techUK Insights RSS Feed - techUK RSS feed for insights content. en Copyright (C) 2015 Ada Lovelace Institute seeks Board Members – appointment brief Mon, 22 Oct 2018 10:13:57 +0100 CRM Sync The Institute is now seeking Board Members, who can contribute actively and at a strategic level to its establishment. <p>The Ada Lovelace Institute is a new research and deliberative body, funded and incubated by the Nuffield Foundation. With &pound;5 million secured for its first five years (up to 2023), and a mission to ensure that data and artificial intelligence (AI) work for people and society, the Institute is already taking a lead on the interaction between data, ethics, and artificial intelligence in the UK and is beginning to represent this internationally. The Institute has been created through a Nuffield Foundation partnership, working closely with the Alan Turing Institute, the Royal Society, the British Academy, the Royal Statistical Society, the Wellcome Trust, the Omidyar Network&rsquo;s Governance and Citizen Engagement Initiative, techUK and the Nuffield Council on Bioethics.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The Nuffield Foundation is an independent charitable trust, established in 1943 by Lord Nuffield, founder of Morris Motors. The Foundation funds research, analysis, and student programmes that advance educational opportunity and social well-being across the United Kingdom. It has long been at the forefront of addressing the ethical questions raised by scientific advancements. In 1991, it established the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, which has been influential in establishing ethical frameworks for policy and regulation relating to innovations in biology and medicine.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Institute is now seeking Board Members, who can contribute actively and at a strategic level to its establishment. The first Board will have the important and influential role to shape the formation of the new Institute, working with an unparalleled range of partners. Candidates will have the desire to achieve developments of data, AI or technology for social good, and to work collaboratively on effective approaches to achieve this.<br> &nbsp;&nbsp;<br> Joining the Institute in its very early stages, the Board will play a crucial part in advising the Institute&rsquo;s first developments and building the capacity of its network. The Board will contribute diverse and specific areas of expertise, will draw together different types of perspectives to grapple with ethical and social questions with a view to ensuring their impact across a range of sectors. Board members will articulate questions for urgent or more focused enquiry, will inform and approve work plans, and will support approaches to delivering projects and working groups, in addition to guiding organisational strategy.&nbsp;</p> <p>An Executive Chair has been appointed to the Ada Lovelace Institute &ndash; Sir Alan Wilson &ndash; who will work with the Board and with the Institute&rsquo;s Executive team throughout its initial 18 month development phase.</p> <p>For more information see appointment brief attached.</p> The UK-India Healthcare AI Catalyst (HAIC) competition Mon, 22 Oct 2018 08:10:39 +0100 CRM Sync Opportunity from HealthcareUK for UK Artificial Intelligence organisations interested in India <p>This exciting new programme offers unprecedented opportunity for UK Artificial Intelligence (AI) organisations to access one of the world&rsquo;s largest healthcare markets, India. Companies receive grant funding as part of the programme along with business support to implement their solutions. &nbsp;</p> <p>We are looking for the best AI healthcare solutions that the UK has to offer. The programme is working with the Department for International Trade in India and the Government of India&rsquo;s think tank, NITI Aayog, as part of the AI tech collaboration. The Government of India also published #AIforAll, India&rsquo;s first national AI strategy.</p> <p>There is huge potential for growth for UK companies expanding into India. This programme supports each company from proposals through to implementation.&nbsp;</p> <p>This competition will provide a part-funded route for selected AI organisations to run pilots in India under the UK-India Tech Partnership, with a view to scaling up in the market following successful pilots. The funding will be provided through grants awarded by the Department for International Trade to the successful organisations.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Phase 1</strong> - grant funding For 3-5 UK AI companies of between &pound;25,000- &pound;80,000. &nbsp;Set-up, implement and run a short (6-9 months) pilot to test the feasibility of UK AI technologies operating successfully in Indian healthcare providers.</p> <p>Project Costs Each grant offered is a proportion of overall project costs, depending on the size of organisation up to a maximum of &pound;80,000:&nbsp;</p> <ul><li>up to 70% costs - small business (&lt;&pound;10m) &bull; up to 50% - medium-sized business &nbsp; &nbsp;(&pound;10m-&pound;50m) &bull; up to 25% - large business (&gt;&pound;50)</li> </ul><p><strong>We are looking for companies to apply who can:</strong></p> <ul><li>Support India&rsquo;s national healthcare programme with solutions that could significantly enhance the quality of care delivered</li> </ul><p>Can your healthcare AI solution make a significant difference to the delivery of accessible, affordable and high-quality healthcare in India?</p> <p>Apply today - <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Please review - The Competition Brief</p> <p>For further details please email: <a href=""></a></p> Research expedition begins to investigate deep-sea mineral deposits Thu, 18 Oct 2018 16:25:17 +0100 CRM Sync Guest blog by the National Oceanogaphy Centre as part of #techUKgreenweek <p>This week the Royal Research Ship (RRS) <em>Discovery </em>will be sailing to the Rio Grande Rise in the South Atlantic, 1400 km east of Brazil, to investigate cobalt-rich mineral deposits of interest to potential deep-sea mining.</p> <p>This expedition will use robotic vehicles, moored scientific instruments, and novel sampling methods to study the environment that deep-sea mineral deposits form in. Of special interest are crusts of iron and manganese that are rich in cobalt and other metals, and how their geological evolution, over tens of millions of years, affected the formation of these mineral deposits. The team includes biologists that are studying the vulnerability of deep-sea fauna to disturbances that would arise if the sites were mined.</p> <p>The Autosub6000 robot sub will be launched from RRS <em>Discovery</em> to map the Rio Grande Rise in extraordinary detail. Using high-frequency sound waves, the seafloor can be mapped with a resolution high enough to see rocks and boulders a few tens of centimetres across.&nbsp; The sub will also create black and white images of the seafloor showing where the mineral deposits are located.&nbsp; Once the team have mapped the area, high definition video cameras on the robotic underwater vehicle <em>HyBIS</em> will be used to enable scientists on board to explore and photograph features on the seafloor, including a huge rift over 1000m deep, mysterious sinkholes and the ancient remains of beaches long since drowned.</p> <p>Formed 72 million years ago and submerged 22 million years ago beneath 3000 metres of ocean, the relatively shallow Rio Grande Rise is a lost land of dinosaurs, ravines and plateaus the size of Wales. It is of interest for seafloor mineral deposits rich in iron, manganese and other metals important to modern society. Two of these in particular are critical to any future effort to reduce our dependence on hydrocarbons: cobalt and tellurium. Cobalt is essential in rechargeable batteries that are needed if we are to move to electric vehicles. Tellurium is essential for high-efficiency solar-electric power generation. Although our work is focused on the potential of deep-sea mineral deposits and possible mining, the results could help reduce our dependence on environmentally damaging carbon-based energy.</p> <p>This expedition is part of the <a href="">Marine E-tech project</a>, which is an international collaboration between the NOC, British Geological Survey (BGS), University of Edinburgh and University of Sao Paulo, and is jointly funded by the governments of the UK and the State of Sao Paulo, Brazil.</p> <p><em>Join the discussion on #techUKgreenweek and&nbsp;</em>#GreenGB<em>. To see more blogs like this, please visit the website&nbsp;<a href="">here</a>.</em></p> Research expedition begins to investigate deep-sea mineral deposits Thu, 18 Oct 2018 16:25:17 +0100 CRM Sync Guest blog by the National Oceanogaphy Centre as part of #techUKgreenweek <p>This week the Royal Research Ship (RRS) <em>Discovery </em>will be sailing to the Rio Grande Rise in the South Atlantic, 1400 km east of Brazil, to investigate cobalt-rich mineral deposits of interest to potential deep-sea mining.</p> <p>This expedition will use robotic vehicles, moored scientific instruments, and novel sampling methods to study the environment that deep-sea mineral deposits form in. Of special interest are crusts of iron and manganese that are rich in cobalt and other metals, and how their geological evolution, over tens of millions of years, affected the formation of these mineral deposits. The team includes biologists that are studying the vulnerability of deep-sea fauna to disturbances that would arise if the sites were mined.</p> <p>The Autosub6000 robot sub will be launched from RRS <em>Discovery</em> to map the Rio Grande Rise in extraordinary detail. Using high-frequency sound waves, the seafloor can be mapped with a resolution high enough to see rocks and boulders a few tens of centimetres across.&nbsp; The sub will also create black and white images of the seafloor showing where the mineral deposits are located.&nbsp; Once the team have mapped the area, high definition video cameras on the robotic underwater vehicle <em>HyBIS</em> will be used to enable scientists on board to explore and photograph features on the seafloor, including a huge rift over 1000m deep, mysterious sinkholes and the ancient remains of beaches long since drowned.</p> <p>Formed 72 million years ago and submerged 22 million years ago beneath 3000 metres of ocean, the relatively shallow Rio Grande Rise is a lost land of dinosaurs, ravines and plateaus the size of Wales. It is of interest for seafloor mineral deposits rich in iron, manganese and other metals important to modern society. Two of these in particular are critical to any future effort to reduce our dependence on hydrocarbons: cobalt and tellurium. Cobalt is essential in rechargeable batteries that are needed if we are to move to electric vehicles. Tellurium is essential for high-efficiency solar-electric power generation. Although our work is focused on the potential of deep-sea mineral deposits and possible mining, the results could help reduce our dependence on environmentally damaging carbon-based energy.</p> <p>This expedition is part of the <a href="">Marine E-tech project</a>, which is an international collaboration between the NOC, British Geological Survey (BGS), University of Edinburgh and University of Sao Paulo, and is jointly funded by the governments of the UK and the State of Sao Paulo, Brazil.</p> <p><em>Join the discussion on #techUKgreenweek and&nbsp;</em>#GreenGB<em>. To see more blogs like this, please visit the website&nbsp;<a href="">here</a>.</em></p> Data Centre Programme Overview Q3 2018 Thu, 18 Oct 2018 08:30:00 +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> 'Secure by Design’, a necessary ‘step in the right direction' Wed, 17 Oct 2018 14:55:15 +0100 CRM Sync The (IPCC) recently released a report on global warming, and it does not make for comfortable reading, it clearly indicates that keeping the rise in global temperatures below 1.5 degrees should no longer be considered an ambition. <p>If you have kids, it&rsquo;s likely that at some point you&rsquo;ll have found yourself on a wet Sunday afternoon in November considering the Disney back catalogue looking for an antidote to young boredom. This is where I found myself a couple of years ago. Which is why, when I first read the secure by design, the thought that popped into my head was a line from Bed knobs and Broomsticks - &ldquo;it&rsquo;s a step in the right direction all the same&rdquo; - so when the time came to write this blog it had to be the way forward.</p> <p>And it is a step in the right direction, in the same way that the California Bill is a step in the right direction. We have some serious challenges to address over the next decade and connected technologies (IoT) can play a large part in the solutions, but only if its secure.</p> <p>The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recently released its report on global warming, and it does not make for comfortable reading, it clearly indicates that keeping the rise in global temperatures below 1.5 degrees should no longer be considered an ambition but rather a necessity. The report highlights why we need to rapidly move away from traditional fuels to cleaner renewable forms of Energy.</p> <p>This all means a greater reliance on clean energy (not to mention we will need more energy to deal with the increased use of electric vehicles) and make our existing infrastructure more energy efficient. And this is where technology will play its part. This is where the IoT steps up.</p> <p>But the IoT, the Great Enabler, is lacking in a few fundamentals which means it&rsquo;s not quite up to it right now. Its missing some of the key characteristics that it needs to succeed. Because the IoT is a free for all, anything goes sort of enabler, we need to shape it up before it steps up.</p> <p>[When a baby spider tries to trap a fly. Often times the silken thread will come awry. Though a tangled web is all that he can claim. It's a step in the right direction all the same!]</p> <p>And that&rsquo;s what Secure by Design is, a step in the right direction, no more, no less.</p> <p>I understand it has its critics, I understand that it probably doesn&rsquo;t go far enough and as a voluntary scheme doesn&rsquo;t have any teeth, but it does provide an outline of expectations and a statement of intent to the IoT (a shot across the bow?). So, for me, as the world becomes more and more connected, and those connected things start talking to other connected things and so on and so on, a more secure IoT sounds like &ldquo;it&rsquo;s a step in the right direction all the same.&rdquo;</p> <p><em><strong>This blog was authored by Sean Gulliford, Principal Consultant, <a href="">Gemserv</a></strong></em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Defence and Security Accelerator releases Annual Report 2018 Wed, 17 Oct 2018 14:46:29 +0100 CRM Sync DASA has released its 2018 annual report. <p>This week the Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) has<span style="color:rgb(31, 73, 125)"> </span>released<span style="color:rgb(31, 73, 125)"> </span>its 2018 annual report. The report details the work undertaken to date, which has seen &pound;16.8million invested in 127 proposals across 13 themed compeitions for Government customers including the MOD, Home Office and the Department for Transport. It also sets out its future plans to accelerate innovation in the Defence and Security<span style="color:rgb(31, 73, 125)"> </span>sectors,<span style="color:rgb(31, 73, 125)"> </span>in order to fulfil its mission statement of keeping the UK safe and prosperous.</p> <p>Key successes over the past year detailed in the report include:</p> <ul><li>Reaching out to find new innovations and opportunities &ndash; including expansion of DASA&rsquo;s innovation partner team and engagement with over 60 academic institutions;</li> <li>Support for the private sector and academia &ndash; launching the open call for innovation which has funded 28 projects to date and developing sector specific competitions where a need for specific technologies exist;</li> <li>Exploiting innovations in partnership with stakeholders &ndash; ensuring that challenges have direct impacts in terms of developing capabilities and that DASA understands the needs of the end customers;</li> <li>Transparency and visibility &ndash; ensuring DASA is accessible to<span style="color:rgb(31, 73, 125)"> </span>all industrial sectors from both industry and academia; and</li> <li>Evolving the DASA team &ndash; growing the organisation and learning lessons from the first stage of DASA&rsquo;s existence.</li> </ul><p>Despite this strong record of success and the strong links DASA has formed with industry and academia its clear that the next 12 months will see further development for the organisation. The report documents a number of initiatives it has in the pipeline for 2019 inlcuding:</p> <ul><li>Introducing an online innovation portal as a cloud based service to improve collaboration and access;</li> <li>Opening a publicly accessible hub in partnership with Imperial College London;</li> <li>Further develop partnerships with relevant bodies and reaching outside of the traditional suppliers and avenues for innovation, including into new sectors and geographies; and</li> <li>Continue to grow the DASA team and network.</li> </ul><p>techUK&rsquo;s<span style="color:rgb(31, 73, 125)"> </span>Head of Defence Programme Fred Sugden said:</p> <p><em>&ldquo;DASA has become the first port of call for non-traditional suppliers and SMEs to engage with the Defence and Security sectors. Where the Defence &amp; Security sectors once led the way in the development and introduction of new technologies, our sectors must now look to take advantage of the disruptive technologies developed in the private sector. Organisations like DASA, which actively seek out and exploit applicable technologies from other industries, are vital in ensuring the Defence &amp; Security sectors maintain a competitive edge and embrace impacts of the burgeoning digital revolution&rdquo;</em></p> <p>To read the full report please <a href="">click here</a>.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> Fast Facts on UK data centres Wed, 17 Oct 2018 14:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync Emma Fryer recently spoke at a parliamentary round table. Here she shares her notes. <p>Early in 2018 techUK contributed to a report by Policy Connect in conjunction with the All Party Parliamentary Climate Change Group, on the energy impact of the internet.&nbsp; We were subsequently invited to engage in follow up work on the energy impact of data centres and data analytics.&nbsp; This took the form of a Policy Connect Round Table in Portcullis House on 12th September where we were invited to speak.&nbsp; It was co-chaired by Antoinette Sandbach MP and Daniel Zeichner MP, who respectively chair All Party Parliamentary Groups on Climate Change and on Data Analytics.&nbsp; It was a productive discussion.&nbsp; We subsequently made our preparatory notes available to the organiser and are also sharing them below. They include some useful stats on the industry and brief perspectives on some of the issues that were tabled, however they are only informal notes to act as an aide memoire, not a published position. &nbsp;&nbsp;Ahead of the meeting an article appeared in the <a href="">House Magazine</a> and we expect follow up activity particularly on the need for education on the hidden carbon impacts of digital technology (essentially the fact that there is often no signal to the user of the energy consumption associated with their online activity).&nbsp;</p> <p>For the initial report&nbsp;see: <a href=""></a></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Introducing new techUK members Wed, 17 Oct 2018 10:35:00 +0100 CRM Sync Please welcome our latest members <p>techUK represents the companies and technologies that are defining today the world that we will live in tomorrow.&nbsp;More than 900 companies are members of techUK. Collectively they employ more than 800,000 people, about half of all tech sector jobs in the UK.&nbsp;These companies range from leading FTSE 100 companies to new innovative start-ups.</p> <p>We would like to welcome&nbsp;the following new members to techUK.&nbsp;</p> <hr><p>&nbsp;</p> <table border="1" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" style="width:600px"><tbody><tr><td><a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="//" style="float:left; height:129px; margin:5px; width:250px"></a>Aircharge is the world&rsquo;s largest deployer of wireless charging in public venues. Our vision is to create a global cross-industry ecosystem of publicly available wireless charging points, allowing users to keep their mobile devices fully charged anytime, anywhere. To date we provide access to more than 5,000 wireless charging locations and register over 2,000,000 monthly interactions globally. Brands deploying Aircharge include McDonald&rsquo;s, Starbucks, Costa Coffee, Vapiano, EE, Vodafone, Premier Inn, IBIS, Novotel, The Peninsula, Virgin, Eurostar, Emirates, Tottenham Hotspurs FC and many more. Through the use of our intelligent wireless charging technology and IoT integration, we help our partners differentiate their service and increase their footfall and revenue per customer. By providing access to advanced services, useful insights and customer data, we support the creation of new digital engagement opportunities and a deeper, more personalised customer experience.</td> </tr><tr><td>&nbsp;</td> </tr><tr><td> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="//" style="float:left; height:250px; margin:5px; width:250px"></a>Atlas City&rsquo;s mission is to realise the potential of blockchain through lean, scalable innovation.&nbsp;We&rsquo;ve built our technology on the principles of openness and transparency. Our ledger is inherently GDPR compliant, empowering the right to be forgotten.&nbsp;Our architecture enables smart contracts to be written in well-known languages, allowing any developer to code applications. This opens the doors to wider adoption across industries, allowing more complex business logic to be run on a distributed ledger.&nbsp;The future&rsquo;s here, and we&rsquo;re enabling it.</p> </td> </tr><tr><td>&nbsp;</td> </tr><tr><td><a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="//" style="float:left; height:225px; margin:5px; width:250px"></a>BAI Communications designs, builds and operates communications infrastructure &ndash; cellular, Wi-Fi, broadcast, radio and IP networks &ndash; connecting communities around the world.&nbsp;In New York and Toronto, we enable more than 7 million daily subway commuters through our cellular and Wi-Fi networks.&nbsp;In Hong Kong, MTR commuters stay connected thanks to our expertise in designing and delivering high-quality networks in confined and complex transport systems. In Australia, we own and operate one of the most extensive transmission networks in the world, delivering 59 million broadcasting hours to 99% of the population.&nbsp;In the UK, with our global network of experts paired with local in-depth knowledge, we are working with industry leaders to explore the role of technology in the transport system of the future.</td> </tr><tr><td>&nbsp;</td> </tr><tr><td><a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="//" style="float:left; height:42px; margin:5px; width:250px"></a>The Technology, Media &amp; Telecoms Team @ Barclays Corporate Banking focuses on providing banking support and guidance to all companies active in this sector. We are an experienced group of banking and finance professionals with a passion for being useful top our clients as they scale and grow. For more information or simply a conversation please call Sean Duffy on 07775 548118 or John Oliver on 07775540172.</td> </tr><tr><td>&nbsp;</td> </tr><tr><td><a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="//" style="float:left; height:132px; margin:5px; width:250px"></a>Box (NYSE:BOX) is the Cloud Content Management&nbsp;company that empowers enterprises to revolutionise how they work by securely connecting their&nbsp;people, information and applications. Founded in 2005, Box powers more than 85,000 businesses globally, including AstraZeneca, General Electric, P&amp;G&nbsp;and The Met Police. Box is headquartered in Redwood City, CA, with offices across the United States, Europe and Asia. To learn more about Box visit <a href=""></a>.</td> </tr><tr><td>&nbsp;</td> </tr><tr><td> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="//" style="float:left; height:47px; margin:5px; width:250px"></a>Centrality is a venture studio that is partnering with businesses, entrepreneurs and developers to create a marketplace of decentralised applications. These applications allow consumers to manage everyday tasks and experiences using peer-to-peer transactions &ndash; all via one login and using blockchain-enabled infrastructure.&nbsp;We&rsquo;re one of the leading, blockchain venture studios in the world, with a growing team of 100 people across Auckland, London, Melbourne and Singapore. We&rsquo;re backed by a global investor network who understand our vision &ndash; to help the world transition to a blockchain-enabled future.</p> </td> </tr><tr><td>&nbsp;</td> </tr><tr><td><a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="//" style="float:left; height:70px; margin:5px; width:250px"></a>CounterCraft empowers organizations to strengthen their security posture more efficiently than ever before. The CounterCraft Cyber Deception Platform delivers personalized, actionable threat intelligence to facilitate early threat detection, accelerate incident response and significantly reduce security spend.&nbsp;Our award-winning solution combines powerful deception campaign automation that entices attackers into controlled synthetic environments. The results provide detailed insights into lateral movements and enable platform users to understand their adversaries&rsquo; motivations and mindset - the intelligence you need for protection and costly breaches.&nbsp;CounterCraft operates in more than 20 Fortune500 Index companies globally, including financial institutions, governments, and Law Enforcement Agencies.</td> </tr><tr><td>&nbsp;</td> </tr><tr><td><a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="//" style="float:left; height:37px; margin:5px; width:250px"></a>Datameer is changing the way companies do business by enabling them to get value and insights from their data at the speed of thought to make better, trustworthy decisions. Leading global organizations, including Citibank, American Airlines, Comcast, National Instruments, Openreach and Vodafone, use our secure and scalable enterprise-grade platform to streamline and simplify data preparation, integration, exploration and access so subject matter experts can leverage trusted data to cultivate innovation, creativity and efficiency for competitive advantage. Learn more at <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</td> </tr><tr><td>&nbsp;</td> </tr><tr><td> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="//" style="float:left; height:62px; margin:5px; width:250px"></a>Founded in Florence Italy in 1982, Dedalus Healthcare Systems Group is a long-established clinically focused software company and the leading provider of healthcare IT in Europe. We are Italy&rsquo;s largest healthcare/software company by revenue and also market share.&nbsp;The Dedalus group are active in 25 countries over 4 continents, including Europe, USA, South America, Middle East and China with over 30 Offices internationally.&nbsp;Dedalus offers a wide range of healthcare IT solutions, with over 200 implementations globally. Rapidly growing as a software solutions provider, we have generated revenues of &euro;165m and EBITDA of &euro;45m. We represent financial stability and progression.&nbsp;With heavy reinvestment in R&amp;D, the company invests tens of millions of Euros every year in future solution developments. Helping to progress medicine by the technological innovations developments to support such advancement, is our prime focus and driving passion.</p> </td> </tr><tr><td>&nbsp;</td> </tr><tr><td><a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="//" style="float:left; height:51px; margin:5px; width:250px"></a>DET provides reliable cloud computing and innovative business network solutions for growing business demands. Founded in 2008, the company was carefully built to serve hundreds of thousands of customers, ensuring highest levels of performance and reliability in multiple locations around the world.&nbsp;Building trust and creating successful environment in digital world, company provides scalable solutions for enterprise needs. DET creates value through developing network stability, solid server reliability and excellent customer care, while utilizing company's in-house developed powerful API. Lift your business to a higher level by trusting DET state-of-the-art services.</td> </tr><tr><td>&nbsp;</td> </tr><tr><td><a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="//" style="float:left; height:44px; margin:5px; width:250px"></a>Middleware software facilitating integration between electronic healthcare records and new digital health tools. Health ecosystems now extend far beyond hospitals and doctors&rsquo; surgeries. Digital apps, telehealth devices, voluntary/private/public organisations are all involved in keeping us well. Currently, little data is shared between systems. Not only does Dovetail enable interoperability, it ensures compliance with GDPR and improves patient outcomes.&nbsp;Explicit patient consent to share is logged on a distributed ledger together with user authentication, data access and transfer records. Giving patients greater control of data empowers them and reduces clinician risk. The audit layer provides vendors, clinicians and patients with assurance.</td> </tr><tr><td>&nbsp;</td> </tr><tr><td><a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="//" style="float:left; height:51px; margin:5px; width:250px"></a>Introhive is a CRM automation, data enrichment and relationship intelligence software that is driving digital and cultural business transformation. The solution&rsquo;s patented relationship intelligence platform is helping organisations surface, enrich, automate and sync information from email and disparate systems into any CRM. Introhive analyses internal contacts, making it easy to identify &ldquo;who knows who&rdquo; across the business. As well as, improving CRM user adoption, Introhive also produces&nbsp;data intelligence and relationship capital that is clean, complete and accurate. The results will see an acceleration in sales, marketing and business development activity within the organisation.</td> </tr><tr><td>&nbsp;</td> </tr><tr><td><a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="//" style="float:left; height:22px; margin:5px; width:250px"></a>Jazz Networks is a cybersecurity company that protects organizations from data loss by simplifying the complexities of unpredictable human behavior. Using a practical approach, organizations gain clear visibility into all actions made by employees and servers. We combine machine learning with human interactions, so security professionals get real-time, actionable data and can focus on high-impact events. Founded in 2016 to solve the emerging security threats, today Jazz Networks has more than 80 employees with offices in Oslo, London and New York.</td> </tr><tr><td>&nbsp;</td> </tr><tr><td><a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="//" style="float:left; height:250px; margin:5px; width:250px"></a>King is a leading interactive entertainment company for the mobile world, with people all around the world playing one or more of our games.&nbsp;Over 270 million people play our games every month (Q2 2018 figures), across mobile, web and social platforms. Our franchises include Candy Crush, Farm Heroes, Pet Rescue and Bubble Witch.&nbsp;Our mission is to create moments of magic in everyday life. Our engineering and design teams have built a world-class technology platform that lets millions play anywhere, anytime, from any device, and provides social interactions between our players to help each other progress through games.</td> </tr><tr><td>&nbsp;</td> </tr><tr><td><a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="//" style="float:left; height:52px; margin:5px; width:250px"></a>Lexmark creates innovative imaging solutions and technologies that help customers in more than 170 countries worldwide print, secure and manage information with ease, efficiency and unmatched value. Lexmark combines our innovative technology with deep industry expertise to simplify the complex intersection of digital and printed information in retail, financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, education, government and more. These solutions transform your business processes to strengthen interactions with customers and improve your bottom line. A recognized industry leader in print hardware, services, and related industry solutions, Lexmark is also lauded for our global corporate citizenship and commitment to sustainability.</td> </tr><tr><td>&nbsp;</td> </tr><tr><td> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="//" style="float:left; height:123px; margin:5px; width:250px"></a>Your trusted utility management solutions provider.&nbsp;Methodia is a leading Business-as-a-Service (BaaS) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) provider, offering customized business solutions for efficient energy and utility management. We are focused on developing comprehensive end-to-end utility management software and digital products for energy retailers and utilities. Our team has gained extensive experience in optimizing and automating any type of business processes, providing a wide range of home-grown IT and consulting services for utility industry players. We enhance our clients&rsquo; operational capabilities and processes with efficient business solutions to support their expansion in utility, telecom and other household services verticals.</p> </td> </tr><tr><td>&nbsp;</td> </tr><tr><td><a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="//" style="float:left; height:53px; margin:5px; width:250px"></a>Nexus is an innovative open-source blockchain technology, designed to improve the world through advanced peer-to-peer networks and digital currency. Nexus focuses on solving the current challenges of speed and scalability in the blockchain industry, whilst also providing world-class quantum resistance through its many innovations. Enabled by its partnership with Vector Space Systems, the future of Nexus will also combine blockchain technology with ground-based MESH networks and satellites to facilitate the formation of a decentralised internet. Nexus shall enable people to take control of their personal and financial freedoms, empowering humanity in the process.&nbsp; For more information and to see how you can help build the future, visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</td> </tr><tr><td>&nbsp;</td> </tr><tr><td><a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="//" style="float:left; height:197px; margin:5px; width:250px"></a>Philip Morris Limited is the UK and Ireland affiliate of Philip Morris International. The company is one of the leading suppliers of electronic nicotine delivery systems including IQOS heated tobacco and vaping device IQOS MESH.&nbsp;Philip Morris has made a commitment to develop, market, and sell smoke-free alternatives, and encourage adult smokers to switch to these alternatives, as quickly as possible.&nbsp;The company has invested more than &pound;3billion in science and innovation to deliver a smoke-free future and is one of the top patent filers in Europe.&nbsp;</td> </tr><tr><td>&nbsp;</td> </tr><tr><td><a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="//" style="float:left; height:165px; margin:5px; width:250px"></a>Sovereign is a digital risk intelligence and investigations consultancy that turns risk into opportunity for our customers. We help them to frame the right questions and know where to look to provide deeper AI driven answers for enterprise risk. We explain the relative intensity of hidden specific risks by analysing big data from the whole internet. Our Silicon Valley-born machine learning opens up new methods to elucidate unstructured text, making it truly actionable. We provide reports via API or a managed service.</td> </tr><tr><td>&nbsp;</td> </tr><tr><td><a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="//" style="float:left; height:66px; margin:5px; width:250px"></a>StarLink, founded in 2005 is acclaimed as the fastest growing "True" Value-added Distributor across the Middle East, Turkey and Africa with a new European HQ in the UK and offices opening up in Germany, Netherlands and France. Using its proven Security Framework, StarLink is a "Trusted Security Advisor" to over 2200 enterprise and government customers around the globe. StarLink develops relationships which give it&rsquo;s customers access to a wide variety of expertise and resources which help them map out their security journey. Bringing together, not just the best of technologies but the best expertise from vendors and channel partners to deliver a tailored, customer specific roadmap. Combining expertise covering Data Centre and Cloud, Governance, Risk analytics, threat protection, secure mobility and incident response, we help our customers make the best long terms decisions for their individual organisations.</td> </tr><tr><td>&nbsp;</td> </tr><tr><td><a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="//" style="float:left; height:36px; margin:5px; width:250px"></a>Based in Manchester UK, TeleData has been providing specialist hosting solutions including colocation, cloud, IaaS &amp; dedicated servers from its enterprise carrier neutral data centres for over a decade.</td> </tr><tr><td>&nbsp;</td> </tr><tr><td><a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="//" style="float:left; height:80px; margin:5px; width:250px"></a>TTRO is an organization of passionate and talented individuals who design and develop innovative learning solutions to upskill and empower people for the now and for the future. We believe in driving change through next generation learning by combining immersive technologies and learning methodologies to deliver relevant competencies that add value to your organization and your people.&nbsp;We are the digital education revolution. We are the class rebel. We are The Training Room Online.</td> </tr><tr><td>&nbsp;</td> </tr><tr><td><a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="//" style="float:left; height:89px; margin:5px; width:250px"></a>Tufin&reg; is the leader in Network Security Policy Orchestration for enterprise cybersecurity. More than half of the top 50 companies in the Forbes Global 2000 turn to Tufin to simplify management of some of the largest, most complex networks in the world, consisting of thousands of firewall and network devices and emerging hybrid cloud infrastructures. Enterprises select the company&rsquo;s award-winning Tufin Orchestration Suite&trade; to increase agility in the face of ever-changing business demands while maintaining a robust security posture. The Suite reduces the attack surface and meets the need for greater visibility into secure and reliable application connectivity. Its network security automation enables enterprises to implement changes in minutes with proactive risk analysis and continuous policy compliance. Tufin serves over 2,000 customers spanning all industries and geographies; its products and technologies are patent-protected in the U.S. and other countries. Find out more at <a href="" target="_blank"></a>, follow Tufin on Twitter at <a href="" target="_blank">@TufinTech</a> and read more on Tufin&rsquo;s blog, <a href="" target="_blank">Suite Talk</a>.</td> </tr><tr><td>&nbsp;</td> </tr></tbody></table><p>&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> World DAB Launches New DAB+ Logo Wed, 17 Oct 2018 08:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync WorldDAB, the association which promotes DAB digital radio around the world, has announced the roll-out of a new DAB+ logo for international markets. <p>Free to industry stakeholders for use in promoting DAB+ to listeners, the new logo will for the first time ensure consistent marketing of DAB+ internationally. Available via the WorldDAB website, the logo will improve consumer recognition of DAB+ across borders. The logo replaces the black and white DAB logo, which had been in use for more than a decade.<br><br> Germany, France, The Netherlands, Belgium and Austria are the first countries to use the logo in marketing and point of sale material, with others set to follow later this year. It is already being used by home and in-car receiver manufacturers, public and commercial broadcasters and automotive OEMs.<br><br> The new logo will help improve consumer awareness of DAB+ and provides clarity to manufacturers, who can benefit from the growing adoption of DAB+ in Europe and beyond. It is available in full colour, black and white and inverted white.<br><br>The toolkit includes design elements and strategies for on-air radio spots, online distribution, social media, point of sale material and consumer advertising. It can be fully aligned to the needs of each market, including the tagline which varies by country. Countries have the option to use &ldquo;more radio&rdquo; or to develop a country specific message. The logo works hand-in-hand with the Digital Tick Mark and other technical logos.<br><br> Jacqueline Bierhorst, Vice-President, WorldDAB said: &ldquo;The new DAB+ branding has been incredibly well received and WorldDAB can offer the logo and toolkit to ensure DAB+ has a consistent look and feel across the world. For new markets, the toolkit will help with the launch of DAB+ marketing and, for existing established DAB+ markets, the logo is available to those who want to use it. WorldDAB&rsquo;s recommendation is that the new international logo is adopted by as many markets as possible and that it should replace the previous black and white logo.&rdquo;<br><br> The new logo and toolkit can be downloaded via the link below.&nbsp;</p> <p>Free to industry stakeholders for use in promoting DAB+ to listeners, the new logo will for the first time ensure consistent marketing of DAB+ internationally. Available via the WorldDAB website, the logo will improve consumer recognition of DAB+ across borders. The logo replaces the black and white DAB logo, which had been in use for more than a decade.<br><br> Germany, France, The Netherlands, Belgium and Austria are the first countries to use the logo in marketing and point of sale material, with others set to follow later this year. It is already being used by home and in-car receiver manufacturers, public and commercial broadcasters and automotive OEMs.<br><br> The new logo will help improve consumer awareness of DAB+ and provides clarity to manufacturers, who can benefit from the growing adoption of DAB+ in Europe and beyond. It is available in full colour, black and white and inverted white.&nbsp;The logo and corporate design was originally developed by ARD in Germany and is now available to all DAB stakeholders.<br><br> The new design embodies the modern, digital way of listening to radio. Based on a universally recognised radio receiver, the logo is supported by modern fonts and a dynamic colour palette to ensure a consistent brand across all communication channels.<br><br> The toolkit includes design elements and strategies for on-air radio spots, online distribution, social media, point of sale material and consumer advertising. It can be fully aligned to the needs of each market, including the tagline which varies by country. Countries have the option to use &ldquo;more radio&rdquo; or to develop a country specific message. The logo works hand-in-hand with the Digital Tick Mark and other technical logos.<br><br> Jacqueline Bierhorst, Vice-President, WorldDAB said: &ldquo;The new DAB+ branding has been incredibly well received and WorldDAB can offer the logo and toolkit to ensure DAB+ has a consistent look and feel across the world. For new markets, the toolkit will help with the launch of DAB+ marketing and, for existing established DAB+ markets, the logo is available to those who want to use it. WorldDAB&rsquo;s recommendation is that the new international logo is adopted by as many markets as possible and that it should replace the previous black and white logo.&rdquo;<br><br> The new logo and toolkit can be downloaded via the link below (after accepting the Terms and Conditions of use).</p> <p><a href=";utm_campaign=a468ef3a3a-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_07_31_04_37_COPY_01&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_term=0_170ba5ae0c-a468ef3a3a-" target="_blank">World DAB+ Logo</a>&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> NCSC releases Annual Review 2018 Tue, 16 Oct 2018 10:03:50 +0100 CRM Sync National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has released its second annual review. <p>Today the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has released its second annual review. It details the wide-ranging work of the NCSC throughout 2018 highlighting key achievements as well as the persistent cyber challenges facing the UK.</p> <p>The report sets out:</p> <ul><li>The latest overview of the threat landscape and insight into the 1000+ cyber-attacks the NCSC dealt with in 2018;</li> <li>The growing threat from nation-state actors, and work being undertaken with partner Governments against threats to CNI from Russian pre-positioning;</li> <li>Progress to date including some world-leading initiatives to rectify systemic security weaknesses;</li> <li>The roles of Government, business and citizens in meeting developing cyber threats;</li> <li>NCSC future plans and initiatives such as next steps for Active Cyber Defence, Cyber First and CyberUK (Glasgow).</li> </ul><p>As the report makes clear, there is still work to do in all areas. <strong>Rt Hon David Lidington CBE MP, Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster </strong>states in his foreword that:</p> <p><em>&ldquo;Key to our success will be how we take on longer-term strategic challenges, whether that is affecting behaviour change, developing the right skills set among UK professionals, or deepening our collaborative partnerships in the UK and internationally.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>Detailing how NCSC has sought to provide industry and the wider UK with the tools to combat hostile actors <strong>Ciaran Martin, CEO, NCSC</strong> said<em>: </em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;I remain in little doubt that we will be tested to the full, as a centre, and as a nation by a major incident&hellip;That&rsquo;s why earlier this year, along with the Government of the United States, the NCSC published evidence of Russian pre-positioning on some of our critical sectors, along with detailed technical guidance to business on how to get rid of it from networks.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>Responding to the report <strong>Talal Rajab, Head of Cyber and National Security, techUK</strong> said:</p> <p><em>In the two years since its conception the National Cyber Security Centre has established itself as a vital component of the UK&rsquo;s security apparatus. This report documents a vast body of work that has been undertaken including incident response, active cyber defence, skills and education, industry engagement and protecting CNI. The NCSC is a leader in all of these, working with partners across industry to deliver a world leading cyber capabilities in the UK. techUK has been delighted to support these initiatives and is looking forward to increased engagement with the NCSC over the next year. </em></p> <p>To access the full report please <a href="">click here</a>.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> Early Tech Career Network: an introduction to AI and Cloud Tue, 16 Oct 2018 10:00:07 +0100 CRM Sync Please join us for a networking and seminar event hosted by Intel Corporation through the The Early Tech Career Network. <p><img alt="" src="//" style="height:308px; width:700px"></p> <p><em>The Early Tech Career Network was established by techUK to bring together leading technology companies and enable people entering the Technology industry the opportunity to build their knowledge and add value to the organisations for which they work. This group enables participants to connect with others who are also new to the industry and network to build up a platform for support.</em></p> <p>Please join us for a networking and seminar event hosted by Intel Corporation.</p> <p><strong>Thursday 15th November 2018, 6:00pm &ndash; 8:00pm</strong></p> <p><strong>Intel Offices, 40 Bank Street, Canary Wharf, E14 5NR</strong></p> <p>This event is invitation only and spaces are available on a first come first served basis.</p> <p>To book your place, please <a href=""><strong>click here</strong></a> and for further information, please reach out to&nbsp;<a href=""></a>.</p> <p>This insightful event will open up network opportunities with employees from some of the top tech organisations, as well as allow delegates to explore the possibilities of technology and learn more about hot topics in the IT industry.</p> <p>We are excited to hear from Intel and SAP about some revolutionary tech topics:</p> <p>Introduction to the World of AI with Intel<br><em>Walter Riviera, AI Specialist for&nbsp;<strong>Intel</strong></em></p> <p>Discovering possibilities with Cloud Technology<br><em>Leila Romane, Head of Cloud at&nbsp;<strong>SAP</strong></em></p> <p>Following these discussions, Intel will provide a tour of their Innovation Zone to showcase some of their latest solutions. With a light buffet and drinks to round the evening off and open up opportunity for networking</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Smart Appliances | Consultation outcome Tue, 16 Oct 2018 09:58:00 +0100 CRM Sync The government intends to take powers to set regulatory requirements for smart appliances through primary or secondary legislation, subject to the outcome of negotiations on the UK’s future relationship with the EU. <p>techUK submitted a response to the&nbsp;<a href="">BEIS 'Proposals regarding smart appliance' consultation</a> on 8 June 2018.&nbsp;</p> <p>BEIS consulted&nbsp;to support the transition towards a smarter energy system through facilitating the adoption of consumer demand side response. The objective for setting standards (defined as principles, and associated functionalities which could be based technical standards) is to:</p> <ol><li>Provide certainty in the burgeoning smart appliance sector to support investment to develop smart appliances for the market, enabling electricity system benefits and consumer rewards;</li> <li>Ensure minimum standards of the function of smart appliances to protect consumers and the system; and</li> <li>Enable the UK to be at the forefront of an emerging sector.</li> </ol><p>BEIS proposes to take primary powers, subject to Parliamentary time and approval, to mandate these standards for certain smart appliances:</p> <ul><li>Those which are communications enabled and able to modulate their electricity consumption in response to signals; and</li> <li>Those which offer the greatest opportunity for DSR (as outlined above: cold and wet appliances, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and battery storage).</li> </ul><p><strong>The subsequent actions below are to be taken by the Government following this Consultation:</strong></p> <ol><li>The Government will make regulatory requirements for smart appliances.</li> <li>The industry is expected to develop technical standards for smart appliances, as necessary, and the Government will work with industry to this end.</li> <li>Any regulatory requirements are intended to be based on the principles of interoperability, data privacy, grid-stability and cyber-security, and consumer protection: <ul><li><strong>Interoperability</strong> to be included as one of them with an expectation of the three proposed functionalities to also be included;</li> <li><strong>Grid-stability and cyber-security</strong> will be included and expects to proceed with many elements of the proposed functionalities;</li> <li>The Government advocates for <a href=""><strong>Code of Practice for Consumer Internet of Things Security</strong></a> approach;</li> <li><strong>Data privacy</strong> and the functionality that data must be securely stored when on the device or with any controlling party;</li> <li>Cross-departmental action has been taken to produce consumer guidance on the <strong>re-use, recycling, and disposal</strong> of internet-connected smart devices, which includes smart appliances;</li> <li><strong>Consumer protection</strong> is intended to be included to address relevant consumer risks with appropriate functionalities;</li> <li>Work on consumer protection will be taken forward in a<strong> smart energy system</strong>, beyond regulation for smart appliances;</li> <li>The Government is investigating <strong>consumer safety</strong> for smart appliances;</li> <li><a href=""><strong>An Energy Data Taskforce with Ofgem has been established</strong></a>.</li> </ul></li> <li>Functionalities proposed will continue and will develop these further with stakeholders.</li> <li>Any regulatory requirements are intended to apply to cold appliances, wet appliances, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and battery storage.</li> <li>There is a consideration to the potential role of a labeling scheme for smart appliances in addition to regulatory requirements set out above.</li> </ol><p>The full consultation decision could be found <strong><a href="">here</a></strong>.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> MOD ISS: Voice of the customer online survey Mon, 15 Oct 2018 13:27:29 +0100 CRM Sync MOD ISS Customer Survey <p><strong><span style="color:rgb(73, 25, 102); font-size:12pt">Industry 'Voice of the Customer' on-line survey now open </span></strong><span style="color:black">As part of its renewed focus on customers, and in recognition of Industry as a significant customer, the Customer Services section of MOD Information Systems &amp; Services (ISS) invites Industry customers to participate in an Industry-focused online survey. Read the </span><a href=""><u>FAQs first</u></a><span style="color:black"> and then click to take this </span><a href=""><u>Industry Survey</u></a><span style="color:black"> that will take 10-15 minutes.&nbsp; Please share the link with appropriate colleagues.&nbsp;</span></p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> Could water meters address Challenges through innovation? Mon, 15 Oct 2018 11:07:32 +0100 CRM Sync Compulsory water meters by the end of 2019 and leakage reduction by 50% by 2040, rather than 2050. <p>2018&rsquo;s summer was one of the sunniest and hottest in recent times and has been classified as one of the top 5&nbsp;driest&nbsp;for&nbsp;England.&nbsp;</p> <p>Such weather has strengthened the aspirations for a more efficient and accurate water system in the UK. The <a href="">NIC has identified drought resilience</a> as an important measurement, pointing out that due to climate change the UK is facing serious challenges along the way and the urgent need for the industry to boost supply resilience and to ensure a long-term water supply. It has been predicted that &pound;40 billion will be the cost of relying on emergency options such as road and ship tankers over the next 30 years and &pound;21 billion, the corresponding cost of building resilience. There is an urgent need to boost infrastructure, work on predictive maintenance and more efficient data gathering, as well as reducing leakages and water usage<strong>. Currently, 20% of mains water is currently lost each day, which amounts to almost 3 billion litres per day.&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>The NIC has recommended that the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs should enable companies to implement compulsory metering beyond water stressed areas by the 2030s.</p> <p>Water metering currently is not mandatory, and consumers can choose to install a meter. In addition, some consumers may have more accurate billing which in small cases will increase their bills, but a decree in billing is also very possible given a household consumes less than predicted<a href="">. The average metered bill is lower than the average non-metered bill</a> &ndash; the economic regulator&nbsp;<strong><a href="" target="_blank">Ofwat</a></strong>&nbsp;publishes these rates each year.&nbsp;</p> <p>Water companies need to have the tools in hand to reduce water consumption and be able to see and monitor more accurately. Southern Water, which serves Kent and Sussex, has already made meters compulsory due to having shortages in supply. It resulted in 16.5% consumption cut.</p> <p>techUK is strongly in support of utilising technology to accurately predict usage and incentivise consumers to save water. We welcome the aspiration to amend regulations to allow all water companies to implement compulsory metering, using smart meters<a href="">, by the end of 2019 and water industry should collectively be aiming to reduce leakage by 50% by 2040, rather than 2050</a>.</p> <p>This has a direct impact of helping to marshal a precious resource as well as additional environmental benefits. More ambitious targets must be set, and leakages must be addressed, using more accurate data gathering technologies and maximising on the outcomes of it such as predictive maintenance. Innovation needs to be boosted and measurements such as smart meters should be considered to create a whole network intelligence system which will inform future intelligence and data utilisation for the creation of new services.</p> <p>Other recommendations from <a href="">the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee report on Regulation of the Water Industry</a>, include:</p> <ul><li>Ofwat should review how the complaints process within water companies could be streamlined. This could include a mechanism whereby water companies either automatically pay complainants a fixed sum or escalate complaints to <a href="">Cosumer Council for Water</a> if the complaint is not resolved by the company within 15 days.</li> <li>Review whether the Environment Agency has the necessary powers and resources to enforce a drastic reduction in sewage overflows into rivers.&nbsp;</li> </ul><p>The report closely examines the increasing supply through abstraction and water transfers; demand reduction, including metering; the performance of water competition in the sector, with a focus on the water retail market.</p> <div>&nbsp;</div>Contact: <a href=""></a> Engineering Support Transformation Mon, 15 Oct 2018 08:59:10 +0100 CRM Sync The Defence Authority for Technical & Quality Assurance (DATQA) has produced a Vision Paper for Engineering Support Transformation <p><strong>Engineering Support Transformation (EST)</strong></p> <p>There is a need to transform the way that engineering aspects of support are provided, in order to deliver Joint Force 2025. This will be conducted as part of the Defence Support Network Transformation DSN(T) programme.&nbsp;The Defence Authority for Technical &amp; Quality Assurance (DATQA) has&nbsp;produced a Vision Paper for Engineering Support Transformation, which&nbsp;sets out the linkage to DSN(T), a definition of Engineering Support, and identifies 4 key areas where transformation should lead to benefits.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Scope &amp; Definition of EST</strong></p> <p>Engineering Support is the activity that ensures performance and safety margins are known and managed by:</p> <ul><li>Ensuring the design of the equipment is influenced by the way it will be supported</li> <li>Managing the way the design evolves through life to ensure the original design intent is preserved</li> <li>Managing the material state of the equipment through maintenance, repair, replacement and control of components crucial to its performance</li> <li>Evaluating, testing or monitoring performance of components, equipment, systems or platforms</li> </ul><p><strong>Areas for Improvement</strong></p> <p>Design and Configuration Management - employ common open standards to capture platform information (&ldquo;as-designed&rdquo;, &ldquo;as-built&rdquo;, &ldquo;asmaintained&rdquo;) and structure the recorded information in a way that it can be easily accessed by the Technical Organisations and more widely across the DSN, including industry, where appropriate.</p> <p>Maintenance Optimisation - exploitation of better maintenance scheduling and management, utilising where appropriate dynamic health and material state monitoring, fault reporting, trend analysis, testing and diagnostics or prediction.</p> <p>Reset Technical Information Management - defining the rules and architecture for controlling, managing and transmitting technical information between support organisations (MOD and industry) and operational units.</p> <p>Integrated Tools and Training - identifying new ways of exploiting information technologies to enable enhanced means of providing support activities e.g. maintenance, training, spares identification and ordering.</p> <p><strong>Future EST Roadmap</strong></p> <p>Achieving the EST Vision will require Defence to change:</p> <ul><li>In the short term, things will need to be done better</li> <li>In the medium term, things will need to be done differently.</li> <li>In the longer term, Defence may need to do different things.</li> </ul><p>Joint Force 2025 IOC probably sits on the cusp between &ldquo;do things differently&rdquo; and &ldquo;do different things&rdquo;.&nbsp;</p> <p>As part of the work on EST, a &ldquo;Discovery&rdquo; phase of activity is underway.&nbsp;This involves working with industry and other stakeholders to develop a defined programme, including ownership and funding, to deliver the long-term objectives. To that end, <a href="" target="_blank">techUK members are invited to complete the questionnaire in this link</a>&nbsp;and to read the full EST Vision Paper which is attached to this insight.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Switzerland to Cease DVB-T Broadcasting in 2019 Mon, 15 Oct 2018 08:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync Switzerland will become one of the first EU countries to abandon DTT broadcasting opting instead for delivery technologies such as cable, internet and satellite. <p>Switzerland have stated that they will abandon digital terrestrial television broadcasts during 2019 to focus on, what they claim are, more widespread technologies such as cable, Internet and satellite.</p> <p>Since newer and more efficient broadcasting technologies have been introduced, the DVB-T network now has a secondary role in Switzerland, currently being used by only 2 per cent of households. Some 200 DVB-T transmitters are active in Switzerland and, due to the spillover effect, some can also be received in neighbouring Italy.</p> <p>The UK remains one of the European countries with the most significant reach and audience share of television consumption from terrestrial digital broadcasting. Whilst some in the UK, including the BBC, have talked about a future content delivery world without terrestrial broadcasting the widely held views are that any abandoning of this platform in the UK is a long way off, probably decades.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Secure by Design Code of Practice: Why it is important Sun, 14 Oct 2018 07:30:00 +0100 CRM Sync Code outlines guidelines that manufacturers of consumer IoT devices should implement into their product’s design to keep consumers safe <p>We&rsquo;ve all heard the stats before. By 2020, over 12bn consumer devices will be internet connected. From your smart meter to your smart TV, these Internet of Things (IoT) devices can bring a range of benefits to consumers such as greater user experience and lower costs.</p> <p>Concerns, however, have been raised about the poor security inherent within some of the connected consumer devices currently on the market and the lack of incentives for manufacturers to build security into the devices from the outset. Some of this is down to the lack of awareness amongst consumers of security weaknesses when buying devices, whilst others have argued that the multitude of standards and guidelines out there have made things too complicated for those creating IoT products and services.</p> <p>That is why we at techUK were so keen to support the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) in its<a href=""> &lsquo;Secure by Design&rsquo; </a>review, since it sought to address these problems by:</p> <p>* Creating a Code of Practice for manufacturers of consumer IoT products and services</p> <p>* Mapping guidelines in the Code of Practice to existing UK and international recommendations and standards</p> <p>* Issuing consumer guidance on smart devices in the home</p> <p>The publication of the Code of Practice is a watershed moment for the UK IoT and cyber security community. <a href="">Developed in consultation</a> with experts in government, industry and academia, the Code of Practice outlines thirteen guidelines that manufacturers of consumer IoT should implement into their product&rsquo;s design to keep consumers safe and secure, ranging from the removal of default passwords to keeping software updated.</p> <p>What has been refreshing about the development of the Code of Practice has been the enthusiasm from a range of stakeholders to get this right. From manufacturers and retailers to consumer groups and trade bodies, there has been agreement that we have to move the burden of responsibility for ensuring the security of the devices away from the consumer to one where strong cyber security is built into consumer IoT products by design and consumers can easily set up and manage a device in a secure manner.</p> <p>Published today, Government has also sought to make it easier for manufacturers to implement the Code by publishing a mapping document which links the thirteen guidelines to existing standards, recommendations and guidance on IoT security and privacy from around the world, representing one of the largest collections of guidance on IoT security and privacy to date.</p> <p>A key aspect to the Code&rsquo;s success will be through the international efforts that the Government undertakes, ensuring that guidelines from the Code drive global alignment across the IoT supply chain. Government can also help move the market towards a secure by design approach by ensuring that government departments purchase devices from suppliers that are adopting, or working towards adopting, the Code in a similar way that Cyber Essentials is now slowly being mandated across suppliers to local and central government.</p> <p>The next step in the process is, of course, getting manufacturers to commit to implementing the Code and giving advice and guidance to consumers in order for them to set up and manage their devices in a secure manner. techUK will be continue supporting the Code, and working with its members as to strengthen consumer trust in the security of IoT products and services.</p> <p>techUK&rsquo;s CEO, Julian David, said <em>&ldquo;The Internet of Things (IoT) can benefit consumers by providing them with greater insight and control over their lifestyles. But citizens still have justified concerns about the level of security in IoT devices and we must address these if the IoT is ever to reach its full potential.</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;We are pleased to have worked with Government and security experts to develop this Code of Practice and related documents as part of its Secure by Design Project. These offer companies a baseline to build on as they design their products and services with security front of mind. While it might take time for companies to fully align to all of the commitments, working towards achieving this will help strengthen consumer trust in the security of IoT&rdquo;.</em></p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> Gaps remain in the final group of No Deal Notices Fri, 12 Oct 2018 13:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync techUK's Deputy CEO, Antony Walker states it is important that all businesses, large and small, properly digest each of these notices. <p><strong>Commenting on the release of the final batch of No Deal Technical Notices,&nbsp;techUK Deputy CEO Antony Walker, said:</strong></p> <p>&ldquo;While there is useful detail in this final batch of notices, huge gaps remain for tech companies. For instance, there is no mention in any of the notices of how UK-US data flows would be enabled if the UK were to suddenly fall out of the EU-US Privacy Shield arrangement in a No Deal scenario.</p> <p>&ldquo;The final batch of notices does provide more detail on some core issues facing tech businesses. In particular, the continued operation of geo-blocking; the formation and operation of subsidiaries in the EU; and what level of protection consumers can expect. Despite the gaps, it is important that all businesses, large and small, properly digest each of these notices.</p> <p>&ldquo;These notices again make it very clear that No Deal would be a very bad outcome for UK tech companies. The UK and the EU must do everything in their power to reach a deal and avoid the mutual damage a No Deal situation would create.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For media enquiries please contact Alice Jackson.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> ISO 50001 and data centres Fri, 12 Oct 2018 07:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync techUK seeks clarification after efficiency metrics are called into question. <p>Several data centre operators reported that ISO 50001 verifiers had rejected PUE as an acceptable efficiency metric.&nbsp; The shortcomings of PUE are well known but nevertheless its use is widespread and, if applied correctly, it is a useful metric.&nbsp; We are seeking clarification on this together with a potential issue relating to continuous improvement from the ISO in early November.&nbsp; See below for more details.&nbsp; If you have a view, please do get in touch &ndash; especially if you disagree!</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Securing cyber resilience in health and care: Progress update Thu, 11 Oct 2018 14:57:49 +0100 CRM Sync On Thursday, 11 October Lord O'Shaughnessy, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health in the House of Lords, outlined the government’s progress on securing the health care system after WannaCry last year. <p>In February 2018, the Government published &lsquo;Securing cyber resilience in health and care: A progress update&rsquo;, which set out the actions taken to improve the cyber security of the health and care system before and after last year&rsquo;s largest ever WannaCry global ransomware attack, as well as its plans for the future. Since February, government efforts have focused on:</p> <ul><li>Increased investment in securing local infrastructure in 2017/18 to over &pound;60 million</li> <li>Signing a Windows 10 licensing agreement with Microsoft which will allow local NHS organisations to save money, reduce potential vulnerabilities and increase cyber resilience</li> <li>Agreeing &pound;150 million of investment over the next three years</li> <li>Procuring a new Cyber Security Operations Centre, boosting the national capability to prevent, detect and respond to cyber attacks</li> <li>Launching the Data Security and Protection Toolkit</li> <li>Agreeing plans to implement the recommendations of the Chief Information Officer for Health and Care&rsquo;s review of the May 2017 WannaCry attack</li> <li>Supporting 25 local NHS organisations to improve their cyber resilience via the NHS Digital &ldquo;Blue Teams&rdquo; pilot</li> <li>Estimating the costs of the WannaCry attack.</li> </ul><p>NHS Digital are continuing to work closely with local areas to build resilience. This work forms part of the Data and Cyber Security Programme being led by the Department of Health and Social Care with its Arm's-Length Bodies to improve the cyber security of the health and care system.</p> <p>The &lsquo;Securing cyber resilience in health and care &ndash; progress update October 2018&rsquo; can be accessed at: <a href=""></a></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Achieve, elevate, inspire Thu, 11 Oct 2018 10:20:00 +0100 CRM Sync Last chance to enter the 2019 FDM everywoman in Technology Awards. <p><img alt="" src="//" style="float:right; height:199px; width:350px">Nominations are now open for the ninth annual <strong>FDM everywoman in Technology Awards, </strong>providing an opportunity for companies and individuals to put forward candidates for categories in the prestigious industry ceremony, until <strong>15 October 2018.</strong></p> <p>Entries are free and can be completed <a href="">here.</a></p> <p>The 2019 awards programme launches everywoman and FDM&rsquo;s mission to <strong>&ldquo;Achieve, Elevate and Inspire&rdquo;, </strong>as the search begins to find the tech industry&rsquo;s most exceptional talent, from the UK and beyond.</p> <p>The<strong> FDM everywoman in Technology Awards</strong>, in association with <a href="">The Tech She Can Charter</a>, will showcase how the achievements of women and men are helping to close the gender gap in tech. By showcasing the career successes of women at all stages in the sector, the programme creates role models that will inspire the next generation of young female talent to pursue a career in tech. This is crucial in light of research by everywoman showing that a lack of visible role models for young girls is one of the biggest causes of gender imbalance in the UK&rsquo;s technology workforce.</p> <p>In the UK&rsquo;s evolving tech industry, only 17 per cent of the workforce is female and research from PwC found that only 27 per cent of young female students would consider a career in technology, compared to 61 per cent of male students.</p> <p>The ceremony will aim to recognise new talent entering the industry, with the &ldquo;<strong>Rising Star</strong>&rdquo; and <strong>&ldquo;Apprenticeship Award&rdquo; </strong>award categories being a crucial programme. They celebrate the achievements of young people at the beginning their careers, who can influence others to follow in their footsteps. Within formal education, only 35 per cent of young girls continue to study STEM subjects beyond GCSE level, compared to 80 per cent of young boys, which is why the <strong>&ldquo;One to Watch&rdquo;</strong> category is also so important.</p> <p>For the second year, the<strong> &ldquo;Male Agent of Change Award&rdquo; </strong>will also celebrate senior male executives actively supporting the development of women in technology.</p> <p>Entries are open to individuals at all stages of their career, from new industry entrants to senior leaders. Innovative tech entrepreneurs are also encouraged to enter, whether just starting up or founders of scale up businesses.<img alt="" src="//" style="float:right; height:201px; width:325px"></p> <p><strong>The 2019 FDM everywoman in Technology Awards are free to enter and the categories are:</strong></p> <ul><li><strong>One to Watch Award</strong> &ndash; sponsored by Computacenter - awarded to a girl aged 11-16 who is actively encouraging girls to study STEM subjects at school-level.</li> <li><strong>Apprentice Award</strong> - awarded to a young woman apprentice who is a game-changer and is excelling in her early career.</li> <li><strong>Rising Star Award</strong> - sponsored by T-Systems - awarded to a woman aged under 26 who is excelling in her technology career, making a valuable contribution to her organisation.</li> <li><strong>Digital Star Award</strong> - sponsored by CGI - awarded to a woman who is excelling in a digital role. This could include innovative digital content, social media, web development or developing online solutions.</li> <li><strong>Software Engineer Award</strong> - sponsored by RBS - awarded to a woman who has made a significant difference to the art of software engineering and has built something new, shifted the art of the possible and is moving the profession forward.</li> <li><strong>Academic Award</strong> - sponsored by Lloyds Banking - awarded to a woman in academia who has made an outstanding contribution to technology and science and whose work has made or has the potential to make a significant long-term impact in STEM.</li> <li><strong>Team Leader Award</strong> - sponsored by American Express - awarded to a woman whose team leadership has greatly contributed to the organisation&rsquo;s success and is leading a team of up to 100 employees.</li> <li><strong>Start-up Founder Award</strong> - awarded to the most inspirational female founder of a start-up business (under 18 months old).</li> <li><strong>Entrepreneur Award</strong> - awarded to an owner/operator of a technology business whose vision and talent will inspire others to start their own technology related venture.</li> <li><strong>Innovator Award</strong> - awarded to a woman designing, developing, researching, implementing or being exceptionally creative with technology in an unconventional and innovative way.</li> <li><strong>Leader Award</strong> - sponsored by BP - awarded to the woman operating in a senior technology role within her organisation, leading over 100 employees and making a contribution to the strategic direction of the business.</li> <li><strong>International Inspiration Award</strong> - awarded to an individual based outside of the UK, male or female, for their active commitment to encouraging, advancing, sponsoring or championing the progress of women working in technology.</li> <li><strong>Male Agent of Change Award</strong> <strong>- </strong>sponsored by VMWare - awarded to a male agent of change for their active commitment to encouraging, advancing, sponsoring or championing the progress of women working in technology.</li> </ul><p>The <strong>2019 FDM everywoman in Technology Awards</strong> ceremony will take place at The London Hilton on Park Lane, on 6 March 2019 and will kick off International Women&rsquo;s Day 2019 celebrations for the UK tech community. For further information about attending, please contact <a href=""></a>.</p> <p><strong>Maxine Benson MBE</strong><strong>, Co-Founder of everywoman</strong> comments: &ldquo;FDM and everywoman&rsquo;s long standing partnership continues in 2019 as we seek to engage, advance and retain exceptional female talent in tech. We are not only championing these women, but also the men going above and beyond to support them. The ever-evolving skills of &ldquo;Rising Stars&rdquo; and &ldquo;Ones to Watch&rdquo; make a valuable contribution to the growth of the tech industry, which is why this programme focuses so heavily on celebrating their talent and encouraging the pursuit of STEM subjects.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>Sheila Flavell, Chief Operating Officer of FDM Group</strong> <strong>comments:</strong> &ldquo;These awards are an important celebration of the achievements of women in the technology sector, bringing together the very best the industry has to offer. At a time when the IT industry is crying out for more diversity, we&rsquo;re proud to provide a platform for women entrepreneurs and innovators, to showcase their hard work and set an example to the next generation.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>Sheridan Ash, Founder of The Tech She Can Charter</strong> adds: &ldquo;You can&rsquo;t be what you can&rsquo;t see! From our research we know 78% of students we surveyed couldn&rsquo;t name a famous female working in technology. To get more females interested in technology as a viable career option we need to shout louder about the role models already working in tech. The FDM everywoman in Technology Awards is a great example of showing the range of careers available to inspire our younger generation and I am proud, along with all of the signatories of The Tech She Can Charter, to support the awards&rdquo;.</p> <p><a href="">@everywomanUK</a> <a href="">#ewTechAwards</a> <a href="">#womendotech</a> <a href="">#techshecan</a></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Cyber Skills Immediate Impact Fund Wed, 10 Oct 2018 14:30:10 +0100 CRM Sync The expanded Cyber Skills Immediate Impact Fund is now open for bids. <p>The Cyber Skills Immediate Impact Fund (CSIIF) aims to quickly increase the diversity and numbers of those working in the UK&rsquo;s booming cyber security sector. This is one of a range of initiatives designed in support of the National Cyber Security Strategy aim of developing a sustainable supply of home-grown cyber security talent in the UK.</p> <p>The Fund works by making grants available to a range of organisations to help develop effective and sustainable initiatives that help more adults get into the cyber security profession quickly. It also contributes towards a growing and vibrant cyber security training ecosystem.&nbsp; It aims to increase the diversity and numbers of those working in the UK's booming cyber security sector and is being expanded to help a range of organisations quickly develop effective and sustainable initiatives that identify, train and place untapped talent from a range of backgrounds into cyber security roles.</p> <p>The Fund is open to organisations such as training providers and charities, who can demonstrate that their initiatives are not designed to fill internal vacancies, but rather service a range of employers. The Fund is not open to individuals seeking funding for their own study or upskilling. Further details can be found <a href="">here</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Proposal for a European Cybersecurity Competence Network and Centre Wed, 10 Oct 2018 14:25:20 +0100 CRM Sync techUK will be hosting a workshop with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) in November to discuss these proposals as well as other EU cyber security regulations <p>Building on the cybersecurity initiatives announced by the European Commission in 2017, such as the EU Cybersecurity Act and the European certification schemes, the European Commission proposes as a next step the creation of a Network of Cybersecurity Competence Centres and a new European Cybersecurity Industrial, Technology and Research Competence Centre to invest in stronger and pioneering cybersecurity capacity in the EU.</p> <p>The aims of the proposals are to help the EU retain and develop the cybersecurity technological and industrial capacities necessary to secure its <a href="">Digital Single Market</a>. This goes hand-in-hand with the key objective to increase the competitiveness of the EU's cybersecurity industry and turn cybersecurity into a competitive advantage of other European industries.</p> <p>Further details about the proposals can be found <a href="">here</a>.&nbsp; techUK will be hosting a workshop with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) in November to discuss these proposals as well as other EU cyber security regulations</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Happy Ada Lovelace Day Tue, 09 Oct 2018 09:11:53 +0100 CRM Sync techUK deputy CEO, Antony Walker, talks of the importance in celebrating Ada Lovelace Day. <p><img alt="" src="//" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:left; height:356px; margin:5px 15px; width:200px"></p> <p>&ldquo;Is today Tuesday?&rdquo; my four year old daughter asked this morning. &ldquo;Yes I think so &ldquo; I replied a little hazily. &ldquo;Then its Ada Lovelace Day!&rdquo; she announced proudly. My daughter knows all about Ada Lovelace, the lady who in olden times was good at maths and who wrote a code made up of numbers that would tell Mr Babbage&rsquo;s calculator what to do and she knows all about Ada&rsquo;s cat Mr Puff. Happily, my four year old daughter doesn&rsquo;t know too much about the wider world just yet. But the fact that the first computer programmer was a woman is and will remain entirely unremarkable to her. And as her dad, that feels like a very good thing.</p> <p>It didn&rsquo;t used to be like this. I am not sure when I first heard about Ada. But I suspect I was closer to forty than four. And that is why it is so important to celebrate Ada Lovelace Day. To spread the word about a remarkable woman who helped to shape the modern world and who serves as a role model to all of our children, boys and girls.&nbsp; So please do wish your friends happy Ada Lovelace Day. And for any little ones who want to know more, check out the Little People, Big Dream book about Ada Lovelace written Isabel Sanchez Vegara.</p> <p>Happy Ada Lovelace Day everyone.</p> <p>Read techUK's piece on <a href="">Ada Lovelace Day as a way to encourage more women to consider pursuing a successful career in the tech industry</a>.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Happy Ada Lovelace Day Tue, 09 Oct 2018 08:21:12 +0100 CRM Sync techUK is proud to support Ada Lovelace Day as a way to encourage more women to consider pursuing a successful career in the tech industry. <p><img alt="" src="//" style="height:308px; width:700px"></p> <p>Today is a special day as it&rsquo;s the 10th Ada Lovelace Day &ndash; a day to recognise, champion and celebrate the role of women in science, technology and engineering around the world. We want to take a moment to acknowledge what this means here in the UK. With only 17 per cent of the UK tech workforce in 2017 being women, there is a lot more work to do to get more women in to tech. However, there is perhaps some good news. It appears that while the number of women in IT courses remains low, AI focused courses have around 28 per cent female participation. This is could be a sign that the excitement around the UK&rsquo;s AI future could hold the key to encouraging more women into computing. Something that will be vital for ensuring that AI systems are not being designed with unintentional gender or ethnic biases built in.</p> <p>And now to give you a bit of background on the trailblazer herself. Why do we take time to remember Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace? Born in 1815, Ada Lovelace was a mathematician who worked alongside the inventor of the Analytic Engine, Charles Babbage. Often referred to as the world first computer programmer, Lovelace recognised the potential of machines to make calculations. The work of Lovelace has provided inspiration to Alan Turing&rsquo;s work in computing and data analytics and therefore as having laid the computing foundations for our machine learning and AI future which we are only just beginning to realise. The opportunities offered by digital technologies including data analytics, Internet of Things, cloud computing which techUK will be exploring next week at its flagship <a href="">Supercharging the Digital Economy</a> event in Manchester can therefore be traced back to Lovelace. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>So today, as we celebrate Ada Lovelace and her achievements, we must remember that today is not just about recognising the past but more importantly looking to the future. techUK is proud to support Ada Lovelace Day as a way to encourage more women to consider pursuing a successful career in the tech industry. Throughout the year techUK are working hard to help move the dial through the work of our Skills and Diversity Council.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>To find out more about techUK&rsquo;s work in this key area and how to get involved,&nbsp;please <a href="" target="_blank">get in touch</a>.</p> <p>Read techUK deputy CEO, Antony Walker's blog on&nbsp;<a href="">the importance in celebrating Ada Lovelace Day</a>.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Government pioneers £10m fund for regulators that target public sector Fri, 05 Oct 2018 14:18:46 +0100 CRM Sync New fund will back projects that will ensure rules and regulations keep pace with technological advances of the future, including the growth of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the future of mobility. <p>New fund will back projects that will ensure rules and regulations keep pace with technological advances of the future, including the growth of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the future of mobility.</p> <p>Business Secretary Greg Clark has today announced the 15 winning bidders for the &pound;10 million Regulators&rsquo; Pioneer Fund. The fund will support bodies to help drive forward innovation in the public sector and unlock the economic opportunities of the 4 <a href="">Grand Challenges</a> set out in the government&rsquo;s <a href="">Industrial Strategy</a>: AI and data, an ageing society, clean growth, and the future of mobility.</p> <p>The winning projects include:</p> <ul><li>nearly &pound;700,000 to regulator&nbsp;Ofcom&nbsp;for a project that uses blockchain technology to improve UK telephone number management</li> </ul><ul><li>nearly &pound;700,000 for the Solicitors Regulation Authority to support business innovations that will use Artificial Intelligence (AI) to transform the legal services market for small businesses and consumers</li> <li>up to &pound;1 million for the Civil Aviation Authority to support a project that includes a &lsquo;regulatory lab&rsquo; that will bring together relevant bodies to unblock legislative and regulatory barriers to innovations like flying taxis.</li> </ul><p>Commenting on the announcement, Sue Daley, Head of Cloud Computing, Data Analytics and AI at techUK, said:</p> <p><em>&ldquo;As automation and AI technologies continue to evolve and mature, building a culture of trust, confidence and accountability in these important innovations is vital. Having well informed regulators that have the capability and capacity to understand and keep pace of how these technologies are developing and being used across industries is key to building that trust. The funding announced today is hugely welcome and is another element of the UK Government&rsquo;s blueprint, along with the AI sector deal, creation of the Office of AI and Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation, designed to ensure the U.K. is truly AI ready.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>The winning regulators will launch their projects this month. All applicants for the fund have been invited to join a new &lsquo;Regulators&rsquo; Innovation Network&rsquo;, set up by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to encourage the sharing of best practice and to help forge new partnerships among regulators, government and industry, to help to ensure the regulatory system encourages innovation and remains simple for businesses to comply with.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;d like to find out more about the fund, please contact Katherine Mayes.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> Defence Secretary reveals new generation of ‘cyber cadets’ Wed, 03 Oct 2018 09:11:00 +0100 CRM Sync Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson launches a new scheme to help develop the next generation of cyber security experts and protect the UK against sophisticated and evolving threats <p>The Cadets CyberFirst programme, delivered by Ministry of Defence cadet organisations and the GCHQ National Cyber Security Centre, will equip over 2,000 cadets a year with the skills and expertise to become future leaders in this emerging industry.</p> <p>Over &pound;1 million will be invested in the programme each year, giving cadets the opportunity to learn how to protect systems connected to the internet from cyber attacks. Cadets will be able to choose from introductory courses covering the tools, knowledge and skills to protect small networks, to more advanced courses where they will be fully immersed in cyber security issues.</p> <p>The UK faces a real and growing cyber threat, and the programme looks to develop&nbsp;the right skills needed to combat the constantly evolving risk. In its first year, the National Cyber Security Centre received over 1,100 cyber incident reports.</p> <p>The programme will build on GCHQ&rsquo;s CyberFirst initiative, which aims to teach young people the fundamentals of cyber security. It will also offer a &lsquo;train the trainer&rsquo; course, which will teach more than 50 Cadet Force Adult Volunteers so they can deliver this exciting cadet training programme in the future.</p> <p><strong>Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said:</strong></p> <blockquote> <p><em>We live in a modern world where our phones are rarely out of our hands and we rely on computers to make daily tasks easier. Cyber threats to the UK are constantly evolving and this exciting initiative to train and develop &lsquo;cyber cadets&rsquo; &ndash; the first of its kind in a NATO state - reaffirms our leading role in tackling security threats head on.</em></p> <p><em>It is important to recognise the vital role cadets play in our communities, and I am determined to grow the number of young people signing up and make sure their successes are properly recognised each year.</em></p> </blockquote>Contact: <a href=""></a> Defence and Security Exports: 2017 Stats Tue, 02 Oct 2018 10:02:20 +0100 CRM Sync The Department for International Trade Defence and Security Organisation has published the UK’s defence and security export statistics for 2017. <p><em>This is the fifth year that DIT DSO&rsquo;s defence and security export statistics have been designated as &lsquo;Official Statistics&rsquo; in accordance with the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007. </em></p> <p><em>All in all, in 2017, UK industry achieved &pound;9Bn defence exports and &pound;4.8Bn security exports. Of the security exports, cyber security exports were worth &pound;1.8Bn in 2017 (representing 38% of total UK security exports). That is up from &pound;1.5Bn in 2016 (34%). </em></p> <p><em>On a rolling 10 year basis (2008-2017 period), the UK remains the second largest defence exporter in the world, with a 12% global market share in 2017. The global defence export market in 2017 is estimated to be valued at close to $98Bn, the biggest it has been in the past decade. The largest defence export markets were the Middle East, North America, and Europe. The UK won air contracts linked with F-35 to the US, Rolls Royce engines for Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) to Germany and future components to Turkey.</em></p> <p><em>In security exports, the UK moved up the global rankings in 2017 to 4th place (previously 5th). The largest markets for security exports were Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East. Cyber security capabilities continue to be a major part of the security sector exports, with CNI and policing and counter-terrorism being the next most significant elements. Notable UK successes include SERCO (Australia) and Digital Barriers (USA). </em></p> <p><em>You can find further details on the <a href="">DSO export stats here</a>. techUK looks forward to continuing working with DSO to ensure that the UK offer is the best it can be. </em></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Cyber Governance Health Check 2018 Tue, 02 Oct 2018 09:40:07 +0100 CRM Sync The annual FTSE 350 Cyber Governance Health Check assesses and reports on cyber security risk management in the UK’s 350 largest firms. <p>For its fifth iteration, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is working with Deloitte, EY, KPMG and PwC to deliver the 2018 Cyber Health Check.</p> <p>Insights from the Health Check inform the Government&rsquo;s policy on cyber security and contribute to improving the guidance offered to industry. The results of previous surveys have directly fed into key pieces of guidance and support provided to boards by the <a href="">National Cyber Security Centre</a>. This year&rsquo;s survey will continue to shape the forthcoming <a href="">Board Toolkit</a>, which will act as a tool to better equip boards in their engagement with cyber risk.</p> <p>Companies are invited to participate through their audit partners Deloitte, EY, KPMG and PwC. Contact your audit firm to participate or, if you have received login details, please go directly to the Winning Moves <a href="">survey site</a>.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> The UK is going to need a completely new immigration system Tue, 02 Oct 2018 08:33:53 +0100 CRM Sync techUK's deputy CEO, Antony Walker, comments on the Prime Minister’s new post-Brexit immigration system. <p>Commenting on the Prime Minister&rsquo;s new post-Brexit immigration system announced today, Antony Walker, deputy CEO, techUK said:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;For these proposals to work the UK is going to need a completely new immigration system. The current rest of the world system is not fit for purpose. It is slow and cumbersome and cannot support the ambition of a global Britain that is open to the best high skilled talent. We need a smart low friction system that can meet the needs of fast growing companies. This needs to look and operate very differently to the system that we have today.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For media enquiries please contact Alice Jackson.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Government and tech industry collaborate to improve cyber security Mon, 01 Oct 2018 15:45:13 +0100 CRM Sync On 23 July 2018, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport DCMS and the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) held a roundtable on firmware security with senior representatives of leading hardware and software firms. <p>All those present highlighted the value of existing industry collaboration in providing stable updates to firmware across a wide range of devices, and under significant time pressure. The identification of recent high-profile vulnerabilities had catalysed unprecedented collaboration.</p> <p>It was clear from discussions that all participating firms recognise the challenges in quickly providing stable updates to firmware. There is also a challenge to maintain end-users&rsquo; trust that update processes are robust and that updates can be deployed with confidence.</p> <p>The meeting discussed the challenges with automated security patching. Though this comes with advantages, particularly for non-professional and non-expert users, it poses risks and technical challenges, and would not be appropriate in all cases.</p> <p>Significant progress has already been made throughout the ecosystem, and this progress will continue. We have a shared aim to make it easier for end-users to keep their devices secure and up to date - reducing the burden on business and the general public.</p> <p>All those present agreed there is a role for government in convening the ecosystem more widely, identifying and highlighting good practice, and producing cyber security advice and guidance for a range of audiences.</p> <p>The participants agreed to reconvene in early 2019.</p> <p>Agreed by organisations represented at the 23 July roundtable. Including AMD, Apple, ARM, Dell, HP Inc, Intel, Microsoft, Qualcomm, Samsung, DCMS, techUK and NCSC</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Environment Agency Consultation: Scoring Permit Compliance Thu, 27 Sep 2018 07:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync The EA is consulting on proposals to make enforcement more proportionate and that the level of risk is taken into account when infringements occur. <p>Please click below do download this document.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> CCA campaign steps up! Thu, 27 Sep 2018 07:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync The UK Council of Data Centre Operators agreed last week to step up our lobbying against the premature closure of the CCA to new entrants. <p>This table outlines the avenues we can take, how far we have progressed down each route and whether there is scope for further activity.&nbsp; We need operators to write to their MP &ndash; please contact <a href=""></a> for help here and a template if needed.&nbsp; We also need case studies explaining how it will affect your expansion plans.&nbsp;</p> <p>Please click below to download this document.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Gasoil Storage Tanks: Terminology Matters! Thu, 27 Sep 2018 07:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync Operators have fallen foul of compliance requirements because they described their (perfectly legal) tanks inaccurately. <p>This note explains how to get it right. Please click below do download it.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Business Energy Efficiency: Data Centre sector input Thu, 27 Sep 2018 07:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync techUK provides input to BEIS on behalf of UK data centre operators and finds a number of shortcomings in policy thinking. <p><span style="font-size:medium">techUK has responded to BEIS Call for Evidence on helping business improve energy efficiency.&nbsp; We have submitted a detailed response on behalf of the broader ICT sector, which emphasised the potential for technology to deliver efficiency improvements and encouraged government to keep these in mind and support their deployment. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:medium">In addition, we also viewed the call through the lens of data centre operators and submitted this ancillary input from the perspective of the intensive energy using cohort of the technology sector. It is unusual for techUK to submit two responses to the same consultation but in this case the member cohorts represent two very different constituencies with different priorities. &nbsp;&nbsp;This submission, from the UK Council of Data Centres, &nbsp;representing UK operators, identifies a number of shortcomings in government thinking and expresses concern over the lack of support signals for high energy users.&nbsp; </span></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> No Deal Notices show that negotiating in good faith must continue Mon, 24 Sep 2018 14:19:13 +0100 CRM Sync techUK's CEO, Julian David, comments on need for continued negotiations to avoid the burdens businesses will face without a deal. <p><strong>Commenting on the release of the third group of No Deal Technical Notices,&nbsp;techUK CEO Julian David said:</strong></p> <p>&ldquo;Publishing these additional No Deal notices is a sensible and responsible precaution for Government to take to provide some clarity for businesses about the obligations they would face in a No Deal situation. However, once again the notices demonstrate that a No Deal Brexit would be deeply damaging for our economy.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;Clarification that the Government will continue to protect and enforce existing intellectual property rights in the UK will be welcomed by UK tech businesses. However, these notices demonstrate the additional costs and burdens businesses will face when seeking access to both the UK and EU markets, duplicating systems and regulators across a number of areas. For example, the requirement to register chemicals both in the UK and in Europe will lead to significant duplication. That is why Government is right to continue to champion a Common Rulebook approach to seek to limit duplication of processes for businesses trading in the UK and the EU. UK tech manufacturers, including SMEs, rely on a steady supply of safe and high quality chemicals to make the products we use every day, so avoiding additional complexity should be a priority.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;The best way to avoid the consequences of a No Deal, as set out in these notices, is by renewing efforts to seek agreement on the outstanding issues within the negotiations. techUK urges both the UK and EU to continue negotiating in good faith to avoid the 29 March 2019 cliff-edge which is concerning businesses and consumers across the UK and EU27.&rdquo;</p> <p>techUK has also previously commented on the&nbsp;<a href="">first</a> and <a href="">second</a> set of no deal notices.&nbsp;</p> <p>For media enquiries please contact Alice Jackson.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> Developers requested for new payment sector opportunity Mon, 24 Sep 2018 11:16:33 +0100 CRM Sync Guest blog from Grant McKenzie, Programme Director for the New Payments Architecture at the New Payment System Operator <p><strong>The developer community can play a leading role in offering consumers and businesses greater control and flexibility while benefitting from potential &pound;1.3 billion market opportunity.</strong></p> <p>Ever had an unexpected bill arrive at just the wrong time? Or been forced to nervously wait to find out if you will receive a payment on time for work you have carried out? They can be common problems for many people and businesses across the country, which a new solution being developed in the payments industry is looking to address.</p> <p><strong>The Request to Pay service</strong></p> <p>Request to Pay will be a secure messaging service for payments - akin to email - overlaid on top of existing infrastructure.</p> <p>It will allow government, businesses, charities and consumers to send a message requesting a payment instead of a typical bill. For each &lsquo;request&rsquo;, payers will be able to pay in full, pay in part, ask for more time, communicate with the biller, or decline the payment.</p> <p>It gives the payer more flexibility and control and has the potential to benefit billers in a wide range of sectors by, for example, making reconciliation easier. Research conducted by Accenture in 2017 estimated the service could save the UK economy &pound;1.3 billion per year.</p> <p>The New Payment System Operator (NPSO) &ndash; the organisation responsible for setting the rules and standards in retail non-card payments &ndash; is inviting developers to explore, test and feedback on the standards and technical specifications for the service.</p> <p><strong>Where do developers come in?</strong></p> <p>Final technical specifications for the service are planned to be published in spring 2019.</p> <p>Ahead of this, developers are invited to participate in an open access developer portal &ndash; now live at <a href=""><span style="color:#0000CD"></span> </a>- containing a library of the draft technical standards and the requirements of the service. Alongside this is a sandbox to developers to test their solutions ahead of the service&rsquo;s expected market launch in spring 2019.</p> <p>Developers are invited to review the draft standards and provide feedback on the draft design of the APIs, &lsquo;message repositories&rsquo; and &lsquo;end-user applications&rsquo; which will make the service possible.</p> <p>We believe a Request to Pay service can remove the financial cliff edges caused by unexpected and unpaid bills, whilst simultaneously creating a new market opportunity - and developers have a key role to play.</p> <p><strong>If you would like to register for the sandbox or discuss the Request to Pay opportunity further please visit <a href=""><span style="color:#0000CD"></span></a> or contact our team at <a href=""><span style="color:#0000CD"></span></a>. Initial feedback will be used to help inform the final technical standards which are currently provided as draft for illustrative purposes. There will also be the opportunity to further engage with the NPSO through regular working groups.</strong></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Welcome to techUK Cloud Week Mon, 24 Sep 2018 08:55:00 +0100 CRM Sync Sue Daley, Head of Cloud, Data Analytics and AI, welcomes you to techUK's Cloud week. <p><img alt="" src="//" style="height:289px; width:700px"></p> <p>All this week we are highlighting the importance of cloud computing for the UK&rsquo;s digital future.</p> <p>Throughout the week&nbsp;techUK&nbsp;will be bringing&nbsp;you&nbsp;news, views and insights from the technology sector on how UK organisations&nbsp;can realise the benefits and opportunities of cloud, as well as the steps that need to be taken to&nbsp;drive the UK cloud market forward.&nbsp;&nbsp;We will be sharing guest blogs and podcast interviews with business leaders, press articles and daily tweets&nbsp;reflecting on the current state of play around cloud adoption and&nbsp;what this may look like in the future.</p> <p>During the week our members and other industry experts will be contributing blogs on:</p> <ul><li>Driving the adoption and use of cloud across all UK sectors and industries&nbsp;</li> <li>Addressing the cloud skills gap&nbsp;</li> <li>Cybersecurity and cloud computing&nbsp;</li> <li>Digitisation, business transformation and the cloud</li> <li>Cloud 2020 and beyond&nbsp;</li> </ul><p><iframe frameborder="0" height="360" src="" width="640"></iframe></p> <p>You can also join the discussion on Twitter at <a href="">@techUK</a> <a href=";src=typd">#whycloud</a>.</p> <p>Catch up on all of this great material by viewing all&nbsp;of the posts so far in the links below.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Monday:&nbsp;Driving&nbsp;the adoption and use of cloud across all UK sectors and industries</h3> <p><a href="">Guest Blog:&nbsp;Why cloud is the cornerstone of digital transformation in healthcare</a> by Roberto Mircoli, Virtustream&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="">Guest Blog: The key factors driving the adoption and use of cloud technology</a> by Peter Jackson, Kahootz&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="">Guest Blog:&nbsp;Hybrid cloud is the answer for law enforcement</a> by Mark Goossens, IBM</p> <p><a href="">Guest Blog:&nbsp;Multi-cloud allows for a digital transformation</a> by&nbsp;Simon Hansford, UKCloud</p> <p><a href="">Guest Podcast:&nbsp;Major risks practice</a> by Sarah Hewitt, Gallagher</p> <p><a href="">Guest Blog:&nbsp;Using the cloud to keep your customers happy</a> by Tom Adams,&nbsp;Cogeco Peer 1</p> <p><a href="">Guest Blog:&nbsp;Can analytics help fight social isolation?</a> by&nbsp;Adrian Woolmore, Capita Transformation.</p> <p><a href="">Guest Blog:&nbsp;Is the council of the future cloud?</a> by Georgina Maratheftis, techUK</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Tuesday:&nbsp;Addressing the cloud skills gap</h3> <p><a href="">Guest Blog: Bridging the cloud skills gap: developing, training and retaining you</a> by Fatmir Hyseni, Kosbit</p> <p><a href="">Guest Blog: Addressing the digital skills gap by training ex-military personnel</a>&nbsp;by&nbsp;Max Costick,&nbsp;AWS</p> <p><a href="">Guest Blog: Software to service: addressing the cloud skills gap</a> by Juliet Morris by&nbsp;UKCloud</p> <p><a href="">Guest Blog: A trusted adviser: the role of consultants in cloud-based analytics</a> by Karen Griffith, Teradata</p> <p><a href="">Guest Blog:&nbsp;Addressing cloud skills shortages</a> by Tom Dibble, BJSS</p> <p><a href="">Guest Blog:&nbsp;Looking at the cloud skills gap</a> by Matthew McDermott, Access Partnership</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Wednesday:&nbsp;Cybersecurity and cloud computing&nbsp;</h3> <p><a href="">Guest Blog:&nbsp;The NCSC cloud security principles and secure by default</a> by Talal Rajab, techUK</p> <p><a href="">Guest Blog and Video: Embrace cloud, embed cyber security </a>by&nbsp;Andrew Hawkins, Zaizi</p> <p><a href="">Guest Blog and Video:&nbsp;Cloud security and the public sector</a> by&nbsp;Bernard Parsons,&nbsp;Becrypt</p> <p><a href="">Guest Blog:&nbsp;Protect yourself against the top 3 cyber threats of 2018</a> by&nbsp;Sarah Tierney, Microsoft</p> <p><a href="">Guest Blog: Multi cloud and security insights - tackling the complexities</a> by Danny O&rsquo;Neill,&nbsp;Rackspace</p> <h3>&nbsp;</h3> <h3>Thursday:&nbsp;Digitisation, business transformation and the cloud</h3> <p><a href="">Guest Blog:&nbsp;Digitisation, business transformation and the cloud </a>by&nbsp;Leighton James, UKCloud</p> <p><a href="">Guest Blog: How cloud computing can help to save the planet</a> by&nbsp;Craig Melson, techUK</p> <p><a href="">Guest Blog:&nbsp;Don&rsquo;t ignore your tech stack</a> by&nbsp;Dave Briggs, Advice Cloud</p> <p><a href="">Guest Blog: Springboard to the cloud: considerations for the public sector</a> by Andrew Mellish, Six Degrees</p> <p><a href="">Guest Blog:&nbsp;Digital transformation: privacy and security in the cloud</a> by Joanna de Fonseka, Baker McKenzie</p> <p><a href="">Guest Blog and Video: The importance of IT within the public sector</a> by Bernard Parsons,&nbsp;Becrypt</p> <p><a href="">Guest Blog:&nbsp;The digital revolution has arrived, and we must embrace it</a> by&nbsp;Melissa Di Donato,&nbsp;SAP Cloud ERP</p> <p><a href="">Guest Blog:&nbsp;Simplifying complex public sector environments</a> by&nbsp;Roberto Mircoli, Virtustream&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Friday:&nbsp;Cloud 2020 and beyond</h3> <p><a href="">Guest Blog: Cloud 2020 and beyond: The dawn of the cloudless era</a> by Simon Abrahams,&nbsp;PAC</p> <p><a href="">Guest Blog: The surprising state of analytics in the cloud</a> by&nbsp;Martyn Etherington, Teradata</p> <p><a href="">Guest Blog: Why cloud is increasingly MAGic (Microsoft, Amazon &amp; Google)</a>&nbsp;by Ian Moyse, Natterbox</p> <p><a href="">Guest Blog: Cloud 2020 - Is the future clear or cloudy?</a> by Sue Daley, techUK</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK response to the PM's Brexit negotations statement Fri, 21 Sep 2018 14:24:50 +0100 CRM Sync techUK's deputy CEO comments on the PM's statement on the Brexit negotiations <p><span style="font-size:16px"><strong>Commenting on the PM&rsquo;s statement on the Brexit negotiations, Antony Walker, Deputy CEO said:</strong></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size:16px">"With less than 200 days to go before the UK leaves the European Union it is not surprising that negotiations are entering their most difficult stage. We urge both sides to keep talking and to work towards a solution that can deliver the close trading relationship that both the UK and the EU need to support jobs and growth.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:16px">"The Prime Minister is right that this means we need more than just a &lsquo;Canada-style&rsquo; Free Trade Agreement. techUK continues to believe that an Association Agreement approach, as set out in the Chequers plan is right. However it is clear that compromise on both sides will be required to make this workable.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:16px">&ldquo;techUK welcomes the absolute guarantee in the Prime Minister&rsquo;s speech that the rights of EU citizens in the UK will be protected post-Brexit.&nbsp;Neither side should seek to play politics with the lives of the over 180,000 EU-born workers who are integral to the success of the tech sector.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:16px">&ldquo;techUK has consistently said that a good deal will only be delivered if both the UK and the EU are prepared to be flexible and approach Brexit with mutual respect. Both parties must commit to finding a solution that avoids the worst case scenario of no-deal which could wreak severe damage on the UK economy."</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size:16px">For media enquiries please contact Alice Jackson.</span></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Home Office announces new strategic direction for ESN Fri, 21 Sep 2018 13:24:51 +0100 CRM Sync The Home Office announces a new incremental approach to ESN roll-out. <p>This afternoon the Home Office issued a press release about the new <a href=";utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&amp;utm_content=immediate" target="_blank">strategic direction for the Emergency Services Network</a>&nbsp;(ESN). This follows a <a href=";utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&amp;utm_content=immediate" target="_blank">commitment earlier this summer</a> to undertake a full "<em>re-plan, engage in commercial renegotiations and recalculate the Full Business Case.</em>"&nbsp;</p> <p>Today's statement from the Home Office announces that emergency services will be able to start using the ESN&nbsp;in the New Year following a decision to roll the project out in phases. This phased approach will see blue lights organisations able to use&nbsp;data services over the ESN from early in 2019. and it is planned that voice capabilities will follow shortly after that.</p> <p>Crucially, this incremental approach means emergency services will be free "<em>to test and choose which ESN products they want as and when they become available, rather than having to wait for the network to be fully implemented," </em>as <a href="" target="_blank">Government Computing reported last month</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Home Office announcement adds that "<em>the decision secures the future of ESN, which will save the public purse &pound;200 million a year once it has fully replaced the original radio-based network, Airwave...&nbsp;The dedicated 4G network will transform emergency services&rsquo; mobile working, especially in remote areas and at times of network congestion, with sim cards giving them priority over commercial users." </em>A more detailed update will be provided to Parliament in due course.</p> <p>If you're interested in the potential applications of 4G and 5G technology in the emergency services, <a href="" target="_blank">come along to our event next month</a>.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK at the WTO: Exploring how tech changes trade Thu, 20 Sep 2018 14:05:08 +0100 CRM Sync Thomas Goldsmith, Policy Manager for Brexit and Trade, looks at techUK’s panel at the World Trade Organisation’s Public Forum 2018. <p>This October, techUK is stepping onto the international stage with a panel at the World Trade Organisation&rsquo;s <a href=";recipientid=contact-aae776860e23e811811e5065f38a8ad1-c7985e6ee725487a824bba29c92070f5&amp;esid=5717ef5b-bb90-e811-8133-5065f38b4641&amp;urlid=4">Public Forum - 'Trade 2030'</a>. Technology is at the heart of trade and new technological developments have transformed it time and time again. We are experiencing a Fourth Industrial Revolution, ushering in a new era of change in what is made, where it is made and how it is traded. The laws that govern international commerce have not yet caught up, but we are now at a pivotal moment as negotiators from across the world <a href=";CatalogueIdList=241096,240868,240870,240871,240899,240841,240816,240817,231935,225771&amp;CurrentCatalogueIdIndex=3&amp;FullTextHash=371857150&amp;HasEnglishRecord=True&amp;HasFrenchRecord=True&amp;HasSpanishRecord=True">get together to agree new ecommerce rules</a>. It is crucial that the voices of the UK&rsquo;s world-leading tech sector are heard in that debate and that new rules reflect the opportunities that tech creates globally.</p> <p>How new technology is disrupting international trade forms the basis of techUK&rsquo;s first ever panel at the <a href=";recipientid=contact-aae776860e23e811811e5065f38a8ad1-c7985e6ee725487a824bba29c92070f5&amp;esid=5717ef5b-bb90-e811-8133-5065f38b4641&amp;urlid=4">Public Forum</a>: &lsquo;The Rise of Digital: Tech and the Changing Nature of Value Added&rsquo;. We are bringing together industry, diplomats and development experts to explore the benefits of new developments like 3D printing and the trade in intangibles across borders, and how global rules need to adapt to ensure that technological change is inclusive.</p> <p>The panel will be chaired by Stuart Harbinson, former Chief of Staff to WTO Director-General Dr Supachai Panitchpakdi. Speaking will be Andrew Staines, UK Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative from the UK Mission in Geneva, who chaired the Information Technology Agreement Committee when it was last updated in 2015; techUK&rsquo;s own Deputy CEO, Antony Walker, representing the views of the UK tech sector and the importance of a thriving digital ecosystem; Karishma Banga, Senior Research Officer at the ODI, who has written extensively on the digital economy and the future of the manufacturing-led development model; and Carlos Halasz, Customs Compliance Officer, Global Trade from HP, one of the leading manufacturers of 3D printers.</p> <p>Cross-border flows of data are already <a href="">estimated to be worth $2.8 trillion to world GDP</a>, and with 3D printing also <a href="">poised to disrupt $2-3 trillion of global manufacturing</a>, the Fourth Industrial Revolution is quickly and fundamentally changing world trade. As the Public Forum looks towards what trade will look like in 2030, techUK is delighted to be at the forefront of the international conversation around this new future, and with a panel that looks set to have a fascinating debate.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>techUK&rsquo;s panel &lsquo;The Rise of Digital: Tech and the Changing Nature of Value Added&rsquo; will take place at the WTO in Geneva in Room B, from 15.30-17.00 on 4 October. Follow techUK&rsquo;s panel and wider engagement during the Public Forum on twitter with #techUKatWTO. For more information please get in touch with Thomas Goldsmith, Policy Manager, Brexit &amp; Trade: <a href=""></a> </em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Opportunity: Develop techUK’s Electric Vehicle Position Thu, 20 Sep 2018 13:57:18 +0100 CRM Sync Help develop techUK’s input to the Electric Vehicle Energy Taskforce <p>techUK has been invited to join the Steering Board for the <a href="">Electric Vehicle Energy Taskforce</a> which was announced last week at the Zero Emission Summit in Birmingham.</p> <p>The objective for the Taskforce is: To put engaging the electric vehicle user at the heart of preparing the electricity system for the mass take up of electric vehicles (EV), ensuring that costs and emissions are as low as possible, and opportunities for vehicles to provide grid services are capitalised upon for the benefit of the system, energy bill payers and electric vehicle owners. The main outputs are to help shape Government&rsquo;s secondary legislation for the <a href="">Automated and Electric Vehicle Act</a> and to help shape Government&rsquo;s wider strategy towards EVs.</p> <p>The full terms of reference for the taskforce <a href="">can be found here</a>. The work will be driven by five work packages which will go through a series of sprints. &nbsp;As well as being a member of the Steering Board, techUK is also the Sponsor for <a href="">Work Package 4</a> which looks at accessible data for decision making.</p> <p>Members can register their interest and keep up to date directly with the <a href="">taskforce&rsquo;s work here</a>. However, <strong>we are also looking to develop a mailing group that can help form techUK&rsquo;s input into both the Work Package and our contribution to the Steering Board</strong>. If you would like to be involved in this then please <a href="'s%20External%20Electric%20Vehicle%20Position&amp;body=Hi%2C%0AI%20would%20like%20to%20join%20the%20techUK%20mailing%20group%20to%20help%20shape%20it's%20external%20positioning%20on%20EVs%20and%20input%20into%20the%20Electric%20Vehicle%20Energy%20Taskforce.%0A">contact Manar</a>.</p> <p><strong>Nominations for the work groups for each package are now open until 1 October </strong>and <a href="" target="_blank">you can find information on how to apply here</a>.<br> The four packages are;</p> <ol><li>A common strategic understanding of the requirements of the energy system to support mass EV uptake.</li> <li>Engaging EV users in smart charging and energy services.</li> <li>Smart charging technical requirements.</li> <li>Accessible data for decision making.</li> </ol>Contact: <a href=""></a> BofE call for interest re RTGS - 28 Sept deadline Tue, 18 Sep 2018 10:38:24 +0100 CRM Sync The Bank of England is seeking to work with tech firms to explore the demand for implementing synchronised settlement in the renewed Real-Time Gross Settlement service.  To get involved complete the questionnaire by 28 September. <p>Synchronisation involves what is called &lsquo;atomic settlement&rsquo; &ndash; i.e. the transfer of two assets is linked so that the transfer of one asset occurs if and only if the transfer of the other asset also occurs.&nbsp; For certain transaction types - e.g.&nbsp;housing transactions, corporate transactions and cross-border payments -&nbsp;&nbsp;this functionality could reduce cost and risk, improve efficiency, and support innovative new methods of settlement.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>The Bank is now seeking to consult with interested companies to further explore demand. To find out more, and to register your interest, please visit the <a href="">Bank&rsquo;s&nbsp;website</a>&nbsp;or contact&nbsp;<a href=""></a>.</strong></p> <p>In particular, the Bank wants to understand:</p> <p>&middot;&nbsp;How a Synchronisation Operator could connect to the renewed RTGS service;&nbsp;</p> <p>&middot;&nbsp;What functionality and capabilities the renewed RTGS service might need in order for third parties to offer innovative synchronisation services;&nbsp;</p> <p>&middot;&nbsp;What functionality a Synchronisation Operator might need in its own systems in order to deliver synchronisation services; and&nbsp;</p> <p>&middot;&nbsp;The Bank&rsquo;s policy with regards to how it expects this functionality to be used (and by which infrastructures).&nbsp;</p> <p>Companies can get involved at 2 levels:</p> <p style="margin-left:36pt">&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;By completing a questionnaire and receiving update emails. <strong>Please complete the<a href=""> questionnaire on&nbsp;Key Survey</a>&nbsp;by 28 September 2018.</strong></p> <p style="margin-left:36pt">&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;By attending face-to-face session at the Bank These will be held later this year; dates to be confirmed.</p> <p><strong>Further information and the questionnaire are on the <a href="">Bank&rsquo;s website</a>.&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Or&nbsp;feel free to contact the Bank at&nbsp;<a href=""></a>.</strong></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> MAC report highlights positive contribution from immigrants Tue, 18 Sep 2018 10:14:08 +0100 CRM Sync As the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) releases its report, techUK's CEO maintains that if the UK is to remain a global hub for tech, we must be a global hub for tech talent <p>The Migration&nbsp;Advisory Committee (MAC) has today released its report on EEA workers in the UK labour market.&nbsp; <strong>In response to the report , Julian David, techUK CEO commented: </strong></p> <p><em>&ldquo;We welcome the MAC&rsquo;s recognition of the positive contribution EEA workers make to the UK and the need for continued skilled migration. We hope the Government will act on the MAC&rsquo;s recommendation to lift the cap on Tier 2 scheme and abolish the Resident Labour Market Test &ndash; both of which make it harder for the UK to access the talent it needs. However, as we bring down these barriers, we should be wary about erecting new ones.&nbsp; </em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;The UK&rsquo;s rest of the world immigration system is creaky, bureaucratic and difficult to navigate. If the UK Government decides not to implement a preferential system for EEA nationals, then the rest of the world system needs to be entirely overhauled.&nbsp; Our current system is simply not fit for purpose to support the kind of immigration the UK&rsquo;s digital economy needs. </em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;The skills needed to power our modern, digital economy simply do not exist in&nbsp;sufficient quantity within the UK&rsquo;s resident </em><em>labour</em><em> market today. The UK Commission for Employment and Skills has estimated we need an additional 1.2 million new technical and digitally skilled people by 2022. Whilst our industry is working in close partnership with Government to ensure the domestic pipeline is strengthened, this will not happen overnight. As the MAC states, immigrants make a positive contribution to both innovation and productivity and there is a continued need for skilled migration into the UK.&nbsp; If the UK wants to be a global hub for tech, it needs to be a global hub for tech talent.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>techUK also recently <a href="">published </a>its asks for an immigration system that supports the UK tech sector.&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> Making drones take flight in the UK Tue, 18 Sep 2018 09:02:59 +0100 CRM Sync techUK has responded to the government consultation on future drone regulation. <p>Drones can and will be revolutionary for the UK and should be viewed as part of the Fourth Industrial Revolution alongside other technologies defining our future such as AI/Machine Learning, robotics, autonomous vehicles, cloud services, Blockchain, the Internet Of Things, immersive technologies, biotech and ultrafast connectivity.</p> <p>A recent report from PwC indicates drones could be worth &pound;42 billion to the UK economy by 2030 and we&rsquo;re seeing more and more enterprises and public sector bodies taking advantage. They are almost an essential for engineering firms and the user cases are only growing, as can be seen from <a href="">our conference</a> earlier in the year. So how do we get to this point?</p> <p>A Department for Transport <a href="">consultation on future regulation for drones</a> has just closed and it&rsquo;s great to see government engaged on this (not just DfT, BEIS also has videos of drones filling the walls to advertise the Industrial Strategy). techUK responded to the consultation (click the link below to download our response) and yes DfT recognises the potential of drones, but the tone is a bit too focused on command and control and we would have liked more on the benefits and opportunities of drone technology adoption.</p> <p>Our major concern is around the introduction of a new &lsquo;Flight Information and Notification System(s), or FINS(s), to manage the airspace and understand what is flying and where. As proposed FINS(s) could see those wanting to use drones having to register for the system, pay a fee, submit flight information/navigation plans, get insured and accept that this information can be shared with government agencies. Industry is moving towards a model where drones are a rapid response tool, so making users comply with all this will only discourage and inhibit wider drone adoption. Drone technology is growing, but still niche and industrial users need help and support from government, not complicated barriers and red tape.</p> <p>Elsewhere in the consultation we have urged government to use the innovation principle to measure the impact of new rules on drone uptake and want to see the lowest possible minimum age for drone users (vital if we want to get more people into STEM). A significant portion is spent on options for new police and civil powers and our view is that existing powers should be used, and new powers should only be created if it becomes obvious current laws are inadequate. &nbsp;</p> <p>Overall, we are keen to work with DfT to do what we can to promote the cutting edge use of drones and look forward to working with government on making this happen. By adopting a more experimental and opportunities focused tone and aligning policy goals with those of the Industrial Strategy, we are confident drone tech can really take flight in the UK.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> 'DefNET Issue': MOD statement provides guidance for Industry Fri, 14 Sep 2018 13:13:00 +0100 CRM Sync MOD ISS Customer Services has issued guidance to Industry <p>MOD ISS Customer Services has issued guidance to Industry that indicates the MOD's plans to keep the Defence Intranet Read/Write&nbsp;in the interim, so that Industry continues to have direct access to data provided by MOD, data that is essential to delivery of contracts.</p> <p>The guidance indicates that MOD staff will update data on both the Defence Intranet and defnet, the new SharePoint site on MODNET.</p> <p>This is an interim measure designed to overcome the issues Industry has been highlighting (e.g. via the Industry Customer Engagement Forum) over the migration of data to defnet.</p> <p>ISS is working to identify a solution that will enable non-MODNET user access to defnet.</p> <p>techUK will share any further guidance that follows..</p> <p><span style="background-color:transparent; color:rgb(34, 34, 34); font-size:14px">To download the MOD ISS Guidance for Industry re Defence Intranet and defnet, please see document below.</span></p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> CF Fund 2017 | Fast Tracked Research Fri, 14 Sep 2018 11:15:53 +0100 CRM Sync Two research projects fast-tracked to support UK recycling of waste electrical and electronic waste <p><strong>A major study which will test plastic from waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) to ensure it can be safely recycled is one of two projects that has been fast-tracked for funding under the WEEE Compliance Fee.</strong></p> <p>[LONDON] 12 September 2018: Under the ICER-led study, over 25,000 samples of plastics from displays, large and small domestic appliances, power tools, fridges and printed circuit boards will be scanned and tested for persistent organic pollutants (POPs), and specifically bromine content indicative of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PDBEs), a group of brominated flame retardants, which while now no longer used in modern equipment, was used widely by industry in the past.</p> <p>PBDEs were the first brominated persistent organic pollutants (POPs) listed in the Stockholm Convention because they are toxic, subject to long-range transport, degrade very slowly and persist in the environment. Their listing means that its manufacture, use or sale is prohibited.</p> <p>Using a methodology agreed with Defra and the Environment Agency, the study will explore where these chemicals are and, if so, what type and in what quantities. The study will then assess options for separating out WEEE plastics found to contain POPs and identify sites where they can be safely destroyed.</p> <p>The findings of the research, which is due to be concluded by February 2019, will be shared with Defra, the Environment Agency and industry to help inform policy, regulatory activity and business operations. The research is expected to cost between &pound;446,000-&pound;556,000.</p> <p>&nbsp;<strong><em>&ldquo;This initiative, made possible by the Compliance Fee, enables industry and government to work together to benefit all stakeholders,&rdquo; said Claire Snow, Director of ICER. </em></strong></p> <p><strong><em>&ldquo;The POPs Regulation sets maximum concentration levels for POPs in waste materials, including WEEE plastic. The ICER-led project will gather robust data on which to assess UK compliance and identify downstream solutions for contaminated material. By carrying out this work collectively, costs to the WEEE industry will be minimised.&rdquo;</em></strong></p> <p>The other fast-tracked project, led by the WEEE Schemes Forum (WSF), is a review of existing protocols in preparation for regulatory changes in January 2019 which will see more electrical and electronic equipment in scope of the WEEE Regulations.</p> <p>The review of the existing protocols &ndash; the Mixed WEEE Protocol and the Large Domestic Appliances (LDA) Protocol &ndash; will ensure they remain representative of the composition of these streams. The work will be run in two phases; the first is already underway and will run until later in the autumn which will result in a proposal for revised protocols. The second phase, which will run for six months in 2019, will seek to refine Phase I results. The project is estimated to cost around &pound;413,000.</p> <p><strong><em>Nigel Harvey, WSF chair said &ldquo;The current protocols, by which the UK measures the proportions of different categories of WEEE that are collected and recycled, were established nearly a decade ago. Significant changes in the equipment sold in the UK have occurred and, as a consequence, this may have affected the composition of WEEE arising. </em></strong></p> <p><strong><em>The introduction of open scope from 2019 will have a profound effect on the WEEE regime, as additional products are brought within scope of the regulations. This review is therefore essential to ensure that producer responsibility costs are apportioned fairly as this change takes effect. </em></strong></p> <p><strong><em>We welcome the provision of funding from the 2017 Compliance Fee, which has allowed this vital work to be undertaken. An external administrator, Katalyst Business Consulting, has been appointed to oversee the project.&rdquo;</em></strong></p> <p><strong><em>Susanne Baker, chair of the JTA said: &ldquo;The significant sums of money accrued under the WEEE Compliance Fee in 2017 has meant that we are able to consider strategic projects and support for the UK WEEE System in a way we&rsquo;ve not been able to in the past. The projects announced today are vital in supporting a sustainable and healthy WEEE recycling system in the UK, with more projects being considered in the coming weeks.&rdquo;</em></strong></p> <p>More information on the WEEE Compliance Fee Fund 2017 is available at <a href=""></a></p> <p><strong>ENDS</strong></p> <p><strong>Notes to Editors</strong></p> <p>For more information please contact the techUK press office on <a href=""></a> or 020 7331 2011.</p> <p><strong>The WEEE Compliance Fee Fund 2017</strong></p> <ul><li>&pound;8 million is being made available to support environmental projects from money that was collected through the 2017 WEEE Compliance Fee mechanism. The fund is expected to be spent over the next three years on a range of activities, including technical research, communications, behaviour change activities and local projects.</li> <li>The compliance fee is a regulatory tool open to the Government to support the delivery of the UK Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) regulations. If a Producer Compliance Scheme (PCS) misses their target, they have an option to pay a compliance fee for the tonnage shortfall.&nbsp;</li> <li>The law requires that the compliance fee is set at a level that encourages compliance through collection. The fee therefore complements national targets by creating an additional financial incentive to collect WEEE, because by definition it must at least reflect the true cost of recycling WEEE.</li> <li>Each year, bodies are invited to submit proposals to run the Compliance Fee in any given year. For the 2017 compliance period, the JTA &ndash; a group of trade associations representing producers of electrical and electronic equipment &ndash; methodology was selected by the Secretary of State. The Compliance Fee is administered by Mazars LLP on behalf of JTAC, the registered company established by the JTA with the sole purpose of entering into contracts with third parties for services relating to the WEEE Compliance Fee. The current chair of the JTA is Susanne Baker from techUK.</li> </ul><p>&#8203;<strong>ICER</strong></p> <ul><li>ICER is the industry body that represents the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) sector. It is the forum for industry to work with Government and Regulators on WEEE issues and its members include equipment producers, producer compliance schemes, waste management companies, treatment facilities and recyclers.</li> </ul><p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>The WEEE Schemes Forum</strong></p> <ul><li>The WEEE Scheme Forum is the UK&rsquo;s trade association for WEEE Producer Compliance Schemes.&nbsp; The WSF meets regularly with Defra and the environment agencies, and provides members PCSs with a means to respond collectively to issues raised by the regulations.&nbsp; The WSF estimates that its members are responsible for over 90% of the WEEE collected in the UK.&nbsp; The organisation was instrumental in establishing the PCS Balancing System (PBS) in 2016, with the support of Defra.</li> </ul>Contact: <a href=""></a> NCSC questions to help Britain's boards understand cyber risk Thu, 13 Sep 2018 14:34:06 +0100 CRM Sync Ciaran Martin, NCSC offered boards five questions that will help them to prepare for a cyber attack <p>Speaking at the annual CBI Cyber Security: Business Insight Conference 2018, Ciaran Martin offered boards five questions that will help them to prepare for a cyber attack.</p> <ul><li>NCSC creating a toolkit to help boards demystify cyber security and put it firmly on their agenda</li> <li>Five core questions will help FTSE 350 boards understand initial risks and areas of improvement</li> <li>NCSC CEO: Board members &ldquo;need to get a little bit technical&rdquo; if they are to understand and manage the risks they face</li> </ul><p>Experts&nbsp;in cyber security have published new guidance for Britain&rsquo;s corporate leaders to equip them with the basic technical details they need to understand the threats they face in cyber space, and to direct effectively their organisation&rsquo;s response to them.</p> <p>Specialists from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), a part of GCHQ, have emphasised that boards of big companies cannot outsource their cyber security risks and need to understand what their technical staff are doing if they are to prosper securely in the digital age.</p> <p>In support of this, the NCSC has published the first in a suite of guidance to businesses, setting out five questions &ndash; grounded in expert technical guidance &ndash; that Boards should ask about their company&rsquo;s IT security.</p> <p>The questions &ndash; and what to look for in responses &ndash; were proposed to board members at the CBI&rsquo;s Cyber Security conference today (12 September) by the NCSC&rsquo;s chief executive Ciaran Martin.</p> <p>The&nbsp;FTSE 350 Cyber Governance Health Check Report 2017&nbsp;found that while 68% of boards have received no training to deal with a cyber incident and 10% have no plan in place to respond to one.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Ciaran Martin, chief executive of the NCSC</strong>, said:</p> <p><em>&ldquo;Cyber security is now a mainstream business risk. So corporate leaders need to understand what threats are out there, and what the most effective ways are of managing the risks.</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;But to have the plain English, business focussed discussions at board level, board members need to get a little bit technical. They need to understand cyber risk in the same way they understand financial risk, or health and safety risk.</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;Our sample questions today, which we&rsquo;ve published in consultation with businesses, aim to equip board members to ask the right questions and begin to understand the answers.</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;There is no such thing as a foolish question in cyber security. The foolish act is walking away without understanding the answer because that means you don&rsquo;t understand how you&rsquo;re handling this core business risk.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>The five questions the NCSC is recommending boards ask are;</p> <ul><li>How do we defend our organisation against phishing attacks?</li> <li>What do we do to control the use of our privileged IT accounts?&nbsp;</li> <li>How do we ensure that our software and devices are up to date?</li> <li>How do we ensure our partners and suppliers protect the information we share with them?</li> <li>What authentication methods are used to control access to systems and data?</li> </ul><p>More detail around these questions can be accessed <a href="">here</a>.</p> <p>These initial questions will form part of a broader toolkit released this winter to recognise and resolve gaps in boards&rsquo; knowledge. The questions and possible answers are designed as a starting point to help organisations begin effective discussions on cyber security.</p> <p>NCSC guidance also tells boards how to distinguish good answers from waffle and encourages them to continue asking questions about how risks are managed.</p> <p><strong>Matthew Fell, CBI Chief UK Policy Director</strong>, said:</p> <p><em>&ldquo;Cyber threats now pose one of the biggest risks to a company&rsquo;s finances and reputation. Digital security can no longer be the sole responsibility of the IT team and companies recognise this.</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;Business boards are stepping up to challenge of improving their cyber literacy, but firms recognise more progress is needed. That&rsquo;s why the CBI&rsquo;s 3rd Cyber Conference brings together over 250 senior business leaders to help turn cyber awareness into action.</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;The NCSC&rsquo;s five question guide provides a great starting point for business boards to equip themselves against the ever-evolving cyber challenge.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>The NCSC has been working with boards as focus groups to determine what support is needed to ensure board members and staff who report to them are able to recognise threats, enable discussions and implement appropriate measures.</p> <p><strong>Jacqueline de Rojas, president of techUK and chair of the Digital Leaders Board</strong>, said:</p> <p><em>&ldquo;Cyber security is no longer just the domain of the IT department. It can&rsquo;t be delegated. Those around the board table must understand the constant and persistent cyber threat to their businesses and to educate themselves of the steps they need to take to ensure that they are cyber-resilient.</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;That is why the NCSC toolkit, specifically aimed at board members, is an important development.&nbsp; It will help de-mystify concerns around cyber security, enabling senior executives to discuss their cyber risk appetite in a confident and proactive manner.</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;techUK will continue to work with the NCSC to raise awareness of the toolkit in order to protect businesses both large and small in the UK.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>While primarily aimed at large companies, smaller businesses will be able to tailor the toolkit for their sector. The NCSC has also already published a cyber security&nbsp;Small Business Guide.&nbsp;It will be regularly updated to stay up-to-date and will be published for free on the NCSC website.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> No Deal Notice on Data shows legal complexities face by UK companies Thu, 13 Sep 2018 12:44:00 +0100 CRM Sync techUK's CEO, Julian David, says second tranche of no deal notices shows how damaging such a scenario would be to the UK <p><strong>Commenting on the release of the second group of No Deal Technical Notices, including a notice on the free flow of data, techUK CEO Julian David said:</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;It is right that the Government takes a proactive approach to planning for No Deal. However, today&rsquo;s notices show is that such a scenario would be hugely damaging to the UK.&nbsp; On everything from the free flow of data that underpins almost every business transaction, to the ability to drive in Europe, both businesses and consumers will face additional costs, complexity and bureaucracy.&nbsp; That is why techUK strongly supports the Government&rsquo;s continued objective of securing a comprehensive deal between the UK and the EU.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;The technical notice on personal data is a text book example of the problems that a No Deal Brexit would cause.&nbsp;We recognise it would still be the intention of the UK to seek an adequacy decision and welcome the clarity that the UK is ready to start those discussions now. While we fully support the Government in its aim to achieve adequacy, this will not be ready in the event of No Deal.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;While the decision to unilaterally allow data from the UK to flow to the EU is the right thing to do, the Government can do nothing to help UK companies seeking to transfer data from the EU to the UK.&nbsp; Instead, they will have to rely on complex processes such as Standard Contractual Clauses (SCCs).&nbsp; SCCs are currently subject to a major legal challenge in the EU and so their future is in doubt. While this is out of the UK Government&rsquo;s control, businesses need to be aware of this fact and it is, therefore, disappointing that it is not recognised in the technical notice.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;techUK is also concerned that the notice does not identify any support that Government can give to businesses to help them put in place SCCs. The legal costs involved may prove prohibitively expensive for many smaller UK businesses and serious consideration should be given to what Government support can be put in place.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;It is also concerning that the data paper does not address regulatory uncertainty surrounding the Binding Corporate Rules used by larger companies that are administered by the UK&rsquo;s Information Commissioner. &nbsp;Companies will need to re-locate to the authority governing these rules, and yet, there is little guidance on or support for how this might work in practise.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;Data is not the only area that will be of concern to UK tech companies. The notice dealing with the space sector confirms what we have known for some time - the UK will lose the ability to participate in European Space programmes.&nbsp; techUK strongly welcomes the &pound;92 million to design a UK version of the Galileo Navigation Satellite System, but the effects on companies with existing contracts for Galileo remains uncertain.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;techUK also welcomes the flexibility shown by the Department for Business on plans around CE Marking. The notice states that while a UK version will be created, products with EU approval will continue to be recognised in the UK.&nbsp;This will prevent costly additional processes for manufacturers.&nbsp; However, techUK is concerned at references to such a system being time limited.&nbsp; Reducing friction on businesses must remain a key element of Brexit planning under either a deal or no deal scenario.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For media enquiries please contact Harri Turnbull</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> ECHR rules against bulk interception regime under RIPA Thu, 13 Sep 2018 09:37:35 +0100 CRM Sync On Thursday 13 September, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled that certain aspects of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA) entailed a violation of the Convention on human rights. <p>In a <a href="" target="_blank">case</a> brought against the British Government by a group of journalists and civil liberties organisations, the Court <a href="http://file:///C:/Users/talalr/AppData/Local/Packages/Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe/TempState/Downloads/Big%20Brother%20Watch%20and%20Others%20v.%20the%20United%20Kingdom%20%20-%20complaints%20about%20surveillance%20regimes%20(1).pdf" target="_blank">found </a>that the bulk interception regime and the regime for obtaining communications data from communications service providers (CSPs) under RIPA violated both Articles 8 and 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights.&nbsp;</p> <p>In relation to bulk interception, this was down to the lack of oversight both of the selection of Internet bearers for interception and the filtering, search and selection of intercepted communications for examination.&nbsp; The Court also found that the safeguards governing the selection of &ldquo;related communications data&rdquo; for examination were inadequate.&nbsp;</p> <p>Crucially, in reaching this conclusion, the Court stated that the operation of a bulk interception regime did not in and of itself violate the Convention so long as such a regime respected the criteria set down in its case law.&nbsp; This may have an effect on the bulk interception regime of the Investigatory Powers Act 2016 (IP Act), particularly in relation to the interception of bulk secondary data.</p> <p>In relation to the regime for obtaining communications data from CSPs under RIPA, the Court held that it violated Article 8 as it was not in accordance with the law and that it violated Article 10 since there were insufficient safeguards in respect of confidential journalistic material.</p> <p>It should be noted that the IP Act, when fully in force, will make significant amendments to both the regimes for bulk interception and obtaining communications data from CSPs, and that these amendments were not considered by the Court.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Connected home device ownership up but consumers remain sceptical Wed, 12 Sep 2018 14:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync techUK‘s second annual report on the state of the Connected Home reveals that consumers are buying devices but aren’t realising the benefits of smart functionality <p>For the second year in a row,&nbsp;<a href="">techUK</a>&nbsp;has today launched its inaugural annual State of the Connected Home report, looking at current consumer understanding of the connected home market. Developed in partnership with market research firm,&nbsp;<a href="">GfK</a>, it explores the appeal and ownership of different categories of devices and makes recommendations to encourage further adoption in the UK.</p> <p>Key findings include:&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <ul><li>Device ownership is growing. The&nbsp;number of households owning more than three devices up by a quarter since last year&rsquo;s report&#8239;&nbsp;</li> <li>The number of smart speakers/home assistants&nbsp;has&nbsp;doubled and seems&nbsp;to be powering ownership&nbsp;of&nbsp;other devices&#8239;&nbsp;</li> <li>Knowledge and appeal of the connected home, in general,&nbsp;has stagnated&#8239;&nbsp;</li> </ul><p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>12 September 2018:&#8239;</strong>&#8239;techUK&nbsp;has today launched its second annual report,&nbsp;The&nbsp;State of the Connected Home.&nbsp;The&nbsp;report,&nbsp;based on exclusive research conducted by GfK of 1,000 UK consumers, explores the&nbsp;knowledge and understanding of categories and ownership of connected home products and services.&#8239;Key findings&nbsp;include that the appeal for smart entertainment systems&nbsp;seems to be&nbsp;driving&nbsp;overall appeal for the&nbsp;connected home&nbsp;sector,&nbsp;with smart energy&nbsp;and&nbsp;lighting and security systems also seen as desirable.&#8239;&#8239;&nbsp;</p> <p>The report illustrates the number of connected devices&#8239;owned by consumers is&#8239;growing from 35 per cent in 2017 to 44&nbsp;per cent&nbsp;in 2018&nbsp;and there is early evidence that some devices &ndash; particularly&#8239;home assistants&#8239;and smart meters&nbsp;&ndash; may act as a gateway to ownership of others. This will be a trend that we will examine in more detail in our 2019 work.&#8239;&#8239;&nbsp;</p> <p>There are, however, clear barriers to take-up with cost, specifically&#8239;a&nbsp;lack of&#8239;perceived&#8239;value,&#8239;cited by over 40 per cent of respondents as a significant barrier.&nbsp;Privacy (23 per cent) and security (16 per cent) of devices are also significant barriers for consumers. techUK is committed to working with industry and Government to help consumers&nbsp;realise&nbsp;the value in adopting and using connected home devices.&#8239;&#8239;&nbsp;</p> <p>Consumer expectations for installation and payment defer across&nbsp;age group, e.g.&nbsp; consumers between 35 and 44 strongly agree with self-installation&nbsp;but&nbsp;over 65s do not.&nbsp; When&nbsp;it comes to paying&#8239;for these devices, there is a clear preference&nbsp;of 79 per cent&nbsp;for&#8239;single payment&#8239;options&nbsp;although over 20 per cent of respondents indicated that they would&nbsp;favour&nbsp;a service model.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Commenting on the report,&nbsp;Matthew Evans,&#8239;head of&#8239;techUK&rsquo;s&#8239;IoT&#8239;programme,&#8239;said:&#8239;&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><em>&ldquo;The Connected Home can deliver real productivity and cost savings to consumers, as well as that elusive prize of peace of mind.&#8239;However,&#8239;our report demonstrates that privacy and security concerns&#8239;are&#8239;real barriers to the adoption of connected home technologies.&#8239;If&nbsp;the industry&nbsp;is&nbsp;to deliver these&#8239;benefits,&#8239;then we need to work doubly hard to address these justified concerns and continue to demonstrate the value that these&#8239;new products and services can deliver.&rdquo;&#8239;</em></p> <p><strong>Trevor Godman,&nbsp;Key Account Director at Gfk has is at the view that:&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><em>"Take-up of smart home products continues to rise, with interactive speakers the hot product of the last year.&nbsp; In contrast, however, the level of consumer excitement about smart home as a category has lost momentum somewhat &ndash; particularly for smart security, smart appliances, and smart health products.&nbsp; As smart home pivots to the mass market, it is essential for manufacturers to identify use cases and communicate compelling benefits to capture the imagination of consumers."</em></p> <p><strong>Robert&nbsp;Cheesewright, Director of Policy and Communications at Smart Energy GB, said:&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><em>&ldquo;This report from&nbsp;techUK&nbsp;highlights the huge potential that smart meters have in helping us take advantage of the range of smart products and services available, making&nbsp;our lives easier,&nbsp;our bills cheaper and&nbsp;allowing us to do&nbsp;our bit for the environment. Smart meters are the building blocks for this energy revolution.&rdquo;&nbsp;</em></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Drones and the emergency services Wed, 12 Sep 2018 13:30:32 +0100 CRM Sync Ahead of a free conference on how drones are being use by Blue Light services we look at how the emergency services are using them now and what is stopping others. <p style="text-align:justify">Drones have huge potential for the UK&nbsp;with the &lsquo;drone economy&rsquo; potentially worth tens of billions if we get the policy and investment environment right. As emerged from our <a href="">Drones Futures event</a> earlier this year, the UK could lead the way in drone adoption and their role in supporting the vital work of&nbsp;the emergency services is the subject of a <strong><a href="">free conference we are holding on 9 November</a></strong>.</p> <p style="text-align:justify">For the emergency services, drones offer some&nbsp;serious capability. Most obviously they are a cheaper and more rapid response alternative to helicopters, giving operational commanders better insight to best deploy resources. This flexibility can speed up search and rescue operations, limit the risk to staff, reduce costs and save lives. Right now, Lincolnshire Police, who spoke at our Drone Futures conference earlier in the year, are using drones to search for missing people, fighting rural crime, supporting local councils and managing traffic around large events. The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) ran trials using drones in real life rescues and West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue have started using drones to evaluate fires and reduce risks to their personnel.</p> <p style="text-align:justify">In the future, who knows how the user cases will develop, but concepts for drone ambulances are being worked on and as drone tech becomes smaller, they could become more ubiquitous among emergency responders (who could imagine 20 years ago each emergency service employee would have access to smartphones?).</p> <p style="text-align:justify">So the benefits of using drones in the emergency services are vast, but how systematic and effective are they being used? The truth is that like other technologies, drone adoption in blue light services&nbsp;has been patchy. The localised nature of emergency services makes it very difficult to have a single approach to technology rollout. Some police and fire services have got great stories to tell, whilst others have with invested poorly (bought the machines but not understood it) or are only at the start of their drone journeys. So what are the barriers?</p> <p style="text-align:justify">Money and resources are the obvious barriers, but leadership culture is a big one too. It needs to occur to emergency service leaders to use drones and make sure those on the ground have the confidence, understanding and skills to effectively deploy them and no what they offer. The need for collaboration with other services is essential to addressing these gaps as is having examples and real champions for drones across all the blue light services.</p> <p style="text-align:justify"><strong><em>We will be discussing this at a free techUK conference Blue Light Drones: from niche to mainstream on 9 November. <a href="">Click here to book your space </a>. </em></strong></p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> Copyright directive is a setback for the European digital economy Wed, 12 Sep 2018 12:24:14 +0100 CRM Sync techUK's response to the European Parliament Copyright Directive vote outlines how the proposals will impact the European Digital Economy. <p>Commenting on the European Parliament's vote on the Copyrght directive, techUK's Head of Brexit, International and Economics, Giles Derrington, said:</p> <p>"Today&rsquo;s vote on the Copyright directive is hugely disappointing and represents a setback for an innovation-led European economy. Far from advancing the European digital economy through the Digital Single Market, the proposals adopted by the European Parliament today will lead to significant additional burdens on companies seeking to serve the European market. It is bad news, not just for UK digital businesses, but also for the general public who now risk seeing their freedoms online being restricted.</p> <p>"While the aims of the Copyright directive proposals were understandable, the method that has been adopted will not achieve the stated objectives. Requirements for platforms to filter all user uploaded content will likely result in a reduced user experience and the over-removal of legitimate content. The creation of a new neighbouring right for press publishers will make sharing news articles online more difficult, making it harder for the public to find good quality journalism online. Today was also a lost opportunity to make Europe a more attractive place for Artificial Intelligence development. Instead, fragmented rules across the EU will mean a confusing picture on where text and data mining technologies are allowed.</p> <p>"The proposals will now enter interinstitutional negotiations with the European Commission and European Council where there&nbsp;is an opportunity for further compromise. techUK urges the negotiators to take any steps possible to protect the open internet during these discussions.</p> <p>"To be clear, the UK leaving the European Union will not protect UK businesses from these new requirements. Any UK business seeking to serve the EU market will have to comply with the directive which, given the size and importance of the EU market to UK businesses, will be a significant barrier to market entry."</p> <p>techUK had previously welcomed the European Parliament&rsquo;s rejection of the Copyright directive in July and called for further compromise. <a href="">You can see that response here</a>.</p> <p>For media enquiries please contact Harri Turnbull&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Government publishes code of conduct for AI and data-driven technology Tue, 11 Sep 2018 15:40:28 +0100 CRM Sync A new code of conduct for Artificial Intelligence (AI) and other data-driven technologies in healthcare. <p>The UK Government has published a <a href="">new code of conduct on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and data-driven technologies in healthcare</a>, with a view of creating a &ldquo;safe and trusted environment in which innovation can flourish&rdquo;.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The code &ndash; which for now is in initial consultation stage &ndash; encourages suppliers of data-driven technologies to adhere to a set of 10 gold-standard principles. According to government, the code of conduct will:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul><li>ensure the NHS and taxpayers get a good deal on future partnerships with technology companies</li> <li>allow the government to work with suppliers to guide the development of new technology, so products are suitable to the NHS in the future</li> <li>set clear guidelines on how NHS patient data is protected</li> <li>allow the best data-driven technologies to introduce benefits to patients and staff faster.</li> </ul><p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The document in turn lists five commitments outlining what the government will do to support and encourage innovators in health and care. These include pledges to simplifying the regulatory and funding landscape, encouraging the system to adopt innovation and creating an environment that enables experimentation.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>From techUK&rsquo;s perspective, the centre has a strong role to play in setting the challenges and standards that technology needs to meet. We also need to make it easier to develop, test and prove technology in the UK. This will allow innovators to do what they do best and help to cement the UK&rsquo;s position as one of the best places to innovate in health and technology.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Department for Health and Social Care is now considering how best to develop the code, which currently relies on organisations signing up voluntarily. In the future, supportive initiatives could include setting up a partnership support service and development of a Kitemark scheme for the code.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) is seeking feedback, via an <a href="">online questionnaire</a>, on the initial code to improve and strengthen its contents. The responses received will feed into the next version of the document, which DHSC aim to publish in December.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>If you have any further questions or queries about the code, or how it may impact your organisation, please get in touch with Katherine Mayes.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> Building the Smarter State Tue, 11 Sep 2018 14:05:38 +0100 CRM Sync Key highlights from techUK’s flagship public services conference <p><img alt="" src="//" style="height:300px; width:450px"></p> <p>Over 200 leaders across the public sector and tech industry attended techUK&rsquo;s flagship public services conference, <a href="" rel="noreferrer" target="_blank">Building the Smarter State,</a> last week to hear the government's vision for transformation and learn how peers are re-imagining public services through technology.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>It was a packed agenda looking at the key issues creating the conditions for successful end-to-end transformation &ndash; from digital skills to managing change to making it easy for SMEs to work with government. We were delighted to welcome <a href="" rel="noreferrer" target="_blank">Oliver Dowden CBE MP</a>, Minister for Implementation as the opening keynote. At the conference the Minister revealed the s<a href="" rel="noreferrer" target="_blank">econd round of GovTech Catalyst challenges</a> - the &pound;20 million fund set up to help private sector innovators tackle public sector problems. The five new challenges include:&nbsp;</p> <ol start="1"><li> <p>How might we improve firefighter safety and operational response?&nbsp;</p> </li> </ol><ol start="2"><li> <p>How might we make better use of data to guide public sector audits?&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> </li> </ol><ol start="3"><li> <p>How might we automatically detect and identify illicit goods during the journey across the border without impacting fluidity of trade?&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> </li> </ol><ol start="4"><li> <p>How might we understand the overlaps between business regulations?&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> </li> </ol><ol start="5"><li> <p>How might we guarantee prescription continuity while people move between care providers?&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> </li> </ol><p>It was a keynote full of exciting announcements. The <a href="" rel="noreferrer" target="_blank">Minister committing innovation as a priority, which will be realised in an ambitious Innovation Strategy.</a> He said &ldquo;The strategy will share our vision of how government can use emerging technologies to deliver world class public services. It will encourage collaboration between the public and private sector and identify areas where investment can increase the pace of innovation.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="//" style="height:300px; width:450px"></p> <p>After hearing the government&rsquo;s vision we heard from a number of digital leaders across Whitehall departments and local government who shared their experiences of managing complex change and driving a culture of innovation.&nbsp;</p> <p>A reoccurring theme throughout the panels was that technology has an enabling role to do things differently. However, we should not start with the technology but with outlining the problem first and then looking to the tech solution. For the emerging technologies to succeed there needs to be in place the culture and leadership that recognises that digital doesn&rsquo;t just sit with IT, but with everyone. This powerfully articulated by Nicola Graham, Head of IT at Aberdeenshire Council when sharing her councils digital journey. This is a sentiment championed by techUK and something highlighted in our recent pape<a href="" rel="noreferrer" target="_blank">r, &lsquo;Council of the Future: A Digital Guide&rsquo; for Councillors&rsquo;</a> which encourages Councillors to adopt a digital-first mindset.&nbsp;</p> <p>Alongside our conference, last week we also held our <a href="" rel="noreferrer" target="_blank">Building the Smarter State campaign</a> which include a series of guest blogs from stakeholders and industry on the building blocks to the Smarter State. You can catch-up on all the <a href="" rel="noreferrer" target="_blank">content here</a> and continue the conversation by sharing your views at @techUK #techUKSmarterStat</p> <p><!--EndFragment--></p> Sir Alan Wilson appointed Chair of the Ada Lovelace Institute Tue, 11 Sep 2018 11:21:47 +0100 CRM Sync Sir Alan Wilson appointed Executive Chair of the Ada Lovelace Institute <p>The Nuffield Foundation has appointed Sir Alan Wilson as Executive Chair of the Ada Lovelace Institute.</p> <p>Sir Alan, who will step down as CEO of The Alan Turing Institute this month, will take up his new role with immediate effect. He will lead the 18-month development phase of the Ada Lovelace Institute, an independent research and deliberative body with a mission to ensure data and AI work for people and society.</p> <p>Sir Alan&rsquo;s first priority as Chair will be to lead the recruitment process for the Board &ndash; which will set the strategy and remit of the Ada Lovelace Institute &ndash; and a Director. <u><a href="">Recruitment for the Director is now open</a></u>, and Board opportunities will be advertised in the next few weeks. To be notified when the recruitment is live,&nbsp;please <u><a href="" target="_blank">sign up for email updates from the Ada Lovelace Institute</a></u>.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Commenting on the appointment, Sue Daley, Head of Cloud, Data Analytics and AI at techUK said:</p> <p>&ldquo;techUK welcomes Sir Alan Wilson&rsquo;s appointment as Executive Chair of the Ada Lovelace Institute as he leads the Institute&rsquo;s development over the next 18 months.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Sir Alan&rsquo;s prior experience at the Alan Turing Institute stands him in good stead to drive the aims of the Institute. Industry stands ready to support Sir Alan in his new role and look forward to continuing to work closely with the Ada Lovelace Institute as it gets to work.&rdquo;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK joins Electric Vehicle Energy Taskforce Steering Board Tue, 11 Sep 2018 10:22:00 +0100 CRM Sync techUK is joining the Steering Group of the Electric Vehicle Energy Taskforce which was announced as part of the Government's 'Road to Zero' strategy in July. <p>techUK is pleased to announced that it has joined the Steering Group of the <a href=",electric-vehicle-energy-taskforce-set-up-to-tackle-energy-sector-opportunities-and-impacts-associated-with-the-rise-of-electric-vehicles_3844.htm">Electric Vehicle Energy Taskforce</a>. The purpose of this group is to&nbsp;bring together the energy and automotive industries to plan for the changes that will take place as a result of rising electric vehicle use.&nbsp;The Taskforce, for which the LowCVP will provide secretariat functions, is chaired by Phil New, Chief Executive of the Energy Systems Catapult and was announced today by the Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling. It is part of a package of measures which were announced at today's Zero Emission Summit aimed at ensuring the UK is a world leader in this sector.&nbsp;</p> <p>Plug-in electric vehicle use has been increasing sharply in the last few years, albeit from a low base; representing over 4% of new car sales for the latest month for which figures are available (Aug 2018). The Road to Zero strategy confirmed the Government&rsquo;s commitment for all new cars and vans to be zero emission vehicles by 2040. The vast majority of these vehicles are expected to be fully or partly electrified.</p> <p>Meanwhile, the UK&rsquo;s energy generation system is also rapidly changing. In the short term, the rollout of smart meters and electric vehicle charging infrastructure will offer opportunities for the energy sector to work with consumers to level off electricity demand. By 2050, the UK will be powered by low, or zero, carbon electricity generation and, increasingly, by distributed renewable sources. The intermittent nature of renewable generation &ndash; providing surpluses at some times of day and deficits at others &ndash; creates a need (and a significant business opportunity) for new energy storage solutions. The batteries in electric vehicles (as well as those in &lsquo;second life&rsquo;) could provide a key missing link in the UK&rsquo;s future energy supply &lsquo;mix&rsquo;.</p> <p>The objective of the Electric Vehicle Energy Taskforce is to put engaging the electric vehicle user at the heart of preparing the electricity system for the mass take up of electric vehicles. It aims to ensure that costs and emissions are as low as possible, and opportunities for vehicles to provide grid services are capitalised upon for the benefit of the system, energy bill payers and electric vehicle owners.</p> <p>Matthew Evans, Head of techUK's Smart Infrastructure Programme, said <em>"techUK is pleased to be participating in the Electric Vehicle Energy Taskforce which brings together the energy and automotive industries to plan for growing use of electric vehicles in the UK. Data is at the heart of ensuring that we deliver consumer-centred charging infrastructure which facilitates the widespread adoption of Electric Vehicles, at the lowest possible cost. The tech sector already plays a leading role in driving down our emissions and we look forward to working with our partners in the energy and automotive sector to ensuring the UK is able to exceed its targets around electric vehicles and progress faster down the road to zero."</em></p> <p>techUK will be looking to engage members as we deliver inputs into the taskforce. We wil be publishing more information about the Taskforce's programme shorlty but if you would like to participate in this work then please contact <a href="">Manar Al-Muflahi</a>.&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK green week - one month to go! Tue, 11 Sep 2018 09:19:12 +0100 CRM Sync Ahead of our 'Green Week' showcasing how tech is leading the transition to a low carbon economy, we're keen to hear from technology businesses who may be interested in blogging for the campaign week. <p>15 - 20 October sees the first techUK 'Green Week', a campaign week looking at how UK technology businesses are helping deliver sustainability, environmental and low carbon outcomes. The week co-incides with the UK Government 'Green GB Week' and we will be collaborating with BEIS and other departments to really highlight UK leadership on these issues.</p> <p>The week will feature webinars, a podcast, blogs and posters looking at tech solutions transforming the environmental and low carbon sectors and we are very keen to get case studies and guest blogs throughout the week. Our only ask is that blogs and case studies fit in with the themes for each day, which&nbsp;are:</p> <ul><li>Monday - Living Spaces</li> <li>Tuesday - Land and Resources</li> <li>Wednesday - Our Footprint and Supply Chains</li> <li>Thursday - Oceans</li> <li>Friday - A Zero Carbon Tech Sector</li> </ul><p>If this is of interest please email Susanne or Craig (details beow).</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> Modernising Defence Programme: Review of consultation responses Mon, 10 Sep 2018 09:44:54 +0100 CRM Sync MOD releases review of Modernising Defence Programme consultation responses <p>Following the open consultation on Modernising Defence Programme (MDP), MOD has now released a brief review of the responses it has received. MOD received&nbsp; over 100 responses from&nbsp; stakeholders, ranging from members of the general public, Defence personnel (civilian and military), industry, academia, think tanks, Parliamentarians, Local Authorities, trade unions and charities.</p> <p>The responses are primarily focused on the four workstreams:</p> <p><strong>Workstream 1</strong> &ndash; MOD Operating Model: establishing a refreshed and clearer Operating Model for Defence, to enable better and faster decision-making and more efficient and effective delivery of Defence outputs.</p> <p><strong>Workstream 2</strong> &ndash; Efficiency and business modernisation: providing confidence in the MOD&rsquo;s ability to realise existing efficiency targets, and a set of options for future efficiency and business modernisation investments.</p> <p><strong>Workstream 3</strong> &ndash; Commercial and industrial approach: assessing how MOD can improve on commercial capability and strategic supplier management.</p> <p><strong>Workstream 4</strong> &ndash; Defence policy, outputs and military capability: analysing the global security context and its implications for Defence policy, the roles and tasks that we prioritise, and the opportunities or imperatives for modernising our workforce, military capabilities and force generation processes.</p> <p>MOD has outlined some key areas which were discussed in a large amount of responses. Some of these align with the response techUK made on behalf of its members. (The techUK response can be found at the bottom of this article). These include:</p> <p><strong><em>Change and Efficiency (workstreams 1 and 2) </em></strong></p> <p><em>A large number of responses made recommendations for realising greater efficiency in Defence. Many of these concerned the everyday business processes and practices used in Defence including: more intelligent use of IT to support remote working; better use of project management, procurement and budget management at the smaller scales of departmental business; and improvement of performance recruitment and management. </em></p> <p><em>Many responses argued that greater efficiency could be achieved by making better use of the workforce&rsquo;s skills: a greater focus on the value of expertise, with less reliance on generalists, a more targeted and considered use of contractors, and greater care taken to place people in roles that allow the fullest possible use of their expertise and qualifications.&nbsp; </em></p> <p><strong><em>Industry and prosperity (workstream 3) </em></strong></p> <p><em>A large number warned against the MOD procurement system becoming overly reliant on a small number of suppliers.&nbsp; Some suggested that Defence should pursue more collaborative, long-term relationships with a broader range of suppliers.&nbsp; This would be helped by better engagement with industry, increased visibility of MOD&rsquo;s forward programme of work, more opportunity for sub-contracting to SMEs, and better scrutiny of suppliers&rsquo; capabilities to ensure they remain both competitive and fit for purpose.&nbsp; </em></p> <p><em>Some proposed that Defence should ensure that it has the right mix of skills by investing more in commercial awareness and specialisms such as negotiation and through-life costing.&nbsp; A two-way secondment programme between Defence and industry would help on this front, and should contribute to better development and retention of highly skilled staff, and less reliance on external support. </em></p> <p><em>There was consensus amongst respondents that supply chain management and procurement processes can be simplified and improved, in part through more intelligent use of data, digital transformation, and automation.&nbsp;&nbsp; </em></p> <p><em>A significant number of responses highlighted the importance of Defence for UK prosperity. </em></p> <p><strong><em>Development of new capabilities </em></strong></p> <p><em>The capability areas most commonly cited as requiring investment were: ballistic missile defence; precision strike; information, surveillance and reconnaissance; cyber; information operations; and CBRN.&nbsp; Many respondents urged a greater dedication of resources to R&amp;D and innovation in order to develop these new capabilities more quickly. </em></p> <p>MOD continues to work on its response to the MDP consultation and aims to publish its findings later the Autumn. techUK is pleased to see that many of the responses have echoed the suggestions given in our own submission on behalf of members, and looks forward to working with MOD to implement the MDP&rsquo;s findings once published.</p> <p><strong>techUK&rsquo;s Head of Defence Programme Fred Sugden said:</strong></p> <p><em>&ldquo;techUK looks forward to the publication of the Modernising Defence Programme&rsquo;s findings in the Autumn, and our members stand ready to assist the MOD with the implementation of the MDP. Technology plays a critical role in helping the MOD modernise its business processes and drive efficiencies across Defence, and also underpins the world-class capabilities used by our Armed Forces. It is good to see that the responses have highlighted increased visibility of MOD&rsquo;s forward programme of work and more opportunities for sub-contracting to SMEs, and we are particularly pleased to see that our suggestion of a two-way secondment programme between Defence and industry to ensure Defence has the right mix of skills and expertise has been referenced&rdquo;</em></p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> Making the NHS website better for everyone - NHS Digital Fri, 07 Sep 2018 14:28:40 +0100 CRM Sync Making the NHS website better for everyone - NHS Digital <p><!-- Generic meta tags -->Making the NHS website better for everyone - NHS Digital<!-- Facebook meta tags --><!-- Twitter meta tags --><!--[if IE]><link rel="shortcut icon" href="/webfiles/1536232086842/icons/favicon.ico"><![endif]--><!--[if gt IE 8]><!--><!--<![endif]--><!--[if IE 6]> <link rel="stylesheet" href="/webfiles/1536232086842/css/nhsuk-ie6.css" media="screen" type="text/css"/> <![endif]--><!--[if IE 7]> <link rel="stylesheet" href="/webfiles/1536232086842/css/nhsuk-ie7.css" media="screen" type="text/css"/> <![endif]--><!--[if IE 8]> <link rel="stylesheet" href="/webfiles/1536232086842/css/nhsuk-ie8.css" media="screen" type="text/css"/> <![endif]--><!-- Global site tag (gtag.js) - Google Analytics --><!--[if IE]> <script src=""></script> <![endif]--><!--StartFragment--></p> <p><img alt="NHS website home page on computer and phone" src=""></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>I&rsquo;m a Product Manager at NHS Digital and my role is to look at how we can improve the design of the NHS website ( I work with a small team of skilled designers, developers and researchers. Together, we have recently made some important improvements to the site and this blog explains what they are and why we have made them.</p> <p>There are over 40 million visits to the NHS website ( per month. It has thousands of articles, videos and tools, all made to help people and there are links to lots of local and online services that make it easy for people to&nbsp;use the NHS.</p> <h3><strong>It is a good website but it could be better.</strong></h3> <p>But how do we know how to make things better? The simple answer is that we don&rsquo;t unless we test them with people!</p> <p>That is what we have been doing since we started this work. We have spoken to lots of people who use the website. We have asked them to have a look at the changes we have made and see how they feel about them. Sometimes we get it right and sometimes we don&rsquo;t. But that&rsquo;s ok, because it helps us to know what really works for people.</p> <p>So what have we done so far?</p> <h3><strong>We have made the NHS website work better on phones.</strong></h3> <p>Because most people use a phone to look at the NHS website, we have taken a 'mobile first&rsquo; approach.</p> <p>We have changed the size of the text and how images appear on phones to make them clearer and quicker to load.</p> <p>We&rsquo;ve tested our new designs with lots of people on phones to know what works better.</p> <h3><strong>We have made it easier to read.</strong></h3> <p><strong>&nbsp;<img alt="screenshots of the site on a phone before and after" src="">&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>The website has lots of pages and often these pages are very long. So we have made changes to the way words look on a page and the colours we use, to make it easier to read.</p> <p>We have also improved the way things look on our <a href="" onclick="logGoogleAnalyticsEvent('Link click','General','');">conditions and treatments</a> pages. This is so that people can quickly find the really important things.</p> <p>We have tested these with lots of people and everyone has been able to clearly read all the words. Some people have even said that they could read it without needing their reading glasses!</p> <h3><strong>We have made it easier for people to find what they need </strong></h3> <p><strong><img alt="Screenshot of conditions a to z before and after" src=""></strong></p> <p>People found it hard to use the Health A-Z. They got confused when they tried to use it.</p> <p>We have now made it simpler and clearer to use. People can find what they need much quicker.</p> <p>We have changed the top of the page to make it more accessible and help make it clear this is the NHS website.</p> <p>There is no longer the &lsquo;NHS Choices&rsquo; logo on the website. This is because people told us they didn&rsquo;t know what NHS Choices meant or simply didn&rsquo;t know about it. People call this website the NHS website. So we will too. You will continue to see the trusted NHS brand.</p> <h3><strong>There is a new homepage too</strong></h3> <p><strong><img alt=" home page before and after" src=""></strong></p> <p>There is also a new homepage for the website <a href="" onclick="logGoogleAnalyticsEvent('Link click','General','');"></a>&nbsp;which we are releasing gradually. From this page people will be able to find the health information they need. This will include links to local services.</p> <h3><strong>We have more to do but we are getting it right.</strong></h3> <p><strong><img alt="before and after of on a phone showing how much clearer it is now" src=""></strong></p> <p>One user we spoke to has a condition called dysgraphia. She finds it hard to write&nbsp; and finds remembering information difficult.</p> <p>She told us &ldquo;My brain does not take in text. I retain things better with colours and pictures. There is a logical order to how you have organised the information. That has really helped me. The dysgraphia affects how I process colours, different fonts and backgrounds. What stands out to a lot of people does not to me.</p> <p>The background is very clear. It is nice and plain and does not feel too bright. The way the font is on the page is nice and easy to see. I have not seen anything and thought - I can&rsquo;t make that out.&rdquo;</p> <h3><strong>The NHS is for everyone. So&nbsp;the NHS website should be for everyone too. </strong></h3> <p>We want the NHS website to be accessible for everyone. What this means is that people with a disability can use the website as easily as someone that does not have a disability.</p> <p>We want the site to be accessible to everyone. And to achieve that we have been fortunate to work with some amazing people and teams, such as the NHS Digital Ability Network Group, the NHS England Learning Disability and Autism Advisory Group, the NHS England Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Health and Wellbeing Alliance and BID Leeds Hearing &amp; Sight Loss service.</p> <p>With their help, we have been testing our changes with people who are dyslexic, people who are blind or partially sighted, people who are deaf or hard of hearing and people with a learning disability, autism or both.</p> <p>We have much to learn and will continue to make it better.</p> <h3><strong>And if we can get this right then the NHS website will work better for everyone.</strong></h3> <p>This feels like a good ambition to have, especially as we celebrate the 70th birthday of the NHS.</p> <p>To see the changes we have made, please go to the new <a href="" onclick="logGoogleAnalyticsEvent('Link click','General','');">homepage</a> or <a href="" onclick="logGoogleAnalyticsEvent('Link click','General','');">Health A-Z</a>.</p> <p>We will be writing more about the changes to the website soon so please look out for these.</p> <p><!--EndFragment--><br><!-- Facebook meta tags --><!-- Twitter meta tags --><!--[if IE]><link rel="shortcut icon" href="/webfiles/1536232086842/icons/favicon.ico"><![endif]--><!--[if gt IE 8]><!--><!--<![endif]--><!--[if IE 6]> <link rel="stylesheet" href="/webfiles/1536232086842/css/nhsuk-ie6.css" media="screen" type="text/css"/> <![endif]--><!--[if IE 7]> <link rel="stylesheet" href="/webfiles/1536232086842/css/nhsuk-ie7.css" media="screen" type="text/css"/> <![endif]--><!--[if IE 8]> <link rel="stylesheet" href="/webfiles/1536232086842/css/nhsuk-ie8.css" media="screen" type="text/css"/> <![endif]--><!-- Global site tag (gtag.js) - Google Analytics --><!--[if IE]> <script src=""></script> <![endif]--><!--StartFragment--></p> FCA's 'Live & Local' programme Tue, 04 Sep 2018 14:38:53 +0100 CRM Sync The Financial Conduct Authority will be travelling around the country to give updates for insurance, mortgage and non-bank payment companies. <p><strong>The FCA is now running a series of events for regulated firms, each of which will run on several dates in London, Birmingham, Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Manchester and Newcastle.</strong></p> <p><strong>Dates will be announced every few months&nbsp;- so sign up to the <a href=""><u>live and local updates</u></a> to get the latest emails.&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>The events will cover the following topics:</p> <p><a href="">General insurance</a>:</p> <p>Interactive workshops on the extension of the Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SM&amp;CR) and the Insurance Distribution Directive (IDD)</p> <p>Q&amp;A roundtable discussions with a panel of FCA and industry representatives</p> <p><a href="">Mortgage services</a>:</p> <p>For&nbsp;mortgage&nbsp;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;</p> <p><a href="">Non-bank payment services</a>:</p> <p>Non-bank payment services&nbsp;firms can attend 'An introduction to FCA Payments Supervision&rsquo; events in London, Birmingham and Manchester f</p> <p>Plus ad-hoc events for various sectors featuring the FCA Executive Committee, as well as additional events focusing on priorities from the&nbsp;FCA business plan 2018/19</p> <p>A new set of event dates and locations will be announced every few months on the&nbsp;Live &amp; Local webpage. The first set of events are running from September to December 2018.&nbsp;</p> <p>Registration is now open for non-bank payment services events which will provide an introduction to FCA Payments Supervision&rsquo; and provide clarity on the FCA&rsquo;s role, expectations, and its supervisory approach. These events will also offer firms an opportunity to ask FCA questions and meet its Payments Department. Representatives from the FCA's Authorisations team and Contact Centre will also be on hand. <strong>The dates and locations are now confirmed with spaces available at the November events</strong> as follows:</p> <p>Date (all sessions are 9.30am &ndash; 12pm)</p> <p>26 Sept (am) (FULL)</p> <p>DoubleTree by Hilton, Victoria, London (Central)</p> <p><strong>8 Nov</strong></p> <p><strong>Marriot Manchester Victoria &amp; Albert Hotel, Manchester</strong></p> <p><strong>21 Nov</strong></p> <p><strong>The Brewery, 52 Chiswell St, London (City)</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK response to Home Secretary speech on keeping children safe Mon, 03 Sep 2018 11:54:30 +0100 CRM Sync techUK comment on Home Secretary Sajid Javid's recent speech on keeping children safe <p><strong>Commenting on the Home Secretary&rsquo;s speech today given at the NSPCC, Vinous Ali, Head of Policy, techUK said:</strong></p> <p>&ldquo;Sharing and viewing child sexual abuse images is illegal and the tech sector is united and dedicated to both the identification and removal of that content, as well as supporting law enforcement in prosecuting perpetrators. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The Home Secretary has acknowledged that the identification of those committing these acts is a challenging task with perpetrators employing sophisticated techniques in an attempt to avoid detection. It is for that reason that collaboration between industry and law enforcement is so vital and why the sector has dedicated significant resources over many years to this issue.</p> <p>The tech industry is constantly investing in new ways to tackle illegal child abuse content online. The creation of the industry-funded Internet Watch Foundation, for example, was ground-breaking and provided a model for the rest of the world to follow.</p> <p>However, technology is only part of the solution and technology companies rely on being able to work closely with law enforcement. We must not fall into the trap of believing this is an online only issue. Today&rsquo;s announcement of more resources for law enforcement agencies is much needed and is very welcome, this will allow more perpetrators to be identified and prosecuted.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Notes to Editors</strong></p> <p>In 1996, the UK hosted 18% of the world&rsquo;s known online child sexual abuse material. Today, it hosts just 0.2%. - <a href=""></a>. According to IWF&rsquo;s most recent report, the majority of known child sexual abuse imagery is located on image hosting sites and cyberlockers. Less than 1% of known child sexual abuse material is hosted on social networks.</p> <p>Since 1996 IWF analysts have manually assessed nearly 700,000 reports and removed over 250,000 individual webpages of criminal content, primarily child sexual abuse images and videos.</p> <p>The Internet Watch Foundation is funded by the EU and Member companies from the online industry, including internet service providers (ISPs), mobile operators, content providers, hosting providers, filtering companies, search providers, trade associations and the financial sector. A list of member companies can be found here: <a href=""></a>&nbsp;</p> <p>Industry is working in collaboration globally to tackle this issue. In 2006 the <a href="">Technology Coalition</a> was created to tackle child sexual exploitation online. The <a href="">WEPROTECT Global Alliance</a> launched a new strategy in 2016, which sets out how they will work to identify and safeguard more victims and apprehend more perpetrators.</p> <p><a href="">Microsoft&rsquo;s PhotoDNA technology</a>, is a free service that helps identify and remove child sexual abuse images, and is now available in the cloud.</p> <p>Google is today making available <a href="">cutting-edge artificial intelligence</a> that can dramatically improve how NGOs and other technology companies review this content at scale and protect more children</p> JSaRC update - September 2018 Fri, 31 Aug 2018 13:50:15 +0100 CRM Sync The Home Office's Joint Security & Resilience Centre 's September 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 are providing industry with regular updates regarding current and pipeline projects at JSaRC. See below for their most recent announcements&hellip;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>HMPPS Prison Visitor Verification Challenge</strong></p> <p>Thank you for your questions and responses to the HMPPS Visitor Verification Challenge. Due to a technical issue with the JSaRC mailbox, questions and responses&nbsp;did not arrive until after the deadline for responses had expired and because of this answers have not been sent out.&nbsp;In light of this issue we are extending the deadline for responses until 23:59 on Friday 7 September.&nbsp;To view responses to the questions asked, please follow the link <a href=";em=15880040&amp;turl=">here.</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>All responses already submitted will be considered, however if any company that has already submitted a response wishes to resubmit an updated&nbsp;version, the most recent response prior to the new deadline will be accepted.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>OSCT Director General Tom Hurd visits JSaRC&rsquo;s Cambridge HQ</strong></p> <p>OSCT Director General, Tom Hurd visited the JSaRC HQ in Cambridge this week. Tom was introduced to the team and taken on a tour of our offices and collaboration space. Tom joined the team in our Workplan Meeting to gain a detailed overview of our current and upcoming projects and programmes. Although increasingly aware of the projects we run, Tom was able to see that through our &lsquo;outcomes-focussed&rsquo; work, the team is bridging the gaps between government security challenges and engagement with the security sector.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Mobile Protective Security to VIPs Meeting &ndash; 28 September</strong></p> <p>JSaRC is hosting a meeting to discuss the private sector&rsquo;s capabilities in providing mobile protective security to VIPs in the UK.&nbsp; Companies who are actively providing this type of service in the UK are invited to register their interest to attend.&nbsp; The meeting will be run from 0900-1030 on 28 September in London.&nbsp; Places are very limited, so please respond ASAP to <a href=""></a> entitling your email &lsquo;Mobile Protective Security Meeting&rsquo;.&nbsp; Further details will be made available once your place is confirmed.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Security and Policing &ndash; March 2019</strong></p> <p>The JSaRC team is now fully engaged in the planning and delivery of next year&rsquo;s Security and Policing event.&nbsp; Themes for the event will include &lsquo;Protecting the Public&rsquo; and &lsquo;Protecting the Protectors&rsquo; and confirmed attendance by VIPs include the Home Secretary and Security Minister.&nbsp;Features will include a new Government Demonstration Zone and three Immersive Experiences showcasing the latest technologies and capabilities in CBRNE, Digital Innovation and fighting Serious Organised Crime.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Academic Engagement&nbsp;Forum &ndash; 16 October 2018&ndash; Hold the Date</strong></p> <p>JSaRC works closely with academia as well as industry. Following on from the success of our Academic Engagement Forum held in London&nbsp;in June, we are actively planning another forum in Manchester.&nbsp;Invitations will be sent out in the coming days.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>International Security Expo &ndash;&nbsp;28-29 November 2018&nbsp;&ndash; Hold the Date</strong></p> <p>JSaRC will be participating in the upcoming International Security Expo, being held at London&rsquo;s Olympia on&nbsp;28-29 November. This event is one of the security industry&rsquo;s leading events, packed with conferences, demonstrations and opportunities to engage with some of the UK&rsquo;s most innovative organisations.&nbsp;You can register to attend<u> <a href=";em=15880040&amp;turl=">here</a></u></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK welcomes new UK Government’s African Innovation Projects Thu, 30 Aug 2018 10:11:31 +0100 CRM Sync Initiatives in South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria will include teams to boost innovation in technology, an accelerator programme and entrepreneurship schemes. <p><a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">The UK government has announced a series of ambitious new Innovation Partnerships</span></a> between the UK and Africa which are expected to stimulate significant economic growth and support the creation of thousands of new jobs. techUK is welcomes these projects and is particularly pleased to see the introduction of tech hubs to these growing markets.</p> <p>The partnerships, announced by the Prime Minister as the UK strengthens ties with the region, will be established in African countries with growing tech sectors where there are young, expanding populations with ideas and innovations developing at a rapid pace.</p> <p>Building on the UK&rsquo;s already-strong investment in science and research in Africa, the partnerships will enable UK and African entrepreneurs to share skills and ideas, and encourage future trade.</p> <p>The Innovation Partnerships are a unique opportunity for UK entrepreneurs to work alongside and collaborate with African entrepreneurs at the cutting-edge of technology. The UK has a lot to gain from this untapped market, and a lot to share with its own expertise.</p> <p>The tech sector is one of the fastest growing sectors in Africa. The continent&rsquo;s startups raised 50 per cent more venture capital in 2017 than in 2016, and the majority of this is being invested in South Africa (&pound;130 million), Kenya (&pound;114 million) and Nigeria (&pound;89 million).</p> <p>Nigeria and Kenya&rsquo;s technology sectors are also growing rapidly and generate more than ten per cent and 11 per cent of their respective economic output.</p> <p>Technology can help transform societies by increasing economic participation and creating sustainable jobs and growth. It also increases the potential for countries to &lsquo;leapfrog&rsquo; to the latest developments. This happened in Kenya where a small UK aid investment in a startup ten years ago led to the explosion of mobile-phone based money transfer service MPesa.</p> <p>Today more than half of Kenya&rsquo;s daily GDP goes through mobile money.</p> <p>The new plans will bring together the best of British science, research and technology to offer tailored support to businesses and entrepreneurs in sectors from health to farming. And in partnership with DIT and DfID, will also open up new trading opportunities for exporters by helping promote stability and creating strong new markets.</p> <p><strong>The partnerships with South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria include:</strong></p> <ul><li>Dedicated UK science, technology and innovation teams who will build on the strong existing science relationships with South Africa and Kenya, including through the shared investments in the Newton Fund and high-end research programmes like the Square Kilometer Array. The aim is to leverage all of UK&rsquo;s investments in science and research and broaden this into the regions across Africa to achieve real impacts and support mutual interests</li> <li>New regional tech experts in Kenya and Nigeria to build links between the UK and Africa&rsquo;s cutting-edge digital sectors; support a wide range of startups to grow and create jobs; and help those in need of digital skills get access to training</li> <li>The rollout of digital skills and entrepreneurship programmes including TeXchange, Global EdTech Awards, Go Global and Founders and Coders programmes in Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa, so the UK becomes the partner of choice for startups to expand internationally</li> </ul><p><strong>Julian David, CEO of techUK, said:</strong></p> <p><em>&ldquo;Africa&rsquo;s economy is projected to grow by 3.2 per cent in 2018 and to a further 3.5 per cent in 2019, according to the latest 2018 World Bank report. Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa represent a significant part of that growth with technology increasingly underpinning these numbers.</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;The decision to set up Innovation Partnerships and extend the tech hub network to these African nations shows the Government clearly recognises this opportunity.</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;The decision will allow the UK tech community to engage with high-growth markets internationally, and in turn provide an important corridor for international communities to engage with our burgeoning UK tech sector.</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;techUK looks forward to working with the UK Government to grow these Innovation Partnerships for the benefit of the UK tech sector, the host countries and beyond.&rdquo;</em></p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> Councillors encouraged to adopt a digital-first mindset Thu, 30 Aug 2018 08:12:00 +0100 CRM Sync techUK publishes guide to help councillors deliver digital transformation in local public services, by tackling leadership, market engagement and creating a user-centric approach   <p>A new paper, Council of the future: A digital guide for councillors, launched today by techUK, the leading voice for the UK technology industry, sets out how the technologies of today and tomorrow can re-imagine public services to create the &lsquo;council of the future.&rsquo; It presents some advice for the newly elected and incumbent councillors on how to confidently begin the conversations around digital with peers and officers to engender change and build capacity across the council, whilst also delivering the best possible service and outcomes to residents.&nbsp;</p> <p>Councils are faced with a range of challenges: from demographic change, environmental crime, housing and adult social care, to employment opportunities. Set against a backdrop of rising citizen expectations and budget cuts, this poses a significant public policy challenge for elected officials. These challenges can no longer be faced alone, and digital presents the opportunity to do things differently. Fundamental to successful transformation is having strong digital leadership, and that means councillors must understand digital. It is no longer just the responsibility of the IT team.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>With over 100 newly elected councillors, this timely guide, provides a blueprint on what needs to be done and the questions needed to be asked to ensure the right leadership is in place to deliver meaningful transformation that improves outcomes for citizens. Key considerations for councillors should be:&nbsp;</p> <ul><li><strong>Putting in place the right digital leadership</strong>. Digital leadership must be formalised in terms of its authority to instigate change within the organisation. The structure of formalised Digital Leadership could take the form of Digital Champions, Chief Digital Officer (CDO), or through the establishment of a Digital Board.&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Early market engagement</strong>. What are the current mechanisms in place for pre-procurement engagement? By engaging with the technology market early, councils will be able to access the latest innovations and workshop through with partners what the art of the possible is.&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Putting user needs first.</strong> To build relationships with residents, it is important that citizens can engage in the way they prefer. This could be both face-to-face or digitally. A citizen-centric approach should be taken by working closely with the community to tackle digital exclusion.&nbsp;</li> </ul><p><strong>Georgina Maratheftis, programme manager for local government at techUK, said:&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><em>&ldquo;By grasping the digital agenda and having a digital-first mindset, councillors can be at the forefront of spearheading the transformation of the area into a &lsquo;smart community&rsquo; where citizens are empowered to shape services and create the places where they want to live. We hope this guide will act as a useful tool for both the new and incumbent councillors to have the right conversations about digital. The case studies in the guide show that digital is more than just achieving cost savings but about breaking down barriers; aiding collaboration and renewing local democracy and trust. We look forward to working with the councillors across the UK to help them realise their digital ambitions and reimagine what 21st century local services look like.&rdquo;&nbsp;</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK comment on Jeremy Corbyn media regulation speech Thu, 23 Aug 2018 10:43:04 +0100 CRM Sync techUK comments on Jeremy Corbyn's speech on a tech tax to support journalism <p>Commenting on the speech to be delivered by Jeremy Corbyn in which he discussed media regulation, Antony Walker, Deputy CEO at techUK, said:&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;High quality journalism and informed public debate provide an essential underpinning for modern democratic societies. Digital technologies have democratised knowledge, information and public discourse, for example by driving billions of views to publisher&rsquo;s websites every month for free, but tech has also given rise to new challenges. It is in everyone&rsquo;s interest to ensure that high quality independent journalism continues to thrive and that digital platforms support a healthy and informed public debate.</p> <p>&ldquo;Many tech companies are already working hard to address the misuse of platforms to seed disinformation. Tech firms are also working with traditional news media organisations to help them transform their develop business models for the digital age.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;It is good to see Mr. Corbyn engaging on these issues, however we need better ideas than just another proposal to tax tech companies. The Cairncross Review has been set up explicitly to look into the future of high quality journalism in the UK. &nbsp;Many techUK members are engaged in contributing detailed submissions to this review and we hope that Labour will engage constructively with the process.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Notes to editors:</p> <p><strong><u>Google delivers ten billion visits a month to publisher sites for free</u></strong></p> <p>Research commissioned by Google from Deloitte in April 2016 estimated the value of each click sent to news publishers between 3.5p and 7p (an estimate we know to be conservative), and that overall referral traffic to major publishers in France, Spain, Germany and the UK was worth more than &pound;650m. It also showed that the internet provided further opportunities to increase site clicks and grow revenues. Ofcom research in 2016 found that 28 per cent of users find online news stories via a search engine.</p> No Deal Notices show why EU Agreement is so important Thu, 23 Aug 2018 08:47:24 +0100 CRM Sync Dominic Raab's No Deal speech highlights the need for a deal that works for UK tech <p>The Secretary of State for the Department for Exiting the European, Dominic Raab,&nbsp;has <a href="">delivered a speech</a> outlining the Government's plans for a No Deal and announcing the publication of the <a href="">first set of No Deal Notices</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Commenting on this, techUK Deputy CEO, Antony Walker, said:<br> &nbsp;<br> &ldquo;These papers show more clearly than ever why it is so important that the UK secures a comprehensive deal with the EU. &nbsp;They show that No Deal would mean significant new bureaucracy for businesses, and higher costs and reduced choice for consumers. &nbsp;Most significantly, the papers make clear that No Deal means a full third country customs regime with the EU. &nbsp;That would create significant and unpredictable disruption to supply chains, new costs for UK tech businesses exporting to the EU and long delays for those trying to get goods into the UK, including the millions of packages sent via just-in-time e-commerce services.<br> &nbsp;<br> &ldquo;The notices also lay bare some of the other challenges facing the UK tech sector in the event of a no deal. Rules covering Payment Services will cease to apply, affecting many new FinTech companies and meaning charges for using credit cards would likely increase and payments in different currencies could slow. The UK would no longer be able to approve new medical devices for use in the EU and all UK businesses and businesses selling Dual Use equipment would have to apply for new licenses. &nbsp;All of this would create cost and complexity that would damage some of the UK&rsquo;s fastest growing and most innovative businesses.<br> &nbsp;<br> &ldquo;techUK welcomes the fact that Government is being honest about the problems a No Deal situation would cause and doing its best to address issues where possible. &nbsp;We welcome the clear commitment to introduce Postponed Accounting for VAT. &nbsp;This is a positive step that will ensure businesses do not face an immediate cash flow crisis as a result of at-the-border VAT charges the day after Brexit. &nbsp;However, the potential complexity of such a system shows yet again that the UK Government can only do so much to mitigate the impact on millions of businesses.<br> &nbsp;<br> &ldquo;While these notices show that the Government is aware of the many of the challenges facing us in the event of No Deal, it is worth noting that this is just the first tranche of papers. &nbsp;Many of the issues of highest importance to the UK tech sector such as the status of EU Citizens, the free flow of data, and the rolling over of existing EU trade deals are missing. It is vital that businesses are given the opportunity to make a full assessment of the situation as soon as possible in order to plan accordingly.&rdquo;<br> &nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> New approach and funding to improve prison security Tue, 21 Aug 2018 13:04:32 +0100 CRM Sync A £10m fund will help improve security within prisons. <p>Rory Stewart MP, the Minister for Prisons, last week <a href="">announced a new project to tackle some of the most pressing issues faced by the 10 most challenging prisons</a>. At the heart of the project is &pound;10 million in funding to improve security in prisons, combat drug use, and boost leadership capabilities through new training.</p> <p>The intention is that these 10 prisons - Hull, Humber, Leeds, Lindholme, Moorland, Wealstun, Nottingham, Ranby, Isis and Wormwood Scrubs - will serve as models of excellence for the rest of the prison estate to emulate. The Prisons Minister expects to see tangible results from this project within 12 months.</p> <p>The security challenges facing prisons are highly complex, and so any solutions to them must of course be multifaceted. But given the nature of the changing threats in prison security, it is undeniable that technology plays a role of central importance. techUK is delighted to be <a href="">hosting a roundtable in a few weeks&rsquo; time with HMPPS</a> to explore emerging technologies and the implications for prison security.</p> <p>The Security, Order and Counter Terrorism directorate (SOCT) exists to support HMPPS in its mission to prevent victims by changing lives. A priority for SOCT is to build HMPPS resilience to emerging security risks in order to become more proactive in managing new risks. They achieve this by identifying and assessing the operational resilience to potential new risks, and where a vulnerability exists, work to build HMPPS resilience to the prioritised risks before they materialise across the estate. One mechanism to identify and build operational resilience to emerging security risks is through early engagement with industry.</p> <p>This roundtable is a chance for HMPPS to engage with industry experts to explore what emerging technology might pose a risk to prison security in the future and what steps they might need to take to mitigate against those risks. <a href="">Interested members can book their places here</a>.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK responds to UK Government’s Export Strategy Paper Tue, 21 Aug 2018 11:57:38 +0100 CRM Sync techUK’s Head of International Trade, Simon Spier, responds to the Department for International Trade’s new Export Strategy Paper. <p>techUK&rsquo;s Head of International Trade, Simon Spier, responds to the Department for International Trade&rsquo;s new <a href="">Export Strategy Paper</a>.</p> <p><em>&ldquo;The UK digital sector is one of the UK&rsquo;s export success stories. Digital exports consistently outpace exports from the economy as a whole and are only set to grow as our economy digitises.&nbsp; The Government&rsquo;s new Export Strategy is a positive step to help support that growth.&nbsp; It rightly recognises the need to support the businesses of the future and the value that ecommerce and digital trade can bring to every part of our economy.</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;techUK particularly welcomes the decision to create a single digital platform for exports through and to put export finance at the heart of the effort to help businesses explore new markets.&nbsp; The strong intentions of the strategy will have to be matched by further action to build in-country experience, support the free flow of data while maintaining data protection standards and enabling the mobility of people to markets in order to service contracts. Building our export base must be viewed as a long term project that can benefit the entire UK economy and so this strategy should rightly be treated as a starting point, not a destination.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK Green Week - Get involved! Thu, 16 Aug 2018 13:37:53 +0100 CRM Sync techUK has announced a 'Green Week' on 15-20 October showcasing how the tech sector is delivering low-carbon and sustainable outcomes. <p>From 15 &ndash; 20 October techUK is running a campaign week looking at how tech and digital are helping deliver a low carbon and sustainable Britain. Coinciding with Green GB Week, we want to showcase how technology is transforming the environment for good and supporting the transition to a low-carbon economy.</p> <p>To support the week, we are looking for members and stakeholders to contribute blogs and articles looking at where they see the real opportunities for digital transformation, whether that be AI tools for flood predictions, smart energy products in homes to cut emissions, blockchain enabled emissions trading or IoT tracking of materials.</p> <p>There are also opportunities to contribute to a podcast. If you think you have something to contribute, please do get in touch. The only thing we ask is that you stick to the daily themes which are:</p> <ul><li>Monday &ndash; Towns and Cities</li> <li>Tuesday &ndash; International sustainability</li> <li>Wednesday &ndash; Land and Natural Resources</li> <li>Thursday - Oceans</li> <li>Friday &ndash; A low carbon tech sector</li> </ul><p>If this is of interest, please get in touch by 10 September by emailing Craig or Susanne (details below).</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> UK Government launch new National Product Safety Strategy Tue, 14 Aug 2018 16:17:06 +0100 CRM Sync The new National Product Safety Strategy has been published that overhauls the UK approach to product safety issues. <p>Last Friday saw the launch of a new <strong><a href="">National Product Safety Strategy</a></strong>, which radically overhauls the UK approach to product regulation with more powers being held centrally, a decent budget for interesting new research and a range of&nbsp;new initiatives. The launch is also the first real long-term strategy we have seen from the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) since it launched in January which is a positive step.</p> <p>Since the OPSS launched, indusry has struggled to understand it's remit&nbsp;and techUK hopes the new Minister and strategy delivers longer term certainty for those who have to engage with it. Businesses know&nbsp;the OPSS took on respnsibilities that belonged to the previous Directorate (Regulatory Delivery), but the OPSS was meant to have a wider role&nbsp;and techUK is pleased to see details of this in the strategy document and delivery plan.&nbsp;The strategy itself&nbsp;has four key objectives:</p> <ul><li><strong>Analyse:</strong> strengthening analysis to support effective decision making, making the best use of scientific evidence, risk and intelligence.</li> <li><strong>Inform:</strong> providing information to support consumers in making informed choices and ensuring that businesses have the information they need to be responsible and comply with the law.</li> <li><strong>Enforce:</strong> delivering responsive, effective and targeted enforcement to maintain protection, fairness and confidence.</li> <li><strong>Build:</strong> creating a robust product safety system infrastructure that supports innovation and ensures the UK system is fit for the future.</li> </ul><p>Some of the headline policies in the strategy include:</p> <ul><li>Create an ongoing partnership with stakeholders to facilitate data and intelligence sharing, including through membership of the Government Agency Intelligence Network (GAIN).</li> <li>A new national incident management team for product safety incidents capable of coordinating large scale product recall and repair programmes.</li> <li>establishing a new website to support consumers with reliable information and advice about recalled products.</li> <li>close working with manufacturers to ensure they are compliant with safety regulations from an earlier stage of the production process.</li> <li>developing tools and guidance to assist local authorities in improving risk assessments, identifying mistakes before they happen.</li> </ul><p>These headline measures are supported by <strong><a href="">40 or so specific policies</a></strong> and a summary was sent to members on Friday 10 August. If you want to see this summary&nbsp;please email <strong><a href=""></a></strong>.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK responds to Migration Watch paper Tue, 14 Aug 2018 13:43:35 +0100 CRM Sync techUK Deputy CEO Antony Walker responds to paper claiming IT companies exploit immigration 'loophole.' <p><em>Antony Walker, Deputy CEO, reaffirms the importance of the UK being open to global talent in response to report by the think-tank Migration Watch, commenting:</em></p> <p>&ldquo;The UK is a world leader in tech because it is open and attractive to the best international talent. While it is right that the industry continues to build our domestic skills pipeline, maintaining routes that allow businesses to get the workers they need, where and when they need them, is critical&nbsp;to the tech sector and to our economy.</p> <p>&ldquo;It is wrong to suggest that international talent is undercutting UK domestic skills. Last year there were more unfilled vacancies in IT than any other sector. As the economy as a whole continues to digitise, we are seeing demand for tech skills increasing across the whole economy. As yet our domestic pipeline of tech skills and talent isn't strong enough to meet this demand. This is a systemic problem which can&rsquo;t be solved overnight and needs sustained effort,&nbsp;for example to address the shortfall of maths teachers in the UK.</p> <p>&ldquo;At a time when many tech firms are already concerned with changes to EU migration, the Government should be looking to make it easier to secure international talent to support the needs of a growing digital economy, including by removing the arbitrary cap on Tier 2 visas. That is a far better way to help&nbsp;drive the competitiveness of the UK post-Brexit and create jobs. If we want to meet the vision of Global Britain then we need to be a hub for the very best global tech talent.&rdquo;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Join techUK’s local public services emerging tech working group! Tue, 14 Aug 2018 11:10:17 +0100 CRM Sync A new cross-programme working group has been set-up to demystify how the technologies of today and tomorrow can re-imagine local public service outcomes. <p>The Working Group has been set-up to provide strategic input into techUK cross-programme &lsquo;Council of the Future&rsquo; activity, focusing on how the technologies of today and tomorrow can re-imagine local public service outcomes.</p> <p>With councils continuing to manage demand and rising expectations at a continued time of financial constraints, some are embracing and seeing technology as an enabler to doing things differently to deliver more efficient, improved services. At our recent <a href="">&lsquo;Council of the Future: Is there a role for AI?&rsquo;</a>, we heard from councils who were early adopters of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to improve customer experience and reduce cost. A reoccurring theme that came out of this roundtable and other local government events we have held is that techUK has a role to help councils horizon scan and understand the &lsquo;art of the possible.&rsquo; The aim of the Working Group will be to convene industry and local government to produce a visual that will illustrate how emerging technologies can lead to a change in a social pathway or effect an outcome.</p> <p>This will be a cross-programme Working Group, bringing together the various techUK public sector and cross-market programmes to share learning and discuss what the most appropriate output will be, what service areas to prioritise, to help councils horizon scan and understand the transformative role of emerging technologies, as well as any additional activity such as events that will be of value to the market. There may also be the possibility for sub-groups.</p> <p>For further information please read the Terms of Reference below.</p> <p>If you would like to get involved and be part of this Working Group please email <a href=""></a></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Defence & Security Accelerator (DASA) Competition Tue, 14 Aug 2018 10:32:21 +0100 CRM Sync This DASA competition seeks proposals for novel approaches to predictive cyber security <p>The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) has launched a&nbsp;competition to seek novel approaches to predict and counter cyber threats in defence and security. Through Phase 1 of the competition, &pound;1 million of funding is available to fund proof-of-concept technologies, <a href="" target="_blank">above Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 2</a>. DASA anticipates funding around 5 to 10 proof-of concept research projects of up to 6 months duration. Additional funding may be available for future phases.</p> <p>A summary of the competition is as follows:</p> <p><u><strong>Background</strong></u></p> <p>Traditional cyber security methods only respond to known threats. However, as our understanding of adversaries and attack patterns improves, and increased computing power and data growth continues to drive the Artificial Intelligence revolution, new possibilities are emerging to get ahead of threats and predict future cyber attacks.</p> <p>Computing infrastructure is a key component of nearly all modern defence systems and provides another attack surface for adversaries. Cyber security has been in an arms race for decades, with hackers continuously exposing new vulnerabilities and developers racing to patch them. Approaches to cyber defence have historically been reactive, relying on whitelists, known (virus/malware) signatures, or more recently on broader machine-learning detection methods. Such reactive methods are forensic or, at best, real-time. There has been limited effort in predicting events related to a cyber attack (prior to, or during the attack) and very few fully-developed and deployable tools exist with predictive capability.</p> <p>Forecasting future events is not a new concept and predictive analytics drives many areas of industry. DASA&nbsp;are interested in novel approaches to cyber security that can predict the most likely offensive cyber events and/or predict optimal defensive cyber actions, to enable proactive defence in a hostile and contested cyber environment. This competition is anticipated to:</p> <ul><li>adapt and implement predictive approaches from other industries to the cyber security domain</li> <li>create and implement novel predictive analytics specific to the cyber security domain</li> <li>exploit empirical observation-based models of attackers to make predictions (for example of adversary tactics, techniques and procedures; of kill-chains; of attacker competency levels)</li> <li>automate the assimilation of (text-based) knowledge collected for many systems (such as known risks or vulnerabilities), and transfer that knowledge to new systems that have the same (or similar) components and operating procedures</li> <li>develop approaches to recognise patterns of life that are not time-based, but sequence based</li> <li>build on alerts from reactive methods to forecast future offensive cyber events, and thereby predict optimal cyber defences</li> </ul><p>Proposals that are not in scope include: those that focus on theoretical models, or that lack implementation to real data, and those that ingest social media feeds or other public data of a personal nature.</p> <p>Predicting vulnerabilities in hardware/software, and monitoring the `health&rsquo; of a system are only acceptable if used as components in a larger predictive engine.</p> <p>Proactive intelligence gathering via the use of honeypots is in scope. Proposals that make use of open-source data formats (for example, threat intelligence reporting, sharing and ingesting) are encouraged. Preference may be given to proposals that forecast future events, rather than predict past events that were overlooked.</p> <p>DASA seeks to promote collaboration between academia and industry to develop novel tools to prediction in the cyber security domain. All proposals should highlight how subsequent phases will build on the initial phase of development and all phases should include a demonstration as a deliverable. The initial phase may make use of data from enterprise systems (such as standard office equipment) but subsequent phases should show capability when using data from military operational technology.</p> <p>The initial phase may be demonstrated within a representative business enterprise system but subsequent phases should be applicable to the unique systems, circumstances, threats and opportunities that MOD faces.</p> <p>Details on how to apply will be included in the full competition document, which will soon be available on the competition webpage, <a href="">which you can find here.</a></p> <p>If you have any queries on this competition, please do contact DASA&nbsp;at&nbsp;<a href=""></a>&nbsp;or&nbsp;<a href="">sign up</a>&nbsp;for alerts.</p> <p><strong>The competition will close at midday on 5 November 2018</strong></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Data Centres Council Concerned about EU proposals Tue, 14 Aug 2018 07:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync The UK Council of Data Centre Operators is very concerned about European Commission proposals under the EcoDesign Directive, to impose power limits for idling servers without taking performance into account. <p>Please click below to download the document.&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Sage report on Building a Competitive, Ethical AI Economy Mon, 13 Aug 2018 09:35:56 +0100 CRM Sync Businesses and government alike need to address the ethical issues surrounding AI. <p><a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">Earlier this month Sage</span></a> published its position paper, <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">Building a Competitive, Ethical AI&nbsp;Economy</span></a>, outlining the key steps for government and businesses to put ethical AI principles into practice to benefit industry, government and society.&nbsp; The paper was compiled with participation from government representatives and global businesses, including techUK.</p> <p>The paper outlines actionable insights for business and society to leverage AI-powered technologies in an ethical, trustworthy and sustainable way. According to the paper, industry leaders and government must work closely with AI experts to put ethical principles into practice under four key pillars:</p> <p><strong>1.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Introducing AI corporate governance and ethical frameworks</strong></p> <ul><li><em>For business</em>&nbsp;- Develop or revise corporate governance frameworks to include ethical technology policies with top-down accountability measures specific to each organisation&rsquo;s business model. Include adherence to frameworks as a static agenda item for discussion at board meetings, employee performance reviews and less formal management/staff check-ins to establish accountability expectations at every level.</li> <li><em>For government</em>&nbsp;- Look at the role of regulators, like the UK&rsquo;s Financial Reporting Council (FRC), in guiding and assisting specific sectors on ethical best practices implementation. Work with industry AI experts to familiarise regulators with the technology&rsquo;s technical makeup, potential security risks and real-world applications before launching formal investigation programs. Review the need for enforcing domestic and/or international standards in order to ensure a level playing field.</li> </ul><p><strong>2.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Demystifying AI and sharing accountability</strong></p> <ul><li><em>For business</em> -&nbsp;Engage external ethical experts to explore how AI accountability or explainability applies to specific corporate ambitions and customers&rsquo; needs. Develop strategies for testing AI prior to deployment &ndash; and monitoring once AI is out in the world.</li> <li><em>For government</em>&nbsp;&ndash; Recognise that there needs to be a balance between corporate AI innovation and increased accountability.</li> </ul><p><strong>3.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Building human trust in corporate AI</strong></p> <ul><li><em>For business</em>&nbsp;- Make corporate approaches to informing stakeholders about AI and its purpose as transparent as possible. Introduce training and certification programs for partners and employees working with AI to conduct business. Communicate steps taken to test AI for performance flaws and safeguard work done with the technology to potential users.</li> <li><em>For government</em>&nbsp;- Run government-anchored awareness campaigns to reduce public inhibitions around AI presence in work and everyday life.</li> </ul><p><strong>4.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Welcoming AI into the workforce</strong></p> <ul><li><em>For business</em>&nbsp;- Invest in school programs to support community digital education. Empower HR functions with data to map future skills demand. Invest in retraining. Call on fellow businesses and Governments to incorporate AI and data science into staff training throughout ranks.</li> <li><em>For government</em>&nbsp;- Ensure young people leave education equipped for applying AI and with an understanding of the wider ethical issues. Redirect existing skills investment into staff retraining for jobs that interact significantly with AI and other automated technologies.</li> </ul><p>Taking practical steps to address the ethical issues posed by AI should be an ongoing priority for government and businesses alike. On Wednesday 12 December, we&rsquo;ll be hosting techUK&rsquo;s Digital Ethics Summit, bringing together key stakeholders to assess the progress made over the last twelve months to build the capacity and capabilities needed to recognise, identify and address digital ethical issues and concerns. We will consider whether the practical action that has been taken is enough and discuss what more may be needed. &nbsp;Registration for techUK&rsquo;s Digital Ethics Summit will be open shortly.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK at Political Party Conferences Fri, 10 Aug 2018 11:12:08 +0100 CRM Sync Take a look at techUK's agenda for this year's party conference season. <p>Autumn party conferences are fast approaching, with the inevitable rumours of leadership challenges against Corbyn and May making their way into the news.</p> <p>This party conference season will see techUK host and join a range of panels alongside thought leaders, MPs and Ministers at the Labour Conference in Liverpool and the Conservative Conference in Birmingham.</p> <p>Please come join techUK and our members at our events where we will discuss some of the biggest issues facing the sector and country, from future proofing the workforce to manage new technologies like AI, to helping businesses large and small adopt technology to boost their productivity.</p> <p>To find out more about what we&rsquo;re doing at party conferences please contact Ben Bradley on <a href=""></a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align:center"><img alt="Labour Party Logo " src="" style="height:55px; width:300px"></p> <p><strong><u>Labour Party Conference</u></strong></p> <p><strong><em>Liverpool, 23rd-26th September</em></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><u>Monday 24th September:</u></strong></p> <p><strong>New Statesman Business Reception (invitation only)</strong></p> <p><em>18:30-20:00, Room 2, Lower Level, Hall 2, ACC Liverpool</em></p> <ul><li>John McDonell MP, Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer</li> <li>Antony Walker, Deputy CEO, techUK</li> </ul><p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><u>Tuesday 25th September</u></strong></p> <p><strong>Making Business Digital: Solving the UK&rsquo;s productivity puzzle so that no-one is left behind</strong></p> <p><em>Google, Sage and techUK</em></p> <p><em>11:00-12:00, Concourse Room 3, ACC Liverpool</em></p> <ul><li>Antony Walker, Deputy CEO, techUK (chair)</li> <li>Sabby Gill, MD UK&amp;I, Sage</li> <li>Katie O&rsquo;Dononvan, Public Policy Manager, Google</li> <li>Bill Esterson MP, Shadow BEIS Minister</li> <li>Martin McTague, Policy and Advocacy Chairman, FSB (invited)</li> </ul><p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Making the Future of Work, Work for All</strong></p> <p><em>Cisco and techUK</em></p> <p><em>14:30-15:30, Concourse Room 3, ACC Liverpool</em></p> <ul><li>Antony Walker, Deputy CEO, techUK (chair)</li> <li>Scot Gardner, Chief Executive UK &amp; Ireland, Cisco</li> <li>Lesley Giles, Director, The Work Foundation</li> <li>Gail Cartmail, Assistant General Secretary, Unite the Union</li> <li>Liam Byrne MP, Shadow Digital Minister</li> </ul><p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>How can Autonomous Vehicles Benefit Cities? </strong></p> <p><em>FiveAI and techUK</em></p> <p><em>16:00-17:00, Meeting Room 7, Liverpool ACC</em></p> <ul><li>Antony Walker, Deputy CEO, techUK (chair)</li> <li>Stan Boland, Chief Executive and co-founder, FiveAI</li> <li>Leon Daniels, former MD, Surface Transport, TfL</li> <li>Chi Onwurah MP, Shadow Industrial Strategy Minister</li> <li>Darren Jones MP, Co-Chair Parliamentary Commission on Tech Ethics</li> </ul><p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align:center"><img alt="Conservative Logo" 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style="height:53px; width:350px"></p> <p style="text-align:center"><strong><u>Conservative Party Conference</u></strong></p> <p style="text-align:center"><strong><em>Birmingham, 30th September-3rd October</em></strong></p> <p><strong><u>Sunday 30th September:</u></strong></p> <p><strong>AI: a force for good?</strong></p> <p><em>Atos and ConHome</em></p> <p><em>16:00-17:30, Hall 6, Birmingham ICC</em></p> <ul><li>Kulveer Ranger, VP Strategy and Communications, Atos UK&amp;I</li> <li>Antony Walker, Deputy CEO, techUK</li> <li>Will Tanner, Director Onward</li> <li>Mark Wallace, Executive Editor, ConHome</li> </ul><p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><u>Monday 1st October</u></strong></p> <p><strong>How do we make the UK a world leader in autonomous vehicles?</strong></p> <p><em>FiveAI and techUK</em></p> <p><em>16:00-17:00, Drawing Room, Hyatt Regency Birmingham</em></p> <ul><li>Oliver Shah, Business Editor, Sunday Times</li> <li>Stan Boland, Chief Executive and co-founder, FiveAI</li> <li>Jesse Norman MP, Transport Minister</li> <li>Dharmash Mistry, Partner, Lakestar Capital</li> <li>More speakers tba</li> </ul><p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Trust, Data and Decisions: How do we find the information we need?</strong></p> <p><em>Institute for Government and Solicitors Regulation Authority</em></p> <p><em>15:45-17:00, Concerto Room, Hyatt Regency Birmingham</em></p> <ul><li>Gavin Freeguard, Head of Data and Transparency, Institute for Government (chair)</li> <li>Jane Malcolm, Executive Director, Solicitors Regulation Authority</li> <li>Caroline Normand, Director of Policy, Which?</li> <li>Antony Walker, Deputy CEO, techUK</li> </ul><p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>The new economy: how will automation and AI change the future of work?</strong></p> <p><em>Prospect Magazine</em></p> <p><em>17:45-19:00, Executive Room 2, Birmingham ICC</em></p> <ul><li>Steve Bloomfield, Deputy Editor, Prospect</li> <li>Vinous Ali, Head of Policy, Innovation, Skills and Migration, techUK</li> <li>Raj Mak, Head of Digital Birmingham</li> <li>Alok Sharma MP, Employment Minister</li> <li>Neil Carmichael, Chair of the Pearson HE Commission</li> </ul><p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>The Enterprise Forum Business Reception (invitation only)</strong></p> <p><em>17:45-19:00, Hall 8, Birmingham ICC</em></p> <ul><li>Brian Berry, Chief Executive, Federation of Master Builders</li> <li>Special Guest Speaker</li> </ul><p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><u>Tuesday 2nd October</u></strong></p> <p><strong>Digital Britain: are we being ambitious enough?</strong></p> <p><em>Google, Sage and techUK</em></p> <p><em>16:00-17:00, Dolce Room, Hyatt Regency Birmingham</em></p> <ul><li>Antony Walker, Deputy CEO, techUK (chair)</li> <li>Margot James MP, Digital and Creative Industries Minister</li> <li>Ronan Harris, UK &amp; Ireland MD, Google</li> <li>Sabby Gill, MD UK&amp;I, Sage</li> </ul><p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Powering up: Supercharging productivity in the Digital Age</strong></p> <p><em>The Spectator</em></p> <p><em>16:00-17:00, Birmingham ICC</em></p> <ul><li>Tony Danker, CEO of the Productivity Leadership Group</li> <li>Scot Gardner, Chief Executive UK &amp; Ireland, Cisco</li> <li>Jacqueline de Rojas, President, techUK</li> <li>Ben Houchen, Mayor of Tees Valley (invited)</li> </ul><p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>AI, Automation and the Future of Work</strong></p> <p><em>ResPublica, techUK and Tata Consultancy Services</em></p> <p><em>17:45-19:00, Room 101, Library of Birmingham</em></p> <ul><li>Antony Walker, Deputy CEO, techUK</li> <li>Vicky Ford MP, Member of Science and Technology Committee</li> <li>Jim Bligh, Director of Corporate Affairs, Tata Consultancy Services</li> <li>Adam Marshall, Director-General, British Chambers of Commerce (invited)</li> <li>More speakers tba</li> </ul>Contact: <a href=""></a> Latest RAJAR Digital Radio Listening Data Thu, 09 Aug 2018 17:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync Digital listening share grew by 3% year on year from 48.7% to 50.2% but fell back by 1.4% quarter on quarter from 50.9% to 50.2% . <p>Digital listening share grew by 3% year on year from 48.7% to 50.2% but fell back by 1.4% quarter on quarter from 50.9% to 50.2% .</p> <p>This slight decline was driven by in in-home digital listening hours (which decreased 4.6% year on year) as opposed to in &nbsp;car and workplace listening hours which increased by 14% year on year. A contributing factor was the reduction in listening via digital TV which declined 16% year on year perhaps impacted by the warm weather.</p> <p>Looking at age demographics&nbsp; there was no significant change with all ages remaining over 50% digital listening, excepting the 65+ age groups.</p> <p>There were strong performances by digital-only stations and listening to digital-only stations grew by 11% year on year. The leading digital station BBC 6 Music recorded its second biggest audience and the No 1 commercial digital station KISSTORY&nbsp; grew its audience by 16.7% year on year to exceed 2 million listeners for the first time.</p> <p>There were strong performances from Heart 80s, Heart Extra, Smooth&nbsp; Extra, Absolute 90s, Jazz FM, Virgin Radio, Magic Soul and Magic Chilled.</p> <p>For Digital Radio UK press release on digital listening results click<a href=""> here</a>.</p> <p>This quarter was too early to judge the impact of the World Cup which kicked-off on 14 June, so the beneficial impact of sports listening is expected to reflected in next quarter's data.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> How will technology transform public services? Thu, 09 Aug 2018 14:08:21 +0100 CRM Sync techUK's Building the Smarter State conference brings together digital leaders from across the public and private sectors to find out! <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Transforming public services is hard. As then Minister for the Cabinet Office Ben Gummer said in his foreword to the <a href="">Government Transformation Strategy</a> in 2017:</p> <blockquote> <p>&ldquo;There is no company on earth - even the largest of multinationals - which comes close to having to co-ordinate the array of essential services and functions for millions of people that a modern government provides.&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> <p>Next month will mark the mid-point of the Transformation Strategy, and the challenges haven&rsquo;t got any less daunting, with Brexit and demographic pressures placing more strain than ever on already stretched public sector resources. So how should public servants and their partners in industry respond? Joining us at techUK&rsquo;s <a href="">Building the Smarter State conference</a> this year will be the Minister with responsibility for the Government Digital Service, Oliver Dowden. He will be outlining how Government has set about tackling these challenges, the plans it has for the innovative public services of the future, and the ways in which the UK&rsquo;s tech industry can partner on public sector transformation.</p> <p>Clearly, the digital skills and capabilities that public sector organisations can call on will play an important role in determining how many of these plans will be realised. Civil Service Chief Executive John Manzoni will deliver the second keynote address at Building the Smarter State looking at how public servants can ensure they have the skills they need to design and deliver the services of the future, and take advantage of the innovative solutions being developed by the UK&rsquo;s thriving tech sector.</p> <p>The Government&rsquo;s <a href="">Industrial Strategy</a> committed it to fostering a closer relationship between public and private sectors by supporting innovation in industry through the design of better digital public services. Sue Owen, Permanent Secretary at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport will outline how her department and the Government more widely is working towards this goal by transforming data and digital thinking across the public sector, while Rupul Karia, Fujitsu&rsquo;s Head of Public and Private Sector in the UK and Ireland, will explore some of the transformations that successful partnerships have already delivered.</p> <p>But a better understanding of the big strategic challenges facing the public sector is not the only thing that we hope delegates will come away from Building the Smarter State with. Running throughout the day will be a series of interactive sessions and hands-on demos designed to share advice, feedback and experience of the public sector market for both new and established suppliers. The Government&rsquo;s SME Crown Representative Emma Jones will conduct a Q&amp;A on breaking into the market, while service designers from Government and industry will work together in our hackathon to rethink how technology can transform public services.</p> <p>But perhaps most importantly of all, we hope that by bringing together hundreds of digital leaders from across the public and private sector we can build the networks, skills and ideas that the UK&rsquo;s innovators need to be able to rethink the public services of tomorrow. If you&rsquo;d like to join us, let us know <strong><a href="">here</a>.</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> ONS stats that show 26% of smartphone users did not have security Wed, 08 Aug 2018 11:23:15 +0100 CRM Sync New ONS stats that show 26% of smartphone users did not have smartphone security. <p>According to the 2018 Internet Access Survey, from the Opinions and Lifestyle survey conducted by ONS, almost 25% of users in the UK do not know if they have smartphone security installed on there devices.</p> <p>Despite&nbsp; 78% of the adult population now using a mobile device to access the internet, over a quarter do not have smartphone security. 24% of smartphone users across all age groups do not know whether they had smartphone security software installed. This concerning lack of awareness could leave UK users vulnerable to cyber attacks.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Talal Rajab</strong>, Head of Cyber and National Security, techUK said:</p> <p><em>&ldquo;The proportion of smartphone users increases year-on-year, making the devices now the most popular means to access the internet.&nbsp; Due to their popularity, and the huge amounts of sensitive personal data they store, smartphones are an increasingly attractive target for cyber criminals.</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;Therefore, the news that nearly a quarter of smartphone users do not know whether their devices have security installed is troubling.&nbsp; Government and industry are currently working hard to ensure that internet connected devices, including smartphones, have security built-in by design. But if users are not aware of these security features and do not, for example, install updates to their smartphone&rsquo;s operating system, then such efforts may be futile. Consumers must also take responsibility for their own devices and seek out the guidance that is available to secure their own valuable data.&rdquo;</em></p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> RAF100 augmented reality flypast app Tue, 07 Aug 2018 13:56:59 +0100 CRM Sync RAF100 augmented reality flypast app <p>To coincide with the start of the RAF100-themed Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, 3 August, the Royal Air Force brings the iconic Vulcan Bomber to people&rsquo;s fingertips through its ground-breaking RAF100 AR Flypast App, available as a free download for smartphones and tablet devices.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Vulcan Bomber has not flown since October 2015, but people can now experience the Vulcan flying above their heads through augmented reality (AR). As well as all the existing planes on the App &ndash; including the Spitfire, Lancaster Bomber, the Red Arrows and many more - the Vulcan Bomber, Buccaneer, Canberra and Lightning F1 planes will now be added in a special celebratory formation flypast.</p> <p>Created in partnership with students from The University of Lincoln, the App aims to inspire and engage younger audiences in aerospace evolution, technology and careers.</p> <p>Users can capture and collect aircraft in the App, create their own flypasts, and learn about the history and technology of each plane. Through the cameras on their devices, users can view high quality 3D aircraft models against their chosen background, bringing exhilarating Royal Air Force flypasts to life anywhere in the UK.</p> <p>The App launched in early July to coincide with the spectacular RAF100 Flypast, which saw&nbsp; 103 Royal Air Force aircraft fly over Buckingham Palace and central London and is available to download from the App Store and Google Play.</p> <p><strong>Air Commodore Chris Jones</strong> said: &ldquo;The Royal Air Force takes centre stage at the Edinburgh Royal Military Tattoo and to mark the occasion, we present four of our favourite aircraft.&nbsp; The RAF100 AR Flypast App allows users to experience the wonders of the aircraft involved, which is really exciting.</p> <p>&ldquo;Users will be able to find out about the history of each plane through the App, as well as being able to create and collect their own planes. The App is a fun way to showcase the Royal Air Force&rsquo;s use of innovation and technology, and we hope it will inspire the next generation of aerospace pioneers.&rdquo;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> Ofcom annual Communication Market Report published Mon, 06 Aug 2018 14:38:23 +0100 CRM Sync The annual report takes a look at the decade of digital dependency in the UK, and shows how 10 years of tech development has changed our behaviour. <p>Ofcom has announced the publication of its annual <a href="">Communications Market Report (CMR)</a>, the inclusive study of the UK&rsquo;s telecoms, broadcasting and postal industries. This year&rsquo;s report highlights the continuing changes in the communications sector and how consumers behaviour has transformed using technology services. The report reveals how we use the internet and digital devices such as smartphones at home, at work and on the move.</p> <p>Points included in the report include:</p> <ul><li>Telecoms, TV, radio and post services revenue totalled <strong>&pound;54.7bn</strong> in 2017, <strong>2%</strong> lower than 2016.</li> <li>5.2% of households&rsquo; spend was on communications services <strong>(&pound;124.62 per month</strong>); <strong>70%</strong> of this was on telecoms services.</li> <li>Mobile phones and TVs are the only communications devices with near universal reach in the UK (<strong>96%</strong> and<strong> 95% </strong>of households).</li> <li>Smartphones have become the most popular internet-connected device (<strong>78%</strong> of UK adults use one)</li> </ul><p>Ofcom also emphasises the move towards a 5G future: <em>&lsquo;The UK&rsquo;s first 5G trials are already under way, and with the commercial deployment of 5G services expected in 2019 or 2020, mobile data network connection speeds are expected to increase significantly, making a new generation of mobile services a reality and generating further demand for on-the-go data connectivity.&rsquo;</em></p> <p>The report discloses that once 5G is deployed, together with more reliable fixed-line data connectivity, it is most likely to increase the capacity of mobile networks and the availability of converged fixed-mobile communications services, whereby users&rsquo; devices switch seamlessly between fixed and mobile networks according to network availability/performance.</p> <p><strong>techUK&rsquo;s Programme Manager for Communications Infrastructure&nbsp;Sophie Weston,&nbsp;commented:</strong> <em>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s amazing to see how much communication services has transformed over the last decade. The use of digital technology now has such a positive impact on everyday life such as getting in touch with distant relatives, spreading awareness and saving lives. Digital connectivity is crucial to the UK &ndash; a world-leading communications infrastructure is central to ensuring every British business can become a digital business and create an open digital economy that works for everyone. techUK&rsquo;s Communication Infrastructure Programme is working alongside Ofcom and DCMS to achieve the UK Digital Strategy&rsquo;s ambition of ensuring a world-class digital infrastructure for the UK.&rdquo;</em></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Future of Mobility Grand Challenge consultation package launched Mon, 06 Aug 2018 08:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync DfT and CCAV launches consultation package for Future of Mobility Grand Challenge <p>Department for Transport and Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles has announced its <a href="" target="_blank">Future of Mobility Grand Challenge consultation package</a>, that &ldquo;seeks views and evidence from all those with an interest in how we get around.&rdquo;</p> <p>The current package includes calls for evidence on:</p> <ul><li>Future of Mobility: understanding how technology has the potential to transform the future of travel, whilst also addressing issues such as congestion, pollution, safety and increased mobility for people who need it most. The consultation has two parts: <ul><li>Part 1: evidence to inform Future of Urban Mobility Strategy</li> <li>Part 2: wider context on the Future of Mobility Grand</li> </ul></li> <li>Last Mile Delivery: seeking views on potential opportunities to protect the environment, support business and improve road safety through the use of new technology and varied modes of transport.&nbsp;</li> </ul><p>This package focuses largely on urban mobility considerations. Rural and regional mobility will be the topic of another Call for Evidence at a later date.</p> <p>techUK will be submitting a response to the Future of Mobility call for evidence. If you would like to contribute to this, please contact <a href="" target="_blank">Jessica Russell</a>.</p> <p>We also encourage our members to submit their evidence for the Last Mile Delivery CfE, to help to shape the future of this important aspect of mobility in the UK.</p> <p>If you have any questions about this, or SmarterUK&rsquo;s transport work, please do get in touch with <a href="">Jessica Russell</a> or <a href="">Matthew Evans</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Consultation on environmental principles and governance after EU Exit Mon, 06 Aug 2018 07:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync techUK highlights the need for policy stability, certainty and a clear long-term direction of travel. <p><strong>Tech sector responds to consultation on environmental principles and governance after EU Exit.</strong></p> <p>Defra&rsquo;s consultation, which closed last week, set out plans for a new Environment Bill to fill an environmental governance gap after we leave the EU. It sought to explore which existing EU environmental principles (for example, the polluter pays principle and the precautionary principle) should be adopted in the UK and the role and responsibilities of a new environment body which would provide advice to government and, if necessary, hold it to account if targets are missed.</p> <p>The key points highlighted in techUK&rsquo;s response include:</p> <ul><li>For business, the most important factors are to have a clear long-term direction of travel, certainty and policy stability &ndash; these factors must be designed into the fabric of the future Environment Bill to ensure businesses can make decisions and invest reliably against government strategy.</li> </ul><p style="margin-left:.25in">&nbsp;</p> <ul><li>For business certainty, techUK supports the adoption of all existing EU environmental principles into UK law, supported by a policy guidance to ensure interpretation is consistently applied across the UK. We also support the adoption of the <em>innovation principle</em>, which aims to ensure that whenever a policy or regulatory decision is under consideration the impact on innovation as a driver for jobs and growth is fully assessed and addressed. It sets out to provide a new and positive way of ensuring that policy makers fully recognise social and economic needs for both precaution and innovation.</li> </ul><p style="margin-left:.25in">&nbsp;</p> <ul><li>techUK also supports the proposal for a new environmental body to hold government to account. We have seen in the past government reigning in on previous commitments and making u-turns that have led to losses to business that have invested against previous policy decisions. If companies are to invest in business models in line with the intentions of the 25 year environment plan, it is absolutely vital that the new environmental body is independent of government and capable of holding it to account.<br> &nbsp;</li> <li>It is important that the body operates in a clear, proportionate and transparent way and that the business community can engage with them, when appropriate. Furthermore, techUK believes climate change should also be in scope. The new law is also an opportunity to consider whether to bring relevant, existing bodies together rather than to design the new body to avoid overlapping with other bodies and agencies.</li> </ul><p style="margin-left:.25in">&nbsp;</p> <ul><li>The body should be UK-wide. A UK-wide body will help to reduce cost and provide more alignment for business. We recognise that environmental issues are devolved but that doesn&rsquo;t preclude the development of one standard with national flexibility in how it is applied. This approach works well in the case of the Committee on Climate Change, for example.<br> &nbsp;</li> <li>However, we question whether a body which is providing advice to government is also capable of impartially carrying out enforcement activities too and question whether there needs to be two separate bodies &ndash; one providing analysis, expert advice and scrutiny and another acting as the enforcement body.</li> </ul>Contact: <a href=""></a> Invitation to participate in our Building the Smarter State campaign Fri, 03 Aug 2018 10:12:02 +0100 CRM Sync To coincide with our flagship public sector conference, techUK is hosting a week of guest blogs on the emerging technologies shaping public services <p>techUK will be holding a &lsquo;Building the Smarter State&rsquo; campaign week from 03 &ndash; 07 September to coincide with <a href="">our flagship public sector conference</a> taking place on 06 September, and we would be delighted to have members and stakeholders contribute to it.</p> <p><img alt="" src="//" style="height:261px; width:200px"></p> <p>techUK&rsquo;s <a href="">Building the Smarter State</a> will put the spotlight on the emerging technologies shaping the public services of today and tomorrow. It will also look at growing the GovTech market and creating the environment that incubates innovation.&nbsp;We want to continue the conversation throughout the week and are inviting industry and stakeholders to share what their vision of what the smarter state is and how we can get there.</p> <p>We are looking for members and stakeholders interested in providing input to the week, which will centre around five key themes:</p> <ul><li>Connected cities and connected citizens</li> <li>SME&rsquo;s and partners working with public sector</li> <li>Emerging tech to deliver 21st century public services</li> <li>Managing change in public services</li> <li>Making it personal: The importance of ID, security and trust</li> </ul><p>If you would like to contribute please can you email Ellie Huckle by <strong>Friday 17 August</strong>. The deadline for content to be submitted is<strong> Friday 24 August</strong>. You can learn more about our <a href="">contributor guidelines here.</a></p> <p>Before Building the Smart State week begins you can still get involved on Twitter: @techUK #techUKSmarterState</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> jHub looks for medical ideas and innovations Thu, 02 Aug 2018 09:31:40 +0100 CRM Sync jHub has an opportunity for the world’s most innovative medical suppliers to present their solutions to the UK armed forces through an open call for innovation <p><a href="" target="_blank">jHub</a>, the innovation centre for UK Joint Forces Command (JFC), which aims to find world-class technology and talent to get them into the hands of the user, is undertaking an open call for innovation in the field of defence medicine.&nbsp;<strong>With a &pound;20m innovation fund (FY18/19), jHub&nbsp;aims to fast-track successful proposals through the procurement process within 1 year or less.</strong></p> <p>The Med Surge initiative provides a unique opportunity for businesses to submit medical solutions that could be used by the UK armed forces in the future. Importantly for suppliers, if successful, they will be fast tracked through the procurement process with pilots and awarded contracts taking place within six months to one year.</p> <p>The call for cutting-edge medical solutions is open to companies from the UK and overseas and is specifically looking for innovations that fit into six categories:</p> <ul><li> <p>prophylaxing combat trauma</p> </li> <li> <p>physiological and anatomical disruption</p> </li> <li> <p>predictive algorithms</p> </li> <li> <p>future transfusion strategies</p> </li> <li> <p>total wound care and telemedicine</p> </li> <li> <p>augmented reality and virtual reality</p> </li> </ul><p>Proposals are now being accepted and companies can also <a href="" target="_blank">meet with the jHub at Medical Innovation in October in Birmingham</a>. The event, organised in partnership with the UK Defence Medical Services, focuses on developing the medical capability of tomorrow that will help save lives in the future.</p> <p>Air Vice-Marshal Bruce Hedley, Director Joint Warfare within Joint Forces Command, commented:</p> <p><em>"jHub has been designed to help the UK Armed Forces seek out the world&rsquo;s most innovative solutions that will help overcome specific challenges. By working with Medical Innovation we&rsquo;re hoping to expedite the process of identifying unique new healthcare concepts and technologies that we can put into the hands of the user within a year."</em></p> <p>If your company would like to submit a proposal&nbsp;for the Med Surge initiative, <a href="" target="_blank">you can do so by accessing the online form on Medical Innovation website here.</a></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Police Transformation Fund awards Wed, 01 Aug 2018 10:11:22 +0100 CRM Sync The Home Office has today announced the latest awards for bids to the Police Transformation Fund. <p>The Home Office has today announced the <a href=";utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&amp;utm_content=immediate" target="_blank">latest awards for bids to the Police Transformation Fund</a>. The PTF is Home Office fund for projects designed to transform policing by investing in digitalisation, a diverse and flexible workforce and new capabilities to respond to changing crimes and threats.</p> <p>Of the &pound;100m of funding that has been announced, &pound;70m is for the continuation of four national policing programmes already underway, which will be familiar to much of the tech supplier community:</p> <ul><li>National Enabling Programme: delivering a unified IT system across policing and delivering more joined-up working within and between forces. Composed of three strands (Productivity Services, Identity and Access Management, and a National Management Centre)</li> <li>Specialist Capabilities Programme: Improving force-to-force resource sharing in key crime areas like roads policing, armed policing, and cyber-crime.</li> <li>Digital Policing Portfolio: Aiming to improve police&rsquo;s use of technology. Composed of three strands (Digital Public Contact, Digital First, and Digital Intelligence and Investigation)</li> <li>Transforming Forensics: Improving how biometric services and digital forensics are used across law enforcement.</li> </ul><p>Of the remaining bids, there is &pound;6m across 3 National Crime Agency projects, including &pound;1.5m for the National Economic Crime Centre (as announced in the National Security Capability Review earlier this year).</p> <p>There is also money for the APCC to continue work on Data Standards and Knowledge Sharing. And &pound;1m for the Police ICT Company for a Transformation Programme (100 day foundation phase) under their new CEO.</p> <p>Commenting on the awards, techUK&rsquo;s Programme Manager for Justice &amp; Emergency Services, Henry Rex, said:</p> <p>&ldquo;<em>Today&rsquo;s confirmation of another year&rsquo;s funding for the national programmes is good news for policing and the tech supplier community. But perhaps the most interesting aspect about these awards is that that practically every project that has secured money is national in scope. Over the past year or so the Police Service has put more and more emphasis on collaboration, with talk of shared solutions to shared problems. Today&rsquo;s successful bids demonstrate that approach has fully taken root in policing.</em></p> <p><em>It is only by such collaborations that forces will be able to make the most of digital technology and drive real change across policing.</em></p> <p><em>As national programmes become ever more prevalent, it is critically important that SMEs are given opportunities to engage. Policing must have access to a broad and diverse supplier base in order to harness the innovation they need to transform. techUK looks forward to working with the national programmes and Police ICT Company to ensure that they can make the most of the innovative capabilities in the tech community.</em>&rdquo;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Welcome to techUK's second podcast - the Security special Tue, 31 Jul 2018 07:33:17 +0100 CRM Sync Talal Rajab presents this month’s episode highlighting the importance of ‘secure by design’ with special guests from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and Microsoft <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 <a href="">our&nbsp;second techUK</a> podcast&nbsp;after the <a href="">success of our first</a>, last month.</p> <iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" allow="autoplay" src=";color=%23ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_teaser=true"></iframe> <p>This episode, presented by Talal Rajab, head of cyber security at techUK, centres around making digital products and services &lsquo;secure by design&rsquo;.</p> <p>After a news round-up and a review of the techUK Annual Dinner, our first interview with Sian John MBE, Executive Security Advisor at Microsoft, (03:41) looks at whose responsibility it is that our citizens and businesses are cyber secure and how we can respond as an industry to threats.</p> <p>We are then joined by Ed Venmore-Rowland, senior policy adviser at DCMS, (20:28) to discuss the Department&rsquo;s <a href="">white paper</a> on this subject and how industry and government can work together to help protect the country against cyber attacks and reduce the burden on end users by embedding effective cyber security practices at every stage of a connected products lifecycle.</p> <p><a href="">techUK's July podcast - the Security&nbsp;special</a></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Guest blog - what's next for technology products? Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:42:41 +0100 CRM Sync A guest blog from Crown Commercial Service - What’s next for Technology Products? <p>After nearly two outstanding years in the market, Technology Products 2 is now undergoing a new phase of discovery.</p> <p>Over the last few months Crown Commercial Service, in collaboration with partner organisations including TechUK, have undertaken several engagement workshops, in which over 100 suppliers and customer buying organisations participated.</p> <p>The sole purpose of these events was to reflect upon the factors that make the current agreement so successful, to see where we could make improvements and develop innovative ideas for the next agreement.</p> <p>The easier path would be to simply extend and fulfil the full 4 year term, however since listening to our market base it has become very clear that with a few small changes to the scope, structure, and buying process, Technology Products 3 could revolutionise commodity tech buying for the public sector.</p> <p>The new Technology Products agreement needs to be easy to use and accessible for both buyers and potential suppliers.</p> <p>One fundamental discovery output from the workshops is the desire for customers to buy commodity tech products and services as a solution via one procurement process, an aspect which we will take away and test in further work stream activities.</p> <p>With that in mind the market base driven indicative timelines are as follows:</p> <table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" style="width:602px"><tbody><tr><td> <p><strong>Key Program Milestones</strong></p> </td> <td> <p><strong>Dates</strong></p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Design complete</p> </td> <td> <p>September 2018</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>OJEU publication</p> </td> <td> <p>March 2019</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>ITT close</p> </td> <td> <p>April 2019</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Award</p> </td> <td> <p>August 2019</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Agreement live</p> </td> <td> <p>September 2019</p> </td> </tr></tbody></table><p><br> These are subject to change, so to keep up-to-date check out our dedicated TP3 pipeline page <u><a href="">here</a></u>.</p> The role of tech in stopping human trafficking & modern slavery Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:19:29 +0100 CRM Sync On World Day against Trafficking in Persons we look at how tech can play a role in combating modern slavery and human trafficking. <p>Today is <a href="">World Day Against Trafficking in Persons</a>, something which could not be more important as globally there are&nbsp;over 45 million people in some form of slavery, generating over $150bn in illegal profits. The term 'modern slavery' covers a plethora of crimes and abuses ranging from withheld wages or documents, child labour in mining or natural resource explitation to sex-trafficking, domestic service and car-washing. It is a truly global crime and the official UK estimate is 13,000 modern slavery victims, but the real number is likely to be in six figures.&nbsp;</p> <p>So what role can tech play in stopping this? Tech is already revolutionising crime fighting (as anyone active in our <a href="">Justice and Emergency Services programme</a> will know) with new data tools giving better insight,&nbsp;real time intelligence and linking together disparate data sets. This&nbsp;helps&nbsp;reveal&nbsp;patterns and frees up time for border agencies and officers.&nbsp;</p> <p>As high-tech as this is, simpler technologies have a role to play too.&nbsp;<a href=""></a> run the hugely successful UK&nbsp;modern slavery helpline and <a href="">today launched an app</a> to help people report suspected&nbsp;modern slavery. Apps have been developed to help victim support and websites such as <a href="">LaborVoices</a>&nbsp;let people in vulnerable communities and large companies&nbsp;read first hand worker experiences from different factories and workplaces.</p> <p>Nascent technologies are also making a difference. UK based&nbsp;<a href="">Provenance </a>use&nbsp;Distributed Ledger Technology to document and verify processes in fishing fleets (a problem sector for modern slavery) and global procurement software provider SAP Ariba partnered with&nbsp;<a href="">Made in a Free World</a>, to use their cloud, AI and analytics software suite to scrutinise supply chains. Elsewhere data business Dun and Bradstreet run the <a href="">Human Trafficking Risk&nbsp;Index</a>, allowing companies to analyse their own operations to reveal modern slavery risks. Worldwide there are many more brilliant examples.</p> <p>Last year a&nbsp;<a href="">Wilton Park conference</a>&nbsp;looked to see how the tech sector&nbsp;can work together to&nbsp;combat modern slavery and understand the problems that need to be overcome. A year on from from this event we were delighted to help launch a new initiative called <a href="">Tech&nbsp;Against Trafficking </a>which brings&nbsp;together tech firms, NGOs and Governments to collaborate on new tools and getting the tech to those who need it. The first project is underway and a long term strategy will be published later in the year. If you want to get involved with Tech Against Trafficking please email;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> DCMS committee releases interim report on fake news Mon, 30 Jul 2018 09:53:00 +0100 CRM Sync techUK responds to interim report from DCMS committee on disinformation and 'fake news' <p>Commenting on the publication of the DCMS Committee's interim report into disinformation and fake news Antony Walker, techUK's deputy CEO, said:</p> <p><em>"This is an important report that requires careful reading. The question about how to address fake news is of crucial importance for democratic societies. However the issue of fake news should not simply be viewed as a technology issue with a technology solution.&nbsp; Technology platforms do not operate in a vacuum. Determining what is and is not accurate information is not always straightforward and both traditional media and elected politicians can often be sources of news that is inaccurate or untrue. Sometimes decisions about what is and isn't 'fake' will be highly political and contentious. The complexity of this issue should not be underestimated. Online platforms should not be held to a higher standard than the offline world. This interim report sets out some important solutions that require careful consideration. What matters is finding appropriate solutions that work.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> RIIO2 Framework Decision Mon, 30 Jul 2018 08:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync Ofgem has published its decision on the framework for setting the next energy network price controls from 2021 <p>RIIO (Revenue using Incentives to deliver Innovation and Outputs) is Ofgem&rsquo;s model in setting the price controls on the companies that run the gas and electricity networks in Great Britain to ensure that existing and future consumers get the network services they require at a fair price. RIIO involves setting designed to encourage energy network companies to:</p> <ul><li>Play a full role in delivery of a sustainable energy sector</li> <li>Deliver value for money network services for existing and future consumers.</li> </ul><p>In 2013 the first round of RIIO began with price controls including the costs of &ldquo;system operation&rdquo; and in 2015 Ofgem set the price control for electricity distribution. In total, network companies will recover revenues of around &pound;96bn over the RIIO-1 period.</p> <p>RIIO -1 has worked quite well in network reliability, customer satisfaction with network operators, and innovation stimulus has increased R&amp;D. However, assumptions, that seemed reasonable at the time Ofgem was setting the control, have not always played out as expected.</p> <p>Proposals of the Framework are:</p> <ul><li><strong>Giving consumers a stronger voice</strong>:</li> </ul><p>In distribution, companies will be required to set up a Customer Engagement Group. In transmission, companies will be required to set up a User Group. Ofgem will set up an independent RIIO-2 Challenge Group of consumer experts.</p> <ul><li><strong>Responding to how networks are used:</strong></li> </ul><p>Price control length is set to five years; The electricity system operator (ESO) price control will be separate from the National Grid Electricity Transmission&rsquo;s (NGET&rsquo;s) Transmission Owner (TO) control; Consumer protection against inefficient network investment and utilisation; the role of network companies in encouraging reduction in end use energy efficiency.</p> <ul><li><strong>Driving innovation and efficiency</strong>:</li> </ul><p>A proposal to extend competition across the sectors (electricity and gas, transmission and distribution), where it is appropriate and provides better value for consumers.</p> <ul><li><strong>Simplifying the price controls:</strong></li> </ul><p>A description of setting outputs to recover revenues that companies were provided with but that are no longer required and how the cost allowances will be set to reduce the risk of forecasting error. How to get better information from the network companies, including the role of the Information Quality Incentive (IQI) and fast-tracking, and improving and simplifying the annual reporting process.</p> <ul><li>&nbsp;<strong>Fair returns financeability:</strong></li> </ul><p>Improvements in the approach to setting the cost of debt and proposed methodology to setting the cost of equity. Proposition to move away from using the retail price index (RPI) as an inflation measure and new mechanisms to ensure fair returns.</p> <p>Ofgem&nbsp;will publish&nbsp;an initial business planning working paper in August 2018 as well as issue an open letter in relation to Annual Reporting, and will publish a consultation on the sector specific methodologies in December 2018.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">You can find the full RIIO - 2 framework here.</a>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Get involved in techUK's Cloud Week! Fri, 27 Jul 2018 09:07:41 +0100 CRM Sync In September techUK is hosting a week of guest blogs, podcasts, tweets and videos on how the UK can achieve full cloud maturity and optimisation – come and take part!   <p>On Monday&nbsp;24&nbsp;September,&nbsp;techUK&nbsp;will kick off&nbsp;Cloud&nbsp;Week - highlighting the importance of cloud computing for the UK&rsquo;s digital future. Throughout the week&nbsp;techUK&nbsp;will be bringing&nbsp;you&nbsp;news, views and insights from the technology sector on how UK organisations&nbsp;can realise the benefits and opportunities of cloud, as well as the steps that need to be taken to&nbsp;drive the UK cloud market forward.&nbsp;&nbsp;We will be sharing guest blogs and podcast interviews with business leaders, press articles and daily tweets&nbsp;reflecting on the current state of play around cloud adoption and&nbsp;what this may look like in the future.</p> <p>We are looking for members interested in providing input to&nbsp;cloud&nbsp;week, which will&nbsp;centre&nbsp;around five key themes:&nbsp;</p> <ul><li><strong>Monday:</strong>&nbsp;Driving&nbsp;the adoption and use of cloud across all UK sectors and industries&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Tuesday:</strong>&nbsp;Addressing the&nbsp;cloud&nbsp;skills&nbsp;gap&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Wednesday:</strong>&nbsp;Cybersecurity&nbsp;and&nbsp;cloud&nbsp;computing&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Thursday:</strong>&nbsp;Digitisation, business&nbsp;transformation&nbsp;and the&nbsp;cloud&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Friday:</strong>&nbsp;Cloud 2020 and&nbsp;beyond&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> </ul><p>If you are&nbsp;interested&nbsp;in taking part,&nbsp;please <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">get in touch with Katherine Mayes</span></a> by Monday 03 September.&nbsp;All blogs must be submitted under <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">our contributor guidelines found here</span></a> by Monday 10 September.</p> <p>Before Cloud&nbsp;Week begins you can still get involved on Twitter: <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">@techUK</span></a>&nbsp;<a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">#whycloud</span></a>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Government consulting on future drone regulation Thu, 26 Jul 2018 09:48:24 +0100 CRM Sync The Department for Transport has published a consultation looking at the future UK regulatory framework for drones. <p>Today the DfT published a new <a href="">consultation looking at the future regulatory framework for drones in the UK</a>. At techUK we are fans of drones; they have an <a href="">incredible set of use&nbsp;cases</a>&nbsp;and deliver economic growth, as seen at our <a href="">recent conference</a>&nbsp;and could revolutionise transport, industry and public safety.&nbsp;</p> <p>Like most consultations government stresses the importance of balancing the opportunities of the new tech&nbsp;with how to manage&nbsp;the potential risks, important given the negative public perception of this tech.&nbsp;However we'd encourage government to look at the positive and we're pleased the document&nbsp;acknowledges that drone technologies saved at least 65 lives&nbsp;in 2017-18. Drones (called Small Unmanned Aircraft, or SUAs in the document) will play a big role in the Industrial Strategy,&nbsp;especially around robotics, AI and autonomous transport so it is great the consultation cites the economic case for drones made in the recent&nbsp;<a href="">PWC report</a>. So how does the government plan on realising this?</p> <p>The key policy proposal that DfT seem to be hanging their peg on is the development of&nbsp;<strong>Flight Information and Notification System(s)</strong> or FINS(s) covering all drones exceeding 250g in weight. This will be a framework for drone users to safely share airspace by emitting&nbsp;and sharing&nbsp;information on location, flight paths, users, type data etc with&nbsp;other airspace users and relevant public bodies. This will be delivered probably via an app, built on open standards and compatible with different platforms, drones and ecosystems and&nbsp;the DfT also have questions on anonymising&nbsp;and making the data within the system available to industry to drive innovation.</p> <p>The concept of a FINS(s) does seem on the face of it&nbsp;a sensible approach to making sure information is shared and rules are enforced, but it won't be ready unrtil at least 2020 and we look forward to seeing how this is approached. techUK wants a system that&nbsp;promotes, not hinders wider&nbsp;drone use and there are concerns FINS(s) could dissuade people from using this exciting new tech.&nbsp;Any system that requires pre-notifications that make the quick deployment of drones too burdensome will put people off using drones, so the proposed system should be light in required details operators need to submit. Also if FINS(s) is designed in a way that means every&nbsp;flight is&nbsp;monitored and&nbsp;scrutinised, it will create a fear of sanction (fines or litigation) that will dampen the enthusiasm to using drones and such an outcome should be avoided.</p> <p>DfT don't have a preferred solution on how&nbsp;FINS(s) should work&nbsp;and are open&nbsp;to ideas on funding,&nbsp;what exactly&nbsp;it should include, how it should be delivered and if it would work as&nbsp;a single system&nbsp;or a network of comaptible systems delivered by the private sector. It is&nbsp;the flagshp policy, but there are other policy&nbsp; proposals in the document, including:</p> <ul><li>A commitment&nbsp;to meeting the requirements of the EU Revised Basic Regulation and EASA Guidance on drones.</li> <li>Reaffirming the previously announced drone registration scheme and competency tests.</li> <li>The introduction a minimum age for drone operators (they propose various ages, but seem to be leaning towards 18).</li> <li>New police powers to mandate drone users to show their registration, land a drone with Fixed Penalty Notices for non-compliance.</li> <li>A review in 2019 of the 1 kilometre exclusion zone around airport and aerodromes that comes into force on 20 July 2018.</li> <li>A new framework for anti-drone and drone-detection technologies.</li> <li>Exemptions for model aircraft flying clubs.</li> </ul><p>So what next? The consultation runs through the summer and closes on&nbsp;17 September. Government will then consider the responses and bring forward their proposed outcomes in the form of the&nbsp;Drones and Other Unmanned Aircraft Bill, currently&nbsp;scheduled for 2019.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK's AI Reading List Thu, 26 Jul 2018 09:23:57 +0100 CRM Sync techUK's Cloud, Data Analytics and AI programme, with the help from our Twitter community, have created an AI Reading List. <p>techUK's Cloud, Data Analytics and AI programme, with the help from our Twitter community, have created an AI&nbsp;Reading List, including links to the latest and most thought-provoking books, blogs, long-form articles and activities.</p> <p>You can view&nbsp;teckUK's AI Reading List <a href="">here</a>.The&nbsp;document is open and intended to evolve, so please do edit and add your favourite reads.&nbsp;</p> <p>We hope you find the content useful food for thought - happy reading! &nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> Consulting on a new trading future for the UK Thu, 26 Jul 2018 08:58:45 +0100 CRM Sync As the Government launches four consultations on post-Brexit trade deals, Thomas Goldsmith looks at what they might mean for the UK tech sector. <p>This week the Department for International Trade has launched four new consultations on post-Brexit trade deals. These include separate consultations on the possibility of negotiating new free trade agreements (FTAs) with the <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">United States</span></a>, <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">Australia</span></a> and <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">New Zealand</span></a>, as well as one on the possibility of joining the plurilateral trade agreement, <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership&nbsp;(CPTPP)</span></a>.</p> <p>For UK tech companies, deals with these countries could bring major benefits. The US is the main destination for exports for many tech companies, and tech investment flows are significant both ways. British affiliates in the information sector already account for <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">28 per cent of all foreign affiliates&rsquo; employment in the US</span></a>, with the figure 24 per cent for the similarly digital heavy profession, scientific &amp; technical services sector.</p> <p>The EU has recently started trade negotiations with both Australia and New Zealand, as I wrote about in an insight,&nbsp;<a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF"><em>Doing digital Down Under</em></span></a>, but these won&rsquo;t be concluded before the UK leaves the EU. The UK could benefit from agreements with both though. The UK&rsquo;s <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">largest trade surplus with New Zealand</span></a> is in telecoms, computers and IT, and with Australia, the UK Government recently concluded a new <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">&lsquo;FinTech Bridge&rsquo;</span></a> to help cutting-edge firms expand in both markets.</p> <p>However, these examples highlight how easy it already is to do business with all three markets. They are mostly pro-trade and open markets (recent US actions aside) and the actual hurdles for UK tech businesses are minimal. While barriers certainly do exist, these can be ones that are difficult even for an FTA to address, such as problems around different regulatory structures between States within the US. For example, the US does not have a federal Privacy Law, relying instead on different requirements per state.</p> <p>The prospect of joining CPTPP is an interesting one, especially as its provisions on digital trade are some of the most advanced in any trade agreement. The advantages of being part of a major bloc could be significant, but some CPTPP provisions could be at odds with areas the sector would like to stay aligned with the EU. One example where this could be the case is around CPTPP&rsquo;s provisions for regulatory coherence which differ from the EU&rsquo;s <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">precautionary principle.</span></a></p> <p>If all goes to plan, a perhaps wishful ask as our report <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF"><em>Dealing with the Deals</em></span></a> makes clear, then the UK would have bilateral deals with eight of the eleven signatories to CPTPP (either through rolling over existing EU deals, or through the new negations with Australia and New Zealand). Given that, opportunities for additional improved market access are potentially limited and would seem to not be worth prioritising over continued alignment with the EU. techUK has been clear that it is crucial to see what the final outcome of the negotiations on the future UK-EU relationship is before a real judgement can be made on the tradeoffs involved.</p> <p>Nevertheless, these consultations are an important step towards the UK&rsquo;s post-Brexit trade policy and will inform the Government&rsquo;s approach to their first bilateral negotiations. It is essential for the UK&rsquo;s economy that future trade agreements provide a good deal for tech. techUK will be working with its members to respond to these consultations and to make sure the sector&rsquo;s views and priorities are considered when negotiating these potential deals.</p> <p>If you would like to feed into techUK&rsquo;s responses, please contact <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF"></span></a>.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK to host panel at WTO public forum Wed, 25 Jul 2018 14:57:02 +0100 CRM Sync techUK’s Policy Manager for Brexit and Trade Thomas Goldsmith looks ahead to techUK’s engagement at the World Trade Organisation’s Public Forum 2018. <p>Each year, the World Trade Organisation (WTO) <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">puts on its Public Forum</span></a> &ndash; its annual outreach event that attracts over 1,500 representatives from civil society, academia, business, the media, governments, parliamentarians and inter-governmental organisations. This year, for the first time, techUK will be there and helping shape the global debate on trade.</p> <p><img alt="" src="//" style="float:left; height:267px; margin:5px; width:400px">2018 has already been a crucial year for international trade. Multilateral institutions seem under siege from some quarters and there is the possibility of the first trade war in decades. But at the same time, we can see a world that is becoming ever more connected thanks to the power of tech.</p> <p>In such a pivotal year, it is right that the WTO is looking towards the future. The <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">theme of this year&rsquo;s Public Forum is &lsquo;Trade 2030&rsquo;</span></a> and will explicitly look at how technology is changing lives and economies across the globe, and what that will mean for trade over the coming years.</p> <p>It is ever more important to really explore how the rules that govern the trading system need to adapt to the digital world. The WTO itself was established before the internet was commercialised, and the conventions that have been in place since to hold together the global digital trade are beginning to fray.</p> <p>The fragile global consensus can already be seen in the renewed call by India and South Africa to &lsquo;rethink&rsquo; the moratorium on digital tariffs. The prohibition on charging duties on digital transfers has been in force since 1998, but must be renewed every two years. <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">As techUK has commented,</span></a> the rule has been a hugely important factor in the development of global e-commerce and will be vital in the ongoing development of new technologies which reduce trade friction, such as 3D printing. Ending that moratorium would be deeply concerning and lead to increased costs for consumers.</p> <p>With the potential benefits of these new technologies worth trillions to the world economy, there is an urgent need to establish permanent rules to govern this area. <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">New exploratory discussions on e-commerce</span></a> were launched last year at the Buenos Aires Ministerial Conference which hold out the hope of reaching new rules. All of this makes techUK&rsquo;s panel, <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">&lsquo;The Rise of Digital: Tech and the Changing Nature of Value Added&rsquo;</span></a>, at the Public Forum all the timelier. It will explore how developments like the trade in intangibles and the growth of 3D printing are quickly changing how the world trades and will examine the implications for global institutions and the development agenda. These are the pressing issues of our time and techUK is proud to be at the forefront of discussions.</p> <p>As a leading digital economy, it is essential that the voice of the UK and its thriving tech sector is heard on the global stage.</p> <p>In addition to our panel we will be taking a delegation of tech businesses to the WTO Public Forum to demonstrate the strength and breadth of the UK&rsquo;s digital ecosystem. If your business is interested in attending, or you would like more information about techUK&rsquo;s panel, please contact <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF"></span></a>.</p> <p>(Image credit:&nbsp;The WTO Public Forum 2017 &copy; WTO/Jay Louvion)</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK gives evidence to Parliament on tech sector services and Brexit Wed, 25 Jul 2018 14:02:24 +0100 CRM Sync Head of Policy Giles Derrington appears in front of Exiting the EU Select Committee to discuss the Government's White Paper. <p>Two weeks ago, with great fanfare, and a lot of political drama, <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">the Government published its&nbsp;White Paper</span></a>.&nbsp;<a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">techUK&nbsp;responded,</span></a> setting out the many questions still unanswered just a few months before a final agreement with the EU needs to be reached.&nbsp; In particular we highlighted the worrying lack of detail&nbsp;about how digital services will access the EU market post Brexit.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Yesterday, the&nbsp;<a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">Exiting the EU Select Committee&nbsp;asked&nbsp;techUK&nbsp;to give evidence</span></a> on these concerns, alongside representatives from the City of London Corporation&nbsp;and&nbsp;the Insurance and Broadcasting industries. The session was a valuable opportunity&nbsp;to put the sectors'&nbsp;views to a&nbsp;Committee that has often had a significant impact on Government and&nbsp;Parliament&rsquo;s&nbsp;thinking on Brexit. The session was even more&nbsp;important&nbsp;as, later in the day, the Committee quizzed new Brexit Secretary&nbsp;Dominic&nbsp;Raab, and the&nbsp;senior&nbsp;civil servant overseeing the Brexit&nbsp;negotiations, Olly Robbins.&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="//" style="float:left; height:225px; margin:5px; width:400px">What was very clear&nbsp;is that the tech sector is not alone in seeing the White Paper as failing to deliver the necessary detail to allow&nbsp;services industries to plan.&nbsp; All other sectors also raised concerns about the Government&rsquo;s approach and the idea that regulatory flexibility in return for reduced market access is a positive outcome for&nbsp;services sectors.&nbsp;&nbsp;techUK&nbsp;made the point that&nbsp;given&nbsp;many of the EU&rsquo;s rules around the Digital Single Market, such as&nbsp;GDPR, have&nbsp;extra-territorial reach, the ability to diverge is limited&nbsp;anyway.&nbsp;</p> <p>One other thing that was very clear from the Committee discussion was that the statements made by businesses selling goods, in particular the automotive sector, in the run up to the Chequer&rsquo;s Summit&nbsp;that produced the White Paper clearly impacted on the Cabinet&rsquo;s decision. The weight put on those businesses&rsquo; contributions again shows the value in being clear with Government about what businesses need and why.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Finally, the questioning again highlighted just how real the prospect of no deal might be, and how damaging such an outcome would be for the tech sector.&nbsp; While the White Paper marks a starting point for negotiations with the EU,&nbsp;it is clear that we&nbsp;are still some way&nbsp;away&nbsp;from a consensus among UK politicians.&nbsp; This makes it&nbsp;all the more&nbsp;important for businesses to plan, where they can, for the impact of a no deal, and to continue to be very clear with Government that such an outcome would be a very bad deal indeed for the UK tech sector.&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Comment on revising moratorium on electronic transmission duties Wed, 25 Jul 2018 11:51:48 +0100 CRM Sync Head of Policy Giles Derrington comments on India and South Africa's wish that the WTO re-examines the moratorium on digital tariffs. <p>Commenting on the communication from India and South Africa that they wish the WTO to re-examine the long-standing moratorium on digital tariffs, Giles Derrington, Head of Brexit, International and Economics, techUK said:</p> <p>&ldquo;The moratorium on digital tariffs, in effect since 1998, has been hugely important in the development of ecommerce as a significant part of global trade.&nbsp;It is also vital to the ongoing development of new technologies which can reduce trade friction, such as 3D printing. Whilst there are undoubtedly important questions to ask about how these new technologies will affect traditional customs duties on goods, the reality is that duties on&nbsp;digital transfers would mean increased costs for consumers.</p> <p>&ldquo;At a time when we are already seeing challenges to the long-standing principle that lower tariffs are good for trade, competition and consumers, it would be deeply concerning if&nbsp;the international consensus on tariff-less digital trade were to come to an end.&nbsp;We hope that post-Brexit, as the UK takes its own seat at the WTO, it will continue to support the moratorium on such duties.</p> <p>&ldquo;techUK aims to be at the forefront of tackling some of the challenges this issue raises. This is why we are pleased to have secured an event at the WTO&rsquo;s Public Forum in October on tech and the changing nature of value added.&rdquo;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>