techUK Insights RSS Feed - techUK RSS feed for insights content. en Copyright (C) 2015 BBC Report Record Demand for UHD Streamed Content Fri, 20 Jul 2018 14:30:00 +0100 CRM Sync Viewer demand for UHD World Cup and Tennis reaches record levels. <p>BBC iPlayer received over 1.6 million requests for its live Ultra HD coverage of the World Cup and Wimbledon.</p> <p>The trial successfully delivered all 29 BBC One World Cup games and every Centre Court match at Wimbledon &ndash; all live in Ultra HD on BBC iPlayer. The most popular days were:</p> <p><strong>Rank&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Date&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Peak UHD streams&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Content</strong></p> <p>1&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Sat 07 July&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;60.3k&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Sweden v England QF / Day 6 Wimbledon</p> <p>2&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Tues 10 July&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;48.1k&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;France v Belgium QF / Day 8 Wimbledon</p> <p>3&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Sun 15 July&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; 44.3k&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;France v Croatia Final / Men&rsquo;s Singles Final</p> <p>4&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Fri 06 July&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; 41.6K&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Brazil v Belgium QF / Day 5 Wimbledon</p> <p>5&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Mon 02 July&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;37.3K&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Belgium v Japan last 16 / Day 1 Wimbledon</p> <p>&ldquo;The trial is an important step forward, showing for the first time that Ultra HD and High Dynamic Range (HDR) can be delivered live and &lsquo;free-to-air&rsquo; over the Internet,&rdquo; noted Phil Layton, Head of Broadcast and Connected Systems, BBC R&amp;D. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s part of the BBC&rsquo;s mission to ensure that future audiences can enjoy the benefits of improved picture quality, and this trial follows on from our work ensuring viewers were not left behind by the move to HDTV, albeit with different technologies.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;We wanted to demonstrate live end-to-end Ultra HD, but we have always felt that Ultra HD needed to be more than just extra pixels. So we also wanted to demonstrate a wide colour gamut and the Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG) that the BBC and NHK have standardised. This is essential to improving the visual experience irrespective of the viewer&rsquo;s screen size.&nbsp;Finally, we wanted to do this free-to-air, streamed to BBC iPlayer, at a scale never seen before in the UK.&rdquo;</p> <p>In a BBC R&amp;D Blog Post, Layton said that to test Internet delivery, scale is needed, suggesting that scale only comes from there being compelling content that viewers wish to watch. &ldquo;It is only then that we can see how the Internet reacts to carrying high bit rate live Ultra HD streams. The World Cup and Wimbledon provided scale much greater than our earlier testing.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Even with broadcasting there is complex functionality in TVs and set-top boxes which have an important influence on the picture quality. With Internet delivery the coupling is even greater, and the trial was again designed to allow us to work with consumer equipment (CE) manufacturers to develop the capability to deliver a standards based approach to live Ultra HD via iPlayer. We were very pleased with the response from the CE industry in the large number of compatible devices we could enable.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;The final purpose of the trial was to show that BBC iPlayer can be used to deliver new formats. We had shown previously we could deliver on-demand Ultra HD with&nbsp;<em>Blue Planet II</em>, and now we wanted to show that live Ultra HD was also possible using today&rsquo;s infrastructure and TV sets,&rdquo; he explained.</p> <p>According to Layton, the project has left the BBC with the ongoing capability to receive an incoming Ultra HD contribution, and to encode, package and distribute via commercial CDNs. &ldquo;Over time, we will add our own CDN to this. We&rsquo;ve worked with the production community to build knowledge of producing HDR content. Whilst not quite business-as-usual, the BBC now has the capability for streaming live Ultra HD content into BBC iPlayer on compatible devices.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;The trial revealed issues around latency and buffering that were expected. However, it is clear from the feedback that a great number of viewers enjoyed seeing football and tennis in Ultra HD with wide colour gamut and high dynamic range. The trial has been extremely useful for moving live Ultra HD production and distribution forward. We clearly have some issues to work on which is to be expected from a trial of this nature, but our overall summary is that the trial has been a great success. We have managed to go from a handful of devices in laboratories to full scale Internet delivery of Ultra HD in less than six months. Each test has grown in scale and we very much hope we can continue the trajectory,&rdquo; he concluded.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Colour TV 90 Years Old Fri, 20 Jul 2018 14:30:00 +0100 CRM Sync British inventor John Logie Baird made the world’s first public demonstration of colour TV on July 3rd 1928. The demo was made from Baird‘s laboratory on the edge of London’s Covent Garden at 133 Long Acre, not far from techUK's offices. <p>As we reflect on recent viewing of the FIFA World Cup and Wimbledon LTA Tennis in UHD on 60" flat screen home TVs we can see how much Television has changed in the last 90 years.</p> <p>The first technology used was electro-mechanical, and the early test subject was a basket of strawberries &ldquo;which proved popular with the staff&rdquo;. The following month, the same demonstration was given to a mostly academic audience attending a British Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Glasgow, according to London&rsquo;s Science Museum.</p> <p>The Science Museum report adds that in the mid-late 1930s, Baird returned to his colour television research and developed some of the world&rsquo;s first colour television systems, most of which used cathode-ray tubes. The effect of World War II, which saw BBC television service suspended, caused his company to go out of business and ended his salary. Nonetheless, he continued his colour television research by financing it from his own personal savings, including cashing in his life insurance policy. He gave the world&rsquo;s first demonstration of a fully integrated electronic colour picture tube on August 16th 1944. Baird&rsquo;s untimely death only two years later marked the end of his pioneering colour research in Britain.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Matt Hancock announces £487m NHS tech investment Fri, 20 Jul 2018 13:34:04 +0100 CRM Sync techUK welcomes further investment in Digital Health <p>The new Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock has announced almost half a billion pounds investment in health technology.</p> <p>At a speech in his Suffolk constituency, Mr Hancock, the former digital and culture secretary, pledged &pound;487m for technology in the NHS.</p> <p>Mr Hancock also tweeted that technology would be one his &lsquo;early priorities&rsquo; in the job.</p> <p><img alt="" src="//" style="height:478px; width:439px"></p> <p><span style="font-size:10px"><em>Source: Twitter</em></span></p> <p>The bulk of the money is part of the Paperless 2020 fund agreed in 2016. The money is allocated in tranches, subject to Treasury approval.</p> <p>techUK has welcomed the announcement. Head of Health and Social Care Ben Moody commented:</p> <p><em>&ldquo;We have worked closely with Matt Hancock in his time as Secretary of State at DCMS, so it is great to have someone in post who truly understands the transformative nature of digital health, and the investment required to make it happen. We talk a lot about the potential of Apps and Wearables, Artificial Intelligence and Genomics but until we get basic digitisation right none of these technologies can get near to its potential&rdquo;.</em></p> <p>The announcement comes just a week after a report by the Royal College of Surgeons highlighted the desperate need for digitisation in some parts of the NHS, with research showing almost 10,000 fax machines in use in the NHS.</p> <p>Read the full speech here: <a href=";utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&amp;utm_content=immediate" target="_blank">Matt Hancock: my priorities for the health and social care system</a></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Stuart Andrew MP appointed as new Minister for Defence Procurment Fri, 20 Jul 2018 11:35:52 +0100 CRM Sync Stuart Andrew MP appointed as new Minister for Defence Procurement <p>Stuart Andrew, MP for Pudsey has been appointed as the new Minister for Defence Procurement, replacing Guto Bebb MP who resigned earlier this week. He moves across Government from a role <span style="color:rgb(31, 73, 125)">in</span> the Wales Office.</p> <p style="margin-left:0cm; margin-right:0cm">On his appointment, he said: &ldquo;Britain boasts a truly world-beating defence industry, where some of the very best engineers and designers make outstanding equipment for our amazing Armed Forces and generate billions for our economy while they&rsquo;re at it.</p> <p style="margin-left:0cm; margin-right:0cm">"Incredible sights of our first new aircraft carrier sailing through global waters and F-35 fighter jets flying through British skies are striking symbols of major procurement deals now really coming to life, and ambitious plans are in place to ensure we continue leading the way into the future.</p> <p style="margin-left:0cm; margin-right:0cm">"I&rsquo;m very excited to press ahead with those plans, supporting this fascinating industry and ultimately getting the likes of new ships, jets and vehicles for the brave men and women who protect our nation every single day."</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Modernising Defence Programme – Headline Conclusions Fri, 20 Jul 2018 11:28:27 +0100 CRM Sync Secretary of State for Defence Gavin Williamson has announced the MDP’s headline conclusions in a written ministerial statement <p>On 19 July, the Defence Secretary made the first significant announcement on the Modernising Defence Programme (MDP) since the conclusion of the public consultation in April. techUK has summarised the three headline conclusions below, which the MOD intends to consider in further detail over the summer as part of the second stage of the MDP.</p> <p><strong>1. Our armed forces need to be ready and able to match the pace at which our adversaries now move:</strong></p> <ul><li>Since SDSR 2015, the pace at which the UK&rsquo;s adversaries can act against the nation has grown quickly</li> <li>These hostile acts are disguised and hard to attribute, operating below the conventional threshold for what might be considered an &lsquo;act of war&rsquo;</li> <li>The Armed Forces will need to be able to respond to threats from the &lsquo;new&rsquo; warfare domains of space and cyber</li> <li>To operate in the space domain, the MOD will publish a space strategy to guide future investment in satellites and other space capabilities</li> <li>The MOD will continue to pursue an &lsquo;integrated, collective approach to national security&rsquo; through a blended mix of hard and soft power, and will consider its &lsquo;global defence network, to make sure we have the right military and civilian staff deployed around the world&rsquo;</li> <li>The UK needs to able to respond to future crises rapidly on its own terms, and the MDP will consider how best to rebalance training and equipment in the operational environments across the world where the UK is deployed</li> <li>The MDP will review the UK&rsquo;s overseas basing to improve interoperability with allies and partners, drawing on NATO&rsquo;s readiness initiative</li> <li>The MOD will build a &lsquo;strategic net assessment capability&rsquo; which will examine all dimensions of competition and will assess how decisions taken by allies and adversaries may play out over the short, medium and long term</li> <li>The MOD will also consider &lsquo;a much more agile approach to the development of future equipment, with a clear focus on the increasing flexibility required to maintain strategic advantage&rsquo;</li> </ul><p><strong>2. A fighting force fit for the challenges of the 21st century:</strong></p> <ul><li>The principles set out in Joint Force 2025 are right: &lsquo;we want armed forces able to operate with agility and pace in the information age&rsquo;, but the MOD may &lsquo;need to accelerate elements of the programme to meet the most acute threats sooner&rsquo; and might &lsquo;want to introduce new capabilities or equipment that provide significant advantage in the immediate term&rsquo;</li> <li>The MOD will also look to improve the resilience of Defence, to ensure the UK&rsquo;s networks and systems are protected against hostile infiltration and cyber-attacks</li> <li>To operate effectively in the information age, the MOD has stressed the need for information advantage, where future conflicts &lsquo;will increasingly be won and lost based on who uses information technology most effectively: sensors, computing, communication, cyber and machine learning, artificial intelligence and autonomy&rsquo;</li> <li>Through the second stage of the MDP, the MOD will consider &lsquo;how to &#8203;enhance our ability to collect, analyse, disseminate and act very rapidly on the vast quantities of data that characterise the contemporary operating environment&rsquo;</li> <li>The MOD will look to modernise its approach to technology and innovation by taking a coordinated approach to technology and experimentation with greater central oversight &ndash; this will enable the department to pursue opportunities and novel ideas with a greater acceptance of higher levels of risk</li> <li>To this end, the MOD intends to &lsquo;invest in a series of &ldquo;Spearhead&rdquo; initiatives on key new technologies and increase our spending on innovation, science and technology&rsquo;</li> <li>To support this, the MOD will &lsquo;publish a &ldquo;Defence Technology Framework&rdquo;, setting out the Department&rsquo;s technology priorities so that we can focus efforts and guide strategy, investment and plans across defence as a whole&rsquo;</li> </ul><p><strong>3. Transforming the business of defence to deliver a robust, credible, modern and affordable force:</strong></p> <ul><li>The MOD is examining the way it is organised and managed &lsquo;with clearer responsibilities and accountabilities to deliver better value for money&rsquo;</li> <li>The MOD will look to exploit the approaches, processes and technologies with a proven track record of success outside of the Defence sector</li> <li>The MOD will encourage a culture of experimentation, and will change its acquisition and commercial processes to &lsquo;better support the rapid and incremental adoption of new and emerging technologies&rsquo;</li> <li>To create financial headroom for Defence modernisation, the MOD will consider how to drive efficiencies &lsquo;by adopting ambitious, digitally-enabled business modernisation&rsquo;</li> <li>The MOD intends to adopt a more collaborative and demanding approach to its relationship with industry, &lsquo;centred around an agreed set of productivity, efficiency, skills and innovation challenges&rsquo;</li> <li>The second stage of the MDP will also examine how Defence can further enhance the contribution of Defence to the UK&rsquo;s overall prosperity, building on the <a href="" target="_blank">recommendations set out in Philip Dunne MP&rsquo;s independent report</a></li> </ul><p><strong>Responding to the Modernising Defence Programme headline conclusions, techUK&rsquo;s Head of Defence Programme Fred Sugden said:</strong></p> <p><em>&ldquo;techUK welcomes the initial findings of the MDP and is particularly pleased to see the emphasis placed on delivering information advantage through the exploitation of new information technologies and capabilities. We also welcome the introduction of the Defence Technology Framework to provide clarity around the MOD&rsquo;s technology priorities, and the commitment to reform acquisition and commercial processes to support the rapid adoption of emerging technologies, many of which are developed by techUK members. techUK has long supported the MOD in its drive to become a modern, digitally-enabled business, and stands ready to assist the MOD as it looks to achieve this through the MDP&rsquo;s outputs.&rdquo; &nbsp;</em></p> <p><a href="">You can read the full transcript of the ministerial statement on the MDP's headline conclusions by clicking here.</a></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Early consumer experiences of smart meters 2018 Fri, 20 Jul 2018 11:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync Citizens Advice's research, published July 2018, explores what experiences consumers have when deciding to have a smart meter installed, their satisfaction during the installation process and post installation experiences. <p>Citizens Advice commissioned an&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">early research in 2016</a> which informed that there were &nbsp;high levels of consumer satisfaction, but also some areas of concern. Two years and approximately seven million more smart meters later, we are keen to see what progress has been made and whether the smart meter consumer experience has changed.</p> <p>Smart meters are the &lsquo;building blocks&rsquo; that could transform the energy market. To really achieve this, government and industry must ensure that the technology works, allowing all consumers to access new offers and services in the future.</p> <p>Due to the very compressed time scale, energy suppliers are coming across a range of difficult installation problems, given the huge variation and types of homes across Great Britain. Given the pace at which suppliers are expected to deliver the roll-out, a timely response to identifying and resolving gaps in processes is crucial.</p> <p>The research showed that <strong>80% of people</strong> who had a smart meter installed <strong>were satisfied</strong> with the installation process, however nearly a fifth of those consumers not have a straight forward installation.</p> <p>The research also found that multiple installation appointments, were not able to have a smart meter installed or had an appliance that was condemned, and unusable anymore.</p> <p>The good news is that <strong>55% of the respondents have noticed a positive behavioural change</strong> towards energy use, of course with some hurdles like having to provide meter readings, or having a device condemned from the network.</p> <p>Expectations are that during the smart meter roll-out, consumers are given all the relevant information. More than a quarter of all respondents (26.4%), both smart meter users and non-smart meter users were concerned about how suppliers <strong>use smart meter energy usage data</strong>. However, <strong>60% of the respondents were reassured</strong> once it was explained they can control how often suppliers check meter readings and consent was needed.</p> <p><strong>Citizens Advice Recommends:</strong></p> <ol><li>It is crucial for suppliers to <strong>inform consumers</strong> in a way that they can understand their <strong>data access rights.</strong></li> <li>Consistency in delivering a <strong>&ldquo;difficult&rdquo; installation.</strong></li> <li>No consumer in a vulnerable situation or otherwise should be left without a means to cook or heat and light their <strong>homes after having an appliance condemned.</strong></li> <li>Citizens Advice will continue to monitor the scale of <strong>shock bills</strong> and industry should too.</li> <li>All consumers should benefit from <strong>accurate bills</strong> and energy suppliers should seek to address these issues promptly. The regulator should introduce rules to prevent all back billing for smart meter customers.</li> </ol><p>R<a href="" target="_blank">ead the full report here.</a></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> More companies required to publicly report on carbon and energy Fri, 20 Jul 2018 07:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync If you are a large company, as defined under the Companies Act, you will be required to disclose your carbon and energy use from 2019. <p>The new requirements <a href="">follow a consultation last year</a> and is part of a raft of work to simplify the policy framework for energy and carbon reporting. Government is slimming down the statute book by ending the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme from next year.</p> <p>Yet <a href="">under the proposals published by Government this week</a>, substantially more companies will be required to disclose their energy use and the carbon emissions they are responsible for. The new rules will apply to all quoted and large UK incorporated firms as well as LLPs.</p> <p>Unquoted companies will have to report their energy use and emissions relating to gas, electricity and transport, and an intensity metric, through their company's Annual Reports. Quoted companies will have to continue to report their global greenhouse gas emissions and an intensity metric, and additionally start to report their global total energy use.&nbsp;</p> <p><br> Companies will also be required to provide a narrative outlining what action the company has taken on energy efficiency in the last 12 months.<br><br> A <em>de minimis</em> will exclude very low energy users: those who can demonstrate that they have used less than 40,000 kWh in a 12 month period. There will also be an exemption from disclosure in cases where Director&rsquo;s think would be seriously prejudicial to the interests of the company (following concerns raised by energy intensive industries re disclosing energy use).<br><br><strong>techUK is organising a webinar to help companies who may be newly impacted by the reporting requirements to help them understand what they need to do to prepare. To register interest please <a href="">click here</a> to contact Lucas Banach.</strong></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Science & Technology Committee report into future immigration system Thu, 19 Jul 2018 15:32:25 +0100 CRM Sync Policy Manager for Skills, Talent & Diversity, India Lucas, comments on the Science & Technology Committee's report into 'An immigration system that works for science and innovation’. <p>Today, the Science and Technology Committee released their <u><a href="" target="_blank"><span style="color:#0000CD">report</span></a></u> &lsquo;An immigration system that works for science and innovation&rsquo;. We were very pleased to see such strong synergies between the report&rsquo;s recommendations and principles for a future immigration system and our own, as put forward both in our <u><a href="" target="_blank"><span style="color:#0000CD">written submission</span></a></u> to the Committee inquiry and expressed in the <u><a href="" target="_blank"><span style="color:#0000CD">oral evidence session</span></a></u> earlier in June which our Head of Policy gave evidence at.&nbsp;</p> <p>We commend the Committee for highlighting the business and research need for access to the brightest and best and hope the report feeds into the imminent Immigration White Paper.&nbsp;</p> <p>The report&rsquo;s key takeaways:&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Short-term mobility</strong> &ndash; techUK commends the Committee for recognising that short-term mobility, both into and out of the UK, is integral for research, innovation and collaboration. Similarly, the Committee notes that short-term mobility is often needed at short notice and therefore the UK immigration system must facilitate such travel. &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Breaks in continuous residency </strong>&ndash; the report calls for an Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR)&nbsp;&lsquo;Research Activity&rsquo; exemption to be made for individuals who need to spend more than 180 days in any 12 months overseas for research purposes. We have already seen softening in traditional ILR requirements in the EU Settlement Scheme&rsquo;s continuous residency requirements and we hope the government continues applying this pragmatic flexibility.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Tier 2</strong> &ndash;&nbsp;</p> <ul><li>The shortage occupation list &ndash; there are clear problems with the shortage occupation list for Tier 2 (General) visa. Whilst this has been temporarily relieved following the short-term removal of NHS workers, techUK is clear that there is still a need for reform. The Committee goes further in calling for the scrapping of the list, on the basis that it&rsquo;s reactionary nature means it will always be out of date.&nbsp;</li> <li>Defining &lsquo;skills&rsquo; &ndash; the Committee is acutely aware in their report that salary should not be used as a proxy for skill and techUK supports this. The Committee suggests that &lsquo;skilled workers&rsquo; should be defined as requiring Level 3 qualifications or above. techUK supports calls to redefine &lsquo;skilled worker&rsquo;.&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> <li>&nbsp;Annual caps &ndash; we support the Committee in calling for the removal of the cap on Tier 2 (General) visas.&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> <li>Visas costs &ndash; The Committee calls for the reduction in costs for both individuals and employers for Tier 2 visas. This clearly draws on our evidence on the often convoluted and burdensome visa application process for employers.&nbsp;</li> </ul><p><strong>Post-study work</strong> &ndash; techUK called for the reintroduction of the Tier 1 Post Study Work visa in our written submission under certain conditions. We are glad the Committee&rsquo;s supports us in reinstating the visa for individuals with a recognised degree from a UK higher education institution as a means of ensuring the brightest and best who have been educated at UK institutions are encouraged to remain in the UK.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> ONS Crime Stats: Fraud & Cyber Crime Still Dominate Thu, 19 Jul 2018 13:38:59 +0100 CRM Sync ONS figures confirm that people are more likely to be a victim of cyber crime & fraud than any other crime. <p>The Office for National Statistics has today <a href="" target="_blank">published estimates from the Crime Survey for England and Wales</a>. The figures, for the year ending March 2018, once again reveal that a person is more likely to be a victim of fraud or cyber crime than any other offence.</p> <p>The CSEW estimates that there were 6 million crimes excluding fraud and computer misuse, but this rises to 10.5 million when those two are included. So with an estimated 3.24 million fraud offences and 1.23m of computer misuse, these two crime types together account for almost half of all crimes. Crucially, the ONS report noted that &ldquo;over half of fraud incidents for the latest survey year were thought to be cyber-related.&rdquo;</p> <p>Responding to the survey, techUK&rsquo;s Programme Manager for Justice &amp; Emergency Services, Henry Rex, said</p> <p>&ldquo;<em>Since October 2015 CSEW stats have typically emphasised the scale of the threat we face from cyber crime and fraud, and today&rsquo;s figures are no different. An individual is more likely to fall victim to these crimes than any other. As the <a href="" target="_blank">City of London Police have pointed out</a>, there are still grave issues around under-reporting, and since the Crime Survey does not include crimes against businesses, the true scale of this challenge may be even greater.</em></p> <p><em>Law enforcement, Government and the tech industry continue to work closely together to ensure that police are equipped with the skills and tools they need to tackle this threat. And techUK looks forward to continuing our work bringing all parties together to explore how tech can <a href="" target="_blank">best be deployed to combat the changing threat of fraud and cyber crime</a>.</em></p> <p><em>The 31% decrease in computer misuse itself (down to 1.2 million offences) is gratifying. Given that it is attributed to a fall in computer viruses, this perhaps hints that messages around basic cyber security are starting to get through. But the fact that there has been no change in hacking offences or fraud suggests that there is still a long way to go.</em>&rdquo;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> DCMS consultation shows commitment to homegrown cyber security skills Thu, 19 Jul 2018 11:02:37 +0100 CRM Sync New Cyber Security Council a step forward in UK producing world-leading professional body <p>The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has <a href="">published a consultation</a> looking at ways in which to professionalise the cyber security sector; primarily through the creation of a Cyber Security Council that would align the vast number of different existing cyber professional qualifications and develop Royal Chartered Status for the cyber security sector.</p> <p>The <a href="">Government&rsquo;s National Cyber Security Strategy</a>, published in 2016, set out a series of commitments from Government on developing the cyber security profession in the UK to ensure that we have the right skills, capabilities and professionalism to meet the growing cyber threat.&nbsp; The proposals set out in this consultation are designed to further these commitments, helping people enter the profession and giving employers the confidence that those within the sector have the capabilities and integrity required.</p> <p>The proposed establishment of a Cyber Security Council, independent of Government, is seen as the best mechanism to achieve these aims and will be designed to bring more coherence, co-ordination and consistency to the cyber security profession.</p> <p><span style="color:black"><strong>Minister for Digital Margot James</strong> said:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><em><span style="color:black">"We have some of the best people in the world working in cyber security and making sure we continue develop the capability, diversity and professionalism of the sector is a critical part of our National Cyber Security Strategy.</span></em></p> <p><em><span style="color:black">"This consultation sets out proposals to accelerate the development of the profession and I encourage people to share their views to help the UK remain at the forefront of the industry."&nbsp;</span></em></p> <p>Responding to the launch of the consultation, <strong>Julian David, CEO, techUK,</strong> said:</p> <p><em>&ldquo;The UK is in need of more qualified cyber security professionals. A skilled and professionalised cyber workforce is crucial to the growth and success of the UK&rsquo;s cyber ecosystem, which in turn will benefit all UK businesses and citizens. </em></p> <p>&nbsp;<em>&ldquo;techUK therefore welcomes this DCMS consultation on developing the cyber security profession through the creation of a Cyber Security Council. &nbsp;</em><br> &nbsp;<br><em>&ldquo;This is an important step for the UK cyber security industry, helping to set out clear pathways into the cyber profession by aligning the vast number of existing professional qualifications and developing a Royal Chartered Status as the highest standard for cyber security professionals to aspire to reach. &nbsp;</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;techUK will be responding to the DCMS consultation with input from our members and looks forward to working with the Council as it begins to establish itself as a visible and authoritative voice for the cyber profession.&rdquo; </em></p> <p><strong>Supporting quotes from techUK members include: </strong></p> <p><strong>Mark Hughes, CEO, BT Security said: </strong></p> <p><em>&lsquo;Estimates suggest that the UK only has a third of the cyber security professionals it needs. We need to take quick and decisive action to make more people aware of the vast opportunities offered by the cyber security profession. </em></p> <p><em>BT welcomes the Government&rsquo;s announcement of a consultation on a Cyber Security Council as a significant step forwards in addressing this challenge. As the UK&rsquo;s largest cyber security employer, we look forward to working with our partners in government and industry to support this initiative&rsquo; </em></p> <p><strong>Rob Crook, Managing Director, Raytheon, and member of techUK&rsquo;s cyber management committee, commented: </strong></p> <p><em>"We welcome DCMS's lead in this very important initiative. A cyber profession will help us to explain to school children, students, parents and teachers how to develop a rewarding career in cyber and also to open doors for those with a diverse range of background and experience. I'm working with techUK to help to coordinate industry's response to the consultation which I know will be fully supportive." </em></p> <p>To access the consultation document, please <a href="">click here</a>.</p> <div> <hr><div> <div>&nbsp;</div> </div> </div>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> Committee urges urgent action on cyber skills gap Thu, 19 Jul 2018 09:43:05 +0100 CRM Sync Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy (JCNSS) has released a report into Cyber Security skills. <p>Today, the Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy (JCNSS) has released a report into Cyber Security skills as part of its work looking at the cyber resilience of UK Critical National Infrastructure (CNI). The report, the first of two, concludes that a shortage of specialist technical skills in the cyber sector is one of the largest challenges facing UK CNI.</p> <p>The Committee calls on Government to step forward and take the lead in developing a strategy to give drive and direction to the lack of cyber security skills in the UK, in particular through finalising a Cyber Skills Strategy that was originally expected in November 2016 but not now expected until late 2018. This Strategy, the report implies, would help form a more detailed analysis of the challenges and scale facing the sector, improving the Government&rsquo;s ability to understand and therefore address the skills shortfall. Similarly, the report suggests that any strategy should contain a formalised implantation plan.</p> <p>Some of the key conclusions and recommendations of the Report include:</p> <ul><li>A<span style="color:rgb(51, 51, 51)"> concern that information about the nature of the cyber security skills gap in the CNI sector is primarily anecdotal</span>: t<span style="color:rgb(51, 51, 51)">here is no detailed analysis available of which CNI sectors are most affected, in which disciplines and at which levels of expertise the shortage is most acute, or of where these gaps leave the UK critically vulnerable. </span></li> <li><span style="color:windowtext">Welcoming</span> the many useful initiatives to date,<span style="color:windowtext"> but suggesting </span>that industry be utilised more as a source of up to date expertise. <span style="color:windowtext">In particular</span>, the scale of educational initiatives should be scaled up to meet massive demand, and the long term nature of schools based initiatives means other methods should be employed more, for example upskilling the existing workforce;</li> <li>Widening the<span style="color:windowtext"> National Cyber Security Centre&rsquo;s (NCSC)</span> Industry 100 initiative across Government and CNI operators, and ensuring all civil servants have basic cyber security training;</li> <li><span style="color:windowtext">Calling on Government to</span> move forward with its plan for the a Cyber Professional Body, helping to mature the profession and forging clear career pathways and entry points;</li> </ul><p>The Chair of the Joint Committee, Dame Margaret Beckett MP, said:</p> <p><em>&ldquo;We acknowledge that the cyber security profession is relatively new and still evolving and that the pace of change in technology may well outstrip the development of academic qualifications. However, we are calling on Government to work closely with industry and education to consider short-term demand as well as long-term planning. As a very first response, Government must work in close partnership with the CNI sector and providers to create a cyber security skills strategy to give clarity and direction. It is a pressing matter of national security to do so."</em></p> <p>Responding to the report, Talal Rajab, Head of Cyber and National Security, techUK said: &ldquo;<em>We are pleased to have worked with the Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy on this important inquiry into the cyber resilience of the UK&rsquo;s critical national infrastructure (CNI). &nbsp;</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;The WannaCry attack last year demonstrated the negative consequences a successful cyber attack can have on our critical infrastructure and, as various CNI sectors become more digital in nature, the protection of essential services will be one of the greatest challenges facing the UK. &nbsp;</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;The Joint Committee&rsquo;s report rightly recognises that a lack of cyber security skills in the UK is unduly affecting the ability of CNI operators to protect the critical sectors that we rely on in our daily lives.&nbsp; techUK welcomes the many initiatives that Government has conducted in this space from the classroom to the boardroom. This includes the recent announcement pertaining to the creation of a Cyber Professional Body that will establish career pathways for cyber professionals to enter the sector. We also commend the ongoing work of the NCSC&rsquo;s Cyber First programme inspiring young people, especially girls, to consider a career in cyber. We look forward to working with Government as it increases activities to plug the cyber skills gap and protect the UK&rsquo;s critical services."</em></p> <p>The full report can be accessed <a href=""><u>here</u></a>.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> Environmental Outlook for the Combustion Sector Thu, 19 Jul 2018 07:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync The Environment Agency has published their Combustion Sector report, which provides a useful point of reference for data centre operators with standby plant <p>techUK welcomes the Environment Agency&rsquo;s Outlook For the Combustion Sector.&nbsp; This useful overview explains the Agency&rsquo;s role and the importance of environmental compliance for industries engaged in combustion activities. &nbsp;It summarises the progress that has been made over recent years, outlines recent developments and set out the Agency&rsquo;s future priorities.</p> <p>A publication focused on combustion industries may seem at first glance to be a strange place to find the digital technology sector, but combustion plant plays a crucial role in ensuring resilience and business continuity within the UK&rsquo;s data centre estate.&nbsp;</p> <p>Data centres are part of our core national infrastructure.&nbsp; They process, store and transact digital data, enabling the ICT functions that underpin every aspect of our modern economy, and they have a long association with combustion plant in the form of diesel generators.&nbsp;</p> <p>However, this plant is not used to power our facilities:&nbsp; data centres run almost exclusively on mains electricity.&nbsp; The generating plant is in place as emergency standby, to be deployed in the unlikely event of grid power failure, or in some cases when the quality of supply is inadequate (e.g. the frequency varies or drops below the required threshold).&nbsp; ICT functions are compromised by power interruptions longer than a few milliseconds, so uninterruptible power supplies are absolutely critical for data centres.&nbsp;&nbsp; Most use a combination of batteries and diesel generators to ensure continuity of supply: the batteries provide instantaneous but short term power whilst the generators start up, a process that takes around 30 seconds.&nbsp;&nbsp; The generators can then run indefinitely provided that they can be refuelled regularly.</p> <p>We estimate that the total embedded generating capacity currently installed within the UK data centre sector is somewhere between 1GW and 3GW.&nbsp; The standby capacity for the sector is relatively high because sufficient emergency back up provision is needed to cover the maximum possible load at each site, plus spare capacity in the event that any units should fail.&nbsp; In reality, because of the reliability of the grid supply, data centre generators are used rarely in anger and many have never been deployed in this way.&nbsp; They are of course run regularly for short periods as part of testing and maintenance routines.&nbsp;</p> <p>The sector complies with a range of regulations and controls relating to its combustion plant.&nbsp; These controls include EU ETS, which deals with scope 1 carbon emissions.&nbsp;&nbsp; Air quality and other pollutant emissions are currently addressed by the Industrial Emissions Directive which applies to a few of our very largest sites and is implemented through EPR (Environmental Permitting Regulations).&nbsp; From next year the Medium Combustion Plant Directive and additional domestic generator controls will introduce air quality control measures for smaller installations.</p> <p>We work closely with the Environment Agency to raise awareness of new legislation, we explain regulatory requirements to our operators and we explain our members&rsquo; operations to the regulator, we develop guidance materials and act as a conduit for discussion and information exchange.&nbsp;&nbsp; This new publication will help to inform those discussions and will act as a useful reference source both for those working within the sector and external observers.</p> <p><strong>Explanatory and contextual notes:&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>techUK represents the UK&rsquo;s data centre industry, for whom the Environment Agency regulates emergency backup combustion plant. This sector is relatively new to regulation by the EA.&nbsp; The data centre sector also works with the EA on climate change adaptation along with other infrastructure operators and reported on sector readiness at the end of the second round. The UK data centre sector is globally significant, dominating the European market.&nbsp; Data centres are unusual in that the sector is characterised by significant generating capacity but negligible generating function.&nbsp; With some of the largest facilities in EMEA, UK operators are often the first in the region to tackle EU combustion compliance requirements.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Challenges for the sector in a combustion context are:</p> <ul><li>Ensuring awareness of, and compliance with, regulations that are targeted at large scope one emitters.&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> <li>Security of supply during the transition to renewable provision and also following our exit from the EU.&nbsp; While existing operators generally have power provisioning &nbsp;&nbsp;contracts in place, constraints on supply could limit future growth.</li> <li>Establishing ways to make better use of embedded generating capacity for load balancing / peak demand without impacting air quality or human health.</li> </ul><p>In the longer term,</p> <ul><li>Contributing to the development of a more proportionate regulatory regime for&nbsp; combustion plant operators with very low emissions.</li> <li>Identifying and implementing alternative solutions for the provision of emergency standby power for data centres, so that diesel power can be phased out.</li> </ul><p>&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK response to European Commission Android case Wed, 18 Jul 2018 12:17:42 +0100 CRM Sync techUK highlights the importance of the UK app economy as the European Commission publish its findings and decision on Android anti-trust investigation. <p>Commenting on the importance of the UK app economy following the European Commission's decision following its investigation into Android techUK said:</p> <p><em>&ldquo;The UK has a world-leading app economy which has helped to create 330,000 jobs here and has led to millions of useful, informative and fun apps being developed that are valued by consumers and businesses alike. </em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;The app ecosystem has benefited consumers by helping lower the cost of smartphones and has benefited developers by lowering entry costs. These benefits should not be overlooked. It is therefore important that the action taken by the European Commission does not undermine the wider ecosystem on which the app economy relies and ensures consumers continue to have a choice of devices and apps.&nbsp;It must focus on striking the right balance between ensuring consumer choice and supporting open source as a viable route for developers to build services and deliver content to consumers.&rdquo;</em></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Cyber security investment opportunities in emerging markets Tue, 17 Jul 2018 15:26:26 +0100 CRM Sync Frost & Sullivan has released five white papers providing an overview of emerging digital market opportunities in South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Brazil and Indonesia. <p><span style="font-size:12pt">Frost &amp; Sullivan, commissioned by the UK Government&rsquo;s Prosperity Fund, has released five white papers providing an overview of emerging digital market opportunities in <strong>South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Brazil and Indonesia</strong>.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt">The white papers assess digital market size and forecast growth, through the lenses of <strong>cybersecurity</strong>, <strong>telecommunications</strong> and <strong>digital services</strong>, providing market data and trend analysis, along with opportunities for UK digital businesses. </span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt">The UK Prosperity Fund is committed to reducing poverty through online inclusion (getting citizens online) and stimulating digital market economies, opening up opportunities of UK and international business. To find out more on how the UK Prosperity Fund plans to further support UK digital/cyber companies in accessing opportunities in emerging markets, please register your interest <strong><u><span style="color:rgb(91, 155, 213)"><a href="">here</a>.</span></u></strong><span style="color:rgb(91, 155, 213)"> </span></span></p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK joint AI and Cyber Working Group Created Tue, 17 Jul 2018 14:06:57 +0100 CRM Sync A joint AI and Cyber Programme working group is being created to produce a thought leadership report that will look to demystify the current AI and cyber landscape, build trust in the security of emerging AI technologies and demonstrate the opportuni <p>As part of techUK&rsquo;s AI Week a roundtable was held to discuss the cyber security opportunities, questions and possible challenges being raised by the development and adoption of AI technologies. At the event members highlighted the importance of demystifying and addressing current security concerns raised around AI, the potential of AI to bolster cyber security capabilities and the role AI could play in attracting more people to join the cyber security industry.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The event also discussed the role techUK should play in helping to drive discussion on these important areas. It was agreed that techUK has a key role to provide clarity on the current debate around the security of AI by&nbsp;deconstructing the current landscape and addressing current misconceptions around the security of AI technologies. It was also felt that techUK should look to promote how AI and cyber are complementary and that AI technologies can assist, not replace human decision making in cyber security.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Based on this feedback and call to action by techUK members a joint AI and Cyber Programme working group is being created to produce a thought leadership report that will look to demystify the current AI and cyber landscape, build trust in the security of emerging AI technologies and demonstrate the opportunities AI offers the cyber security industry including ways in which AI can be used as a tool to address the cyber security skills gap.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>We are now looking for members to join this working group that will begin its work on 4&nbsp;September. If you would like to be involved in developing techUK&rsquo;s Cyber and AI report please contact <a href=""></a></p> <p>If you would like to hear more about the work of the AI and Cyber programmes or would get more involved please do get in touch with the relevant teams.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> Driving AI uptake and adoption – we need your help! Tue, 17 Jul 2018 13:55:19 +0100 CRM Sync techUK is forming a working group focussing on increasing AI uptake and adoption in the UK - get involved! <p>In October last year <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">the independent review</span></a> on how the Artificial Intelligence industry can be grown in the UK, carried out by Professor Dame Wendy Hall and J&eacute;r&ocirc;me Pesenti, was published. A key recommendation made in the review regarding the uptake of AI was for techUK to work with the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Digital Catapult, and key players in industry sectors to develop practical guidance on the opportunities and challenges of successful adoption of AI across the UK economy.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Following techUK&rsquo;s engagement with the Digital Catapult and the Royal Academy of Engineering, a joint project is now underway to develop a guide for business leaders on the key steps that organisations need to consider to become an AI enabled and driven organisation. Key areas that are likely to be raised in the guide will be the importance of cloud adoption, cyber security, data protection and taking an ethical approach to business thinking around AI. This work was cited in the AI Sector Deal in April.</p> <p>This project is now beginning to take shape. But we need your help.</p> <p>We are looking for members willing to join a small techUK editorial working group that will provide direct input to the development of this business guide and review output that will be developed by a project delivery team made up of representatives from techUK, Digital Catapult and the Royal Academy of Engineering. In order to kick off this work, techUK is looking to bring together the techUK editorial working group for an initial meeting in early September to review the project aims, objectives and draft skeleton and to provide direct input as the guide starts to be written. Following an initial meeting the editorial working group will work virtually and via conference calls as the guide itself develops.</p> <p>If you would be interested in being part of the techUK editorial working group for this project, please inform <a href=""></a> by Friday 3rd August&nbsp; . If you would like to discuss this project in more detail please reach out to <a href=""></a>.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> How can we ensure truthfulness, online and off? Tue, 17 Jul 2018 10:59:23 +0100 CRM Sync The truth matters, but it is a mistake to think of 'fake news' as only a technology problem. <p>As Ofcom CEO Sharon White correctly <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">points out in her Times article last week</span></a>, social media is driving rapid change in the way people access and consume news. It has enabled people to access more diverse sources of information and has facilitated the growth of whole new types of journalism from the likes of Vice, Vox and Buzzfeed. &nbsp;But social media has also suffered from a proliferation of deliberately inaccurate information varying from relatively benign clickbait to seriously harmful false stories designed to undermine democratic processes.</p> <p>White suggests a new regulator might need to step in to address the proliferation of what is now dubbed &lsquo;fake news&rsquo;. On the face of it the case for regulation looks compelling. Private businesses, for very legitimate reasons, can struggle to act where they fear crossing the line on free speech. But regulators may also find that this proves difficult territory to enter. This is undeniably an extremely important issue. So how do we ensure that we address it in the right way?</p> <p>Fake news is simply a new name for an old problem. Lies and disinformation have long pre-dated digital media. Indeed propagandists have often been at the forefront of exploiting new technology &ndash; whether it was the printing press or radio.</p> <p>So, if we are to create an independent regulator to oversee online news we must ensure that the same standards apply offline as well as online. No one disagrees with need to combat fake news online, but it must be done legally, fairly, effectively and with due process. A new regulator that is set up to be a guardian of the truth will have an incredibly difficult path to steer.</p> <p>Technology clearly plays a vital role, but it would be a mistake to consider &lsquo;fake news&rsquo; simply as a technology problem to which there is a simple technology solution. At its very core &lsquo;fake news&rsquo; is about fundamental untruths, how we identify them and how we respond to them as a society. But at a time when political views are particularly polarised understanding what is and isn&rsquo;t factually accurate information is likely to challenge potential regulators just as much as it does technology companies today and journalists today.</p> <p>In the UK we have a long tradition of highly partisan media. Coverage of the same event can be wildly different depending on the media outlets political perspective, blurring the line between fact and opinion, and even fact and fiction.</p> <p>We must avoid a situation where an article that would be seen as acceptable in print format, is considered to be in breach of a new online code. Would a new regulator hold elected politicians and traditional media to the same standard of truthfulness that they would demand from social media platforms? The Daily Mail has already been banned as a source from Wikipedia for its &ldquo;reputation for poor fact checking and sensationalism&rdquo;. &nbsp;Do we all agree that this is a good thing or is it a reflection of liberal bias in Wikipedia? There are many examples of democratically elected politicians sharing or spinning news that is misleading or outright false. This presents real challenges for established traditional media, never mind for social media platforms. How effective do we believe social media platforms need to be in identifying, verifying and taking down fake news? How would a regulator be able to keep up with the volume of decisions taken by such companies? How would it know if legitimate content was being inappropriately blocked by these companies? Is it appropriate for an international for-profit companies to be the arbiters of what is and is not legitimate news for UK citizens?</p> <p>In many circumstances, &lsquo;fake&rsquo; might be easy to spot but an equal number, if not more, it will require fact-checking, close inspection and a judgement call. What this process will look like and what resources such a regulator would have are important details that need to be thought through.</p> <p>Tackling fake news is a challenge that extends far beyond the role of technology and social media companies. Politicians, advocacy groups, and traditional media all have a role to play in ensuring that a democratic society can be informed by accurate and verifiable open information. A fake news regulator will have an incredibly difficult and sensitive job on its hands. We need to think very carefully therefore about whether this is indeed the right approach. Getting this wrong could make today&rsquo;s problems very much worse. So lets ask the hard questions now and ensure we build an approach that works.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK comment on Japan and EU mutual adequacy decisions Tue, 17 Jul 2018 10:37:18 +0100 CRM Sync Read techUK Deputy CEO Antony Walker's comment on the mutual adequacy agreements agreed today between the EU and Japan. <p>Commenting on the mutual adequacy agreements agreed today between the EU and Japan, techUK&rsquo;s deputy CEO, Antony Walker, said:</p> <p><em>&ldquo;Today&rsquo;s landmark announcement of EU-Japan mutual adequacy agreements demonstrates the fundamental importance of the free flow of data sitting alongside free trade in both goods and services. The fact that the EU and Japan have agreed mutual adequacy decisions is hugely significant in unlocking data flows between advanced digital economies. Japan is the first country to agree adequacy under the GDPR and as a member of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC). This means the agreement potentially opens up a new pathway for onward data transfer through APEC countries. It will be important to see how the specific additional safeguards agreed by Japan will operate in practice and what that means for&nbsp;the operational effectiveness of this agreement. It will also be an important test-case as the UK and EU seek to agree a data flows agreement post-Brexit, by setting out the key requirements to meet the &lsquo;essentially equivalent&rsquo; test under GDPR. Given the UK and EU&rsquo;s data protection regimes are significantly more aligned than Japan and the EU, techUK would hope the UK and EU will be able to agree mutual adequacy decisions as soon as possible.&nbsp;</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;The EU-Japan agreement also demonstrates the benefits of agreeing adequacy decisions alongside free trade agreements, as we expect the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement also to be signed today. In a global digital economy, data and trade go hand in hand, so it is positive that the EU and Japan have been able to agree both a trade deal and data flows agreement side by side.</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;It is still not clear whether the UK will be able to roll over existing EU adequacy decisions, and what the process for doing so will be. More clarity on this issue is needed to ensure data can continue to flow between the UK and countries it already has agreements with. The new Japan adequacy agreement will be a crucial one to consider as part of that process.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> Most Influential Women in UK Technology Tue, 17 Jul 2018 10:12:27 +0100 CRM Sync techUK Members & Staff feature in Computer Weekly’s 2018 ‘Most Influential Women in Tech’ longlist <p>techUK is delighted to see a number of its members&rsquo; employees were included in Computer Weekly&rsquo;s recently published <a href="">Most Influential Women in Tech</a> longlist for 2018.</p> <p>Among the more than 200 names put forward were:</p> <ul><li>Alexa Marenghi, global diversity and business programme manager, Microsoft; founder of Codess</li> <li>Beatrice Butsana-Sita, managing director, IT and networks at Capita</li> <li>Carmina Lees, managing director, Technology Consulting at Accenture</li> <li>Caroline Graham, director change management at Barclays; head of WeAreTheCity India</li> <li>Catherine Knivett, head of programmes at Corsham Institute</li> <li>Charlotte Finn, vice-president global strategic relations at <a href=""></a></li> <li>Christine Ashton, global CDO, digital office cloud ERP, SAP</li> <li>Christine Hodgson, chairman of Capgemini UK</li> <li>Claire Vyvyan, senior vice president, UK &amp; Ireland commercial business, Dell EMC</li> <li>Daryn Edgar, vice president, digital advisory, EMEA, SAP</li> <li>Elizabeth Eastaugh, senior director, product &ndash; eCP, enterprise data platform services at Expedia</li> <li>Elizabeth Vega, global CEO, Informed Solutions</li> <li>Emma Lacy, public sector project manager, Oracle</li> <li>Emma McGuigan, group technology officer, communications, media &amp; technology, Accenture</li> <li>Gayna Hart, founder and managing director, Quicksilva</li> <li>Harriet Green, head of Asia Pacific, IBM</li> <li>Helen Kelisky, vice-president, cloud, UK and Ireland, IBM</li> <li>Helen Lamb, vice-president, strategic pursuits unit, global delivery group, Fujitsu</li> <li>Karen Young, managing director of MDS Technologies</li> <li>Kim Nilsson, co-founder and CEO, Pivigo</li> <li>Kriti Sharma, vice president for AI, Sage</li> <li>Magdalena Kron, &lrm;head of Rise London and vice-president open innovation, Barclays; co-founder, Geek Girl Meetup UK</li> <li>Mandy Chessell, distinguished engineer, IBM</li> <li>Melinda Roylett, senior director, head of small and medium business, EMEA, PayPal</li> <li>Melissa Di Donato, chief revenue officer, SAP ERP Cloud</li> <li>Nicola Mendelsohn, managing director, Facebook Europe</li> <li>Pearl Noble-Mallock,&nbsp;head of product and cyber security, BAE Systems</li> <li>Rebecca George, lead public sector partner, Deloitte</li> <li>Regina Moran, enterprise director at Vodafone</li> <li>Sarah Armstrong-Smith, head of continuity and resilience, distinguished engineer and diversity champion, Fujitsu</li> <li>Sarah Atkinson, vice-president of EMEA communications, CA Technologies</li> <li>Sarah Shields, vice president and GM - Dell EMC UK/I Channel</li> <li>Sharon Moore, industry technical leader for travel and transportation, IBM UK,</li> <li>Sheila Flavel, COO, FDM Group,</li> <li>Sheree Atcheson, global ambassador at Women Who Code; consultant, Deloitte UK</li> <li>Sheridan Ash, technology and investments director, women in technology leader UK, PwC</li> <li>Shirley Creed, global corporate secretary, Dell EMC</li> <li>Susan Bowen, general manager and vice-president EMEA, Cogeco Peer 1</li> <li>Ursula Morgenstern, CEO, Atos Germany</li> <li>Zoe Cunningham, managing director, Softwire</li> </ul><p>We were particularly pleased to see among these, Susan Bowen from Cogeco Peer 1, who was specifically nominated for her work in chairing techUK&rsquo;s Skills &amp; Diversity Council. It was also encouraging to see so many of our Board members included in this year's nominations list, including: Zoe Cunningham from Softwire;&nbsp;Sheila Flavell from FDM Group; Sarah Atkinson from CA Technologies; and Karen Young from MDS Technologies</p> <p>The list also included two techUK staff members - <a href="">Sue Daley</a>, Head of Programme - Cloud, Data, Analytics &amp; AI and <a href="">Emma Fryer</a>, Associate Director, Data Centres.</p> <p>The shortlist of 50 names will be announced later this week, when voting opens.</p> <p>Our congratulations to everyone who was nominated!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK launches new report 'Dealing with the Deals' in Parliament Tue, 17 Jul 2018 09:32:19 +0100 CRM Sync There are over 750 agreements the UK is party to as a member of the EU. All these deals must be rolled over post-Brexit. <p>On Monday, techUK launched its new report <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF"><em>Dealing with the Deals: Existing EU international agreements and the tech sector</em></span></a>. The report highlights that urgent decisions are needed on hundreds of different EU agreements post-Brexit. Many of these, such as Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), science and technology agreements and World Trade Organisation (WTO) agreements, are important to the UK&rsquo;s thriving tech sector.</p> <p>While Brexit requires a fundamental redesign of the relationship between the UK and the EU, it is important to remember that it also requires a redesign of our current relations with the rest of the world.</p> <p>For many agreements, such as the trade deals with Canada and South Korea and science and technology agreements, continuity will be important for the sector. However, for some trade agreements there is scope for greater ambition &ndash; such as incorporating services and procurement into a new deal with Israel, a country with a complimentary high-tech economy.</p> <p>At an event in Parliament, techUK held a panel discussion to launch the report with Vicky Ford MP, member of the Science and Technology Select Committee, Stephen Timms MP, member of the Exiting the European Union Committee and Tim Durrant, Senior Researcher at the Institute for Government, chaired by Giles Derrington, techUK Head of Policy for Brexit, International and Economics.</p> <p>The panellists all stressed the ongoing importance of these deals. Vicky Ford highlighted how science and technology agreements are &lsquo;extremely important&rsquo; for the UK&rsquo;s international partners. These agreements are something that other countries really value. With tech being a sector that particularly depends on innovation and cutting-edge research, these agreements are an important means of promoting cross-border collaboration.</p> <p>For Stephen Timms, the UK faces a clear choice between &lsquo;alignment with or estrangement from&rsquo; the EU. For him there are clear economic consequences of each and the Government needs to base their decisions on realism, as they have done by committing to aligning with European data protection rules. For more on the importance of this, see techUK&rsquo;s report <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF"><em>No Interruptions: Options for the future UK-EU data-sharing relationship</em></span></a>.</p> <p>The act of rolling over these trade agreements will involve making some tough choices. Issues like rules of origin and cumulation are going to involve negotiating with the EU as well as the other third-country signatory. At the launch, Vicky Ford echoed techUK&rsquo;s call for clarity around how the Government intends to approach this, as well as stating her expectation that Parliament will be able to make sure there is scrutiny over any changes to the UK&rsquo;s relationship with existing EU trade deals.</p> <p>The legislative aspect of rolling over these important deals was stressed by Tim Durrant. When turning existing EU agreements into permanent UK deals post-Brexit, each partner will need to subject them to their own processes of scrutiny and ratification. This could even be the case to enable the existing EU agreements to still apply to the UK during the implementation period. If the UK does face a cliff edge in its trading relationships with these third countries, it is crucial that businesses know of this possibility, so they can plan accordingly.</p> <p>Through the EU, the UK is party to over 750 international agreements. All of these will need proactive decisions to be made about whether to roll them over, renegotiate them or let them lapse. Dealing with the Deals and our launch event emphasised how important some of these are for the UK tech sector, but also where greater ambition is possible. While the UK Government has made clear its ambitions to negotiate new trade deals post-Brexit, one thing is completely clear &ndash; it needs to ensure that it deals with the existing deals first.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Scotland: the brave or the natural choice for access to space? Tue, 17 Jul 2018 09:07:41 +0100 CRM Sync Government selects Sutherland in Scotland as location for UK's first vertical launch spaceport <table align="center" border="1" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" style="height:135px; width:240px"><tbody><tr><td><img alt="" src="//" style="height:270px; width:480px"></td> </tr></tbody></table><p style="text-align:center"><em>Image credit:&nbsp;Rocket Lab</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The space sector is probably as cool as it&rsquo;s been since NASA took astronauts to the Moon, but in the UK it may seem as if this is a sector happening somewhere else, given that (at least so far) we haven&rsquo;t launched any satellites (or spacecraft for that matter) from UK soil. Indeed, ask a random member of the public to name a space company, and it&rsquo;s likely that SpaceX&nbsp; will be the first name on their lips.</p> <p>As it happens, the UK space sector is large, and growing rapidly, despite having no local launch capability. Some 35,000 (mostly high skilled) people work in the sector, which contributes about &pound;14bn to GDP and supports &pound;250bn. Most of this value is generated by commercialising data coming from satellites, including telecoms and television, although the public sector is also a major customer. Space is, in fact, a largely invisible input guiding your car to your destination (and Pok&eacute;mon Go to locate <em>Pikachu</em>); enabling mobile phone calls, radio and television to be delivered; providing <em>accurate</em>, reliable, and secure timestamps for financial transactions; combatting illegal fishing; assisting with weather forecasts, searching for buildings without planning consent and measuring polar ice. And on top of that is the space exploration and science and research which consumers and politicians more readily think of when they think &ldquo;Space&rdquo;.</p> <p>As this sector grows, it is also fundamentally changing, from being principally publicly funded and serving public clients, to increasingly being privately funded and serving private customers. This has been driven by technology, where activities which used to be supported by large, expensive, bespoke satellites parked over the equator (and so servicing a defined landmass), can now be supported by satellites which are much smaller, lighter and cheaper &ndash; not least through the use of Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) components. Such &ldquo;smallsats&rdquo;, are often planned as part of a &ldquo;constellation&rdquo; of hundreds or thousands of other smallsats, working together closer to the Earth and where each individual satellite doesn&rsquo;t serve a defined landmass, but is constantly moving relative to the Earth. Some operators of traditional large, geostationary satellites worry that their technology may be rendered redundant by the smallsats long before the 15-plus year lifespan they were designed to have expires.</p> <p>This step change in composition, capabilities and financing of the sector is often called &ldquo;New Space&rdquo;. But customers of satellites which are cheaper and quicker to build don&rsquo;t want to rely on traditional rocket launches, which don&rsquo;t come around very often, and where any smallsat squeezed into the payload will have little say over when the launch takes place, or even where the smallsat gets dropped off in space. And with a sizeable range of constellations being planned, it is clear that global launch capacity has become a pinch point, one which will delay new innovative services being offered and will slow down orders of smallsat construction &ndash; an area where the UK has specialised.</p> <p>Hence the Government&rsquo;s desire to clear the way for one or more UK spaceports &ndash; likely one spaceport for vertical launch and one for horizontal (like a plane) &ndash; to support the UK space sector. The <a href="">Space Industry Act </a>provided the enabling regulatory framework, and now the government has selected the A'Mhoine Peninsula in Sutherland as the UK's first spaceport for vertical launches, a location which offers a path to space far enough away from population centres for when things take an unexpected turn. The backing of a company with the pedigree of Lockheed Martin increases the chance that this spaceport will be a success, although the Government&rsquo;s target of being ready by 2020 is still challenging.</p> <p>Commenting on the Government&rsquo;s announcement, Julian McGougan, techUK&rsquo;s Executive Director of Satellite said:</p> <p style="margin-left:36.0pt"><em>&ldquo;UK companies, supported by foreign investment, are well placed to lead the world in the &ldquo;New Space&rdquo; revolution, where thousands of small satellites will enable a range of innovative new services. The UK space sector has a highly skilled, high productivity workforce and i</em><em>nvests 8 per cent of revenues in R&amp;D - it is precisely the kind of sector which deserves supporting. </em><em>The missing link so far has been a convenient, l</em><em>ow </em><em>c</em><em>ost </em><em>a</em><em>ccess to Space</em><em>. I very much welcome the government&rsquo;s decision on a spaceport in Scotland which supports the UK&rsquo;s already strong position in </em><em>small satellites and will </em><em>open up more opportunities.&rdquo;</em></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK comments on GPP Tue, 17 Jul 2018 07:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync We submitted brief input on the second draft EU proposals for Green Public Procurement for data centres on 4th July. <p><span style="font-size:16px">The Commission is &nbsp;keen to ensure that public authorities are able to make sustainable choices when buying data centre services, and therefore green public procurement criteria are being developed.&nbsp;&nbsp; In the past, such approaches have had limited success so we have been monitoring this closely.&nbsp; We responded to an initial survey, produced a pre-emptive note assessing the <a href="">pros and cons of different data centre performance metrics</a>, attended a Stakeholder Workshop in Seville on 16th November 2017 and submitted a <a href="">response</a> to the initial draft proposals in December.&nbsp; At the time we were concerned that there was too much focus on individual components and not enough qualitative elements.&nbsp; This meant that a data centre procurement could meet all the criteria and still deliver a hopelessly inefficient service.&nbsp; In May we attended the second stakeholder workshops to comment on the <a href="">second draft</a>, which was much improved.&nbsp; These brief comments are the input we made to that second draft.</span></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Data Centre Programme Overview Q2 2018 Tue, 17 Jul 2018 07:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync Emma Fryer reviews the last quarter’s activity in the data centre programme and identifies priorities for the rest of the year. <p>Please click below to download the document.&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Council of the Future: Is there a role for AI? Mon, 16 Jul 2018 15:42:58 +0100 CRM Sync Read the overview of our event 'Council of the Future: Is there a role for AI?" <p>On Wednesday 11 July&nbsp;techUK&nbsp;hosted a roundtable discussion&nbsp;titled&nbsp;<a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">&ldquo;Council of the Future: Is there a role for AI?&rdquo;</span></a>&nbsp;The event brought together&nbsp;techUK&nbsp;members and&nbsp;representatives from local&nbsp;councils&nbsp;to discuss how to support the adoption of AI in local government.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>To kick-off the discussion we heard from&nbsp;<a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">Jenny&nbsp;Nelson&nbsp;from Newcastle&nbsp;City Council</span></a>, who&nbsp;shared her experience of&nbsp;the challenges&nbsp;faced by&nbsp;a&nbsp;local council&nbsp;adopting&nbsp;AI&nbsp;(service design, retraining and scalability) as well as the&nbsp;benefits it can ultimately deliver- improved customer experience, reduced cost and establishing Newcastle as a place for growth.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Bryn Adams from&nbsp;DigitalGenius&nbsp;provided&nbsp;some opening remarks&nbsp;from an industry-perspective.&nbsp;He highlighted the ambiguity surrounding AI as a&nbsp;barrier to adoption in local councils and noted the increasing pressure on local government to meet rising customer experience expectations. He touched on the benefits adopting AI could bring to local councils, including increased customer service satisfaction and the opportunity to relieve&nbsp;employees time&nbsp;to focus on other tasks. &nbsp;</p> <p>Attendees discussed the best way of putting forward the&nbsp;business case for artificial intelligence in local government.&nbsp;Framing&nbsp;the&nbsp;discussion&nbsp;around&nbsp;improving outcomes for citizens, piloting technologies to show teams the art of the possible,&nbsp;and <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">developing a digital strategy, like Aylesbury Vale Council,</span></a> were all said to have helped councils enormously.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The discussion highlighted that local councils often don&rsquo;t see an obvious need to adopt emerging tech when they have&nbsp;a number of&nbsp;more immediate concerns and decision-making&nbsp;in politics is&nbsp;typically&nbsp;too&nbsp;short term&nbsp;to realise tangible benefits. However, during the discussion we heard some great examples of excellent work&nbsp;by early adopters&nbsp;in&nbsp;local&nbsp;government, most&nbsp;notably <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">Chatbot from Aylesbury</span></a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">WasteBot&nbsp;from Newcastle City Council</span></a>.</p> <p>Key points that came out of the discussion included:&nbsp;</p> <ul><li>It&rsquo;s important to bring&nbsp;the senior leadership team and elected members on the digital journey.&nbsp;Leadership buy-in is vital for the delivery of transformation.&nbsp;</li> <li>First the problem should be&nbsp;articulated,&nbsp;and technology framed around that.&nbsp;It was also identified that business analysts have a crucial&nbsp;role to play in helping to articulate the problem.&nbsp;</li> <li>Language can often be a&nbsp;barrier&nbsp;so we must be clear about what we mean by AI when communicating to stakeholders internally and externally.&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> <li>Great collaboration is needed across local government to help scale-up projects, understand where best practise is and where lessons can be learnt. Collaboration will also help to drive the market.&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> </ul><p>In terms of how&nbsp;techUK&nbsp;could help&nbsp;support&nbsp;the adoption of AI in local government,&nbsp;attendees provided the following suggestions:&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <ul><li>Art of the possible sessions&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;techUK&nbsp;has a strong convening role&nbsp;and can&nbsp;bringing together councils&nbsp;and industry to workshop through specific problem areas whilst demoing how technologies, such as AI, can&nbsp;enable&nbsp;innovative solutions and improve outcomes for&nbsp;citizens on&nbsp;a specific issue.</li> <li>Signpost&nbsp;best&nbsp;practice&nbsp;from early adopters&nbsp;&ndash; both success stories and examples of where adoption hasn&rsquo;t worked&nbsp;so that councils&nbsp;can learn from&nbsp;experience.&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> </ul><p>Following this roundtable discussion, the local government programme will set-up an Emerging Technologies&nbsp;Working&nbsp;Group with input from the Cloud, Data Analytics and AI programme, to drive some of these ideas and suggestions. If you would like to be involved in this work, please contact Georgina&nbsp;Maratheftis.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK signs Armed Forces Covenant Mon, 16 Jul 2018 09:15:00 +0100 CRM Sync techUK is proud to announce that it has signed the UK's Armed Forces Covenant. The Covenant is a promise from the nation that those who serve or have served in the armed forces, and their families, will be treated fairly and not disadvantaged. <p>To date, The Covenant has been signed by more than 1,500 organisations, including businesses and charities, all of which have set out their support for members of the armed forces community employed by them or accessing their products and services.</p> <p>In signing The Covenant, techUK will commit to upholding its key principles, to recognise the value that serving personnel, reservists, veterans and military families bring to both our organisation and to our member companies. By signing The Covenant, techUK is promoting its status as an armed forces friendly organisation.</p> <p><strong>techUK&rsquo;s Chief Executive Julian David said: </strong></p> <p>&ldquo;Our Armed Forces, from serving members to veterans and military families, play a critical role in defending the United Kingdom&rsquo;s values and freedoms.</p> <p>&ldquo;The contribution they make to our wider society should be honoured by businesses working in the UK, and I&rsquo;m proud to say that a significant number of our member companies have already signed up to The Covenant and its principles. Today we join them, and are committed to upholding The Covenant&rsquo;s principles, particularly to ensure that the Armed Forces community does not face discrimination in the workplace.</p> <p>&ldquo;As an organisation we are therefore proud and honoured to sign The Covenant and will continue to support current and former members of the Armed Forces through the work of our Defence Programme&rsquo;.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>techUK's Head of Defence Programme Fred Sugden said: </strong></p> <p>&ldquo;techUK works closely with a significant number of serving and former members of the Armed Forces, whose valuable contributions enable us to deliver a significant programme of business opportunities for our members.</p> <p>&ldquo;In signing The Covenant, techUK wishes to be a strong advocate for the enormous contribution made by those working in defence&nbsp;to our country&nbsp;as a whole, and to our member companies, as well as other businesses and charities across the United Kingdom&rdquo;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Ambition and Investment for fit-for-the-future Infrastructure Fri, 13 Jul 2018 08:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync NIC releases the 2018 National Infrastructure Assessment, setting out a plan of action for the country’s infrastructure for the next 10-30 years. <p>The&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">National Infrastructure Commission</a> (NIC) has released the first of its 5-yearly <a href="" target="_blank">National Infrastructure Assessments</a>. Looking across all infrastructure sectors, taking into account current and future demands, the NIC has delivered a series of conclusions to tackle key challenges. It is exciting to see the NIC call for a more ambitious, outcomes-driven government approach to the nation&rsquo;s infrastructure.</p> <p>Contextualised by a brutally honest review of major infrastructure project timelines, like the 23-years-in-the-making-Mersey-Gateway-Bridge, the NIC delivers the &ldquo;long-term vision&rdquo; that is needed for more efficient and successful delivery of long-term projects.</p> <p><strong>Revolutionising Road Transport</strong></p> <p>Innovation in road transport is highly disruptive, and is likely to significant changes to how, who and what are using the nation&rsquo;s roads. The NIC is very clear on what it sees to be the Government&rsquo;s role in driving the revolution of road transport. The Government should:</p> <ul><li>encourage the switch to electric vehicles by making it a visibly accessible and reliable choice for car owners. According to the NIC, this should be done by subsidising installation of charging infrastructure where the private sector will not and developing policy that ensures that local authorities are prioritising these innovations by freeing up space to install chargers. Visibility and accessibility of charging points will be key to improving people&rsquo;s trust in electric vehicles as a feasible mobility choice.</li> <li>ensure that the future of transport and mobility is considered in current infrastructure planning and project delivery, as timelines can extend over decades. This should be underpinned by a framework to assess potential impacts (despite the uncertainty) that will be produced before the next five-year planning cycle for road and rail.</li> </ul><p><strong>Transport and Housing for Thriving City Regions</strong></p> <p>Urban transport needs to be an enabler of growth, but brings with it inherent challenges, such as increased numbers of drivers on roads, and changes to how space is utilised within urban environments. Local-level leadership needs to develop strategies that allow for cities to be planned more holistically &ndash; that is, integrating transport, employment and housing planning considerations. Further to this, additional funding support should be provided to cities that have great potential for growth but face severe capacity constraints. Further to this, the development of London should not be diminished by the growth and development of regional cities, but should be complement to bring nation-wide economic and social benefits.&nbsp;</p> <p>It is positive to see that the NIC has carved a role for itself here in working with the Government and cities to guide and oversee future upgrades to infrastructure across the country. This will provide ambition and continuity for city infrastructure projects, pulling together the various infrastructure sectors.&nbsp;</p> <p>We welcome the long-term, strategic approach that the National Infrastructure Assessment sets out for the nation&rsquo;s infrastructure, and the ambition it calls for from the Government to deliver improved quality of life for the people in the UK. We look forward to working with our industry members and with the Government to achieve these goals for the nation's infrastructure.&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Low carbon infrastructure at no extra cost Fri, 13 Jul 2018 08:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync NIC has published an annual review showcasing a highly renewable generation mix is a low-cost option for the energy system, but a requirement of transformation in energy, waste and transport is needed by 2050. <p>The&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">National Infrastructure Commission</a> is required to carry out an overall assessment of the UK&rsquo;s infrastructure requirements once every 5 years. This is the first of those assessments.</p> <p>The first&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">National Infrastructure Assessment</a> sets out the Commission&rsquo;s plan of action for the country&rsquo;s infrastructure over the next 10-30 years. Infrastructure can inspire confidence and growth.</p> <p>By 2050, the UK&rsquo;s population and economy will have grown significantly. This will place substantial pressures on infrastructure. And meeting the challenge of climate change will require a transformation in energy, waste and transport by 2050. The UK is legally bound to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80 per cent from 1990 levels by 2050. Today, around 70 per cent of emissions come from electricity, buildings, travel and waste.</p> <p>The Commission recommends:</p> <ul><li>At least 50% renewable electricity generation by 2030</li> <li>No more than 1 more contract for new nuclear before 2020</li> <li>Pilots to test hydrogen and heat pumps as low carbon heating options</li> <li>Buildings which require less energy to heat</li> </ul><p>The Commission&rsquo;s modelling has shown that a highly renewable generation mix is a low-cost option for the energy system. Government should not agree support for more than one nuclear power station beyond Hinkley Point C before 2025. The National Audit Office found that this procurement model for Hinkley Point C did not provide best value for money for consumers. The Commission is recommending a &lsquo;one by one&rsquo; approach to new nuclear plants, as opposed to the current government policy to develop a large fleet.</p> <p>The analysis carried out shows slightly lower average costs for a scenario with 90 per cent renewable and less than 10 per cent nuclear compared to a scenario with 40 per cent renewable and around 40 per cent nuclear, the higher cost of managing the variable nature of many renewables (&lsquo;balancing&rsquo;) is offset by the lower capital cost, which translates into lower costs in the wholesale market. Regardless if heat is predominantly electrified using heat pumps or provided through low carbon hydrogen in the future. &nbsp;</p> <p>In all scenarios, extra flexibility, which includes technologies such as storage, interconnection and demand side response, is a low regrets investment which reduces estimated total energy system costs by between &pound;1-7 billion per year on average between 2030 and 2050.The Commission favours the use of existing market mechanisms &ndash; contracts for difference and the capacity market &ndash; where possible, to avoid creating more uncertainty, but incremental improvements could be made. All renewables should be able to compete; there is no longer a case for any bilateral deals, including for tidal.</p> <p>But even with emissions almost eliminated from power generation and waste, the UK cannot achieve its emissions targets without transitioning away from using natural gas, a fossil fuel, for heating.</p> <p>Biogas can also be used as a low carbon substitute for natural gas. It can also be converted to a range of biofuels, which may prove especially valuable in sectors where fossil fuels are hardest to replace, such as aviation. The Commission recommends that government should establish separate food waste collection for households and businesses (to enable production of biogas) by&nbsp;2025.</p> <p>It is cheaper to collect food waste separately and process it in anaerobic digesters, rather than send it to energy from waste plants (incinerators). Seventy-nine per cent of people who do not currently use a food waste bin would be prepared to use one if it were provided by their local council. More plastics should be recycled, including by restricting the use of hard-to-recycle plastic packaging by 2025. Better packaging design, clearer labelling, fewer hard to recycle plastics, and tougher recycling targets.</p> <p>The Commission recommends that government should set a target for recycling 65 per cent of municipal waste and 75 per cent of plastic packaging by 2030. Government should set individual targets for all local authorities and provide financial support for transitional costs.</p> <p>techUK supports the findings of the NIC and agrees that the road to low carbon economy looks brighter now than ever. We welcome NIC&rsquo;s call for Government to be less afraid to be more ambitious in their approach to policy.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> White Paper a step forward but many questions remain Thu, 12 Jul 2018 14:02:00 +0100 CRM Sync With just 260 days left until the UK leaves the EU, there is still a lack of clarity on many areas of importance for the tech sector. For digital services, far more detail is needed to assess the future impact on business <p>Commenting on the publication of the Government&rsquo;s White Paper on the <a href="">Future Relationship Between the United Kingdom and the European Union</a>, techUK&rsquo;s CEO, Julian David, has set out 24 questions that need to be answered in order provide digital business with the clarity they need.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>techUK's CEO, Julian David said:</strong></p> <p><em>&ldquo;This White Paper is a step forward but many questions remain. With just 260 days left until the UK leaves the European </em><em>Union</em><em> there is still a lack of clarity on many areas of importance for the tech sector. For those providing digital services far more detail is needed to assess the future impact on their businesses.</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;The government accepts that their approach will mean that UK-based tech firms will not have the current levels of access to EU markets in the future. Increased friction in trade has a direct impact on jobs and investment. There is currently little evidence that export losses to the EU can be quickly offset by new trade deals with other countries.</em></p> <p><em>"However, while many questions remain to be answered the White Paper does set out </em><em>much needed</em><em> detail on the government&rsquo;s preferred future relationship with the EU. We are pleased that the White Paper goes further than a simple &lsquo;Canada-style&rsquo; Free Trade Agreement and presents a comprehensive institutional framework.&nbsp; This is the right approach to facilitate the best possible market access particularly for goods and address issues critical to business such as competition law, state aid rules </em><em>and</em><em> VAT.</em></p> <p><em>"Companies currently exporting tech services to the EU or dependent on supply chains that are integrated with the EU will need far more detail in order to understand the extent to which the UK&rsquo;s departure from the EU will inhibit their ability to export.</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;We look forward to working with Government to better understand their approach to these important issues and will continue to make the case that a good deal for the UK must be one that supports the industries of the future and delivers on the promise of a deep and comprehensive partnership with the EU."</em></p> <p>In responding to the White Paper, the questions techUK has raised include:</p> <p><strong>Overall access</strong></p> <ol><li>The paper recognises that the &ldquo;UK will not have current levels of access to each other&rsquo;s markets&rdquo;.&nbsp; In which areas does the Government expect access to be limited, and what assessment has been made on the impact on businesses operating in these areas?</li> <li>The paper states that the Government is proposing new arrangements that would &ldquo;provide regulatory flexibility.&rdquo; What assessment has the Government made of the value of providing regulatory flexibility compared to reduced market access with the EU?</li> </ol><p><strong>Digital</strong></p> <ol><li>Does the Government commit to maintaining ongoing alignment with the EU on areas of the Digital Single Market that have extra-territorial reach, such as data protection and limitations to liability?</li> <li>On digital technologies, the paper states that the UK proposes &ldquo;exploring new models for regulatory cooperation between the UK and the EU&rdquo;.&nbsp; What type of new model is the Government considering, and will this cover all regulations impacting digital technologies or only provide for certain elements of the Digital Single Market?</li> <li>Will any new model form part of the economic partnership, and therefore be subject to the proposed Institutional Framework, or be delivered separately?</li> <li>Will the UK&rsquo;s proposals for the future personal data sharing arrangement be included within the institutional framework? &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> <li>On telecommunication, the paper proposes &ldquo;joint commitments to an open and liberalised electronic communications&rdquo;.&nbsp; Will such a commitment take the form of specific obligations, or simply be a commitment to ongoing dialogue in this area?</li> <li>On broadcasting, the paper states that the &ldquo;UK is seeking the best possible arrangements for this sector&rdquo; after the loss of UK&rsquo;s participation within the Country of Origin Principles. Do they anticipate such arrangements enabling broadcast into the EU from the UK in the future without the need for additional licenses?</li> <li>Does the Government intend that the UK would secure observer status on key regulatory bodies for tech and telecoms, such as BEREC, as is suggested for bodies covering goods elements under the new Free Trade Area?</li> </ol><p><strong>The Institutional Framework</strong></p> <ol><li>The White Paper states that &ldquo;The majority of these individual agreements should sit within the overarching institutional framework&rdquo;. However, it is not clear what agreements will, and will not, be within the institutional framework. What mechanism will exist for disputes arising in areas outside the institutional frameworks?</li> <li>The paper says that the UK and EU would be required to notify each other through the joint Committee of proposed changes to legislative proposals &ldquo;where these related to specific commitments in the future relationship.&rdquo; Will there be a requirement to notify potential changes in areas which sit outside the institutional framework, such as those for digital proposed in the paper?</li> </ol><p><strong>Competition Law</strong></p> <ol><li>The paper states that the Government will seek to maintain alignment on competition law, including antitrust prohibitions and the merger control system. Will this apply to all elements of competition law, or only for these areas which sit under the institutional framework?&nbsp; How would such an approach operate in areas, such as digital and telecoms, which may sit outside the institutional framework?</li> </ol><p><strong>Migration</strong></p> <ol><li>Access to talent is critical for the tech sector.&nbsp; The paper states that &ldquo;The UK&rsquo;s future immigration arrangements will set out how those from the EU and elsewhere can apply to come and work in the UK.&rdquo;&nbsp; When will these arrangements be made clear?</li> <li>How does the Government define &ldquo;temporary business activity&rdquo;?&nbsp;</li> <li>Will any new immigration arrangement be subject to the mechanisms within the institutional framework?</li> </ol><p><strong>Financing</strong></p> <ol><li>Will the Government seek to retain any part of the European Investment Bank or the European Investment Fund? If not, will the UK Government seek to purchase shares in the European Investment Fund?</li> </ol><p><strong>Free Trade Agreements</strong></p> <ol><li>The White Paper states that &lsquo;to ensure trade in goods between the UK and the EU remains frictionless at the border&rsquo; there will be &lsquo;no routine requirements for rules of origin between the UK and the EU&rsquo;. It then goes on to say that it will seek &lsquo;arrangements that facilitate cumulation with current future Free Trade Agreement (FTA) partners&rsquo;. Would disputes around diagonal cumulation in these agreements be new Free Trade Agreements, or be delivered through the institutional framework?</li> <li>The White Paper states that the UK will &lsquo;potentially seek accession&rsquo; to CPTPP &lsquo;and this would be on terms consistent with the future relationship with the EU, and domestic priorities&rsquo;. What are the domestic priorities that will influence this decision and is CPTPP&rsquo;s approach compatible with the common rulebook for goods with the EU?</li> <li>The UK will &lsquo;play a full and prominent role in the multilateral and plurilateral trade agenda&rsquo; including &lsquo;seeking new agreements in areas of significance to the global economy such as digital&rsquo;. Does this include an explicit commitment to the Information Technology Agreement and the Australian-led WTO discussions on e-commerce?</li> </ol><p><strong>Goods</strong></p> <ol><li>The paper states that the UK intends to &ldquo;seek participation &ndash; as an active participant, albeit without voting rights &ndash; in EU technical committees that have a role in designing and implementing rules that form part of the common rulebook&rdquo;.&nbsp; How will this be achieved and is the Government prepared to contribute to the costs of these committees work in return for access?</li> <li>The UK goods proposal covers all compliance activity necessary for products in UK and EU markets. It includes conformity assessments and &lsquo;It would also apply to labels and marks applied to show they meet the regulatory requirements&rsquo;. Yet in the section on an Independent trade policy, the White Paper states that: the UK &lsquo;would also have the freedom to reach new agreements with third country trading partners on the underpinning compliance activity, for instance through the mutual recognition of conformity assessments.&rdquo; How are these two statements compatible and does this mean that goods on the UK market will require an EU mark and a UK mark?</li> </ol><p><strong>Security</strong></p> <ol><li>Does the UK&rsquo;s commitment to participate in existing Justice and Home Affairs systems, such as PNR, block it from sharing data with other third-party countries? How can these systems have several levels of third-party facilitation, and how will this impact on UK citizens data?</li> <li>With the UK committing to full compliance and implementation of EU data exchange measures, does this prevent any divergence in future trade agreements?</li> </ol><p><strong>Timescales</strong></p> <ol><li>Given the additional work needed to determine the new models proposed for the digital sector, and the proposals on customs facilitation, does the Government believe that the current Implementation Period is sufficient?</li> </ol>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> ICO reports on data in political campaigning Wed, 11 Jul 2018 13:19:55 +0100 CRM Sync Today, the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) has published a number of detailed reports as part of the ICO’s formal investigation into the role of data analytics in political purposes. <p>Today, the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) has published a number of detailed reports as part of the ICO&rsquo;s formal investigation into the role of data analytics in political purposes. These reports include <a href="">an interim progress update</a> on the continuing investigation, and regulatory action being taken, relating to Cambridge Analytica, SCL Elections Limited, Aggregate IA and Facebook.&nbsp;&nbsp; There are details of the Notice of Intent to issue a fine, under the Data Protection Act 1998 as the investigation predates the introduction of the GDPR, of &pound;500,000 to Facebook for a &ldquo;lack of transparency and security issues&rdquo;.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The report also provides a detailed account on the discussions the ICO is pursuing with others including Cambridge University, eleven political parties and a number of data broker organisations as part of the investigation. It highlights that this is the largest investigation ever conducted by a data protection authority and has raised a number of different lines of enquiry. The report makes it clear that the investigation is still live with many questions left unanswered at this time, including as to whether the data protection and privacy procedures in place within UK Universities are sufficient. With the investigation continuing the ICO will produce a more detailed final report with its final conclusions later this year.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In addition, the ICO has published a separate report that outlines ten key policy findings and recommendations that have emerged from the investigation so far. The aim of the <em><a href="">Democracy Disrupted? Personal Information and Political Influence</a></em> report is to &ldquo;draw back the curtain&rdquo; and shine a light on how personal information is being used in political campaigning today. This highlights the need for greater transparency and information on information processing to retain trust and confidence of citizens in the integrity of political campaign and elections.&nbsp;The key policy recommendations outlined include:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul><li>Political parties to work with the ICO and others to develop a &ldquo;Your Data Matters&rdquo; campaign before the next General Election</li> <li>Introduction of a statutory Code of Practice for the use of personal data in political campaigns</li> <li>Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation to hold a citizen jury on data analytics in political campaigns</li> <li>Call for online platforms providing adverts to political parties to ensure sales teams have data protection expertise</li> <li>ICO to work with the European Data Protection Board (EDPS) to ensure online platforms compliance with GDPR requirements to ensure users understand how data is processed in targeted advertising</li> <li>All platforms cited in the report to urgently roll out planned transparency features in relation to political advertising</li> <li>Government to conduct a review on gaps in regulations in relation to political advertising online</li> </ul><p>In addition, a key policy recommendation being made in the ICO&rsquo;s report is the need for an &ldquo;ethical pause&rdquo; in the way new technologies are being used in political campaigning to allow Governments, Parliament, political parties and citizens time to reflect on the impact of technologies, including AI, and to consider responsibilities and requirements in relation to personal data.&nbsp; This recommendation seems to have emerged from the ICO&rsquo;s work exploring current and emerging trends in the use of technologies including social media, data analytics and AI in campaigning. As part of this analysis the ICO commissioned the thinktank DEMOS to conduct a study on current and emerging trends in the use of technology in political micro targeting. The results of this study is a report on &ldquo;<a href="">The Future of Political Campaigning</a>&rdquo; which is also released today.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In response to the publication of the ICO&rsquo;s reports Antony Walker, Deputy CEO techUK said:</p> <p><em>&ldquo;These detailed reports on what is a very complex issue highlight the importance of having a strong and well-resourced data protection regulator. They demand careful reading and consideration.&nbsp; There is a very clear message from the ICO that everyone&nbsp;involved in data has a responsibility for building and retaining the trust and confidence of the people who use their services. Trust, however, cannot be given. It must be earned.&nbsp; Compliance with the law and GDPR is just the starting point.</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;This is an issue that goes beyond&nbsp;compliance. The ICO&rsquo;s report raises real ethical questions around truthfulness, fairness and respect.&nbsp;techUK stands ready to help the ICO, and the new Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation, in developing effective policy approaches to ethical questions related to the use of data driven technologies in political campaigning.&rdquo;</em></p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> Home Office & MoJ Publish Reviews of Major Projects Wed, 11 Jul 2018 10:41:02 +0100 CRM Sync The 23 major programmes across Home Affairs and Justice have been given RAG ratings in the Infrastructure and Projects Authority annual report. <p>Last week Government Departments across Whitehall published their Major Projects Portfolio data, in support of the <a href="" target="_blank">2018 Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA) annual report</a>. The Government Major Projects Portfolio (GMPP) comprises over 130 large and complex projects, and this annual report tracks the progress of these projects, highlights good practice and challenges, and gives each project a RAG rating.</p> <p><strong>Home Office</strong><br> Of the <a href="" target="_blank">Home Office&rsquo;s 12 projects in the GMPP</a>, seven received a rating of Amber, meaning that while issues exist, these &ldquo;appear resolvable at this stage and, if addressed promptly, should not present a cost/schedule overrun.&rdquo; And the Communications Capabilities Development &amp; Home Office Biometrics Programmes were given ratings of Amber/Green, which is fairly impressive given the complexity of the programmes.</p> <p>However, both the Disclosure and Barring Service, and Digital Services at the Border (DSAB) programmes were rated as Amber/Red, meaning that &ldquo;successful delivery of the project is in doubt, with major risks or issues apparent in a number of key areas,&rdquo; which is concerning.</p> <p>And the Emergency Services Mobile Communications Programme (ESMCP) was one of eight projects in the entire GMPP to be rated Red, as &ldquo;successful delivery of the project appears to be unachievable.&rdquo; The major issues with project definition, schedule, budget, quality do not appear to be resolvable. The review concluded that &ldquo;<em>In the light of continuing challenges with some of the authority projects and subsequent evidence of further slippage from the main suppliers, work has started on a full scale programme re-plan. The aim is to complete the re-plan, engage in commercial renegotiations and recalculate the Full Business Case (FBC) numbers by late September 2018.</em>&rdquo;<br> &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Ministry of Justice</strong><br> The <a href="" target="_blank">Ministry of Justice has 11 projects in the GMPP</a>. Two (Shared Services Evolve; Berwyn Programme) were given Amber/Greens ratings. Five were rated Amber/Red (Electronic Monitoring; CJS Common Platform; HMCTS Reform; Prison Estate Transformation Programme; Transforming Compliance Enforcement Programme), and the rest were Amber.</p> <p><br> So of the 23 major projects across the Home Office &amp; Justice system, over two thirds are rated Amber or Amber/Green. But the 7 projects given ratings of Amber/Red or Red will be of concern to industry and Government alike. techUK looks forward to working with the departments involved to improve their access to innovation and knowledge of market capabilities, to contribute to the successful delivery of major transformation programmes.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Celebrating 100 years of the Royal Air Force Wed, 11 Jul 2018 10:37:43 +0100 CRM Sync RAF centenary celebrations continue with spectacular flypast over London <p>In its hundredth year, the Royal Air Force yesterday celebrated both its rich heritage and future, with a magnificent flypast over central London. Formed on 1 April 1918, the RAF was born when The Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service merged to create the world's first independent air force.</p> <p>Large crowds gathered across London yesterday to witness almost a flypast of nearly 100 aircraft representing the past, present and future of the Royal Air Force. From the legendary Spitfire, Hurricane and Lancaster to the new F35 Joint Strike Fighter, the aircraft flew over The Mall and Buckingham Palace, where they were watched by the Queen and other members of the Royal Family.</p> <p>A particular highlight included 22 Typhoons spelling out 100 as they flew in formation over the palace. The flypast concluded with the famous Red Arrows streaming red, white and blue smoke across the skies of the capital, and a large parade of serving RAF personnel.</p> <p><strong>The head of the Royal Air Force, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier said:</strong></p> <p>"It is a hugely important day and the pinnacle of the centenary celebrations. Bringing together that big parade, the new colour and the flypast - this is going to be a tremendous day, and it is about commemorating all of our history, and it is about celebrating what we do today.&rdquo;</p> <p>techUK is enormously proud to actively support and participate in the RAF 100 celebrations, which continue later this year with the RAF 100 Dinner at the Imperial War Museum. If you would like to join us to celebrate the RAF at the dinner, <a href="">you can do so by booking a ticket here.</a></p> <p>The graphics below show the list of aircraft that participated in the flypast, as well as its route across the east of England and London. Also shown is a Typhoon, which took part in the special &lsquo;100&rsquo; formation over Buckingham Palace:<br> &nbsp;</p> <table align="center" border="0" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" style="width:500px"><tbody><tr><td><img alt="" src="//" style="height:500px; width:400px"></td> <td><img alt="" src="//" style="height:250px; width:300px"><img alt="" src="//" style="height:250px; width:300px"></td> </tr></tbody></table><table align="center" border="0" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" style="width:500px"><tbody><tr><td>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</td> </tr></tbody></table><p>&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Indian IT Minister holds roundtable on UK India collaboration Tue, 10 Jul 2018 13:51:50 +0100 CRM Sync Indian IT and Law and Justice Minister holds roundtable with UK and India Tech Community discussing abundance of opportunities for collaboration. <p>Taking forward their India-UK Tech Alliance, NASSCOM and techUK, in collaboration with GSA, UK held a high level Roundtable discussion with Mr. Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister for Electronics &amp; IT and Law and Justice, Government of India. This was attended by CXO&rsquo;s of leading UK and Indian technology companies in the UK, senior officials from UK and Indian Government, as well as leadership team of NASSCOM, techUK and GSA executives.</p> <p>NASSCOM President, Debjani Ghosh highlighted the role of the technology sector in catapulting the Indo-UK trade partnership. She endorsed the partnership between techUK and NASSCOM that will support the flourishing IT sectors in both India and UK by developing stronger linkages on co-creation, innovation, skilling partnerships and making policy recommendations to generate business confidence, especially keeping Brexit in mind. This is especially critical in a world where artificial intelligence, machine learning, big data analytics and cybersecurity will be major technology growth areas. The meeting discussed the need to work collectively to better manage technology challenges like data privacy and security issues, especially in the context of next-gen. technologies i.e. AI, IoT, big data in priority sectors that have huge social impact including healthcare, fin-tech and social inclusion. Union Minister, Mr Ravi Shankar Prasad reiterated the need of both governments to share knowledge, collaborate on research, innovate and create partnerships via deploying complementary technological strengths. Julian David, CEO of TechUK, commented, technology is at the heart of the UK India relationship. We are delighted alongside NASSCOM to welcome Minister Prasad. Collaboration on next generation technologies as well as ensuring a pipeline of future skills is vital for the success of both economies and the benefit of its citizens</p> <p>As a background, the India-UK Tech Alliance was created, on 18th April 2018, as a formal structure by NASSCOM and techUK to increase collaboration on skills and new technologies, assist in policy development and encourage innovation. The Alliance members met on 21st June 2018, and jointly urged the UK Government to support the operationalizing of the joint &ldquo;future skills initiative&rdquo; to upskill UK technology workers to bridge the skills gap and design a flexible immigration system that allows for&nbsp; frictionless mobility of skilled workers between India and UK.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Growing the Contribution of Defence to UK Prosperity Tue, 10 Jul 2018 10:48:19 +0100 CRM Sync Former Minister for Defence Procurement Philip Dunne MP launched his independent review: ‘Growing the Contribution of Defence to UK Prosperity’. <p>Yesterday, former Minister for Defence Procurement Philip Dunne MP launched his independent review: &lsquo;Growing the Contribution of Defence to UK Prosperity&rsquo;, which highlights the vital importance of the Defence sector to the UK&rsquo;s economy and makes 41 recommendations for the MOD to consider how best to improve the agility of Defence to procure the capability it needs, and for the department and defence industry more widely in meeting the challenges of the future.</p> <p>Speaking at the Royal United Services Institute, he highlighted the significant contributions Defence already makes in term of UK prosperity, including:</p> <ul><li>500,000 people as part of the Defence workforce (1.5% of UK total);</li> <li>25,500 apprentices developing skills;</li> <li>Delivering productivity growth of 15% since 2009, three times as much as the rest of the economy; and</li> <li>An average of &pound;7.3bn exports per annum over the last 5 years.</li> </ul><p>The report, commissioned by the Secretary of State Gavin Williamson in support of the ongoing Modernising Defence Programme (MDP) review, highlights the wider economic impacts of UK Defence spending. This is done by drilling down beyond top line spending commitments, examining how Defence spending drives economic growth regionally, creates and safeguards jobs in the supply chain, develops highly skilled employees, and provides long term benefits for the UK workforce.</p> <p>Particularly useful within the report are the regional analyses, which highlight the benefits of Defence spending in each of the UK&rsquo;s regions. techUK sees this as a useful metric to measure future success, and hopes that this will continued to be refreshed in the future. We welcome this approach and hope that this report will be used to better express the value Defence brings to both the UK technology sector and the wider economy. Arguably, Defence makes a more balanced contribution to regional economies than some sectors, which tend to be centred around London and the south-east.</p> <p>Similarly useful are the case studies which highlight both the obvious and indirect benefits that Defence R&amp;D investment creates. From techUK member 2iC growing from a micro-SME to exporting CDE funded technology across the 5-Eye nations to the technologies developed at BAE Systems which now help the UK BMX team, all innovation arising from Defence investment is valuable. techUK believes that fostering cross-pollination between industrial sectors is crucial to ensure a competitive Defence sector, and would strongly encourage the MOD to open up as many routes to market as it can, engaging with companies of all sizes and specialisms to pull through disruptive new technologies. SMEs in particular were praised in the report, with Philip Dunne arguing they can play a bigger role, and are often able to deliver innovations with more agility and flexibility than other suppliers. techUK welcomes and reiterates these sentiments, urging the MOD to take advantage of strong SME capabilities both directly and through prime contractors.</p> <p>None of this is possible without a highly skilled workforce. It is clear that Defence punches above its weight in terms of skills development, with 25,500 active apprentices currently enrolled across the sector and proper career-long support provided by many of the UK&rsquo;s largest, best known companies. The loss of Defence related activities would damage the UK&rsquo;s STEM skills base, which benefits the country as employees often move on to related jobs in adjacent sectors. techUK welcomes the report which extolls the virtues of the skills created by those working in the sector, particularly at a time when sectors are jostling for more funding and investment from the government.&nbsp;</p> <p>In summary, this report makes clear that Defence is a major contributor to the UK economy&rsquo;s overall prosperity, especially in terms of its workforce and skills. A large proportion of Defence jobs (both serving and non-serving) are highly skilled and highly-paid, which present long term benefits for the economy. Similarly the Defence sector offers vast opportunities for exports, as demonstrated by the recent ship-building contract with Australia, showing that the sector can continue to grow its footprint internationally for the benefit of the wider UK, in all its regions. techUK hopes that this report will enable the MOD to better demonstrate the significant value of the Defence sector to the UK economy.</p> <p>The report makes 41 recommendations on how the UK can embed prosperity into the thinking of MOD and improve agility throughout procurement processes. Some of these include:</p> <ul><li>The MOD should support DIT plans to strengthen DIT-DSO;</li> <li>As a critical enabler of growth and productivity in both defence and the wider economy, MOD should focus on technical education, skills and training in MOD&rsquo;s strategic approach to prosperity, including when talking with potential investment partners;</li> <li>The MOD and its key suppliers should develop a common approach and format for collecting data, preferably based on a digital solution, to underpin new guidance and metrics on key prosperity factors;</li> <li>MOD should increase agility and pace in defence procurement, adopting a culture more focused on finding the right procurement solutions and less on defining and avoiding obstacles at the outset;</li> <li>In specialist sectors such as space and cyber, the armed forces should consider facilitating whole career flexibility with secondments across Defence, including in industry, at point sduring careers to remove barriers and retain skills;</li> <li>MOD should adopt open architecture across the Defence spectrum; and</li> <li>MOD to consider whether its commitment to spend 1.2% of the defence budget of S&amp;T is sufficient following the Government Industrial Strategy target to raise total UK R&amp;D investment to 2.4% of GDP by 2027.</li> </ul><p>The full report and list of recommendations can be accessed <a href=""><u>here</u></a>.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK CEO comment on new DCMS Secretary of State Mon, 09 Jul 2018 21:44:29 +0100 CRM Sync techUK CEO, Julian David, congratulates Matt Hancock and welcomes Jeremy Wright to Digital role <p>Commenting on the cabinet reshuffle, Julian David, techUK CEO said:</p> <p>"techUK is very sorry to see Matt Hancock move on from the Digital portfolio. As Minister for Digital, then as&nbsp;Secretary of&nbsp;State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Matt has been a staunch supporter of the UK's tech sector both in Government and in other domestic and international fora.&nbsp;</p> <p>His move to lead the work of the Department for Health and Social Care is a clear recognition of the passion, determination and&nbsp;drive we have seen him show at DCMS.&nbsp;</p> <p>All of us here at techUK now look forward to working with Jeremy Wright and Digital Minister Margot James to continue to build on the success of our industry.</p> <p>As we navigate our exit from the European Union and build a Global Britain, it will be crucial to have a voice at the centre&nbsp;of Government that understands the role the tech sector has to play not just in creating a prosperous economy but in finding solutions to society's most pressing challenges. In Jeremy Wright I am sure we will have an ally and a friend as we continue to build the UK digital economy."</p> Not just EU trade deals that must be rolled over post-Brexit Sun, 08 Jul 2018 23:05:00 +0100 CRM Sync techUK publish report Dealing with the Deals: Existing EU international agreements and the tech sector. <p><strong>A report launched today&nbsp;by techUK highlights that urgent decisions are needed&nbsp;on&nbsp;over 750 different EU agreements post-Brexit. The report,&nbsp;Dealing&nbsp;with the deals,&nbsp;suggests&nbsp;that it is not just the loss of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) that could undermine the UK&rsquo;s thriving tech sector&nbsp;but also the loss of hundreds of smaller 'Science and&nbsp;Technology&nbsp;Agreements'&nbsp;with major trading nations&nbsp;that&nbsp;have&nbsp;helped innovative&nbsp;UK&nbsp;businesses secure&nbsp;access to talent and research.</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The paper calls for&nbsp;urgent&nbsp;clarity&nbsp;on&nbsp;whether the Government&nbsp;is able to&nbsp;ensure that all the trade agreements,&nbsp;which the UK&nbsp;as a member of the EU&nbsp;is currently party to,&nbsp;can be &lsquo;rolled-over&rsquo; post-Brexit.&#8239;While Government has said it&nbsp;intends for the deals to continue, there has&nbsp;not been&nbsp;any formal confirmation that countries,&nbsp;such as Canada and South Korea,&nbsp;agree.&#8239;Trade Secretary, Liam Fox, recently said that &ldquo;technical reasons&rdquo; may prevent the&nbsp;roll-over of some&nbsp;deals.&nbsp;</p> <p>In the report, techUK says that the Government should prioritise the roll-over of those trade deals that provide the best deal for the UK&rsquo;s service sector and include strong ecommerce chapters that enable UK tech-sector growth.&#8239;It highlights the importance of deals,&nbsp;such as&nbsp;the&nbsp;EU-South Korea agreement, which has led to exports from the UK to South Korea increasing by 67&nbsp;per cent&nbsp;in the five years since the deal was signed.&nbsp;</p> <p>techUK also states&nbsp;that the&nbsp;UK should update older EU deals to facilitate modern trade&nbsp;post-Brexit.&#8239;For example, the UK should prioritise updating the EU&rsquo;s agreement with Israel, a highly advanced digital economy, which currently only covers tariffs on good and does little to&nbsp;open&nbsp;up&nbsp;trade in services of digital products.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Commenting on the launch of the report&nbsp;Giles Derrington, Head of Policy for Brexit, International and Economics&nbsp;at techUK, said:&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>&ldquo;A lot of focus has been put on how the UK will go about rolling over existing Free Trade Agreements that we benefit from by being in the EU.&nbsp;In reality,&nbsp;the&nbsp;problem goes far deeper. Smaller agreements, such as those on&nbsp;science and&nbsp;technology have brought&nbsp;major&nbsp;benefits to the UK&rsquo;s innovative tech sector.&#8239;These deals help develop our trade with countries,&nbsp;such as China, where even Government accepts we are unlikely to be seeing a fully-fledge free trade deal any time soon.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;With over 750 different EU deals that benefit out economy, the Government needs to be prepared to tell business how it will prioritise them and whether there is a path to rolling over these benefits for Britain.&#8239; We believe the UK should ruthlessly prioritise deals that support our modern, digitally enabled economy, such as South Korea and Canada,&nbsp;which go further and faster on trade in service.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;Rolling over these deals shouldn&rsquo;t be the end of the story.&#8239; While securing the current benefits of EU deals must be our first task, we can do better in updating deals like the EU/Israel Free Trade Agreement, to work for both of our economies in the 21st&nbsp;Century.&#8239; Reducing tariffs is important, but the real prize for a services-orientated economy like the UK&rsquo;s is deals which&nbsp;open up&nbsp;the market for services and support ecommerce.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>The report is available for download below.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> A goods-only Brexit means limiting the businesses of the future Fri, 06 Jul 2018 21:27:17 +0100 CRM Sync techUK has warns that a Brexit that maintains membership of the Single Market for goods but not services would put the UK’s digital economy at a serious disadvantage. <p>Responding to Cabinet discussions at Chequers on the UK&rsquo;s approach to the Future Economic Partnership with the EU, techUK has warned that a Brexit that effectively maintains membership of the Single Market for goods but not services would put the UK&rsquo;s highly services-orientated digital economy at a serious disadvantage against their European competitors.</p> <h3>Commenting, techUK CEO, Julian David, said:</h3> <p>&ldquo;It is right that the Prime Minister has sought to take the tough decisions needed to move the conversation about the UK&rsquo;s plan for our post-Brexit relationship with Europe forward. However, as the Government itself has made clear, a goods only deal would reduce the access for services to the European market.&nbsp; Given that 80% of tech exports are services, and our biggest market remains the EU, this will have very real consequences.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;The UK tech sector does not see clear benefits of divergence with the EU.&nbsp;Indeed there has been a strong consensus to maintain alignment on crucial issues such as data protection.&nbsp; A goods only approach would risk UK based tech firms selling into Europe having to comply with two competing regulatory regimes and being unable to guarantee that services can be provided on the same terms to customers in different locations.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;Such a deal also ignores the increasing number of goods that rely on a services contract to operate where divergence would make it harder for UK digital-services businesses to be part of European supply chains.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;techUK agrees that we need a frictionless border for goods, but a Brexit based on goods alone is not one that plays to the strengths of the UK&rsquo;s digital economy.&nbsp; It would create a lop-sided Brexit that causes complexity for business and confusion for consumers.&rdquo;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Government announces new Northern Powerhouse body Fri, 06 Jul 2018 14:39:49 +0100 CRM Sync Local Enterprise Partnerships in the North of England will form a new body to support the government’s ambitions for the Northern Powerhouse <p>Speaking at the first ever Northern Powerhouse Business Summit, Northern Powerhouse Minister Jake Berry MP announced the creation of the newly formed, <a href=";utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&amp;utm_content=immediate">government-funded board called the &lsquo;NP11&rsquo;</a>. NP11 will consist of Chairs of each of the 11 Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs).</p> <p>The board will act as one voice representing each of their regions as a modern day &lsquo;Council for the North&rsquo; to work with and advise the government on issues such as how to increase productivity, overcome regional disparities in economic growth and tackle the historic north-south divide.</p> <p>Northern Powerhouse Minister Jake Berry MP said:</p> <p>&ldquo;As we approach leaving the European Union we need to ensure that every area of the UK continues to economically flourish.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;The Northern Powerhouse will be a vital support to the UK in achieving this and so I am very pleased the 11 LEP Chairs have agreed to form the new NP11 board.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;For the first time since 1472, we will bring together the business voices of the Northern Powerhouse in our Council for the North. They have one task: to enrich all the peoples of the North of England &ndash; this is the foundation stone of the Northern Powerhouse and, with the skills and expertise of the NP11, we will shift the North&rsquo;s economy into overdrive.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Together we will deliver a North of England which is an economic powerhouse and one which can proudly take its place on the world stage both now and as we leave the EU.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>Georgina Maratheftis, Programme Manager for Local Government, techUK commented:</strong></p> <p><em>&ldquo;This new body further demonstrates the government&rsquo;s commitment to the Northern Powerhouse and can go someway to helping make digital devolution a reality. Working alongside the metro mayors, wider partners across the region, the LEPs are in a unique position to strengthen collaboration across the public and private sector to spur innovation and inward investment. We look forward to work with the NP11 to support the Northern Powerhouse realise its digital ambition.&rdquo;</em></p> <hr><p><strong>Supercharging the Digital Economy</strong></p> <p>If you would like to learn more about the Northern Powerhouse vision and how a smarter approach to technological adoption and innovation can spur inward investment into the Greater Manchester region and the North then techUK&rsquo;s <a href="">Supercharging the Digital Economy</a> conference is not to be missed!. It&rsquo;s taking place on the 18 October, The Bright Building Manchester and you can <a href="">register here.</a></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK Welcomes New Board Members Thu, 05 Jul 2018 14:44:38 +0100 Liz Cobbson (techUK) techUK is pleased to announce the new elected board members following the 5 July Main Board Meeting and AGM. <p>techUK is pleased to announce the new elected board members following the 5 July Main Board Meeting and AGM. Elected board members sit for a three-year term from July 2018 to July 2021.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Andrew Lawson</a>, EVP &amp; UK Country Leader, Salesforce<br /><a href="" target="_blank">Laura Bailey</a>, Chairperson, Qadre<br /><a href="" target="_blank">Simon Hansford</a>, Chief Executive Officer, UKCloud</p> <p>Thank you to all techUK members who stood for a position and to all those who voted in the recent elections.</p> <p>We are also pleased to announce newly selected members to the board</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Ashish Gupta</a>, Corporate Vice President and Head EMEA, HCL<br /><a href="" target="_blank">Kulveer Ranger</a>, Vice-President, Strategy and Communications, Atos UK&amp;I<br /><a href="" target="_blank">Neil Sawyer</a>, Commercial Channel &amp; Education Director, HP Inc.<br /><a href="about/our-board/item/12778-alex-towers" target="_blank">Alex Towers</a>, Director of Policy &amp; Public Affairs, BT Group<br /><a href="" target="_blank">Wenbing Yao</a>, Vice-President, Business Development &amp; Partnerships, Huawei Technologies</p> <p>Please see full board member listing&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> Have your say: Digital-first primary care & its payment implications Thu, 05 Jul 2018 13:16:03 +0100 CRM Sync NHS England engagement: Have your say on digital-first primary care and its implications for general practice payments <p><strong>Communication from NHS England:</strong></p> <p>Digital systems will be integral to a modern, efficient and responsive health service. Well-designed digital tools are already helping to provide care and services that are convenient for patients, efficient for the NHS and which get people the right care for them as quickly as possible.</p> <p>However, we face a challenge to ensure that the way we commission, contract and pay for care keeps up with the opportunities digital innovation offers - ensuring that new technology is safely integrated into health and care pathways, whilst not unfairly destabilising existing services.</p> <p>With fair payments in mind, NHS England has reviewed the implications of digital models and is seeking your views.</p> <p><a href="">Our analysis</a>&nbsp;concludes that there are a number of ways in which the payments for general practice may need to be updated to account for the emergence of digital-first innovative primary care providers, related to:</p> <ul><li>The rurality index payment;</li> <li>The London adjustment; and</li> <li>A reduction in the payment to practices for patients who live outside of the practice catchment area.</li> </ul><p>We are also seeking wider views about how general practice payment models can best support innovation.</p> <p>It is important to recognise that this is a first step, informed by the evidence available. As our understanding of new delivery models evolves and matures further action may be necessary.</p> <p>Further information about the proposals are available in the&nbsp;<a href="">document we have published to support this public engagement</a>.</p> <p>The outcome of this engagement will inform GP contract negotiations for 2019 - 2020 between NHS England and the General Practitioners Committee of the British Medical Association.</p> <p><a href="">Link to the online survey</a></p> Competition: Airport vehicle checkpoint screening Thu, 05 Jul 2018 12:46:47 +0100 CRM Sync A Defence & Security Accelerator £1m competition to find new solutions to this challenge. <p>The Home Office, Department for Transport and the Defence &amp; Security Accelerator have&nbsp;launched a competition to find innovative solutions for <a href="" target="_blank">airport vehicle checkpoint screening</a>.</p> <p>This &pound;1m competition is focusing on new solutions to the challenge of vehicle checkpoint (VCP) screening at airports, in order to prevent explosives, weapons and other threats from accessing the secure airside area.&nbsp;</p> <p>The competition seeks to identify innovative solutions to deliver a step change in screening vehicles at (Vehicle Check Points) VCPs, addressing three of the areas which represent the most time-consuming and laborious screening processes as follows:</p> <ul><li>vehicle engine compartments: both conventional bonnet and &lsquo;tilt cab&rsquo;.</li> <li>bulky loads such as: construction materials; large liquids (including fuel containers) or sealed packages.</li> <li>screening other hard to search parts of the vehicle, such as the driver&rsquo;s cab or load space.</li> </ul><p>In addition to new screening techniques, they are also interested in existing technologies being adapted to work within the&nbsp;VCP&nbsp;setting. All solutions must be capable of being used within the physical and operational constraints of VCPs, which often have limited space.</p> <p>Further details are <a href="" target="_blank">available here</a>, contracts are expected to be awarded in <strong>January 2019 and will run for 6 months</strong>. It is expected that a second phase of funding will be made available to help further develop promising projects from the innovation track.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Positive outlook on future of tech from Matt Hancock Thu, 05 Jul 2018 12:09:45 +0100 CRM Sync At an event organised by Politico and BSI, Matt Hancock gave a positive view on the future of tech in the UK post-Brexit. <p>At an event organised by Politico and BSI, techUK was encouraged to hear a positive vision being put forward by the Secretary of State for Digital, Matt Hancock, as he demonstrated his passion for tech and the power of digital technologies. Having come from a tech background himself, with other family members also working in tech, he certainly has a grip over the challenging elements of his Cabinet brief.</p> <p>Making clear he thought that the impact of tech on the UK would be far greater than Brexit in the long term, the Secretary of State was confident that the UK would not lose its tech crown to other European countries post-Brexit. His confidence is based on the fact that the UK is the third largest tech hub in the world, after the US and China, and is still seeing record levels of tech investment.</p> <p>That is not to say he doesn&rsquo;t recognise the risks that Brexit brings, particularly recognising the importance of continued data flows between the UK and the EU and access to the best skilled talent. However on both fronts he was confident the UK would get a deal which would ensure the continued success of the UK tech sector. Only time will tell if his confidence will be justified.</p> <p>The Secretary of State was clear about the challenges he sees with the development of tech and is determined to tackle them. He clearly strongly believes the UK can be a world leader in its approach to tech regulation, using both legislative and non-legislative tools to tackle what he sees as the biggest harms of technology. However, he was also passionate about technology itself solving problems caused by tech, for example new AI systems designed to surface aggressive content online.</p> <p>Encouragingly he recognised that the upsides of tech do outweigh the downsides, specifically calling out the transformative effects Artificial Intelligence could have in healthcare and transport.</p> <p>Declaring himself the &lsquo;Minister for Fun&rsquo;, following videos of him learning to &lsquo;moonwalk&rsquo; and taking &lsquo;parkour&rsquo; lessons, Matt Hancock suggested at these times the country needs a bit of fun. He might be right. But the UK also needs to show leadership on tech and digital issues, given technology increasingly underpins both economy and society. Matt Hancock is clearly someone who is determined to make his mark on the UK&rsquo;s digital economy.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK supports European Parliament Copyright Directive delay Thu, 05 Jul 2018 11:14:08 +0100 CRM Sync Read techUK Deputy CEO Antony Walker's comment on the decision of MEPs to reject the European Parliament’s report on the proposed Copyright Directive. <p>Commenting on the decision today of MEPs to reject the European Parliament&rsquo;s JURI Committee&rsquo;s report on the proposed Copyright Directive, Antony Walker, techUK deputy CEO, said:</p> <p><em>&ldquo;The European Parliament is right to have delayed the Copyright Directive today. The proposed legislation would have had significant consequences for online services and the millions of people who use them. The proposals would have prevented people from sharing online content and there would have been unavoidable conflicts with fundamental rights.&nbsp;</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;We are very pleased that MEPs have allowed more time to develop better solutions that achieve the right balance between the rights of copyright holders and ordinary people. techUK congratulates MEPs on this decision which will hopefully ensure a fair and balanced approach going forward which maintains a free and open internet.&rdquo;</em></p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> Funding opportunity to develop next generation services Thu, 05 Jul 2018 07:56:24 +0100 CRM Sync Apply now for your chance to get your share of £12 million from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund to develop AI and data enabled products and services. <p>UK business and research organisations can apply for a share of &pound;12 million from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.&nbsp;This is to develop AI and data enabled products and services within accountancy, insurance and legal services.</p> <p>This competition is part of the&nbsp;<a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">Next Generation Services Challenge</span></a>, which looks to create new opportunities forbusinesses and researchers to work together to develop the next generation of services.</p> <p>All projects should show how they will address challenges which will delay or adversely impact adoption. For example, this can include issues around&nbsp;<a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">ethics, privacy, bias and transparency</span></a>&nbsp;and how people&rsquo;s acceptance and behaviours will affect the service transformation.</p> <p>This is a linked competition. Funding 2 strands:</p> <ul><li><a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">Large consortia projects</span></a>&nbsp;addressing common, sector-wide challenges requiring a co-ordinated approach across, for example, supply chains or regulators. These projects can include academic researchers in social sciences, humanities, computer science and mathematics. These projects need to show significant transformational impact on the sector.</li> <li><a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">Smaller projects</span></a>&nbsp;aiming to apply AI and data techniques in new ways within accountancy, insurance and legal services. These smaller projects can be from single companies or small consortia.</li> </ul><p>The deadline for applications is Wednesday 15&nbsp;August 2018,12:00pm. For further information on how to apply, <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">please follow the link&nbsp;here</span></a>.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> MCPD and Specified Generator Controls Thu, 05 Jul 2018 07:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync Comments to submit to the Environment Agency on their guidance for MCPD and Specified Generator Controls. <p>Please click below to download the document.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Home Office Publishes Biometrics Strategy Wed, 04 Jul 2018 16:39:44 +0100 CRM Sync The Home Office Biometrics Strategy has been long awaited. It gives an overview of the current biometrics projects going on in the Home Office and law enforcement, and outlines the direction of travel. <p>The Home Office has published its long-awaited <a href="">Biometrics Strategy</a>. The Strategy, which was initially due some years ago, sets out the &ldquo;overarching framework within which organisations in the Home Office sector will consider and make decisions on the use and development of biometric technology.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The document outlines the current biometrics use cases across the Government, and the programmes to develop capabilities that are already in the pipeline. Industry suppliers may be interested in the Annex to the Strategy, which gives an overview of current biometric uses, legislation, oversight and governance.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>While welcoming the Strategy as a basis for a more informed public debate on biometrics, <a href="" target="_blank">the Biometrics Commissioner commented</a> &ldquo;u<em>nfortunately the strategy says little about what future plans the Home Office has for the use of biometrics and the sharing of biometric data. A debate is needed given the rapid improvements in biometric matching technologies and the increasing ability to hold and analyse large biometric databases.</em>&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>techUK was pleased to contribute to a <a href="" target="_blank">recent briefing note by the Parliamentary Office of Science &amp; Technology</a> on Biometrics Technology. This briefing note is intended to provide a balanced and accessible overview of the technology to inform Parliamentarians. Given the potential of biometrics to transform delivery of certain public services, and in light of the ethical and legal issues involved, it will be crucial that MPs and Peers are able to be adequately informed as they debate this subject.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK co-publisher of the newly launched Local Digital Declaration Wed, 04 Jul 2018 13:52:59 +0100 CRM Sync The declaration outlines a shared ambition for the future of local public services <p>Today see&rsquo;s the launch of the <a href="">Local Digital Declaration</a>, a shared ambition for the future of local public services written by a collective of local authorities, sector bodies and government departments. It outlines a shared ambition for improved collaboration and creating the conditions needed for the next generation of local public services.</p> <p>techUK is pleased to be a co-publisher of the Declaration, and if your organisation is working to improve local services they can <a href="">sign-up to the Declaration here.</a></p> <p><strong>Responding to the Local Digital Declaration, techUK CEO Julian David commented:</strong></p> <p><em>&ldquo;We applaud central government for listening to the needs of local government and launching The Local Digital Declaration, which will go some way to help create the environment that enables improved collaboration and genuine end-to-end transformation.&rdquo;</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;We have too often seen various local government digital initiatives come and go, so it is welcome to see that the Declaration is committing resources to realise the ambition set out. techUK has long called for central government to realise the convening role it can play to help local authorities identify common building blocks and sharing of common approaches to support transformation.&rdquo;</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;techUK stands ready to work with MHCLG, GDS and local authorities on the challenge set out to industry in the Declaration. We have championed open standards and interoperability, as evident in our Health &amp; Social Care Interoperability Charter. We look forward to working with partners across the local government eco-system to create the conditions needed to deliver improved and efficient local public services that improve outcomes for all citizens.&rdquo;</em></p> <p><strong>Chair of techUK&rsquo;s Local Public Services Committee &amp; CEO of Shaping Cloud Carlos Oliveira commented:</strong></p> <p><em>&ldquo;techUK&rsquo;s Local Public Services Committee (LPSC) welcomes the launch of the Local Digital Declaration and it is an ambition we share. The LPSC mission is to create the environment needed to enable meaningful change and collaboration at the local digital level. &nbsp;We look forward to continuing to work with the Ministry of Housing and Local Government (MHCLG) and the new local digital collaboration unit to realise the ambition it sets out to achieve, as well as working alongside them and other key partners on open standards and interoperability, areas we are actively looking at and championing.&rdquo;</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;It really is an exciting time for local government transformation. Today&rsquo;s Declaration will help to scale-up existing good work that is happening across the country and alongside the work of techUK help grow the local government market. As a committee we are here to help, listen and work with local government to ensure our local public services are the most effective and efficient for all citizens.&rdquo;</em></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Brexit Select Committee publishes report on data flows Tue, 03 Jul 2018 13:50:14 +0100 CRM Sync Read Head of Policy for Brexit, International and Economics Giles Derrington's statement on the newly released Government report on UK-EU data flows post-Brexit. <p>The Exiting the European Union Select Committee <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">has today published an extensive report</span></a> on the importance of maintaining UK-EU data flows post-Brexit. The report demonstrates that data flows are part of daily life and there must be a solution in place from the moment the UK leaves the EU on 29 March 2019.</p> <p>As the report outlines, the EU&rsquo;s data protection framework requires third countries, as the UK will be post-Brexit, to apply and be assessed for an adequacy agreement to allow data to flow freely between the EU and that third country. There are alternative mechanisms available to conduct data transfers however as the Committee&rsquo;s report concludes these are not suitable alternatives to an adequacy agreement.</p> <p>The Committee&rsquo;s report quotes heavily from techUK and UK Finance&rsquo;s report <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">&lsquo;No Interruptions: options for the future UK EU data sharing relationship&rsquo;</span></a>, as well as oral evidence given to the Committee by techUK&rsquo;s Giles Derrington.</p> <p>The Select Committee&rsquo;s report also assesses the UK Government&rsquo;s recent proposals on data flows and compares them to the EU&rsquo;s position. The UK has proposed a bespoke relationship on data protection, which would see continued regulatory cooperation, going beyond &lsquo;normal&rsquo; adequacy&rsquo;. The proposals would see the UK and EU agree an international treaty which would include the free flow of data, an ongoing role for the UK Information Commissioner&rsquo;s Office on the European Data Protection Board and UK participation in the one-stop-shop mechanism. In carrying out its assessment the Committee&rsquo;s report recognises that in order to improve the changes of successful negotiation based on the UK&rsquo;s proposals, the UK will have to accept the jurisdiction of the ECJ in some situations.</p> <p>The report did not receive the unanimous backing of the DExEU Select Committee, with two members, Craig Mackinlay MP and Jacob Rees-Mogg MP, voting against the report&rsquo;s conclusions.</p> <p>Commenting on the publication of the report Giles Derrington, Head of Policy for Brexit, International and Economics, techUK said:</p> <p><em>&ldquo;techUK welcomes this report as a comprehensive, detailed and is a useful contribution to ongoing discussions about data flows. Securing the free flow of data post Brexit is increasingly being recognised as a priority issue for all UK businesses and it is significant that the Committee has chosen to publish a standalone report on the issue.&nbsp; They are right to make clear that an adequacy agreement is the best existing way to ensure data can continue to flow post-Brexit. The report also rightly recognises the benefits of the UK government&rsquo;s proposals while offering an honest critique and assessment about what the UK government must do to succeed in those negotiations. techUK remains of the view that a continued close relationship on data protection is in the mutual interest of UK and EU governments, businesses and citizens, but this will likely mean compromise on both sides of the negotiations.&rdquo;</em></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Event: The Data Ask - Startups in Intelligent Mobility Tue, 03 Jul 2018 08:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync Hear from startups and data holders, have your say on data structures, testbeds and biggest data gaps. <p><a href="" target="_blank">Click here to register for this event</a></p> <p>Intelligent mobility is meant to bring about seamless travel; data infrastructure is crucial to this vision, as are a number of new startups and other enterprises complementing large, traditional transport providers.&nbsp;</p> <p>This is the first of three pilot events to test the wider interest for a London-based industry innovation network focused on intelligent mobility. The idea behind the network is to enhance mobility for London and beyond by improving the impact of innovators.&nbsp;</p> <p>The event will explore the kinds of data that startups need to deliver on the intelligent mobility promise and learn more about the issues facing data holders. It will start with a panel discussion featuring to startups and two data holders, followed by refreshments and three interactive sessions lead by experts where attendees are able to share their own views.</p> <p>Panellists include:</p> <ul><li>Duncan Robertson, Head of Government Affairs at Mobike UK</li> <li>Andrew Malczyk, Product Owner at GoPark (Ford Smart Mobility)</li> <li>Alex Wrottesley, Head of Geovation, Ordnance Survey's Open Innovation Hub</li> <li>Nick Wilson, Information Strategy, Customer Portfolio Directorate, Rail Delivery Group</li> <li>Chair: Ann Thorpe, UCL Transport Institute</li> </ul><p>Expert-led Interactive Session topics:</p> <ul><li>Testbeds - what data infrastructure would be great?</li> <li>Data Formats - preferred structures and methods?</li> <li>Current data landscape - what's available, biggest gaps?</li> </ul><p><a href="" target="_blank">Click here to register for this event</a></p> NHS App could revolutionise how we access services Mon, 02 Jul 2018 15:58:08 +0100 CRM Sync But what does it mean for industry? <p>A decade after Apple launched the Appstore, the NHS is launching a new mobile app to make it quicker and easier to access health services.&nbsp;For a generation of Britons who have grown up accessing everything from mobile banking to grocery shopping through an app, the launch cannot come soon enough.</p> <p>Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt described the app as a "birthday present from the NHS to the British people", 70 years after it was founded.&nbsp;There have been laudable efforts to achieve channel shift in the NHS &ndash; but they have been disparate initiatives, often explicitly precluded from achieving anything like national scale. &nbsp;It&rsquo;s been a long time coming, but the app could be a game changer for a service that still relies heavily on physical queues and second class stamps.</p> <p>The app will not be launched until December, but promises to allow users to book appointments, order repeat prescriptions and access their own GP record. Users will also be able to sign up as organ donors, decide how their health data is used and get 111-style advice. This is the low-hanging fruit of digitisation &ndash; functionality that we know is possible because it is happening in other industries and in other geographies. Three out of five interactions with the NHS are to book, change or cancel appointments so there are huge potential savings from digitising the process for the majority of users.</p> <h4>What are the implications for industry?</h4> <p>The app has been developed by NHS England and NHS Digital.</p> <p>A unified, user-friendly front end is no doubt good for the public but could crowd out a number of apps that have already been developed as a &lsquo;front door&rsquo; to our health system. Similarly, the NHS has been encouraging privately developed online triage services through pilots over the years. An in-house digital 111 service opens obvious questions to how these players work with the NHS in the future. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The buy vs build question will no doubt be at the forefront of discussions between industry and the NHS in the coming weeks. It looks like the app will rely on some industry solutions but exclude others. Industry needs clear, consistent, long-term messages about where opportunities exist if they are to invest in creating world-class health tech with the NHS in mind.</p> <p>Like any system, the NHS app will only be as good as the data it relies on. A user-friendly front end will be welcome, but it can only work if secure, digitised, interoperable health records exist behind the veneer. The initial commitment is that people will be able to access their GP record. But the real value in health data is when it can be connected across different settings. Questions remain as to the ambition and scale of the app beyond its initial launch.</p> <h4>Find out more</h4> <p>techUK is co-hosting two industry engagement events with NHS England and NHS Digital in London and Leeds. The events will give industry the opportunity to see the plans in more detail and ask questions from the strategy and delivery teams.</p> <ul><li><a href="" target="_blank"><span style="color:#0000FF">NHS App Consultation Event - London</span></a></li> <li><a href="" target="_blank"><span style="color:#0000FF">NHS App Consultation Event - Leeds</span></a><span style="color:#0000FF">&nbsp;</span></li> </ul><p>The DHSC press release announcing the app <a href="" target="_blank">can be found here</a>.&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> DE&S Engineering Delivery Partner Announcement Mon, 02 Jul 2018 14:59:22 +0100 CRM Sync Aurora Engineering Partnership opens procurement process to support MOD's DE&S as its Engineering Delivery Partner <p>As part of its ongoing transformation strategy, the MOD's Defence, Equipment &amp; Support (DE&amp;S) organisation is collaborating with industry to establish an Engineering Delivery Partner (EDP).&nbsp;</p> <p>QinetiQ, Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, and BMT have collaborated to form the Aurora Engineering Partnership which, subject to contract, will support the Defence Equipment &amp; Support (DE&amp;S) as the Engineering Delivery Partner over the next 10 years.</p> <p>The partnership is currently in negotiations with DE&amp;S with a view to starting service delivery later this year, and is now seeking expressions of interest in joining a provider network to help drive benefits in DE&amp;S through the delivery of engineering services.</p> <p>The Aurora Engineering Partnership is inviting companies who have the expertise and experience to help deliver increased performance and productivity in DE&amp;S to register their interest by going to <a href="" target="_blank"></a> where they will be kept up-to-date on the procurement process and associated events.</p> <p>The partnership&nbsp;will bring together cross-sector and non-defence experience, harmonise ways of working and build an impressive provider network of niche and specialist, small to medium sized enterprises (SME), driving efficiencies and savings through delivery of the Engineering Services across DE&amp;S.</p> <p>Managing Director of Aurora Engineering Partnership and Business Development Director, QinetiQ, Dr Gordon Barr, said:</p> <p><em>&ldquo;The Aurora Engineering Partnership has been formed by the three companies to embed innovative delivery approaches that span DE&amp;S engineering service requirements, delivering the right thing, first time, safely and within budget.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>Roy Quilliam, Strategic Pursuit Director, Maritime, at BMT said:</p> <p><em>&ldquo;I firmly believe that, together with an agile provider network of specialist companies, Aurora can make a rapid, real and timely difference to the DE&amp;S and the Front Line Commands.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>Divisional Business Development Director in SNC-Lavalin&rsquo;s Atkins business, Dave Clark said:</p> <p><em>&ldquo;Collaboration is at the heart of our DNA and we are very pleased to join likeminded, leading organisations and recruit a provider network that will deliver military advantage for DE&amp;S and the wider MOD&rdquo;.</em></p> <p>To join the developing network of Aurora Engineering Partnership providers, <a href="" target="_blank">visit the website by clicking here.</a></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> FCA's 'Live & Local' programme Mon, 02 Jul 2018 14:51:31 +0100 CRM Sync The Financial Conduct Authority will be travelling around the country to give updates for insurance, mortgage and non-bank payment companies. <h4>From September 2018, the FCA plans a series of events for regulated firms, each of which will run on several dates. Cities so far on the tour include&nbsp;Birmingham, Manchester, Belfast, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Leicester and Cardiff.</h4> <h4>Dates will be announced every few months - so sign up to the&nbsp;<a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">Live &amp; Local email updates</span></a>&nbsp;to get the latest emails.</h4> <p>The events will cover the following topics:</p> <p><a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">General insurance:</span></a></p> <ul><li>Interactive workshops on the extension of the Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SM&amp;CR) and the Insurance Distribution Directive (IDD)</li> <li>Q&amp;A roundtable discussions with a panel of FCA and industry representatives</li> </ul><p><a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">Mortgage services</span></a><span style="color:#0000FF">:</span></p> <ul><li>For&nbsp;<a href="">mortgage</a><strong>&nbsp;</strong>firms, there will be monthly Q&amp;A roundtable discussions for intermediaries and lenders to engage with a panel of FCA and industry representatives in an open, informal setting.&nbsp;</li> </ul><p><a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">Non-bank payment services:</span></a></p> <ul><li>N<a href="">on-bank payment services</a>&nbsp;firms can attend 'An introduction to FCA Payments Supervision&rsquo; events in London, Birmingham and Manchester for&nbsp; that will provide clarity on our role and expectations, and our supervisory approach</li> </ul><p>Plus ad-hoc events for various sectors featuring the FCA Executive Committee, as well as additional events focusing on priorities from the <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">FCA business plan 2018/19</span></a></p> <p>A new set of event dates and locations will be announced every few months on the&nbsp;<a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">Live &amp; Local webpage</span></a>. The first set of events will run from September to December 2018.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href=""><strong>Registration is now open</strong></a>&nbsp;for these events in September to December 2018.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Tech Against Trafficking: Tech Sector Unites To Combat Modern Slavery Mon, 02 Jul 2018 11:09:31 +0100 CRM Sync The tech sector is pleased to announce a new global initiative to look at how tech can be used to tackle modern slavery and human trafficking. <p>techUK is pleased to be part of Tech Against Trafficking, a new global initiative <a href="">which has officially launched</a>. The initiative brings together the tech sector, academics and NGOs to look at how technology solutions can be used to fight modern slavery and we are very excited and honoured to be able to participate in the initiative.</p> <p>From empowering NGOs working with vulnerable communities to increasing supply chain transparency, tracking and pursuing offenders or supporting victims, tech and digital tools have a large and varied role to play in fighting this growing crime type. Around the world today there are over 40 million people who are believed to be in some form of slavery, with 13,000 victims in the UK, generating $150 billion in illegal profits every year.</p> <p>Tech Against Trafficking follows on from a <a href="">Wilton Park Conference</a> last year and we&rsquo;re pleased that sustainability organisation BSR will act as Secretariat with the RESPECT Initiative leading on research. The organisation&nbsp;which includes&nbsp;BT, Nokia as Microsoft as founding members has started the first major project which is to map out the various trafficking and modern slavery initiatives already underway.</p> <p>The precise strategy over the next few years is still being refined, but the specific tech tools that have been identified as having the biggest potential so far include:</p> <ul><li>Cloud and mobile apps to allow first-line responders, the public, and vulnerable workers to raise awareness, access resources, and report concerns, among many other solutions.</li> <li>Basic hardware, such as laptops and smartphones, to be made more easily available by technology providers to NGOs supporting vulnerable groups and victims.</li> <li>National helplines that raise awareness, support victims, and serve as hubs of data collection; analysis of existing information; and sharing to advance our understanding of and response to slavery.</li> <li>Data tools to deal with the problem of data overload that can disable effective responses and to identify connections in the data that would otherwise be missed (e.g. using AI and big data).</li> <li>Supply chain transparency tools to improve traceability and transparency of supply chain labour standards.</li> </ul><p>techUK CEO Julian David said <em>&ldquo;Innovation, technology and digital solutions can play a huge role in tackling global challenges. The Tech Against Trafficking initiative will showcase how digital can be deployed to combat modern slavery. Blockchain solutions for example can help companies know what is happening in their supply chains or verify safe migration routes. Big data analytics can also identify bottlenecks in trafficking routes, and even basic IT can help in supporting NGOs on the ground who are helping those affected directly. techUK is sitting in the Advisory Group and I urge as many members as possible to get involved and look at how we can harness the collective innovation of the UK tech sector to help end modern slavery and human trafficking.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>Tech Against Trafficking is a membership structure with a global focus and we are very keen to hear from techUK members or others who have solutions that can be applied to this area. Please email <a href=""></a> for more information or if you would like to get involved.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> Do you want to make a difference? Mon, 02 Jul 2018 11:00:54 +0100 CRM Sync techUK members have the opportunity to mentor finalists from the Essex CC Challenge Dementia <p>techUK is delighted to be supporting <a href="">Challenge Dementia.</a> Led by Essex County Council, Challenge Dementia is a national search for products, technologies and services that could transform the way people live with Dementia across the UK, helping them to live enjoyable and fulfilling lives for as long as possible.</p> <p>Nine finalists have now been shortlisted and as a key partner techUK is supporting the Challenge by providing mentors to the finalists to help them on their journey. We&rsquo;ve had the pleasure of speaking first hand with the finalists and there are some fantastic and innovative ideas to support those living with dementia remain connected to the people and places around them. This is a great opportunity for members to share their knowledge and experience with like-minded individuals that would like to succeed in the health and social care market and make a difference to people&rsquo;s lives. &nbsp;</p> <p>If you would like to get involved and support Challenge Dementia get in touch with <a href="">Georgina Maratheftis</a> or <a href="">Kate Francis</a> who can tell you more about the mentoring opportunity and the commitment involved.</p> <p><strong>Why Dementia?</strong></p> <p>Dementia can make people feel alone, frustrated and like they have lost their identity. They can no longer do the things they once enjoyed and have greater care needs. This can put an emotional and physical strain on all involved.</p> <p>The mental and physical well-being of people living with dementia can quickly decline if there is limited support to help them be independent, active in their community and to stay connected with other people. It is important that they are supported to live a life that has purpose for as long as possible.</p> <p><strong>The prize</strong></p> <p>Ten finalists will each receive &pound;5000 and access to a range of experts convened from across the community, voluntary, public and private sector including PA Consulting and tech UK.</p> <p>The winner will get &pound;100,000 to invest in their idea.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>We look forward to hearing from you!</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> Deloitte opens entries for its 2018 UK Technology Fast 50 awards Mon, 02 Jul 2018 08:21:18 +0100 CRM Sync The Deloitte UK Technology Fast 50 awards recognise and rank the 50 fastest growing technology companies in the UK, entries for this year’s awards are now open. <p><img alt="" src="//" style="height:142px; width:600px"></p> <p>Nominations are now open entries for the 21st Deloitte UK Technology Fast 50 awards. The awards rank and recognise the 50 fastest growing technology companies in the UK, based on the last four years of revenue growth.</p> <p>The awards have showcased an increasingly diverse and compelling range of UK-based technology companies over the past two decades, celebrating the fast growth and innovation of the start-up sector. Last year&rsquo;s Fast 50 winners generated cumulative revenues of &pound;960m in 2016/17, and employed more than 9,000 people in the UK, including 1,800 in research and development alone.</p> <p>Duncan Down, lead partner for the Deloitte UK Technology Fast 50 programme is optimistic about this year&rsquo;s awards: &ldquo;Without question, the UK technology start-up scene is in rude health. This year&rsquo;s awards will seek to capture the landscape during what is such an exciting and dynamic period for the UK technology sector.</p> <p>&ldquo;These awards have celebrated one thousand aspirational and influential new companies in the past two decades. This year we look forward once again to showcasing the breadth of innovative and talented companies who will participate in the 2018 awards, and wish them all good luck in the competition.&rdquo;</p> <p>With a record-breaking four-year revenue growth rate of 107,117%, <a href="" target="_blank">last year&rsquo;s winning entrant was online food courier service Deliveroo</a>. In the twenty-year history of the Fast 50 awards, no other company has grown at a faster rate.</p> <p>Supporting Deloitte&rsquo;s initiative for the UK&rsquo;s fastest growing companies are the award sponsors DLA Piper, Oracle NetSuite and Silicon Valley Bank.</p> <p>&nbsp;For full details on the Deloitte UK Technology Fast 50 and the entry form please visit: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> Government’s response to the Lords Select Committee AI report Fri, 29 Jun 2018 15:02:11 +0100 CRM Sync On Thursday 28 June, Government published its response to the House of Lords Artificial Intelligence Select Committee’s report on AI in the UK: Ready, Willing and Able? <p>On Thursday 28 June, Government published its response to the House of Lords Artificial Intelligence Select Committee&rsquo;s report on <a href="">AI in the UK: Ready, Willing and Able?</a></p> <p>The Government&rsquo;s response is broadly supportive of the Committee&rsquo;s recommendations and they&rsquo;ve used the response as an opportunity to highlight the steps Government has taken to ensure the appropriate entities and initiatives exist to address the possibilities that AI can offer.</p> <p>According to the Government&rsquo;s response, the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation, the Office for Artificial Intelligence, and the AI Council will collectively ensure Government addresses the Grand Challenge on AI and Data; positioning the UK as a global leader on AI. The report also recognises that coordination between institutions operating in this space is vital.</p> <p>The response touches on the Government&rsquo;s commitment to work with businesses to develop an agile approach to regulation that promotes innovation and the growth of new sectors, whilst protecting citizens and the environment. To this end, the Government is establishing a Ministerial Working Group on Future Regulation to scan the horizon and identify the areas where regulation needs to adapt to support emerging technologies such as AI, supported by the Office for AI and the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation.&nbsp;</p> <p>The role of the new Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation is continuously referenced throughout the Government&rsquo;s response. The Centre is expected to advise Government and regulators on the ethics of data and its use, including for AI -- where a core function will be to partner with the Office for AI in the design of data sharing frameworks including Data Trusts.</p> <p>Whilst the response recognises the transformative potential for artificial intelligence on society and the economy, it equally acknowledges the need to address the concerns and risks associated with AI. &nbsp;The report highlights the need to mitigate the risk of potential erroneous decisions made by AI through legal liability. The Office for Artificial Intelligence, Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation, and the AI Council will, as appropriate, need to engage the Law Commission on best course of action.</p> <p>According to the response, Government believes that transparency of algorithms is important, but for development of AI an overemphasis on transparency may be both a deterrent and is some cases such as deep learning prohibitively difficult. Such considerations need to be balanced against positive impacts use of AI brings. The response signposted to the new Alan Turing Institute, which has been working to address these issues.</p> <p>Now that the Government&rsquo;s response to the report has been received, a debate is expected to be timetabled in the House of Lords imminently. If you have any further questions about the report or the Government response, please contact Katherine Mayes.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> HMG Security S&T – Industry & Academia Engagement Day Fri, 29 Jun 2018 13:06:14 +0100 CRM Sync An industry and academia briefing from Government on security sector science and technology programmes. <p>The Home Office, Department for Transport, Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure and other departments and agencies, would like to present to industry and academia a f<a href="" target="_blank">orward look for their security science, technology and innovation programmes</a> and funding opportunities.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br><br> The briefing day will be held on <strong>Thursday 19th&nbsp;July in Central London</strong>, in conjunction with the Joint Security and Resilience Centre (JSaRC), the Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA), the UK&rsquo;s Security and Resilience Industry Suppliers Community (RISC) and the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN).&nbsp;<br><br> At this event&nbsp;HMG will present an update on National Security Science and Technology programmes and priorities, and brief on opportunities and ways to work with government departments. In particular,&nbsp;HMG will be launching the following funding competition:</p> <p>Future Aviation Security Solutions (FASS) &ndash; FASS, a joint Home Office and Department for Transport programme which aims to deliver a step change in aviation security, will launch a new funding competition.&nbsp; Working with the Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA), this &pound;1m FASS themed competition seeks solutions to improve the efficiency of vehicle checkpoint screening at airports.&nbsp; Find out more about this themed competition and working with FASS and DASA by attending the competition launch.</p> <p>WHAT WILL YOU GET FROM THE DAY?</p> <ul><li>An overview of the research that will be commissioned this year, including:</li> <li>more detail on the content, timing and value of funding competitions;</li> <li>how the research will be commissioned and information on Terms and Conditions;</li> <li>how you can bid into the Defence and Security Accelerator&rsquo;s Open Call for Innovation;</li> <li>an overview of how best to approach Government with your innovative solutions and research ideas;</li> <li>the opportunity to network with policy makers, end users, academia and industry.</li> </ul><p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>REGISTRATION</strong></p> <p>You can find more information and <a href="" target="_blank">register your interest for the event here</a>.</p> Department for International Trade events and activities roundup Wed, 27 Jun 2018 14:58:48 +0100 CRM Sync Details of upcoming DIT events and activities <p><strong>An update from the Department for International Trade on events and activities that may be of interest to techUK members:</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Trade Mission: </strong></p> <p><strong>Retail &amp; Consumer Technology&nbsp;on 17-21 September 2018&nbsp;in the USA (New York and Chicago) </strong></p> <p><a href="">Click here to register&nbsp;your interest</a></p> <p>For companies in services providing digital marketing, voice of customer, in-store operations, mobile payments, last mile delivery, customer loyalty, experience-led engagement, frictionless retail and the latest in AI led disruption.</p> <p>This is a CASTS funded program there&nbsp;will be a selection process and is&nbsp;only available for&nbsp;London based SMEs which meet the program&rsquo;s criteria.</p> <p>Closing date for applications July 8th &nbsp;</p> <p>No mission fee and accommodation will be provided; travel&nbsp;costs&nbsp;for participants.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Healthcare and the Financing of Healthcare and Humanitarian Projects in Iran on 4 July:</strong></p> <p><a href="">Register here</a></p> <p>Conference Fee &pound;200 +VAT apply by June 29th</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Exhibit at CEATEC Japan Technology Sector on 16 -19 October in Japan:</strong></p> <p><a href="">Register here</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Smart Cities and Technology Delegation to Saudi Arabia on 18-21 November: </strong></p> <p>For more information contact <a href=""></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>US</strong><strong> expansion workshop on 28th June at T2 Heathrow:</strong></p> <p><a href=";utm_medium=various&amp;utm_campaign=GTM-USA">Register here&nbsp;</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Spacewave event monitoring and Surveillance of the Marine Environment on 17 July at Harwell:</strong></p> <p><a href="">Register here</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Great British Beauty and Spa &lsquo;meet the buyer&rsquo; 7 September&nbsp;2018 Prague:</strong></p> <p>To register contact <a href=""></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><u>Training and skills</u></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="">Pitch Training:</a> </strong></p> <p>This is a free event and will take place in Central London on Tuesday 3 July and Tuesday 10 July 2018.</p> <p>It is an excellent opportunity for 2 days of high quality sales training with an emphasis&nbsp;on Technology businesses. Highly useful&nbsp;for promoting your business to customers and investors.</p> <p>This event is part-funded by the ERDF&rsquo;s CASTS programme and supported by DIT. ERDF eligibility criteria will apply.</p> <p><strong><u>London based DIT Master Class events</u></strong></p> <p><a href=";tp=i-H43-Q1q-AZP-319bk-1c-3Tr7-1c-319be-23hXMH"><strong>Maximising Investment at Exhibitions (Global Growth)</strong></a><br> Date:&nbsp;11 July 2018<br> Time: 09:30 - 16:30<br> Location: Central London<br> Cost: &pound;120 (excl. VAT)<br><br><a href=";tp=i-H43-Q1q-AZP-319bk-1c-3Tr7-1c-319be-23hXMH"><strong>Export Pricing Masterclass (Global Growth)</strong></a><br> Date:&nbsp;18 July 2018<br> Time: 09:30 - 16:30<br> Location: Central London<br> Cost: &pound;120 (excl. VAT)<br><br><a href=";tp=i-H43-Q1q-AZP-319bk-1c-3Tr7-1c-319be-23hXMH"><strong>Agents and Distributors Masterclass (Global Growth)</strong></a><br> Date: 25 July 2018<br> &#8203;Time: 09:30 - 16:30<br> Location: Central London<br> Cost: &pound;120 (excl. VAT)</p> Knife Crime Prevention Market Exploration Wed, 27 Jun 2018 13:46:28 +0100 CRM Sync The Home Office and the Defence and Security Accelerator are looking for innovative ways of tackling knife crime. <p>The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) and the Home Office are looking to engage with the market to scope the potential for an <a href="" target="_blank">innovation challenge addressing knife crime in the UK</a>. As part of this process they want to understand from the market what capabilities currently exist or are in development that could provide solutions.</p> <p>The focus of this scoping exercise is solutions that can &ldquo;identify or detect people carrying, overtly or covertly, a wide variety of steel-bladed knives in open spaces, crowds and uncontrolled areas (i.e. where there is no presence of security)&rdquo;. The call to the market also outlines a requirement to detect steel-bladed knives in the presence of other commonly carried benign metal items (e.g. keys, phones, coins etc.). As well as being concealed on the person, this also includes knives carried in bags (e.g. handbags, backpacks etc.).</p> <p>The DASA/Home Office team is interested in &ldquo;all forms of potential solutions from specific technologies, through to advances in behavioural sciences.&rdquo; While potential solutions submitted can be at any level of maturity, there is particular interest in those at the higher end of the scale.</p> <p>You can find more information, and details on how to submit a Knife Crime Capability Submission Form,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">here</a>. The deadline for submissions is <strong>5pm on 20 July 2018</strong>.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> JSaRC & HMPPS Industry Engagement Event Tue, 26 Jun 2018 15:25:30 +0100 CRM Sync An opportunity for industry to engage with HMPPS on challenges around visitor identification and verification. <p>JSaRC and HM Prison and Probation Service are hosting an&nbsp;<strong>Industry Engagement Event on 17th July 2018</strong>. The purpose of the event is to introduce JSaRC and for the HM Prison and Probation Service to brief industry on the current challenges they are facing with visitor identification and verification.<br> &nbsp;</p> <p>The existing methods for visitor identification and verification at HM Prisons can be a time consuming and complicated process.&nbsp;More than 120 prisons in the UK collectively host many thousands of visitors every day and with most prisons still using manual paper based systems avoidable problems do occur.&nbsp;<br> &nbsp;</p> <p>The goals of the challenge are to:</p> <ul><li>ensure that the process of visiting a prison is efficient, accurate and simple to use, while improving the security of the service as a whole</li> <li>enable better sharing of visitor data&nbsp;</li> <li>improve the ability to verify visitors across the whole of the prison service&nbsp;</li> <li>improve the use of technology including facial recognition and other biometric systems to support prison security<br> &nbsp;</li> </ul><p>The event will include opportunities to:</p> <ul><li>hear about the objectives and scope of JSaRC</li> <li>understand the challenges currently being faced by HMPPS</li> <li>find out about the goals of the project and the benefits it will bring</li> <li>explore ideas with HMPPS and other stakeholders</li> <li>obtain information on how to get involved with JSaRC</li> <li>network and develop ideas and partnerships</li> </ul><p>&nbsp;</p> <p>techUK members interested in the event should contact <a href="">Henry Rex</a>.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> EU Settlement Scheme Statement of Intent Tue, 26 Jun 2018 14:04:22 +0100 CRM Sync Last week the Home Office published their EU Settlement Scheme Statement of Intent, the first clear indication of the rights of EU citizens living in the UK after Brexit. <p>On Thursday, the Home Office published their <em><a href="">EU Settlement Scheme: Statement of Intent</a></em>. This statement provides the first clear indication of the future rights of EU citizens living in the UK.</p> <p>The statement makes clear who can apply for both settled status &ndash; allowing EU citizens who have been here for five years indefinite leave to remain in the UK - and pre-settled status &ndash; allowing EU citizens in the UK who have not yet accumulated five years to remain in the UK until they qualify for settled status.</p> <p>Similarly, it sets out provisions for the transition period, allowing EU citizens and their family members who arrive during the transition period to apply for pre-settled status, enabling them to stay until they have reached the five-year threshold.</p> <p>We also now have clarity on criteria and cost for those applying for settled status. Applicants must submit proof of identity (e.g.&nbsp; a passport), pass a criminality check (all convictions will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and only those considered a serious or persistent criminal or threat to national security will be declined); verify identity by taking a photo of oneself and uploading either via the app or website application; and prove residence in the UK (e.g. by providing a National Insurance Number, P60s or utility bills). techUK supports the reduced cost of application for children and welcomes clarity on costing by the Home Office; &pound;65 for an adult application and &pound;32.50 for children under the age of 16.</p> <p>Similarly, it is heartening to see the Home Office apply the principle of one-time costs for applications for settled status &ndash; e.g. if you have paid for an indefinite leave application previously, you do not have to pay to apply for settled status again; and if you paid for your pre-settled status application, you do not have to pay for your settled status application five years&rsquo; later. Transparency of costs and add on fees are a clear problem for the UK&rsquo;s rest of world migration system and we hope government will be this transparent with costs when creating a post-Brexit migration system.</p> <p>However, what is most important in the <em>Statement of Intent</em> is the tone it strikes. It is clear that those granted settled status will have the same access as they currently do to healthcare, pensions and other benefits in the UK. Similarly, the statement makes clear that both EU and non-EU dependents will be able to apply for both pre- and settled status. Both access to welfare and the ease of which dependents can apply are of crucial for the tech sector as we seek to attract young professionals into the UK and want to encourage them to start a life and remain here.&nbsp;</p> <p>The system will be phased in &ndash; with the first phase rolling out this Summer, the intention being to have it fully open by March 2019. We hope that this means the Home Office will be able to correct issues as they crop up and continue listening and responding to stakeholders concerns. techUK are pleased to see the Government&rsquo;s commitment to get this right from the get-go to ensure a smooth transition for EU citizens who have made the UK their home.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK welcomes key industry AI appointments Tue, 26 Jun 2018 13:44:45 +0100 CRM Sync Read techUK Head of Cloud, Data Analytics and AI Sue Daley's comment on the Government's announcement of an adviser to the Office for AI and Chair of the AI Council. <p>techUK welcomes the announcement today by the Secretary of State for Digital,&nbsp;Culture, Media and Sport Matt Hancock of the appointment of Dr Demis Hassabis, co-founder of Deepmind, as an adviser to the Government&rsquo;s Office for Artificial Intelligence and Tabitha Goldstaub, co-founder of Cognitionx, as the chair and spokesperson of the new AI Council.</p> <p>Commenting on the announcement, Sue Daley, techUK&rsquo;s Head of Data Analytics and AI said:</p> <p><em>&ldquo;techUK has long called for industry to be deeply engaged in taking forward the Government&rsquo;s AI strategy and has heralded the importance of maintaining the UK&rsquo;s AI leadership. The appointment today of Demis Hassabis and Tabitha Goldstaub certainly achieves both these goals. It also sends a very clear, positive message that; only by government and industry working together, will we realise the full potential of AI. techUK also welcomes the continued leadership of Dame Wendy Hall on AI skills, given that building the next generation of UK AI talent is vital to securing the UK&rsquo;s AI future.&rdquo;</em></p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> Technology represents the “biggest opportunity” in British policing Tue, 26 Jun 2018 10:26:01 +0100 CRM Sync The Minister for Policing highlighted the importance of harnessing technology in his testimony to the Home Affairs Select Committee. <p>Earlier this month Rt Hon Nick Hurd MP, the Home Office&rsquo;s Minister of State for Policing, <a href="" target="_blank">gave oral evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee</a> as part of the Committee&rsquo;s inquiry into &ldquo;<a href="" target="_blank">Policing for the future.</a>&rdquo;</p> <p>During his evidence, when asked about the role of technology in helping forces collaborate, the Minister said &ldquo;<em>I think the biggest opportunity in British policing lies in technology</em>&rdquo; and described the issue of digital transformation in policing as one of his &ldquo;<em>personal bugbears or passion points.</em>&rdquo;</p> <p>The Minister made clear that he is fully aware of the benefits that digital transformation can bring to policing. In particular, he highlighted the issues of better data sharing and analytics, and of improving the productivity of frontline officers, as key areas where major gains can be made (<a href="" target="_blank">as techUK outlined in a recent blog</a>).</p> <p>The National Enabling Programmes and various regional force collaborations were given as examples of good practice, and the Minister made clear he wants to see the police service embracing more common ways of doing things. And he was absolutely right to observe that, within policing, &ldquo;<em>there has been a growing recognition of the problem and a much more intelligent response to the problem.</em>&rdquo;</p> <p>So perhaps most interesting of his remarks was his observation, when discussing the Home office&rsquo;s role in encouraging or mandating collaboration between forces, that &ldquo;<em>the Home Office is considering our role in relation to the system</em>&rdquo; and his view is that &ldquo;<em>the Home Office needs to take a stronger view on a number of things.</em>&rdquo; This would certainly be a departure from the current model, where the Home Office has made clear its distaste for telling forces what to do.</p> <p>Reflecting on the Minister&rsquo;s evidence to the Committee, techUK&rsquo;s Programme Manger for Justice &amp; Emergency Services commented:</p> <p>&ldquo;<em>It is very reassuring that the Minister recognizes the vital importance of police embracing digital technology, and the need for tech enabled collaboration across the Service. Over recent years improvements have been made in encouraging forces to act in Common ways. The NPCC Co-ordinating committees, the Police ICT Company, the Police Technology Council, and the National Enabling Programmes are all evidence of senior figures in policing bringing forces closer together. As policing embraces common ways of buying and using tech, forces will start to be able to really make the most of innovation.</em></p> <p><em>And the supplier community has its part to play. If the tech community shifts its narrative towards tech enabled &lsquo;business transformation&rsquo; and outlines how tech can help deliver business change in the Service, tech champions within policing will be better able to make their case.</em>&rdquo;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Our smart cities industry needs leadership and responsibility Mon, 25 Jun 2018 08:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync techUK calls for improved central government leadership and responsibility for smart cities industry. <p>When we talk about smart cities, the image that comes to mind is often of a productive hub of happy citizens whose surroundings, underpinned by efficiently analysed data, perfectly balance sufficient greenery with business space, seamless mobility and sustainably sourced energy. And, they are always really, really well-lit in the pictures.</p> <p>So how do we get to this enviably efficient, green, happy place? As we stand right now, the transition looks drawn-out and difficult. But it doesn't need to be that way.</p> <p>Making our cities smarter, through the application of digital and technological solutions has the potential to deliver substantial benefits to UK citizens and the economy. However, the end goal cannot, and should not, be to just to show off shiny new tech. Rather, a city's smartness should be about what it enables; more engaged, healthier, happier citizens living in a sustainable and attractive environment. Delivering these outcomes relies on more than just the technology &ndash; it requires a change in culture and way of working. Making that happen requires leadership.</p> <p>As it stands, the UK's smart city ambitions are limited by a lack of leadership and responsibility from central government.</p> <p>Devolution has allowed local authorities, the front line of transformation, to take greater control of the smart city agenda for their locality and focus on the reinvention of user-centric service delivery. However, a side-effect of devolution is that digital transformation at the local level has fragmented along the boundaries of localities, impacted by the variation of understanding and expertise in technological and digital transformation and limited by local authorities' budget and risk appetites.</p> <p>There has been much to applaud. But local authorities should not be expected to design and deliver the nation's smart city agenda alone. Local delivery of smart needs to be strategically guided at a national level - something that should be the role of central government. Currently, Government does not provide this convening role. Further, when Government has set out ambitions or indeed invested, it has done so intermittently. If we are to take realise the promise of smart cities for our citizens, and capture a significant part of the global market, this needs to change.</p> <p>Specifically, techUK is specially calling central government to:</p> <ul><li>Re-instate the position of Smart Cities Minister, or at least bring the responsibility under one Minister's remit. The lack of a clear point of contact and sense of singular responsibility is widely vocalised pain point for the Smart Cities sector in the UK.</li> <li>Provide leadership through the development of a coherent, overarching policy that aligns transformation efforts and supports meaningful implementation. The UK has seen this concept in action with Manchester's CityVerve, where the central government incentivised the local authority and delivery bodies to think and do differently. We love a success story, so are happy to hear that CityVerve, after recently celebrating its 2<sup>nd</sup> birthday, were able to <a href="">give us a behind the scenes</a>&nbsp;tour.</li> <li>Be consistently bold and ambitious in its approach to large-scale projects, tests, trials and demonstrators. The allocation of significant funding packages, such as the Urban Connected Communities Project under the 5G Testbeds and Trials Programme, is certainly promising. However, the Government needs to ensure that the various packages are not fragmented in a way that means the separate projects are able to lose sight of the final goal to which the funding was originally dedicated. Within this, the Government should look to implement an ongoing communications and engagement plan that is able to draw experience and lessons learned from projects, and easily share these across the testbed and demonstrator landscape. A recent white paper from the Future Cities Catapult, <em><a href="">Smart City Demonstrators &ndash; A Global Review of Challenges and Lessons Learned</a></em><em>, </em>demonstrates how this can be facilitated, and the value of doing so. These plans need to extend well beyond the end date of specific projects, to enable the Government to continue to monitor the experiences of projects.</li> </ul><p>techUK believes that there is still time for the UK to capture a significant proportion of the Smart City market, although making the most of this opportunity will be driven by stronger, strategically focussed leadership and direction from Central Government.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> Protecting SMEs from business and supply chain disruption. Fri, 22 Jun 2018 13:31:05 +0100 CRM Sync 65% of UK Small Businesses do not have plans in place to deal with potential supply chain disruption, including cybercrime. <p>65% of UK Small Businesses do not have plans in place to deal with potential supply chain disruption, including cybercrime. New research has been conducted by the Federation of Small Business (FSB) looking widely how the UK can better use supply chains identified some of the biggest risks facing UK SMEs. There were key vulnerabilities identified in the IT space, with general IT problems being a risk to 29% of UK SMEs and the impact of cybercrime rising to 17%.</p> <p>The report found that just 35% of SMEs have plans in place to deal with any potential disruption to there business or supply chain. Key threats include late payment from customers (51%) or disruption caused by changes amongst key staff members (37%). Further risks identified included general IT problems (29%), the impact of cybercrime (17%), severe weather (13%) and terrorism (1%).</p> <p>Smaller businesses are the most vulnerable to such risks due to their size and lack of resources. Following the report the FSB has called for more to be done by larger companies in supply chains to support small business and to support channels backed by central Government and Local Authorities which emphasise the need for smaller firms to have continuity plans in place as a routine measure.</p> <p>Obviously in the cyber arena SMEs face particular challenges due to limited resources. These companies cannot be expected to employ full time cyber professionals or the latest technical solutions and innstead they must rely on partnering with larger organization and the implementation of off the shelf software.</p> <p>There are a large number of excellent cyber practitioners who can offer advice and guidance, both within the techUK membership and more widely. Cyber Exchange is an excellent resource for companies looking into this area. The free tool can be accessed <a href=""><u>here</u></a>.</p> <p>Furthermore NCSC provides some excellent guidance for small businesses which focuses on key areas outlining simple steps towards good practice. This can be accessed <a href=""><u>here</u></a>.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK Illegal Wildlife Roundtable - Outcomes and meeting note Fri, 22 Jun 2018 11:47:34 +0100 CRM Sync techUK held a workshop looking at how tech and digital solutions can be used to tackle illegal wildlife crime. <p>techUK convened the tech sector, government, law enforcement and conservation experts in a roundtable looking at how digital solutions can be applied in the fight against wildlife crime.</p> <p>The UK is seeking to lead&nbsp;the world in this area and has already convened <a href="">a tech focused roundtable with the Foreign Secretary</a> and the UK is hosting <a href="">global summit on this issue in October</a>. This Inisght is an overview of the meeting and a full write up can be found on the link below.</p> <p>The Head of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Illegal Wildlife Trade Team Rachel Ash outlined the scope of the summit, the scale of the problem plus how tech was a key enabler.&nbsp;Stephanie O&rsquo;Donnell from <a href="">Wilblabs </a>(a community linking technologists with conservationists) also spoke, taking&nbsp;participants through some of the key challenges the tech sector and others need to be aware of. Discussions were framed around these challenges and are outlined below (full outlines are in the report below):</p> <ul><li>Education and training to build capacity around tech and digital tools.</li> <li>Sustained access to secure infrastructure &amp; collaborative information networks, including cloud computing, Machine Learning/AI &amp;, Satellite data.</li> <li>Open data and shared databases.</li> <li>Affordability of tech solutions.</li> <li>Accelerating &lsquo;fit for purpose&rsquo; innovation.</li> </ul><p><strong>Main points from the workshop:</strong></p> <ul><li> <p>Tech firms work best when set a clear challenge to solve. Some felt that the best way forward is a narrower focus on specific issues (say species, country or trafficking route), though data can be used to help identify the priority problems.</p> </li> <li>Access to sustained electrical power and broadband connectivity are vital.</li> <li>Getting buy in from local communities and the importance of ensuring&nbsp;local agencies are running tech projects.</li> <li>Devices in the field need to be appropriate for the operating environment, which in this case means being&nbsp;rugged, durable and easy to repair, with easy access to spare parts and repair networks.</li> <li>Tech isn&rsquo;t always the solution. &lsquo;Technology&rsquo; is a suite of tools that needs to be leveraged appropriately to help conservationists. This means tech needs to be ready to use, easy to deploy and is accessible to those living in affected communities.</li> <li>What can be applied from all the tech work looking at modern slavery and human trafficking?</li> <li>A proposed new &lsquo;peace park&rsquo; in West Africa could become a test case for much of the tech.</li> <li>Making datasets interoperable and maximising the opportunity of sharing data and tools that can be built around the data.</li> <li>Could regional centres of excellence be established to bring together local expertise, Governments, NGOs and tech sector operators?</li> <li>Accessing other indices of illegal wildlife crime such as payment data or sales through platforms.</li> </ul><p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>What technologies can make a difference?</strong></p> <p>There was broad agreement that tech needs a clearly defined challenge to be effective, though the same tech tools did keep emerging during the discussion. Drones for surveillance and monitoring will have roles to play, as will Internet of Things enabled cameras and sensors. Big data, blockchain, AI and back-end/CRM software also came up frequently as well as the need for wider laptop and smartphone adoption (which is happening organically).</p> <p>The deployment of tools to help fight illegal wildlife crime depends on what needs to happen along the criminal journey. For example, prevention means embedding tech in high risk poaching areas, but pursuing offenders means better forensic tools at poaching sites and interoperable datasets. These will help law enforcement make the right intervention at the right time and big data analytics to understand behaviour and using AI tools to &lsquo;predict&rsquo; where and when traffickers will emerge.</p> <p><strong>What next? </strong></p> <p>A more detailed write up of the roundtable is below and please&nbsp;email <strong><a href=""></a></strong>&nbsp;if you&rsquo;d like to get involved more in this work. All those present were keen for more collaboration so we are now looking at how best to facilitate such a fora.</p> <p>We also identified a number of scenarios to give a more specific focus and these were; treating poaching as a crime scene; seeing what can be applied from the modern slavery/human trafficking space; and collating/mapping other workstreams and we will be exploring these in more depth.</p> <p>The FCO summit is also being finalised and we urge you to watch this space!</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> EBA offers to answer your PSD2 questions Fri, 22 Jun 2018 11:38:26 +0100 CRM Sync Do you have questions on the Payment Services Directive? The EBA is offering online help. <p>The European Banking Authority is offering a new online tool for companies with questions about PSD2. It has developed an <a href="">interactive single rulebook</a> which includes the regulatory technical standards and is searchable article by article.</p> <p>In addition, the PSD2 has been added to the <a href="">EBA's Q&amp;A tool</a> - so that users can directly submit questions online to the EBA and recieve specific answers.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> EBA guidelines on strong customer authentication Fri, 22 Jun 2018 10:38:18 +0100 CRM Sync The European Banking Authority has published an opinion on how to implement technical standards on strong customer authentication and the FCA has responded <p><strong>The regulatory technical standards (RTS) on strong customer authentication (SCA) under the Payment Services Directive II (PSD2) have caused some uncertainty in the market.&nbsp;As a result, the EBA issued an <a href="">opinion and draft guidleines</a> on 13 June to clarify some issues.</strong></p> <p>These include:</p> <ul><li>The fact that an account information provider (AISP) is able to access the maximum amount of data available on a customer's payment&nbsp;accounts irrespective of the channel (mobile or web)</li> <li>But a payment provider may only access the data necessary to initiate the payment</li> <li>The account service provider (ASPSP - eg the bank) need not provide an data on the customer's identity, date of birth etc</li> <li>An account information providercan only access a customers account 4 times per day unless: <ul><li>the customer is actively requesting the info</li> <li>the AISP has contractual arrangements with the ASPSP</li> </ul></li> <li>A PISP may initiate al the same transactions the ASPSP offers its own customers - eg instant payments, international transfers, recurring and future-dated payments</li> <li>On two-factor authentication, the EBA states that the card number, CVV, expiry date does not count as 'something a user only knows' on its own -dynamic validation is required.</li> <li>While a customer can access a PISP or an AISP service using credentials from that service, the SCA must be applied at the ASPSP end - only the ASPSP can decide.</li> <li>On the mechanism of authentication, the EBA clarifies that redirection is not per se an obstacle to the provision of services under PSD2. THe RTS states that it 'may' be so, if it is implemented in an obstructive manner.</li> </ul><p>FCA Response</p> <p>In reponse the FCA has published a<a href=""> statement </a>saying that it will consult on changes to its own guidelines. It also notes that:</p> <ul><li>ASPSPs should&nbsp;provide dedicated access to TPPs using secure application programming interfaces (APIs). The FCA encourages providers to use&nbsp;standardised APIs, such as those developed by the Open Banking Implementation Entity, where applicable.</li> <li>Where ASPSPs do not opt to implement the dedicated interface, their interface must still meet various requirements under the RTS from 14 September 2019.&nbsp;</li> <li>All ASPSPs will also need to make available technical specifications, and provide support and a testing facility by 14 March 2019. But the FCA encourages ASPSPs to do this as soon as possible before that date.&nbsp;</li> <li>The RTS does not allow us to grant a partial exemption. We will provide opportunities for ASPSPs to engage with us before submission of the exemption request.&nbsp; We also encourage timely requests for exemption as we will need time to make an exemption assessment.</li> </ul>Contact: <a href=""></a> Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation looking for board members Wed, 20 Jun 2018 14:40:23 +0100 CRM Sync Board member recruitment is under way for the new Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation. <p>The Secretary of State for Digital is looking to appoint up to nine board members to lead the pioneering work of the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation. The board will have a unique opportunity to shape the preliminary phase of the Centre&rsquo;s activities, advising government on the measures which are needed to ensure the safe, ethical and innovative uses of data and AI.</p> <p>Each board member will be required 2-3 days a month, for a period of up to 2 years. techUK members interested in this opportunity can find out <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">more information and how to apply here</span></a>. The closing date for applications is Wednesday 11 July.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> Notice of techUK IT Telecommunications and Electronics Association AGM Wed, 20 Jun 2018 10:20:08 +0100 CRM Sync The Information Technology Telecommunications and Electronics Association Annual General Meeting will be held at 16:00, Thursday 5 July 2018 at the techUK offices. <p>This notice includes the agenda for the AGM to be held at 16.00 pm on Thursday 5 July 2018 at techUK, 10 St. Bride Street, London EC4A 4AD.&nbsp;The AGM will follow the Main Board meeting which is scheduled for the same day.&nbsp;<br> &nbsp;<br> techUK Members may send as many delegates as they wish to the AGM but voting is restricted to the authorised representative of Full Member Companies or their proxy (please see below).&nbsp; The Main Board meeting will start at 14.00 and finish at 16.00.&nbsp; The AGM will start at 16.00 and is expected to close by around 16.15.&nbsp;<br> &nbsp;<br> Any Full Member Authorised Representative who is unable to attend the AGM may appoint a deputy to attend in their place.&nbsp; This may be done by completing the appropriate Form of Proxy (Deputy) available from the secretary and returning it to the secretary to arrive by noon on Friday 29 June 2018.&nbsp; Alternatively, a proxy may be lodged with the secretary for exercise by the Chairman of the meeting (pursuant to clause 5.5 of the Articles) using the Form of Proxy (Official), again by noon on Friday 29 June 2018.&nbsp; Emailed proxy forms are preferred but fax or letter mail forms are acceptable provided they are received by the above date.&nbsp;Proxy forms have already been sent by email to all Authorised Representatives but can also be obtained from;<br> &nbsp;<br> The audited accounts are available on the techUK website.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br> &nbsp;<br> It will help in our planning if you can let <a href=""></a>&nbsp;know by no later than noon on Friday 29 June 2018 if you plan to attend the AGM. If you have a question regarding the AGM process and agenda, please do not hesitate to call Elizabeth on 020 7331 2176.&nbsp;</p> <h3><br> AGENDA&nbsp;</h3> <p><br> 1. President&rsquo;s introduction&nbsp;<br> &nbsp;<br> 2. To receive the Report and Accounts of the Association for 2017&nbsp;<br> &nbsp;<br> 3. To ratify the appointment of those nominated by the Nominations Committee to serve as Selected Directors for a term of three years to July 2021&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;3.1. Sarah Atkinson, VP Communications, CA Technology</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;3.2. Zahra Bahrololoumi, Managing Director and lead of Accenture Technology, Accenture</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;3.3. Victor Chavez, Chief Executive Officer, Thales</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;3.4. Jacqueline Davey, VP Cloud and Enterprise Sales, IBM&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;3.5. Benedict Ely, Director of Legal, Oracle</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;3.6. Ashish Gupta, Corporate Vice President, HCL</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;3.7. Peter Holmes, Chairman, Behavioural Insights Team</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;3.8. Aleyne Johnson, Lead Government Relations, Samsung</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;3.9. Ian Jones, General Manager, Intel</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;3.10. Michael Keegan, Chairman, Fujitsu</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;3.11. Kulveer Ranger, Vice President, Strategy &amp; Communications, Atos UK&amp;I &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;3.12. Jacqueline de Rojas, techUK President</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;3.13. Neil Sawyer, Channel Sales, Education &amp; SMB Director (UK&amp;I) HP Inc</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;3.14. Stephen Timms, Managing Director, BAE Systems</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;3.15. William Touche, Partner, Deloitte</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;3.16. Alex Towers, Director of Policy &amp; Public Affairs, BT Group</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;3.17. Wenbing Yao, Director of Strategy &amp; Marketing, Huawei Technologies (UK)&nbsp;<br> &nbsp;<br> 4. To ratify the appointment of the Elected Board members for three years for 2018 / 2021 following the election in May 2018.&nbsp;<br> &nbsp;<br> &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;4.1. Andrew Lawson, SVP &amp; UK Country Leader, Salesforce</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;4.2. Laura Bailey, Chairperson, Qadre</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;4.3. Simon Hansford, Chief Executive Officer, UKCloud&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p>5. To agree the reappointment of Moore Stephens as auditors for the year 2018 at a fee to be agreed by the Finance Committee.&nbsp;<br> &nbsp;<br> 6. Any other business. (Matters to be raised under this Agenda item must be notified by email or in writing to the Secretary by noon on Friday 29 June 2018)&nbsp;<br> &nbsp;<br> 7. Close.&nbsp; &nbsp;<br> &nbsp;<br><br> &nbsp;<br><em>Issued by Angus Langford, Company Secretary, 11 June 2018&nbsp;</em><br> &nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Faster Energy Switching Programme Pre-Procurement Registration Open Wed, 20 Jun 2018 07:39:48 +0100 CRM Sync The registration for the pre-procurement stage for services required under OFGEM's Switching Programme is now open <p>The Switching Programme is an energy industry-wide transformation programme to allow consumers to switch energy suppliers with a faster and more reliable experience. The Programme is being led by OFGEM with DCC as its key delivery partner, who will procure a new Centralised Switching Service (CSS). DCC will be responsible for awarding the contracts to the service provider(s) for development and delivery of the new services. More information on DCC&rsquo;s involvement in the Programme can be found here: <a href=""></a>.</p> <p>DCC will be commencing the procurement of services.</p> <p>An initial pre-qualification stage will be used to shortlist applicants to receive an Invitation to Tender (ITT) for the services being procured.A selection (pre-qualification) questionnaire (PQQ) will be published on 22 June 2018 for applicants to complete and submit online. The deadline for submission will be 13 July 2018. The responses will be evaluated, and applicants will be shortlisted to receive the ITT.</p> <p>The online selection questionnaire will include two reference documents:</p> <ul><li>A prospectus document - This explains the background and objectives of the Switching Programme along with details of the scope of services being procured; and</li> <li>A selection questionnaire guidance document &ndash; This outlines the prequalification process, instructs how to complete the questionnaire and details the prequalification selection&nbsp;process. It also includes an ITT timetable.</li> </ul><p><strong>If you are interested in applying to bid for the Switching Programme services, please contact the following email address: <a href=""></a>.</strong></p> <p>Please note that your organisation will need to sign a confidentiality agreement with DCC in order to participate in the PQQ and subsequent tender process.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Home Office JSaRC June Update Tue, 19 Jun 2018 16:17:25 +0100 CRM Sync The Home Office's Joint Security & Resilience Centre 's June update to Industry. <p>The Home Office's Joint Security &amp; Resilience Centre is committed to improving and increasing their communications with industry during 2018. As part of this plan, they intend to send industry regular updates regarding current and pipeline projects at JSaRC.</p> <p>Members can download the attached JSaRC Industry workplan, which outlines the projects JSaRC is currently working on, as well as the pipeline of upcoming projects.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK AI Leaders | Ken Mulvany, Founder and Director, Benevolent AI Tue, 19 Jun 2018 09:10:00 +0100 CRM Sync Read the second edition of our AI Leaders series, where we profile the leaders ensuring the UK is AI Ready. <h3>techUK has launched a year long campaign to promote the AI Leaders helping to make the UK AI ready.</h3> <p>Every month&nbsp;we will promote an individual that is helping organisations across both the public and private sector to realise the economic benefits and social power of AI technologies.</p> <p>If you are an AI leader, or know someone that is, get in touch with techUK to see how you can get involved!</p> <h3>This month&rsquo;s AI Leader is Ken Mulvany, Founder and Director at Benevolent AI.</h3> <p>We asked Ken 10 questions about his work and experiences with AI. Read on for a taster and find the full interview below.&nbsp;</p> <h3><img alt="" src="//" style="float:left; height:344px; margin:5px; width:300px"></h3> <h3>What is your current role and responsibilities?</h3> <p>Founder and chairman.&nbsp;I founded the company in 2013 to use Artificial Intelligence (AI) to change the way knowledge is created and applied in Life Sciences.</p> <h3>What is your background that led you to AI?</h3> <p>The idea came from my experience of founding and running Proximagen, a biotech (sold in 2012 for $555m). I saw an exponential rise in the volume of scientific information and how the scientific industry was finding it impossible to read and use all that vast complex data effectively. This was having a negative effect on the rate of new discoveries. I founded BenevolentAI to try and do two very specific things:</p> <p>i) build a technology that could ingest, read and contextualise all of the worlds&rsquo; available bioscience information to establish facts from that information &ndash; essentially a definitive connected knowledge of bioscience;</p> <p>ii) enable the technology to reason on those facts and create completely new ideas and inventions &ndash; in the first instance finding treatments and cures for disease.</p> <p>BenevolentAI has applied its technology to accelerate the discovery of new medicines creating the world&rsquo;s richest bioscience knowledge graph containing well over 1bn meaningful relationships specific to drug discovery. The technology enables a completely unique understanding of disease and can deliver significantly higher success rates in discovering new medicines and potential cures for disease.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s an overused word, but we are &lsquo;unique&rsquo; on a number of levels &ndash; our business model involves monetising the discoveries the technology creates, not the technology itself. We do not sell or license our software. Our technology focuses on the entire drug discovery process not just one single element of it. We have drug development scientists and technologists working side by side which is unusual, many companies&rsquo; tech and bio teams work in total isolation. Most importantly what truly differentiates us as that we apply AI to find new discoveries in the form of new disease target associations. As far as I am aware, all other AI companies that operate in this space only apply AI to existing discoveries i.e. what is already known, we are finding the &lsquo;unknown&rsquo;.</p> <p><strong>Download the PDF to find out more about Ken's background and why he got involved in AI.</strong></p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> Modernising Defence Programme: 'Beyond 2 per cent' Mon, 18 Jun 2018 08:13:14 +0100 CRM Sync The House of Commons Defence Committee has today published its report: ‘Beyond 2 per cent: A preliminary report on the Modernising Defence Programme’. <p>Ahead of the headline conclusions from the Modernising Defence Programme (MDP) review, which are expected before the NATO summit in July, the preliminary&nbsp;report makes a number of observations which the Defence Committee expects to be explored as part of the review. These include:</p> <ul><li><strong>Military Capabilities &amp; Force Structures</strong></li> <li><strong>Recruitment &amp; Retention</strong></li> <li><strong>International Partnerships</strong></li> <li><strong>Business &amp; Commercial Practices</strong></li> <li><strong>The UK&rsquo;s expenditure on Defence</strong></li> </ul><p>Prior to the publication of the report, techUK submitted written evidence to the Defence Committee on behalf of members, <a href="" target="_blank">a summary of which you can read here</a>.</p> <p>techUK is pleased to see the inclusion of chapters examining Cyber &amp; Electronic Warfare, Information Advantage &amp; Space within report, and has summarised the report&rsquo;s conclusions &amp; recommendations for each as follows:</p> <p><strong>Cyber &amp; Electronic Warfare</strong></p> <ol><li>The MOD&rsquo;s Cyber Vulnerability Investigations programme should be more focused on neutralising risks, as presently the focus is on identifying them</li> <li>There should be greater investment in Electronic Warfare (EW) capabilities to enable the UK to defend itself against more sophisticated threats</li> </ol><p><strong>Space</strong></p> <ol><li>The emergence of new threats in the space domain such as the development of anti-satellite missile technology must be reflected in the next generation of capabilities, including the design of the Skynet 6 military communications satellite</li> <li>The development and utilisation of low-cost microsatellites, such as the recently launched Carbonite-2, should also continue to be pursued</li> </ol><p><strong>Information Advantage</strong></p> <ol><li>The challenge for the UK&rsquo;s Armed Forces is to further integrate the principles and capabilities associated with information advantage into existing force structures</li> <li>Development of these principles and capabilities should continue, with close co-operation between the Services and other parts of Government involved in information collection and assessment</li> <li>The introduction of platforms with advanced sensory systems such as the AJAX armoured vehicle and F35 mean that the necessary infrastructure will have to be in place to securely transfer, process and analyse large quantities of data that these platforms will collect</li> </ol><p>techUK welcomes the&nbsp;findings of the Defence Committee report, and looks forward to the MOD&rsquo;s formal response.</p> <p>You can read the full report <a href="" target="_blank">by clicking here</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> AI Summit showcases AI in action Fri, 15 Jun 2018 15:59:52 +0100 CRM Sync Read techUK Head of Programme for Cloud, Data, Analytics and AI Sue Daley's recap of the 2018 AI Summit. <p><img alt="" src="//" style="float:left; height:292px; margin:5px; width:400px">On 13 -14 June the AI Summit was held as part of London Tech Week. techUK was thrilled to be a strategic partner of the AI Summit for the second time. With presentations, demos and case studies from across the UK AI community, including many techUK members, this event brought to life the opportunities and potential of AI to the whole of the UK economy and society. The value of AI to impact sectors from transport, maritime, healthcare, finance and even pizza delivery was discussed across different Streams during the event.</p> <p>A common theme that ran throughout all the events sessions was the evolution and speed of progress being made in AI technologies, including chatbots and facial recognition, over the last twelve months. It was also clear from the discussions happening throughout the event that trust and the ethical issues raised by AI developments are on the minds of industry leaders. techUK&rsquo;s head of AI Sue <img alt="" src="//" style="float:right; height:350px; margin:5px; width:263px">Daley chaired a panel session on why ethical decision making is good for businesses with contributions from Maria Axente, AI Programme Driver PwC, Jonathan Ebsworth, AI and Intelligent Automation Partner and Ana Perales, Director Strategic Transformation, Barclays. This panel discussed how businesses should start to embed ethics into the business practices that exist today and also the possible role of the UK Government&rsquo;s new Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation to help convene the community to consider how to take forward the clear interest in understanding what ethical, responsible AI innovation means in practice. Other panels focusing on ethics at the AI Summit considered why ethical design is essential for success, what practical ethical design looks like and the morals of AI.</p> <p>techUK&rsquo;s CEO Julian David also raised the issue of ethics in his keynote speech on how to secure the UK&rsquo;s AI Leadership highlighting how the UK can become the world leader in the development of ethical AI. He stressed that the UK has an opportunity to create the right environment for industry, academia and policy makers to come together and develop and then put into action ethical AI innovation and decision-making. By doing so the UK can <strong>&ldquo;not only secure and maintain its position as a global leader in AI, but be seen as leading and driving the world in not just thinking about ethics but in taking forward real action.&rdquo;</strong></p> <p>techUK looks forward to supporting the AI Summit again in 2019 and looks forward to witnessing the progress made in the next twelve months as the UK becomes truly AI ready. If you would like to get involved in techUK&rsquo;s work to help make this happen and move the AI market forward, please get in touch.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK Invite Expressions of Interest to Exhibit at CES2019 Fri, 15 Jun 2018 15:30:00 +0100 CRM Sync Following a successful techUK/ DiT Pavilion at CES2018 we are now starting the process of securing the tech start-up/SME exhibitors we can support for CES2019 <p>techUK ran a highly successful UK pavilion within the Eureka Park exhibition hall at CES2018 with the support of the UK Department for International Trade and our exhibition partners, Trade Fair Support. We supported 12 companies in January of this year who collectively secured several million pounds of orders through their efforts at the worlds' largest tech trade fair, held in Las Vegas.</p> <p>Having now secured support for 2019 we are starting the process of indentifying early stage tech companies who may be interested in exhibiting.</p> <p>Spaces and grant funding are limited. If you are interested in finding out more about how your business could benefit from exposure at CES2019, please contact Paul Hide, techUK.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Paul Hide</a></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Congratulations to techUK members recognised in London Tech Week 2018 Fri, 15 Jun 2018 14:53:43 +0100 CRM Sync As part of London Tech week, techUK attended the CogX 2018 Awards and the Alconics Awards. Both saw techUK members recognised for their hard and innovative work. <p>This week, as part of London Tech week, techUK attended two award ceremonies; the CogX 2018 Awards and the Alconics Awards. Both events provided a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the drive, innovation and hard work in the UK&rsquo;s Artificial Intelligence community.</p> <h3>CogX 2018 Awards</h3> <p>On Monday 11th June, Sue Daley, Head of Cloud, Data, Analytics and AI and a number of techUK members attended the CogX 2018 Awards Gala. The winners of each category were decided by a panel of industry and academic experts and journalists, including Jaqueline de Rojas, President at techUK. Categories included Best Innovation in Artificial General Intelligence, Best Innovation in Cloud Services and Best Innovation in Data Protection and Privacy. We would like to congratulate all the techUK members that were shortlisted finalists and those that won awards which include FiveAI, Microsoft Research, MapR, Privitar, Google Deepmind and Improbable.</p> <h3>The Alconics Awards</h3> <p>On Tuesday 12 June, Julian David, CEO at techUK attended and presented an award at The Alconics Awards Ceremony in Kensington Palace. Sue Daley, Head of Cloud, Data, Analytics and AI joined a panel of industry and academic experts in deciding this year&rsquo;s award winners in categories including Best Innovation in Deep Learning, Best Innovation in RPA and Best Intelligent Assistant Innovation. We are delighted to announce that the following techUK members won awards on the evening: Pure Storage, Ui Path, IBM Watson and Artificial Solutions.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;re interested in finding out more about London Tech Week, <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">make sure to check out our latest insight about CogX 2018</span></a>, the festival of all things AI, blockchain and emerging technologies.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK at CogX18 Fri, 15 Jun 2018 14:39:02 +0100 CRM Sync Read our key takeaways from CogX 2018, the largest not-for-profit AI conference in Europe. <p>O<img alt="" src="//" style="float:left; height:349px; margin:5px; width:300px">n 11-12th June, the UK, European and International AI community came together at CogX, the largest not-for-profit AI conference in Europe, run by CognitionX. techUK was proud to be a partner for this event which took over the whole of the London Tobacco Docks during London Tech Week.&nbsp;</p> <p>During the two days a packed schedule included over 370 speakers and 110 hours of content including presentations and panel discussions as well as demos and the chance to interact with AI technologies, including Sophia the robot. There was also a thriving Startup Village and Expo Gallery where new AI companies were able to rub shoulders with potential VC investors, potential partners and customers. In addition more focused discussion on key issues was held on five event streams; Impact, The Cutting Edge, Blockchain, Ethics and Lab to Live. &nbsp;While ethics may have had its one stage it was clear throughout the event that ethics, trust and responsibility was a constant thread that was raised in sessions across all the event streams.</p> <p>If you weren&rsquo;t one of the 6500 participants during CogX, here are just a few key takeaways from some of the sessions:</p> <h3>London remains a top destination for technology investment</h3> <p>The Deputy Major of London, Rajesh Agrawal, announced the results of the <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">London Mayor&rsquo;s AI report</span></a> and described London as &ldquo;a global hub of AI&hellip;leading the charge in Europe.. and hot on the heels of San Francisco in many areas&rdquo;.&nbsp; The results of the survey show that London is Europe's AI capital, with the city boasting twice the number of AI firms based in Paris and Berlin combined. The Deputy Major of London suggested that London&rsquo;s mix of government, finance and AI sectors provided the capital with a unique advantage compared to Silicon Valley, whose centres of power are more spread out. He praised London&rsquo;s diverse culture as to why the city has recently been ranked as the second-most connected ecosystem in the world. But despite our world-leader status, one panellist on the &lsquo;State of AI&rsquo; panel stressed that it&rsquo;s important that we get better at telling our own story. Antoine Blondeau, Co-founder of Sentient Technologies, called for more focus on innovation, empowerment and investment.</p> <h3>It is essential that ethics underpins responsible AI</h3> <p>On the Ethics Stage Antony Walker, Deputy CEO at techUK, chaired a panel dis<img alt="" src="//" style="float:right; height:300px; margin:5px; width:400px">cussion on &lsquo;Ethics Beyond GDPR-How Businesses Can Think and Act Beyond Legal Compliance&rsquo;. Speakers included Dame Colette Bowe, Chairman of the Nuffield Foundation Advisory Group on Data Ethics, Hetan Shah, Executive Director, Royal Statistical Society, Rachel Coldicutt, CEO, Doteveryone, Francesca Rossi,&nbsp;AI Ethics Global Leader, Distinguished Research Staff Member, IBM and Nigel Houlden, Head of Technology Policy, ICO.</p> <p>During the discussion the panel stressed the need for ethics to be considered throughout the innovation process, not simply applied at the end. Dame Colette Bowe highlighted the role boards can play in getting ethics baked in to the technology. Nigel Houlden from the ICO stressed that GDPR was not designed as an ethical framework, he outlined how complying with GDPR should be a good place for businesses to start in terms of transparency, accountability and fairness, whilst resolving some of the hardest ethical questions would be an iterative process. Rachel Coldicutt from Doteveryone outlined the toolkit they&rsquo;re developing to help SMEs think about some of these ethical questions. Hetan Shah from the Royal Statistical Society commented that there is generally a clear consensus on the ethical issues we&rsquo;re facing, a number of which are sector- specific. Francessa Rossi from IBM emphasised the need for a multidisciplinary approach to tackling these issues. Chack out a video of the panel below.&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>The importance of putting ethics in action</h3> <p>techUK&rsquo;s Head of AI Sue Daley hosted a fireside chat with Kriti Sharma, VP of AI at Sage. Along with discussing Kriti&rsquo;s background and how she got into robotics and AI, the discussion focused on how organisation should start to think about embedding ethical thinking into business practices and how ethics in action isn&rsquo;t just for large tech companies but for every organisation and their wider ecosystems. The importance of ensuring there is representation from developing countries on the AI ethics debate was also raised by Kriti. &nbsp;If you would like to hear more from Kriti about her background, work at Sage and vision of the UK&rsquo;s AI future check out the <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">AI edition of the techUK Podcast</span></a> which includes an interview with <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">Kriti as techUK&rsquo;s first AI Leader.</span></a></p> <p><img alt="" src="//" style="float:left; height:300px; margin:5px; width:400px"></p> <h3>Public engagement is important if we are to bring society along in the debate</h3> <p>Natalie Banner from the Wellcome Trust&rsquo;s Understanding Patient Data project, explained that a challenge of keeping public engagement on AI &lsquo;high-level&rsquo; is that the technology can either be heavily overhyped or used to paint a picture of a hellish dystopia. It&rsquo;s important that we get into the specifics, using real-life case studies as a tool.</p> <p>Discussion at the event on public engagement highlighted that current awareness of AI technology remains low amongst the general public. According to recent research conducted by the RSA, only one third of people are aware of the use of automated systems in society. Obviously more work needs to be done.</p> <p>Hilary Sutcliffe, Director of SocietyInside, encouraged companies to get involved with shaping good governance, starting with responding to the consultation on the new Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation. techUK will be responding to this consultation, so if you&rsquo;re interested in providing input, please get in touch with Katherine Mayes.</p> <h3>As AI research evolves, so does the opportunities and implications associated with the technology</h3> <p>David Kelnar, Partner and Head of Research at MMC Ventures, highlighted the implications of AI as we move from &lsquo;lab to live&rsquo;. Including the influx of new market participants particularly in developing countries,&nbsp;shifts in sector value chains and the creation of new business models. He spoke of us entering the fourth industrial revolution where our primary source of value creation is the processing of information. &nbsp;During the discussion on the &lsquo;State of AI&rsquo; one of the panellist&rsquo;s described a shift in how we use AI from a method for classification towards a decision-making function that can be deployed across society.</p> <p>techUK was thrilled to be part of CogX18 this year. The issues raised throughout the event are key to ensuring organisations across the UK can realise the full economic and social potential of AI. We look forward to supporting and participating in CogX 2019. In the meantime if you would like to get involved in techUK&rsquo;s AI work focusing on how we make the UK AI ready, please just get in touch.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> Final spaces for our tech vs illegal wildlife crime roundtable Fri, 15 Jun 2018 09:37:20 +0100 CRM Sync techUK is hosting a roundtable looking at how the tech sector can collaborate on illegal wildlife crime. If you have a product or service that can be adapted to this, there are still a few spaces left. <p>techUK is hosting a roundtable next week on how tech solutions can be applied to the fight against illegal wildlife crimes and we still have a few spaces remaining.</p> <p>The workshop is taking place <strong>10am - 12pm </strong>on <strong>Wednesday 20 June</strong> and we're particularly keen to SMEs active in the device, blockchain/DLT, finance and supply chain verification spaces to get involved. The discussion will be held alongside leading conservation charities, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, academia and some leading tech companies. The discussion will be framed around some key challenges outlined below. If&nbsp; you want to attend please email <strong><a href=""></a></strong> for more info or <strong><a href="">see the event page here</a>.</strong></p> <p>The five challenges that tech can help address and which guide the discussions&nbsp;are below.</p> <p><strong>1 Education and training to build capacity around tools</strong>.</p> <ul><li>Insufficient capacity, resources and training aids for rollout and sector needs to better support NGOs, law enforcement and Governments.</li> <li>How can we build a community of practice around key tools to aid education, training of infield capacity and collaboration to achieve wide scale adoption?</li> <li>Where can the sector help?</li> </ul><p><strong>2 Sustained access to secure infrastructure and collaborative information networks, including cloud &nbsp;computing, Machine Learning tools, Satellites access.</strong></p> <ul><li>Access to platforms when funding expires</li> <li>Lack of expertise and analytical capability on the front line and in NGOs</li> <li>Poor ICT and connectivity</li> <li>Opening up opportunities without experts and ensure architectures are in place</li> <li>Unlocking existing APIs and platforms and making people aware of their capabilities.</li> </ul><p><strong>3 Open data and shared databases.</strong></p> <ul><li>To analyse data sets and detect illegal activity, better collection, storage and sharing of data as well as accessible, secure, curated databases are required.</li> <li>How to enable conservationists and law enforcement to collectively submit and collaborate on data.</li> </ul><p><strong>4 Affordability</strong></p> <ul><li>Budgets tend to be small and time-limited, so NGOs and Governments can&rsquo;t get locked in to long term costs they can&rsquo;t maintain.</li> <li>Costs of equipment, services, infrastructure and satellite data are high and ongoing running costs become prohibitive.</li> <li>How can tech provide affordable/free equipment, services, expertise and network infrastructure.</li> </ul><p><strong>5 Accelerating &lsquo;fit for purpose&rsquo; innovation</strong></p> <ul><li>Tools are often not fully configured for contexts they are deployed.</li> <li>More capacity and support is needed &nbsp;to make available tech fit for purpose and ready.</li> <li>An effective technology accelerator that can help shape tools and make them fit for purpose?</li> <li>Creating architectures and blueprints for key tools so engineers can easily engage in a small piece of development to advance the whole?</li> <li>How to build more capacity to direct appropriate development?</li> </ul>Contact: <a href=""></a> Drone Futures: How the UK can lead from the front Thu, 14 Jun 2018 11:58:57 +0100 CRM Sync The drones industry is enjoying explosive growth supporting public services and enterprise across a range of sectors, but is chaffing at current regulatory restrictions <table align="center" border="0" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" style="width:500px"><tbody><tr><td><img alt="" src="//" style="height:333px; width:500px"></td> </tr></tbody></table><p style="text-align:center"><span style="font-size:9px"><em>Image credit: DJI Europe</em></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The first techUK/DJI Drone Futures conference took place yesterday. The almost 100 attendees drawn from Government (both Whitehall and local), regulators, the House of lords, academia, Catapults, police and (of course) industry was indicative of the considerable interest in drones across many sectors.</p> <p>Drones are taking their place alongside AI/Machine Learning/robotics, Cloud services, Blockchain, the Internet Of Things, immersive technologies and greater ubiquity of connectivity, as one of a handful of technologies defining our futures.</p> <p>Elaine Whyte, PwC&rsquo;s UK Drones Lead, highlighted that her new research report <em><a href="">Skies without limits</a></em>, suggests that drone technology has the potential to increase UK GDP by &pound;42 billion (or 2%) by 2030.</p> <p>Drones offer industry cost savings, safety improvements and productivity gains, often substantial in size such as where operators of oil rigs use drones to inspect live flares, where previously the asset would be shut down for inspection at a cost of around &pound;4 million per day.</p> <p>Being cheap, easily transportable, and quick to deploy, drones are being utilised in a wide range of professional circumstances where other options (e.g. helicopters) would be impractical or impossible. The range of professional applications is increasing all of the time: from emergency services to logistics, agriculture to maintenance of essential infrastructure. Drones have rapidly become essential for engineering and construction industries, and are now an essential tool for the oil and gas industry and Network Rail.</p> <p>But for the UK to seize the potential identified by PwC, industry will need to collaborate (including on access to drone-derived data), and regulation will need to be appropriate and agile for what is a rapidly developing market. We need to get the balance right with regulation, addressing legitimate security and privacy concerns, but without unduly constraining innovation.</p> <p>An example of how current drone regulations impacts enterprise use is where drones are used to scan wind turbine blades to identify damage. The current height limit for operating a drone only equates to mid "spinner" on a wind turbine, so the operator needs to secure dispensation for each inspection, and the effective prohibition on flying beyond visual line of sight means that the operator can&rsquo;t just park, get the drone out, and inspect an entire wind farm, instead they have to keep getting back into their vehicle and driving to another turbine. This despite the fact that this is trained users with professional equipment, in locations which are usually away from buildings and people.</p> <p>If we get this balance right, the UK can be a leader in drones, the place where innovative applications are trialled. It was certainly heartening to hear at the conference from Department of Transport, NATS, Ofcom and others how open to ideas from industry they are, recognising both the commercial opportunities and the fact that there is no &ldquo;one size fits all&rdquo; solution &ndash; no country can be said to have this right at the moment.</p> <p>The draft Drones Bill, to be published this summer, is the opportunity for Government, regulators and industry to identify that balance. But we need to bring the public along with us. Many consumers have concerns about the use of drones that they don&rsquo;t have for helicopters. Such concerns will be reflected in MPs&rsquo; postbags, and we can expect that to flavour debate of the Drones Bill.</p> <p>Public support for wider use of drones will most readily be forthcoming for public services such as search and rescue, traffic management, urgent supply of bloods and medicines, and identifying plastic litter on beaches and in oceans. Public support may also be available for enterprise uses of drones in locations away from buildings and where the public see a clear benefit, such as supporting maintenance of the rail network or raising agricultural yields.</p> <p>But if we are to extend public support beyond such examples, so that the UK reaps the entirety of the GDP boost outlined by PwC, then the public need to be more aware of the use of drones delivering public services, not as an occasional news story but woven into the fabric of their environment, drones becoming &ldquo;business as usual&rdquo; rather than an exception. Given that the public sector and charities, which would generally be the operators of drone-augmented public services, are likely to have a low appetite for risk and similarly low levels of resources, then the drone industry could do worse than directly support the provision of such public services, that investment paying off in the long run &ndash; for all of us.</p> <p><strong>Presentations from the Drone Futures Conference attached below from&nbsp;Elaine Whyte (UK - Technology and Innovation) at PwC and Sam Nixson at Metomatics.&nbsp;</strong></p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> #CounciloftheFuture: Harrow Council’s Journey of Culture Change Wed, 13 Jun 2018 14:41:40 +0100 CRM Sync Guest blog: Cllr Niraj Dattani final blog in the series documents Harrow’s journey to create an environment which attracts, catalyses, and incubates innovation as a way to better deliver services. <p><strong>Quick recap</strong></p> <p>Over the past year we had taken senior officers and councillors on a journey to create a culture which was more open to innovation. In doing so, prove that digital innovation could deliver savings for the council and improve service outcomes.</p> <p>First, officers presented to councillors the innovative work they had already done and the results of it. This de-risked the concept of innovation, proving to us that innovation could produce positive results.</p> <p>With that in mind, we then opened eyes as to how this could be taken further. We had a series of organisations come in and show both officers and councillors how technology was being used in other councils in more advanced ways. Doing this with officers and councillors together was really powerful, as officers saw first-hand the positive reaction of councillors when presented with practical examples of how technology and digital innovation can improve the way we deliver services.</p> <p>With eyes and minds well and truly open, officers and councillors then went through a couple of workshops to identify the challenges the organisation faced. We then had <a href="">a session at techUK</a> where we collectively brainstormed with tech companies and came up with ideas of how we could solve those challenges.</p> <p>This eventually led to a number of projects on the table to transform various services, and a structure in place to manage its implementation.</p> <p><strong>What has been taken forward</strong></p> <p>Being able to make savings and deliver more effective services by innovating and make better use of technology has been the hypothesis driving our work. Each project that we have taken forward has been assessed through this lens and either has or will deliver millions of pounds in savings.</p> <p>A digital planning portal for planning applications, a hub for dementia patients to access care and the latest tech to help them live at home, an individually personalised council website based on the needs of that user, tech-enabled temporary accommodation to introduce home care to those in need, and an app for children in care with targeted communication are amongst the projects that we have taken forward, with many more in the pipeline. &nbsp;</p> <p>These are hugely exciting, but almost secondary. The bigger picture with this work has been to improve the culture of the organisation so we are bolder in making the most out of technology and think differently when designing or re-designing our services across the board. The opportunities come from systemic and widespread change, and go beyond a one-off exercise limited to a handful of services.</p> <p>We have most definitely achieved this. The types of projects now being proposed are a testament to that &ndash; from drones in enforcement to AI in care. Once we had moved the dial on the culture, ideas started to come from beyond the service areas we had originally identified, demonstrating the wider impact of a culture of innovation. By creating this, we have given ourselves a platform to affect much bigger change.</p> <p>The impact of culture is sometimes hard to quantify, but when things that you want to happen unexpectedly start happening, that&rsquo;s when you know you&rsquo;ve got it right. If you want to innovate in a local authority - with its many unique aspects - getting the culture right is the single most important factor. From there, anything is possible.</p> <p><strong>What next</strong></p> <p>Innovating is a mindset, and so it should never stop. We have done some great work which has given confidence to the organisation. Our challenge now is to take this further.</p> <p>So far we have just focused on working with senior officers and councillors. This has been important but should only be the start. We must create an environment which encourages this type of thinking and working at every level of the organisation. Continuously.</p> <p>We must also extend our focus beyond culture. In my view it is a pre-requisite for innovating in a council but there are also other factors involved. This is very much &ldquo;how long is a piece of string?&rdquo; territory &ndash; the more we put in the more we will get out. We have an opportunity to work with each department to set a direction, and expectations, over the medium term for how services can be delivered; with technology and the potential that enables at the forefront of our thinking.</p> <p>And finally, this should not stop in Harrow. I have begun visiting councils across the country to share our story with them, and the importance and impact of creating a culture which encourages and enables innovation. I&rsquo;m happy to do this with any council who is interested, so please get in touch if you are.</p> <p>Thank you to all the people and organisations who have helped us on this journey, it has been hugely impactful and appreciated. Especially techUK, <a href="">Future Cities Catapult</a>, <a href="">Nesta</a>, <a href="">Alcove</a>, <a href="">Umbrellium</a>, and all the techUK members who lent us their wisdom.</p> Invitation to NPSO Roundtable, Birmingham Wed, 13 Jun 2018 14:32:41 +0100 CRM Sync NPSO will hold a round-table in Birmingham on 21 June 2018 <h3>Invitation to NPSO Regional Roundtable Birmingham,&nbsp; Thursday 21 June 2018&nbsp;</h3> <p>The NPSO invites payments participant companies in Birmingham to meet them&nbsp;on Thursday 21 June for a buffet lunch starting at 1pm, followed by a roundtable discussion.&nbsp;<br> &nbsp;<br> The meeting will be chaired by Toby Sheldon, Director of Communications, who will introduce the NPSO, its&nbsp;vision and priorities for innovation. The NPSO&nbsp;Chief Executive Officer, Paul Horlock, will also share &nbsp;progress to date and the&nbsp;plans for the future of retail payments.&nbsp;<br> &nbsp;<br><strong>Venue&nbsp;</strong><br> Maple House &nbsp;etc. Venues 150 Corporation Street Birmingham &nbsp;B4 6TB&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>To Register:</strong></p> <p><strong>Please email your interest to<a href=""> <span style="color:#0000FF"></span></a> and they will send&nbsp;you further details.&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><br><strong>What is the NPSO?&nbsp;</strong><br> The <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">NPSO</span></a> is the UK&rsquo;s leading authority for payments, working in the public interest to ensure the retail payment systems the UK relies on for its banking are safe, open, innovative and resilient.&nbsp;<br> &nbsp;<br><br> &nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> A Smarter London Together: How technology and data move our city Wed, 13 Jun 2018 14:07:35 +0100 CRM Sync techUK’s Local Government Programme Manager, Georgina Maratheftis, shares her insight from the London Tech Week event <p><img alt="" src="//" style="height:480px; width:640px"></p> <p>Yesterday I was delighted to visit Transport for London&rsquo;s (Tfl) new offices and see some fantastic views of London whilst also hearing from a leading line-up, including techUK&rsquo;s very own Sue Daley on how technology and data move our city and achieve the Mayor of London&rsquo;s ambition to become a world leading smart city.</p> <p><img alt="" src="//" style="height:480px; width:640px"></p> <p>First we heard from Tfl&rsquo;s Chief Technology, Shashi Verma, who shared how Tfl utilises technology to keep our city moving from the cutting edge digital signalling to a world leading open data policy, and an innovative approach to data science. It was great to hear how Tfl&rsquo;s open data policy has helped the economy and grow innovative start-ups that can solve problems facing London citizens.</p> <p>Theo Blackwell, London&rsquo;s first Chief Digital Officer (CDO) provided further details on the newly <a href="">launched &lsquo;Smarter London Together&rsquo; plan and roadmap.</a> As CDO his role is to promote collaboration and foster partnerships with the tech community and the public sector to solve urban challenges. The plan itself aims to set the foundation for future innovation and city needs. Sue Daley, who was a panelist at the event, said &ldquo;we stand ready to help, and welcome collaboration, the user and data being at the heart of the plan.&rdquo;</p> <p><img alt="" src="//" style="height:480px; width:640px"></p> <p>A great way to end day 2 of London Tech Week was with the above views!</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Key insights from techUK’s latest local government briefing Wed, 13 Jun 2018 14:01:32 +0100 CRM Sync Questions for tech suppliers to consider when engaging with councils <p>Yesterday we were delighted to host Newham, Essex, Walthamstow Council and Accenture to share their digital journeys, priorities as well key insights on how the tech industry and local government can better work together. It was fantastic to hear the various council digital visions and the role tech is playing in enabling a more productive front-line as well as help to improve the lives of citizens.</p> <p>Key insights include:</p> <ul><li><strong>Commissioning is where local government is heading. </strong>More councils moving towards commissioning models.</li> <li><strong>Where is the demand? </strong>Suppliers should look at demand, where the council gets the most calls is where digital assistance will be needed.</li> <li><strong>Focus on the problem not the solution. </strong>Councils often have to focus on the need rather on the things they would like to do as there isn&rsquo;t the resource or political will always to do the exciting things. It&rsquo;s not always easy for suppliers to know what the problem is if not articulated by councils but it was suggested forums such as the todays enables improved communication and understanding of the core challenges council face. Suppliers can also help councils articulate the problem by asking the right question and addressing the &lsquo;why.&rsquo;</li> <li><strong>Fly-tipping is one of the most resource intensive council services</strong>. How can technology help to streamline paper used, free-up front line officers time and enable a more efficient service.</li> <li><strong>Biggest opportunity is data</strong>. Local government collect vast amounts of data but the challenge is what to do with the data, how to process and use it. Plus how to find ways to bring the data together to use meaningfully. There is also a skills deficit as there isn&rsquo;t always the in-house skills to deal with the data accordingly to provide insightful analysis to steer decisions. It is of added value if suppliers can work with the council to solve council recruitment crisis.</li> <li><strong>Suppliers should start singular, make the user case for that and then develop</strong>. Councils also prefer to see a working product, having something tangible to walk them through what might be the &lsquo;unknown,;</li> <li><strong>Take into consideration local government elections</strong>. With purdah before elections and the prospect the leadership may change, councils tend not to commission any big projects before an election.</li> <li><strong>Understand the dynamics of local area</strong>. Due to the various tiers in councils suppliers should look take time to see who is responsible for what.</li> <li><strong>What is the running cost? </strong>Local government have big asset costs so when discussing the product/solution suppliers should take into account the potential running costs and how it fits into that councils financial strategy.</li> </ul><p>Our next local government event is &lsquo;<a href="">Future Trends, Opportunities and Challenges Facing the Local Gov Tech Market,</a>&rsquo; on 02 July. Hope to see you there!</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> London Tech Week: selling into the public sector Wed, 13 Jun 2018 11:54:57 +0100 CRM Sync Simon Spier, Head of International Trade, gives us an update on the activities from day two of LTW. <p>Yesterday techUK hosted its London Tech Week &ndash; Selling into the Public Sector event. Representatives from techUK&rsquo;s public sector teams provided some insights in to how UK Government procurement works, what are the opportunities, how to overcome the challenges and tips on how to secure business. Guests also heard from Seth Finnegan, UK Chief Executive Officer at Informed Solutions and Jenny Mulholland, Public Sector Lead at Softwire, who both shared their success stories on public sector procurement and offered tips for success.</p> <p>In the evening, DIT hosted their LTW party in which DCMS SOS Matt Hancock provided the keynote and explained to delegations from across the world that Britain is truly open for tech businesses to thrive. The event took place fittingly in the Science Museum and was well attended with a real buzz in the air.</p> <p>Today I will be heading to the Indian High Commission to support the Access India Programme (AIP), launched in September 2017 by the High Commission of India in London. This flagship programme, assisting market entry into India, is the first of its kind for supporting UK businesses to access the Indian Government's Make in India initiative. The programme focuses on providing support to small and medium size UK enterprise.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Consultation on Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation launched Wed, 13 Jun 2018 11:46:00 +0100 CRM Sync DCMS has launched a consultation on the role, aims and objectives for the new Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation. <p><a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">The Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Support has today launched a consultation</span></a> to seek views on the way the new Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation (CDEI) will operate and what its priority areas of work should be. The consultation is launched on the day that <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">Roger Taylor was announced as the new Chair of the Centre</span></a>.&nbsp;As well as providing background information about the reasons for the creation of the CDEI, the consultation raises many questions where input is being sought in the following three areas:</p> <ol><li>The Centre&rsquo;s role and objectives</li> <li>The Centre&rsquo;s activities and outputs</li> <li>How the Centre will operate</li> </ol><p>In each of these three areas key questions are raised to gather input how the Centre and its work should begin to take shape. The questions being asked cover issues that include:</p> <ul><li>What activities should the Centre undertake and priority issues?</li> <li>Are the proposed areas of work and themes&nbsp;where the Centre can add most value?</li> <li>How should the Centre&nbsp;work with other institutions?</li> <li>How should the Centre effectively engage stakeholders, experts and the public?</li> <li>Should the Centre be placed on a statutory footing, and what statutory powers may the Centre need?</li> </ul><p>The deadline for written submission is 5 September. techUK will be responding to the consultation and also looking to engage with the DCMS officials on the issues and questions being raised during the formal consultation period. This work will be largely driven by techUK&rsquo;s Digital Ethics working group.</p> <p>If members would like to input into techUK&rsquo;s response&nbsp;or would like to join the Digital Ethics working group, please contact&nbsp;Katherine Mayes by Wednesday 27&nbsp;June.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK’s AI Week report – Making the UK AI ready Wed, 13 Jun 2018 08:31:01 +0100 CRM Sync techUK’s report includes guest blogs from members published during our 2018 AI Week, which explored the steps the UK needs to take to become truly AI ready. <p><img alt="" src="//" style="float:left; height:283px; margin:5px; width:400px"><a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">This year, techUK&rsquo;s AI Week</span></a> explored the steps the UK needs to take to become AI ready. Throughout the week, members and stakeholders gave their views on key issues that need to be addressed, including how to drive adoption and take up of AI, cyber security risks and concerns, the impact of AI on jobs and the ethical questions being raised by AI. &nbsp;</p> <p>What was clear from the input we received is that the UK already has an impressive track record on AI. But we must keep pace as the scale of innovation continues to accelerate. We need to ensure that the UK stays at the forefront in the development and application of these powerful new technologies. The Government&rsquo;s <a href=""><span style="color:#0000CD">recently announced AI Sector Deal</span></a>, which includes&nbsp;the establishment of a Government Office for AI,&nbsp;provides a clear blueprint for how the UK can become a world-leader in innovative, responsible and ethical AI. The sector deal focuses on the key issues of maintaining leadership and driving uptake and&nbsp;building the skills pipeline, as well as the importance of addressing the ethical issues raised by AI.</p> <p>A key issue we explored during the week was the importance of digital ethics, which techUK sees as an essential complement to AI innovation. By building a world-leading framework for digital governance&nbsp;the UK can be at the forefront of responsible and ethical AI innovation. We have welcomed the creation of the Ada Lovelace Institute&nbsp;by the Nuffield Foundation&nbsp;and the UK Government&rsquo;s Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation. The creation of these bodies sends a very clear message that the UK is taking a leadership position in moving on from just talking about ethics and putting in place the capacity and capabilities needed to take practical action. The progress that has been made over the last twelve months, and perhaps what more may still need to be done in this vital area, will be a key issue discussed at techUK&rsquo;s second Digital Ethics Summit on 12 December 2018.</p> <p>Between now and then techUK is working with members to ensure citizens and organisations across all sectors and industries&nbsp;feel ready and able to take advantage of AI technologies, both now and in the future. Through briefing sessions, roundtable meetings and events, techUK is raising greater awareness and understanding of the opportunities offered through the adoption, deployment and application of AI technologies in different sectors, as well as discussing with members how to create the right environment for AI companies to thrive and grow.</p> <p>If you would like to get involved in helping techUK in our mission to ensure the UK can fully realise the economic, social value and benefits of AI and get more involved in our AI activities -&nbsp;<a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">including our AI Leaders Campaign</span></a> which was launched during AI week -&nbsp;please do get in touch. In the meantime, we hope you enjoy reading these insights.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> UK broadcasters Plan FreeToAir TV future Tue, 12 Jun 2018 15:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync The UK’s major PSB broadcaster have signed a new five-year agreement to accelerate digital terrestrial TV service Freeview’s transition to a fully hybrid platform. <p>The collaboration between BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and network operator Arqiva &ndash; the four shareholders of Digital UK &ndash; will see an investment of &pound;125 million (&euro;110m) over the next five years to build on the success of Freeview Play, the UK market leader in free-to-view connected TV. Alongside the ongoing support for the Freeview platform, new developments will include a mobile app and improvements in content discoverability and navigation.</p> <p>Since launch in 2015, more than three-and-a-half million Freeview Play products have been sold in the UK, accounting for 60 per cent of smart TV sales. The service gives UK viewers a seamless combination of live and on-demand content with no monthly subscription.</p> <p>Digital UK will lead on implementing the new strategy, focusing on product development and working closely with sister organisation, Freeview, on a refreshed marketing approach and brand positioning. The new investment will help Freeview exploit the trend towards &lsquo;cord cutting&rsquo; as viewers build their own &lsquo;skinny bundles&rsquo; combining free-to-view TV with low-cost streaming services. Since 2016 Freeview has grown its base of main sets by over a million homes to 11.4 million cementing its position as the UK&rsquo;s largest TV platform. Around 19 million homes watch Freeview on either the main or a secondary set.</p> <p>Key areas of development will include:</p> <ul><li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; A new mobile app enabling viewers to access live and on-demand content on a range of smartphones and tablets, launching later in 2018</li> <li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Restart functionality allowing viewers switching on mid-way through a programme to watch from the start using catch-up links built into the Freeview Play TV guide</li> <li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Improved navigation through voice search, and further evolution of the Freeview Electronic Programme Guide (EPG) on televisions</li> </ul><p>According to the partners, the agreement to invest in developing Freeview as a fully hybrid platform reflects the continuing strength of linear TV but also the growth of on-demand viewing. Ofcom recently highlighted challenges created by new players such as Netflix and Amazon, calling for more industry collaboration to maintain the prominence of PSB content on connected TV interfaces.</p> <p>&ldquo;As the UK&rsquo;s TV landscape becomes increasingly impacted by global players, this new commitment from our shareholders is a major boost for UK viewers,&rdquo; stated Jonathan Thompson, CEO of Digital UK, said. &ldquo;Building on this spirit of collaboration, we will not only safeguard free-to-view TV but reinvent it for a new age of viewing.&rdquo;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Cyber Security Exports Working Group Tue, 12 Jun 2018 14:07:36 +0100 CRM Sync On Wednesday 9 May, the Department for International Trade (DIT) and techUK hosted the first meeting of the ‘Cyber Security Exports Working Group’. <p>On Wednesday 9 May, the Department for International Trade (DIT) and techUK hosted the first meeting of the &lsquo;Cyber Security Exports Working Group&rsquo;.&nbsp; Created in order to support DIT&rsquo;s Cyber Security Export Strategy, which was published in March, the working group is made up of a mix of industry and government representatives.&nbsp;</p> <p>The minutes from then first meeting can be found below:</p> <p style="text-align:center"><strong><u>Cyber Security Exports Working Group</u></strong></p> <p style="text-align:center"><strong>1000 &ndash; 1200 Wednesday 9 May 2018, techUK</strong></p> <ol start="1"><li><em>Welcome and introductions</em></li> </ol><p>DIT welcomed members to the first working group, which was established to support the implementation of the new Cyber Security Export Strategy. It was agreed that this was an operational group which would focus on delivery rather than one that focused on new policy development.</p> <ol start="2"><li><em>Terms of Reference</em></li> </ol><p>The terms of reference were agreed. The main remit for the group is:</p> <ol start="1"><li>Ongoing advice and support on implementation of the export strategy;</li> <li>Advice on the UK &lsquo;brand&rsquo; for cyber security, including refreshed communications and marketing material;</li> <li>Advising the Cyber Growth Partnership on export progress, risks and opportunities.</li> <li><em>Forward look</em></li> </ol><p>An outline of future agenda items was noted, though the group would also consider issues by correspondence and table matters as they arose.</p> <ol start="4"><li><em>Automotive cyber security sector offer</em></li> </ol><p>The export strategy set out a focus on six key sectors under the &lsquo;Enable&rsquo; pillar. As part of this DIT intend to develop sector offers for each of them that set out the nature of the cyber security challenges facing the sector, the general procurement approach and solutions, plus the UK companies that can meet the needs. This would result in two products &ndash; a guide for internal DIT use that will help with running events and trade missions targeting that particular sector, and a public marketing brochure on the UK&rsquo;s expertise in that area.</p> <p>The group discussed the automotive offer, agreeing the overall approach but making suggestions around cyber insurance and the importance of securing data that is collected for one purpose but could be misused for another. It was discussed that some cyber issues would be pan-sectoral, but others would be specific to each sector and that this would need to be built into the offers.</p> <p>There was a further discussion around whether more work could be done on high assurance, and building a sector offer around that. Branding will be discussed at a future meeting.</p> <p><strong>ACTION</strong>:&nbsp;</p> <p>DIT, working with the group, to draw up an initial sketch of what a high assurance offer may look like for consideration by the group.</p> <ol start="5"><li><em>Guidance for assessing risks to human rights</em></li> </ol><p>techUK spoke about the <u><span style="color:rgb(5, 99, 193)"><a href="">human rights guidance</a></span></u> on helping to manage the risks of exporting cyber capabilities which was published in 2014, and which it had been agreed with HMG would be updated over the next six months. techUK were seeking views on what had worked well and what had not, and how much businesses had actually used it. There was a discussion around the inclusion of new case studies and the inclusion of contacts and the things that needed to be considered when assessing legal and reputational risk. The guidance covered non-regulated capabilities, and it was discussed whether the document should be broadened so that it covered regulated (export controlled) matters too. techUK will consider these points as the guidance is refreshed, and invited further input from industry on it.</p> <p><strong>ACTIONS:</strong></p> <p>techUK/DIT to recirculate the guidance to the group and other interested parties.</p> <p>DIT to work with others on a campaign to promote the human rights guidance and export controls once the new document is launched.</p> <ol start="6"><li><em>AOB</em></li> </ol><p>The importance of cryptography was discussed, linking to the earlier conversation on high assurance. BeCrypt offered to be a link between this group and the high assurance group, which was agreed.</p> <p>DIT noted that a new cyber security page was due to launch soon on the government&rsquo;s export promotion website, <u><span style="color:rgb(5, 99, 193)"><a href=""></a></span></u> and encouraged industry to create profiles on it.</p> <p>DIT noted that adverts for the three Cyber Security Industry Representative posts in Washington DC, Dubai and New Delhi would shortly be published and encouraged industry to consider potential applicants. The Singapore post had now been filled.</p> <p>DIT offered to circulate their forward look of cyber missions to the group to seek feedback on them in advance.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> London Tech Week: Highlights from day one for international trade Tue, 12 Jun 2018 12:41:43 +0100 CRM Sync Simon Spier gives an overview of all the events he attended on day one of LTW - London is most certainly open <p>London Tech Week kicked off with a bang with a host of inspiring leaders from the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, to Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandberg, highlighting London&rsquo;s central place on the world&rsquo;s tech scene at the launch event. However, the event had a very different flavour to previous years with half the room occupied by school students &ndash; the future of our tech economy. Those students were able to hear the opportunity&nbsp;first-hand for them to shape the UK&rsquo;s tech landscape. Those in attendance, young and the not so young, heard about&nbsp;the impact of technologies on the Capital, from AI opportunities in healthcare to smart city applications. It certainly was an inspiring way to start the week.</p> <p>Following the launch event, I headed off to the &ldquo;Fuelling collaboration: China &amp; UK Blockchain&rdquo; event, where I was honoured to give the keynote speech. The event, hosted by GSMA and organised by BGTA, the Cambridge Blockchain Society and XChain, explored the blockchain ecosystems of both the UK and China, and shined a light on the collaboration potential for the industry across the two countries. I came away with a real appreciation for the various use cases for blockchain as well as the exciting opportunity for UK-China collaboration in this space.</p> <p><img alt="" src="//" style="height:473px; width:630px"></p> <p>My evening was spent at City Hall meeting a number of international companies who are looking at expanding to the UK at an event organised by DIT and London and Partners. The Reception held in the beautiful <em>London&rsquo;s Living Room </em>provided the perfect backdrop for discussions about the ability for tech companies to thrive in the UK.</p> <p>Today sees techUK host it&rsquo;s <a href="">Selling into Public Sector</a> event which will provide those in attendance the opportunity to understand how UK Government procurement works, what are the opportunities, how to overcome the challenges and tips on how to secure business.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> New techUK Cyber Management Committee Elected Tue, 12 Jun 2018 10:42:32 +0100 CRM Sync Following recent elections, the new members of the techUK Cyber Management Committee have been confirmed. <p>Following recent elections, the new members of the techUK Cyber Management Committee have been confirmed.</p> <p style="margin-left:0cm; margin-right:0cm">The Committee is elected by the members, to represent the cyber community here at techUK.</p> <p style="margin-left:0cm; margin-right:0cm">The primary function of the Cyber Management Committee sets the strategic vision for the cyber security programme, helping the programme engage with government and senior industry stakeholders.&nbsp;Working across a broad range of sectors, the Committee will focus on growing the UK&rsquo;s Cyber Sector, bulding networks and reducing business risk and cost for industry. The Committee will aim to lead debate on key cyber issues, from skills and awareness, technical developments and R&amp;D, protecting CNI and developing cyber export opportunities for UK businesses.</p> <p>The Committee members are:</p> <p><strong>Sian John</strong>, Chief Security Advisor, Microsoft <strong>(Chair)</strong></p> <p><strong>Gordon Morrison</strong>, Director of Government Affairs, Splunk <strong>(Vice-Chair)</strong></p> <p><strong>Rick Hemsley</strong>, Managing Director, Accenture</p> <p><strong>Sam Kirby-French</strong>, Executive Manager, BAE Systems</p> <p><strong>Bernard Parsons</strong>, CEO, Becrypt</p> <p><strong>Ruth Davis</strong>, Head of Commercial Strategy and Public Policy, BT</p> <p><strong>Richard Holmes</strong>, Head of Cyber Security Services, CGI UK Ltd</p> <p><strong>Bryan Hurcombe</strong>, Public Sector Cyber Practice Leader, Deloitte</p> <p><strong>Simon Moffatt</strong>, Global Technical Director, ForgeRock</p> <p><strong>Julian Meyrick</strong>, VP IT Security, IBM UK</p> <p><strong>Michael Bateman</strong>, Director of Cyber and Government Services, IT Lab and Perspective Risk</p> <p><strong>Richard Quinlan</strong>, Cyber Security Sales Executive, Leonardo</p> <p><strong>Colin Robbins</strong>, Principal Security Consultant, Nexor</p> <p><strong>Mike Garside</strong>, Senior Manager Cloud Compliance, Oracle</p> <p><strong>Paul Thorlby</strong>, Chief Technology Officer, QinetiQ</p> <p><strong>Rob Crook</strong>, Managing Director, Raytheon UK</p> <p><strong>Andrew Rogoyski</strong>, Director of Innovation, Roke Manor Research Ltd</p> <p><strong>Scott Cairns</strong>, Chief Technology Officer, T-Systems Ltd</p> <p><strong>Gareth Williams</strong>, Vice-President, Thales UK</p> <p><strong>John Godwin</strong>, Director of Compliance, UKCloud Ltd&nbsp;</p> <p>techUK would like to say a big thank you to all those who put themselves forward for the Committee.</p> <p>If you would like to here more about the committee or other ways you can get involved with the techUK Cyber Programme, please get in touch with the team.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> Mayor of London launches Smarter London Together roadmap Tue, 12 Jun 2018 09:21:46 +0100 CRM Sync techUK welcomes roadmap that puts collaboration, the user, data and skills at the heart of the London becoming a leading world smart city <p>Following a series of Listening Exercises, <a href="">which included a session with techUK members</a>, today the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and London&rsquo;s Chief Digital Officer Theo Blackwell launched <strong><a href="">&lsquo;Smarter London Together.&rsquo;</a></strong> Smarter London Together&rsquo; sets out Mayor Sadiq Khan&rsquo;s ambition to make London the smartest city in the world. It addresses the Mayor&rsquo;s commitment to better digital services, open data, connectivity, digital inclusion, cyber-security, innovation, and City Hall&rsquo;s plan for the growth of our city to more than 11 million residents by 2050. The plan includes a detailed roadmap, including 20 initiatives, on how London will achieve it&rsquo;s digital ambition. It calls for the city's 33 local authorities and public services to work and collaborate better with data and digital technologies, and helps to realise the seven statutory Mayoral strategies.</p> <p>The roadmap broadly focuses its initiatives into five key missions:</p> <ol><li><strong>Developing more user-designed services </strong>by promoting more diversity in tech to address inequality; championing the adoption of common standards and launching a Civic Innovation Challenge to spur innovation from the tech sector; establishing London as a test-bed for technological innovation, as well as supporting the development of smart infrastructure and attracting investment in dynamic new businesses. It will match tech startups with leading companies and public bodies to tackle some of London&rsquo;s most pressing problems, including inequality, climate change and London&rsquo;s ageing population.</li> <li><strong>Strike a new deal for city data </strong>through the launch of the London Office for Data Analytics (LODA) programme to increase data sharing and collaboration for the benefit of Londoners; develop a city-wide cyber security strategy to coordinate responses to cyber-threats to businesses, public services and citizens; and support an open ecosystem to increase transparency and innovation.</li> <li><strong>World-class connectivity and smarter streets </strong>through launching a new Connected London programme to coordinate connectivity and 5G projects; enhance public wifi in streets and public buildings to assist those who live, work and visit London; support a new generation of smart infrastructure through major combined procurements; and promote common standards with smart tech to maximise benefits.</li> <li><strong>Enhance digital leadership and skills </strong>by developing workforce digital capability through the Mayor&rsquo;s Skills for Londoners Strategy; and support computing skills and the digital talent pipeline from early years onwards.</li> <li><strong>Improve city-wide collaboration through </strong>a London Office of Technology &amp; Innovation (LOTI) to support common capabilities and standards for future innovation; promote MedTech innovation in the NHS and social care to improve treatment; explore new partnerships with the tech sector and business models; and collaborate with other cities in the UK and globally to adopt and share what works.</li> </ol><p>Theo Blackwell will be sharing further details of the plan at &lsquo;<a href="">Powering London: how technology and data move our city,&rsquo;</a> event which he will be chairing tonight and techUK&rsquo;s Head of Cloud, Data Analytics and AI Sue Daley will also be speaking.</p> <p><strong>Responding to the Smarter London Together roadmap, techUK CEO Julian David commented:</strong></p> <p>&ldquo;The Mayor and London CDO Theo Blackwell should be commended on this comprehensive plan.&nbsp; Theo Blackwell has clearly taken the time to gather the views of the breadth of the community from public servants to industry, to develop a roadmap that puts collaboration, the user and data at the heart of our smart city.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;We welcome the challenge put forward and look forward to working with the Greater London Authority to build the environment where innovation and emerging technologies can flourish, whilst also harnessing digital technology to solve local challenges and create a smart London where citizens and businesses can thrive.&rdquo;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Singapore Ministry of Health Holdings Delegation Mon, 11 Jun 2018 13:39:57 +0100 CRM Sync Invitation from Healthcare UK to pitch your innovative offer <p><strong>*Please see below an invitiation from Healthcare UK*&nbsp;</strong></p> <hr><p>In July Healthcare UK will be hosting a delegation from the Singaporean MOH Holdings (MOHH), the holding company of Singapore&rsquo;s public healthcare clusters &ndash; National University Health System, National Healthcare Group and Singapore Health Services.</p> <p>As well as meeting a range of key stakeholders from the NHS, Department of Health and Social Care and the Department for International Trade the delegation has requested to meet with UK companies and organisations with innovative technology, systems, services and solutions that could be applied to the healthcare system in Singapore.</p> <p>This is an exciting opportunity to showcase the very best of UK innovation in healthcare to a Singaporean delegation interested in inviting UK companies to participate in the MOHH&rsquo;s annual flagship event HI.TEC (Healthcare Infrastructure Technology and Engineering Conference) in 2019. Each year the MOHH selects a country to showcase at HI.TEC with the UK being chosen for 2019.</p> <p>The focus of HI.TEC 2019 will be on sustainability, innovation, technology, and services to provide patient centric, cost effective and efficient healthcare services and infrastructure. However, with the broad remit of the MOHH we are looking for a range of organisations to express an interest.</p> <p>With HI.TEC being the MOHH&rsquo;s flagship event it is well attended by key local and regional healthcare stakeholders offering a good platform for UK companies to showcase their innovations. In addition to this Healthcare UK is planning to send a trade mission to Singapore to coincide with the event and to capitalise on its UK focus.</p> <p><strong>We would like to invite expressions of interest from companies and organisations who are interested working in the Singaporean market as well as wider Southeast Asia, and which have an innovative offer, to pitch to the MOHH delegation with a view to potentially being invited to participate in the Innovation Show element of HI.TEC 2019.</strong></p> <p>More information on MOH Holdings and a very useful video on the MOHH <a href="">website</a>.</p> <hr><p><strong>Event date:</strong><br> 26th July 2018</p> <p><strong>Event location:</strong></p> <p>Department for International Trade, 55 Whitehall, London, SW1A 2EY</p> <p><strong>To register your interest:</strong></p> <p>Please contact us with no more than 300 words outlining your offer and why it is innovative. If available, please include a short case study that demonstrates the effectiveness of your proposition. Please also indicate your availability for a possible evening reception on 25 July.</p> <p>Please submit your expressions of interest <strong>by 15th June 2018 </strong>to <a href=""></a>. There are limited spaces available and EOI&rsquo;s will be examined by our team of specialists and may be sent to the delegation for consideration.</p> <p><strong>For more information about the event please contact:</strong><br> Ciara Dunne, Southeast Asia Programme Manager, Healthcare UK</p> <p>E:&nbsp; <a href=""></a><br> T:&nbsp; +44 7741 704 396T:&nbsp; +44 207 215 3849</p> Welcome to techUK's first podcast - the AI special Mon, 11 Jun 2018 11:40:39 +0100 CRM Sync Sue Daley takes the mic to bring you our latest thoughts on AI with special guests from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and Sage. <p>We&rsquo;ve got lots to talk about at techUK &ndash; providing insights on the latest tech innovation, government decisions and discussing how digital transformation will impact citizens and businesses alike. And today we&rsquo;re launching our <a href="">new techUK podcast</a> so you can access all the latest content for free whilst you are on the move.</p> <p>This month, Sue Daley, head of cloud, data and AI, has been discussing how data and machine learning will change businesses and public services, from discovering why Kriti Sharma from Sage is so fascinated with AI (@15.25) to how Giles Pavey from DWP is using the technology to transform the department (@28:19) to the impact of GDPR with our own Jeremy Lilley (@03.29).</p> <p>Please let us know your thoughts on this edition and what you&rsquo;d like to hear on future podcasts. Happy listening!</p> <p><a href="">techUK's June podcast - the AI special</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> What’s industry’s role in shaping ethical AI? Mon, 11 Jun 2018 11:26:18 +0100 CRM Sync Read the findings of a techUK/Nuffield Foundation workshop exploring the role and responsibilities for industry in embedding ethical AI. <p><em><a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">This was originally posted on the Ada Lovelace Institute website.</span></a><span style="color:#0000FF">&nbsp;</span></em></p> <p><img alt="" src="//" style="float:right; height:286px; margin:5px; width:400px">As part of the development work of the Ada Lovelace Institute, the Nuffield Foundation are hosting a series of stakeholder roundtables, workshops and events that explore:</p> <ul><li>How public legitimacy can be built in the use and development of technology and what public engagement approaches can secure/strengthen legitimacy;</li> <li>How civil society can be supported to shape the development of technology for people and society (&lsquo;civil society in the loop&rsquo;);</li> <li>How technology can help tackle inequality and enable social wellbeing; and</li> <li>What empirical research currently exists about how technology affects people, groups and wider society, but also identifying where the gaps currently are and what we might do to help address those gaps.</li> </ul><p>All of the insights gathered through these events will be informing our prospectus for the Ada Lovelace Institute, alongside early stage research we are commissioning with the Centre for Future Intelligence.</p> <p>As part of its work scoping the Institute the Nuffield Foundation recently convened an interdisciplinary workshop in partnership with techUK, the UK&rsquo;s technology trade association, to better understand &nbsp;the emerging challenges that the development of AI poses for industry, as well as what role the Ada Lovelace Institute might play in tackling them. This workshop was held under Chatham House rules.</p> <p>Participants in this workshop included management consultancies, law firms, HR and organisational consultants, AI and tech developers and suppliers. We brought these people together in dialogue with the Institute&rsquo;s own staff, as well as with researchers we are partnering with at the Cambridge University&rsquo;s Centre for Future Intelligence.</p> <p>This note summarises the key themes discussed.</p> <p><strong>Emerging social and ethical issues:</strong></p> <p>To identify and to scope out the emerging social and ethical issues industry expects it would need to grapple with, we posed the following thought experiment:</p> <p>Imagine you are still working in your sector in 10 years&rsquo; time. What key emerging social and ethical issues do you think your organisation will need to engage with and respond to both externally and internally?</p> <p>There was consensus from the workshop there are a series of social and ethical challenges which must be addressed to build trust in AI and data driven technologies. We have grouped these against four core (and interlinked) issues:</p> <ul><li><strong>A lack of public understanding and inclusive dialogue about technology and society; no responsive interface between those who use and those who are affected</strong></li> <li><strong>Inadequate mechanisms to consider human value and social wellbeing by those developing technology</strong></li> <li><strong>An unequal distribution of the benefits and harms from technology</strong></li> <li><strong>No effective national or global framework for governance</strong></li> </ul><p>&nbsp;</p> <h4><strong>A lack of public understanding and the need for inclusive societal dialogue about AI systems</strong></h4> <p><em>&lsquo;We need better public understanding and more routes to human agency&hellip; can we do this through creating more demand for &lsquo;ethical&rsquo; AI?&rsquo;</em></p> <p>A lack of public understanding and education on AI was identified as a growing issue. Participants flagged the importance of this going beyond an education campaign: as AI is increasingly used in society it would be improve to have a inclusive dialogue between those directly affected by the technologies and those who developed them. As such, participants argued both that it was important to improve wider social dialogue about the ethical and social implications &lsquo;beyond the developers of the technologies&rsquo;, as well as a more responsive and effective interface between those who use and are impacted by the technologies, and those who develop and provide it (inclusive of government as well as industry).</p> <h4><strong>A lack of consideration on human and social well-being by those &nbsp;designing AI/data enabled systems</strong></h4> <p><em>&lsquo;How do you do &lsquo;human accountability&rsquo; in this space?&rsquo;</em></p> <p>Connected to the need for a more responsive dialogue between those who use and are impacted by technologies, &ndash; participants felt &lsquo;human needs&rsquo; failed to be fully considered when designing systems, which were primarily driven by shareholder rather than stakeholder value. Participants viewed the fact that technologies often focused on the maximisation of profit at the exclusion of maximisation of social value:&nbsp; business models which were solely driven by profit may cause future social issues affecting the industry as a whole. It was felt to be critical to be able to ask and answer whether &lsquo;social value&rsquo; (understood broadly as inclusive of building community and social capital, supporting the wellbeing of individuals and communities, and the preservation of the environment) was being delivered with their product, and in what ways it might be detrimental to social value.</p> <p>Some felt that tech systems often failed to take into account, or meet the needs, of those most excluded from society (such as the poorest).</p> <p>Many participants acknowledged a tension that would need to be negotiated between governance structures which supported a social mission, value and purpose, as well as effective business models. However, respondents identified an urgent need to address and tackle emerging market dominance by larger AI and data providers and controllers as part of this question: some participants felt that currently the largest tech companies (&lsquo;GAFA&rsquo;) inherently &lsquo;set the standards&rsquo; in how society is considered given their market share.</p> <p>Participants welcomed the idea of developing and applying an ethical code of conduct; as well as creating the conditions in which a range of business models working with AI were able to flourish and to work.&nbsp;It was highlighted that this is an area of work techUK is already progressing.</p> <h4><strong>An unequal distribution of the benefits and harms from technology</strong></h4> <p><em>&lsquo;To tackle inequality, we need to find ways of distributing the benefits from technology, as well as more global governance&rsquo;</em></p> <p><img alt="" src="//" style="float:right; height:300px; margin:5px; width:262px">Inequality emerged as a key issue for many participants, &nbsp;who felt that technology companies&rsquo; development of tech and decisions had broader social consequences which had to be considered. Many participants saw technologists having a key role in understanding their agency within a larger system, and that this required them to:</p> <ul><li>Think beyond the polarised debate about automation, towards how tech can help build a more economically resilient society</li> <li>Ensure equality of access and inclusion for the technologies, as well as tackling biases or discrimination</li> <li>Broaden the diversity of those who make decisions about and develop technologies, as well as those who influence decision-making; and</li> <li>Acknowledge unintended consequences that emerge, and managing/foreseeing those.</li> </ul><h4><strong>The lack of an effective governance framework nationally and globally</strong></h4> <p><em>&lsquo;How do we build new law and governance structures that can deal with such new and emerging threats and disruptions to society?&rsquo;</em></p> <p>Contributors argued that new ways to think systemically and work collaboratively as businesses, at a global level, would be of critical importance. The new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was seen by some as value in providing the legal basis and foundations for industry to consider ethical questions more holistically.</p> <p>There was thoughtful discussion about the tension between openness &ndash; facilitating innovation in the use of technologies &ndash; and growing geopolitical tensions with some seeing a consensus of promoting co-operation across nations is increasingly at risk.</p> <p>In the longer term (particularly given trends including the rise of nationalism and increasing global tensions), some participants suggested that a global governance framework would be especially helpful; but also flagged the tensions with the rise of populism and nationalism across the globe as potential barriers to enabling this to take place.</p> <p><em>&lsquo;How can technical and regulatory solutions interact better (e.g to solve algorithmic bias) and how can they better complement one another?&rsquo;</em></p> <p>There was much discussion on the need for competent and smarter regulation that struck an appropriate balance between fostering innovation and protecting human rights &ndash; that itself is in service to the mission of building trustworthiness.</p> <p>Some advocated for a more &lsquo;agile&rsquo; form of governance to keep pace with innovation, while others felt governance and regulation was by definition slower and more permanent. Several participants also mentioned the need to have in place new insurance or liability frameworks that could recompense, provide redress or remedy for negative distributional impacts on people.</p> <p>There was collective recognition here for industry to work together to anticipate emerging issues. Participants acknowledge he need to for the community to think and act beyond legal compliance, with a focus on creating the cultural norms, values and corporate leadership (underpinned by effective regulation) which lend itself to a relationship between technology and society that engenders public legitimacy and trust. It was suggested that organisations such as the Ada Lovelace Institute might be able to work with industry and government to consider &lsquo;the bigger picture&rsquo; and look beyond more immediate pressures to provide longer-term thinking to support a society enabled by data and AI.</p> <h4><strong>Ideas to improve ethical practice</strong></h4> <p><em>&lsquo;How do you measure and enforce more ethical practice? Can we even do that?&rsquo;</em></p> <p>Participants identified a number of&nbsp;<strong>skills, tools and capabilities</strong>&nbsp;which industry might need to develop or instill to enable them to grapple with some of these ethical issues. These included:</p> <ul><li><strong>Emphasis on soft ethics and instilling cultural norms:</strong><br> Participants identified a need for a compelling narrative of the value of &lsquo;soft-ethics&rsquo; beyond regulation through: setting corporate values and norms, having corporate social responsibility frameworks; modelling ethical leadership with tone set by management; defining &lsquo;business ethics&rsquo; in data and AI; and shifting cultural and sectoral norms.</li> <li><strong>The capability to anticipate risk and work through specific scenarios:</strong><br> Given the pace of innovation and the scale of potential impact, it was seen as vital to build the capabilities to forecast future AI challenges. This would need to incorporate scenario planning and risk management, as well as developing risk models to enable businesses to make better risk judgements.</li> <li><strong>External accountability systems</strong>&nbsp;which would incorporate initiative and measures such as independent &lsquo;ethical audits&rsquo;, measuring and enforcing ethical practice from beyond industry itself (&lsquo;External ethics insights&rsquo;); and a clearer definition of metrics of success for use of ethical AI and data ( for instance, fostering and promoting innovation as well as promoting wellbeing.</li> <li><strong>Learning from failure and from success: There was a strong sense of the need for self-reflection and evaluation</strong>&nbsp;by understanding, rewarding, modelling and scaling best practices in building ethical AI and Machine Learning, by identifying both what works, and what doesn&rsquo;t.</li> <li><strong>The promotion of cultures of inclusion and diversity</strong>&nbsp;within tech companies that engenders cultural sensitivities and open mindedness</li> <li><strong>The need for the creation of interdisciplinary and multi-practice dialogue</strong>&nbsp;on what ethics looks like and how it works in practice. This would require a common, shared language created around that to avoid the phenomenon of dialogue being &lsquo;lost in translation&rsquo;. Participants suggested a taxonomy of, or shared frameworks for data usage to support a shared language. There is widespread concern that there are many conversations that fail to be sufficiently joined up, and this needs to be considered at a system level: AI may be designed ethically, but its deployment in other contexts may cause harm.</li> <li><strong>Increasing consumer engagement and user involvement and control&nbsp;</strong>over decision-making through involvement and voice at governance level.</li> </ul><h4><strong>Next steps and continuing dialogue</strong></h4> <p>This interdisciplinary workshop was the first of a series of seminars, workshops and roundtables we are hosting in collaboration with partners with a view to engage in an interdisciplinary way with perspectives from industry, academia, think-tanks, civil society and the wider public. This will help inform the work and priorities of the Ada Lovelace Institute, ensuring we reflect diverse viewpoints within its design.</p> <p>Outcomes from this workshop include:</p> <ul><li>A commitment by techUK to continue to engage with the Institute as it develops its thinking.</li> <li>A follow up roundtable discussion to update techUK members on the input received from the other workshops, and to test any conclusions reached</li> <li>techUK will work with the Ada Lovelace Institute to share and test the development of a draft ethical toolkit/framework to help organisations embed ethical thinking into everyday business practices.</li> </ul><p>If you&rsquo;d be interested in finding out more about the work of the institute or future events, <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">please&nbsp;sign up and subscribe to our mailing list online.</span></a></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> A week of celebrating tech in our vibrant capital city Mon, 11 Jun 2018 08:22:15 +0100 CRM Sync Stay tuned here for updates around techUK's activities at London Tech Week 11 - 15 June. <p>London Tech Week has arrived. We hope you all have a jampacked week of interesting events to attend. The team from techUK is dashing around the Capital at a variety of different events focused on leadership, AI and data innovation, public sector transformation and the future of work. Check out our calendar of events <a href="">here</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Latest figures released this morning from Dealroom and Tech Nation for the Government&rsquo;s<a href=""> Digital Economy Council</a> show that London is as vibrant as ever - <a href="">UK contributes 13 of Europe&rsquo;s 34 unicorns, worth 37% or $23bn in value and is the number one destination for tech talent</a> &ndash; and this week celebrates that success while looking to an exciting future.</p> <p>Throughout the week, we&rsquo;ll be sharing our insights from the events that we&rsquo;re attending, and we&rsquo;ll list them below. We&rsquo;d also love to hear from you so please get in touch via <a href="">@techUK</a> and over email.</p> <p>Have a great week!</p> <h2>Monday 11 June</h2> <h3><a href="">London Tech Week: Highlights from day one for international trade</a> - Simon Spier, Head of International Trade, techUK</h3> <h3><a href="">Mayor of London launches Smarter London Together roadmap</a> - Georgina Maratheftis, Programme Manger for Local Government, techUK</h3> <h2>Tuesday 12 June</h2> <h3><a href="">London Tech Week: selling into the public sector</a>&nbsp;- Simon Spier, Head of International Trade, techUK</h3> <h3><a href="">A Smarter London Together: How technology and data move our city</a>&nbsp;- Georgina Maratheftis, Programme Manager for Local Government, techUK</h3> <h3><a href="">techUK at CogX18 </a>- Katherine Mayes,&nbsp;Programme Manager&nbsp;Cloud, Data, Analytics and AI, techUK</h3> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2>Wednesday</h2> <h3><a href="">London Tech Week: Highlights from IoTWorldEurope</a> - Matthew Evans, Executive Director, techUK</h3> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2>Thursday 14 June</h2> <h3><a href="">Congratulations to techUK members recognised in London Tech Week 2018</a> - Katherine Mayes,&nbsp;Programme Manager&nbsp;Cloud, Data, Analytics and AI, techUK</h3> <h2>Friday 15 June</h2> <h3><a href="">London Tech Week: The week in review</a> - Simon Spier, Head of International Trade, techUK</h3> <p>&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Which? launch new report ‘Control, Alt or Delete?' Fri, 08 Jun 2018 13:15:03 +0100 CRM Sync The report, entitled ‘Control, Alt or Delete? The future of consumer data,’ discusses consumer attitude towards collection and use of personal data. <p>On Tuesday 5th June Which? published <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">Control, Alt or Delete? The future of consumer data</span></a>, their latest report on consumer attitudes towards the collection and use of personal data. The report sets out three calls for action:</p> <ul><li><strong>More transparency&nbsp;</strong>- Consumers and their advocates need more transparency about the impact that personal data has on their lives. Which? are calling on the new&nbsp;Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation to take a lead on driving this.</li> <li><strong>Tech check</strong> - The Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation should review the governance of data in motion, with due attention given to creative ways to improve oversight and enforcement.</li> <li><strong>Digital advertising</strong> - The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) should conduct a market study in to the digital advertising industry as a matter of urgency.</li> </ul><p>Speaking at the launch event, Tim Gardam, Chairman at Which? highlighted the widespread feeling of disempowerment amongst consumers who are unsure of the impact data collection, transfer and sharing has on their lives.</p> <p>Despite challenges around privacy, transparency and accountability, Kenneth Cukier, Senior Editor at the Economist was confident that a world shift in attitudes towards the imperative use of data for public good would be quicker than we currently predict. In the future he felt that the failure to use personal data could become the moral equivalent of burning books.</p> <p>The key themes of the report where then discussed in further detail through a panel discussion, chaired by Kate Bevan, Editor at Which? The panel included: Jaqueline de Rojas, techUK; Professor Irene Ng, University of Warwick; Stephen Deadman, Facebook; Kenneth Cukier, Senior Editor at the Economist and James Edgar, Which?</p> <p>The panel discussed the potential impact of an erosion of public trust in data. Jaqueline de Rojas, President at techUK, spoke about the need to bring society along in this debate on data and the importance of personal accountability. &ldquo;Every citizen should think before you click&rdquo;. Stephen Deadman, Global Deputy Chief Privacy Officer at Facebook discussed the concept of having agents to help us manage data on our behalf, similar to how an accountant manages our finances. Tim Gardam, in his closing remarks, described public trust as residing in the balance between a businesses&rsquo; honesty and curiosity.</p> <p><strong>Commenting on the report, Jaqueline de Rojas, President at techUK said:</strong></p> <p><em>&nbsp;&ldquo;It is reassuring to see Which? tackle these important issues head on and ensure that the consumer&rsquo;s voice is heard loud and clear in this debate. The new and updated rights enshrined in GDPR should go a long way to giving consumers confidence in how their data is collected, used and managed.</em></p> <p><em>&nbsp;&ldquo;These rights will only be effective if they are fully understood by the public. That is why techUK is a strong supporter of the &lsquo;Your data matters&rsquo; public education campaign launched by the ICO, and we are happy to see Which? recognise the important roles both the CMA and ICO have to play.</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;This report represents an important contribution in the ongoing debate on how consumers can have trust and confidence around the data revolution which is underway and which will undoubtedly bring about huge benefits in every sector it touches.&rdquo;</em>&nbsp;</p> <p>techUK will be exploring the issues raised in this report through our Digital Ethics Working Group. Members interested in being involved in this work should contact Katherine Mayes.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Watch our European Parliament UK-EU data flows event Fri, 08 Jun 2018 10:30:00 +0100 CRM Sync Watch the video of our June 5 'Importance of continued UK-EU data flows' event at European Parliament here. <p><iframe height="480" src="" width="640"></iframe></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Algorithms in decision-making report published Thu, 07 Jun 2018 13:06:37 +0100 CRM Sync On Wednesday 23rd May, the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee published its report on “Algorithms in decision-making”. <p>On Wednesday 23rd May, the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee published its report on &ldquo;<a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">Algorithms in decision-making</span></a>&rdquo;.</p> <p>The report acknowledged the huge social and economic benefits presented by algorithms to the public sector and wider society, whilst recognising the need to address challenges around data bias, transparency and accountability.</p> <p>Following a two-month inquiry, the Committee has set out a series of recommendations to ensure the responsible use of algorithms. Here is a summary of the Committee&rsquo;s top 5 recommendations:</p> <ol><li>The Government should continue to make public sector datasets available, not just for 'big data' developers but also algorithm developers, through new &lsquo;data trusts&rsquo;. The Government should lead by example by producing, publishing and maintaining a list of where algorithms with significant impacts are being used within Central Government. The intention of this recommendation is to improve transparency and aid private sector involvement.</li> <li>The Government should identify a ministerial champion to provide government-wide oversight of public sector algorithm use, and to co-ordinate departments' approaches to the development and deployment of algorithms and partnerships with the private sector.</li> <li>The Government should immediately task the Centre for Data Ethics &amp; Innovation to evaluate various tools to identify and tackle bias in algorithms and advise on which to prioritise and on how they should be embedded in the private sector as well as in government bodies that share their data with private sector developers.</li> <li>The Centre for Data Ethics &amp; Innovation should examine how explanations for how algorithms work can be required to be of sufficient quality to allow a person to be able to challenge the 'decision' of the algorithm. The &lsquo;right to explanation&rsquo; will be a key part of achieving accountability.</li> <li>The Crown Commercial Service should commission a review to set out a procurement model for algorithms developed with private sector partners which fully realises the value for the public sector.</li> </ol><h4>Commenting on the report, Sue Daley, Head of Cloud, Data and AI, techUK said:</h4> <p><em>"This report comes at a time when the UK has the opportunity to be a global leader not just in the development of AI but also in the governance and ethics of its use.</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;The report highlights the huge social and economic benefits that can come from AI. But it also recognises the challenges around data bias, transparency and accountability that must be addressed. We agree that the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation has a vital role to play in deepening understanding and developing policy on these issues. Time is of the essence and we want to see the Centre up and running as soon as possible.&rdquo;</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;The Committee's focus on the importance of data governance is clearly right. With GDPR about to enter into force, techUK has called for additional resources for the Information Commissioners Office (ICO). The UK is fortunate to have a highly respected data protection regulator &ndash; as data plays an ever more important role in our economy, it is vital that the ICO has the resources it needs to operate effectively and at speed and support the important work of the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation."</em></p> <p>The Government now has two months to respond to the Committee&rsquo;s report. In the meantime, techUK will continue to engage with the Centre for Data Ethics &amp; Innovation, a key player highlighted within the report, through our Digital Ethics Working Group. Members interested in being involved in this work should contact Katherine Mayes.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> TV Manufacturers Set for Football World Cup Boom Wed, 06 Jun 2018 17:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync Latest data on the television market from consumer research panel Kantar Worldpanel ComTech reveals the scale of the opportunity open to manufacturers ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup <p>&ldquo;International events like the World Cup traditionally lead to an uplift in large screen television sales,&rdquo; explained Piers Moore, global director at Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. &ldquo;With one in eight stating that they plan to buy a television in the next 12 months there&rsquo;s a lot to play for, and manufacturers should be using the run up to Russia 2018 to actively compete for a share of this growth. Those looking for a new device for big events like sports tournaments also tend to sit in a higher spending bracket, meaning manufacturers have a real opportunity to push their more expensive models in the coming months.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;The British market for large screen televisions has quadrupled over five years and in the past six months more than a fifth of all consumers who bought a TV settled on models bigger than 55 inches,&rdquo; he added. &ldquo;Large screen televisions have become a battleground for manufacturers, especially the big three &ndash; Samsung, Sony and in particular LG, which is outperforming the competition in Great Britain. We see the same trends across Europe, where some local brands have forced their way into the space &ndash; it&rsquo;s an area they all want to focus on because it guarantees a more premium customer.&rdquo;</p> <p>Improvements in technology now mean that big screens are becoming cheaper without a reduction in picture quality. This is borne out in the performance of OLED and QLED units, which five years ago accounted for less than 1 per cent of television purchases and now have 15 per cent and 3 per cent respectively.</p> <p>&ldquo;OLED and QLED technology has reshaped the British TV industry over the past five years,&rdquo; suggested Moore. &ldquo;Their growth is even more stark in the large screen sector, were OLED now accounts for 32 per cent of all purchases over the past half year &ndash; in 2013 it was zero. And, while the cost for OLED and QLED units hasn&rsquo;t quite fallen into the mainstream price range yet, they are slowly becoming more affordable.&rdquo;</p> <p>Meanwhile, LED screens accounted for 54 per cent of large screen purchases in the past six months. &ldquo;4K and ultra HD LED TVs still offer great picture quality and can look stunning, suiting those who want substance over style and vice versa,&rdquo; noted Moore. &ldquo;Samsung in particular consistently resonates with consumers who are looking for a large screen model with great design, whereas those looking for 4K televisions with the best picture tend to opt for Sony. There&rsquo;s now a wealth of budget options out there like Hisense or Toshiba, both of which offer a 55 inch television for under &pound;500, but in the run up to the World Cup we&rsquo;d expect to see savvy shoppers keeping an eye on deals from premium brands like Samsung.&rdquo;</p> <p>Kantar Worldpanel ComTech&rsquo;s data also revealed the differences in how consumers across Europe approach television purchases. The British are significantly ahead of their European counterparts when it comes to prioritising design and style and, alongside the French, they demand the biggest screen size. The Germans rank energy ratings and efficiency above all else, though this is a low priority in most other European countries.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK members invited to attend Vulnerable Consumer Innovation Sprint Wed, 06 Jun 2018 08:43:59 +0100 CRM Sync Invitation from Innovation for Ageing for innovators to pose your questions and hear first-hand from these experts how you can apply your knowledge and expertise to design solutions to meet challenges faced by vulnerable consumers <p><em>Innovating for Ageing</em>&nbsp;was launched by the&nbsp;<a href="">Just Group&nbsp;</a>and the&nbsp;<a href="">International Longevity Centre (ILC-UK)</a>&nbsp;in January 2018 to identify solutions to the issues faced by vulnerable consumers in later life.</p> <p>The project brings together groups with expertise in working with vulnerable people with experts and innovators who can provide solutions to the problems faced by vulnerable consumers. We would be delighted if you would consider joining us for a workshop to kickstart the world&rsquo;s first vulnerable consumers innovation sprint, as below:&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Tuesday, 19th&nbsp;June 2018; 10:00 &ndash; 13:00<br> London Campus, a Google Space<br> 4-5 Bonhill Street<br> Shoreditch<br> London EC2A 4BX</em>&nbsp;</p> <p>Please register your interest by contacting&nbsp;<u><a href=""></a></u>&nbsp;and we will confirm places closer to the event.<br><br><em>I have ideas for solutions to problems faced by vulnerable consumers &ndash; why should I come?</em></p> <ul><li>Meet experts on vulnerability and learn about the challenges faced by vulnerable consumers</li> <li>Find out details of how to apply for the Innovating for Ageing Awards</li> <li>Identify opportunities for new products and services</li> <li>Gain visibility and profile for your solution and your organisation</li> <li>Demonstrate your expertise</li> </ul><p>We think there is a need for innovation to help us all better support consumers at risk of vulnerability due to, for example, physical disability, illness, dementia or financial exclusion. Innovating for Ageing provides a platform to do this.</p> <p>The Innovating for Ageing project began by asking a wide range of organisations what problems the vulnerable people they work with encounter when accessing goods and services. Our Advisory Board and expert Judging Panel will identify the most significant problems and present these at our workshop, to be held at London Campus, a Google Space.</p> <p>The workshop will feature experts in a range of vulnerabilities who will describe the problems that need to be solved. We are inviting you, as an innovator, to pose your questions and hear first-hand from these experts how you can apply your knowledge and expertise to design solutions to meet the challenges they have identified.</p> <p>The Innovating for Ageing innovation sprint will provide a launchpad for the creation of cutting-edge ideas and solutions to help improve the lives of vulnerable consumers. We want you to be a part of it.</p> <p>After the workshop you will have the summer to submit your ideas for products and services and our expert Judging Panel will narrow entries down to our finalists. By participating you will also have the opportunity to compete in the Innovating for Ageing Awards. The Awards will recognise the best-of-class solutions to each of the problems identified, with solutions to be showcased at a high-profile awards ceremony to be held in central London this Autumn with prizes to be announced.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;ve got any questions about Innovating for Ageing please call us on 020 7340 0440 or drop us an email at<u><a href=""></a></u>. Details are also available on the website at&nbsp;<u><a href=""></a></u>.</p> <p>We look forward to working with you and hope you can join us on Tuesday 19th&nbsp;June.</p> <p>Yours sincerely,</p> <p>Stephen Lowe,&nbsp;<em>Group Communications Director, Just</em></p> <p>David Sinclair,&nbsp;<em>Director, ILC-UK&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</em></p>