leading global hub blockchain technology, has a unique regulatory framework, and acts as a magnet for blockchain talent, investors and entrepreneurs. There are growing opportunities for closer collaboration between these two vibrant blockchain ecosystems.</p> <p><strong>Seminar</strong></p> <p>This seminar, jointly hosted by UKDE Ltd and the China-Britain Business Council, to learn more about the potential role of blockchain to foster trust and build more sustainable institutions. Several blockchain experts and government bodies will share their views on the potential for greater UK-China collaboration across in the field of distributed ledger technologies and cryptocurrency.</p> <p>UKDE will also launch its new blockchain payment solution and provide a live demonstration for guests and invited media. The seminar will be followed by a drinks networking reception.</p> <p><strong>Agenda</strong></p> <table><tbody><tr><td> <p>15:00</p> </td> <td> <p>Registration &amp; coffee</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>15:30</p> </td> <td> <p><strong>Welcome and Opening Remarks</strong></p> <p><em>Mark Hedley, China-Britain Business Council</em></p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>15.35</p> </td> <td> <p><strong>Welcome Speech by Chinese Embassy</strong></p> <p><em>TBC</em></p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>15:45</p> </td> <td> <p><strong>Fostering Closer UK-China Fintech Links</strong></p> <p><em>Department for International Trade (DIT)</em></p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>15.55</p> </td> <td> <p><strong>The Development of the UK Blockchain Industry</strong></p> <p><em>EY Fintech Specialist (TBC), and/or</em></p> <p><em>British Blockchain Association (TBC)</em></p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>16:15</p> </td> <td> <p><strong>Presentation and Live Demonstration by UKDE</strong></p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>16:25</p> </td> <td> <p><strong>Q&amp;A</strong></p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>16:45</p> </td> <td> <p><strong>Networking Reception &amp; Media Interviews</strong></p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>17:30</p> </td> <td> <p>Event ends</p> </td> </tr></tbody></table><p><strong>About UKDE:</strong></p> <p>UKDE is registered in London, UK, with subsidiaries including the Global Blockchain Finance Institute (BFI), Digital Asset Trading Platform (UKEX), Digital Asset Payment Platform (CNUK) and financial services agency Comaurum Holdings Limited. It is a financial technology group that integrates educational research, digital financial services and digital technology investment.</p> <p><strong>Register:</strong></p> <p>This event is invite only. To request an invitation please email <a href="mailto:yvonne.chen@cbbc.org">yvonne.chen@cbbc.org</a> &nbsp;directly.</p>{bio}Melanie.Worthy@techUK.org{/bio}{bio}dominykas.broga@techuk.org{/bio}</div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>There is a growing public consciousness on issues related to data privacy and security. A series of high-profile data breaches has served to erode trust in data controllers across the globe, while national governments are playing catch-up to regulate the rapidly evolving digital worlds in which we live. &nbsp;Blockchain technology has the potential to this emerging trust deficit across many industries, and particularly in the area of payments. It combines the openness of the internet with the security of cryptography to give everyone a faster, safer way to verify key information, demonstrate transparency and establish trust.</p> <p>China is the largest digital market with 802 million internet users, the largest market for online payments market, and is emerging as a crucible for blockchain innovation and adoption. The UK is a leading global hub blockchain technology, has a unique regulatory framework, and acts as a magnet for blockchain talent, investors and entrepreneurs. There are growing opportunities for closer collaboration between these two vibrant blockchain ecosystems.</p> <p><strong>Seminar</strong></p> <p>This seminar, jointly hosted by UKDE Ltd and the China-Britain Business Council, to learn more about the potential role of blockchain to foster trust and build more sustainable institutions. Several blockchain experts and government bodies will share their views on the potential for greater UK-China collaboration across in the field of distributed ledger technologies and cryptocurrency.</p> <p>UKDE will also launch its new blockchain payment solution and provide a live demonstration for guests and invited media. The seminar will be followed by a drinks networking reception.</p> <p><strong>Agenda</strong></p> <table><tbody><tr><td> <p>15:00</p> </td> <td> <p>Registration &amp; coffee</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>15:30</p> </td> <td> <p><strong>Welcome and Opening Remarks</strong></p> <p><em>Mark Hedley, China-Britain Business Council</em></p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>15.35</p> </td> <td> <p><strong>Welcome Speech by Chinese Embassy</strong></p> <p><em>TBC</em></p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>15:45</p> </td> <td> <p><strong>Fostering Closer UK-China Fintech Links</strong></p> <p><em>Department for International Trade (DIT)</em></p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>15.55</p> </td> <td> <p><strong>The Development of the UK Blockchain Industry</strong></p> <p><em>EY Fintech Specialist (TBC), and/or</em></p> <p><em>British Blockchain Association (TBC)</em></p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>16:15</p> </td> <td> <p><strong>Presentation and Live Demonstration by UKDE</strong></p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>16:25</p> </td> <td> <p><strong>Q&amp;A</strong></p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>16:45</p> </td> <td> <p><strong>Networking Reception &amp; Media Interviews</strong></p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>17:30</p> </td> <td> <p>Event ends</p> </td> </tr></tbody></table><p><strong>About UKDE:</strong></p> <p>UKDE is registered in London, UK, with subsidiaries including the Global Blockchain Finance Institute (BFI), Digital Asset Trading Platform (UKEX), Digital Asset Payment Platform (CNUK) and financial services agency Comaurum Holdings Limited. It is a financial technology group that integrates educational research, digital financial services and digital technology investment.</p> <p><strong>Register:</strong></p> <p>This event is invite only. To request an invitation please email <a href="mailto:yvonne.chen@cbbc.org">yvonne.chen@cbbc.org</a> &nbsp;directly.</p>{bio}Melanie.Worthy@techUK.org{/bio}{bio}dominykas.broga@techuk.org{/bio}</div> Making drones take flight in the UK 2018-09-18T10:02:59+01:00 2018-09-18T10:02:59+01:00 http://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/13938-making-drones-take-flight-in-the-uk CRM Sync noreply@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>Drones can and will be revolutionary for the UK and should be viewed as part of the Fourth Industrial Revolution alongside other technologies defining our future such as AI/Machine Learning, robotics, autonomous vehicles, cloud services, Blockchain, the Internet Of Things, immersive technologies, biotech and ultrafast connectivity.</p> <p>A recent report from PwC indicates drones could be worth &pound;42 billion to the UK economy by 2030 and we&rsquo;re seeing more and more enterprises and public sector bodies taking advantage. They are almost an essential for engineering firms and the user cases are only growing, as can be seen from <a href="https://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/13328-drone-futures-how-the-uk-can-lead-from-the-front">our conference</a> earlier in the year. So how do we get to this point?</p> <p>A Department for Transport <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/drone-legislation-use-restrictions-and-enforcement">consultation on future regulation for drones</a> has just closed and it&rsquo;s great to see government engaged on this (not just DfT, BEIS also has videos of drones filling the walls to advertise the Industrial Strategy). techUK responded to the consultation (click the link below to download our response) and yes DfT recognises the potential of drones, but the tone is a bit too focused on command and control and we would have liked more on the benefits and opportunities of drone technology adoption.</p> <p>Our major concern is around the introduction of a new &lsquo;Flight Information and Notification System(s), or FINS(s), to manage the airspace and understand what is flying and where. As proposed FINS(s) could see those wanting to use drones having to register for the system, pay a fee, submit flight information/navigation plans, get insured and accept that this information can be shared with government agencies. Industry is moving towards a model where drones are a rapid response tool, so making users comply with all this will only discourage and inhibit wider drone adoption. Drone technology is growing, but still niche and industrial users need help and support from government, not complicated barriers and red tape.</p> <p>Elsewhere in the consultation we have urged government to use the innovation principle to measure the impact of new rules on drone uptake and want to see the lowest possible minimum age for drone users (vital if we want to get more people into STEM). A significant portion is spent on options for new police and civil powers and our view is that existing powers should be used, and new powers should only be created if it becomes obvious current laws are inadequate. &nbsp;</p> <p>Overall, we are keen to work with DfT to do what we can to promote the cutting edge use of drones and look forward to working with government on making this happen. By adopting a more experimental and opportunities focused tone and aligning policy goals with those of the Industrial Strategy, we are confident drone tech can really take flight in the UK.</p>{bio}craig.melson@techuk.org{/bio}{bio}julian.mcgougan@techuk.org{/bio}</div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>Drones can and will be revolutionary for the UK and should be viewed as part of the Fourth Industrial Revolution alongside other technologies defining our future such as AI/Machine Learning, robotics, autonomous vehicles, cloud services, Blockchain, the Internet Of Things, immersive technologies, biotech and ultrafast connectivity.</p> <p>A recent report from PwC indicates drones could be worth &pound;42 billion to the UK economy by 2030 and we&rsquo;re seeing more and more enterprises and public sector bodies taking advantage. They are almost an essential for engineering firms and the user cases are only growing, as can be seen from <a href="https://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/13328-drone-futures-how-the-uk-can-lead-from-the-front">our conference</a> earlier in the year. So how do we get to this point?</p> <p>A Department for Transport <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/drone-legislation-use-restrictions-and-enforcement">consultation on future regulation for drones</a> has just closed and it&rsquo;s great to see government engaged on this (not just DfT, BEIS also has videos of drones filling the walls to advertise the Industrial Strategy). techUK responded to the consultation (click the link below to download our response) and yes DfT recognises the potential of drones, but the tone is a bit too focused on command and control and we would have liked more on the benefits and opportunities of drone technology adoption.</p> <p>Our major concern is around the introduction of a new &lsquo;Flight Information and Notification System(s), or FINS(s), to manage the airspace and understand what is flying and where. As proposed FINS(s) could see those wanting to use drones having to register for the system, pay a fee, submit flight information/navigation plans, get insured and accept that this information can be shared with government agencies. Industry is moving towards a model where drones are a rapid response tool, so making users comply with all this will only discourage and inhibit wider drone adoption. Drone technology is growing, but still niche and industrial users need help and support from government, not complicated barriers and red tape.</p> <p>Elsewhere in the consultation we have urged government to use the innovation principle to measure the impact of new rules on drone uptake and want to see the lowest possible minimum age for drone users (vital if we want to get more people into STEM). A significant portion is spent on options for new police and civil powers and our view is that existing powers should be used, and new powers should only be created if it becomes obvious current laws are inadequate. &nbsp;</p> <p>Overall, we are keen to work with DfT to do what we can to promote the cutting edge use of drones and look forward to working with government on making this happen. By adopting a more experimental and opportunities focused tone and aligning policy goals with those of the Industrial Strategy, we are confident drone tech can really take flight in the UK.</p>{bio}craig.melson@techuk.org{/bio}{bio}julian.mcgougan@techuk.org{/bio}</div> techUK Conference Call | DCMS Secure by Design Project 2018-09-17T16:39:38+01:00 2018-09-17T16:39:38+01:00 http://www.techuk.org/events/conference/item/13937-techuk-conference-call-dcms-secure-by-design-project CRM Sync noreply@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p><strong>Dial in:</strong>&nbsp;033 0336 1373&nbsp;<strong>Pin:</strong> 217540<br><br><span class="scayt-misspell-word" data-scayt-word="techUK" data-wsc-lang="en_US">techUK</span> has been involved in <span class="scayt-misspell-word" data-scayt-word="DCMS" data-wsc-lang="en_US">DCMS</span>&rsquo; <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/secure-by-design" target="_blank" rel="link" data-cke-saved-href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/secure-by-design">Secure by Design</a> project since its inception. This has included sitting on its External Advisory Group and hosting several workshops between members and members of the <span class="scayt-misspell-word" data-scayt-word="DCMS" data-wsc-lang="en_US">DCMS</span> team &ndash; <a href="https://portal.techuk.org/my-events/event/?id=b048ae39-df6f-e811-8131-5065f38a8ad1" target="_blank" rel="link" data-cke-saved-href="https://portal.techuk.org/my-events/event/?id=b048ae39-df6f-e811-8131-5065f38a8ad1">you can read more about our involvement here</a>.<br><br>The purpose of this call is for us to update you on additional engagement with the <span class="scayt-misspell-word" data-scayt-word="DCMS" data-wsc-lang="en_US">DCMS</span>, discuss our support for the project and adoption of the Code of Practice which sits at the heart of it, and gather feedback on members&rsquo; support or opposition to the Code.<br><br>This will help our ongoing engagement with <span class="scayt-misspell-word" data-scayt-word="DCMS" data-wsc-lang="en_US">DCMS</span> and direct our follow actions to the publication of the Code which we expect to be in early October.</p></div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p><strong>Dial in:</strong>&nbsp;033 0336 1373&nbsp;<strong>Pin:</strong> 217540<br><br><span class="scayt-misspell-word" data-scayt-word="techUK" data-wsc-lang="en_US">techUK</span> has been involved in <span class="scayt-misspell-word" data-scayt-word="DCMS" data-wsc-lang="en_US">DCMS</span>&rsquo; <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/secure-by-design" target="_blank" rel="link" data-cke-saved-href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/secure-by-design">Secure by Design</a> project since its inception. This has included sitting on its External Advisory Group and hosting several workshops between members and members of the <span class="scayt-misspell-word" data-scayt-word="DCMS" data-wsc-lang="en_US">DCMS</span> team &ndash; <a href="https://portal.techuk.org/my-events/event/?id=b048ae39-df6f-e811-8131-5065f38a8ad1" target="_blank" rel="link" data-cke-saved-href="https://portal.techuk.org/my-events/event/?id=b048ae39-df6f-e811-8131-5065f38a8ad1">you can read more about our involvement here</a>.<br><br>The purpose of this call is for us to update you on additional engagement with the <span class="scayt-misspell-word" data-scayt-word="DCMS" data-wsc-lang="en_US">DCMS</span>, discuss our support for the project and adoption of the Code of Practice which sits at the heart of it, and gather feedback on members&rsquo; support or opposition to the Code.<br><br>This will help our ongoing engagement with <span class="scayt-misspell-word" data-scayt-word="DCMS" data-wsc-lang="en_US">DCMS</span> and direct our follow actions to the publication of the Code which we expect to be in early October.</p></div> Securing our roads - making smart roads safe roads 2018-09-17T11:04:03+01:00 2018-09-17T11:04:03+01:00 http://www.techuk.org/events/briefing/item/13936-securing-our-roads-making-smart-roads-safe-roads CRM Sync noreply@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>As we look to build increasingly connected road ecosystem, from cars to signs to the roads themselves, it is necessary to recognise the potential cyber threats, and how they may manifest in the road environment.</p> <p>With over 80% of passenger kilometres taken by car, van or taxi, and over 75% of goods moved by road, it is hard to deny that they are a lifeline for the nation. Given their strategic importance, the potential financial and human safety risks means that cyber threats require due consideration from the outset. Fulfilling smart objectives for the road ecosystem will not happen without adequate cyber security.</p> <p>This joint event between techUK&rsquo;s Cyber programme and the Transport work stream of the SmarterUK programme will unpack threats associated with key trends in the road environment, in particular relation to connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) and smart road infrastructure.</p> <p>The agenda for the day is as follows:</p> <p><strong>0900 - 0930:</strong> Registration</p> <p><strong>0930 - 1035:&nbsp;</strong>Session One: Connected and Autonomous Vehicles</p> <p><strong>1035 - 1100:&nbsp;</strong>Coffee Break</p> <p><strong>1100 - 1230:&nbsp;</strong>Session Two: Connected road infrastructure</p> <p><strong>1230 - 1240:&nbsp;</strong>Event wrap-up and&nbsp;</p> <p>We invite you to join us for lunch and networking following the event close.&nbsp;</p>{bio}Jessica.Russell@techuk.org{/bio}{bio}dan.patefield@techuk.org{/bio}</div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>As we look to build increasingly connected road ecosystem, from cars to signs to the roads themselves, it is necessary to recognise the potential cyber threats, and how they may manifest in the road environment.</p> <p>With over 80% of passenger kilometres taken by car, van or taxi, and over 75% of goods moved by road, it is hard to deny that they are a lifeline for the nation. Given their strategic importance, the potential financial and human safety risks means that cyber threats require due consideration from the outset. Fulfilling smart objectives for the road ecosystem will not happen without adequate cyber security.</p> <p>This joint event between techUK&rsquo;s Cyber programme and the Transport work stream of the SmarterUK programme will unpack threats associated with key trends in the road environment, in particular relation to connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) and smart road infrastructure.</p> <p>The agenda for the day is as follows:</p> <p><strong>0900 - 0930:</strong> Registration</p> <p><strong>0930 - 1035:&nbsp;</strong>Session One: Connected and Autonomous Vehicles</p> <p><strong>1035 - 1100:&nbsp;</strong>Coffee Break</p> <p><strong>1100 - 1230:&nbsp;</strong>Session Two: Connected road infrastructure</p> <p><strong>1230 - 1240:&nbsp;</strong>Event wrap-up and&nbsp;</p> <p>We invite you to join us for lunch and networking following the event close.&nbsp;</p>{bio}Jessica.Russell@techuk.org{/bio}{bio}dan.patefield@techuk.org{/bio}</div> New SPF Report: Cyber-Spectrum Resilience-Framework 2018-09-18T08:17:00+01:00 2018-09-18T08:17:00+01:00 http://www.techuk.org/insights/reports/item/13935-new-spf-report-cyber-spectrum-resilience-framework CRM Sync noreply@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><h2><strong><a href="https://www.techuk.org/component/techuksecurity/security/download/13935?file=QIN0379_Cyber_Spectrum_Resilience_Framework_Whitepaper_V6_13935.pdf&amp;Itemid=181&amp;return=aHR0cDovL3d3dy50ZWNodWsub3JnL2luc2lnaHRzL3JlcG9ydHMvaXRlbS8xMzkzNS1uZXctc3BmLXJlcG9ydC1jeWJlci1zcGVjdHJ1bS1yZXNpbGllbmNlLWZyYW1ld29yaw=="><img alt="" src="//portal.techuk.org/uploaded-images/SPF%20Report%20-Cyber-Spectrum%20Resilience%20Framework.PNG" style="float:right; height:352px; width:250px"></a>New UK Spectrum Policy Forum paper identifies 10-step Cyber-Spectrum Resilience Framework for spectrum users to minimise the spectrum threat to their businesses and contribute to the overall national cyber resilience strategy.</strong></h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The new paper - <strong>Cyber-Spectrum Resilience-Framework</strong> - prepared by QinetiQ on behalf of the UK Spectrum Policy Forum, provides information and guidance to spectrum users, managers and installers to help them make informed decisions and contribute to the overall cyber resilience strategy.</p> <p>Radio spectrum access, which underpins the UK&rsquo;s economy and provides significant social value, is part of the UK&rsquo;s (soft) infrastructure. Consequently, spectrum access should be appropriately resilient from malicious or accidental disruptions and the necessary spectrum protection measures should be implemented by businesses and users to ensure that the services they provide meet their needs.</p> <p>The denial of spectrum access, through jamming, spoofing or hacking, either accidentally or intentionally, can result in similar effects to cyber denial of service attacks (DDoS).</p> <p>To help keep spectrum-using systems safe, the paper includes the below ten-point checklist for spectrum users, managers and installers:</p> <ol><li><strong>Spectrum Audits</strong>: Do you know what frequencies you are using and why?</li> <li><strong>Impact assessment</strong>: Do you know what would the impact be on your business if you lost access to spectrum?</li> <li><strong>Detect/Monitor/Record</strong>: Are you checking the availability and usage of your frequencies?</li> <li><strong>Respond and Recover</strong>: Have you got a plan for getting back to business as usual after an interruption to your spectrum access?</li> <li><strong>Reporting</strong>: How and when do you report disruption?</li> <li><strong>Practice</strong>: Have you stress tested your system and your response and recovery plans?</li> <li><strong>Awareness</strong>: Are your staff aware of potential threats to spectrum availability?</li> <li><strong>Update</strong>: Do you implement regular updates?</li> <li><strong>Qualified personnel</strong>: Do you ensure that you are using suitably qualified personnel (SQP) to configure and control your systems?</li> <li><strong>Board responsibility</strong>: Do your Directors take responsibility for spectrum resilience?</li> </ol><p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>David Meyer, Chair of the UK Spectrum Policy Forum</strong> <strong>said</strong>:</p> <p><em>&ldquo;Digital is the fastest growing part of the UK&rsquo;s economy and connectivity underpins almost every sector. Businesses and services are increasingly reliant on wireless technology - from banking IT systems and transport communications, to industrial manufacturing and AI. It&rsquo;s therefore vital that these services are resilient from accidental or malicious interference.</em></p> <p><em>The UK Spectrum Policy Forum&rsquo;s broad membership&nbsp;enables us to</em><em> address strategic spectrum issues and provide advice to Government and Ofcom on industry and user views around key spectrum policy issues</em><em>. This Cyber-Spectrum Resilience Framework provides a 10-point check list for Government, businesses and organisations to enable informed decision-making to help ensure that their services can continue to be provided un-interrupted.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><u>Further information</u></p> <p>The development of this cyber-spectrum resilience framework was a key recommendation of the recent&nbsp;SPF <a href="http://www.techuk.org/insights/reports/item/12165-report-what-does-the-uk-need-to-do-to-pursue-its-spectrum-resilience-objectives">Spectrum Resilience White Paper</a>, which was developed by QinetiQ for the SPF. Based on the outcomes of UK Spectrum Policy Forum workshops the paper demonstrated the need to conduct system level testing to ensure that unexpected (ripple or cascade) effects can be understood and mitigated.</p> <p>The EU Directive (2016/1148) on the security of <a href="https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/guidance/introduction-nis-directive">Network and Information Systems Directive</a> (NISD), which came into force in the UK in May 2018, aims to improve the security of network and information systems across the EU. The NISD requires that significant disruption to service provision is reported within a pre-defined period or fines may be levied. It is important to note that the NISD does not confine the causes of the disturbance to wired infrastructure.</p> <hr><p><strong>About the UK Spectrum Policy Forum:</strong></p> <p>Launched at the request of Government, the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.techuk.org/about/uk-spectrum-policy-forum">UK Spectrum Policy Forum&nbsp;</a>is the industry sounding board to address strategic spectrum issues and to provide advice to Government and Ofcom on industry and user views around key spectrum policy issues. The SPF is open to all organisations with an interest in using spectrum and has over 240 members drawn from mobile and broadcasting, space and transport, equipment manufacturers and public services.&nbsp; The SPF&rsquo;s broad membership working together enables us to engage with challenging questions about how to get better value from spectrum use at the national and international level.&nbsp;A&nbsp;<a href="https://www.techuk.org/about/uk-spectrum-policy-forum/steering_board">Steering Board&nbsp;</a>performs the important function of ensuring the proper prioritisation and resourcing of our work.</p>{bio}skye.macleod@techuk.org{/bio}</div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><h2><strong><a href="https://www.techuk.org/component/techuksecurity/security/download/13935?file=QIN0379_Cyber_Spectrum_Resilience_Framework_Whitepaper_V6_13935.pdf&amp;Itemid=181&amp;return=aHR0cDovL3d3dy50ZWNodWsub3JnL2luc2lnaHRzL3JlcG9ydHMvaXRlbS8xMzkzNS1uZXctc3BmLXJlcG9ydC1jeWJlci1zcGVjdHJ1bS1yZXNpbGllbmNlLWZyYW1ld29yaw=="><img alt="" src="//portal.techuk.org/uploaded-images/SPF%20Report%20-Cyber-Spectrum%20Resilience%20Framework.PNG" style="float:right; height:352px; width:250px"></a>New UK Spectrum Policy Forum paper identifies 10-step Cyber-Spectrum Resilience Framework for spectrum users to minimise the spectrum threat to their businesses and contribute to the overall national cyber resilience strategy.</strong></h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The new paper - <strong>Cyber-Spectrum Resilience-Framework</strong> - prepared by QinetiQ on behalf of the UK Spectrum Policy Forum, provides information and guidance to spectrum users, managers and installers to help them make informed decisions and contribute to the overall cyber resilience strategy.</p> <p>Radio spectrum access, which underpins the UK&rsquo;s economy and provides significant social value, is part of the UK&rsquo;s (soft) infrastructure. Consequently, spectrum access should be appropriately resilient from malicious or accidental disruptions and the necessary spectrum protection measures should be implemented by businesses and users to ensure that the services they provide meet their needs.</p> <p>The denial of spectrum access, through jamming, spoofing or hacking, either accidentally or intentionally, can result in similar effects to cyber denial of service attacks (DDoS).</p> <p>To help keep spectrum-using systems safe, the paper includes the below ten-point checklist for spectrum users, managers and installers:</p> <ol><li><strong>Spectrum Audits</strong>: Do you know what frequencies you are using and why?</li> <li><strong>Impact assessment</strong>: Do you know what would the impact be on your business if you lost access to spectrum?</li> <li><strong>Detect/Monitor/Record</strong>: Are you checking the availability and usage of your frequencies?</li> <li><strong>Respond and Recover</strong>: Have you got a plan for getting back to business as usual after an interruption to your spectrum access?</li> <li><strong>Reporting</strong>: How and when do you report disruption?</li> <li><strong>Practice</strong>: Have you stress tested your system and your response and recovery plans?</li> <li><strong>Awareness</strong>: Are your staff aware of potential threats to spectrum availability?</li> <li><strong>Update</strong>: Do you implement regular updates?</li> <li><strong>Qualified personnel</strong>: Do you ensure that you are using suitably qualified personnel (SQP) to configure and control your systems?</li> <li><strong>Board responsibility</strong>: Do your Directors take responsibility for spectrum resilience?</li> </ol><p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>David Meyer, Chair of the UK Spectrum Policy Forum</strong> <strong>said</strong>:</p> <p><em>&ldquo;Digital is the fastest growing part of the UK&rsquo;s economy and connectivity underpins almost every sector. Businesses and services are increasingly reliant on wireless technology - from banking IT systems and transport communications, to industrial manufacturing and AI. It&rsquo;s therefore vital that these services are resilient from accidental or malicious interference.</em></p> <p><em>The UK Spectrum Policy Forum&rsquo;s broad membership&nbsp;enables us to</em><em> address strategic spectrum issues and provide advice to Government and Ofcom on industry and user views around key spectrum policy issues</em><em>. This Cyber-Spectrum Resilience Framework provides a 10-point check list for Government, businesses and organisations to enable informed decision-making to help ensure that their services can continue to be provided un-interrupted.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><u>Further information</u></p> <p>The development of this cyber-spectrum resilience framework was a key recommendation of the recent&nbsp;SPF <a href="http://www.techuk.org/insights/reports/item/12165-report-what-does-the-uk-need-to-do-to-pursue-its-spectrum-resilience-objectives">Spectrum Resilience White Paper</a>, which was developed by QinetiQ for the SPF. Based on the outcomes of UK Spectrum Policy Forum workshops the paper demonstrated the need to conduct system level testing to ensure that unexpected (ripple or cascade) effects can be understood and mitigated.</p> <p>The EU Directive (2016/1148) on the security of <a href="https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/guidance/introduction-nis-directive">Network and Information Systems Directive</a> (NISD), which came into force in the UK in May 2018, aims to improve the security of network and information systems across the EU. The NISD requires that significant disruption to service provision is reported within a pre-defined period or fines may be levied. It is important to note that the NISD does not confine the causes of the disturbance to wired infrastructure.</p> <hr><p><strong>About the UK Spectrum Policy Forum:</strong></p> <p>Launched at the request of Government, the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.techuk.org/about/uk-spectrum-policy-forum">UK Spectrum Policy Forum&nbsp;</a>is the industry sounding board to address strategic spectrum issues and to provide advice to Government and Ofcom on industry and user views around key spectrum policy issues. The SPF is open to all organisations with an interest in using spectrum and has over 240 members drawn from mobile and broadcasting, space and transport, equipment manufacturers and public services.&nbsp; The SPF&rsquo;s broad membership working together enables us to engage with challenging questions about how to get better value from spectrum use at the national and international level.&nbsp;A&nbsp;<a href="https://www.techuk.org/about/uk-spectrum-policy-forum/steering_board">Steering Board&nbsp;</a>performs the important function of ensuring the proper prioritisation and resourcing of our work.</p>{bio}skye.macleod@techuk.org{/bio}</div> Digital Optometry Network Suppliers Forum with techUK 2018-09-14T15:57:55+01:00 2018-09-14T15:57:55+01:00 http://www.techuk.org/events/briefing/item/13934-digital-optometry-network-suppliers-forum-with-techuk CRM Sync noreply@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>Digitisation within the NHS is high on the agenda from the recent Secretary of State announcement. We explore how Optometry can be part of an integrated healthcare system and what short, medium and long-term step are needed to support this digital journey.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Digital Optometry Network Suppliers forum in collaboration with techUK is the first step in creating a Digital Optometry Network, working alongside the NHS and their key digitisation plans. The aim of this network is to bring the profession, industry and NHS stakeholders together to discuss the future integration of dentistry in to the wider healthcare service.&nbsp;</p> <p>The forum will explore the art of the possible for NHS primary care Optometry suppliers to engage with Strategy and provide input in to the digital Optometry roadmap, working with industry suppliers to discuss NHS standards, challenges and next steps.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Full agenda to follow.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>{bio}ellie.huckle@techuk.org{/bio}</div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>Digitisation within the NHS is high on the agenda from the recent Secretary of State announcement. We explore how Optometry can be part of an integrated healthcare system and what short, medium and long-term step are needed to support this digital journey.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Digital Optometry Network Suppliers forum in collaboration with techUK is the first step in creating a Digital Optometry Network, working alongside the NHS and their key digitisation plans. The aim of this network is to bring the profession, industry and NHS stakeholders together to discuss the future integration of dentistry in to the wider healthcare service.&nbsp;</p> <p>The forum will explore the art of the possible for NHS primary care Optometry suppliers to engage with Strategy and provide input in to the digital Optometry roadmap, working with industry suppliers to discuss NHS standards, challenges and next steps.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Full agenda to follow.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>{bio}ellie.huckle@techuk.org{/bio}</div> techUK Policy Pulse | Your weekly update on tech and digital policy 2018-09-14T14:27:08+01:00 2018-09-14T14:27:08+01:00 http://www.techuk.org/insights/newsletters/item/13933-techuk-policy-pulse-your-weekly-update-on-tech-and-digital-policy CRM Sync noreply@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p><span style="font-size:16px">The big news this week is without a doubt the European Parliament&rsquo;s adoption of the Copyright Directive with restrictive measures including upload filters which undermine the rules of a free and open internet. Don&rsquo;t worry all hope is not lost - the proposals will now enter interinstitutional negotiations with the European Commission and European Council where there is an opportunity for further compromise. Read techUK&rsquo;s analysis on Wednesday&rsquo;s vote <a 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<p><span style="font-size:16px">Staying with Europe, the European Court of Justice has begun its considerations on whether the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-45484300">right to be forgotten</a>, instituted by the Court in 2014, should be applicable globally. France's Commission Nationale de l'Informatique et des Libertes has taken the case to court arguing that delisting should be required not just on the French version of Google but across all versions of the website. Google, however, argue this could have negative consequences in less democratic regimes where it could be used as a tool for censorship. A decision is not expected until 2019 but expect this to be in and out of the news until then.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:16px">Over at another European Court, this time the European Court of Human Rights, the case of Big Brother Watch and others versus the United Kingdom has been decided. The Court found that aspects of RIPA violated both Articles 8 and 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights; however, it is important to note the Court stated that the operation of a bulk interception regime did not in and of itself violate the Convention and the Court did not consider amendments made under the new Investigatory Powers Act. Read our full summary of the judgement <a href="http://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/13923-echr-rules-against-bulk-interception-regime-under-ripa">here</a>.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:16px">Finally from Europe, Juncker delivered his last <a href="https://ec.europa.eu/commission/news/state-union-2018-hour-european-sovereignty-2018-sep-12_en">State of the Union</a> speech on Wednesday morning. He used it to reiterate that the UK cannot cherry-pick in the Brexit negotiations but reassured that the EU&rsquo;s future relationship would be close. Digital tax and protecting upcoming elections from foreign interference both featured as did new proposals for online terrorist content to be taken down within an hour of a &lsquo;removal order&rsquo;. For a full analysis of the speech from a tech perspective and a look ahead at the next Commission <a href="http://www.techuk.org/insights/opinions/item/13924-digital-will-be-central-to-the-future-of-europe">click here</a>.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:16px">Back in the UK, the Government today published is second batch of<a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications"> technical notices on what will happen in the event of a No Deal on Brexit</a>. This included important notices on data flows, the UK space sector, mobile roaming, broadcasting and CE marking. The No Deal notice on data is particularly concerning for millions of businesses who rely on the free flow of data. While it is right for Government to set out its plans as to what happens if everything goes horribly wrong ahead of March 2019, what the notices again show is the huge additional burdens that would be put on UK businesses and consumers, and why securing a Brexit deal is so important. <a href="http://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/13925-no-deal-notice-on-data-shows-legal-complexities-face-by-uk-companies">You can read our comment here</a>.</span></p> <hr><p><span style="font-size:18px"><strong>This week there have also been a couple of notable interventions from parliamentarians on tech issues:</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:16px">First up, Labour&rsquo;s Lucy Powell is using a ten-minute rule bill &ndash; the <a href="https://services.parliament.uk/bills/2017-19/onlineforums.html">Online Forums Bill</a>, to call for moderators to be held liable for the content that appears on groups they host and to demand that social media platforms ban &lsquo;secret&rsquo; groups. I was going to write a blog piece about all the problems with this but thankfully <a href="https://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2018/09/lucy-powells-bill-is-the-wrong-way-to-tackle-online-hate/">Jamie Bartlett has done the job for me</a>.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:16px">Meanwhile, <a href="https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/why-the-politics-of-identity-needs-to-change-6gxg0rjb6">Amber Rudd has taken up the issue of digital ID</a>, proposing that NHS numbers could be the building block for a new ID system. The UK&rsquo;s tech sector has been grappling with this issue for some time and it certainly is worth careful thought &ndash; there are no doubt alternatives to a centralised solution but for it to work government and tech will need to work hand in hand.</span></p> <hr><h2><span style="font-size:18px"><strong>techUK news and events</strong></span></h2> <p><span style="font-size:16px">Yesterday, techUK published its asks of a <a href="http://www.techuk.org/index.php?option=com_techuksecurity&amp;task=security.download&amp;file=techUK_post_brexit_immigration_system_13919.pdf&amp;id=13919&amp;Itemid=181&amp;return=aHR0cDovL3d3dy50ZWNodWsub3JnL2luc2lnaHRzL3JlcG9ydHMvaXRlbS8xMzkxOS1hbi1pbW1pZ3JhdGlvbi1zeXN0ZW0tdGhhdC1zdXBwb3J0cy10aGUtdWstdGVjaC1zZWN0b3I=">new immigration system post-Brexit</a>. With the tech sector facing an acute skills shortage it is vital any new system ensures we can still access the talent we need to continue to grow and thrive. Read a summary of our report <a href="http://www.techuk.org/insights/reports/item/13919-an-immigration-system-that-supports-the-uk-tech-sector">here</a>.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:16px">For the second year in a row, techUK has launched its annual <a href="http://www.techuk.org/index.php?option=com_techuksecurity&amp;task=security.download&amp;file=The_State_of_the_Connected_Home_2018_13914.pdf&amp;id=13914&amp;Itemid=177&amp;return=aHR0cDovL3d3dy50ZWNodWsub3JnL2luc2lnaHRzL25ld3MvaXRlbS8xMzkxNC1jb25uZWN0ZWQtaG9tZS1kZXZpY2Utb3duZXJzaGlwLXVwLWJ1dC1jb25zdW1lcnMtcmVtYWluLXNjZXB0aWNhbA==">State of the Connected Home report</a>, looking at current consumer understanding of the connected home market. It explores the appeal and ownership of different categories of devices and makes recommendations to encourage further adoption in the UK.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:16px">On Tuesday 25&nbsp;September, techUK will launch its report &lsquo;Remedying the Gender Pay Gap: the How To Guide&rdquo;. From April this year, all UK companies with 250 or more employees were required to publish their gender pay gap. The techUK Skills &amp; Diversity Council has created a quick guide on what makes a good report and the steps your company can take to improve its Gender Pay disparities. Join us for the launch event which will include a summary of findings and a panel discussion with identified best practices in the tech sector. RSVP <a href="https://portal.techuk.org/my-events/event/?id=4a1c1dbc-2bb0-e811-813a-5065f38be571">here </a>or contact <a href="http://mailto:india.lucas@techuk.org?subject=Gender%20Pay%20Gap">India</a> for more information.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:16px">Finally, get involved with our first Green Week on 15 &ndash; 20 October, a week of activity looking at how tech is leading the way in low carbon and sustainability. Further info <a href="http://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/13904-techuk-green-week-one-month-to-go">here</a>.</span></p>{bio}vinous.ali@techuk.org{/bio}</div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p><span style="font-size:16px">The big news this week is without a doubt the European Parliament&rsquo;s adoption of the Copyright Directive with restrictive measures including upload filters which undermine the rules of a free and open internet. Don&rsquo;t worry all hope is not lost - the proposals will now enter interinstitutional negotiations with the European Commission and European Council where there is an opportunity for further compromise. 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<p><span style="font-size:16px">Staying with Europe, the European Court of Justice has begun its considerations on whether the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-45484300">right to be forgotten</a>, instituted by the Court in 2014, should be applicable globally. France's Commission Nationale de l'Informatique et des Libertes has taken the case to court arguing that delisting should be required not just on the French version of Google but across all versions of the website. Google, however, argue this could have negative consequences in less democratic regimes where it could be used as a tool for censorship. A decision is not expected until 2019 but expect this to be in and out of the news until then.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:16px">Over at another European Court, this time the European Court of Human Rights, the case of Big Brother Watch and others versus the United Kingdom has been decided. The Court found that aspects of RIPA violated both Articles 8 and 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights; however, it is important to note the Court stated that the operation of a bulk interception regime did not in and of itself violate the Convention and the Court did not consider amendments made under the new Investigatory Powers Act. Read our full summary of the judgement <a href="http://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/13923-echr-rules-against-bulk-interception-regime-under-ripa">here</a>.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:16px">Finally from Europe, Juncker delivered his last <a href="https://ec.europa.eu/commission/news/state-union-2018-hour-european-sovereignty-2018-sep-12_en">State of the Union</a> speech on Wednesday morning. He used it to reiterate that the UK cannot cherry-pick in the Brexit negotiations but reassured that the EU&rsquo;s future relationship would be close. Digital tax and protecting upcoming elections from foreign interference both featured as did new proposals for online terrorist content to be taken down within an hour of a &lsquo;removal order&rsquo;. For a full analysis of the speech from a tech perspective and a look ahead at the next Commission <a href="http://www.techuk.org/insights/opinions/item/13924-digital-will-be-central-to-the-future-of-europe">click here</a>.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:16px">Back in the UK, the Government today published is second batch of<a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications"> technical notices on what will happen in the event of a No Deal on Brexit</a>. This included important notices on data flows, the UK space sector, mobile roaming, broadcasting and CE marking. The No Deal notice on data is particularly concerning for millions of businesses who rely on the free flow of data. While it is right for Government to set out its plans as to what happens if everything goes horribly wrong ahead of March 2019, what the notices again show is the huge additional burdens that would be put on UK businesses and consumers, and why securing a Brexit deal is so important. <a href="http://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/13925-no-deal-notice-on-data-shows-legal-complexities-face-by-uk-companies">You can read our comment here</a>.</span></p> <hr><p><span style="font-size:18px"><strong>This week there have also been a couple of notable interventions from parliamentarians on tech issues:</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:16px">First up, Labour&rsquo;s Lucy Powell is using a ten-minute rule bill &ndash; the <a href="https://services.parliament.uk/bills/2017-19/onlineforums.html">Online Forums Bill</a>, to call for moderators to be held liable for the content that appears on groups they host and to demand that social media platforms ban &lsquo;secret&rsquo; groups. I was going to write a blog piece about all the problems with this but thankfully <a href="https://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2018/09/lucy-powells-bill-is-the-wrong-way-to-tackle-online-hate/">Jamie Bartlett has done the job for me</a>.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:16px">Meanwhile, <a href="https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/why-the-politics-of-identity-needs-to-change-6gxg0rjb6">Amber Rudd has taken up the issue of digital ID</a>, proposing that NHS numbers could be the building block for a new ID system. The UK&rsquo;s tech sector has been grappling with this issue for some time and it certainly is worth careful thought &ndash; there are no doubt alternatives to a centralised solution but for it to work government and tech will need to work hand in hand.</span></p> <hr><h2><span style="font-size:18px"><strong>techUK news and events</strong></span></h2> <p><span style="font-size:16px">Yesterday, techUK published its asks of a <a href="http://www.techuk.org/index.php?option=com_techuksecurity&amp;task=security.download&amp;file=techUK_post_brexit_immigration_system_13919.pdf&amp;id=13919&amp;Itemid=181&amp;return=aHR0cDovL3d3dy50ZWNodWsub3JnL2luc2lnaHRzL3JlcG9ydHMvaXRlbS8xMzkxOS1hbi1pbW1pZ3JhdGlvbi1zeXN0ZW0tdGhhdC1zdXBwb3J0cy10aGUtdWstdGVjaC1zZWN0b3I=">new immigration system post-Brexit</a>. With the tech sector facing an acute skills shortage it is vital any new system ensures we can still access the talent we need to continue to grow and thrive. Read a summary of our report <a href="http://www.techuk.org/insights/reports/item/13919-an-immigration-system-that-supports-the-uk-tech-sector">here</a>.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:16px">For the second year in a row, techUK has launched its annual <a href="http://www.techuk.org/index.php?option=com_techuksecurity&amp;task=security.download&amp;file=The_State_of_the_Connected_Home_2018_13914.pdf&amp;id=13914&amp;Itemid=177&amp;return=aHR0cDovL3d3dy50ZWNodWsub3JnL2luc2lnaHRzL25ld3MvaXRlbS8xMzkxNC1jb25uZWN0ZWQtaG9tZS1kZXZpY2Utb3duZXJzaGlwLXVwLWJ1dC1jb25zdW1lcnMtcmVtYWluLXNjZXB0aWNhbA==">State of the Connected Home report</a>, looking at current consumer understanding of the connected home market. It explores the appeal and ownership of different categories of devices and makes recommendations to encourage further adoption in the UK.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:16px">On Tuesday 25&nbsp;September, techUK will launch its report &lsquo;Remedying the Gender Pay Gap: the How To Guide&rdquo;. From April this year, all UK companies with 250 or more employees were required to publish their gender pay gap. The techUK Skills &amp; Diversity Council has created a quick guide on what makes a good report and the steps your company can take to improve its Gender Pay disparities. Join us for the launch event which will include a summary of findings and a panel discussion with identified best practices in the tech sector. RSVP <a href="https://portal.techuk.org/my-events/event/?id=4a1c1dbc-2bb0-e811-813a-5065f38be571">here </a>or contact <a href="http://mailto:india.lucas@techuk.org?subject=Gender%20Pay%20Gap">India</a> for more information.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:16px">Finally, get involved with our first Green Week on 15 &ndash; 20 October, a week of activity looking at how tech is leading the way in low carbon and sustainability. Further info <a href="http://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/13904-techuk-green-week-one-month-to-go">here</a>.</span></p>{bio}vinous.ali@techuk.org{/bio}</div> UK SPF Cluster 2: Innovation Licensing: Rural/Enterprise 2018-09-14T11:55:56+01:00 2018-09-14T11:55:56+01:00 http://www.techuk.org/insights/meeting-notes/item/13932-uk-spf-cluster-2-innovation-licensing-rural-enterprise CRM Sync noreply@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p><!-- <script src="/templates/t3_blank/js/all.min.js"></script>-->UK SPF Cluster 2: Innovation Licensing: Rural/Enterprise<!-- META FOR IOS & HANDHELD --><!-- Social Meta --><!-- KKK --><!-- Le HTML5 shim, for IE6-8 support of HTML5 elements --><!--[if lt IE 9]> <script src="//html5shim.googlecode.com/svn/trunk/html5.js"></script> <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="/templates/t3_blank/css/ltie9.css" /> <![endif]--><!--[if !IE]><!--><!-- Added for issue with wk-slidshow for IE9 and IE8 --><!--[if lte IE 9]> <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="/templates/t3_blank/css/lteie9.css" /> <![endif]--><iframe frameborder="0" height="0px" id="stSegmentFrame" name="stSegmentFrame" scrolling="no" width="0px"></iframe><!--StartFragment--></p> <p><u>Agenda</u></p> <p><strong>Tiered Sharing Models</strong> <strong>- Who is/are the incumbents and differing strategies</strong><br> Peter Curnow-Ford, UK Spectrum Policy Forum Cluster 2 Chair</p> <iframe src="//www.slideshare.net/slideshow/embed_code/key/9PHX1H3PVhxgeI" width="595" height="485" frameborder="0" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" scrolling="no" style="border:1px solid #CCC; border-width:1px; margin-bottom:5px; max-width: 100%;" allowfullscreen> </iframe> <div style="margin-bottom:5px"> <strong> <a href="//www.slideshare.net/secret/9PHX1H3PVhxgeI" title="Peter curnow ford" target="_blank">Peter curnow ford</a> </strong> from <strong><a href="https://www.slideshare.net/TechUK" target="_blank">techUK</a></strong> </div> <ul><li><strong>Review of CBRS (and the most recent developments in the US e.g. region sizes, and possibilities in 3.7-4.2GHz) US perspectives:</strong></li> </ul><div><strong><a href="//www.slideshare.net/secret/vyuW3UjEn5OjhU" target="_blank" title="Kurt Schaubach">Kurt Schaubach</a> </strong> from <strong><a href="https://www.slideshare.net/TechUK" target="_blank">techUK</a></strong></div> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="485" scrolling="no" src="//www.slideshare.net/slideshow/embed_code/key/vyuW3UjEn5OjhU" style="border:1px solid #CCC; border-width:1px; margin-bottom:5px; max-width: 100%;" width="595"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul><li>Dave Wright, Director, Regulatory Affairs &amp; Network Standards, Ruckus Wireless &#8203;(President of OnGo, CBRS Alliance)</li> </ul><p><iframe frameborder="0" height="485" scrolling="no" src="//www.slideshare.net/slideshow/embed_code/key/toCae8TW3xEmtH" style="border:1px solid #CCC; border-width:1px; margin-bottom:5px; max-width: 100%;" width="595"></iframe></p> <div><strong><a href="//www.slideshare.net/secret/toCae8TW3xEmtH" target="_blank" title="Dave Wright">Dave Wright</a> </strong> from <strong><a href="https://www.slideshare.net/TechUK" target="_blank">techUK</a></strong></div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul><li><strong>Future enterprise networking requirements &amp; the implications for spectrum policy</strong></li> </ul><p>Dean Bubley, Disruptive Analysis</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="485" scrolling="no" src="//www.slideshare.net/slideshow/embed_code/key/6zZW7ihiHk93wI" style="border:1px solid #CCC; border-width:1px; margin-bottom:5px; max-width: 100%;" width="595"></iframe></p> <div><strong><a href="//www.slideshare.net/secret/6zZW7ihiHk93wI" target="_blank" title="Dean Bubley ">Dean Bubley </a> </strong> from <strong><a href="https://www.slideshare.net/TechUK" target="_blank">techUK</a></strong></div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul><li><strong>Spectrum sharing models for 5G, and implications for rural coverage</strong></li> </ul><p>Adam Leach, Nominet</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="485" scrolling="no" src="//www.slideshare.net/slideshow/embed_code/key/oKjgub4xeBGlHd" style="border:1px solid #CCC; 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border-width:1px; margin-bottom:5px; max-width: 100%;" allowfullscreen> </iframe> <div style="margin-bottom:5px"> <strong> <a href="//www.slideshare.net/secret/9PHX1H3PVhxgeI" title="Peter curnow ford" target="_blank">Peter curnow ford</a> </strong> from <strong><a href="https://www.slideshare.net/TechUK" target="_blank">techUK</a></strong> </div> <ul><li><strong>Review of CBRS (and the most recent developments in the US e.g. region sizes, and possibilities in 3.7-4.2GHz) US perspectives:</strong></li> </ul><div><strong><a href="//www.slideshare.net/secret/vyuW3UjEn5OjhU" target="_blank" title="Kurt Schaubach">Kurt Schaubach</a> </strong> from <strong><a href="https://www.slideshare.net/TechUK" target="_blank">techUK</a></strong></div> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="485" scrolling="no" src="//www.slideshare.net/slideshow/embed_code/key/vyuW3UjEn5OjhU" style="border:1px solid #CCC; border-width:1px; margin-bottom:5px; max-width: 100%;" width="595"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul><li>Dave Wright, Director, Regulatory Affairs &amp; Network Standards, Ruckus Wireless &#8203;(President of OnGo, CBRS Alliance)</li> </ul><p><iframe frameborder="0" height="485" scrolling="no" src="//www.slideshare.net/slideshow/embed_code/key/toCae8TW3xEmtH" style="border:1px solid #CCC; border-width:1px; margin-bottom:5px; max-width: 100%;" width="595"></iframe></p> <div><strong><a href="//www.slideshare.net/secret/toCae8TW3xEmtH" target="_blank" title="Dave Wright">Dave Wright</a> </strong> from <strong><a href="https://www.slideshare.net/TechUK" target="_blank">techUK</a></strong></div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul><li><strong>Future enterprise networking requirements &amp; the implications for spectrum policy</strong></li> </ul><p>Dean Bubley, Disruptive Analysis</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="485" scrolling="no" src="//www.slideshare.net/slideshow/embed_code/key/6zZW7ihiHk93wI" style="border:1px solid #CCC; border-width:1px; margin-bottom:5px; max-width: 100%;" width="595"></iframe></p> <div><strong><a href="//www.slideshare.net/secret/6zZW7ihiHk93wI" target="_blank" title="Dean Bubley ">Dean Bubley </a> </strong> from <strong><a href="https://www.slideshare.net/TechUK" target="_blank">techUK</a></strong></div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul><li><strong>Spectrum sharing models for 5G, and implications for rural coverage</strong></li> </ul><p>Adam Leach, Nominet</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="485" scrolling="no" src="//www.slideshare.net/slideshow/embed_code/key/oKjgub4xeBGlHd" style="border:1px solid #CCC; border-width:1px; margin-bottom:5px; max-width: 100%;" width="595"></iframe></p> <div><strong><a href="//www.slideshare.net/secret/oKjgub4xeBGlHd" target="_blank" title="Adam Leach">Adam Leach</a> </strong> from <strong><a href="https://www.slideshare.net/TechUK" target="_blank">techUK</a></strong></div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul><li><strong>5G, what's in it for rural Britain?&#8203;</strong></li> </ul><p>David Happy, Independent</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="485" scrolling="no" src="//www.slideshare.net/slideshow/embed_code/key/oL6HeMNwcZ6b59" style="border:1px solid #CCC; border-width:1px; margin-bottom:5px; max-width: 100%;" width="595"></iframe></p> <div><strong><a href="//www.slideshare.net/secret/oL6HeMNwcZ6b59" target="_blank" title="Dave Happy">Dave Happy</a> </strong> from <strong><a href="https://www.slideshare.net/TechUK" target="_blank">techUK</a></strong></div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul><li><strong>Licensing in the 3400-4200 MHz&nbsp;and&nbsp;mmwave bands in Europe</strong></li> </ul><p>Reza Karimi, Huawei (representing the GSA)&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="485" scrolling="no" src="//www.slideshare.net/slideshow/embed_code/key/txqTtQXjwMb2Ul" style="border:1px solid #CCC; border-width:1px; margin-bottom:5px; max-width: 100%;" width="595"></iframe></p> <div><strong><a href="//www.slideshare.net/secret/txqTtQXjwMb2Ul" target="_blank" title="Reza Karimi">Reza Karimi</a> </strong> from <strong><a href="https://www.slideshare.net/TechUK" target="_blank">techUK</a></strong></div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>More information about the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.techuk.org/about/uk-spectrum-policy-forum" target="_blank">UK Spectrum Policy Forum</a>&nbsp;is available here.&nbsp;SPF workshops are&nbsp;held under Chatham House Rule to enable cross-industry collaborative discussion.</p> <p><!--EndFragment--></p>{bio}skye.macleod@techuk.org{/bio}{bio}julian.mcgougan@techuk.org{/bio}{bio}sophie.weston@techuk.org{/bio}</div> CF Fund 2017 | Fast Tracked Research 2018-09-14T12:15:53+01:00 2018-09-14T12:15:53+01:00 http://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/13931-cf-fund-2017-fast-tracked-research CRM Sync noreply@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p><strong>A major study which will test plastic from waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) to ensure it can be safely recycled is one of two projects that has been fast-tracked for funding under the WEEE Compliance Fee.</strong></p> <p>[LONDON] 12 September 2018: Under the ICER-led study, over 25,000 samples of plastics from displays, large and small domestic appliances, power tools, fridges and printed circuit boards will be scanned and tested for persistent organic pollutants (POPs), and specifically bromine content indicative of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PDBEs), a group of brominated flame retardants, which while now no longer used in modern equipment, was used widely by industry in the past.</p> <p>PBDEs were the first brominated persistent organic pollutants (POPs) listed in the Stockholm Convention because they are toxic, subject to long-range transport, degrade very slowly and persist in the environment. Their listing means that its manufacture, use or sale is prohibited.</p> <p>Using a methodology agreed with Defra and the Environment Agency, the study will explore where these chemicals are and, if so, what type and in what quantities. The study will then assess options for separating out WEEE plastics found to contain POPs and identify sites where they can be safely destroyed.</p> <p>The findings of the research, which is due to be concluded by February 2019, will be shared with Defra, the Environment Agency and industry to help inform policy, regulatory activity and business operations. The research is expected to cost between &pound;446,000-&pound;556,000.</p> <p>&nbsp;<strong><em>&ldquo;This initiative, made possible by the Compliance Fee, enables industry and government to work together to benefit all stakeholders,&rdquo; said Claire Snow, Director of ICER. </em></strong></p> <p><strong><em>&ldquo;The POPs Regulation sets maximum concentration levels for POPs in waste materials, including WEEE plastic. The ICER-led project will gather robust data on which to assess UK compliance and identify downstream solutions for contaminated material. By carrying out this work collectively, costs to the WEEE industry will be minimised.&rdquo;</em></strong></p> <p>The other fast-tracked project, led by the WEEE Schemes Forum (WSF), is a review of existing protocols in preparation for regulatory changes in January 2019 which will see more electrical and electronic equipment in scope of the WEEE Regulations.</p> <p>The review of the existing protocols &ndash; the Mixed WEEE Protocol and the Large Domestic Appliances (LDA) Protocol &ndash; will ensure they remain representative of the composition of these streams. The work will be run in two phases; the first is already underway and will run until later in the autumn which will result in a proposal for revised protocols. The second phase, which will run for six months in 2019, will seek to refine Phase I results. The project is estimated to cost around &pound;413,000.</p> <p><strong><em>Nigel Harvey, WSF chair said &ldquo;The current protocols, by which the UK measures the proportions of different categories of WEEE that are collected and recycled, were established nearly a decade ago. Significant changes in the equipment sold in the UK have occurred and, as a consequence, this may have affected the composition of WEEE arising. </em></strong></p> <p><strong><em>The introduction of open scope from 2019 will have a profound effect on the WEEE regime, as additional products are brought within scope of the regulations. This review is therefore essential to ensure that producer responsibility costs are apportioned fairly as this change takes effect. </em></strong></p> <p><strong><em>We welcome the provision of funding from the 2017 Compliance Fee, which has allowed this vital work to be undertaken. An external administrator, Katalyst Business Consulting, has been appointed to oversee the project.&rdquo;</em></strong></p> <p><strong><em>Susanne Baker, chair of the JTA said: &ldquo;The significant sums of money accrued under the WEEE Compliance Fee in 2017 has meant that we are able to consider strategic projects and support for the UK WEEE System in a way we&rsquo;ve not been able to in the past. The projects announced today are vital in supporting a sustainable and healthy WEEE recycling system in the UK, with more projects being considered in the coming weeks.&rdquo;</em></strong></p> <p>More information on the WEEE Compliance Fee Fund 2017 is available at <a href="http://www.weeefund.uk">www.weeefund.uk</a></p> <p><strong>ENDS</strong></p> <p><strong>Notes to Editors</strong></p> <p>For more information please contact the techUK press office on <a href="mailto:press@techUK.org">press@techUK.org</a> or 020 7331 2011.</p> <p><strong>The WEEE Compliance Fee Fund 2017</strong></p> <ul><li>&pound;8 million is being made available to support environmental projects from money that was collected through the 2017 WEEE Compliance Fee mechanism. The fund is expected to be spent over the next three years on a range of activities, including technical research, communications, behaviour change activities and local projects.</li> <li>The compliance fee is a regulatory tool open to the Government to support the delivery of the UK Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) regulations. If a Producer Compliance Scheme (PCS) misses their target, they have an option to pay a compliance fee for the tonnage shortfall.&nbsp;</li> <li>The law requires that the compliance fee is set at a level that encourages compliance through collection. The fee therefore complements national targets by creating an additional financial incentive to collect WEEE, because by definition it must at least reflect the true cost of recycling WEEE.</li> <li>Each year, bodies are invited to submit proposals to run the Compliance Fee in any given year. For the 2017 compliance period, the JTA &ndash; a group of trade associations representing producers of electrical and electronic equipment &ndash; methodology was selected by the Secretary of State. The Compliance Fee is administered by Mazars LLP on behalf of JTAC, the registered company established by the JTA with the sole purpose of entering into contracts with third parties for services relating to the WEEE Compliance Fee. The current chair of the JTA is Susanne Baker from techUK.</li> </ul><p>&#8203;<strong>ICER</strong></p> <ul><li>ICER is the industry body that represents the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) sector. It is the forum for industry to work with Government and Regulators on WEEE issues and its members include equipment producers, producer compliance schemes, waste management companies, treatment facilities and recyclers.</li> </ul><p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>The WEEE Schemes Forum</strong></p> <ul><li>The WEEE Scheme Forum is the UK&rsquo;s trade association for WEEE Producer Compliance Schemes.&nbsp; The WSF meets regularly with Defra and the environment agencies, and provides members PCSs with a means to respond collectively to issues raised by the regulations.&nbsp; The WSF estimates that its members are responsible for over 90% of the WEEE collected in the UK.&nbsp; The organisation was instrumental in establishing the PCS Balancing System (PBS) in 2016, with the support of Defra.</li> </ul>{bio}susanne.baker@techuk.org{/bio}</div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p><strong>A major study which will test plastic from waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) to ensure it can be safely recycled is one of two projects that has been fast-tracked for funding under the WEEE Compliance Fee.</strong></p> <p>[LONDON] 12 September 2018: Under the ICER-led study, over 25,000 samples of plastics from displays, large and small domestic appliances, power tools, fridges and printed circuit boards will be scanned and tested for persistent organic pollutants (POPs), and specifically bromine content indicative of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PDBEs), a group of brominated flame retardants, which while now no longer used in modern equipment, was used widely by industry in the past.</p> <p>PBDEs were the first brominated persistent organic pollutants (POPs) listed in the Stockholm Convention because they are toxic, subject to long-range transport, degrade very slowly and persist in the environment. Their listing means that its manufacture, use or sale is prohibited.</p> <p>Using a methodology agreed with Defra and the Environment Agency, the study will explore where these chemicals are and, if so, what type and in what quantities. The study will then assess options for separating out WEEE plastics found to contain POPs and identify sites where they can be safely destroyed.</p> <p>The findings of the research, which is due to be concluded by February 2019, will be shared with Defra, the Environment Agency and industry to help inform policy, regulatory activity and business operations. The research is expected to cost between &pound;446,000-&pound;556,000.</p> <p>&nbsp;<strong><em>&ldquo;This initiative, made possible by the Compliance Fee, enables industry and government to work together to benefit all stakeholders,&rdquo; said Claire Snow, Director of ICER. </em></strong></p> <p><strong><em>&ldquo;The POPs Regulation sets maximum concentration levels for POPs in waste materials, including WEEE plastic. The ICER-led project will gather robust data on which to assess UK compliance and identify downstream solutions for contaminated material. By carrying out this work collectively, costs to the WEEE industry will be minimised.&rdquo;</em></strong></p> <p>The other fast-tracked project, led by the WEEE Schemes Forum (WSF), is a review of existing protocols in preparation for regulatory changes in January 2019 which will see more electrical and electronic equipment in scope of the WEEE Regulations.</p> <p>The review of the existing protocols &ndash; the Mixed WEEE Protocol and the Large Domestic Appliances (LDA) Protocol &ndash; will ensure they remain representative of the composition of these streams. The work will be run in two phases; the first is already underway and will run until later in the autumn which will result in a proposal for revised protocols. The second phase, which will run for six months in 2019, will seek to refine Phase I results. The project is estimated to cost around &pound;413,000.</p> <p><strong><em>Nigel Harvey, WSF chair said &ldquo;The current protocols, by which the UK measures the proportions of different categories of WEEE that are collected and recycled, were established nearly a decade ago. Significant changes in the equipment sold in the UK have occurred and, as a consequence, this may have affected the composition of WEEE arising. </em></strong></p> <p><strong><em>The introduction of open scope from 2019 will have a profound effect on the WEEE regime, as additional products are brought within scope of the regulations. This review is therefore essential to ensure that producer responsibility costs are apportioned fairly as this change takes effect. </em></strong></p> <p><strong><em>We welcome the provision of funding from the 2017 Compliance Fee, which has allowed this vital work to be undertaken. An external administrator, Katalyst Business Consulting, has been appointed to oversee the project.&rdquo;</em></strong></p> <p><strong><em>Susanne Baker, chair of the JTA said: &ldquo;The significant sums of money accrued under the WEEE Compliance Fee in 2017 has meant that we are able to consider strategic projects and support for the UK WEEE System in a way we&rsquo;ve not been able to in the past. The projects announced today are vital in supporting a sustainable and healthy WEEE recycling system in the UK, with more projects being considered in the coming weeks.&rdquo;</em></strong></p> <p>More information on the WEEE Compliance Fee Fund 2017 is available at <a href="http://www.weeefund.uk">www.weeefund.uk</a></p> <p><strong>ENDS</strong></p> <p><strong>Notes to Editors</strong></p> <p>For more information please contact the techUK press office on <a href="mailto:press@techUK.org">press@techUK.org</a> or 020 7331 2011.</p> <p><strong>The WEEE Compliance Fee Fund 2017</strong></p> <ul><li>&pound;8 million is being made available to support environmental projects from money that was collected through the 2017 WEEE Compliance Fee mechanism. The fund is expected to be spent over the next three years on a range of activities, including technical research, communications, behaviour change activities and local projects.</li> <li>The compliance fee is a regulatory tool open to the Government to support the delivery of the UK Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) regulations. If a Producer Compliance Scheme (PCS) misses their target, they have an option to pay a compliance fee for the tonnage shortfall.&nbsp;</li> <li>The law requires that the compliance fee is set at a level that encourages compliance through collection. The fee therefore complements national targets by creating an additional financial incentive to collect WEEE, because by definition it must at least reflect the true cost of recycling WEEE.</li> <li>Each year, bodies are invited to submit proposals to run the Compliance Fee in any given year. For the 2017 compliance period, the JTA &ndash; a group of trade associations representing producers of electrical and electronic equipment &ndash; methodology was selected by the Secretary of State. The Compliance Fee is administered by Mazars LLP on behalf of JTAC, the registered company established by the JTA with the sole purpose of entering into contracts with third parties for services relating to the WEEE Compliance Fee. The current chair of the JTA is Susanne Baker from techUK.</li> </ul><p>&#8203;<strong>ICER</strong></p> <ul><li>ICER is the industry body that represents the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) sector. It is the forum for industry to work with Government and Regulators on WEEE issues and its members include equipment producers, producer compliance schemes, waste management companies, treatment facilities and recyclers.</li> </ul><p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>The WEEE Schemes Forum</strong></p> <ul><li>The WEEE Scheme Forum is the UK&rsquo;s trade association for WEEE Producer Compliance Schemes.&nbsp; The WSF meets regularly with Defra and the environment agencies, and provides members PCSs with a means to respond collectively to issues raised by the regulations.&nbsp; The WSF estimates that its members are responsible for over 90% of the WEEE collected in the UK.&nbsp; The organisation was instrumental in establishing the PCS Balancing System (PBS) in 2016, with the support of Defra.</li> </ul>{bio}susanne.baker@techuk.org{/bio}</div> Don’t trap your apps 2018-09-14T11:01:37+01:00 2018-09-14T11:01:37+01:00 http://www.techuk.org/insights/opinions/item/13930-don-t-trap-your-apps CRM Sync noreply@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>If you&rsquo;ve ever been told &ldquo;<em>you can&rsquo;t move that app to the cloud</em>&rdquo;, we need to talk.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Over the years, we&rsquo;ve heard every imaginable reason why an application or service can&rsquo;t make the leap to the cloud. You might have been told that an application has been in your environment for too long, isn&rsquo;t well-documented, uses hardcoded IPs, or just isn&rsquo;t &lsquo;cloud-friendly&rsquo;. It&rsquo;s time to call these reasons what they are&mdash;excuses.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Although these excuses stem from different motives and interested parties, the simple truth is that re-platforming into the cloud is often wrongly perceived as impossibly costly or difficult. As a result, people talk themselves out of it&mdash;or allow themselves to be talked out of it. In almost every case, moving an application into the cloud isn&rsquo;t just possible, it brings major benefits.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Today, most public sector organisations run virtualised infrastructures. That means their applications and services are built on the same foundations of compute, storage and networking that underpin any hyperscale cloud provider.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Therefore, by definition, anything running in a Microsoft or VMware virtual infrastructure is a candidate re-platforming. Extensive, well-proven tooling exists to support the migration of virtual servers and storage to the cloud. The question is, are there good business reasons to make the leap? We think the answer is a resounding yes, and here are our top three:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>1) Create cost-savings</strong></p> <p style="margin-left:36.0pt">Most public sector organisations overprovision in their data centres to allow for spikes in usage, future growth and so on. Since infrastructure costs are fixed on premises, there&rsquo;s little to be gained by carefully controlling the resources applications use.</p> <p style="margin-left:36.0pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-left:36.0pt">In the cloud it&rsquo;s a different story. A consumption-based IT model means organisations should only pay for only the resources they need. That means significant savings can be made through rationalisation, optimisation and clever service management. Your applications may not be cloud-native, but you can still drive cloud-based benefits from them.</p> <p style="margin-left:36.0pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-left:36.0pt">For instance, by retiring legacy or sprawled databases that applications no longer need, you can drive a major reduction in the IT resources it demands. This is especially true if you have a tangled technology stack with systems that have grown organically over many years. We recently helped one London borough downsize its application footprint from 1250 to just 240, a reduction of more than 80%.</p> <p style="margin-left:36.0pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-left:36.0pt">Aggressive infrastructure management can do even more. Consider an application that only needs to be running during working hours. Outside of Monday to Friday, 9 to 5, the application can be turned off entirely&mdash;that&rsquo;s equivalent to 73% of the year! The same principle holds true for applications that see seasonal demand, such as council tax processing&mdash;they can be revved up around the year end or down for the rest of the year to drive savings.</p> <p style="margin-left:36.0pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-left:36.0pt">&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>2) Join the dots on data</strong></p> <p style="margin-left:36.0pt">Today, there&rsquo;s growing demand for more agile and efficient public services. The ability to access, share and analyse data effectively is crucial to achieving this vision. By harnessing data-led insights, the public sector can better understand customer needs, forecast demand and improve services.</p> <p style="margin-left:36.0pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-left:36.0pt">With applications on premises, data is likely to remain isolated in different siloes and supported by separate legacy IT systems. For instance, records about the same individual could be stored across multiple locations, with no ability to join the dots.</p> <p style="margin-left:36.0pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-left:36.0pt">Connecting and sharing information is far easier in the cloud, so re-platforming applications allows organisations to capitalise on the potential of data and analytics to work smarter. In the cloud, the same application can help inform a holistic picture of customers or the wider community.</p> <p style="margin-left:36.0pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-left:36.0pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-left:36.0pt"><strong>3) Prepare for the future</strong></p> <p style="margin-left:36.0pt">Once applications or services are re-platformed into the cloud, keeping pace with change also becomes easier. With an underlying infrastructure that&rsquo;s evergreen, organisations can break the cycle of regular infrastructure upgrades&mdash;saving time and money, while also enabling applications to meet growing demand seamlessly.</p> <p style="margin-left:36.0pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-left:36.0pt">More importantly, re-platforming into the cloud unleashes your access to a host of new innovations, from easier integration with the Internet of Things, to natural language queries, trend analysis and automatic reporting&hellip;as well as whatever Microsoft, Amazon, Google, Oracle, or Salesforce is dreaming up next. Neutral cloud services also offer a faster and more cost-effective platform for collaboration with other public sector organisations compared to modifying bespoke on-premises services.</p> <p style="margin-left:36.0pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-left:36.0pt">When a re-platformed application does reach end-of-life, migrating to a new cloud-native alternative can be done more simply and quickly. Better still, by dramatically lowering the time and cost of trialling new services, the cloud makes failure not just acceptable but to be encouraged, giving your teams the freedom to test fresh approaches to problems and opportunities.</p> <p style="margin-left:36.0pt">&nbsp;</p> <p>While the standard excuses are no reason to avoid re-platforming applications into the cloud, there are still, of course, good reasons not to make the move. Clearly, migrating an end-of-life application that&rsquo;s about to be retired doesn&rsquo;t make financial sense. Similarly, certainty over service levels can be a good reason to keep an application on premises, since you know your engineers can get into the data centre within a guaranteed response time. However, we&rsquo;re pretty sure that, in the vast majority of cases, moving to the cloud is the right choice&mdash;so ignore the claptrap and avoid the app trap.</p> <p>This blog was originally published on the Agilisys <a href="https://www.agilisys.co.uk/insights/dont-trap-your-apps-why-the-cloud-isnt-just-for-native-applications">blog here</a>.</p></div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>If you&rsquo;ve ever been told &ldquo;<em>you can&rsquo;t move that app to the cloud</em>&rdquo;, we need to talk.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Over the years, we&rsquo;ve heard every imaginable reason why an application or service can&rsquo;t make the leap to the cloud. You might have been told that an application has been in your environment for too long, isn&rsquo;t well-documented, uses hardcoded IPs, or just isn&rsquo;t &lsquo;cloud-friendly&rsquo;. It&rsquo;s time to call these reasons what they are&mdash;excuses.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Although these excuses stem from different motives and interested parties, the simple truth is that re-platforming into the cloud is often wrongly perceived as impossibly costly or difficult. As a result, people talk themselves out of it&mdash;or allow themselves to be talked out of it. In almost every case, moving an application into the cloud isn&rsquo;t just possible, it brings major benefits.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Today, most public sector organisations run virtualised infrastructures. That means their applications and services are built on the same foundations of compute, storage and networking that underpin any hyperscale cloud provider.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Therefore, by definition, anything running in a Microsoft or VMware virtual infrastructure is a candidate re-platforming. Extensive, well-proven tooling exists to support the migration of virtual servers and storage to the cloud. The question is, are there good business reasons to make the leap? We think the answer is a resounding yes, and here are our top three:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>1) Create cost-savings</strong></p> <p style="margin-left:36.0pt">Most public sector organisations overprovision in their data centres to allow for spikes in usage, future growth and so on. Since infrastructure costs are fixed on premises, there&rsquo;s little to be gained by carefully controlling the resources applications use.</p> <p style="margin-left:36.0pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-left:36.0pt">In the cloud it&rsquo;s a different story. A consumption-based IT model means organisations should only pay for only the resources they need. That means significant savings can be made through rationalisation, optimisation and clever service management. Your applications may not be cloud-native, but you can still drive cloud-based benefits from them.</p> <p style="margin-left:36.0pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-left:36.0pt">For instance, by retiring legacy or sprawled databases that applications no longer need, you can drive a major reduction in the IT resources it demands. This is especially true if you have a tangled technology stack with systems that have grown organically over many years. We recently helped one London borough downsize its application footprint from 1250 to just 240, a reduction of more than 80%.</p> <p style="margin-left:36.0pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-left:36.0pt">Aggressive infrastructure management can do even more. Consider an application that only needs to be running during working hours. Outside of Monday to Friday, 9 to 5, the application can be turned off entirely&mdash;that&rsquo;s equivalent to 73% of the year! The same principle holds true for applications that see seasonal demand, such as council tax processing&mdash;they can be revved up around the year end or down for the rest of the year to drive savings.</p> <p style="margin-left:36.0pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-left:36.0pt">&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>2) Join the dots on data</strong></p> <p style="margin-left:36.0pt">Today, there&rsquo;s growing demand for more agile and efficient public services. The ability to access, share and analyse data effectively is crucial to achieving this vision. By harnessing data-led insights, the public sector can better understand customer needs, forecast demand and improve services.</p> <p style="margin-left:36.0pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-left:36.0pt">With applications on premises, data is likely to remain isolated in different siloes and supported by separate legacy IT systems. For instance, records about the same individual could be stored across multiple locations, with no ability to join the dots.</p> <p style="margin-left:36.0pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-left:36.0pt">Connecting and sharing information is far easier in the cloud, so re-platforming applications allows organisations to capitalise on the potential of data and analytics to work smarter. In the cloud, the same application can help inform a holistic picture of customers or the wider community.</p> <p style="margin-left:36.0pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-left:36.0pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-left:36.0pt"><strong>3) Prepare for the future</strong></p> <p style="margin-left:36.0pt">Once applications or services are re-platformed into the cloud, keeping pace with change also becomes easier. With an underlying infrastructure that&rsquo;s evergreen, organisations can break the cycle of regular infrastructure upgrades&mdash;saving time and money, while also enabling applications to meet growing demand seamlessly.</p> <p style="margin-left:36.0pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-left:36.0pt">More importantly, re-platforming into the cloud unleashes your access to a host of new innovations, from easier integration with the Internet of Things, to natural language queries, trend analysis and automatic reporting&hellip;as well as whatever Microsoft, Amazon, Google, Oracle, or Salesforce is dreaming up next. Neutral cloud services also offer a faster and more cost-effective platform for collaboration with other public sector organisations compared to modifying bespoke on-premises services.</p> <p style="margin-left:36.0pt">&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-left:36.0pt">When a re-platformed application does reach end-of-life, migrating to a new cloud-native alternative can be done more simply and quickly. Better still, by dramatically lowering the time and cost of trialling new services, the cloud makes failure not just acceptable but to be encouraged, giving your teams the freedom to test fresh approaches to problems and opportunities.</p> <p style="margin-left:36.0pt">&nbsp;</p> <p>While the standard excuses are no reason to avoid re-platforming applications into the cloud, there are still, of course, good reasons not to make the move. Clearly, migrating an end-of-life application that&rsquo;s about to be retired doesn&rsquo;t make financial sense. Similarly, certainty over service levels can be a good reason to keep an application on premises, since you know your engineers can get into the data centre within a guaranteed response time. However, we&rsquo;re pretty sure that, in the vast majority of cases, moving to the cloud is the right choice&mdash;so ignore the claptrap and avoid the app trap.</p> <p>This blog was originally published on the Agilisys <a href="https://www.agilisys.co.uk/insights/dont-trap-your-apps-why-the-cloud-isnt-just-for-native-applications">blog here</a>.</p></div> techUK response to UK preparations for WRC-19 2018-09-13T16:28:46+01:00 2018-09-13T16:28:46+01:00 http://www.techuk.org/insights/reports/item/13929-techuk-response-to-uk-preparations-for-wrc-19 CRM Sync noreply@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>techUK's <a href="https://www.techuk.org/focus/programmes/communications-infrastructure/programme_actions">Communications Infrastructure Council</a> has responded to Ofcom's <a href="https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-1/uk-preparations-wrc-19">consultation document </a>which set out the key issues that will be considered at the conference and why they matter to the UK.&nbsp;The next WRC will take place in November 2019 and Ofcom represents the UK at WRCs.</p> <p>The use of radio spectrum, and its role in today&rsquo;s technology focused society, has never been so important. Most of us make direct use of spectrum in our everyday lives when we use mobile/smart phones, laptops, tablets and when we watch television (which may receive signals from transmitters on the ground or from satellites that orbit the earth). Outside these more familiar examples, radio spectrum is also used for many other purposes including for aviation, maritime and by the scientific community for the detection of emissions from space (radio astronomy) or from the earth itself.</p> <p>To assist this usage, frequency band harmonisation plays a pivotal role. The most important global spectrum harmonisation activity are World Radiocommunication Conferences (WRCs), of the International Telecommunication Union. These Conferences are held approximately every four years and take key decisions concerning the identification and international harmonisation of spectrum bands.</p> <p><strong>techUK's response can be downloaded below [techUK member log-in required]</strong></p> <hr><p>Further information is available on <a href="https://www.techuk.org/focus/programmes/communications-infrastructure/programme_actions">techUK's Communications Infrastructure Programme</a>.</p>{bio}skye.macleod@techuk.org{/bio}{bio}julian.mcgougan@techuk.org{/bio}{bio}sophie.weston@techuk.org{/bio}</div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>techUK's <a href="https://www.techuk.org/focus/programmes/communications-infrastructure/programme_actions">Communications Infrastructure Council</a> has responded to Ofcom's <a href="https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-1/uk-preparations-wrc-19">consultation document </a>which set out the key issues that will be considered at the conference and why they matter to the UK.&nbsp;The next WRC will take place in November 2019 and Ofcom represents the UK at WRCs.</p> <p>The use of radio spectrum, and its role in today&rsquo;s technology focused society, has never been so important. Most of us make direct use of spectrum in our everyday lives when we use mobile/smart phones, laptops, tablets and when we watch television (which may receive signals from transmitters on the ground or from satellites that orbit the earth). Outside these more familiar examples, radio spectrum is also used for many other purposes including for aviation, maritime and by the scientific community for the detection of emissions from space (radio astronomy) or from the earth itself.</p> <p>To assist this usage, frequency band harmonisation plays a pivotal role. The most important global spectrum harmonisation activity are World Radiocommunication Conferences (WRCs), of the International Telecommunication Union. These Conferences are held approximately every four years and take key decisions concerning the identification and international harmonisation of spectrum bands.</p> <p><strong>techUK's response can be downloaded below [techUK member log-in required]</strong></p> <hr><p>Further information is available on <a href="https://www.techuk.org/focus/programmes/communications-infrastructure/programme_actions">techUK's Communications Infrastructure Programme</a>.</p>{bio}skye.macleod@techuk.org{/bio}{bio}julian.mcgougan@techuk.org{/bio}{bio}sophie.weston@techuk.org{/bio}</div> Army Trials and Experimentation Planning Office Industry Day 2018-09-13T16:33:57+01:00 2018-09-13T16:33:57+01:00 http://www.techuk.org/events/briefing/item/13928-army-trials-and-experimentation-planning-office-industry-day CRM Sync noreply@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p><em>On 3 October 2018, the Army Trials and Experimentation Planning Office (TEPO) and Army Innovation Team, based at Army Headquarters will be facilitating an Industry Day focusing on manned / unmanned teaming, urban operations and agile command &amp; control.&nbsp; Civilian industry of a small to medium (<a href="http://ec.europa.eu/growth/smes/business-friendly-environment/sme-definition/">Small &amp; Medium Enterprise Definition</a>) enterprises are invited to attend, displaying their innovative products for potential military use.&nbsp; The audience will be solely military trials and development operatives, managers and staff officers from the predominately, land based trials and development units (min of 9 units).&nbsp; Time will be allocated to all civilian companies for military trials &amp; experimental staff to engage, allowing for feedback of products on show.</em></p> <p><em>&nbsp;</em></p> <p><em>The aim of the Industry day is to provide knowledge and sight of cutting edge technologies, innovate ideas which can potentially be applied to Defence in the near future without commitment and prejudice. </em></p> <p><em>&nbsp;</em></p> <p><em>All interested parties should reply to <a href="mailto:ArmyCap-FFD-Innovation@mod.gov.uk">ArmyCap-FFD-Innovation@mod.gov.uk</a></em></p></div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p><em>On 3 October 2018, the Army Trials and Experimentation Planning Office (TEPO) and Army Innovation Team, based at Army Headquarters will be facilitating an Industry Day focusing on manned / unmanned teaming, urban operations and agile command &amp; control.&nbsp; Civilian industry of a small to medium (<a href="http://ec.europa.eu/growth/smes/business-friendly-environment/sme-definition/">Small &amp; Medium Enterprise Definition</a>) enterprises are invited to attend, displaying their innovative products for potential military use.&nbsp; The audience will be solely military trials and development operatives, managers and staff officers from the predominately, land based trials and development units (min of 9 units).&nbsp; Time will be allocated to all civilian companies for military trials &amp; experimental staff to engage, allowing for feedback of products on show.</em></p> <p><em>&nbsp;</em></p> <p><em>The aim of the Industry day is to provide knowledge and sight of cutting edge technologies, innovate ideas which can potentially be applied to Defence in the near future without commitment and prejudice. </em></p> <p><em>&nbsp;</em></p> <p><em>All interested parties should reply to <a href="mailto:ArmyCap-FFD-Innovation@mod.gov.uk">ArmyCap-FFD-Innovation@mod.gov.uk</a></em></p></div> NCSC questions to help Britain's boards understand cyber risk 2018-09-13T15:34:06+01:00 2018-09-13T15:34:06+01:00 http://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/13927-ncsc-questions-to-help-britain-s-boards-understand-cyber-risk CRM Sync noreply@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>Speaking at the annual CBI Cyber Security: Business Insight Conference 2018, Ciaran Martin offered boards five questions that will help them to prepare for a cyber attack.</p> <ul><li>NCSC creating a toolkit to help boards demystify cyber security and put it firmly on their agenda</li> <li>Five core questions will help FTSE 350 boards understand initial risks and areas of improvement</li> <li>NCSC CEO: Board members &ldquo;need to get a little bit technical&rdquo; if they are to understand and manage the risks they face</li> </ul><p>Experts&nbsp;in cyber security have published new guidance for Britain&rsquo;s corporate leaders to equip them with the basic technical details they need to understand the threats they face in cyber space, and to direct effectively their organisation&rsquo;s response to them.</p> <p>Specialists from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), a part of GCHQ, have emphasised that boards of big companies cannot outsource their cyber security risks and need to understand what their technical staff are doing if they are to prosper securely in the digital age.</p> <p>In support of this, the NCSC has published the first in a suite of guidance to businesses, setting out five questions &ndash; grounded in expert technical guidance &ndash; that Boards should ask about their company&rsquo;s IT security.</p> <p>The questions &ndash; and what to look for in responses &ndash; were proposed to board members at the CBI&rsquo;s Cyber Security conference today (12 September) by the NCSC&rsquo;s chief executive Ciaran Martin.</p> <p>The&nbsp;FTSE 350 Cyber Governance Health Check Report 2017&nbsp;found that while 68% of boards have received no training to deal with a cyber incident and 10% have no plan in place to respond to one.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Ciaran Martin, chief executive of the NCSC</strong>, said:</p> <p><em>&ldquo;Cyber security is now a mainstream business risk. So corporate leaders need to understand what threats are out there, and what the most effective ways are of managing the risks.</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;But to have the plain English, business focussed discussions at board level, board members need to get a little bit technical. They need to understand cyber risk in the same way they understand financial risk, or health and safety risk.</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;Our sample questions today, which we&rsquo;ve published in consultation with businesses, aim to equip board members to ask the right questions and begin to understand the answers.</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;There is no such thing as a foolish question in cyber security. The foolish act is walking away without understanding the answer because that means you don&rsquo;t understand how you&rsquo;re handling this core business risk.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>The five questions the NCSC is recommending boards ask are;</p> <ul><li>How do we defend our organisation against phishing attacks?</li> <li>What do we do to control the use of our privileged IT accounts?&nbsp;</li> <li>How do we ensure that our software and devices are up to date?</li> <li>How do we ensure our partners and suppliers protect the information we share with them?</li> <li>What authentication methods are used to control access to systems and data?</li> </ul><p>More detail around these questions can be accessed <a href="https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/guidance/board-toolkit-five-questions-your-boards-agenda">here</a>.</p> <p>These initial questions will form part of a broader toolkit released this winter to recognise and resolve gaps in boards&rsquo; knowledge. The questions and possible answers are designed as a starting point to help organisations begin effective discussions on cyber security.</p> <p>NCSC guidance also tells boards how to distinguish good answers from waffle and encourages them to continue asking questions about how risks are managed.</p> <p><strong>Matthew Fell, CBI Chief UK Policy Director</strong>, said:</p> <p><em>&ldquo;Cyber threats now pose one of the biggest risks to a company&rsquo;s finances and reputation. Digital security can no longer be the sole responsibility of the IT team and companies recognise this.</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;Business boards are stepping up to challenge of improving their cyber literacy, but firms recognise more progress is needed. That&rsquo;s why the CBI&rsquo;s 3rd Cyber Conference brings together over 250 senior business leaders to help turn cyber awareness into action.</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;The NCSC&rsquo;s five question guide provides a great starting point for business boards to equip themselves against the ever-evolving cyber challenge.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>The NCSC has been working with boards as focus groups to determine what support is needed to ensure board members and staff who report to them are able to recognise threats, enable discussions and implement appropriate measures.</p> <p><strong>Jacqueline de Rojas, president of techUK and chair of the Digital Leaders Board</strong>, said:</p> <p><em>&ldquo;Cyber security is no longer just the domain of the IT department. It can&rsquo;t be delegated. Those around the board table must understand the constant and persistent cyber threat to their businesses and to educate themselves of the steps they need to take to ensure that they are cyber-resilient.</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;That is why the NCSC toolkit, specifically aimed at board members, is an important development.&nbsp; It will help de-mystify concerns around cyber security, enabling senior executives to discuss their cyber risk appetite in a confident and proactive manner.</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;techUK will continue to work with the NCSC to raise awareness of the toolkit in order to protect businesses both large and small in the UK.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>While primarily aimed at large companies, smaller businesses will be able to tailor the toolkit for their sector. The NCSC has also already published a cyber security&nbsp;Small Business Guide.&nbsp;It will be regularly updated to stay up-to-date and will be published for free on the NCSC website.</p>{bio}dan.patefield@techuk.org{/bio}</div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>Speaking at the annual CBI Cyber Security: Business Insight Conference 2018, Ciaran Martin offered boards five questions that will help them to prepare for a cyber attack.</p> <ul><li>NCSC creating a toolkit to help boards demystify cyber security and put it firmly on their agenda</li> <li>Five core questions will help FTSE 350 boards understand initial risks and areas of improvement</li> <li>NCSC CEO: Board members &ldquo;need to get a little bit technical&rdquo; if they are to understand and manage the risks they face</li> </ul><p>Experts&nbsp;in cyber security have published new guidance for Britain&rsquo;s corporate leaders to equip them with the basic technical details they need to understand the threats they face in cyber space, and to direct effectively their organisation&rsquo;s response to them.</p> <p>Specialists from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), a part of GCHQ, have emphasised that boards of big companies cannot outsource their cyber security risks and need to understand what their technical staff are doing if they are to prosper securely in the digital age.</p> <p>In support of this, the NCSC has published the first in a suite of guidance to businesses, setting out five questions &ndash; grounded in expert technical guidance &ndash; that Boards should ask about their company&rsquo;s IT security.</p> <p>The questions &ndash; and what to look for in responses &ndash; were proposed to board members at the CBI&rsquo;s Cyber Security conference today (12 September) by the NCSC&rsquo;s chief executive Ciaran Martin.</p> <p>The&nbsp;FTSE 350 Cyber Governance Health Check Report 2017&nbsp;found that while 68% of boards have received no training to deal with a cyber incident and 10% have no plan in place to respond to one.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Ciaran Martin, chief executive of the NCSC</strong>, said:</p> <p><em>&ldquo;Cyber security is now a mainstream business risk. So corporate leaders need to understand what threats are out there, and what the most effective ways are of managing the risks.</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;But to have the plain English, business focussed discussions at board level, board members need to get a little bit technical. They need to understand cyber risk in the same way they understand financial risk, or health and safety risk.</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;Our sample questions today, which we&rsquo;ve published in consultation with businesses, aim to equip board members to ask the right questions and begin to understand the answers.</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;There is no such thing as a foolish question in cyber security. The foolish act is walking away without understanding the answer because that means you don&rsquo;t understand how you&rsquo;re handling this core business risk.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>The five questions the NCSC is recommending boards ask are;</p> <ul><li>How do we defend our organisation against phishing attacks?</li> <li>What do we do to control the use of our privileged IT accounts?&nbsp;</li> <li>How do we ensure that our software and devices are up to date?</li> <li>How do we ensure our partners and suppliers protect the information we share with them?</li> <li>What authentication methods are used to control access to systems and data?</li> </ul><p>More detail around these questions can be accessed <a href="https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/guidance/board-toolkit-five-questions-your-boards-agenda">here</a>.</p> <p>These initial questions will form part of a broader toolkit released this winter to recognise and resolve gaps in boards&rsquo; knowledge. The questions and possible answers are designed as a starting point to help organisations begin effective discussions on cyber security.</p> <p>NCSC guidance also tells boards how to distinguish good answers from waffle and encourages them to continue asking questions about how risks are managed.</p> <p><strong>Matthew Fell, CBI Chief UK Policy Director</strong>, said:</p> <p><em>&ldquo;Cyber threats now pose one of the biggest risks to a company&rsquo;s finances and reputation. Digital security can no longer be the sole responsibility of the IT team and companies recognise this.</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;Business boards are stepping up to challenge of improving their cyber literacy, but firms recognise more progress is needed. That&rsquo;s why the CBI&rsquo;s 3rd Cyber Conference brings together over 250 senior business leaders to help turn cyber awareness into action.</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;The NCSC&rsquo;s five question guide provides a great starting point for business boards to equip themselves against the ever-evolving cyber challenge.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>The NCSC has been working with boards as focus groups to determine what support is needed to ensure board members and staff who report to them are able to recognise threats, enable discussions and implement appropriate measures.</p> <p><strong>Jacqueline de Rojas, president of techUK and chair of the Digital Leaders Board</strong>, said:</p> <p><em>&ldquo;Cyber security is no longer just the domain of the IT department. It can&rsquo;t be delegated. Those around the board table must understand the constant and persistent cyber threat to their businesses and to educate themselves of the steps they need to take to ensure that they are cyber-resilient.</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;That is why the NCSC toolkit, specifically aimed at board members, is an important development.&nbsp; It will help de-mystify concerns around cyber security, enabling senior executives to discuss their cyber risk appetite in a confident and proactive manner.</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;techUK will continue to work with the NCSC to raise awareness of the toolkit in order to protect businesses both large and small in the UK.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>While primarily aimed at large companies, smaller businesses will be able to tailor the toolkit for their sector. The NCSC has also already published a cyber security&nbsp;Small Business Guide.&nbsp;It will be regularly updated to stay up-to-date and will be published for free on the NCSC website.</p>{bio}dan.patefield@techuk.org{/bio}</div> UKSec Summit 2018-09-13T15:10:22+01:00 2018-09-13T15:10:22+01:00 http://www.techuk.org/events/partner-event/item/13926-uksec-summit CRM Sync noreply@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><h3>The inaugural UKSec summit in London, 28-29 November, was designed by and for the service sector. Its purpose is to create a special platform for those industries that are the backbone of the UK&rsquo;s economy and increasingly vulnerable to cyber-attacks.</h3> <p>UKSec is a CPD certified content-driven summit bringing together C-level executives from Banking &amp; Finance, Healthcare, Insurance, Wholesale/Retail, and Transport &amp; Media. Key themes to be addressed include: the skillset of the CISO in 2018, monitoring third party security risk, implementing an enterprise-wide digitalisation, and dealing with post-breach reputational damage.</p> <p>Joining us onstage will be:</p> <ul><li>Nadeem Bukhari, Head of Information Security at House of Fraser</li> <li>Christian Toon, CISO at Pinsent Masons</li> <li>Deborah Haworth, CISO at Penguin Random House</li> <li>Steve Pritchard, Group CISO at HomeServe PLC</li> <li>Paul Watts, CISO at Domino&rsquo;s Pizza UK &amp; Ireland Ltd</li> <li>Lewis Woodcock, Head of Information Security Compliance at A.P. Moller-Maersk</li> </ul><p>Attend to learn best practices against data breaches and how to prevent attacks, engage with third party risk management providers, and discover how to measure ROI in cyber security.</p> <p>A limited number of passes for the UKsec Summit are available at 25% off until October 31st. Use discount code techUK25 at checkout online to redeem:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cyberseries.io/uksec" target="_blank">www.cyberseries.io/uksec</a></p></div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><h3>The inaugural UKSec summit in London, 28-29 November, was designed by and for the service sector. Its purpose is to create a special platform for those industries that are the backbone of the UK&rsquo;s economy and increasingly vulnerable to cyber-attacks.</h3> <p>UKSec is a CPD certified content-driven summit bringing together C-level executives from Banking &amp; Finance, Healthcare, Insurance, Wholesale/Retail, and Transport &amp; Media. Key themes to be addressed include: the skillset of the CISO in 2018, monitoring third party security risk, implementing an enterprise-wide digitalisation, and dealing with post-breach reputational damage.</p> <p>Joining us onstage will be:</p> <ul><li>Nadeem Bukhari, Head of Information Security at House of Fraser</li> <li>Christian Toon, CISO at Pinsent Masons</li> <li>Deborah Haworth, CISO at Penguin Random House</li> <li>Steve Pritchard, Group CISO at HomeServe PLC</li> <li>Paul Watts, CISO at Domino&rsquo;s Pizza UK &amp; Ireland Ltd</li> <li>Lewis Woodcock, Head of Information Security Compliance at A.P. Moller-Maersk</li> </ul><p>Attend to learn best practices against data breaches and how to prevent attacks, engage with third party risk management providers, and discover how to measure ROI in cyber security.</p> <p>A limited number of passes for the UKsec Summit are available at 25% off until October 31st. Use discount code techUK25 at checkout online to redeem:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cyberseries.io/uksec" target="_blank">www.cyberseries.io/uksec</a></p></div> No Deal Notice on Data shows legal complexities face by UK companies 2018-09-13T13:44:00+01:00 2018-09-13T13:44:00+01:00 http://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/13925-no-deal-notice-on-data-shows-legal-complexities-face-by-uk-companies CRM Sync noreply@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p><strong>Commenting on the release of the second group of No Deal Technical Notices, including a notice on the free flow of data, techUK CEO Julian David said:</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;It is right that the Government takes a proactive approach to planning for No Deal. However, today&rsquo;s notices show is that such a scenario would be hugely damaging to the UK.&nbsp; On everything from the free flow of data that underpins almost every business transaction, to the ability to drive in Europe, both businesses and consumers will face additional costs, complexity and bureaucracy.&nbsp; That is why techUK strongly supports the Government&rsquo;s continued objective of securing a comprehensive deal between the UK and the EU.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;The technical notice on personal data is a text book example of the problems that a No Deal Brexit would cause.&nbsp;We recognise it would still be the intention of the UK to seek an adequacy decision and welcome the clarity that the UK is ready to start those discussions now. While we fully support the Government in its aim to achieve adequacy, this will not be ready in the event of No Deal.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;While the decision to unilaterally allow data from the UK to flow to the EU is the right thing to do, the Government can do nothing to help UK companies seeking to transfer data from the EU to the UK.&nbsp; Instead, they will have to rely on complex processes such as Standard Contractual Clauses (SCCs).&nbsp; SCCs are currently subject to a major legal challenge in the EU and so their future is in doubt. While this is out of the UK Government&rsquo;s control, businesses need to be aware of this fact and it is, therefore, disappointing that it is not recognised in the technical notice.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;techUK is also concerned that the notice does not identify any support that Government can give to businesses to help them put in place SCCs. The legal costs involved may prove prohibitively expensive for many smaller UK businesses and serious consideration should be given to what Government support can be put in place.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;It is also concerning that the data paper does not address regulatory uncertainty surrounding the Binding Corporate Rules used by larger companies that are administered by the UK&rsquo;s Information Commissioner. &nbsp;Companies will need to re-locate to the authority governing these rules, and yet, there is little guidance on or support for how this might work in practise.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;Data is not the only area that will be of concern to UK tech companies. The notice dealing with the space sector confirms what we have known for some time - the UK will lose the ability to participate in European Space programmes.&nbsp; techUK strongly welcomes the &pound;92 million to design a UK version of the Galileo Navigation Satellite System, but the effects on companies with existing contracts for Galileo remains uncertain.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;techUK also welcomes the flexibility shown by the Department for Business on plans around CE Marking. The notice states that while a UK version will be created, products with EU approval will continue to be recognised in the UK.&nbsp;This will prevent costly additional processes for manufacturers.&nbsp; However, techUK is concerned at references to such a system being time limited.&nbsp; Reducing friction on businesses must remain a key element of Brexit planning under either a deal or no deal scenario.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For media enquiries please contact Harri Turnbull</p>{bio}harri.turnbull@techuk.org{/bio}</div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p><strong>Commenting on the release of the second group of No Deal Technical Notices, including a notice on the free flow of data, techUK CEO Julian David said:</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;It is right that the Government takes a proactive approach to planning for No Deal. However, today&rsquo;s notices show is that such a scenario would be hugely damaging to the UK.&nbsp; On everything from the free flow of data that underpins almost every business transaction, to the ability to drive in Europe, both businesses and consumers will face additional costs, complexity and bureaucracy.&nbsp; That is why techUK strongly supports the Government&rsquo;s continued objective of securing a comprehensive deal between the UK and the EU.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;The technical notice on personal data is a text book example of the problems that a No Deal Brexit would cause.&nbsp;We recognise it would still be the intention of the UK to seek an adequacy decision and welcome the clarity that the UK is ready to start those discussions now. While we fully support the Government in its aim to achieve adequacy, this will not be ready in the event of No Deal.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;While the decision to unilaterally allow data from the UK to flow to the EU is the right thing to do, the Government can do nothing to help UK companies seeking to transfer data from the EU to the UK.&nbsp; Instead, they will have to rely on complex processes such as Standard Contractual Clauses (SCCs).&nbsp; SCCs are currently subject to a major legal challenge in the EU and so their future is in doubt. While this is out of the UK Government&rsquo;s control, businesses need to be aware of this fact and it is, therefore, disappointing that it is not recognised in the technical notice.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;techUK is also concerned that the notice does not identify any support that Government can give to businesses to help them put in place SCCs. The legal costs involved may prove prohibitively expensive for many smaller UK businesses and serious consideration should be given to what Government support can be put in place.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;It is also concerning that the data paper does not address regulatory uncertainty surrounding the Binding Corporate Rules used by larger companies that are administered by the UK&rsquo;s Information Commissioner. &nbsp;Companies will need to re-locate to the authority governing these rules, and yet, there is little guidance on or support for how this might work in practise.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;Data is not the only area that will be of concern to UK tech companies. The notice dealing with the space sector confirms what we have known for some time - the UK will lose the ability to participate in European Space programmes.&nbsp; techUK strongly welcomes the &pound;92 million to design a UK version of the Galileo Navigation Satellite System, but the effects on companies with existing contracts for Galileo remains uncertain.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;techUK also welcomes the flexibility shown by the Department for Business on plans around CE Marking. The notice states that while a UK version will be created, products with EU approval will continue to be recognised in the UK.&nbsp;This will prevent costly additional processes for manufacturers.&nbsp; However, techUK is concerned at references to such a system being time limited.&nbsp; Reducing friction on businesses must remain a key element of Brexit planning under either a deal or no deal scenario.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For media enquiries please contact Harri Turnbull</p>{bio}harri.turnbull@techuk.org{/bio}</div> Digital will be central to the future of Europe 2018-09-13T13:21:20+01:00 2018-09-13T13:21:20+01:00 http://www.techuk.org/insights/opinions/item/13924-digital-will-be-central-to-the-future-of-europe CRM Sync noreply@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>Wednesday was a busy day in Strasbourg for the European Parliament. With key votes during plenary on Hungary and Copyright. These two controversial topics (<a href="http://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/13915-copyright-directive-is-a-setback-for-the-european-digital-economy">you can see techUK&rsquo;s view on the disappointing result on Copyright here</a>) almost, but not quite, took attention away from what is usually considered a highlight in the EU&rsquo;s calendar. European Commission President Juncker&rsquo;s State of the Union speech.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The speech was partly a run down of the Commission&rsquo;s achievements over the last five years as President Juncker proudly declared that the European Union was now a global force to be reckoned with. However, there was also plenty of acknowledgement that more needed to be done to tackle the significant challenges facing the Union and to secure a bright future for Europe.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>This wasn&rsquo;t quite a farewell just yet though, with President Juncker setting out a number of policies the Commission would pursue ahead of next year&rsquo;s election. Despite reports to the contrary this included more than the monumental decision to abolish the semi-annual changing of the clocks allowing Member States to set their own times.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Digital is a clear theme for the Commission&rsquo;s final year, with proposals around <a href="https://ec.europa.eu/commission/sites/beta-political/files/soteu2018-preventing-terrorist-content-online-regulation-640_en.pdf">dissemination of terrorist content online</a>, the need to take action on taxation, efforts to protect elections from hacking and interference and improved cybersecurity defences. The tech industry shouldn&rsquo;t expect a &lsquo;lame duck&rsquo; period from this Commission it seems.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Given the focus on digital and with this being President Juncker&rsquo;s last State of the Union Speech before next year&rsquo;s European elections, it is worth considering what the future might hold for Digital and Europe.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Immediate issues </strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Digital has been a clear focus of the Juncker Commission, with determined actors such as Vice-President Andrus Ansip keen to make progress on developing the <strong>Digital Single Market</strong>. How successful has that been? It would be fair to say its been mixed, with some success stories (see Free Flow of non-Personal Data) and some failures (see Copyright). As the Digital Single Market initiative has been developing, the digital sector has been on the receiving end of what has felt like an endless amount of legislation over the last four years.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>It will take time for the various new pieces of legislation to bed-in and for their effectiveness to be evaluated. <strong>Enforcement of the new rules</strong> will likely be a key focus for the next Commission, who will need to allow time before producing another tranche of proposals for the European digital sector.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>That said there are some big questions that will be asked of the sector relatively soon. We can expect the conversation on <strong>platform liability</strong> to continue. Following yesterday&rsquo;s vote on Copyright a precedent may have been set that allows for the piece-meal transformation of the fundamental underpinnings of the free and open internet, and platforms&rsquo; role in moderating content uploaded by users. The <strong>new proposals on the dissemination of terrorist content online </strong>are evidence of this, which if passed will require platforms to remove flagged content within an hour. The objective of reducing the amount of terrorist content found online is of course right. However, legislators need to be incredibly careful about the tools used to act in this space. Definitions must be clear, scope targeted, and fundamental freedoms of users protected. At this stage it seems the proposals fail these key tests.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>It is widely expected that the next Commission is likely to look again at the <strong>e-Commerce</strong> directive. This will be hugely significant and important in shaping the future direction of the digital economy in Europe and will touch on everything from limitations to liability, hosting provisions and caching.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Longer-term issues</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>President Juncker&rsquo;s last State of Union Speech also addressed some of the fundamental challenges facing the European Union, which will not be resolved over night (or by the end of Juncker&rsquo;s term in office).</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>With the <strong>United Kingdom leaving the European Union</strong> (which in itself is one of those fundamental challenges), one might think these issues matter less to the UK. That is wrong. As President Juncker said yesterday the UK will never be an ordinary third country. Our histories are shared histories, and, in all likeliness, our futures will be shared futures. The UK and EU will always be key strategic and economic partners and the European market will remain vitally important to UK businesses. The exact shape of the UK and EU&rsquo;s future relationship remains to be seen. techUK has been clear that a close partnership is in the shared interest of UK and EU businesses and consumers.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The biggest challenge the EU is likely to face in the coming decade is <strong>migration</strong>, with increasing concerns coming from Member States about their ability to control borders. It is likely that technology will be sought after to provide a solution to these concerns. The industry will want to approach this carefully and avoid being caught up in the incredibly sensitive politics surrounding these concerns. The trend of rising nationalism, pointed at in Juncker&rsquo;s speech, fuels some of these concerns and should be carefully monitored.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The EU has been trying to tackle the issue of <strong>taxation</strong> in an increasingly global economy, with limited success. Expect this one to continue into the longer term as countries continually look to find an international solution to concerns around where companies pay tax. Much of this debate is targeted at tech companies, who have been clear they support an international-level agreement. Progress has admittedly been slow so will the EU put up with many more delays? Juncker suggested yesterday that Member States shouldn&rsquo;t be allowed to block EU tax policy so reluctant countries might not be able to delay much longer.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>A large part of Juncker&rsquo;s speech focused on Europe&rsquo;s place in the world. <strong>Trade</strong> discussions will dominate the global conversation in the coming years which, matched with increasing nationalism, could take a different path to that trod in years gone by. The recent EU-Japan trade agreement and accompanying adequacy agreement is a clear indicator that the EU wants to demonstrate it is open to trade. With an increasing proportion of cross-border transactions taking place online, digital trade will be crucial in the coming years. Provisions for digital trade have been somewhat limited &ndash; if trade deals want to remain relevant that will have to change.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>President Juncker&rsquo;s final State of the Union speech certainly flagged a number of areas where work is needed to ensure unity and progress in Europe. Some will require immediate action and attention, some will require longer-term, more thoughtful, intervention. What is clear is that <strong>digital will play a key role Europe&rsquo;s future</strong>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For more information about techUK&rsquo;s activities in Europe please contact Jeremy Lilley.</p>{bio}jeremy.lilley@techuk.org{/bio}</div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>Wednesday was a busy day in Strasbourg for the European Parliament. With key votes during plenary on Hungary and Copyright. These two controversial topics (<a href="http://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/13915-copyright-directive-is-a-setback-for-the-european-digital-economy">you can see techUK&rsquo;s view on the disappointing result on Copyright here</a>) almost, but not quite, took attention away from what is usually considered a highlight in the EU&rsquo;s calendar. European Commission President Juncker&rsquo;s State of the Union speech.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The speech was partly a run down of the Commission&rsquo;s achievements over the last five years as President Juncker proudly declared that the European Union was now a global force to be reckoned with. However, there was also plenty of acknowledgement that more needed to be done to tackle the significant challenges facing the Union and to secure a bright future for Europe.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>This wasn&rsquo;t quite a farewell just yet though, with President Juncker setting out a number of policies the Commission would pursue ahead of next year&rsquo;s election. Despite reports to the contrary this included more than the monumental decision to abolish the semi-annual changing of the clocks allowing Member States to set their own times.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Digital is a clear theme for the Commission&rsquo;s final year, with proposals around <a href="https://ec.europa.eu/commission/sites/beta-political/files/soteu2018-preventing-terrorist-content-online-regulation-640_en.pdf">dissemination of terrorist content online</a>, the need to take action on taxation, efforts to protect elections from hacking and interference and improved cybersecurity defences. The tech industry shouldn&rsquo;t expect a &lsquo;lame duck&rsquo; period from this Commission it seems.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Given the focus on digital and with this being President Juncker&rsquo;s last State of the Union Speech before next year&rsquo;s European elections, it is worth considering what the future might hold for Digital and Europe.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Immediate issues </strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Digital has been a clear focus of the Juncker Commission, with determined actors such as Vice-President Andrus Ansip keen to make progress on developing the <strong>Digital Single Market</strong>. How successful has that been? It would be fair to say its been mixed, with some success stories (see Free Flow of non-Personal Data) and some failures (see Copyright). As the Digital Single Market initiative has been developing, the digital sector has been on the receiving end of what has felt like an endless amount of legislation over the last four years.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>It will take time for the various new pieces of legislation to bed-in and for their effectiveness to be evaluated. <strong>Enforcement of the new rules</strong> will likely be a key focus for the next Commission, who will need to allow time before producing another tranche of proposals for the European digital sector.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>That said there are some big questions that will be asked of the sector relatively soon. We can expect the conversation on <strong>platform liability</strong> to continue. Following yesterday&rsquo;s vote on Copyright a precedent may have been set that allows for the piece-meal transformation of the fundamental underpinnings of the free and open internet, and platforms&rsquo; role in moderating content uploaded by users. The <strong>new proposals on the dissemination of terrorist content online </strong>are evidence of this, which if passed will require platforms to remove flagged content within an hour. The objective of reducing the amount of terrorist content found online is of course right. However, legislators need to be incredibly careful about the tools used to act in this space. Definitions must be clear, scope targeted, and fundamental freedoms of users protected. At this stage it seems the proposals fail these key tests.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>It is widely expected that the next Commission is likely to look again at the <strong>e-Commerce</strong> directive. This will be hugely significant and important in shaping the future direction of the digital economy in Europe and will touch on everything from limitations to liability, hosting provisions and caching.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Longer-term issues</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>President Juncker&rsquo;s last State of Union Speech also addressed some of the fundamental challenges facing the European Union, which will not be resolved over night (or by the end of Juncker&rsquo;s term in office).</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>With the <strong>United Kingdom leaving the European Union</strong> (which in itself is one of those fundamental challenges), one might think these issues matter less to the UK. That is wrong. As President Juncker said yesterday the UK will never be an ordinary third country. Our histories are shared histories, and, in all likeliness, our futures will be shared futures. The UK and EU will always be key strategic and economic partners and the European market will remain vitally important to UK businesses. The exact shape of the UK and EU&rsquo;s future relationship remains to be seen. techUK has been clear that a close partnership is in the shared interest of UK and EU businesses and consumers.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The biggest challenge the EU is likely to face in the coming decade is <strong>migration</strong>, with increasing concerns coming from Member States about their ability to control borders. It is likely that technology will be sought after to provide a solution to these concerns. The industry will want to approach this carefully and avoid being caught up in the incredibly sensitive politics surrounding these concerns. The trend of rising nationalism, pointed at in Juncker&rsquo;s speech, fuels some of these concerns and should be carefully monitored.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The EU has been trying to tackle the issue of <strong>taxation</strong> in an increasingly global economy, with limited success. Expect this one to continue into the longer term as countries continually look to find an international solution to concerns around where companies pay tax. Much of this debate is targeted at tech companies, who have been clear they support an international-level agreement. Progress has admittedly been slow so will the EU put up with many more delays? Juncker suggested yesterday that Member States shouldn&rsquo;t be allowed to block EU tax policy so reluctant countries might not be able to delay much longer.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>A large part of Juncker&rsquo;s speech focused on Europe&rsquo;s place in the world. <strong>Trade</strong> discussions will dominate the global conversation in the coming years which, matched with increasing nationalism, could take a different path to that trod in years gone by. The recent EU-Japan trade agreement and accompanying adequacy agreement is a clear indicator that the EU wants to demonstrate it is open to trade. With an increasing proportion of cross-border transactions taking place online, digital trade will be crucial in the coming years. Provisions for digital trade have been somewhat limited &ndash; if trade deals want to remain relevant that will have to change.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>President Juncker&rsquo;s final State of the Union speech certainly flagged a number of areas where work is needed to ensure unity and progress in Europe. Some will require immediate action and attention, some will require longer-term, more thoughtful, intervention. What is clear is that <strong>digital will play a key role Europe&rsquo;s future</strong>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For more information about techUK&rsquo;s activities in Europe please contact Jeremy Lilley.</p>{bio}jeremy.lilley@techuk.org{/bio}</div> ECHR rules against bulk interception regime under RIPA 2018-09-13T10:37:35+01:00 2018-09-13T10:37:35+01:00 http://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/13923-echr-rules-against-bulk-interception-regime-under-ripa CRM Sync noreply@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>In a <a href="https://hudoc.echr.coe.int/eng#%7B%22itemid%22:%5B%22001-186048%22%5D%7D" target="_blank">case</a> brought against the British Government by a group of journalists and civil liberties organisations, the Court <a href="http://file:///C:/Users/talalr/AppData/Local/Packages/Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe/TempState/Downloads/Big%20Brother%20Watch%20and%20Others%20v.%20the%20United%20Kingdom%20%20-%20complaints%20about%20surveillance%20regimes%20(1).pdf" target="_blank">found </a>that the bulk interception regime and the regime for obtaining communications data from communications service providers (CSPs) under RIPA violated both Articles 8 and 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights.&nbsp;</p> <p>In relation to bulk interception, this was down to the lack of oversight both of the selection of Internet bearers for interception and the filtering, search and selection of intercepted communications for examination.&nbsp; The Court also found that the safeguards governing the selection of &ldquo;related communications data&rdquo; for examination were inadequate.&nbsp;</p> <p>Crucially, in reaching this conclusion, the Court stated that the operation of a bulk interception regime did not in and of itself violate the Convention so long as such a regime respected the criteria set down in its case law.&nbsp; This may have an effect on the bulk interception regime of the Investigatory Powers Act 2016 (IP Act), particularly in relation to the interception of bulk secondary data.</p> <p>In relation to the regime for obtaining communications data from CSPs under RIPA, the Court held that it violated Article 8 as it was not in accordance with the law and that it violated Article 10 since there were insufficient safeguards in respect of confidential journalistic material.</p> <p>It should be noted that the IP Act, when fully in force, will make significant amendments to both the regimes for bulk interception and obtaining communications data from CSPs, and that these amendments were not considered by the Court.</p>{bio}talal.rajab@techuk.org{/bio}</div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>In a <a href="https://hudoc.echr.coe.int/eng#%7B%22itemid%22:%5B%22001-186048%22%5D%7D" target="_blank">case</a> brought against the British Government by a group of journalists and civil liberties organisations, the Court <a href="http://file:///C:/Users/talalr/AppData/Local/Packages/Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe/TempState/Downloads/Big%20Brother%20Watch%20and%20Others%20v.%20the%20United%20Kingdom%20%20-%20complaints%20about%20surveillance%20regimes%20(1).pdf" target="_blank">found </a>that the bulk interception regime and the regime for obtaining communications data from communications service providers (CSPs) under RIPA violated both Articles 8 and 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights.&nbsp;</p> <p>In relation to bulk interception, this was down to the lack of oversight both of the selection of Internet bearers for interception and the filtering, search and selection of intercepted communications for examination.&nbsp; The Court also found that the safeguards governing the selection of &ldquo;related communications data&rdquo; for examination were inadequate.&nbsp;</p> <p>Crucially, in reaching this conclusion, the Court stated that the operation of a bulk interception regime did not in and of itself violate the Convention so long as such a regime respected the criteria set down in its case law.&nbsp; This may have an effect on the bulk interception regime of the Investigatory Powers Act 2016 (IP Act), particularly in relation to the interception of bulk secondary data.</p> <p>In relation to the regime for obtaining communications data from CSPs under RIPA, the Court held that it violated Article 8 as it was not in accordance with the law and that it violated Article 10 since there were insufficient safeguards in respect of confidential journalistic material.</p> <p>It should be noted that the IP Act, when fully in force, will make significant amendments to both the regimes for bulk interception and obtaining communications data from CSPs, and that these amendments were not considered by the Court.</p>{bio}talal.rajab@techuk.org{/bio}</div> Don’t fear lock-in 2018-09-13T09:07:25+01:00 2018-09-13T09:07:25+01:00 http://www.techuk.org/insights/opinions/item/13922-don-t-fear-lock-in CRM Sync noreply@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p><em>Andrew Gough, Client Services Development Director at Agilisys, argues that the benefits of platform services can outweigh the risks of lock-in for public sector organisations migrating to the cloud.</em></p> <p>Every public sector organisation heading to the cloud should ask itself a simple question: do you want to save money on technology, or use technology to save money?</p> <p>Those looking to save money on technology often advocate a multi-cloud approach. The idea is to freely move applications and services between different cloud platforms to take advantage of the cheapest rates at any given time. All this sounds great in theory, but the reality is that most organisations can&rsquo;t make their applications and services portable.</p> <p>Multi-cloud may be a cool topic amongst technologists at present, but don&rsquo;t be dazzled by the marketing spin. True portability demands applications and services that are ideally built using infrastructure-as-code, allowing them to be deployed into AWS, Azure or any other cloud platform. This in turn requires considerable upfront investment, scarce IT expertise and long development times&mdash;demands that many public sector organisations find challenging to meet.</p> <p>Perhaps even more importantly, a multi-cloud approach requires organisations to use only the lowest common denominator cloud building blocks of compute, storage and networking. This misses the whole point of being in the cloud: organisations should <em>be able to use</em> high-value creating services which have the greatest front-line impact and enable a future-ready stance on innovation.</p> <p>To illustrate this point, most local authorities use Microsoft SQL databases to power some of their critical services.&nbsp; To create truly portable apps, there will have to be re-engineering to, ideally, use My SQL.&nbsp; As an alternative, it might be better to get out of DBA (Database Administrator) operational work entirely and migrate to Azure SQL &ndash; a PaaS service that takes away the time consuming and ultimately costly admin.&nbsp; Ditching this significant overhead frees investment and time into much activities that deliver greater value.</p> <p>With a PaaS service, you also benefit from a platform that&rsquo;s managed by the same people that built it&mdash;that means it&rsquo;s evergreen (as the marketeers like to call it) and will always be up-to-date, fully patched and high-performing. It&rsquo;s also quite probably cheaper as a total cost of ownership. In an open source approach, you may not be paying for licensing, but you are paying for business skills. Where vendor services offer peace-of-mind, an open source approach can become unstuck if just one person with vital skills leaves.</p> <p>My take on multi-cloud is rather different. Instead of aiming for vendor independence and application portability, I believe organisations should make informed choices about which platforms are most suited to hosting different loads, then optimise their performance on an on-going basis. After all, IT teams have always chosen different hardware in their data centres to drive different outcomes.</p> <p>Accepting that premise, a crucial part of optimising cloud operations over time is to work out which elements of your application infrastructure, such as databases, middleware and service buses, can be handed-off into Platform Services.</p> <p>By accepting some degree of platform lock-in, organisations can remove a considerable administrative burden, while also gaining access to new capabilities at a lower cost. While it&rsquo;s true cloud providers can increase their fees, a highly competitive, commodity market makes this unlikely.</p> <p>For most cloud vendors, Platform Services are the future. From big data analytics and business intelligence, to the Internet of Things or AI, a host of technology innovations are now available that many organisations simply don&rsquo;t have the capacity to build or run internally. By embracing Platform Services, you will be ready to exploit the power of these new capabilities in a robust cloud environment that&rsquo;s designed and built for easy integration between platforms and services.</p> <p>Ultimately, Platform Services enable the public sector to do far more than just cut costs; they enable citizen services that are more agile, efficient and data-driven. What better way to use technology?</p> <p>This piece was orignially posted on <a href="https://www.agilisys.co.uk/insights/dont-fear-lock-in">the Agiliys blog here</a>.</p></div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p><em>Andrew Gough, Client Services Development Director at Agilisys, argues that the benefits of platform services can outweigh the risks of lock-in for public sector organisations migrating to the cloud.</em></p> <p>Every public sector organisation heading to the cloud should ask itself a simple question: do you want to save money on technology, or use technology to save money?</p> <p>Those looking to save money on technology often advocate a multi-cloud approach. The idea is to freely move applications and services between different cloud platforms to take advantage of the cheapest rates at any given time. All this sounds great in theory, but the reality is that most organisations can&rsquo;t make their applications and services portable.</p> <p>Multi-cloud may be a cool topic amongst technologists at present, but don&rsquo;t be dazzled by the marketing spin. True portability demands applications and services that are ideally built using infrastructure-as-code, allowing them to be deployed into AWS, Azure or any other cloud platform. This in turn requires considerable upfront investment, scarce IT expertise and long development times&mdash;demands that many public sector organisations find challenging to meet.</p> <p>Perhaps even more importantly, a multi-cloud approach requires organisations to use only the lowest common denominator cloud building blocks of compute, storage and networking. This misses the whole point of being in the cloud: organisations should <em>be able to use</em> high-value creating services which have the greatest front-line impact and enable a future-ready stance on innovation.</p> <p>To illustrate this point, most local authorities use Microsoft SQL databases to power some of their critical services.&nbsp; To create truly portable apps, there will have to be re-engineering to, ideally, use My SQL.&nbsp; As an alternative, it might be better to get out of DBA (Database Administrator) operational work entirely and migrate to Azure SQL &ndash; a PaaS service that takes away the time consuming and ultimately costly admin.&nbsp; Ditching this significant overhead frees investment and time into much activities that deliver greater value.</p> <p>With a PaaS service, you also benefit from a platform that&rsquo;s managed by the same people that built it&mdash;that means it&rsquo;s evergreen (as the marketeers like to call it) and will always be up-to-date, fully patched and high-performing. It&rsquo;s also quite probably cheaper as a total cost of ownership. In an open source approach, you may not be paying for licensing, but you are paying for business skills. Where vendor services offer peace-of-mind, an open source approach can become unstuck if just one person with vital skills leaves.</p> <p>My take on multi-cloud is rather different. Instead of aiming for vendor independence and application portability, I believe organisations should make informed choices about which platforms are most suited to hosting different loads, then optimise their performance on an on-going basis. After all, IT teams have always chosen different hardware in their data centres to drive different outcomes.</p> <p>Accepting that premise, a crucial part of optimising cloud operations over time is to work out which elements of your application infrastructure, such as databases, middleware and service buses, can be handed-off into Platform Services.</p> <p>By accepting some degree of platform lock-in, organisations can remove a considerable administrative burden, while also gaining access to new capabilities at a lower cost. While it&rsquo;s true cloud providers can increase their fees, a highly competitive, commodity market makes this unlikely.</p> <p>For most cloud vendors, Platform Services are the future. From big data analytics and business intelligence, to the Internet of Things or AI, a host of technology innovations are now available that many organisations simply don&rsquo;t have the capacity to build or run internally. By embracing Platform Services, you will be ready to exploit the power of these new capabilities in a robust cloud environment that&rsquo;s designed and built for easy integration between platforms and services.</p> <p>Ultimately, Platform Services enable the public sector to do far more than just cut costs; they enable citizen services that are more agile, efficient and data-driven. What better way to use technology?</p> <p>This piece was orignially posted on <a href="https://www.agilisys.co.uk/insights/dont-fear-lock-in">the Agiliys blog here</a>.</p></div> An immigration system that supports the UK tech sector 2018-09-13T09:00:00+01:00 2018-09-13T09:00:00+01:00 http://www.techuk.org/insights/reports/item/13919-an-immigration-system-that-supports-the-uk-tech-sector CRM Sync noreply@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>Ahead of the publication of the Migration Advisory Committee&rsquo;s (MAC) report on EEA workers in the UK labour market, techUK has published its asks of the post-Brexit immigration system. techUK has developed a set of proposals based on the principles that we believe are necessary to support the UK&rsquo;s thriving tech sector. These asks will be the criteria with which we will judge the government&rsquo;s proposed future system &ndash; both in the highly anticipated Immigration White Paper and the legislation that stems from it.</p> <p>The UK faces a digital skills crisis and as the economy digitises, competition for tech talent will only become fiercer. Whilst industry and government are working hard on creating a domestic pipeline of future tech talent, and much is being done now regarding lifelong learning, there is an immediate need for skilled labour in the tech sector. Migration, both EU and Rest of World, is key to the UK&rsquo;s continued success.</p> <p>The ease and simplicity of freedom of movement has taken the edge off an otherwise complicated immigration system, and so whilst the UK&rsquo;s exit brings a number of challenges it is also a unique opportunity to address the UK&rsquo;s migration system as a whole. Migration is key to a successful, globally-competitive UK tech sector.</p> <p>In our 2017 <a href="https://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/10086-the-uk-digital-sectors-after-brexit">report </a>with Frontier Economics, it was clear that the majority of demand for Tier 2 visas came from the three major industry groups most closely associated with the digital sectors &ndash; information and communication; professional, scientific and technical activities; and financial and insurance activities. Furthermore, whilst we have seen a doubling of Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visas in November of last year and the London Tech Week announcement of a new Start-Up visa are encouraging first steps, they ultimately support entrepreneurs and do little for existing British tech firms seeking to fill employee vacancies right now.</p> <p>That is why we are calling for, among other recommendations, a removal of arbitrary caps of Tier 2 skilled workers and above; a review of Tier 1 visas, both Exceptional Talent and Post-Study work visas; a stop to salary acting as a proxy for skill level; and a relaxation of continuous residency requirements for those undertaking business or research travel. There is also a clear need to streamline processes which is why we have also recommended: changes to supporting documentation requirements; a simplification of fee structures; and a review of the currently underused Tier 5 visa system.</p> <p>The publication of the MAC report, due on 18 September, will undoubtedly reignite debate about what our future migration system should like and whilst techUK were encouraged that the Government chose to wait for this report before publishing its White Paper, an evidence-based approach that for too long has been missing from the immigration debate in this country, we are now only six months away from Brexit and businesses need to know what a new system will looks like. techUK will continue to push for a system that supports the tech sector and retains the UK&rsquo;s position as a global tech hub.</p> <p><em>Read the full report via the link below.</em></p>{bio}india.lucas@techUK.org{/bio}</div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>Ahead of the publication of the Migration Advisory Committee&rsquo;s (MAC) report on EEA workers in the UK labour market, techUK has published its asks of the post-Brexit immigration system. techUK has developed a set of proposals based on the principles that we believe are necessary to support the UK&rsquo;s thriving tech sector. These asks will be the criteria with which we will judge the government&rsquo;s proposed future system &ndash; both in the highly anticipated Immigration White Paper and the legislation that stems from it.</p> <p>The UK faces a digital skills crisis and as the economy digitises, competition for tech talent will only become fiercer. Whilst industry and government are working hard on creating a domestic pipeline of future tech talent, and much is being done now regarding lifelong learning, there is an immediate need for skilled labour in the tech sector. Migration, both EU and Rest of World, is key to the UK&rsquo;s continued success.</p> <p>The ease and simplicity of freedom of movement has taken the edge off an otherwise complicated immigration system, and so whilst the UK&rsquo;s exit brings a number of challenges it is also a unique opportunity to address the UK&rsquo;s migration system as a whole. Migration is key to a successful, globally-competitive UK tech sector.</p> <p>In our 2017 <a href="https://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/10086-the-uk-digital-sectors-after-brexit">report </a>with Frontier Economics, it was clear that the majority of demand for Tier 2 visas came from the three major industry groups most closely associated with the digital sectors &ndash; information and communication; professional, scientific and technical activities; and financial and insurance activities. Furthermore, whilst we have seen a doubling of Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visas in November of last year and the London Tech Week announcement of a new Start-Up visa are encouraging first steps, they ultimately support entrepreneurs and do little for existing British tech firms seeking to fill employee vacancies right now.</p> <p>That is why we are calling for, among other recommendations, a removal of arbitrary caps of Tier 2 skilled workers and above; a review of Tier 1 visas, both Exceptional Talent and Post-Study work visas; a stop to salary acting as a proxy for skill level; and a relaxation of continuous residency requirements for those undertaking business or research travel. There is also a clear need to streamline processes which is why we have also recommended: changes to supporting documentation requirements; a simplification of fee structures; and a review of the currently underused Tier 5 visa system.</p> <p>The publication of the MAC report, due on 18 September, will undoubtedly reignite debate about what our future migration system should like and whilst techUK were encouraged that the Government chose to wait for this report before publishing its White Paper, an evidence-based approach that for too long has been missing from the immigration debate in this country, we are now only six months away from Brexit and businesses need to know what a new system will looks like. techUK will continue to push for a system that supports the tech sector and retains the UK&rsquo;s position as a global tech hub.</p> <p><em>Read the full report via the link below.</em></p>{bio}india.lucas@techUK.org{/bio}</div> Drones and the emergency services 2018-09-12T14:30:32+01:00 2018-09-12T14:30:32+01:00 http://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/13917-drones-and-the-emergency-services CRM Sync noreply@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p style="text-align:justify">Drones have huge potential for the UK&nbsp;with the &lsquo;drone economy&rsquo; potentially worth tens of billions if we get the policy and investment environment right. As emerged from our <a href="https://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/13328-drone-futures-how-the-uk-can-lead-from-the-front">Drones Futures event</a> earlier this year, the UK could lead the way in drone adoption and their role in supporting the vital work of&nbsp;the emergency services is the subject of a <strong><a href="http://www.techuk.org/events/conference/item/13908-blue-light-drones-from-niche-to-mainstream">free conference we are holding on 9 November</a></strong>.</p> <p style="text-align:justify">For the emergency services, drones offer some&nbsp;serious capability. Most obviously they are a cheaper and more rapid response alternative to helicopters, giving operational commanders better insight to best deploy resources. This flexibility can speed up search and rescue operations, limit the risk to staff, reduce costs and save lives. Right now, Lincolnshire Police, who spoke at our Drone Futures conference earlier in the year, are using drones to search for missing people, fighting rural crime, supporting local councils and managing traffic around large events. The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) ran trials using drones in real life rescues and West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue have started using drones to evaluate fires and reduce risks to their personnel.</p> <p style="text-align:justify">In the future, who knows how the user cases will develop, but concepts for drone ambulances are being worked on and as drone tech becomes smaller, they could become more ubiquitous among emergency responders (who could imagine 20 years ago each emergency service employee would have access to smartphones?).</p> <p style="text-align:justify">So the benefits of using drones in the emergency services are vast, but how systematic and effective are they being used? The truth is that like other technologies, drone adoption in blue light services&nbsp;has been patchy. The localised nature of emergency services makes it very difficult to have a single approach to technology rollout. Some police and fire services have got great stories to tell, whilst others have with invested poorly (bought the machines but not understood it) or are only at the start of their drone journeys. So what are the barriers?</p> <p style="text-align:justify">Money and resources are the obvious barriers, but leadership culture is a big one too. It needs to occur to emergency service leaders to use drones and make sure those on the ground have the confidence, understanding and skills to effectively deploy them and no what they offer. The need for collaboration with other services is essential to addressing these gaps as is having examples and real champions for drones across all the blue light services.</p> <p style="text-align:justify"><strong><em>We will be discussing this at a free techUK conference Blue Light Drones: from niche to mainstream on 9 November. <a href="http://www.techuk.org/events/conference/item/13908-blue-light-drones-from-niche-to-mainstream">Click here to book your space </a>. </em></strong></p>{bio}craig.melson@techuk.org{/bio}{bio}julian.mcgougan@techuk.org{/bio}{bio}henry.rex@techuk.org{/bio}</div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p style="text-align:justify">Drones have huge potential for the UK&nbsp;with the &lsquo;drone economy&rsquo; potentially worth tens of billions if we get the policy and investment environment right. As emerged from our <a href="https://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/13328-drone-futures-how-the-uk-can-lead-from-the-front">Drones Futures event</a> earlier this year, the UK could lead the way in drone adoption and their role in supporting the vital work of&nbsp;the emergency services is the subject of a <strong><a href="http://www.techuk.org/events/conference/item/13908-blue-light-drones-from-niche-to-mainstream">free conference we are holding on 9 November</a></strong>.</p> <p style="text-align:justify">For the emergency services, drones offer some&nbsp;serious capability. Most obviously they are a cheaper and more rapid response alternative to helicopters, giving operational commanders better insight to best deploy resources. This flexibility can speed up search and rescue operations, limit the risk to staff, reduce costs and save lives. Right now, Lincolnshire Police, who spoke at our Drone Futures conference earlier in the year, are using drones to search for missing people, fighting rural crime, supporting local councils and managing traffic around large events. The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) ran trials using drones in real life rescues and West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue have started using drones to evaluate fires and reduce risks to their personnel.</p> <p style="text-align:justify">In the future, who knows how the user cases will develop, but concepts for drone ambulances are being worked on and as drone tech becomes smaller, they could become more ubiquitous among emergency responders (who could imagine 20 years ago each emergency service employee would have access to smartphones?).</p> <p style="text-align:justify">So the benefits of using drones in the emergency services are vast, but how systematic and effective are they being used? The truth is that like other technologies, drone adoption in blue light services&nbsp;has been patchy. The localised nature of emergency services makes it very difficult to have a single approach to technology rollout. Some police and fire services have got great stories to tell, whilst others have with invested poorly (bought the machines but not understood it) or are only at the start of their drone journeys. So what are the barriers?</p> <p style="text-align:justify">Money and resources are the obvious barriers, but leadership culture is a big one too. It needs to occur to emergency service leaders to use drones and make sure those on the ground have the confidence, understanding and skills to effectively deploy them and no what they offer. The need for collaboration with other services is essential to addressing these gaps as is having examples and real champions for drones across all the blue light services.</p> <p style="text-align:justify"><strong><em>We will be discussing this at a free techUK conference Blue Light Drones: from niche to mainstream on 9 November. <a href="http://www.techuk.org/events/conference/item/13908-blue-light-drones-from-niche-to-mainstream">Click here to book your space </a>. </em></strong></p>{bio}craig.melson@techuk.org{/bio}{bio}julian.mcgougan@techuk.org{/bio}{bio}henry.rex@techuk.org{/bio}</div> Copyright directive is a setback for the European digital economy 2018-09-12T13:24:14+01:00 2018-09-12T13:24:14+01:00 http://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/13915-copyright-directive-is-a-setback-for-the-european-digital-economy CRM Sync noreply@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>Commenting on the European Parliament's vote on the Copyrght directive, techUK's Head of Brexit, International and Economics, Giles Derrington, said:</p> <p>"Today&rsquo;s vote on the Copyright directive is hugely disappointing and represents a setback for an innovation-led European economy. Far from advancing the European digital economy through the Digital Single Market, the proposals adopted by the European Parliament today will lead to significant additional burdens on companies seeking to serve the European market. It is bad news, not just for UK digital businesses, but also for the general public who now risk seeing their freedoms online being restricted.</p> <p>"While the aims of the Copyright directive proposals were understandable, the method that has been adopted will not achieve the stated objectives. Requirements for platforms to filter all user uploaded content will likely result in a reduced user experience and the over-removal of legitimate content. The creation of a new neighbouring right for press publishers will make sharing news articles online more difficult, making it harder for the public to find good quality journalism online. Today was also a lost opportunity to make Europe a more attractive place for Artificial Intelligence development. Instead, fragmented rules across the EU will mean a confusing picture on where text and data mining technologies are allowed.</p> <p>"The proposals will now enter interinstitutional negotiations with the European Commission and European Council where there&nbsp;is an opportunity for further compromise. techUK urges the negotiators to take any steps possible to protect the open internet during these discussions.</p> <p>"To be clear, the UK leaving the European Union will not protect UK businesses from these new requirements. Any UK business seeking to serve the EU market will have to comply with the directive which, given the size and importance of the EU market to UK businesses, will be a significant barrier to market entry."</p> <p>techUK had previously welcomed the European Parliament&rsquo;s rejection of the Copyright directive in July and called for further compromise. <a href="https://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/13451-techuk-supports-european-parliament-copyright-directive-delay">You can see that response here</a>.</p> <p>For media enquiries please contact Harri Turnbull&nbsp;</p>{bio}harri.turnbull@techuk.org{/bio}</div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>Commenting on the European Parliament's vote on the Copyrght directive, techUK's Head of Brexit, International and Economics, Giles Derrington, said:</p> <p>"Today&rsquo;s vote on the Copyright directive is hugely disappointing and represents a setback for an innovation-led European economy. Far from advancing the European digital economy through the Digital Single Market, the proposals adopted by the European Parliament today will lead to significant additional burdens on companies seeking to serve the European market. It is bad news, not just for UK digital businesses, but also for the general public who now risk seeing their freedoms online being restricted.</p> <p>"While the aims of the Copyright directive proposals were understandable, the method that has been adopted will not achieve the stated objectives. Requirements for platforms to filter all user uploaded content will likely result in a reduced user experience and the over-removal of legitimate content. The creation of a new neighbouring right for press publishers will make sharing news articles online more difficult, making it harder for the public to find good quality journalism online. Today was also a lost opportunity to make Europe a more attractive place for Artificial Intelligence development. Instead, fragmented rules across the EU will mean a confusing picture on where text and data mining technologies are allowed.</p> <p>"The proposals will now enter interinstitutional negotiations with the European Commission and European Council where there&nbsp;is an opportunity for further compromise. techUK urges the negotiators to take any steps possible to protect the open internet during these discussions.</p> <p>"To be clear, the UK leaving the European Union will not protect UK businesses from these new requirements. Any UK business seeking to serve the EU market will have to comply with the directive which, given the size and importance of the EU market to UK businesses, will be a significant barrier to market entry."</p> <p>techUK had previously welcomed the European Parliament&rsquo;s rejection of the Copyright directive in July and called for further compromise. <a href="https://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/13451-techuk-supports-european-parliament-copyright-directive-delay">You can see that response here</a>.</p> <p>For media enquiries please contact Harri Turnbull&nbsp;</p>{bio}harri.turnbull@techuk.org{/bio}</div> Connected home device ownership up but consumers remain sceptical 2018-09-12T15:00:00+01:00 2018-09-12T15:00:00+01:00 http://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/13914-connected-home-device-ownership-up-but-consumers-remain-sceptical CRM Sync noreply@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>For the second year in a row,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.techuk.org/">techUK</a>&nbsp;has today launched its inaugural annual State of the Connected Home report, looking at current consumer understanding of the connected home market. Developed in partnership with market research firm,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gfk.com/">GfK</a>, it explores the appeal and ownership of different categories of devices and makes recommendations to encourage further adoption in the UK.</p> <p>Key findings include:&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <ul><li>Device ownership is growing. The&nbsp;number of households owning more than three devices up by a quarter since last year&rsquo;s report&#8239;&nbsp;</li> <li>The number of smart speakers/home assistants&nbsp;has&nbsp;doubled and seems&nbsp;to be powering ownership&nbsp;of&nbsp;other devices&#8239;&nbsp;</li> <li>Knowledge and appeal of the connected home, in general,&nbsp;has stagnated&#8239;&nbsp;</li> </ul><p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>12 September 2018:&#8239;</strong>&#8239;techUK&nbsp;has today launched its second annual report,&nbsp;The&nbsp;State of the Connected Home.&nbsp;The&nbsp;report,&nbsp;based on exclusive research conducted by GfK of 1,000 UK consumers, explores the&nbsp;knowledge and understanding of categories and ownership of connected home products and services.&#8239;Key findings&nbsp;include that the appeal for smart entertainment systems&nbsp;seems to be&nbsp;driving&nbsp;overall appeal for the&nbsp;connected home&nbsp;sector,&nbsp;with smart energy&nbsp;and&nbsp;lighting and security systems also seen as desirable.&#8239;&#8239;&nbsp;</p> <p>The report illustrates the number of connected devices&#8239;owned by consumers is&#8239;growing from 35 per cent in 2017 to 44&nbsp;per cent&nbsp;in 2018&nbsp;and there is early evidence that some devices &ndash; particularly&#8239;home assistants&#8239;and smart meters&nbsp;&ndash; may act as a gateway to ownership of others. This will be a trend that we will examine in more detail in our 2019 work.&#8239;&#8239;&nbsp;</p> <p>There are, however, clear barriers to take-up with cost, specifically&#8239;a&nbsp;lack of&#8239;perceived&#8239;value,&#8239;cited by over 40 per cent of respondents as a significant barrier.&nbsp;Privacy (23 per cent) and security (16 per cent) of devices are also significant barriers for consumers. techUK is committed to working with industry and Government to help consumers&nbsp;realise&nbsp;the value in adopting and using connected home devices.&#8239;&#8239;&nbsp;</p> <p>Consumer expectations for installation and payment defer across&nbsp;age group, e.g.&nbsp; consumers between 35 and 44 strongly agree with self-installation&nbsp;but&nbsp;over 65s do not.&nbsp; When&nbsp;it comes to paying&#8239;for these devices, there is a clear preference&nbsp;of 79 per cent&nbsp;for&#8239;single payment&#8239;options&nbsp;although over 20 per cent of respondents indicated that they would&nbsp;favour&nbsp;a service model.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Commenting on the report,&nbsp;Matthew Evans,&#8239;head of&#8239;techUK&rsquo;s&#8239;IoT&#8239;programme,&#8239;said:&#8239;&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><em>&ldquo;The Connected Home can deliver real productivity and cost savings to consumers, as well as that elusive prize of peace of mind.&#8239;However,&#8239;our report demonstrates that privacy and security concerns&#8239;are&#8239;real barriers to the adoption of connected home technologies.&#8239;If&nbsp;the industry&nbsp;is&nbsp;to deliver these&#8239;benefits,&#8239;then we need to work doubly hard to address these justified concerns and continue to demonstrate the value that these&#8239;new products and services can deliver.&rdquo;&#8239;</em></p> <p><strong>Trevor Godman,&nbsp;Key Account Director at Gfk has is at the view that:&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><em>"Take-up of smart home products continues to rise, with interactive speakers the hot product of the last year.&nbsp; In contrast, however, the level of consumer excitement about smart home as a category has lost momentum somewhat &ndash; particularly for smart security, smart appliances, and smart health products.&nbsp; As smart home pivots to the mass market, it is essential for manufacturers to identify use cases and communicate compelling benefits to capture the imagination of consumers."</em></p> <p><strong>Robert&nbsp;Cheesewright, Director of Policy and Communications at Smart Energy GB, said:&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><em>&ldquo;This report from&nbsp;techUK&nbsp;highlights the huge potential that smart meters have in helping us take advantage of the range of smart products and services available, making&nbsp;our lives easier,&nbsp;our bills cheaper and&nbsp;allowing us to do&nbsp;our bit for the environment. Smart meters are the building blocks for this energy revolution.&rdquo;&nbsp;</em></p>{bio}harri.turnbull@techuk.org{/bio}</div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>For the second year in a row,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.techuk.org/">techUK</a>&nbsp;has today launched its inaugural annual State of the Connected Home report, looking at current consumer understanding of the connected home market. Developed in partnership with market research firm,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gfk.com/">GfK</a>, it explores the appeal and ownership of different categories of devices and makes recommendations to encourage further adoption in the UK.</p> <p>Key findings include:&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <ul><li>Device ownership is growing. The&nbsp;number of households owning more than three devices up by a quarter since last year&rsquo;s report&#8239;&nbsp;</li> <li>The number of smart speakers/home assistants&nbsp;has&nbsp;doubled and seems&nbsp;to be powering ownership&nbsp;of&nbsp;other devices&#8239;&nbsp;</li> <li>Knowledge and appeal of the connected home, in general,&nbsp;has stagnated&#8239;&nbsp;</li> </ul><p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>12 September 2018:&#8239;</strong>&#8239;techUK&nbsp;has today launched its second annual report,&nbsp;The&nbsp;State of the Connected Home.&nbsp;The&nbsp;report,&nbsp;based on exclusive research conducted by GfK of 1,000 UK consumers, explores the&nbsp;knowledge and understanding of categories and ownership of connected home products and services.&#8239;Key findings&nbsp;include that the appeal for smart entertainment systems&nbsp;seems to be&nbsp;driving&nbsp;overall appeal for the&nbsp;connected home&nbsp;sector,&nbsp;with smart energy&nbsp;and&nbsp;lighting and security systems also seen as desirable.&#8239;&#8239;&nbsp;</p> <p>The report illustrates the number of connected devices&#8239;owned by consumers is&#8239;growing from 35 per cent in 2017 to 44&nbsp;per cent&nbsp;in 2018&nbsp;and there is early evidence that some devices &ndash; particularly&#8239;home assistants&#8239;and smart meters&nbsp;&ndash; may act as a gateway to ownership of others. This will be a trend that we will examine in more detail in our 2019 work.&#8239;&#8239;&nbsp;</p> <p>There are, however, clear barriers to take-up with cost, specifically&#8239;a&nbsp;lack of&#8239;perceived&#8239;value,&#8239;cited by over 40 per cent of respondents as a significant barrier.&nbsp;Privacy (23 per cent) and security (16 per cent) of devices are also significant barriers for consumers. techUK is committed to working with industry and Government to help consumers&nbsp;realise&nbsp;the value in adopting and using connected home devices.&#8239;&#8239;&nbsp;</p> <p>Consumer expectations for installation and payment defer across&nbsp;age group, e.g.&nbsp; consumers between 35 and 44 strongly agree with self-installation&nbsp;but&nbsp;over 65s do not.&nbsp; When&nbsp;it comes to paying&#8239;for these devices, there is a clear preference&nbsp;of 79 per cent&nbsp;for&#8239;single payment&#8239;options&nbsp;although over 20 per cent of respondents indicated that they would&nbsp;favour&nbsp;a service model.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Commenting on the report,&nbsp;Matthew Evans,&#8239;head of&#8239;techUK&rsquo;s&#8239;IoT&#8239;programme,&#8239;said:&#8239;&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><em>&ldquo;The Connected Home can deliver real productivity and cost savings to consumers, as well as that elusive prize of peace of mind.&#8239;However,&#8239;our report demonstrates that privacy and security concerns&#8239;are&#8239;real barriers to the adoption of connected home technologies.&#8239;If&nbsp;the industry&nbsp;is&nbsp;to deliver these&#8239;benefits,&#8239;then we need to work doubly hard to address these justified concerns and continue to demonstrate the value that these&#8239;new products and services can deliver.&rdquo;&#8239;</em></p> <p><strong>Trevor Godman,&nbsp;Key Account Director at Gfk has is at the view that:&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><em>"Take-up of smart home products continues to rise, with interactive speakers the hot product of the last year.&nbsp; In contrast, however, the level of consumer excitement about smart home as a category has lost momentum somewhat &ndash; particularly for smart security, smart appliances, and smart health products.&nbsp; As smart home pivots to the mass market, it is essential for manufacturers to identify use cases and communicate compelling benefits to capture the imagination of consumers."</em></p> <p><strong>Robert&nbsp;Cheesewright, Director of Policy and Communications at Smart Energy GB, said:&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><em>&ldquo;This report from&nbsp;techUK&nbsp;highlights the huge potential that smart meters have in helping us take advantage of the range of smart products and services available, making&nbsp;our lives easier,&nbsp;our bills cheaper and&nbsp;allowing us to do&nbsp;our bit for the environment. Smart meters are the building blocks for this energy revolution.&rdquo;&nbsp;</em></p>{bio}harri.turnbull@techuk.org{/bio}</div> Why we need to redesign clinical flow around patient needs 2018-09-12T09:34:35+01:00 2018-09-12T09:34:35+01:00 http://www.techuk.org/insights/opinions/item/13912-why-we-need-to-redesign-clinical-flow-around-patient-needs CRM Sync noreply@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>Take any successful manufacturing company, engineering firm or airport operator, they will have got their business and operational flow completely sussed. They will be using technology to give them visibility of what is happening at any stage in their business, and will use those insights to support real-time interventions and decision-making.&nbsp; Why isn&rsquo;t this happening yet in health?&nbsp;</p> <p>To say this is a wasted opportunity is an understatement.&nbsp; The flow of patients into, within, and out of the hospital is the biggest single headache facing the NHS today.&nbsp;</p> <p>The fact the NHS is lagging behind other industries is not because all health professionals are Luddites. Simply tagging airline bags and scanning them periodically as they move through the airport can provide a wealth of operational information. Finding an efficient and effective way to collect and view reliable information about what is happening to patients in real-time as they move about a healthcare system is a whole different order of complexity. &nbsp;</p> <p>In order to understand and manage flow in a hospital you need to access to real-time operational information such as where a patient is, what their current clinical status is and what they need as part of their care or ongoing support. Employing staff to collect and input all this information into a single dedicated system is clearly a non-starter, not least because it is resource-intensive and untimely.&nbsp; But by layering and integrating information collected by various different applications which are already in use, it should be possible to create a web of useful information which can be interrogated and analysed. The fact that clinicians are starting to use mobile technology as an intrinsic part of performing their core clinical duties, and are therefore routinely collecting important operational information and insights, is a game-changer.&nbsp;</p> <p>As a base layer of information, take the patient data collected through a mobile e-observations system. The primary function of this information is to allow clinicians to get to deteriorating patients quickly. But as by-product, it also gives a highly accurate, up to date, picture of patient location, bed occupancy and use, as well as the clinical condition of the patient. Linked with a hospital PAS, you can bring in waiting list information, people waiting in ED and links to social care.</p> <p>Then integrate this with a secure, mobile clinical communications and workflow solution. &nbsp;Anyone involved in the care of a particular patient can collaborate.&nbsp; Alerts can be set up (admissions, discharges, bed states for example, as well as EWS, Sepsis or abnormal results) to trigger speedy responses in reaction to events and ultimately predicted events.&nbsp; Team-based task management and handover means that we can understand at a glance what a particular patient is waiting for and where they are on their pathway. &nbsp;</p> <p>This is a long way from the monolithic healthcare solutions of old.&nbsp; &nbsp;Our own CareFlow solution, which integrates e-obs, communication and workflow, not only allows us to do this within an organisation, but across a health and social care system. Instead of communicating by fax, a social worker can receive an electronic alert that someone is ready for discharge.&nbsp; A community provider could see at a glance that a piece of equipment they are providing is all that stands before a patient getting home.&nbsp; Our early examples have delivered as much as a 20% reduction in length of stay.</p> <p>What we are working on now is applying simple algorithms and BI techniques to surface and interrogate the data to enable operational staff to take a grandstand view, looking across a whole health system to understand properly where the blocks lie and target the resources to unblock them.</p> <p>What this all adds up to is that the rise of integrated, mobile clinical systems is bringing the NHS manager&rsquo;s holy grail to reality &ndash; effective clinical flow where the patient&rsquo;s needs are driving the placement and actions of the operational teams, and where all staff - from the ward to the board - are making decisions on the basis of real-time clinical data captured by care teams. This will be the key to unlocking transformation across health communities.&nbsp;</p> <p>The fact that clinicians are starting to use mobile technology as an intrinsic part of performing their core clinical duties, and are therefore routinely collecting important operational information and insights, is a game-changer.&nbsp;</p> <p>By Beverley Bryant, chief operating officer of the System C &amp; Graphnet Care Alliance</p> <p><!--EndFragment--></p></div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>Take any successful manufacturing company, engineering firm or airport operator, they will have got their business and operational flow completely sussed. They will be using technology to give them visibility of what is happening at any stage in their business, and will use those insights to support real-time interventions and decision-making.&nbsp; Why isn&rsquo;t this happening yet in health?&nbsp;</p> <p>To say this is a wasted opportunity is an understatement.&nbsp; The flow of patients into, within, and out of the hospital is the biggest single headache facing the NHS today.&nbsp;</p> <p>The fact the NHS is lagging behind other industries is not because all health professionals are Luddites. Simply tagging airline bags and scanning them periodically as they move through the airport can provide a wealth of operational information. Finding an efficient and effective way to collect and view reliable information about what is happening to patients in real-time as they move about a healthcare system is a whole different order of complexity. &nbsp;</p> <p>In order to understand and manage flow in a hospital you need to access to real-time operational information such as where a patient is, what their current clinical status is and what they need as part of their care or ongoing support. Employing staff to collect and input all this information into a single dedicated system is clearly a non-starter, not least because it is resource-intensive and untimely.&nbsp; But by layering and integrating information collected by various different applications which are already in use, it should be possible to create a web of useful information which can be interrogated and analysed. The fact that clinicians are starting to use mobile technology as an intrinsic part of performing their core clinical duties, and are therefore routinely collecting important operational information and insights, is a game-changer.&nbsp;</p> <p>As a base layer of information, take the patient data collected through a mobile e-observations system. The primary function of this information is to allow clinicians to get to deteriorating patients quickly. But as by-product, it also gives a highly accurate, up to date, picture of patient location, bed occupancy and use, as well as the clinical condition of the patient. Linked with a hospital PAS, you can bring in waiting list information, people waiting in ED and links to social care.</p> <p>Then integrate this with a secure, mobile clinical communications and workflow solution. &nbsp;Anyone involved in the care of a particular patient can collaborate.&nbsp; Alerts can be set up (admissions, discharges, bed states for example, as well as EWS, Sepsis or abnormal results) to trigger speedy responses in reaction to events and ultimately predicted events.&nbsp; Team-based task management and handover means that we can understand at a glance what a particular patient is waiting for and where they are on their pathway. &nbsp;</p> <p>This is a long way from the monolithic healthcare solutions of old.&nbsp; &nbsp;Our own CareFlow solution, which integrates e-obs, communication and workflow, not only allows us to do this within an organisation, but across a health and social care system. Instead of communicating by fax, a social worker can receive an electronic alert that someone is ready for discharge.&nbsp; A community provider could see at a glance that a piece of equipment they are providing is all that stands before a patient getting home.&nbsp; Our early examples have delivered as much as a 20% reduction in length of stay.</p> <p>What we are working on now is applying simple algorithms and BI techniques to surface and interrogate the data to enable operational staff to take a grandstand view, looking across a whole health system to understand properly where the blocks lie and target the resources to unblock them.</p> <p>What this all adds up to is that the rise of integrated, mobile clinical systems is bringing the NHS manager&rsquo;s holy grail to reality &ndash; effective clinical flow where the patient&rsquo;s needs are driving the placement and actions of the operational teams, and where all staff - from the ward to the board - are making decisions on the basis of real-time clinical data captured by care teams. This will be the key to unlocking transformation across health communities.&nbsp;</p> <p>The fact that clinicians are starting to use mobile technology as an intrinsic part of performing their core clinical duties, and are therefore routinely collecting important operational information and insights, is a game-changer.&nbsp;</p> <p>By Beverley Bryant, chief operating officer of the System C &amp; Graphnet Care Alliance</p> <p><!--EndFragment--></p></div> Government publishes code of conduct for AI and data-driven technology 2018-09-11T16:40:28+01:00 2018-09-11T16:40:28+01:00 http://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/13911-government-publishes-code-of-conduct-for-ai-and-data-driven-technology CRM Sync noreply@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>The UK Government has published a <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/code-of-conduct-for-data-driven-health-and-care-technology/initial-code-of-conduct-for-data-driven-health-and-care-technology#overview">new code of conduct on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and data-driven technologies in healthcare</a>, with a view of creating a &ldquo;safe and trusted environment in which innovation can flourish&rdquo;.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The code &ndash; which for now is in initial consultation stage &ndash; encourages suppliers of data-driven technologies to adhere to a set of 10 gold-standard principles. According to government, the code of conduct will:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul><li>ensure the NHS and taxpayers get a good deal on future partnerships with technology companies</li> <li>allow the government to work with suppliers to guide the development of new technology, so products are suitable to the NHS in the future</li> <li>set clear guidelines on how NHS patient data is protected</li> <li>allow the best data-driven technologies to introduce benefits to patients and staff faster.</li> </ul><p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The document in turn lists five commitments outlining what the government will do to support and encourage innovators in health and care. These include pledges to simplifying the regulatory and funding landscape, encouraging the system to adopt innovation and creating an environment that enables experimentation.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>From techUK&rsquo;s perspective, the centre has a strong role to play in setting the challenges and standards that technology needs to meet. We also need to make it easier to develop, test and prove technology in the UK. This will allow innovators to do what they do best and help to cement the UK&rsquo;s position as one of the best places to innovate in health and technology.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Department for Health and Social Care is now considering how best to develop the code, which currently relies on organisations signing up voluntarily. In the future, supportive initiatives could include setting up a partnership support service and development of a Kitemark scheme for the code.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) is seeking feedback, via an <a href="https://r1.surveysandforms.com/4c3zqo08-ef3b6jf1">online questionnaire</a>, on the initial code to improve and strengthen its contents. The responses received will feed into the next version of the document, which DHSC aim to publish in December.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>If you have any further questions or queries about the code, or how it may impact your organisation, please get in touch with Katherine Mayes.</p>{bio}ben.moody@techuk.org{/bio}{bio}katherine.mayes@techuk.org{/bio}</div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>The UK Government has published a <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/code-of-conduct-for-data-driven-health-and-care-technology/initial-code-of-conduct-for-data-driven-health-and-care-technology#overview">new code of conduct on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and data-driven technologies in healthcare</a>, with a view of creating a &ldquo;safe and trusted environment in which innovation can flourish&rdquo;.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The code &ndash; which for now is in initial consultation stage &ndash; encourages suppliers of data-driven technologies to adhere to a set of 10 gold-standard principles. According to government, the code of conduct will:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul><li>ensure the NHS and taxpayers get a good deal on future partnerships with technology companies</li> <li>allow the government to work with suppliers to guide the development of new technology, so products are suitable to the NHS in the future</li> <li>set clear guidelines on how NHS patient data is protected</li> <li>allow the best data-driven technologies to introduce benefits to patients and staff faster.</li> </ul><p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The document in turn lists five commitments outlining what the government will do to support and encourage innovators in health and care. These include pledges to simplifying the regulatory and funding landscape, encouraging the system to adopt innovation and creating an environment that enables experimentation.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>From techUK&rsquo;s perspective, the centre has a strong role to play in setting the challenges and standards that technology needs to meet. We also need to make it easier to develop, test and prove technology in the UK. This will allow innovators to do what they do best and help to cement the UK&rsquo;s position as one of the best places to innovate in health and technology.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Department for Health and Social Care is now considering how best to develop the code, which currently relies on organisations signing up voluntarily. In the future, supportive initiatives could include setting up a partnership support service and development of a Kitemark scheme for the code.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) is seeking feedback, via an <a href="https://r1.surveysandforms.com/4c3zqo08-ef3b6jf1">online questionnaire</a>, on the initial code to improve and strengthen its contents. The responses received will feed into the next version of the document, which DHSC aim to publish in December.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>If you have any further questions or queries about the code, or how it may impact your organisation, please get in touch with Katherine Mayes.</p>{bio}ben.moody@techuk.org{/bio}{bio}katherine.mayes@techuk.org{/bio}</div> Building the Smarter State 2018-09-11T15:05:38+01:00 2018-09-11T15:05:38+01:00 http://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/13910-building-the-smarter-state CRM Sync noreply@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p><img alt="" src="//portal.techuk.org/uploaded-images/TECHUK_smarterstate_00074.jpg" style="height:300px; width:450px"></p> <p>Over 200 leaders across the public sector and tech industry attended techUK&rsquo;s flagship public services conference, <a href="https://www.techuk.org/building-the-smarter-state/homepage" rel="noreferrer" target="_blank">Building the Smarter State,</a> last week to hear the government's vision for transformation and learn how peers are re-imagining public services through technology.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>It was a packed agenda looking at the key issues creating the conditions for successful end-to-end transformation &ndash; from digital skills to managing change to making it easy for SMEs to work with government. We were delighted to welcome <a href="http://www.techuk.org/building-the-smarter-state/speakers#OliverDowden" rel="noreferrer" target="_blank">Oliver Dowden CBE MP</a>, Minister for Implementation as the opening keynote. At the conference the Minister revealed the s<a href="https://gds.blog.gov.uk/2018/09/06/second-round-of-govtech-catalyst-challenges-revealed/" rel="noreferrer" target="_blank">econd round of GovTech Catalyst challenges</a> - the &pound;20 million fund set up to help private sector innovators tackle public sector problems. The five new challenges include:&nbsp;</p> <ol start="1"><li> <p>How might we improve firefighter safety and operational response?&nbsp;</p> </li> </ol><ol start="2"><li> <p>How might we make better use of data to guide public sector audits?&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> </li> </ol><ol start="3"><li> <p>How might we automatically detect and identify illicit goods during the journey across the border without impacting fluidity of trade?&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> </li> </ol><ol start="4"><li> <p>How might we understand the overlaps between business regulations?&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> </li> </ol><ol start="5"><li> <p>How might we guarantee prescription continuity while people move between care providers?&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> </li> </ol><p>It was a keynote full of exciting announcements. The <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/oliver-dowden-cbe-mp-conference-address-at-techuk-on-06-september-2018" rel="noreferrer" target="_blank">Minister committing innovation as a priority, which will be realised in an ambitious Innovation Strategy.</a> He said &ldquo;The strategy will share our vision of how government can use emerging technologies to deliver world class public services. It will encourage collaboration between the public and private sector and identify areas where investment can increase the pace of innovation.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="//portal.techuk.org/uploaded-images/TECHUK_smarterstate_00109.jpg" style="height:300px; width:450px"></p> <p>After hearing the government&rsquo;s vision we heard from a number of digital leaders across Whitehall departments and local government who shared their experiences of managing complex change and driving a culture of innovation.&nbsp;</p> <p>A reoccurring theme throughout the panels was that technology has an enabling role to do things differently. However, we should not start with the technology but with outlining the problem first and then looking to the tech solution. For the emerging technologies to succeed there needs to be in place the culture and leadership that recognises that digital doesn&rsquo;t just sit with IT, but with everyone. This powerfully articulated by Nicola Graham, Head of IT at Aberdeenshire Council when sharing her councils digital journey. This is a sentiment championed by techUK and something highlighted in our recent pape<a href="https://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/13828-councillors-encouraged-to-adopt-a-digital-first-mindset" rel="noreferrer" target="_blank">r, &lsquo;Council of the Future: A Digital Guide&rsquo; for Councillors&rsquo;</a> which encourages Councillors to adopt a digital-first mindset.&nbsp;</p> <p>Alongside our conference, last week we also held our <a href="https://www.techuk.org/insights/opinions/item/13719-building-the-smarter-state-campaign-week" rel="noreferrer" target="_blank">Building the Smarter State campaign</a> which include a series of guest blogs from stakeholders and industry on the building blocks to the Smarter State. You can catch-up on all the <a href="https://www.techuk.org/insights/opinions/item/13719-building-the-smarter-state-campaign-week" rel="noreferrer" target="_blank">content here</a> and continue the conversation by sharing your views at @techUK #techUKSmarterStat</p> <p><!--EndFragment--></p></div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p><img alt="" src="//portal.techuk.org/uploaded-images/TECHUK_smarterstate_00074.jpg" style="height:300px; width:450px"></p> <p>Over 200 leaders across the public sector and tech industry attended techUK&rsquo;s flagship public services conference, <a href="https://www.techuk.org/building-the-smarter-state/homepage" rel="noreferrer" target="_blank">Building the Smarter State,</a> last week to hear the government's vision for transformation and learn how peers are re-imagining public services through technology.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>It was a packed agenda looking at the key issues creating the conditions for successful end-to-end transformation &ndash; from digital skills to managing change to making it easy for SMEs to work with government. We were delighted to welcome <a href="http://www.techuk.org/building-the-smarter-state/speakers#OliverDowden" rel="noreferrer" target="_blank">Oliver Dowden CBE MP</a>, Minister for Implementation as the opening keynote. At the conference the Minister revealed the s<a href="https://gds.blog.gov.uk/2018/09/06/second-round-of-govtech-catalyst-challenges-revealed/" rel="noreferrer" target="_blank">econd round of GovTech Catalyst challenges</a> - the &pound;20 million fund set up to help private sector innovators tackle public sector problems. The five new challenges include:&nbsp;</p> <ol start="1"><li> <p>How might we improve firefighter safety and operational response?&nbsp;</p> </li> </ol><ol start="2"><li> <p>How might we make better use of data to guide public sector audits?&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> </li> </ol><ol start="3"><li> <p>How might we automatically detect and identify illicit goods during the journey across the border without impacting fluidity of trade?&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> </li> </ol><ol start="4"><li> <p>How might we understand the overlaps between business regulations?&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> </li> </ol><ol start="5"><li> <p>How might we guarantee prescription continuity while people move between care providers?&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> </li> </ol><p>It was a keynote full of exciting announcements. The <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/oliver-dowden-cbe-mp-conference-address-at-techuk-on-06-september-2018" rel="noreferrer" target="_blank">Minister committing innovation as a priority, which will be realised in an ambitious Innovation Strategy.</a> He said &ldquo;The strategy will share our vision of how government can use emerging technologies to deliver world class public services. It will encourage collaboration between the public and private sector and identify areas where investment can increase the pace of innovation.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="//portal.techuk.org/uploaded-images/TECHUK_smarterstate_00109.jpg" style="height:300px; width:450px"></p> <p>After hearing the government&rsquo;s vision we heard from a number of digital leaders across Whitehall departments and local government who shared their experiences of managing complex change and driving a culture of innovation.&nbsp;</p> <p>A reoccurring theme throughout the panels was that technology has an enabling role to do things differently. However, we should not start with the technology but with outlining the problem first and then looking to the tech solution. For the emerging technologies to succeed there needs to be in place the culture and leadership that recognises that digital doesn&rsquo;t just sit with IT, but with everyone. This powerfully articulated by Nicola Graham, Head of IT at Aberdeenshire Council when sharing her councils digital journey. This is a sentiment championed by techUK and something highlighted in our recent pape<a href="https://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/13828-councillors-encouraged-to-adopt-a-digital-first-mindset" rel="noreferrer" target="_blank">r, &lsquo;Council of the Future: A Digital Guide&rsquo; for Councillors&rsquo;</a> which encourages Councillors to adopt a digital-first mindset.&nbsp;</p> <p>Alongside our conference, last week we also held our <a href="https://www.techuk.org/insights/opinions/item/13719-building-the-smarter-state-campaign-week" rel="noreferrer" target="_blank">Building the Smarter State campaign</a> which include a series of guest blogs from stakeholders and industry on the building blocks to the Smarter State. You can catch-up on all the <a href="https://www.techuk.org/insights/opinions/item/13719-building-the-smarter-state-campaign-week" rel="noreferrer" target="_blank">content here</a> and continue the conversation by sharing your views at @techUK #techUKSmarterStat</p> <p><!--EndFragment--></p></div> Home Office DDaT Strategic Procurements: Supplier Engagement 2018-09-11T14:31:45+01:00 2018-09-11T14:31:45+01:00 http://www.techuk.org/events/briefing/item/13909-home-office-ddat-strategic-procurements-supplier-engagement CRM Sync noreply@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p><em>Joanna Davinson, Chief Digital, Data and Technology Officer at the Home Office, and her team want to engage the tech industry on the Home Office&rsquo;s strategy for Enterprise Services, Cloud, networks, data-centres and infrastructure capability; and the commercial opportunities these present.</em></p> <p>Home Office Digital, Data and Technology are embarking upon a market engagement exercise as they define the strategy and commercial delivery of Cloud, Networks and Infrastructure</p> <p>This event will allow the Home Office to set out to industry their current plans and approach and the key procurements that it intends to launch over the coming months and years.&nbsp; In particular the event will focus on <strong>Public and Private Cloud; Networks &amp; Infrastructure.</strong>.</p> <p>The aim of this event is to establish a more structured and proactive approach to market engagement with Joanna Davinson&rsquo;s team and the Home Office. The Home Office will be seeking industry expertise to inform their strategy, and this event will be followed by smaller, more focussed events providing regular updates and opportunities for input.</p> <p>This is a chance for the tech industry both to learn about upcoming procurements and to shape Home Office thinking. <strong>We anticipate high demand for this event so book your place now!</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;<strong>Agenda (TBC)</strong></p> <ul><li>Welcome &amp; Introduction</li> <li>Home Office Presentations<br><em>Current landscape and direction of travel; Planned procurements and opportunities.</em> <ul><li>HO DDaT Vision</li> <li>Strategy for Enterprise Services</li> <li>Technology strategy</li> <li>HO Commercial</li> <li>Networks and Infrastructure.</li> <li>Market engagement</li> </ul></li> <li>Lunch&nbsp;&amp; Networking</li> <li>Home Office Stalls<br><em>An opportunity for industry to have drop in sessions with a range of HO DDaT functional and business leads/teams covering the full range of disciplines covered by the presentations</em></li> <li>Key-Note Address from Joanna Davinson<br><em>Her strategic direction, setting the challenges to industry, your opportunity and delivery through to the mid-2020s.</em></li> <li>Panel Discussion and Q&amp;A</li> </ul>{bio}Charlie.Wyatt@techuk.org{/bio}{bio}henry.rex@techuk.org{/bio}</div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p><em>Joanna Davinson, Chief Digital, Data and Technology Officer at the Home Office, and her team want to engage the tech industry on the Home Office&rsquo;s strategy for Enterprise Services, Cloud, networks, data-centres and infrastructure capability; and the commercial opportunities these present.</em></p> <p>Home Office Digital, Data and Technology are embarking upon a market engagement exercise as they define the strategy and commercial delivery of Cloud, Networks and Infrastructure</p> <p>This event will allow the Home Office to set out to industry their current plans and approach and the key procurements that it intends to launch over the coming months and years.&nbsp; In particular the event will focus on <strong>Public and Private Cloud; Networks &amp; Infrastructure.</strong>.</p> <p>The aim of this event is to establish a more structured and proactive approach to market engagement with Joanna Davinson&rsquo;s team and the Home Office. The Home Office will be seeking industry expertise to inform their strategy, and this event will be followed by smaller, more focussed events providing regular updates and opportunities for input.</p> <p>This is a chance for the tech industry both to learn about upcoming procurements and to shape Home Office thinking. <strong>We anticipate high demand for this event so book your place now!</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;<strong>Agenda (TBC)</strong></p> <ul><li>Welcome &amp; Introduction</li> <li>Home Office Presentations<br><em>Current landscape and direction of travel; Planned procurements and opportunities.</em> <ul><li>HO DDaT Vision</li> <li>Strategy for Enterprise Services</li> <li>Technology strategy</li> <li>HO Commercial</li> <li>Networks and Infrastructure.</li> <li>Market engagement</li> </ul></li> <li>Lunch&nbsp;&amp; Networking</li> <li>Home Office Stalls<br><em>An opportunity for industry to have drop in sessions with a range of HO DDaT functional and business leads/teams covering the full range of disciplines covered by the presentations</em></li> <li>Key-Note Address from Joanna Davinson<br><em>Her strategic direction, setting the challenges to industry, your opportunity and delivery through to the mid-2020s.</em></li> <li>Panel Discussion and Q&amp;A</li> </ul>{bio}Charlie.Wyatt@techuk.org{/bio}{bio}henry.rex@techuk.org{/bio}</div> Blue Light Drones: from niche to mainstream 2018-09-11T14:33:12+01:00 2018-09-11T14:33:12+01:00 http://www.techuk.org/events/conference/item/13908-blue-light-drones-from-niche-to-mainstream CRM Sync noreply@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>Drones are taking their place as one of a handful of technologies defining our futures. A recent PWC report highlighted that increased drone adoption across the economy could increase UK GDP by &pound;42 billion (or 2%) by 2030.</p> <p>The market for drones is rapidly developing with new user cases emerging all the time. Of all the various user cases, perhaps the easiest one to make and win public support for is emergency services using drone technology to save lives and improve public safety.</p> <p>Across the blue lights agencies there are already a handful of examples of drone use for public safety. So the real issue is how UK emergency services can take drone use from small pockets of use by a few agencies, to becoming a regular feature in incident response, making drones business as usual for blue-lights services.</p> <p>This event is designed to try and bridge that gap, allowing industry and end-users the chance to share best practice and lessons about what works. We will explore what made successful projects work, barriers to adoption (cost, policy, skills) what lessons were learned along the way, and how operational staff can drive the drone agenda within their organisation.</p> <p>As well as addressing the technology and the operational case, we will look at how to make the business case, where drones responsibility sits in different agencies, and the different requirements and issues for rural and urban use. Crucially, speakers will explore what industry can do to help blue lights agencies make the case for drones.</p>{bio}craig.melson@techuk.org{/bio}{bio}julian.mcgougan@techuk.org{/bio}{bio}henry.rex@techuk.org{/bio}</div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>Drones are taking their place as one of a handful of technologies defining our futures. A recent PWC report highlighted that increased drone adoption across the economy could increase UK GDP by &pound;42 billion (or 2%) by 2030.</p> <p>The market for drones is rapidly developing with new user cases emerging all the time. Of all the various user cases, perhaps the easiest one to make and win public support for is emergency services using drone technology to save lives and improve public safety.</p> <p>Across the blue lights agencies there are already a handful of examples of drone use for public safety. So the real issue is how UK emergency services can take drone use from small pockets of use by a few agencies, to becoming a regular feature in incident response, making drones business as usual for blue-lights services.</p> <p>This event is designed to try and bridge that gap, allowing industry and end-users the chance to share best practice and lessons about what works. We will explore what made successful projects work, barriers to adoption (cost, policy, skills) what lessons were learned along the way, and how operational staff can drive the drone agenda within their organisation.</p> <p>As well as addressing the technology and the operational case, we will look at how to make the business case, where drones responsibility sits in different agencies, and the different requirements and issues for rural and urban use. Crucially, speakers will explore what industry can do to help blue lights agencies make the case for drones.</p>{bio}craig.melson@techuk.org{/bio}{bio}julian.mcgougan@techuk.org{/bio}{bio}henry.rex@techuk.org{/bio}</div> Trade Missions to the FutureTech Festival 2018-09-11T14:27:59+01:00 2018-09-11T14:27:59+01:00 http://www.techuk.org/events/opportunity/item/13907-trade-missions-to-the-futuretech-festival CRM Sync noreply@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><div class="span-2"> <p>A&nbsp;thought-leadership summit on the 11th and 12th December 2018 in New Delhi, will bring together business, policy makers, venture capitalists, scientists and entrepreneurs.</p> <p>The FutureTech Festival was announced in April 2018 by India Prime Minister Modi and UK Prime Minister May as part of a wider India-UK Tech Partnership. The partnership brings together business, government and civil society from both India and the UK to tackle shared challenges (across energy, skills, ease of doing business and financial services) and deliver mutual prosperity by nurturing entrepreneurship, securing jobs and growth for the future. Through the partnership we will ramp up joint activity in AI/Data, Fintech, Future Mobility, Cyber Security and Healthcare AI, in addition to delivering an India-UK Tech hub and a range of state-regional cluster partnerships.</p> </div> <div class="span-2"> <p>The missions to the FutureTech Festival will support this partnership in key sectors such as Agri-Tech, Creative, Healthcare, Life Sciences and Technology. The festival will attract the best and the brightest speakers, companies and entrepreneurs shaping the future and drive trade and investment initiatives.</p> <p>During the week of the Festival the Department for International Trade will be hosting four trade missions across Bengaluru, New Delhi, Mumbai and Chandigarh with FutureTech at the centre of each mission itinerary.</p> <p>Further details for the trade missions are available&nbsp;<a href="https://www.events.trade.gov.uk/the-future-tech-festival/">here</a>.</p> <p>The cost to participate in a mission is &pound;440+VAT.</p> <p>To apply to attend please complete the application form&nbsp;<a href="https://ditevent.wufoo.com/forms/z1vvfbyb1k8akoj/">here</a>.</p> <p>For any further queries, please contact us at&nbsp;<a href="mailto:FTFMissions@brayleino.co.uk">FTFMissions@brayleino.co.uk</a></p> </div>{bio}Simon.Spier@techUK.org{/bio}{bio}dominykas.broga@techuk.org{/bio}</div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><div class="span-2"> <p>A&nbsp;thought-leadership summit on the 11th and 12th December 2018 in New Delhi, will bring together business, policy makers, venture capitalists, scientists and entrepreneurs.</p> <p>The FutureTech Festival was announced in April 2018 by India Prime Minister Modi and UK Prime Minister May as part of a wider India-UK Tech Partnership. The partnership brings together business, government and civil society from both India and the UK to tackle shared challenges (across energy, skills, ease of doing business and financial services) and deliver mutual prosperity by nurturing entrepreneurship, securing jobs and growth for the future. Through the partnership we will ramp up joint activity in AI/Data, Fintech, Future Mobility, Cyber Security and Healthcare AI, in addition to delivering an India-UK Tech hub and a range of state-regional cluster partnerships.</p> </div> <div class="span-2"> <p>The missions to the FutureTech Festival will support this partnership in key sectors such as Agri-Tech, Creative, Healthcare, Life Sciences and Technology. The festival will attract the best and the brightest speakers, companies and entrepreneurs shaping the future and drive trade and investment initiatives.</p> <p>During the week of the Festival the Department for International Trade will be hosting four trade missions across Bengaluru, New Delhi, Mumbai and Chandigarh with FutureTech at the centre of each mission itinerary.</p> <p>Further details for the trade missions are available&nbsp;<a href="https://www.events.trade.gov.uk/the-future-tech-festival/">here</a>.</p> <p>The cost to participate in a mission is &pound;440+VAT.</p> <p>To apply to attend please complete the application form&nbsp;<a href="https://ditevent.wufoo.com/forms/z1vvfbyb1k8akoj/">here</a>.</p> <p>For any further queries, please contact us at&nbsp;<a href="mailto:FTFMissions@brayleino.co.uk">FTFMissions@brayleino.co.uk</a></p> </div>{bio}Simon.Spier@techUK.org{/bio}{bio}dominykas.broga@techuk.org{/bio}</div> Sir Alan Wilson appointed Chair of the Ada Lovelace Institute 2018-09-11T12:21:47+01:00 2018-09-11T12:21:47+01:00 http://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/13906-sir-alan-wilson-appointed-chair-of-the-ada-lovelace-institute CRM Sync noreply@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>The Nuffield Foundation has appointed Sir Alan Wilson as Executive Chair of the Ada Lovelace Institute.</p> <p>Sir Alan, who will step down as CEO of The Alan Turing Institute this month, will take up his new role with immediate effect. He will lead the 18-month development phase of the Ada Lovelace Institute, an independent research and deliberative body with a mission to ensure data and AI work for people and society.</p> <p>Sir Alan&rsquo;s first priority as Chair will be to lead the recruitment process for the Board &ndash; which will set the strategy and remit of the Ada Lovelace Institute &ndash; and a Director. <u><a href="https://www.adalovelaceinstitute.org/recruitment-director-ada-lovelace-institute/">Recruitment for the Director is now open</a></u>, and Board opportunities will be advertised in the next few weeks. To be notified when the recruitment is live,&nbsp;please <u><a href="http://eepurl.com/dt5TYH" target="_blank">sign up for email updates from the Ada Lovelace Institute</a></u>.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Commenting on the appointment, Sue Daley, Head of Cloud, Data Analytics and AI at techUK said:</p> <p>&ldquo;techUK welcomes Sir Alan Wilson&rsquo;s appointment as Executive Chair of the Ada Lovelace Institute as he leads the Institute&rsquo;s development over the next 18 months.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Sir Alan&rsquo;s prior experience at the Alan Turing Institute stands him in good stead to drive the aims of the Institute. Industry stands ready to support Sir Alan in his new role and look forward to continuing to work closely with the Ada Lovelace Institute as it gets to work.&rdquo;</p>{bio}sue.daley@techuk.org{/bio}{bio}katherine.mayes@techuk.org{/bio}</div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>The Nuffield Foundation has appointed Sir Alan Wilson as Executive Chair of the Ada Lovelace Institute.</p> <p>Sir Alan, who will step down as CEO of The Alan Turing Institute this month, will take up his new role with immediate effect. He will lead the 18-month development phase of the Ada Lovelace Institute, an independent research and deliberative body with a mission to ensure data and AI work for people and society.</p> <p>Sir Alan&rsquo;s first priority as Chair will be to lead the recruitment process for the Board &ndash; which will set the strategy and remit of the Ada Lovelace Institute &ndash; and a Director. <u><a href="https://www.adalovelaceinstitute.org/recruitment-director-ada-lovelace-institute/">Recruitment for the Director is now open</a></u>, and Board opportunities will be advertised in the next few weeks. To be notified when the recruitment is live,&nbsp;please <u><a href="http://eepurl.com/dt5TYH" target="_blank">sign up for email updates from the Ada Lovelace Institute</a></u>.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Commenting on the appointment, Sue Daley, Head of Cloud, Data Analytics and AI at techUK said:</p> <p>&ldquo;techUK welcomes Sir Alan Wilson&rsquo;s appointment as Executive Chair of the Ada Lovelace Institute as he leads the Institute&rsquo;s development over the next 18 months.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Sir Alan&rsquo;s prior experience at the Alan Turing Institute stands him in good stead to drive the aims of the Institute. Industry stands ready to support Sir Alan in his new role and look forward to continuing to work closely with the Ada Lovelace Institute as it gets to work.&rdquo;</p>{bio}sue.daley@techuk.org{/bio}{bio}katherine.mayes@techuk.org{/bio}</div> techUK green week - one month to go! 2018-09-11T10:19:12+01:00 2018-09-11T10:19:12+01:00 http://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/13904-techuk-green-week-one-month-to-go CRM Sync noreply@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>15 - 20 October sees the first techUK 'Green Week', a campaign week looking at how UK technology businesses are helping deliver sustainability, environmental and low carbon outcomes. The week co-incides with the UK Government 'Green GB Week' and we will be collaborating with BEIS and other departments to really highlight UK leadership on these issues.</p> <p>The week will feature webinars, a podcast, blogs and posters looking at tech solutions transforming the environmental and low carbon sectors and we are very keen to get case studies and guest blogs throughout the week. Our only ask is that blogs and case studies fit in with the themes for each day, which&nbsp;are:</p> <ul><li>Monday - Living Spaces</li> <li>Tuesday - Land and Resources</li> <li>Wednesda - Our Footprint and Supply Chains</li> <li>Thursday - Oceans</li> <li>Friday - A Zero Carbon Tech Sector</li> </ul><p>If this is of interest please email Susanne or Craig (details beow).</p>{bio}craig.melson@techuk.org{/bio}{bio}susanne.baker@techuk.org{/bio}</div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>15 - 20 October sees the first techUK 'Green Week', a campaign week looking at how UK technology businesses are helping deliver sustainability, environmental and low carbon outcomes. The week co-incides with the UK Government 'Green GB Week' and we will be collaborating with BEIS and other departments to really highlight UK leadership on these issues.</p> <p>The week will feature webinars, a podcast, blogs and posters looking at tech solutions transforming the environmental and low carbon sectors and we are very keen to get case studies and guest blogs throughout the week. Our only ask is that blogs and case studies fit in with the themes for each day, which&nbsp;are:</p> <ul><li>Monday - Living Spaces</li> <li>Tuesday - Land and Resources</li> <li>Wednesda - Our Footprint and Supply Chains</li> <li>Thursday - Oceans</li> <li>Friday - A Zero Carbon Tech Sector</li> </ul><p>If this is of interest please email Susanne or Craig (details beow).</p>{bio}craig.melson@techuk.org{/bio}{bio}susanne.baker@techuk.org{/bio}</div> Tech for Digital Evidence Disclosure 2018-09-11T10:32:43+01:00 2018-09-11T10:32:43+01:00 http://www.techuk.org/events/roundtable/item/13903-tech-for-digital-evidence-disclosure CRM Sync noreply@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>techUK, working with the <strong>National Police Chief&rsquo;s Council Digital Intelligence and Investigation (DII) programme</strong>, invites members to contribute insights in answer to the following questions, to inform the development of a specification to address the police service&rsquo;s current requirements around disclosure of digital evidence.</p> <p>Companies who have submitted answers to&nbsp;the RFI will are invited to participate in this roundtable discussion to discuss the issues in more depth.</p> <p><strong>Background</strong><br>The national policing lead for DII has been given the challenge of producing a report for the Home Office on technology tools used by police for disclosure of digital evidence, and to produce a robust specification for a user requirement, to shape a potential procurement in the new year.</p> <p>The scope of this RFI focusses specifically on data contained on mobile phones. Extraction of digital data is not within the scope of this project either. This RFI is solely concerned with tools and processes for managing and assessing digital information once it has been extracted from a device, and quickly evaluating and understanding what must be kept for evidential purposes and shared with defence counsel.</p> <p>Insights gathered from&nbsp;the RFI&nbsp;and the&nbsp;roundtable session will inform the NPPC and Home Office approach to procuring a comprehensive solution for the police service.</p> <p>If you would like to complete the RFI and attend the roundtable discussion, please contact&nbsp;<a href="mailto:henry.rex@techuk.org" target="_blank">henry.rex@techuk.org</a></p>{bio}henry.rex@techuk.org{/bio}</div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>techUK, working with the <strong>National Police Chief&rsquo;s Council Digital Intelligence and Investigation (DII) programme</strong>, invites members to contribute insights in answer to the following questions, to inform the development of a specification to address the police service&rsquo;s current requirements around disclosure of digital evidence.</p> <p>Companies who have submitted answers to&nbsp;the RFI will are invited to participate in this roundtable discussion to discuss the issues in more depth.</p> <p><strong>Background</strong><br>The national policing lead for DII has been given the challenge of producing a report for the Home Office on technology tools used by police for disclosure of digital evidence, and to produce a robust specification for a user requirement, to shape a potential procurement in the new year.</p> <p>The scope of this RFI focusses specifically on data contained on mobile phones. Extraction of digital data is not within the scope of this project either. This RFI is solely concerned with tools and processes for managing and assessing digital information once it has been extracted from a device, and quickly evaluating and understanding what must be kept for evidential purposes and shared with defence counsel.</p> <p>Insights gathered from&nbsp;the RFI&nbsp;and the&nbsp;roundtable session will inform the NPPC and Home Office approach to procuring a comprehensive solution for the police service.</p> <p>If you would like to complete the RFI and attend the roundtable discussion, please contact&nbsp;<a href="mailto:henry.rex@techuk.org" target="_blank">henry.rex@techuk.org</a></p>{bio}henry.rex@techuk.org{/bio}</div> Arizona US Fintech Sandbox is now open for business – in Lon 2018-09-11T10:34:58+01:00 2018-09-11T10:34:58+01:00 http://www.techuk.org/events/partner-event/item/13902-arizona-us-fintech-sandbox-is-now-open-for-business-in-lon CRM Sync noreply@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>The AZ Fintech Sandbox is the first significant Trade Deal between the US and the UK, allowing UK fintech companies direct access to the lucrative US Financial Services marketplace.</p> <p>London fintech companies are invited to attend a free<strong>&nbsp;AZ/US Fintech Sand box 1-2-1 Clinic on 20<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;September @ Silicon Valley Bank&rsquo;s London offices in Finsbury Square.</strong></p> <p>This is a rolling set of pre-booked sessions where London fintech brands can get a detailed and bespoke scope on the AZ sandbox, how to register/apply/ the opportunities and costs.</p> <p>To book your dedicated 2-hour slot on 20<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;September,&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://bit.ly/2Niqydv?AZ-Clinics">register here.</a></strong></p> <p>For more information on the AZ / US Fintech Sandbox&nbsp;<strong><a href="https://www.gpec.org/events/arizona-fintech-sandbox-london/">watch this video here</a>.</strong></p>{bio}Simon.Spier@techUK.org{/bio}{bio}dominykas.broga@techuk.org{/bio}</div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>The AZ Fintech Sandbox is the first significant Trade Deal between the US and the UK, allowing UK fintech companies direct access to the lucrative US Financial Services marketplace.</p> <p>London fintech companies are invited to attend a free<strong>&nbsp;AZ/US Fintech Sand box 1-2-1 Clinic on 20<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;September @ Silicon Valley Bank&rsquo;s London offices in Finsbury Square.</strong></p> <p>This is a rolling set of pre-booked sessions where London fintech brands can get a detailed and bespoke scope on the AZ sandbox, how to register/apply/ the opportunities and costs.</p> <p>To book your dedicated 2-hour slot on 20<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;September,&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://bit.ly/2Niqydv?AZ-Clinics">register here.</a></strong></p> <p>For more information on the AZ / US Fintech Sandbox&nbsp;<strong><a href="https://www.gpec.org/events/arizona-fintech-sandbox-london/">watch this video here</a>.</strong></p>{bio}Simon.Spier@techUK.org{/bio}{bio}dominykas.broga@techuk.org{/bio}</div> Arizona US Fintech Sandbox is now open for business – in Lon 2018-09-11T10:29:31+01:00 2018-09-11T10:29:31+01:00 http://www.techuk.org/events/partner-event/item/13901-arizona-us-fintech-sandbox-is-now-open-for-business-in-lon CRM Sync noreply@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>The AZ Fintech Sandbox is the first significant Trade Deal between the US and the UK, allowing UK fintech companies direct access to the lucrative US Financial Services marketplace.</p> <p>London fintech companies are invited to attend a free<strong> AZ/US Fintech Sand box 1-2-1 Clinic on 19<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;September @ Silicon Valley Bank&rsquo;s London offices in Finsbury Square.</strong></p> <p>This is a rolling set of pre-booked sessions where London fintech brands can get a detailed and bespoke scope on the AZ sandbox, how to register/apply/ the opportunities and costs.</p> <p>To book your dedicated 2-hour slot on 19<sup>th</sup> September, <strong><a href="http://bit.ly/2Niqydv?AZ-Clinics">register here.</a></strong></p> <p>For more information on the AZ / US Fintech Sandbox <strong><a href="https://www.gpec.org/events/arizona-fintech-sandbox-london/">watch this video here</a>.</strong></p>{bio}Simon.Spier@techUK.org{/bio}{bio}dominykas.broga@techuk.org{/bio}</div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>The AZ Fintech Sandbox is the first significant Trade Deal between the US and the UK, allowing UK fintech companies direct access to the lucrative US Financial Services marketplace.</p> <p>London fintech companies are invited to attend a free<strong> AZ/US Fintech Sand box 1-2-1 Clinic on 19<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;September @ Silicon Valley Bank&rsquo;s London offices in Finsbury Square.</strong></p> <p>This is a rolling set of pre-booked sessions where London fintech brands can get a detailed and bespoke scope on the AZ sandbox, how to register/apply/ the opportunities and costs.</p> <p>To book your dedicated 2-hour slot on 19<sup>th</sup> September, <strong><a href="http://bit.ly/2Niqydv?AZ-Clinics">register here.</a></strong></p> <p>For more information on the AZ / US Fintech Sandbox <strong><a href="https://www.gpec.org/events/arizona-fintech-sandbox-london/">watch this video here</a>.</strong></p>{bio}Simon.Spier@techUK.org{/bio}{bio}dominykas.broga@techuk.org{/bio}</div> US West Coast Expansion workshop – in Manchester 2018-09-11T09:06:08+01:00 2018-09-11T09:06:08+01:00 http://www.techuk.org/events/partner-event/item/13900-us-west-coast-expansion-workshop-in-manchester CRM Sync noreply@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p><img alt="" src="//portal.techuk.org/uploaded-images/TRADE.jpg" style="height:338px; width:660px"></p> <p>Register now for a free 1-2-1 two-hour clinic on 18th September to work with in-country specialist teams from&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gpec.org/">Greater Phoenix Economic Council(GPEC)</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.techuk.org/">techUK</a>and&nbsp;<a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-international-trade">Department for International Trade</a>&nbsp;to map out a soft landing into the US West Coast market.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Key areas covered:</p> <ul><li><strong>Financial Services / Cyber Security / Blockchain</strong>&nbsp;around the new&nbsp;<a href="https://www.gpec.org/events/arizona-fintech-sandbox-london/">Arizona FinTech sandbox</a></li> <li><strong>AI, eCommerce, Aerospace, Healthcare, Driverless Vehicles and Wearables&nbsp;</strong>with&nbsp;<a href="https://www.gpec.org/industries-operations/">GPEC Launch and Grow</a></li> <li><strong>Access to GPEC&rsquo;s Accelerator programme</strong>&nbsp;&ndash; in terms of&nbsp;<a href="https://www.gpec.org/services/global-gpec-initiative/gpec-global-growth-accelerator/">grants, in-country support and location planning</a></li> <li><strong>Access to US West Coast markets</strong>&nbsp;<a href="https://www.gpec.org/industries-operations/operations/logistics-and-distribution/">how GPEC can support expansion into the lucrative Californian marketplace</a></li> </ul><p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Places are limited and <a href="http://bit.ly/2NfJ9Xv?US-West-Coast-Manchester">early registration here</a> is recommended.</strong></p>{bio}Simon.Spier@techUK.org{/bio}{bio}dominykas.broga@techuk.org{/bio}</div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p><img alt="" src="//portal.techuk.org/uploaded-images/TRADE.jpg" style="height:338px; width:660px"></p> <p>Register now for a free 1-2-1 two-hour clinic on 18th September to work with in-country specialist teams from&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gpec.org/">Greater Phoenix Economic Council(GPEC)</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.techuk.org/">techUK</a>and&nbsp;<a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-international-trade">Department for International Trade</a>&nbsp;to map out a soft landing into the US West Coast market.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Key areas covered:</p> <ul><li><strong>Financial Services / Cyber Security / Blockchain</strong>&nbsp;around the new&nbsp;<a href="https://www.gpec.org/events/arizona-fintech-sandbox-london/">Arizona FinTech sandbox</a></li> <li><strong>AI, eCommerce, Aerospace, Healthcare, Driverless Vehicles and Wearables&nbsp;</strong>with&nbsp;<a href="https://www.gpec.org/industries-operations/">GPEC Launch and Grow</a></li> <li><strong>Access to GPEC&rsquo;s Accelerator programme</strong>&nbsp;&ndash; in terms of&nbsp;<a href="https://www.gpec.org/services/global-gpec-initiative/gpec-global-growth-accelerator/">grants, in-country support and location planning</a></li> <li><strong>Access to US West Coast markets</strong>&nbsp;<a href="https://www.gpec.org/industries-operations/operations/logistics-and-distribution/">how GPEC can support expansion into the lucrative Californian marketplace</a></li> </ul><p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Places are limited and <a href="http://bit.ly/2NfJ9Xv?US-West-Coast-Manchester">early registration here</a> is recommended.</strong></p>{bio}Simon.Spier@techUK.org{/bio}{bio}dominykas.broga@techuk.org{/bio}</div> Internet of Things August Newsletter | Connected Home Report Launch: 5 2018-08-23T17:32:00+01:00 2018-08-23T17:32:00+01:00 http://www.techuk.org/insights/newsletters/item/13899-internet-of-things-august-newsletter-connected-home-report-launch-5 CRM Sync noreply@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>It has been a relatively quiet, calm August ahead of the storm of activity planned for September. We are preparing for an exciting quarter to come with numerous interesting events and opportunities for our members.<br><br><strong>The launch of our annual&nbsp;Connected Home Report&nbsp;is&nbsp;5 September!&nbsp;</strong>Please drop me a line if you wish to attend the report launch. The report will look at current consumer understanding of the connected home market, explore the appeal and ownership of different categories of devices, and makes recommendations to encourage further adoption in the UK. You can find&nbsp;<a href="http://link.techuk.org/l/1e52cb37efad41ab8eff8dd6986f8d80/67969D2D/3626FF10/082018n" target="_blank">our 2017 report here</a>.<br><br> We have been engaging closely with DCMS on the&nbsp;<a href="http://link.techuk.org/l/1e52cb37efad41ab8eff8dd6986f8d80/67969D2D/375C8667/082018n" target="_blank">Secure by Design Code of Practice</a>&nbsp;and await the final report from DCMS with interest. As our Connected Home report will illustrate, there are clear concerns from consumers around privacy and security that need to be addressed in order to substantively grow the consumer IoT market.<br><br> techUK is holding a campaign week on 15 - 20 October looking at how member&rsquo;s tech solutions are being used to deliver environmental and low carbon benefits. The campaign week coincides with Green GB Week, which is a government run series of events on clean tech and low carbon. techUK's&nbsp;Environment and Compliance programme&nbsp;is running the campaign week and are looking for case studies for use on some infographics/posters that will be created and guest blogs for the campaign week. The themes for the days are&nbsp;<strong>Oceans, Land &amp; Natural Resources, Towns and Cities, International and A low-carbon tech sector&nbsp;</strong>(looking at how companies are mitigating their carbon impacts). There is huge potential for IoT to play a role in helping deliver lower carbon and sustainable outcomes, so we hope you have something that could be of use. For more information please contact&nbsp;<a href="mailto:craig.melson@techuk.org">craig.melson@techuk.org</a>.<br><br> We are also looking forward to our marquee&nbsp;<a href="http://link.techuk.org/l/1e52cb37efad41ab8eff8dd6986f8d80/67969D2D/70FE448A/082018n" target="_blank">Supercharging event on the 18 October</a>&nbsp;which will look at increased digital adoption, particularly in the transport and retail sectors.</p>{bio}Teodora.Kaneva@techUK.org{/bio}</div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>It has been a relatively quiet, calm August ahead of the storm of activity planned for September. We are preparing for an exciting quarter to come with numerous interesting events and opportunities for our members.<br><br><strong>The launch of our annual&nbsp;Connected Home Report&nbsp;is&nbsp;5 September!&nbsp;</strong>Please drop me a line if you wish to attend the report launch. The report will look at current consumer understanding of the connected home market, explore the appeal and ownership of different categories of devices, and makes recommendations to encourage further adoption in the UK. You can find&nbsp;<a href="http://link.techuk.org/l/1e52cb37efad41ab8eff8dd6986f8d80/67969D2D/3626FF10/082018n" target="_blank">our 2017 report here</a>.<br><br> We have been engaging closely with DCMS on the&nbsp;<a href="http://link.techuk.org/l/1e52cb37efad41ab8eff8dd6986f8d80/67969D2D/375C8667/082018n" target="_blank">Secure by Design Code of Practice</a>&nbsp;and await the final report from DCMS with interest. As our Connected Home report will illustrate, there are clear concerns from consumers around privacy and security that need to be addressed in order to substantively grow the consumer IoT market.<br><br> techUK is holding a campaign week on 15 - 20 October looking at how member&rsquo;s tech solutions are being used to deliver environmental and low carbon benefits. The campaign week coincides with Green GB Week, which is a government run series of events on clean tech and low carbon. techUK's&nbsp;Environment and Compliance programme&nbsp;is running the campaign week and are looking for case studies for use on some infographics/posters that will be created and guest blogs for the campaign week. The themes for the days are&nbsp;<strong>Oceans, Land &amp; Natural Resources, Towns and Cities, International and A low-carbon tech sector&nbsp;</strong>(looking at how companies are mitigating their carbon impacts). There is huge potential for IoT to play a role in helping deliver lower carbon and sustainable outcomes, so we hope you have something that could be of use. For more information please contact&nbsp;<a href="mailto:craig.melson@techuk.org">craig.melson@techuk.org</a>.<br><br> We are also looking forward to our marquee&nbsp;<a href="http://link.techuk.org/l/1e52cb37efad41ab8eff8dd6986f8d80/67969D2D/70FE448A/082018n" target="_blank">Supercharging event on the 18 October</a>&nbsp;which will look at increased digital adoption, particularly in the transport and retail sectors.</p>{bio}Teodora.Kaneva@techUK.org{/bio}</div> techUK joins Electric Vehicle Energy Taskforce Steering Board 2018-09-11T11:22:00+01:00 2018-09-11T11:22:00+01:00 http://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/13898-techuk-joins-electric-vehicle-energy-taskforce-steering-board CRM Sync noreply@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>techUK is pleased to announced that it has joined the Steering Group of the <a href="https://www.lowcvp.org.uk/news,electric-vehicle-energy-taskforce-set-up-to-tackle-energy-sector-opportunities-and-impacts-associated-with-the-rise-of-electric-vehicles_3844.htm">Electric Vehicle Energy Taskforce</a>. The purpose of this group is to&nbsp;bring together the energy and automotive industries to plan for the changes that will take place as a result of rising electric vehicle use.&nbsp;The Taskforce, for which the LowCVP will provide secretariat functions, is chaired by Phil New, Chief Executive of the Energy Systems Catapult and was announced today by the Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling. It is part of a package of measures which were announced at today's Zero Emission Summit aimed at ensuring the UK is a world leader in this sector.&nbsp;</p> <p>Plug-in electric vehicle use has been increasing sharply in the last few years, albeit from a low base; representing over 4% of new car sales for the latest month for which figures are available (Aug 2018). The Road to Zero strategy confirmed the Government&rsquo;s commitment for all new cars and vans to be zero emission vehicles by 2040. The vast majority of these vehicles are expected to be fully or partly electrified.</p> <p>Meanwhile, the UK&rsquo;s energy generation system is also rapidly changing. In the short term, the rollout of smart meters and electric vehicle charging infrastructure will offer opportunities for the energy sector to work with consumers to level off electricity demand. By 2050, the UK will be powered by low, or zero, carbon electricity generation and, increasingly, by distributed renewable sources. The intermittent nature of renewable generation &ndash; providing surpluses at some times of day and deficits at others &ndash; creates a need (and a significant business opportunity) for new energy storage solutions. The batteries in electric vehicles (as well as those in &lsquo;second life&rsquo;) could provide a key missing link in the UK&rsquo;s future energy supply &lsquo;mix&rsquo;.</p> <p>The objective of the Electric Vehicle Energy Taskforce is to put engaging the electric vehicle user at the heart of preparing the electricity system for the mass take up of electric vehicles. It aims to ensure that costs and emissions are as low as possible, and opportunities for vehicles to provide grid services are capitalised upon for the benefit of the system, energy bill payers and electric vehicle owners.</p> <p>Matthew Evans, Head of techUK's Smart Infrastructure Programme, said <em>"techUK is pleased to be participating in the Electric Vehicle Energy Taskforce which brings together the energy and automotive industries to plan for growing use of electric vehicles in the UK. Data is at the heart of ensuring that we deliver consumer-centred charging infrastructure which facilitates the widespread adoption of Electric Vehicles, at the lowest possible cost. The tech sector already plays a leading role in driving down our emissions and we look forward to working with our partners in the energy and automotive sector to ensuring the UK is able to exceed its targets around electric vehicles and progress faster down the road to zero."</em></p> <p>techUK will be looking to engage members as we deliver inputs into the taskforce. We wil be publishing more information about the Taskforce's programme shorlty but if you would like to participate in this work then please contact <a href="mailto:Manar.Al-Muflahi@techUK.org?subject=techUK%20Electric%20Vehicle%20Energy%20Taskforce%20-%20member%20input">Manar Al-Muflahi</a>.&nbsp;</p>{bio}Matthew.Evans@techUK.org{/bio}{bio}Teodora.Kaneva@techUK.org{/bio}</div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>techUK is pleased to announced that it has joined the Steering Group of the <a href="https://www.lowcvp.org.uk/news,electric-vehicle-energy-taskforce-set-up-to-tackle-energy-sector-opportunities-and-impacts-associated-with-the-rise-of-electric-vehicles_3844.htm">Electric Vehicle Energy Taskforce</a>. The purpose of this group is to&nbsp;bring together the energy and automotive industries to plan for the changes that will take place as a result of rising electric vehicle use.&nbsp;The Taskforce, for which the LowCVP will provide secretariat functions, is chaired by Phil New, Chief Executive of the Energy Systems Catapult and was announced today by the Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling. It is part of a package of measures which were announced at today's Zero Emission Summit aimed at ensuring the UK is a world leader in this sector.&nbsp;</p> <p>Plug-in electric vehicle use has been increasing sharply in the last few years, albeit from a low base; representing over 4% of new car sales for the latest month for which figures are available (Aug 2018). The Road to Zero strategy confirmed the Government&rsquo;s commitment for all new cars and vans to be zero emission vehicles by 2040. The vast majority of these vehicles are expected to be fully or partly electrified.</p> <p>Meanwhile, the UK&rsquo;s energy generation system is also rapidly changing. In the short term, the rollout of smart meters and electric vehicle charging infrastructure will offer opportunities for the energy sector to work with consumers to level off electricity demand. By 2050, the UK will be powered by low, or zero, carbon electricity generation and, increasingly, by distributed renewable sources. The intermittent nature of renewable generation &ndash; providing surpluses at some times of day and deficits at others &ndash; creates a need (and a significant business opportunity) for new energy storage solutions. The batteries in electric vehicles (as well as those in &lsquo;second life&rsquo;) could provide a key missing link in the UK&rsquo;s future energy supply &lsquo;mix&rsquo;.</p> <p>The objective of the Electric Vehicle Energy Taskforce is to put engaging the electric vehicle user at the heart of preparing the electricity system for the mass take up of electric vehicles. It aims to ensure that costs and emissions are as low as possible, and opportunities for vehicles to provide grid services are capitalised upon for the benefit of the system, energy bill payers and electric vehicle owners.</p> <p>Matthew Evans, Head of techUK's Smart Infrastructure Programme, said <em>"techUK is pleased to be participating in the Electric Vehicle Energy Taskforce which brings together the energy and automotive industries to plan for growing use of electric vehicles in the UK. Data is at the heart of ensuring that we deliver consumer-centred charging infrastructure which facilitates the widespread adoption of Electric Vehicles, at the lowest possible cost. The tech sector already plays a leading role in driving down our emissions and we look forward to working with our partners in the energy and automotive sector to ensuring the UK is able to exceed its targets around electric vehicles and progress faster down the road to zero."</em></p> <p>techUK will be looking to engage members as we deliver inputs into the taskforce. We wil be publishing more information about the Taskforce's programme shorlty but if you would like to participate in this work then please contact <a href="mailto:Manar.Al-Muflahi@techUK.org?subject=techUK%20Electric%20Vehicle%20Energy%20Taskforce%20-%20member%20input">Manar Al-Muflahi</a>.&nbsp;</p>{bio}Matthew.Evans@techUK.org{/bio}{bio}Teodora.Kaneva@techUK.org{/bio}</div> Take control of (and secure) your cloud computing in 2019 2018-09-10T14:54:05+01:00 2018-09-10T14:54:05+01:00 http://www.techuk.org/events/partner-event/item/13897-take-control-of-and-secure-your-cloud-computing-in-2019 CRM Sync noreply@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>This month, as part of&nbsp;the 'Security Matters' event series,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.intechforums.com/" target="_blank">InTech Forums</a>&nbsp;will be hosting a session&nbsp;focusing on cloud cybersecurity. Delivered by Lloyd's market professionals and leading security experts, this lunchtime forum will provide an insight into some of the latest cyber and fraud threats and the proactive steps that market companies can take to help combat them.</p> <p>The agenda for the event is as follows:</p> <p>12:00 &ndash; 12:15 Delegates Arrive</p> <p>12:15 &ndash; 12:20 Welcome and Introductions</p> <p>12:20 &ndash; 13:20 Presentations from:</p> <ul style="list-style-type: circle;"><li>Richard Reggel, Security Matters Forum Chairman</li> <li>Senior Representative, National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC)</li> <li>David Allen, Vice President, Western Europe, Palo Alto Networks</li> <li>Richard Foulkes, Cyber Security Solution Consultant, Gemalto</li> <li>Graham Collinson, Chief Operating Officer, CloudCoCo</li> </ul><p>13:20 &ndash; 13:30 Q&amp;As<br>13:30 &ndash; 14:00 Light lunch, drinks and networking</p> <p><strong>If you&rsquo;re interested in attending this free event, please contact <a href="mailto:katherine.mayes@techuk.org" target="_blank">Katherine Mayes</a>.&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p>{bio}katherine.mayes@techuk.org{/bio}</div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>This month, as part of&nbsp;the 'Security Matters' event series,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.intechforums.com/" target="_blank">InTech Forums</a>&nbsp;will be hosting a session&nbsp;focusing on cloud cybersecurity. Delivered by Lloyd's market professionals and leading security experts, this lunchtime forum will provide an insight into some of the latest cyber and fraud threats and the proactive steps that market companies can take to help combat them.</p> <p>The agenda for the event is as follows:</p> <p>12:00 &ndash; 12:15 Delegates Arrive</p> <p>12:15 &ndash; 12:20 Welcome and Introductions</p> <p>12:20 &ndash; 13:20 Presentations from:</p> <ul style="list-style-type: circle;"><li>Richard Reggel, Security Matters Forum Chairman</li> <li>Senior Representative, National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC)</li> <li>David Allen, Vice President, Western Europe, Palo Alto Networks</li> <li>Richard Foulkes, Cyber Security Solution Consultant, Gemalto</li> <li>Graham Collinson, Chief Operating Officer, CloudCoCo</li> </ul><p>13:20 &ndash; 13:30 Q&amp;As<br>13:30 &ndash; 14:00 Light lunch, drinks and networking</p> <p><strong>If you&rsquo;re interested in attending this free event, please contact <a href="mailto:katherine.mayes@techuk.org" target="_blank">Katherine Mayes</a>.&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p>{bio}katherine.mayes@techuk.org{/bio}</div> Modernising Defence Programme: Review of consultation responses 2018-09-10T10:44:54+01:00 2018-09-10T10:44:54+01:00 http://www.techuk.org/insights/news/item/13895-modernising-defence-programme-review-of-consultation-responses CRM Sync noreply@techuk.org <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>Following the open consultation on Modernising Defence Programme (MDP), MOD has now released a brief review of the responses it has received. MOD received&nbsp; over 100 responses from&nbsp; stakeholders, ranging from members of the general public, Defence personnel (civilian and military), industry, academia, think tanks, Parliamentarians, Local Authorities, trade unions and charities.</p> <p>The responses are primarily focused on the four workstreams:</p> <p><strong>Workstream 1</strong> &ndash; MOD Operating Model: establishing a refreshed and clearer Operating Model for Defence, to enable better and faster decision-making and more efficient and effective delivery of Defence outputs.</p> <p><strong>Workstream 2</strong> &ndash; Efficiency and business modernisation: providing confidence in the MOD&rsquo;s ability to realise existing efficiency targets, and a set of options for future efficiency and business modernisation investments.</p> <p><strong>Workstream 3</strong> &ndash; Commercial and industrial approach: assessing how MOD can improve on commercial capability and strategic supplier management.</p> <p><strong>Workstream 4</strong> &ndash; Defence policy, outputs and military capability: analysing the global security context and its implications for Defence policy, the roles and tasks that we prioritise, and the opportunities or imperatives for modernising our workforce, military capabilities and force generation processes.</p> <p>MOD has outlined some key areas which were discussed in a large amount of responses. Some of these align with the response techUK made on behalf of its members. (The techUK response can be found at the bottom of this article). These include:</p> <p><strong><em>Change and Efficiency (workstreams 1 and 2) </em></strong></p> <p><em>A large number of responses made recommendations for realising greater efficiency in Defence. Many of these concerned the everyday business processes and practices used in Defence including: more intelligent use of IT to support remote working; better use of project management, procurement and budget management at the smaller scales of departmental business; and improvement of performance recruitment and management. </em></p> <p><em>Many responses argued that greater efficiency could be achieved by making better use of the workforce&rsquo;s skills: a greater focus on the value of expertise, with less reliance on generalists, a more targeted and considered use of contractors, and greater care taken to place people in roles that allow the fullest possible use of their expertise and qualifications.&nbsp; </em></p> <p><strong><em>Industry and prosperity (workstream 3) </em></strong></p> <p><em>A large number warned against the MOD procurement system becoming overly reliant on a small number of suppliers.&nbsp; Some suggested that Defence should pursue more collaborative, long-term relationships with a broader range of suppliers.&nbsp; This would be helped by better engagement with industry, increased visibility of MOD&rsquo;s forward programme of work, more opportunity for sub-contracting to SMEs, and better scrutiny of suppliers&rsquo; capabilities to ensure they remain both competitive and fit for purpose.&nbsp; </em></p> <p><em>Some proposed that Defence should ensure that it has the right mix of skills by investing more in commercial awareness and specialisms such as negotiation and through-life costing.&nbsp; A two-way secondment programme between Defence and industry would help on this front, and should contribute to better development and retention of highly skilled staff, and less reliance on external support. </em></p> <p><em>There was consensus amongst respondents that supply chain management and procurement processes can be simplified and improved, in part through more intelligent use of data, digital transformation, and automation.&nbsp;&nbsp; </em></p> <p><em>A significant number of responses highlighted the importance of Defence for UK prosperity. </em></p> <p><strong><em>Development of new capabilities </em></strong></p> <p><em>The capability areas most commonly cited as requiring investment were: ballistic missile defence; precision strike; information, surveillance and reconnaissance; cyber; information operations; and CBRN.&nbsp; Many respondents urged a greater dedication of resources to R&amp;D and innovation in order to develop these new capabilities more quickly. </em></p> <p>MOD continues to work on its response to the MDP consultation and aims to publish its findings later the Autumn. techUK is pleased to see that many of the responses have echoed the suggestions given in our own submission on behalf of members, and looks forward to working with MOD to implement the MDP&rsquo;s findings once published.</p> <p><strong>techUK&rsquo;s Head of Defence Programme Fred Sugden said:</strong></p> <p><em>&ldquo;techUK looks forward to the publication of the Modernising Defence Programme&rsquo;s findings in the Autumn, and our members stand ready to assist the MOD with the implementation of the MDP. Technology plays a critical role in helping the MOD modernise its business processes and drive efficiencies across Defence, and also underpins the world-class capabilities used by our Armed Forces. It is good to see that the responses have highlighted increased visibility of MOD&rsquo;s forward programme of work and more opportunities for sub-contracting to SMEs, and we are particularly pleased to see that our suggestion of a two-way secondment programme between Defence and industry to ensure Defence has the right mix of skills and expertise has been referenced&rdquo;</em></p>{bio}dan.patefield@techuk.org{/bio}{bio}fred.sugden@techuk.org{/bio}</div> <div class="K2FeedIntroText"><p>Following the open consultation on Modernising Defence Programme (MDP), MOD has now released a brief review of the responses it has received. MOD received&nbsp; over 100 responses from&nbsp; stakeholders, ranging from members of the general public, Defence personnel (civilian and military), industry, academia, think tanks, Parliamentarians, Local Authorities, trade unions and charities.</p> <p>The responses are primarily focused on the four workstreams:</p> <p><strong>Workstream 1</strong> &ndash; MOD Operating Model: establishing a refreshed and clearer Operating Model for Defence, to enable better and faster decision-making and more efficient and effective delivery of Defence outputs.</p> <p><strong>Workstream 2</strong> &ndash; Efficiency and business modernisation: providing confidence in the MOD&rsquo;s ability to realise existing efficiency targets, and a set of options for future efficiency and business modernisation investments.</p> <p><strong>Workstream 3</strong> &ndash; Commercial and industrial approach: assessing how MOD can improve on commercial capability and strategic supplier management.</p> <p><strong>Workstream 4</strong> &ndash; Defence policy, outputs and military capability: analysing the global security context and its implications for Defence policy, the roles and tasks that we prioritise, and the opportunities or imperatives for modernising our workforce, military capabilities and force generation processes.</p> <p>MOD has outlined some key areas which were discussed in a large amount of responses. Some of these align with the response techUK made on behalf of its members. (The techUK response can be found at the bottom of this article). These include:</p> <p><strong><em>Change and Efficiency (workstreams 1 and 2) </em></strong></p> <p><em>A large number of responses made recommendations for realising greater efficiency in Defence. Many of these concerned the everyday business processes and practices used in Defence including: more intelligent use of IT to support remote working; better use of project management, procurement and budget management at the smaller scales of departmental business; and improvement of performance recruitment and management. </em></p> <p><em>Many responses argued that greater efficiency could be achieved by making better use of the workforce&rsquo;s skills: a greater focus on the value of expertise, with less reliance on generalists, a more targeted and considered use of contractors, and greater care taken to place people in roles that allow the fullest possible use of their expertise and qualifications.&nbsp; </em></p> <p><strong><em>Industry and prosperity (workstream 3) </em></strong></p> <p><em>A large number warned against the MOD procurement system becoming overly reliant on a small number of suppliers.&nbsp; Some suggested that Defence should pursue more collaborative, long-term relationships with a broader range of suppliers.&nbsp; This would be helped by better engagement with industry, increased visibility of MOD&rsquo;s forward programme of work, more opportunity for sub-contracting to SMEs, and better scrutiny of suppliers&rsquo; capabilities to ensure they remain both competitive and fit for purpose.&nbsp; </em></p> <p><em>Some proposed that Defence should ensure that it has the right mix of skills by investing more in commercial awareness and specialisms such as negotiation and through-life costing.&nbsp; A two-way secondment programme between Defence and industry would help on this front, and should contribute to better development and retention of highly skilled staff, and less reliance on external support. </em></p> <p><em>There was consensus amongst respondents that supply chain management and procurement processes can be simplified and improved, in part through more intelligent use of data, digital transformation, and automation.&nbsp;&nbsp; </em></p> <p><em>A significant number of responses highlighted the importance of Defence for UK prosperity. </em></p> <p><strong><em>Development of new capabilities </em></strong></p> <p><em>The capability areas most commonly cited as requiring investment were: ballistic missile defence; precision strike; information, surveillance and reconnaissance; cyber; information operations; and CBRN.&nbsp; Many respondents urged a greater dedication of resources to R&amp;D and innovation in order to develop these new capabilities more quickly. </em></p> <p>MOD continues to work on its response to the MDP consultation and aims to publish its findings later the Autumn. techUK is pleased to see that many of the responses have echoed the suggestions given in our own submission on behalf of members, and looks forward to working with MOD to implement the MDP&rsquo;s findings once published.</p> <p><strong>techUK&rsquo;s Head of Defence Programme Fred Sugden said:</strong></p> <p><em>&ldquo;techUK looks forward to the publication of the Modernising Defence Programme&rsquo;s findings in the Autumn, and our members stand ready to assist the MOD with the implementation of the MDP. Technology plays a critical role in helping the MOD modernise its business processes and drive efficiencies across Defence, and also underpins the world-class capabilities used by our Armed Forces. It is good to see that the responses have highlighted increased visibility of MOD&rsquo;s forward programme of work and more opportunities for sub-contracting to SMEs, and we are particularly pleased to see that our suggestion of a two-way secondment programme between Defence and industry to ensure Defence has the right mix of skills and expertise has been referenced&rdquo;</em></p>{bio}dan.patefield@techuk.org{/bio}{bio}fred.sugden@techuk.org{/bio}</div>