techUK's Cloud, Big Data, Analytics and Mobile programme looks at some of the key drivers of the digital economy, which will be particularly crucial as we move towards a data driven economy.
The work programme will look at how to maximise the value and adoption of these technologies and identify risks and challenges that may prevent the UK from becoming a leader in these fields.
techUK's Cloud, Big Data and Analytics programme has been developed with members to help them:
• Develop networks
• Develop markets
• Reduce business cost
• Reduce business risk.
Driving the UK’s digital ethics and data governance debate
Issue: The development of advanced data analytics, machine learning and Artificial Intelligence technologies is leading to academics, philosophers, lawyers and technology experts increasingly asking questions around data use, governance, responsibility, ownership and liability. This debate is also leading to a much broader ethical discussion about how decisions are made and action will be increasingly taken by intelligent machines using data. A clear legal framework is key to fully realising the benefits of these emerging technologies. However, any over-regulation or additional legislative requirements risks stalling, or even stifling the UK’s leadership in the development in machine learning and AI.
Outcomes: Ensuring the development of the machine learning, advanced data analytics and AI as well as the overall UK data driven economy and society is not hindered by legal, social and ethical concerns relating to the security, confidentially, integrity and availability of data. The technology sector needs a way to come together and ask, discuss and consider key legal and ethical questions about data and develop a credible voice that can input to the work of any UK body that may be created in 2017 focused on digital ethics and data governance issues.
- Launch of Big Data Governance paper on building a culture of data confidence on Data Protection Day – Q1 (27 January)
- Relaunch of the group to focus on digital ethics and governance issues in Q2.
- Follow up actions to results of Royal Society and British Academy data governance call for input Q1-Q2
- Roundtable with techUK members exploring issue of algorithmic transparency concerns and development of industry position paper to be launched in Q3/Q4
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