techUK Insights RSS Feed - techUK RSS feed for insights content. en Copyright (C) 2015 Council of the Future: Is there a role for AI? Mon, 16 Jul 2018 15:42:58 +0100 CRM Sync Read the overview of our event 'Council of the Future: Is there a role for AI?" <p>On Wednesday 11 July&nbsp;techUK&nbsp;hosted a roundtable discussion&nbsp;titled&nbsp;<a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">&ldquo;Council of the Future: Is there a role for AI?&rdquo;</span></a>&nbsp;The event brought together&nbsp;techUK&nbsp;members and&nbsp;representatives from local&nbsp;councils&nbsp;to discuss how to support the adoption of AI in local government.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>To kick-off the discussion we heard from&nbsp;<a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">Jenny&nbsp;Nelson&nbsp;from Newcastle&nbsp;City Council</span></a>, who&nbsp;shared her experience of&nbsp;the challenges&nbsp;faced by&nbsp;a&nbsp;local council&nbsp;adopting&nbsp;AI&nbsp;(service design, retraining and scalability) as well as the&nbsp;benefits it can ultimately deliver- improved customer experience, reduced cost and establishing Newcastle as a place for growth.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Bryn Adams from&nbsp;DigitalGenius&nbsp;provided&nbsp;some opening remarks&nbsp;from an industry-perspective.&nbsp;He highlighted the ambiguity surrounding AI as a&nbsp;barrier to adoption in local councils and noted the increasing pressure on local government to meet rising customer experience expectations. He touched on the benefits adopting AI could bring to local councils, including increased customer service satisfaction and the opportunity to relieve&nbsp;employees time&nbsp;to focus on other tasks. &nbsp;</p> <p>Attendees discussed the best way of putting forward the&nbsp;business case for artificial intelligence in local government.&nbsp;Framing&nbsp;the&nbsp;discussion&nbsp;around&nbsp;improving outcomes for citizens, piloting technologies to show teams the art of the possible,&nbsp;and <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">developing a digital strategy, like Aylesbury Vale Council,</span></a> were all said to have helped councils enormously.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The discussion highlighted that local councils often don&rsquo;t see an obvious need to adopt emerging tech when they have&nbsp;a number of&nbsp;more immediate concerns and decision-making&nbsp;in politics is&nbsp;typically&nbsp;too&nbsp;short term&nbsp;to realise tangible benefits. However, during the discussion we heard some great examples of excellent work&nbsp;by early adopters&nbsp;in&nbsp;local&nbsp;government, most&nbsp;notably <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">Chatbot from Aylesbury</span></a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">WasteBot&nbsp;from Newcastle City Council</span></a>.</p> <p>Key points that came out of the discussion included:&nbsp;</p> <ul><li>It&rsquo;s important to bring&nbsp;the senior leadership team and elected members on the digital journey.&nbsp;Leadership buy-in is vital for the delivery of transformation.&nbsp;</li> <li>First the problem should be&nbsp;articulated,&nbsp;and technology framed around that.&nbsp;It was also identified that business analysts have a crucial&nbsp;role to play in helping to articulate the problem.&nbsp;</li> <li>Language can often be a&nbsp;barrier&nbsp;so we must be clear about what we mean by AI when communicating to stakeholders internally and externally.&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> <li>Great collaboration is needed across local government to help scale-up projects, understand where best practise is and where lessons can be learnt. Collaboration will also help to drive the market.&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> </ul><p>In terms of how&nbsp;techUK&nbsp;could help&nbsp;support&nbsp;the adoption of AI in local government,&nbsp;attendees provided the following suggestions:&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <ul><li>Art of the possible sessions&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;techUK&nbsp;has a strong convening role&nbsp;and can&nbsp;bringing together councils&nbsp;and industry to workshop through specific problem areas whilst demoing how technologies, such as AI, can&nbsp;enable&nbsp;innovative solutions and improve outcomes for&nbsp;citizens on&nbsp;a specific issue.</li> <li>Signpost&nbsp;best&nbsp;practice&nbsp;from early adopters&nbsp;&ndash; both success stories and examples of where adoption hasn&rsquo;t worked&nbsp;so that councils&nbsp;can learn from&nbsp;experience.&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> </ul><p>Following this roundtable discussion, the local government programme will set-up an Emerging Technologies&nbsp;Working&nbsp;Group with input from the Cloud, Data Analytics and AI programme, to drive some of these ideas and suggestions. If you would like to be involved in this work, please contact Georgina&nbsp;Maratheftis.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK signs Armed Forces Covenant Mon, 16 Jul 2018 09:15:00 +0100 CRM Sync techUK is proud to announce that it has signed the UK's Armed Forces Covenant. The Covenant is a promise from the nation that those who serve or have served in the armed forces, and their families, will be treated fairly and not disadvantaged. <p>To date, The Covenant has been signed by more than 1,500 organisations, including businesses and charities, all of which have set out their support for members of the armed forces community employed by them or accessing their products and services.</p> <p>In signing The Covenant, techUK will commit to upholding its key principles, to recognise the value that serving personnel, reservists, veterans and military families bring to both our organisation and to our member companies. By signing The Covenant, techUK is promoting its status as an armed forces friendly organisation.</p> <p><strong>techUK&rsquo;s Chief Executive Julian David said: </strong></p> <p>&ldquo;Our Armed Forces, from serving members to veterans and military families, play a critical role in defending the United Kingdom&rsquo;s values and freedoms.</p> <p>&ldquo;The contribution they make to our wider society should be honoured by businesses working in the UK, and I&rsquo;m proud to say that a significant number of our member companies have already signed up to The Covenant and its principles. Today we join them, and are committed to upholding The Covenant&rsquo;s principles, particularly to ensure that the Armed Forces community does not face discrimination in the workplace.</p> <p>&ldquo;As an organisation we are therefore proud and honoured to sign The Covenant and will continue to support current and former members of the Armed Forces through the work of our Defence Programme&rsquo;.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>techUK's Head of Defence Programme Fred Sugden said: </strong></p> <p>&ldquo;techUK works closely with a significant number of serving and former members of the Armed Forces, whose valuable contributions enable us to deliver a significant programme of business opportunities for our members.</p> <p>&ldquo;In signing The Covenant, techUK wishes to be a strong advocate for the enormous contribution made by those working in defence&nbsp;to our country&nbsp;as a whole, and to our member companies, as well as other businesses and charities across the United Kingdom&rdquo;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Ambition and Investment for fit-for-the-future Infrastructure Fri, 13 Jul 2018 08:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync NIC releases the 2018 National Infrastructure Assessment, setting out a plan of action for the country’s infrastructure for the next 10-30 years. <p>The&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">National Infrastructure Commission</a> (NIC) has released the first of its 5-yearly <a href="" target="_blank">National Infrastructure Assessments</a>. Looking across all infrastructure sectors, taking into account current and future demands, the NIC has delivered a series of conclusions to tackle key challenges. It is exciting to see the NIC call for a more ambitious, outcomes-driven government approach to the nation&rsquo;s infrastructure.</p> <p>Contextualised by a brutally honest review of major infrastructure project timelines, like the 23-years-in-the-making-Mersey-Gateway-Bridge, the NIC delivers the &ldquo;long-term vision&rdquo; that is needed for more efficient and successful delivery of long-term projects.</p> <p><strong>Revolutionising Road Transport</strong></p> <p>Innovation in road transport is highly disruptive, and is likely to significant changes to how, who and what are using the nation&rsquo;s roads. The NIC is very clear on what it sees to be the Government&rsquo;s role in driving the revolution of road transport. The Government should:</p> <ul><li>encourage the switch to electric vehicles by making it a visibly accessible and reliable choice for car owners. According to the NIC, this should be done by subsidising installation of charging infrastructure where the private sector will not and developing policy that ensures that local authorities are prioritising these innovations by freeing up space to install chargers. Visibility and accessibility of charging points will be key to improving people&rsquo;s trust in electric vehicles as a feasible mobility choice.</li> <li>ensure that the future of transport and mobility is considered in current infrastructure planning and project delivery, as timelines can extend over decades. This should be underpinned by a framework to assess potential impacts (despite the uncertainty) that will be produced before the next five-year planning cycle for road and rail.</li> </ul><p><strong>Transport and Housing for Thriving City Regions</strong></p> <p>Urban transport needs to be an enabler of growth, but brings with it inherent challenges, such as increased numbers of drivers on roads, and changes to how space is utilised within urban environments. Local-level leadership needs to develop strategies that allow for cities to be planned more holistically &ndash; that is, integrating transport, employment and housing planning considerations. Further to this, additional funding support should be provided to cities that have great potential for growth but face severe capacity constraints. Further to this, the development of London should not be diminished by the growth and development of regional cities, but should be complement to bring nation-wide economic and social benefits.&nbsp;</p> <p>It is positive to see that the NIC has carved a role for itself here in working with the Government and cities to guide and oversee future upgrades to infrastructure across the country. This will provide ambition and continuity for city infrastructure projects, pulling together the various infrastructure sectors.&nbsp;</p> <p>We welcome the long-term, strategic approach that the National Infrastructure Assessment sets out for the nation&rsquo;s infrastructure, and the ambition it calls for from the Government to deliver improved quality of life for the people in the UK. We look forward to working with our industry members and with the Government to achieve these goals for the nation's infrastructure.&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Low carbon infrastructure at no extra cost Fri, 13 Jul 2018 08:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync NIC has published an annual review showcasing a highly renewable generation mix is a low-cost option for the energy system, but a requirement of transformation in energy, waste and transport is needed by 2050. <p>The&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">National Infrastructure Commission</a> is required to carry out an overall assessment of the UK&rsquo;s infrastructure requirements once every 5 years. This is the first of those assessments.</p> <p>The first&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">National Infrastructure Assessment</a> sets out the Commission&rsquo;s plan of action for the country&rsquo;s infrastructure over the next 10-30 years. Infrastructure can inspire confidence and growth.</p> <p>By 2050, the UK&rsquo;s population and economy will have grown significantly. This will place substantial pressures on infrastructure. And meeting the challenge of climate change will require a transformation in energy, waste and transport by 2050. The UK is legally bound to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80 per cent from 1990 levels by 2050. Today, around 70 per cent of emissions come from electricity, buildings, travel and waste.</p> <p>The Commission recommends:</p> <ul><li>At least 50% renewable electricity generation by 2030</li> <li>No more than 1 more contract for new nuclear before 2020</li> <li>Pilots to test hydrogen and heat pumps as low carbon heating options</li> <li>Buildings which require less energy to heat</li> </ul><p>The Commission&rsquo;s modelling has shown that a highly renewable generation mix is a low-cost option for the energy system. Government should not agree support for more than one nuclear power station beyond Hinkley Point C before 2025. The National Audit Office found that this procurement model for Hinkley Point C did not provide best value for money for consumers. The Commission is recommending a &lsquo;one by one&rsquo; approach to new nuclear plants, as opposed to the current government policy to develop a large fleet.</p> <p>The analysis carried out shows slightly lower average costs for a scenario with 90 per cent renewable and less than 10 per cent nuclear compared to a scenario with 40 per cent renewable and around 40 per cent nuclear, the higher cost of managing the variable nature of many renewables (&lsquo;balancing&rsquo;) is offset by the lower capital cost, which translates into lower costs in the wholesale market. Regardless if heat is predominantly electrified using heat pumps or provided through low carbon hydrogen in the future. &nbsp;</p> <p>In all scenarios, extra flexibility, which includes technologies such as storage, interconnection and demand side response, is a low regrets investment which reduces estimated total energy system costs by between &pound;1-7 billion per year on average between 2030 and 2050.The Commission favours the use of existing market mechanisms &ndash; contracts for difference and the capacity market &ndash; where possible, to avoid creating more uncertainty, but incremental improvements could be made. All renewables should be able to compete; there is no longer a case for any bilateral deals, including for tidal.</p> <p>But even with emissions almost eliminated from power generation and waste, the UK cannot achieve its emissions targets without transitioning away from using natural gas, a fossil fuel, for heating.</p> <p>Biogas can also be used as a low carbon substitute for natural gas. It can also be converted to a range of biofuels, which may prove especially valuable in sectors where fossil fuels are hardest to replace, such as aviation. The Commission recommends that government should establish separate food waste collection for households and businesses (to enable production of biogas) by&nbsp;2025.</p> <p>It is cheaper to collect food waste separately and process it in anaerobic digesters, rather than send it to energy from waste plants (incinerators). Seventy-nine per cent of people who do not currently use a food waste bin would be prepared to use one if it were provided by their local council. More plastics should be recycled, including by restricting the use of hard-to-recycle plastic packaging by 2025. Better packaging design, clearer labelling, fewer hard to recycle plastics, and tougher recycling targets.</p> <p>The Commission recommends that government should set a target for recycling 65 per cent of municipal waste and 75 per cent of plastic packaging by 2030. Government should set individual targets for all local authorities and provide financial support for transitional costs.</p> <p>techUK supports the findings of the NIC and agrees that the road to low carbon economy looks brighter now than ever. We welcome NIC&rsquo;s call for Government to be less afraid to be more ambitious in their approach to policy.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> White Paper a step forward but many questions remain Thu, 12 Jul 2018 14:02:00 +0100 CRM Sync With just 260 days left until the UK leaves the EU, there is still a lack of clarity on many areas of importance for the tech sector. For digital services, far more detail is needed to assess the future impact on business <p>Commenting on the publication of the Government&rsquo;s White Paper on the <a href="">Future Relationship Between the United Kingdom and the European Union</a>, techUK&rsquo;s CEO, Julian David, has set out 24 questions that need to be answered in order provide digital business with the clarity they need.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>techUK's CEO, Julian David said:</strong></p> <p><em>&ldquo;This White Paper is a step forward but many questions remain. With just 260 days left until the UK leaves the European </em><em>Union</em><em> there is still a lack of clarity on many areas of importance for the tech sector. For those providing digital services far more detail is needed to assess the future impact on their businesses.</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;The government accepts that their approach will mean that UK-based tech firms will not have the current levels of access to EU markets in the future. Increased friction in trade has a direct impact on jobs and investment. There is currently little evidence that export losses to the EU can be quickly offset by new trade deals with other countries.</em></p> <p><em>"However, while many questions remain to be answered the White Paper does set out </em><em>much needed</em><em> detail on the government&rsquo;s preferred future relationship with the EU. We are pleased that the White Paper goes further than a simple &lsquo;Canada-style&rsquo; Free Trade Agreement and presents a comprehensive institutional framework.&nbsp; This is the right approach to facilitate the best possible market access particularly for goods and address issues critical to business such as competition law, state aid rules </em><em>and</em><em> VAT.</em></p> <p><em>"Companies currently exporting tech services to the EU or dependent on supply chains that are integrated with the EU will need far more detail in order to understand the extent to which the UK&rsquo;s departure from the EU will inhibit their ability to export.</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;We look forward to working with Government to better understand their approach to these important issues and will continue to make the case that a good deal for the UK must be one that supports the industries of the future and delivers on the promise of a deep and comprehensive partnership with the EU."</em></p> <p>In responding to the White Paper, the questions techUK has raised include:</p> <p><strong>Overall access</strong></p> <ol><li>The paper recognises that the &ldquo;UK will not have current levels of access to each other&rsquo;s markets&rdquo;.&nbsp; In which areas does the Government expect access to be limited, and what assessment has been made on the impact on businesses operating in these areas?</li> <li>The paper states that the Government is proposing new arrangements that would &ldquo;provide regulatory flexibility.&rdquo; What assessment has the Government made of the value of providing regulatory flexibility compared to reduced market access with the EU?</li> </ol><p><strong>Digital</strong></p> <ol><li>Does the Government commit to maintaining ongoing alignment with the EU on areas of the Digital Single Market that have extra-territorial reach, such as data protection and limitations to liability?</li> <li>On digital technologies, the paper states that the UK proposes &ldquo;exploring new models for regulatory cooperation between the UK and the EU&rdquo;.&nbsp; What type of new model is the Government considering, and will this cover all regulations impacting digital technologies or only provide for certain elements of the Digital Single Market?</li> <li>Will any new model form part of the economic partnership, and therefore be subject to the proposed Institutional Framework, or be delivered separately?</li> <li>Will the UK&rsquo;s proposals for the future personal data sharing arrangement be included within the institutional framework? &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> <li>On telecommunication, the paper proposes &ldquo;joint commitments to an open and liberalised electronic communications&rdquo;.&nbsp; Will such a commitment take the form of specific obligations, or simply be a commitment to ongoing dialogue in this area?</li> <li>On broadcasting, the paper states that the &ldquo;UK is seeking the best possible arrangements for this sector&rdquo; after the loss of UK&rsquo;s participation within the Country of Origin Principles. Do they anticipate such arrangements enabling broadcast into the EU from the UK in the future without the need for additional licenses?</li> <li>Does the Government intend that the UK would secure observer status on key regulatory bodies for tech and telecoms, such as BEREC, as is suggested for bodies covering goods elements under the new Free Trade Area?</li> </ol><p><strong>The Institutional Framework</strong></p> <ol><li>The White Paper states that &ldquo;The majority of these individual agreements should sit within the overarching institutional framework&rdquo;. However, it is not clear what agreements will, and will not, be within the institutional framework. What mechanism will exist for disputes arising in areas outside the institutional frameworks?</li> <li>The paper says that the UK and EU would be required to notify each other through the joint Committee of proposed changes to legislative proposals &ldquo;where these related to specific commitments in the future relationship.&rdquo; Will there be a requirement to notify potential changes in areas which sit outside the institutional framework, such as those for digital proposed in the paper?</li> </ol><p><strong>Competition Law</strong></p> <ol><li>The paper states that the Government will seek to maintain alignment on competition law, including antitrust prohibitions and the merger control system. Will this apply to all elements of competition law, or only for these areas which sit under the institutional framework?&nbsp; How would such an approach operate in areas, such as digital and telecoms, which may sit outside the institutional framework?</li> </ol><p><strong>Migration</strong></p> <ol><li>Access to talent is critical for the tech sector.&nbsp; The paper states that &ldquo;The UK&rsquo;s future immigration arrangements will set out how those from the EU and elsewhere can apply to come and work in the UK.&rdquo;&nbsp; When will these arrangements be made clear?</li> <li>How does the Government define &ldquo;temporary business activity&rdquo;?&nbsp;</li> <li>Will any new immigration arrangement be subject to the mechanisms within the institutional framework?</li> </ol><p><strong>Financing</strong></p> <ol><li>Will the Government seek to retain any part of the European Investment Bank or the European Investment Fund? If not, will the UK Government seek to purchase shares in the European Investment Fund?</li> </ol><p><strong>Free Trade Agreements</strong></p> <ol><li>The White Paper states that &lsquo;to ensure trade in goods between the UK and the EU remains frictionless at the border&rsquo; there will be &lsquo;no routine requirements for rules of origin between the UK and the EU&rsquo;. It then goes on to say that it will seek &lsquo;arrangements that facilitate cumulation with current future Free Trade Agreement (FTA) partners&rsquo;. Would disputes around diagonal cumulation in these agreements be new Free Trade Agreements, or be delivered through the institutional framework?</li> <li>The White Paper states that the UK will &lsquo;potentially seek accession&rsquo; to CPTPP &lsquo;and this would be on terms consistent with the future relationship with the EU, and domestic priorities&rsquo;. What are the domestic priorities that will influence this decision and is CPTPP&rsquo;s approach compatible with the common rulebook for goods with the EU?</li> <li>The UK will &lsquo;play a full and prominent role in the multilateral and plurilateral trade agenda&rsquo; including &lsquo;seeking new agreements in areas of significance to the global economy such as digital&rsquo;. Does this include an explicit commitment to the Information Technology Agreement and the Australian-led WTO discussions on e-commerce?</li> </ol><p><strong>Goods</strong></p> <ol><li>The paper states that the UK intends to &ldquo;seek participation &ndash; as an active participant, albeit without voting rights &ndash; in EU technical committees that have a role in designing and implementing rules that form part of the common rulebook&rdquo;.&nbsp; How will this be achieved and is the Government prepared to contribute to the costs of these committees work in return for access?</li> <li>The UK goods proposal covers all compliance activity necessary for products in UK and EU markets. It includes conformity assessments and &lsquo;It would also apply to labels and marks applied to show they meet the regulatory requirements&rsquo;. Yet in the section on an Independent trade policy, the White Paper states that: the UK &lsquo;would also have the freedom to reach new agreements with third country trading partners on the underpinning compliance activity, for instance through the mutual recognition of conformity assessments.&rdquo; How are these two statements compatible and does this mean that goods on the UK market will require an EU mark and a UK mark?</li> </ol><p><strong>Security</strong></p> <ol><li>Does the UK&rsquo;s commitment to participate in existing Justice and Home Affairs systems, such as PNR, block it from sharing data with other third-party countries? How can these systems have several levels of third-party facilitation, and how will this impact on UK citizens data?</li> <li>With the UK committing to full compliance and implementation of EU data exchange measures, does this prevent any divergence in future trade agreements?</li> </ol><p><strong>Timescales</strong></p> <ol><li>Given the additional work needed to determine the new models proposed for the digital sector, and the proposals on customs facilitation, does the Government believe that the current Implementation Period is sufficient?</li> </ol>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> ICO reports on data in political campaigning Wed, 11 Jul 2018 13:19:55 +0100 CRM Sync Today, the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) has published a number of detailed reports as part of the ICO’s formal investigation into the role of data analytics in political purposes. <p>Today, the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) has published a number of detailed reports as part of the ICO&rsquo;s formal investigation into the role of data analytics in political purposes. These reports include <a href="">an interim progress update</a> on the continuing investigation, and regulatory action being taken, relating to Cambridge Analytica, SCL Elections Limited, Aggregate IA and Facebook.&nbsp;&nbsp; There are details of the Notice of Intent to issue a fine, under the Data Protection Act 1998 as the investigation predates the introduction of the GDPR, of &pound;500,000 to Facebook for a &ldquo;lack of transparency and security issues&rdquo;.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The report also provides a detailed account on the discussions the ICO is pursuing with others including Cambridge University, eleven political parties and a number of data broker organisations as part of the investigation. It highlights that this is the largest investigation ever conducted by a data protection authority and has raised a number of different lines of enquiry. The report makes it clear that the investigation is still live with many questions left unanswered at this time, including as to whether the data protection and privacy procedures in place within UK Universities are sufficient. With the investigation continuing the ICO will produce a more detailed final report with its final conclusions later this year.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In addition, the ICO has published a separate report that outlines ten key policy findings and recommendations that have emerged from the investigation so far. The aim of the <em><a href="">Democracy Disrupted? Personal Information and Political Influence</a></em> report is to &ldquo;draw back the curtain&rdquo; and shine a light on how personal information is being used in political campaigning today. This highlights the need for greater transparency and information on information processing to retain trust and confidence of citizens in the integrity of political campaign and elections.&nbsp;The key policy recommendations outlined include:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul><li>Political parties to work with the ICO and others to develop a &ldquo;Your Data Matters&rdquo; campaign before the next General Election</li> <li>Introduction of a statutory Code of Practice for the use of personal data in political campaigns</li> <li>Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation to hold a citizen jury on data analytics in political campaigns</li> <li>Call for online platforms providing adverts to political parties to ensure sales teams have data protection expertise</li> <li>ICO to work with the European Data Protection Board (EDPS) to ensure online platforms compliance with GDPR requirements to ensure users understand how data is processed in targeted advertising</li> <li>All platforms cited in the report to urgently roll out planned transparency features in relation to political advertising</li> <li>Government to conduct a review on gaps in regulations in relation to political advertising online</li> </ul><p>In addition, a key policy recommendation being made in the ICO&rsquo;s report is the need for an &ldquo;ethical pause&rdquo; in the way new technologies are being used in political campaigning to allow Governments, Parliament, political parties and citizens time to reflect on the impact of technologies, including AI, and to consider responsibilities and requirements in relation to personal data.&nbsp; This recommendation seems to have emerged from the ICO&rsquo;s work exploring current and emerging trends in the use of technologies including social media, data analytics and AI in campaigning. As part of this analysis the ICO commissioned the thinktank DEMOS to conduct a study on current and emerging trends in the use of technology in political micro targeting. The results of this study is a report on &ldquo;<a href="">The Future of Political Campaigning</a>&rdquo; which is also released today.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In response to the publication of the ICO&rsquo;s reports Antony Walker, Deputy CEO techUK said:</p> <p><em>&ldquo;These detailed reports on what is a very complex issue highlight the importance of having a strong and well-resourced data protection regulator. They demand careful reading and consideration.&nbsp; There is a very clear message from the ICO that everyone&nbsp;involved in data has a responsibility for building and retaining the trust and confidence of the people who use their services. Trust, however, cannot be given. It must be earned.&nbsp; Compliance with the law and GDPR is just the starting point.</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;This is an issue that goes beyond&nbsp;compliance. The ICO&rsquo;s report raises real ethical questions around truthfulness, fairness and respect.&nbsp;techUK stands ready to help the ICO, and the new Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation, in developing effective policy approaches to ethical questions related to the use of data driven technologies in political campaigning.&rdquo;</em></p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> Home Office & MoJ Publish Reviews of Major Projects Wed, 11 Jul 2018 10:41:02 +0100 CRM Sync The 23 major programmes across Home Affairs and Justice have been given RAG ratings in the Infrastructure and Projects Authority annual report. <p>Last week Government Departments across Whitehall published their Major Projects Portfolio data, in support of the &nbsp;the <a href="" target="_blank">2018 Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA) annual report</a>. The Government Major Projects Portfolio (GMPP) comprises over 130 large and complex projects, and this annual report tracks the progress of these projects, highlights good practice and challenges, and gives each project a RAG rating.</p> <p><strong>Home Office</strong><br> Of the <a href="" target="_blank">Home Office&rsquo;s 12 projects in the GMPP</a>, seven received a rating of Amber, meaning that while issues exist, these &ldquo;appear resolvable at this stage and, if addressed promptly, should not present a cost/schedule overrun.&rdquo; And the Communications Capabilities Development &amp; Home Office Biometrics Programmes were given ratings of Amber/Green, which is fairly impressive given the complexity of the programmes.</p> <p>However, both the Disclosure and Barring Service, and Digital Services at the Border (DSAB) programmes were rated as Amber/Red, meaning that &ldquo;successful delivery of the project is in doubt, with major risks or issues apparent in a number of key areas,&rdquo; which is concerning.</p> <p>And the Emergency Services Mobile Communications Programme (ESMCP) was one of eight projects in the entire GMPP to be rated Red, as &ldquo;successful delivery of the project appears to be unachievable.&rdquo; The major issues with project definition, schedule, budget, quality do not appear to be resolvable. The review concluded that &ldquo;I<em>n the light of continuing challenges with some of the authority projects and subsequent evidence of further slippage from the main suppliers, work has started on a full scale programme re-plan. The aim is to complete the re-plan, engage in commercial renegotiations and recalculate the Full Business Case (FBC) numbers by late September 2018.</em>&rdquo;<br> &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Ministry of Justice</strong><br> The <a href="" target="_blank">Ministry of Justice has 11 projects in the GMPP</a>. Two (Shared Services Evolve; Berwyn Programme) were given Amber/Greens ratings. Five were rated Amber/Red (Electronic Monitoring; CJS Common Platform; HMCTS Reform; Prison Estate Transformation Programme; Transforming Compliance Enforcement Programme), and the rest were Amber.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>So of the 23 major projects across the Home Office &amp; Justice system, over two thirds are rated Amber or Amber/Green. But the 7 projects given ratings of Amber//Red or Red will be of concern to industry and Government alike. techUK looks forward to working with the departments involved to improve their access to innovation and knowledge of market capabilities, to contribute to the successful delivery of major transformation programmes.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Celebrating 100 years of the Royal Air Force Wed, 11 Jul 2018 10:37:43 +0100 CRM Sync RAF centenary celebrations continue with spectacular flypast over London <p>In its hundredth year, the Royal Air Force yesterday celebrated both its rich heritage and future, with a magnificent flypast over central London. Formed on 1 April 1918, the RAF was born when The Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service merged to create the world's first independent air force.</p> <p>Large crowds gathered across London yesterday to witness almost a flypast of nearly 100 aircraft representing the past, present and future of the Royal Air Force. From the legendary Spitfire, Hurricane and Lancaster to the new F35 Joint Strike Fighter, the aircraft flew over The Mall and Buckingham Palace, where they were watched by the Queen and other members of the Royal Family.</p> <p>A particular highlight included 22 Typhoons spelling out 100 as they flew in formation over the palace. The flypast concluded with the famous Red Arrows streaming red, white and blue smoke across the skies of the capital, and a large parade of serving RAF personnel.</p> <p><strong>The head of the Royal Air Force, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier said:</strong></p> <p>"It is a hugely important day and the pinnacle of the centenary celebrations. Bringing together that big parade, the new colour and the flypast - this is going to be a tremendous day, and it is about commemorating all of our history, and it is about celebrating what we do today.&rdquo;</p> <p>techUK is enormously proud to actively support and participate in the RAF 100 celebrations, which continue later this year with the RAF 100 Dinner at the Imperial War Museum. If you would like to join us to celebrate the RAF at the dinner, <a href="">you can do so by booking a ticket here.</a></p> <p>The graphics below show the list of aircraft that participated in the flypast, as well as its route across the east of England and London. Also shown is a Typhoon, which took part in the special &lsquo;100&rsquo; formation over Buckingham Palace:<br> &nbsp;</p> <table align="center" border="0" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" style="width:500px"><tbody><tr><td><img alt="" src="//" style="height:500px; width:400px"></td> <td><img alt="" src="//" style="height:250px; width:300px"><img alt="" src="//" style="height:250px; width:300px"></td> </tr></tbody></table><table align="center" border="0" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" style="width:500px"><tbody><tr><td>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</td> </tr></tbody></table><p>&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Indian IT Minister holds roundtable on UK India collaboration Tue, 10 Jul 2018 13:51:50 +0100 CRM Sync Indian IT and Law and Justice Minister holds roundtable with UK and India Tech Community discussing abundance of opportunities for collaboration. <p>Taking forward their India-UK Tech Alliance, NASSCOM and techUK, in collaboration with GSA, UK held a high level Roundtable discussion with Mr. Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister for Electronics &amp; IT and Law and Justice, Government of India. This was attended by CXO&rsquo;s of leading UK and Indian technology companies in the UK, senior officials from UK and Indian Government, as well as leadership team of NASSCOM, techUK and GSA executives.</p> <p>NASSCOM President, Debjani Ghosh highlighted the role of the technology sector in catapulting the Indo-UK trade partnership. She endorsed the partnership between techUK and NASSCOM that will support the flourishing IT sectors in both India and UK by developing stronger linkages on co-creation, innovation, skilling partnerships and making policy recommendations to generate business confidence, especially keeping Brexit in mind. This is especially critical in a world where artificial intelligence, machine learning, big data analytics and cybersecurity will be major technology growth areas. The meeting discussed the need to work collectively to better manage technology challenges like data privacy and security issues, especially in the context of next-gen. technologies i.e. AI, IoT, big data in priority sectors that have huge social impact including healthcare, fin-tech and social inclusion. Union Minister, Mr Ravi Shankar Prasad reiterated the need of both governments to share knowledge, collaborate on research, innovate and create partnerships via deploying complementary technological strengths. Julian David, CEO of TechUK, commented, technology is at the heart of the UK India relationship. We are delighted alongside NASSCOM to welcome Minister Prasad. Collaboration on next generation technologies as well as ensuring a pipeline of future skills is vital for the success of both economies and the benefit of its citizens</p> <p>As a background, the India-UK Tech Alliance was created, on 18th April 2018, as a formal structure by NASSCOM and techUK to increase collaboration on skills and new technologies, assist in policy development and encourage innovation. The Alliance members met on 21st June 2018, and jointly urged the UK Government to support the operationalizing of the joint &ldquo;future skills initiative&rdquo; to upskill UK technology workers to bridge the skills gap and design a flexible immigration system that allows for&nbsp; frictionless mobility of skilled workers between India and UK.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Growing the Contribution of Defence to UK Prosperity Tue, 10 Jul 2018 10:48:19 +0100 CRM Sync Former Minister for Defence Procurement Philip Dunne MP launched his independent review: ‘Growing the Contribution of Defence to UK Prosperity’. <p>Yesterday, former Minister for Defence Procurement Philip Dunne MP launched his independent review: &lsquo;Growing the Contribution of Defence to UK Prosperity&rsquo;, which highlights the vital importance of the Defence sector to the UK&rsquo;s economy and makes 41 recommendations for the MOD to consider how best to improve the agility of Defence to procure the capability it needs, and for the department and defence industry more widely in meeting the challenges of the future.</p> <p>Speaking at the Royal United Services Institute, he highlighted the significant contributions Defence already makes in term of UK prosperity, including:</p> <ul><li>500,000 people as part of the Defence workforce (1.5% of UK total);</li> <li>25,500 apprentices developing skills;</li> <li>Delivering productivity growth of 15% since 2009, three times as much as the rest of the economy; and</li> <li>An average of &pound;7.3bn exports per annum over the last 5 years.</li> </ul><p>The report, commissioned by the Secretary of State Gavin Williamson in support of the ongoing Modernising Defence Programme (MDP) review, highlights the wider economic impacts of UK Defence spending. This is done by drilling down beyond top line spending commitments, examining how Defence spending drives economic growth regionally, creates and safeguards jobs in the supply chain, develops highly skilled employees, and provides long term benefits for the UK workforce.</p> <p>Particularly useful within the report are the regional analyses, which highlight the benefits of Defence spending in each of the UK&rsquo;s regions. techUK sees this as a useful metric to measure future success, and hopes that this will continued to be refreshed in the future. We welcome this approach and hope that this report will be used to better express the value Defence brings to both the UK technology sector and the wider economy. Arguably, Defence makes a more balanced contribution to regional economies than some sectors, which tend to be centred around London and the south-east.</p> <p>Similarly useful are the case studies which highlight both the obvious and indirect benefits that Defence R&amp;D investment creates. From techUK member 2iC growing from a micro-SME to exporting CDE funded technology across the 5-Eye nations to the technologies developed at BAE Systems which now help the UK BMX team, all innovation arising from Defence investment is valuable. techUK believes that fostering cross-pollination between industrial sectors is crucial to ensure a competitive Defence sector, and would strongly encourage the MOD to open up as many routes to market as it can, engaging with companies of all sizes and specialisms to pull through disruptive new technologies. SMEs in particular were praised in the report, with Philip Dunne arguing they can play a bigger role, and are often able to deliver innovations with more agility and flexibility than other suppliers. techUK welcomes and reiterates these sentiments, urging the MOD to take advantage of strong SME capabilities both directly and through prime contractors.</p> <p>None of this is possible without a highly skilled workforce. It is clear that Defence punches above its weight in terms of skills development, with 25,500 active apprentices currently enrolled across the sector and proper career-long support provided by many of the UK&rsquo;s largest, best known companies. The loss of Defence related activities would damage the UK&rsquo;s STEM skills base, which benefits the country as employees often move on to related jobs in adjacent sectors. techUK welcomes the report which extolls the virtues of the skills created by those working in the sector, particularly at a time when sectors are jostling for more funding and investment from the government.&nbsp;</p> <p>In summary, this report makes clear that Defence is a major contributor to the UK economy&rsquo;s overall prosperity, especially in terms of its workforce and skills. A large proportion of Defence jobs (both serving and non-serving) are highly skilled and highly-paid, which present long term benefits for the economy. Similarly the Defence sector offers vast opportunities for exports, as demonstrated by the recent ship-building contract with Australia, showing that the sector can continue to grow its footprint internationally for the benefit of the wider UK, in all its regions. techUK hopes that this report will enable the MOD to better demonstrate the significant value of the Defence sector to the UK economy.</p> <p>The report makes 41 recommendations on how the UK can embed prosperity into the thinking of MOD and improve agility throughout procurement processes. Some of these include:</p> <ul><li>The MOD should support DIT plans to strengthen DIT-DSO;</li> <li>As a critical enabler of growth and productivity in both defence and the wider economy, MOD should focus on technical education, skills and training in MOD&rsquo;s strategic approach to prosperity, including when talking with potential investment partners;</li> <li>The MOD and its key suppliers should develop a common approach and format for collecting data, preferably based on a digital solution, to underpin new guidance and metrics on key prosperity factors;</li> <li>MOD should increase agility and pace in defence procurement, adopting a culture more focused on finding the right procurement solutions and less on defining and avoiding obstacles at the outset;</li> <li>In specialist sectors such as space and cyber, the armed forces should consider facilitating whole career flexibility with secondments across Defence, including in industry, at point sduring careers to remove barriers and retain skills;</li> <li>MOD should adopt open architecture across the Defence spectrum; and</li> <li>MOD to consider whether its commitment to spend 1.2% of the defence budget of S&amp;T is sufficient following the Government Industrial Strategy target to raise total UK R&amp;D investment to 2.4% of GDP by 2027.</li> </ul><p>The full report and list of recommendations can be accessed <a href=""><u>here</u></a>.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK CEO comment on new DCMS Secretary of State Mon, 09 Jul 2018 21:44:29 +0100 CRM Sync techUK CEO, Julian David, congratulates Matt Hancock and welcomes Jeremy Wright to Digital role <p>Commenting on the cabinet reshuffle, Julian David, techUK CEO said:</p> <p>"techUK is very sorry to see Matt Hancock move on from the Digital portfolio. As Minister for Digital, then as&nbsp;Secretary of&nbsp;State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Matt has been a staunch supporter of the UK's tech sector both in Government and in other domestic and international fora.&nbsp;</p> <p>His move to lead the work of the Department for Health and Social Care is a clear recognition of the passion, determination and&nbsp;drive we have seen him show at DCMS.&nbsp;</p> <p>All of us here at techUK now look forward to working with Jeremy Wright and Digital Minister Margot James to continue to build on the success of our industry.</p> <p>As we navigate our exit from the European Union and build a Global Britain, it will be crucial to have a voice at the centre&nbsp;of Government that understands the role the tech sector has to play not just in creating a prosperous economy but in finding solutions to society's most pressing challenges. In Jeremy Wright I am sure we will have an ally and a friend as we continue to build the UK digital economy."</p> Not just EU trade deals that must be rolled over post-Brexit Sun, 08 Jul 2018 23:05:00 +0100 CRM Sync techUK publish report Dealing with the Deals: Existing EU international agreements and the tech sector. <p><strong>A report launched today&nbsp;by techUK highlights that urgent decisions are needed&nbsp;on&nbsp;over 750 different EU agreements post-Brexit. The report,&nbsp;Dealing&nbsp;with the deals,&nbsp;suggests&nbsp;that it is not just the loss of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) that could undermine the UK&rsquo;s thriving tech sector&nbsp;but also the loss of hundreds of smaller 'Science and&nbsp;Technology&nbsp;Agreements'&nbsp;with major trading nations&nbsp;that&nbsp;have&nbsp;helped innovative&nbsp;UK&nbsp;businesses secure&nbsp;access to talent and research.</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The paper calls for&nbsp;urgent&nbsp;clarity&nbsp;on&nbsp;whether the Government&nbsp;is able to&nbsp;ensure that all the trade agreements,&nbsp;which the UK&nbsp;as a member of the EU&nbsp;is currently party to,&nbsp;can be &lsquo;rolled-over&rsquo; post-Brexit.&#8239;While Government has said it&nbsp;intends for the deals to continue, there has&nbsp;not been&nbsp;any formal confirmation that countries,&nbsp;such as Canada and South Korea,&nbsp;agree.&#8239;Trade Secretary, Liam Fox, recently said that &ldquo;technical reasons&rdquo; may prevent the&nbsp;roll-over of some&nbsp;deals.&nbsp;</p> <p>In the report, techUK says that the Government should prioritise the roll-over of those trade deals that provide the best deal for the UK&rsquo;s service sector and include strong ecommerce chapters that enable UK tech-sector growth.&#8239;It highlights the importance of deals,&nbsp;such as&nbsp;the&nbsp;EU-South Korea agreement, which has led to exports from the UK to South Korea increasing by 67&nbsp;per cent&nbsp;in the five years since the deal was signed.&nbsp;</p> <p>techUK also states&nbsp;that the&nbsp;UK should update older EU deals to facilitate modern trade&nbsp;post-Brexit.&#8239;For example, the UK should prioritise updating the EU&rsquo;s agreement with Israel, a highly advanced digital economy, which currently only covers tariffs on good and does little to&nbsp;open&nbsp;up&nbsp;trade in services of digital products.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Commenting on the launch of the report&nbsp;Giles Derrington, Head of Policy for Brexit, International and Economics&nbsp;at techUK, said:&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>&ldquo;A lot of focus has been put on how the UK will go about rolling over existing Free Trade Agreements that we benefit from by being in the EU.&nbsp;In reality,&nbsp;the&nbsp;problem goes far deeper. Smaller agreements, such as those on&nbsp;science and&nbsp;technology have brought&nbsp;major&nbsp;benefits to the UK&rsquo;s innovative tech sector.&#8239;These deals help develop our trade with countries,&nbsp;such as China, where even Government accepts we are unlikely to be seeing a fully-fledge free trade deal any time soon.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;With over 750 different EU deals that benefit out economy, the Government needs to be prepared to tell business how it will prioritise them and whether there is a path to rolling over these benefits for Britain.&#8239; We believe the UK should ruthlessly prioritise deals that support our modern, digitally enabled economy, such as South Korea and Canada,&nbsp;which go further and faster on trade in service.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;Rolling over these deals shouldn&rsquo;t be the end of the story.&#8239; While securing the current benefits of EU deals must be our first task, we can do better in updating deals like the EU/Israel Free Trade Agreement, to work for both of our economies in the 21st&nbsp;Century.&#8239; Reducing tariffs is important, but the real prize for a services-orientated economy like the UK&rsquo;s is deals which&nbsp;open up&nbsp;the market for services and support ecommerce.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>The report is available for download below.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> A goods-only Brexit means limiting the businesses of the future Fri, 06 Jul 2018 21:27:17 +0100 CRM Sync techUK has warns that a Brexit that maintains membership of the Single Market for goods but not services would put the UK’s digital economy at a serious disadvantage. <p>Responding to Cabinet discussions at Chequers on the UK&rsquo;s approach to the Future Economic Partnership with the EU, techUK has warned that a Brexit that effectively maintains membership of the Single Market for goods but not services would put the UK&rsquo;s highly services-orientated digital economy at a serious disadvantage against their European competitors.</p> <h3>Commenting, techUK CEO, Julian David, said:</h3> <p>&ldquo;It is right that the Prime Minister has sought to take the tough decisions needed to move the conversation about the UK&rsquo;s plan for our post-Brexit relationship with Europe forward. However, as the Government itself has made clear, a goods only deal would reduce the access for services to the European market.&nbsp; Given that 80% of tech exports are services, and our biggest market remains the EU, this will have very real consequences.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;The UK tech sector does not see clear benefits of divergence with the EU.&nbsp;Indeed there has been a strong consensus to maintain alignment on crucial issues such as data protection.&nbsp; A goods only approach would risk UK based tech firms selling into Europe having to comply with two competing regulatory regimes and being unable to guarantee that services can be provided on the same terms to customers in different locations.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;Such a deal also ignores the increasing number of goods that rely on a services contract to operate where divergence would make it harder for UK digital-services businesses to be part of European supply chains.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;techUK agrees that we need a frictionless border for goods, but a Brexit based on goods alone is not one that plays to the strengths of the UK&rsquo;s digital economy.&nbsp; It would create a lop-sided Brexit that causes complexity for business and confusion for consumers.&rdquo;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Government announces new Northern Powerhouse body Fri, 06 Jul 2018 14:39:49 +0100 CRM Sync Local Enterprise Partnerships in the North of England will form a new body to support the government’s ambitions for the Northern Powerhouse <p>Speaking at the first ever Northern Powerhouse Business Summit, Northern Powerhouse Minister Jake Berry MP announced the creation of the newly formed, <a href=";utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&amp;utm_content=immediate">government-funded board called the &lsquo;NP11&rsquo;</a>. NP11 will consist of Chairs of each of the 11 Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs).</p> <p>The board will act as one voice representing each of their regions as a modern day &lsquo;Council for the North&rsquo; to work with and advise the government on issues such as how to increase productivity, overcome regional disparities in economic growth and tackle the historic north-south divide.</p> <p>Northern Powerhouse Minister Jake Berry MP said:</p> <p>&ldquo;As we approach leaving the European Union we need to ensure that every area of the UK continues to economically flourish.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;The Northern Powerhouse will be a vital support to the UK in achieving this and so I am very pleased the 11 LEP Chairs have agreed to form the new NP11 board.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;For the first time since 1472, we will bring together the business voices of the Northern Powerhouse in our Council for the North. They have one task: to enrich all the peoples of the North of England &ndash; this is the foundation stone of the Northern Powerhouse and, with the skills and expertise of the NP11, we will shift the North&rsquo;s economy into overdrive.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Together we will deliver a North of England which is an economic powerhouse and one which can proudly take its place on the world stage both now and as we leave the EU.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>Georgina Maratheftis, Programme Manager for Local Government, techUK commented:</strong></p> <p><em>&ldquo;This new body further demonstrates the government&rsquo;s commitment to the Northern Powerhouse and can go someway to helping make digital devolution a reality. Working alongside the metro mayors, wider partners across the region, the LEPs are in a unique position to strengthen collaboration across the public and private sector to spur innovation and inward investment. We look forward to work with the NP11 to support the Northern Powerhouse realise its digital ambition.&rdquo;</em></p> <hr><p><strong>Supercharging the Digital Economy</strong></p> <p>If you would like to learn more about the Northern Powerhouse vision and how a smarter approach to technological adoption and innovation can spur inward investment into the Greater Manchester region and the North then techUK&rsquo;s <a href="">Supercharging the Digital Economy</a> conference is not to be missed!. It&rsquo;s taking place on the 18 October, The Bright Building Manchester and you can <a href="">register here.</a></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK Welcomes New Board Members Thu, 05 Jul 2018 14:44:38 +0100 Liz Cobbson (techUK) techUK is pleased to announce the new elected board members following the 5 July Main Board Meeting and AGM. <p>techUK is pleased to announce the new elected board members following the 5 July Main Board Meeting and AGM. Elected board members sit for a three-year term from July 2018 to July 2021.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Andrew Lawson</a>, EVP &amp; UK Country Leader, Salesforce<br /><a href="" target="_blank">Laura Bailey</a>, Chairperson, Qadre<br /><a href="" target="_blank">Simon Hansford</a>, Chief Executive Officer, UKCloud</p> <p>Thank you to all techUK members who stood for a position and to all those who voted in the recent elections.</p> <p>We are also pleased to announce newly selected members to the board</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Ashish Gupta</a>, Corporate Vice President and Head EMEA, HCL<br /><a href="" target="_blank">Kulveer Ranger</a>, Vice-President, Strategy and Communications, Atos UK&amp;I<br /><a href="" target="_blank">Neil Sawyer</a>, Commercial Channel &amp; Education Director, HP Inc.<br /><a href="about/our-board/item/12778-alex-towers" target="_blank">Alex Towers</a>, Director of Policy &amp; Public Affairs, BT Group<br /><a href="" target="_blank">Wenbing Yao</a>, Vice-President, Business Development &amp; Partnerships, Huawei Technologies</p> <p>Please see full board member listing&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> Have your say: Digital-first primary care & its payment implications Thu, 05 Jul 2018 13:16:03 +0100 CRM Sync NHS England engagement: Have your say on digital-first primary care and its implications for general practice payments <p><strong>Communication from NHS England:</strong></p> <p>Digital systems will be integral to a modern, efficient and responsive health service. Well-designed digital tools are already helping to provide care and services that are convenient for patients, efficient for the NHS and which get people the right care for them as quickly as possible.</p> <p>However, we face a challenge to ensure that the way we commission, contract and pay for care keeps up with the opportunities digital innovation offers - ensuring that new technology is safely integrated into health and care pathways, whilst not unfairly destabilising existing services.</p> <p>With fair payments in mind, NHS England has reviewed the implications of digital models and is seeking your views.</p> <p><a href="">Our analysis</a>&nbsp;concludes that there are a number of ways in which the payments for general practice may need to be updated to account for the emergence of digital-first innovative primary care providers, related to:</p> <ul><li>The rurality index payment;</li> <li>The London adjustment; and</li> <li>A reduction in the payment to practices for patients who live outside of the practice catchment area.</li> </ul><p>We are also seeking wider views about how general practice payment models can best support innovation.</p> <p>It is important to recognise that this is a first step, informed by the evidence available. As our understanding of new delivery models evolves and matures further action may be necessary.</p> <p>Further information about the proposals are available in the&nbsp;<a href="">document we have published to support this public engagement</a>.</p> <p>The outcome of this engagement will inform GP contract negotiations for 2019 - 2020 between NHS England and the General Practitioners Committee of the British Medical Association.</p> <p><a href="">Link to the online survey</a></p> Competition: Airport vehicle checkpoint screening Thu, 05 Jul 2018 12:46:47 +0100 CRM Sync A Defence & Security Accelerator £1m competition to find new solutions to this challenge. <p>The Home Office, Department for Transport and the Defence &amp; Security Accelerator have&nbsp;launched a competition to find innovative solutions for <a href="" target="_blank">airport vehicle checkpoint screening</a>.</p> <p>This &pound;1m competition is focusing on new solutions to the challenge of vehicle checkpoint (VCP) screening at airports, in order to prevent explosives, weapons and other threats from accessing the secure airside area.&nbsp;</p> <p>The competition seeks to identify innovative solutions to deliver a step change in screening vehicles at (Vehicle Check Points) VCPs, addressing three of the areas which represent the most time-consuming and laborious screening processes as follows:</p> <ul><li>vehicle engine compartments: both conventional bonnet and &lsquo;tilt cab&rsquo;.</li> <li>bulky loads such as: construction materials; large liquids (including fuel containers) or sealed packages.</li> <li>screening other hard to search parts of the vehicle, such as the driver&rsquo;s cab or load space.</li> </ul><p>In addition to new screening techniques, they are also interested in existing technologies being adapted to work within the&nbsp;VCP&nbsp;setting. All solutions must be capable of being used within the physical and operational constraints of VCPs, which often have limited space.</p> <p>Further details are <a href="" target="_blank">available here</a>, contracts are expected to be awarded in <strong>January 2019 and will run for 6 months</strong>. It is expected that a second phase of funding will be made available to help further develop promising projects from the innovation track.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Positive outlook on future of tech from Matt Hancock Thu, 05 Jul 2018 12:09:45 +0100 CRM Sync At an event organised by Politico and BSI, Matt Hancock gave a positive view on the future of tech in the UK post-Brexit. <p>At an event organised by Politico and BSI, techUK was encouraged to hear a positive vision being put forward by the Secretary of State for Digital, Matt Hancock, as he demonstrated his passion for tech and the power of digital technologies. Having come from a tech background himself, with other family members also working in tech, he certainly has a grip over the challenging elements of his Cabinet brief.</p> <p>Making clear he thought that the impact of tech on the UK would be far greater than Brexit in the long term, the Secretary of State was confident that the UK would not lose its tech crown to other European countries post-Brexit. His confidence is based on the fact that the UK is the third largest tech hub in the world, after the US and China, and is still seeing record levels of tech investment.</p> <p>That is not to say he doesn&rsquo;t recognise the risks that Brexit brings, particularly recognising the importance of continued data flows between the UK and the EU and access to the best skilled talent. However on both fronts he was confident the UK would get a deal which would ensure the continued success of the UK tech sector. Only time will tell if his confidence will be justified.</p> <p>The Secretary of State was clear about the challenges he sees with the development of tech and is determined to tackle them. He clearly strongly believes the UK can be a world leader in its approach to tech regulation, using both legislative and non-legislative tools to tackle what he sees as the biggest harms of technology. However, he was also passionate about technology itself solving problems caused by tech, for example new AI systems designed to surface aggressive content online.</p> <p>Encouragingly he recognised that the upsides of tech do outweigh the downsides, specifically calling out the transformative effects Artificial Intelligence could have in healthcare and transport.</p> <p>Declaring himself the &lsquo;Minister for Fun&rsquo;, following videos of him learning to &lsquo;moonwalk&rsquo; and taking &lsquo;parkour&rsquo; lessons, Matt Hancock suggested at these times the country needs a bit of fun. He might be right. But the UK also needs to show leadership on tech and digital issues, given technology increasingly underpins both economy and society. Matt Hancock is clearly someone who is determined to make his mark on the UK&rsquo;s digital economy.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK supports European Parliament Copyright Directive delay Thu, 05 Jul 2018 11:14:08 +0100 CRM Sync Read techUK Deputy CEO Antony Walker's comment on the decision of MEPs to reject the European Parliament’s report on the proposed Copyright Directive. <p>Commenting on the decision today of MEPs to reject the European Parliament&rsquo;s JURI Committee&rsquo;s report on the proposed Copyright Directive, Antony Walker, techUK deputy CEO, said:</p> <p><em>&ldquo;The European Parliament is right to have delayed the Copyright Directive today. The proposed legislation would have had significant consequences for online services and the millions of people who use them. The proposals would have prevented people from sharing online content and there would have been unavoidable conflicts with fundamental rights.&nbsp;</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;We are very pleased that MEPs have allowed more time to develop better solutions that achieve the right balance between the rights of copyright holders and ordinary people. techUK congratulates MEPs on this decision which will hopefully ensure a fair and balanced approach going forward which maintains a free and open internet.&rdquo;</em></p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> Funding opportunity to develop next generation services Thu, 05 Jul 2018 07:56:24 +0100 CRM Sync Apply now for your chance to get your share of £12 million from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund to develop AI and data enabled products and services. <p>UK business and research organisations can apply for a share of &pound;12 million from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.&nbsp;This is to develop AI and data enabled products and services within accountancy, insurance and legal services.</p> <p>This competition is part of the&nbsp;<a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">Next Generation Services Challenge</span></a>, which looks to create new opportunities forbusinesses and researchers to work together to develop the next generation of services.</p> <p>All projects should show how they will address challenges which will delay or adversely impact adoption. For example, this can include issues around&nbsp;<a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">ethics, privacy, bias and transparency</span></a>&nbsp;and how people&rsquo;s acceptance and behaviours will affect the service transformation.</p> <p>This is a linked competition. Funding 2 strands:</p> <ul><li><a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">Large consortia projects</span></a>&nbsp;addressing common, sector-wide challenges requiring a co-ordinated approach across, for example, supply chains or regulators. These projects can include academic researchers in social sciences, humanities, computer science and mathematics. These projects need to show significant transformational impact on the sector.</li> <li><a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">Smaller projects</span></a>&nbsp;aiming to apply AI and data techniques in new ways within accountancy, insurance and legal services. These smaller projects can be from single companies or small consortia.</li> </ul><p>The deadline for applications is Wednesday 15&nbsp;August 2018,12:00pm. For further information on how to apply, <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">please follow the link&nbsp;here</span></a>.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> MCPD and Specified Generator Controls Thu, 05 Jul 2018 07:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync Comments to submit to the Environment Agency on their guidance for MCPD and Specified Generator Controls. <p>Please click below to download the document.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Home Office Publishes Biometrics Strategy Wed, 04 Jul 2018 16:39:44 +0100 CRM Sync The Home Office Biometrics Strategy has been long awaited. It gives an overview of the current biometrics projects going on in the Home Office and law enforcement, and outlines the direction of travel. <p>The Home Office has published its long-awaited <a href="">Biometrics Strategy</a>. The Strategy, which was initially due some years ago, sets out the &ldquo;overarching framework within which organisations in the Home Office sector will consider and make decisions on the use and development of biometric technology.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The document outlines the current biometrics use cases across the Government, and the programmes to develop capabilities that are already in the pipeline. Industry suppliers may be interested in the Annex to the Strategy, which gives an overview of current biometric uses, legislation, oversight and governance.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>While welcoming the Strategy as a basis for a more informed public debate on biometrics, <a href="" target="_blank">the Biometrics Commissioner commented</a> &ldquo;u<em>nfortunately the strategy says little about what future plans the Home Office has for the use of biometrics and the sharing of biometric data. A debate is needed given the rapid improvements in biometric matching technologies and the increasing ability to hold and analyse large biometric databases.</em>&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>techUK was pleased to contribute to a <a href="" target="_blank">recent briefing note by the Parliamentary Office of Science &amp; Technology</a> on Biometrics Technology. This briefing note is intended to provide a balanced and accessible overview of the technology to inform Parliamentarians. Given the potential of biometrics to transform delivery of certain public services, and in light of the ethical and legal issues involved, it will be crucial that MPs and Peers are able to be adequately informed as they debate this subject.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK co-publisher of the newly launched Local Digital Declaration Wed, 04 Jul 2018 13:52:59 +0100 CRM Sync The declaration outlines a shared ambition for the future of local public services <p>Today see&rsquo;s the launch of the <a href="">Local Digital Declaration</a>, a shared ambition for the future of local public services written by a collective of local authorities, sector bodies and government departments. It outlines a shared ambition for improved collaboration and creating the conditions needed for the next generation of local public services.</p> <p>techUK is pleased to be a co-publisher of the Declaration, and if your organisation is working to improve local services they can <a href="">sign-up to the Declaration here.</a></p> <p><strong>Responding to the Local Digital Declaration, techUK CEO Julian David commented:</strong></p> <p><em>&ldquo;We applaud central government for listening to the needs of local government and launching The Local Digital Declaration, which will go some way to help create the environment that enables improved collaboration and genuine end-to-end transformation.&rdquo;</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;We have too often seen various local government digital initiatives come and go, so it is welcome to see that the Declaration is committing resources to realise the ambition set out. techUK has long called for central government to realise the convening role it can play to help local authorities identify common building blocks and sharing of common approaches to support transformation.&rdquo;</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;techUK stands ready to work with MHCLG, GDS and local authorities on the challenge set out to industry in the Declaration. We have championed open standards and interoperability, as evident in our Health &amp; Social Care Interoperability Charter. We look forward to working with partners across the local government eco-system to create the conditions needed to deliver improved and efficient local public services that improve outcomes for all citizens.&rdquo;</em></p> <p><strong>Chair of techUK&rsquo;s Local Public Services Committee &amp; CEO of Shaping Cloud Carlos Oliveira commented:</strong></p> <p><em>&ldquo;techUK&rsquo;s Local Public Services Committee (LPSC) welcomes the launch of the Local Digital Declaration and it is an ambition we share. The LPSC mission is to create the environment needed to enable meaningful change and collaboration at the local digital level. &nbsp;We look forward to continuing to work with the Ministry of Housing and Local Government (MHCLG) and the new local digital collaboration unit to realise the ambition it sets out to achieve, as well as working alongside them and other key partners on open standards and interoperability, areas we are actively looking at and championing.&rdquo;</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;It really is an exciting time for local government transformation. Today&rsquo;s Declaration will help to scale-up existing good work that is happening across the country and alongside the work of techUK help grow the local government market. As a committee we are here to help, listen and work with local government to ensure our local public services are the most effective and efficient for all citizens.&rdquo;</em></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Brexit Select Committee publishes report on data flows Tue, 03 Jul 2018 13:50:14 +0100 CRM Sync Read Head of Policy for Brexit, International and Economics Giles Derrington's statement on the newly released Government report on UK-EU data flows post-Brexit. <p>The Exiting the European Union Select Committee <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">has today published an extensive report</span></a> on the importance of maintaining UK-EU data flows post-Brexit. The report demonstrates that data flows are part of daily life and there must be a solution in place from the moment the UK leaves the EU on 29 March 2019.</p> <p>As the report outlines, the EU&rsquo;s data protection framework requires third countries, as the UK will be post-Brexit, to apply and be assessed for an adequacy agreement to allow data to flow freely between the EU and that third country. There are alternative mechanisms available to conduct data transfers however as the Committee&rsquo;s report concludes these are not suitable alternatives to an adequacy agreement.</p> <p>The Committee&rsquo;s report quotes heavily from techUK and UK Finance&rsquo;s report <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">&lsquo;No Interruptions: options for the future UK EU data sharing relationship&rsquo;</span></a>, as well as oral evidence given to the Committee by techUK&rsquo;s Giles Derrington.</p> <p>The Select Committee&rsquo;s report also assesses the UK Government&rsquo;s recent proposals on data flows and compares them to the EU&rsquo;s position. The UK has proposed a bespoke relationship on data protection, which would see continued regulatory cooperation, going beyond &lsquo;normal&rsquo; adequacy&rsquo;. The proposals would see the UK and EU agree an international treaty which would include the free flow of data, an ongoing role for the UK Information Commissioner&rsquo;s Office on the European Data Protection Board and UK participation in the one-stop-shop mechanism. In carrying out its assessment the Committee&rsquo;s report recognises that in order to improve the changes of successful negotiation based on the UK&rsquo;s proposals, the UK will have to accept the jurisdiction of the ECJ in some situations.</p> <p>The report did not receive the unanimous backing of the DExEU Select Committee, with two members, Craig Mackinlay MP and Jacob Rees-Mogg MP, voting against the report&rsquo;s conclusions.</p> <p>Commenting on the publication of the report Giles Derrington, Head of Policy for Brexit, International and Economics, techUK said:</p> <p><em>&ldquo;techUK welcomes this report as a comprehensive, detailed and is a useful contribution to ongoing discussions about data flows. Securing the free flow of data post Brexit is increasingly being recognised as a priority issue for all UK businesses and it is significant that the Committee has chosen to publish a standalone report on the issue.&nbsp; They are right to make clear that an adequacy agreement is the best existing way to ensure data can continue to flow post-Brexit. The report also rightly recognises the benefits of the UK government&rsquo;s proposals while offering an honest critique and assessment about what the UK government must do to succeed in those negotiations. techUK remains of the view that a continued close relationship on data protection is in the mutual interest of UK and EU governments, businesses and citizens, but this will likely mean compromise on both sides of the negotiations.&rdquo;</em></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Event: The Data Ask - Startups in Intelligent Mobility Tue, 03 Jul 2018 08:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync Hear from startups and data holders, have your say on data structures, testbeds and biggest data gaps. <p><a href="" target="_blank">Click here to register for this event</a></p> <p>Intelligent mobility is meant to bring about seamless travel; data infrastructure is crucial to this vision, as are a number of new startups and other enterprises complementing large, traditional transport providers.&nbsp;</p> <p>This is the first of three pilot events to test the wider interest for a London-based industry innovation network focused on intelligent mobility. The idea behind the network is to enhance mobility for London and beyond by improving the impact of innovators.&nbsp;</p> <p>The event will explore the kinds of data that startups need to deliver on the intelligent mobility promise and learn more about the issues facing data holders. It will start with a panel discussion featuring to startups and two data holders, followed by refreshments and three interactive sessions lead by experts where attendees are able to share their own views.</p> <p>Panellists include:</p> <ul><li>Duncan Robertson, Head of Government Affairs at Mobike UK</li> <li>Andrew Malczyk, Product Owner at GoPark (Ford Smart Mobility)</li> <li>Alex Wrottesley, Head of Geovation, Ordnance Survey's Open Innovation Hub</li> <li>Nick Wilson, Information Strategy, Customer Portfolio Directorate, Rail Delivery Group</li> <li>Chair: Ann Thorpe, UCL Transport Institute</li> </ul><p>Expert-led Interactive Session topics:</p> <ul><li>Testbeds - what data infrastructure would be great?</li> <li>Data Formats - preferred structures and methods?</li> <li>Current data landscape - what's available, biggest gaps?</li> </ul><p><a href="" target="_blank">Click here to register for this event</a></p> NHS App could revolutionise how we access services Mon, 02 Jul 2018 15:58:08 +0100 CRM Sync But what does it mean for industry? <p>A decade after Apple launched the Appstore, the NHS is launching a new mobile app to make it quicker and easier to access health services.&nbsp;For a generation of Britons who have grown up accessing everything from mobile banking to grocery shopping through an app, the launch cannot come soon enough.</p> <p>Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt described the app as a "birthday present from the NHS to the British people", 70 years after it was founded.&nbsp;There have been laudable efforts to achieve channel shift in the NHS &ndash; but they have been disparate initiatives, often explicitly precluded from achieving anything like national scale. &nbsp;It&rsquo;s been a long time coming, but the app could be a game changer for a service that still relies heavily on physical queues and second class stamps.</p> <p>The app will not be launched until December, but promises to allow users to book appointments, order repeat prescriptions and access their own GP record. Users will also be able to sign up as organ donors, decide how their health data is used and get 111-style advice. This is the low-hanging fruit of digitisation &ndash; functionality that we know is possible because it is happening in other industries and in other geographies. Three out of five interactions with the NHS are to book, change or cancel appointments so there are huge potential savings from digitising the process for the majority of users.</p> <h4>What are the implications for industry?</h4> <p>The app has been developed by NHS England and NHS Digital.</p> <p>A unified, user-friendly front end is no doubt good for the public but could crowd out a number of apps that have already been developed as a &lsquo;front door&rsquo; to our health system. Similarly, the NHS has been encouraging privately developed online triage services through pilots over the years. An in-house digital 111 service opens obvious questions to how these players work with the NHS in the future. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The buy vs build question will no doubt be at the forefront of discussions between industry and the NHS in the coming weeks. It looks like the app will rely on some industry solutions but exclude others. Industry needs clear, consistent, long-term messages about where opportunities exist if they are to invest in creating world-class health tech with the NHS in mind.</p> <p>Like any system, the NHS app will only be as good as the data it relies on. A user-friendly front end will be welcome, but it can only work if secure, digitised, interoperable health records exist behind the veneer. The initial commitment is that people will be able to access their GP record. But the real value in health data is when it can be connected across different settings. Questions remain as to the ambition and scale of the app beyond its initial launch.</p> <h4>Find out more</h4> <p>techUK is co-hosting two industry engagement events with NHS England and NHS Digital in London and Leeds. The events will give industry the opportunity to see the plans in more detail and ask questions from the strategy and delivery teams.</p> <ul><li><a href="" target="_blank"><span style="color:#0000FF">NHS App Consultation Event - London</span></a></li> <li><a href="" target="_blank"><span style="color:#0000FF">NHS App Consultation Event - Leeds</span></a><span style="color:#0000FF">&nbsp;</span></li> </ul><p>The DHSC press release announcing the app <a href="" target="_blank">can be found here</a>.&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> DE&S Engineering Delivery Partner Announcement Mon, 02 Jul 2018 14:59:22 +0100 CRM Sync Aurora Engineering Partnership opens procurement process to support MOD's DE&S as its Engineering Delivery Partner <p>As part of its ongoing transformation strategy, the MOD's Defence, Equipment &amp; Support (DE&amp;S) organisation is collaborating with industry to establish an Engineering Delivery Partner (EDP).&nbsp;</p> <p>QinetiQ, Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, and BMT have collaborated to form the Aurora Engineering Partnership which, subject to contract, will support the Defence Equipment &amp; Support (DE&amp;S) as the Engineering Delivery Partner over the next 10 years.</p> <p>The partnership is currently in negotiations with DE&amp;S with a view to starting service delivery later this year, and is now seeking expressions of interest in joining a provider network to help drive benefits in DE&amp;S through the delivery of engineering services.</p> <p>The Aurora Engineering Partnership is inviting companies who have the expertise and experience to help deliver increased performance and productivity in DE&amp;S to register their interest by going to <a href="" target="_blank"></a> where they will be kept up-to-date on the procurement process and associated events.</p> <p>The partnership&nbsp;will bring together cross-sector and non-defence experience, harmonise ways of working and build an impressive provider network of niche and specialist, small to medium sized enterprises (SME), driving efficiencies and savings through delivery of the Engineering Services across DE&amp;S.</p> <p>Managing Director of Aurora Engineering Partnership and Business Development Director, QinetiQ, Dr Gordon Barr, said:</p> <p><em>&ldquo;The Aurora Engineering Partnership has been formed by the three companies to embed innovative delivery approaches that span DE&amp;S engineering service requirements, delivering the right thing, first time, safely and within budget.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>Roy Quilliam, Strategic Pursuit Director, Maritime, at BMT said:</p> <p><em>&ldquo;I firmly believe that, together with an agile provider network of specialist companies, Aurora can make a rapid, real and timely difference to the DE&amp;S and the Front Line Commands.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>Divisional Business Development Director in SNC-Lavalin&rsquo;s Atkins business, Dave Clark said:</p> <p><em>&ldquo;Collaboration is at the heart of our DNA and we are very pleased to join likeminded, leading organisations and recruit a provider network that will deliver military advantage for DE&amp;S and the wider MOD&rdquo;.</em></p> <p>To join the developing network of Aurora Engineering Partnership providers, <a href="" target="_blank">visit the website by clicking here.</a></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> FCA's 'Live & Local' programme Mon, 02 Jul 2018 14:51:31 +0100 CRM Sync The Financial Conduct Authority will be travelling around the country to give updates for insurance, mortgage and non-bank payment companies. <h4>From September 2018, the FCA plans a series of events for regulated firms, each of which will run on several dates. Cities so far on the tour include&nbsp;Birmingham, Manchester, Belfast, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Leicester and Cardiff.</h4> <h4>Dates will be announced every few months - so sign up to the&nbsp;<a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">Live &amp; Local email updates</span></a>&nbsp;to get the latest emails.</h4> <p>The events will cover the following topics:</p> <p><a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">General insurance:</span></a></p> <ul><li>Interactive workshops on the extension of the Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SM&amp;CR) and the Insurance Distribution Directive (IDD)</li> <li>Q&amp;A roundtable discussions with a panel of FCA and industry representatives</li> </ul><p><a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">Mortgage services</span></a><span style="color:#0000FF">:</span></p> <ul><li>For&nbsp;<a href="">mortgage</a><strong>&nbsp;</strong>firms, there will be monthly Q&amp;A roundtable discussions for intermediaries and lenders to engage with a panel of FCA and industry representatives in an open, informal setting.&nbsp;</li> </ul><p><a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">Non-bank payment services:</span></a></p> <ul><li>N<a href="">on-bank payment services</a>&nbsp;firms can attend 'An introduction to FCA Payments Supervision&rsquo; events in London, Birmingham and Manchester for&nbsp; that will provide clarity on our role and expectations, and our supervisory approach</li> </ul><p>Plus ad-hoc events for various sectors featuring the FCA Executive Committee, as well as additional events focusing on priorities from the <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">FCA business plan 2018/19</span></a></p> <p>A new set of event dates and locations will be announced every few months on the&nbsp;<a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">Live &amp; Local webpage</span></a>. The first set of events will run from September to December 2018.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href=""><strong>Registration is now open</strong></a>&nbsp;for these events in September to December 2018.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Tech Against Trafficking: Tech Sector Unites To Combat Modern Slavery Mon, 02 Jul 2018 11:09:31 +0100 CRM Sync The tech sector is pleased to announce a new global initiative to look at how tech can be used to tackle modern slavery and human trafficking. <p>techUK is pleased to be part of Tech Against Trafficking, a new global initiative <a href="">which has officially launched</a>. The initiative brings together the tech sector, academics and NGOs to look at how technology solutions can be used to fight modern slavery and we are very excited and honoured to be able to participate in the initiative.</p> <p>From empowering NGOs working with vulnerable communities to increasing supply chain transparency, tracking and pursuing offenders or supporting victims, tech and digital tools have a large and varied role to play in fighting this growing crime type. Around the world today there are over 40 million people who are believed to be in some form of slavery, with 13,000 victims in the UK, generating $150 billion in illegal profits every year.</p> <p>Tech Against Trafficking follows on from a <a href="">Wilton Park Conference</a> last year and we&rsquo;re pleased that sustainability organisation BSR will act as Secretariat with the RESPECT Initiative leading on research. The organisation&nbsp;which includes&nbsp;BT, Nokia as Microsoft as founding members has started the first major project which is to map out the various trafficking and modern slavery initiatives already underway.</p> <p>The precise strategy over the next few years is still being refined, but the specific tech tools that have been identified as having the biggest potential so far include:</p> <ul><li>Cloud and mobile apps to allow first-line responders, the public, and vulnerable workers to raise awareness, access resources, and report concerns, among many other solutions.</li> <li>Basic hardware, such as laptops and smartphones, to be made more easily available by technology providers to NGOs supporting vulnerable groups and victims.</li> <li>National helplines that raise awareness, support victims, and serve as hubs of data collection; analysis of existing information; and sharing to advance our understanding of and response to slavery.</li> <li>Data tools to deal with the problem of data overload that can disable effective responses and to identify connections in the data that would otherwise be missed (e.g. using AI and big data).</li> <li>Supply chain transparency tools to improve traceability and transparency of supply chain labour standards.</li> </ul><p>techUK CEO Julian David said <em>&ldquo;Innovation, technology and digital solutions can play a huge role in tackling global challenges. The Tech Against Trafficking initiative will showcase how digital can be deployed to combat modern slavery. Blockchain solutions for example can help companies know what is happening in their supply chains or verify safe migration routes. Big data analytics can also identify bottlenecks in trafficking routes, and even basic IT can help in supporting NGOs on the ground who are helping those affected directly. techUK is sitting in the Advisory Group and I urge as many members as possible to get involved and look at how we can harness the collective innovation of the UK tech sector to help end modern slavery and human trafficking.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>Tech Against Trafficking is a membership structure with a global focus and we are very keen to hear from techUK members or others who have solutions that can be applied to this area. Please email <a href=""></a> for more information or if you would like to get involved.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> Do you want to make a difference? Mon, 02 Jul 2018 11:00:54 +0100 CRM Sync techUK members have the opportunity to mentor finalists from the Essex CC Challenge Dementia <p>techUK is delighted to be supporting <a href="">Challenge Dementia.</a> Led by Essex County Council, Challenge Dementia is a national search for products, technologies and services that could transform the way people live with Dementia across the UK, helping them to live enjoyable and fulfilling lives for as long as possible.</p> <p>Nine finalists have now been shortlisted and as a key partner techUK is supporting the Challenge by providing mentors to the finalists to help them on their journey. We&rsquo;ve had the pleasure of speaking first hand with the finalists and there are some fantastic and innovative ideas to support those living with dementia remain connected to the people and places around them. This is a great opportunity for members to share their knowledge and experience with like-minded individuals that would like to succeed in the health and social care market and make a difference to people&rsquo;s lives. &nbsp;</p> <p>If you would like to get involved and support Challenge Dementia get in touch with <a href="">Georgina Maratheftis</a> or <a href="">Kate Francis</a> who can tell you more about the mentoring opportunity and the commitment involved.</p> <p><strong>Why Dementia?</strong></p> <p>Dementia can make people feel alone, frustrated and like they have lost their identity. They can no longer do the things they once enjoyed and have greater care needs. This can put an emotional and physical strain on all involved.</p> <p>The mental and physical well-being of people living with dementia can quickly decline if there is limited support to help them be independent, active in their community and to stay connected with other people. It is important that they are supported to live a life that has purpose for as long as possible.</p> <p><strong>The prize</strong></p> <p>Ten finalists will each receive &pound;5000 and access to a range of experts convened from across the community, voluntary, public and private sector including PA Consulting and tech UK.</p> <p>The winner will get &pound;100,000 to invest in their idea.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>We look forward to hearing from you!</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> Deloitte opens entries for its 2018 UK Technology Fast 50 awards Mon, 02 Jul 2018 08:21:18 +0100 CRM Sync The Deloitte UK Technology Fast 50 awards recognise and rank the 50 fastest growing technology companies in the UK, entries for this year’s awards are now open. <p><img alt="" src="//" style="height:142px; width:600px"></p> <p>Nominations are now open entries for the 21st Deloitte UK Technology Fast 50 awards. The awards rank and recognise the 50 fastest growing technology companies in the UK, based on the last four years of revenue growth.</p> <p>The awards have showcased an increasingly diverse and compelling range of UK-based technology companies over the past two decades, celebrating the fast growth and innovation of the start-up sector. Last year&rsquo;s Fast 50 winners generated cumulative revenues of &pound;960m in 2016/17, and employed more than 9,000 people in the UK, including 1,800 in research and development alone.</p> <p>Duncan Down, lead partner for the Deloitte UK Technology Fast 50 programme is optimistic about this year&rsquo;s awards: &ldquo;Without question, the UK technology start-up scene is in rude health. This year&rsquo;s awards will seek to capture the landscape during what is such an exciting and dynamic period for the UK technology sector.</p> <p>&ldquo;These awards have celebrated one thousand aspirational and influential new companies in the past two decades. This year we look forward once again to showcasing the breadth of innovative and talented companies who will participate in the 2018 awards, and wish them all good luck in the competition.&rdquo;</p> <p>With a record-breaking four-year revenue growth rate of 107,117%, <a href="" target="_blank">last year&rsquo;s winning entrant was online food courier service Deliveroo</a>. In the twenty-year history of the Fast 50 awards, no other company has grown at a faster rate.</p> <p>Supporting Deloitte&rsquo;s initiative for the UK&rsquo;s fastest growing companies are the award sponsors DLA Piper, Oracle NetSuite and Silicon Valley Bank.</p> <p>&nbsp;For full details on the Deloitte UK Technology Fast 50 and the entry form please visit: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> Government’s response to the Lords Select Committee AI report Fri, 29 Jun 2018 15:02:11 +0100 CRM Sync On Thursday 28 June, Government published its response to the House of Lords Artificial Intelligence Select Committee’s report on AI in the UK: Ready, Willing and Able? <p>On Thursday 28 June, Government published its response to the House of Lords Artificial Intelligence Select Committee&rsquo;s report on <a href="">AI in the UK: Ready, Willing and Able?</a></p> <p>The Government&rsquo;s response is broadly supportive of the Committee&rsquo;s recommendations and they&rsquo;ve used the response as an opportunity to highlight the steps Government has taken to ensure the appropriate entities and initiatives exist to address the possibilities that AI can offer.</p> <p>According to the Government&rsquo;s response, the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation, the Office for Artificial Intelligence, and the AI Council will collectively ensure Government addresses the Grand Challenge on AI and Data; positioning the UK as a global leader on AI. The report also recognises that coordination between institutions operating in this space is vital.</p> <p>The response touches on the Government&rsquo;s commitment to work with businesses to develop an agile approach to regulation that promotes innovation and the growth of new sectors, whilst protecting citizens and the environment. To this end, the Government is establishing a Ministerial Working Group on Future Regulation to scan the horizon and identify the areas where regulation needs to adapt to support emerging technologies such as AI, supported by the Office for AI and the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation.&nbsp;</p> <p>The role of the new Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation is continuously referenced throughout the Government&rsquo;s response. The Centre is expected to advise Government and regulators on the ethics of data and its use, including for AI -- where a core function will be to partner with the Office for AI in the design of data sharing frameworks including Data Trusts.</p> <p>Whilst the response recognises the transformative potential for artificial intelligence on society and the economy, it equally acknowledges the need to address the concerns and risks associated with AI. &nbsp;The report highlights the need to mitigate the risk of potential erroneous decisions made by AI through legal liability. The Office for Artificial Intelligence, Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation, and the AI Council will, as appropriate, need to engage the Law Commission on best course of action.</p> <p>According to the response, Government believes that transparency of algorithms is important, but for development of AI an overemphasis on transparency may be both a deterrent and is some cases such as deep learning prohibitively difficult. Such considerations need to be balanced against positive impacts use of AI brings. The response signposted to the new Alan Turing Institute, which has been working to address these issues.</p> <p>Now that the Government&rsquo;s response to the report has been received, a debate is expected to be timetabled in the House of Lords imminently. If you have any further questions about the report or the Government response, please contact Katherine Mayes.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> HMG Security S&T – Industry & Academia Engagement Day Fri, 29 Jun 2018 13:06:14 +0100 CRM Sync An industry and academia briefing from Government on security sector science and technology programmes. <p>The Home Office, Department for Transport, Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure and other departments and agencies, would like to present to industry and academia a f<a href="" target="_blank">orward look for their security science, technology and innovation programmes</a> and funding opportunities.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br><br> The briefing day will be held on <strong>Thursday 19th&nbsp;July in Central London</strong>, in conjunction with the Joint Security and Resilience Centre (JSaRC), the Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA), the UK&rsquo;s Security and Resilience Industry Suppliers Community (RISC) and the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN).&nbsp;<br><br> At this event&nbsp;HMG will present an update on National Security Science and Technology programmes and priorities, and brief on opportunities and ways to work with government departments. In particular,&nbsp;HMG will be launching the following funding competition:</p> <p>Future Aviation Security Solutions (FASS) &ndash; FASS, a joint Home Office and Department for Transport programme which aims to deliver a step change in aviation security, will launch a new funding competition.&nbsp; Working with the Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA), this &pound;1m FASS themed competition seeks solutions to improve the efficiency of vehicle checkpoint screening at airports.&nbsp; Find out more about this themed competition and working with FASS and DASA by attending the competition launch.</p> <p>WHAT WILL YOU GET FROM THE DAY?</p> <ul><li>An overview of the research that will be commissioned this year, including:</li> <li>more detail on the content, timing and value of funding competitions;</li> <li>how the research will be commissioned and information on Terms and Conditions;</li> <li>how you can bid into the Defence and Security Accelerator&rsquo;s Open Call for Innovation;</li> <li>an overview of how best to approach Government with your innovative solutions and research ideas;</li> <li>the opportunity to network with policy makers, end users, academia and industry.</li> </ul><p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>REGISTRATION</strong></p> <p>You can find more information and <a href="" target="_blank">register your interest for the event here</a>.</p> Department for International Trade events and activities roundup Wed, 27 Jun 2018 14:58:48 +0100 CRM Sync Details of upcoming DIT events and activities <p><strong>An update from the Department for International Trade on events and activities that may be of interest to techUK members:</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Trade Mission: </strong></p> <p><strong>Retail &amp; Consumer Technology&nbsp;on 17-21 September 2018&nbsp;in the USA (New York and Chicago) </strong></p> <p><a href="">Click here to register&nbsp;your interest</a></p> <p>For companies in services providing digital marketing, voice of customer, in-store operations, mobile payments, last mile delivery, customer loyalty, experience-led engagement, frictionless retail and the latest in AI led disruption.</p> <p>This is a CASTS funded program there&nbsp;will be a selection process and is&nbsp;only available for&nbsp;London based SMEs which meet the program&rsquo;s criteria.</p> <p>Closing date for applications July 8th &nbsp;</p> <p>No mission fee and accommodation will be provided; travel&nbsp;costs&nbsp;for participants.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Healthcare and the Financing of Healthcare and Humanitarian Projects in Iran on 4 July:</strong></p> <p><a href="">Register here</a></p> <p>Conference Fee &pound;200 +VAT apply by June 29th</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Exhibit at CEATEC Japan Technology Sector on 16 -19 October in Japan:</strong></p> <p><a href="">Register here</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Smart Cities and Technology Delegation to Saudi Arabia on 18-21 November: </strong></p> <p>For more information contact <a href=""></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>US</strong><strong> expansion workshop on 28th June at T2 Heathrow:</strong></p> <p><a href=";utm_medium=various&amp;utm_campaign=GTM-USA">Register here&nbsp;</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Spacewave event monitoring and Surveillance of the Marine Environment on 17 July at Harwell:</strong></p> <p><a href="">Register here</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Great British Beauty and Spa &lsquo;meet the buyer&rsquo; 7 September&nbsp;2018 Prague:</strong></p> <p>To register contact <a href=""></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><u>Training and skills</u></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="">Pitch Training:</a> </strong></p> <p>This is a free event and will take place in Central London on Tuesday 3 July and Tuesday 10 July 2018.</p> <p>It is an excellent opportunity for 2 days of high quality sales training with an emphasis&nbsp;on Technology businesses. Highly useful&nbsp;for promoting your business to customers and investors.</p> <p>This event is part-funded by the ERDF&rsquo;s CASTS programme and supported by DIT. ERDF eligibility criteria will apply.</p> <p><strong><u>London based DIT Master Class events</u></strong></p> <p><a href=";tp=i-H43-Q1q-AZP-319bk-1c-3Tr7-1c-319be-23hXMH"><strong>Maximising Investment at Exhibitions (Global Growth)</strong></a><br> Date:&nbsp;11 July 2018<br> Time: 09:30 - 16:30<br> Location: Central London<br> Cost: &pound;120 (excl. VAT)<br><br><a href=";tp=i-H43-Q1q-AZP-319bk-1c-3Tr7-1c-319be-23hXMH"><strong>Export Pricing Masterclass (Global Growth)</strong></a><br> Date:&nbsp;18 July 2018<br> Time: 09:30 - 16:30<br> Location: Central London<br> Cost: &pound;120 (excl. VAT)<br><br><a href=";tp=i-H43-Q1q-AZP-319bk-1c-3Tr7-1c-319be-23hXMH"><strong>Agents and Distributors Masterclass (Global Growth)</strong></a><br> Date: 25 July 2018<br> &#8203;Time: 09:30 - 16:30<br> Location: Central London<br> Cost: &pound;120 (excl. VAT)</p> Knife Crime Prevention Market Exploration Wed, 27 Jun 2018 13:46:28 +0100 CRM Sync The Home Office and the Defence and Security Accelerator are looking for innovative ways of tackling knife crime. <p>The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) and the Home Office are looking to engage with the market to scope the potential for an <a href="" target="_blank">innovation challenge addressing knife crime in the UK</a>. As part of this process they want to understand from the market what capabilities currently exist or are in development that could provide solutions.</p> <p>The focus of this scoping exercise is solutions that can &ldquo;identify or detect people carrying, overtly or covertly, a wide variety of steel-bladed knives in open spaces, crowds and uncontrolled areas (i.e. where there is no presence of security)&rdquo;. The call to the market also outlines a requirement to detect steel-bladed knives in the presence of other commonly carried benign metal items (e.g. keys, phones, coins etc.). As well as being concealed on the person, this also includes knives carried in bags (e.g. handbags, backpacks etc.).</p> <p>The DASA/Home Office team is interested in &ldquo;all forms of potential solutions from specific technologies, through to advances in behavioural sciences.&rdquo; While potential solutions submitted can be at any level of maturity, there is particular interest in those at the higher end of the scale.</p> <p>You can find more information, and details on how to submit a Knife Crime Capability Submission Form,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">here</a>. The deadline for submissions is <strong>5pm on 20 July 2018</strong>.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> JSaRC & HMPPS Industry Engagement Event Tue, 26 Jun 2018 15:25:30 +0100 CRM Sync An opportunity for industry to engage with HMPPS on challenges around visitor identification and verification. <p>JSaRC and HM Prison and Probation Service are hosting an&nbsp;<strong>Industry Engagement Event on 17th July 2018</strong>. The purpose of the event is to introduce JSaRC and for the HM Prison and Probation Service to brief industry on the current challenges they are facing with visitor identification and verification.<br> &nbsp;</p> <p>The existing methods for visitor identification and verification at HM Prisons can be a time consuming and complicated process.&nbsp;More than 120 prisons in the UK collectively host many thousands of visitors every day and with most prisons still using manual paper based systems avoidable problems do occur.&nbsp;<br> &nbsp;</p> <p>The goals of the challenge are to:</p> <ul><li>ensure that the process of visiting a prison is efficient, accurate and simple to use, while improving the security of the service as a whole</li> <li>enable better sharing of visitor data&nbsp;</li> <li>improve the ability to verify visitors across the whole of the prison service&nbsp;</li> <li>improve the use of technology including facial recognition and other biometric systems to support prison security<br> &nbsp;</li> </ul><p>The event will include opportunities to:</p> <ul><li>hear about the objectives and scope of JSaRC</li> <li>understand the challenges currently being faced by HMPPS</li> <li>find out about the goals of the project and the benefits it will bring</li> <li>explore ideas with HMPPS and other stakeholders</li> <li>obtain information on how to get involved with JSaRC</li> <li>network and develop ideas and partnerships</li> </ul><p>&nbsp;</p> <p>techUK members interested in the event should contact <a href="">Henry Rex</a>.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> EU Settlement Scheme Statement of Intent Tue, 26 Jun 2018 14:04:22 +0100 CRM Sync Last week the Home Office published their EU Settlement Scheme Statement of Intent, the first clear indication of the rights of EU citizens living in the UK after Brexit. <p>On Thursday, the Home Office published their <em><a href="">EU Settlement Scheme: Statement of Intent</a></em>. This statement provides the first clear indication of the future rights of EU citizens living in the UK.</p> <p>The statement makes clear who can apply for both settled status &ndash; allowing EU citizens who have been here for five years indefinite leave to remain in the UK - and pre-settled status &ndash; allowing EU citizens in the UK who have not yet accumulated five years to remain in the UK until they qualify for settled status.</p> <p>Similarly, it sets out provisions for the transition period, allowing EU citizens and their family members who arrive during the transition period to apply for pre-settled status, enabling them to stay until they have reached the five-year threshold.</p> <p>We also now have clarity on criteria and cost for those applying for settled status. Applicants must submit proof of identity (e.g.&nbsp; a passport), pass a criminality check (all convictions will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and only those considered a serious or persistent criminal or threat to national security will be declined); verify identity by taking a photo of oneself and uploading either via the app or website application; and prove residence in the UK (e.g. by providing a National Insurance Number, P60s or utility bills). techUK supports the reduced cost of application for children and welcomes clarity on costing by the Home Office; &pound;65 for an adult application and &pound;32.50 for children under the age of 16.</p> <p>Similarly, it is heartening to see the Home Office apply the principle of one-time costs for applications for settled status &ndash; e.g. if you have paid for an indefinite leave application previously, you do not have to pay to apply for settled status again; and if you paid for your pre-settled status application, you do not have to pay for your settled status application five years&rsquo; later. Transparency of costs and add on fees are a clear problem for the UK&rsquo;s rest of world migration system and we hope government will be this transparent with costs when creating a post-Brexit migration system.</p> <p>However, what is most important in the <em>Statement of Intent</em> is the tone it strikes. It is clear that those granted settled status will have the same access as they currently do to healthcare, pensions and other benefits in the UK. Similarly, the statement makes clear that both EU and non-EU dependents will be able to apply for both pre- and settled status. Both access to welfare and the ease of which dependents can apply are of crucial for the tech sector as we seek to attract young professionals into the UK and want to encourage them to start a life and remain here.&nbsp;</p> <p>The system will be phased in &ndash; with the first phase rolling out this Summer, the intention being to have it fully open by March 2019. We hope that this means the Home Office will be able to correct issues as they crop up and continue listening and responding to stakeholders concerns. techUK are pleased to see the Government&rsquo;s commitment to get this right from the get-go to ensure a smooth transition for EU citizens who have made the UK their home.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK welcomes key industry AI appointments Tue, 26 Jun 2018 13:44:45 +0100 CRM Sync Read techUK Head of Cloud, Data Analytics and AI Sue Daley's comment on the Government's announcement of an adviser to the Office for AI and Chair of the AI Council. <p>techUK welcomes the announcement today by the Secretary of State for Digital,&nbsp;Culture, Media and Sport Matt Hancock of the appointment of Dr Demis Hassabis, co-founder of Deepmind, as an adviser to the Government&rsquo;s Office for Artificial Intelligence and Tabitha Goldstaub, co-founder of Cognitionx, as the chair and spokesperson of the new AI Council.</p> <p>Commenting on the announcement, Sue Daley, techUK&rsquo;s Head of Data Analytics and AI said:</p> <p><em>&ldquo;techUK has long called for industry to be deeply engaged in taking forward the Government&rsquo;s AI strategy and has heralded the importance of maintaining the UK&rsquo;s AI leadership. The appointment today of Demis Hassabis and Tabitha Goldstaub certainly achieves both these goals. It also sends a very clear, positive message that; only by government and industry working together, will we realise the full potential of AI. techUK also welcomes the continued leadership of Dame Wendy Hall on AI skills, given that building the next generation of UK AI talent is vital to securing the UK&rsquo;s AI future.&rdquo;</em></p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> Technology represents the “biggest opportunity” in British policing Tue, 26 Jun 2018 10:26:01 +0100 CRM Sync The Minister for Policing highlighted the importance of harnessing technology in his testimony to the Home Affairs Select Committee. <p>Earlier this month Rt Hon Nick Hurd MP, the Home Office&rsquo;s Minister of State for Policing, <a href="" target="_blank">gave oral evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee</a> as part of the Committee&rsquo;s inquiry into &ldquo;<a href="" target="_blank">Policing for the future.</a>&rdquo;</p> <p>During his evidence, when asked about the role of technology in helping forces collaborate, the Minister said &ldquo;<em>I think the biggest opportunity in British policing lies in technology</em>&rdquo; and described the issue of digital transformation in policing as one of his &ldquo;<em>personal bugbears or passion points.</em>&rdquo;</p> <p>The Minister made clear that he is fully aware of the benefits that digital transformation can bring to policing. In particular, he highlighted the issues of better data sharing and analytics, and of improving the productivity of frontline officers, as key areas where major gains can be made (<a href="" target="_blank">as techUK outlined in a recent blog</a>).</p> <p>The National Enabling Programmes and various regional force collaborations were given as examples of good practice, and the Minister made clear he wants to see the police service embracing more common ways of doing things. And he was absolutely right to observe that, within policing, &ldquo;<em>there has been a growing recognition of the problem and a much more intelligent response to the problem.</em>&rdquo;</p> <p>So perhaps most interesting of his remarks was his observation, when discussing the Home office&rsquo;s role in encouraging or mandating collaboration between forces, that &ldquo;<em>the Home Office is considering our role in relation to the system</em>&rdquo; and his view is that &ldquo;<em>the Home Office needs to take a stronger view on a number of things.</em>&rdquo; This would certainly be a departure from the current model, where the Home Office has made clear its distaste for telling forces what to do.</p> <p>Reflecting on the Minister&rsquo;s evidence to the Committee, techUK&rsquo;s Programme Manger for Justice &amp; Emergency Services commented:</p> <p>&ldquo;<em>It is very reassuring that the Minister recognizes the vital importance of police embracing digital technology, and the need for tech enabled collaboration across the Service. Over recent years improvements have been made in encouraging forces to act in Common ways. The NPCC Co-ordinating committees, the Police ICT Company, the Police Technology Council, and the National Enabling Programmes are all evidence of senior figures in policing bringing forces closer together. As policing embraces common ways of buying and using tech, forces will start to be able to really make the most of innovation.</em></p> <p><em>And the supplier community has its part to play. If the tech community shifts its narrative towards tech enabled &lsquo;business transformation&rsquo; and outlines how tech can help deliver business change in the Service, tech champions within policing will be better able to make their case.</em>&rdquo;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Our smart cities industry needs leadership and responsibility Mon, 25 Jun 2018 08:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync techUK calls for improved central government leadership and responsibility for smart cities industry. <p>When we talk about smart cities, the image that comes to mind is often of a productive hub of happy citizens whose surroundings, underpinned by efficiently analysed data, perfectly balance sufficient greenery with business space, seamless mobility and sustainably sourced energy. And, they are always really, really well-lit in the pictures.</p> <p>So how do we get to this enviably efficient, green, happy place? As we stand right now, the transition looks drawn-out and difficult. But it doesn't need to be that way.</p> <p>Making our cities smarter, through the application of digital and technological solutions has the potential to deliver substantial benefits to UK citizens and the economy. However, the end goal cannot, and should not, be to just to show off shiny new tech. Rather, a city's smartness should be about what it enables; more engaged, healthier, happier citizens living in a sustainable and attractive environment. Delivering these outcomes relies on more than just the technology &ndash; it requires a change in culture and way of working. Making that happen requires leadership.</p> <p>As it stands, the UK's smart city ambitions are limited by a lack of leadership and responsibility from central government.</p> <p>Devolution has allowed local authorities, the front line of transformation, to take greater control of the smart city agenda for their locality and focus on the reinvention of user-centric service delivery. However, a side-effect of devolution is that digital transformation at the local level has fragmented along the boundaries of localities, impacted by the variation of understanding and expertise in technological and digital transformation and limited by local authorities' budget and risk appetites.</p> <p>There has been much to applaud. But local authorities should not be expected to design and deliver the nation's smart city agenda alone. Local delivery of smart needs to be strategically guided at a national level - something that should be the role of central government. Currently, Government does not provide this convening role. Further, when Government has set out ambitions or indeed invested, it has done so intermittently. If we are to take realise the promise of smart cities for our citizens, and capture a significant part of the global market, this needs to change.</p> <p>Specifically, techUK is specially calling central government to:</p> <ul><li>Re-instate the position of Smart Cities Minister, or at least bring the responsibility under one Minister's remit. The lack of a clear point of contact and sense of singular responsibility is widely vocalised pain point for the Smart Cities sector in the UK.</li> <li>Provide leadership through the development of a coherent, overarching policy that aligns transformation efforts and supports meaningful implementation. The UK has seen this concept in action with Manchester's CityVerve, where the central government incentivised the local authority and delivery bodies to think and do differently. We love a success story, so are happy to hear that CityVerve, after recently celebrating its 2<sup>nd</sup> birthday, were able to <a href="">give us a behind the scenes</a>&nbsp;tour.</li> <li>Be consistently bold and ambitious in its approach to large-scale projects, tests, trials and demonstrators. The allocation of significant funding packages, such as the Urban Connected Communities Project under the 5G Testbeds and Trials Programme, is certainly promising. However, the Government needs to ensure that the various packages are not fragmented in a way that means the separate projects are able to lose sight of the final goal to which the funding was originally dedicated. Within this, the Government should look to implement an ongoing communications and engagement plan that is able to draw experience and lessons learned from projects, and easily share these across the testbed and demonstrator landscape. A recent white paper from the Future Cities Catapult, <em><a href="">Smart City Demonstrators &ndash; A Global Review of Challenges and Lessons Learned</a></em><em>, </em>demonstrates how this can be facilitated, and the value of doing so. These plans need to extend well beyond the end date of specific projects, to enable the Government to continue to monitor the experiences of projects.</li> </ul><p>techUK believes that there is still time for the UK to capture a significant proportion of the Smart City market, although making the most of this opportunity will be driven by stronger, strategically focussed leadership and direction from Central Government.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> Protecting SMEs from business and supply chain disruption. Fri, 22 Jun 2018 13:31:05 +0100 CRM Sync 65% of UK Small Businesses do not have plans in place to deal with potential supply chain disruption, including cybercrime. <p>65% of UK Small Businesses do not have plans in place to deal with potential supply chain disruption, including cybercrime. New research has been conducted by the Federation of Small Business (FSB) looking widely how the UK can better use supply chains identified some of the biggest risks facing UK SMEs. There were key vulnerabilities identified in the IT space, with general IT problems being a risk to 29% of UK SMEs and the impact of cybercrime rising to 17%.</p> <p>The report found that just 35% of SMEs have plans in place to deal with any potential disruption to there business or supply chain. Key threats include late payment from customers (51%) or disruption caused by changes amongst key staff members (37%). Further risks identified included general IT problems (29%), the impact of cybercrime (17%), severe weather (13%) and terrorism (1%).</p> <p>Smaller businesses are the most vulnerable to such risks due to their size and lack of resources. Following the report the FSB has called for more to be done by larger companies in supply chains to support small business and to support channels backed by central Government and Local Authorities which emphasise the need for smaller firms to have continuity plans in place as a routine measure.</p> <p>Obviously in the cyber arena SMEs face particular challenges due to limited resources. These companies cannot be expected to employ full time cyber professionals or the latest technical solutions and innstead they must rely on partnering with larger organization and the implementation of off the shelf software.</p> <p>There are a large number of excellent cyber practitioners who can offer advice and guidance, both within the techUK membership and more widely. Cyber Exchange is an excellent resource for companies looking into this area. The free tool can be accessed <a href=""><u>here</u></a>.</p> <p>Furthermore NCSC provides some excellent guidance for small businesses which focuses on key areas outlining simple steps towards good practice. This can be accessed <a href=""><u>here</u></a>.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK Illegal Wildlife Roundtable - Outcomes and meeting note Fri, 22 Jun 2018 11:47:34 +0100 CRM Sync techUK held a workshop looking at how tech and digital solutions can be used to tackle illegal wildlife crime. <p>techUK convened the tech sector, government, law enforcement and conservation experts in a roundtable looking at how digital solutions can be applied in the fight against wildlife crime.</p> <p>The UK is seeking to lead&nbsp;the world in this area and has already convened <a href="">a tech focused roundtable with the Foreign Secretary</a> and the UK is hosting <a href="">global summit on this issue in October</a>. This Inisght is an overview of the meeting and a full write up can be found on the link below.</p> <p>The Head of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Illegal Wildlife Trade Team Rachel Ash outlined the scope of the summit, the scale of the problem plus how tech was a key enabler.&nbsp;Stephanie O&rsquo;Donnell from <a href="">Wilblabs </a>(a community linking technologists with conservationists) also spoke, taking&nbsp;participants through some of the key challenges the tech sector and others need to be aware of. Discussions were framed around these challenges and are outlined below (full outlines are in the report below):</p> <ul><li>Education and training to build capacity around tech and digital tools.</li> <li>Sustained access to secure infrastructure &amp; collaborative information networks, including cloud computing, Machine Learning/AI &amp;, Satellite data.</li> <li>Open data and shared databases.</li> <li>Affordability of tech solutions.</li> <li>Accelerating &lsquo;fit for purpose&rsquo; innovation.</li> </ul><p><strong>Main points from the workshop:</strong></p> <ul><li> <p>Tech firms work best when set a clear challenge to solve. Some felt that the best way forward is a narrower focus on specific issues (say species, country or trafficking route), though data can be used to help identify the priority problems.</p> </li> <li>Access to sustained electrical power and broadband connectivity are vital.</li> <li>Getting buy in from local communities and the importance of ensuring&nbsp;local agencies are running tech projects.</li> <li>Devices in the field need to be appropriate for the operating environment, which in this case means being&nbsp;rugged, durable and easy to repair, with easy access to spare parts and repair networks.</li> <li>Tech isn&rsquo;t always the solution. &lsquo;Technology&rsquo; is a suite of tools that needs to be leveraged appropriately to help conservationists. This means tech needs to be ready to use, easy to deploy and is accessible to those living in affected communities.</li> <li>What can be applied from all the tech work looking at modern slavery and human trafficking?</li> <li>A proposed new &lsquo;peace park&rsquo; in West Africa could become a test case for much of the tech.</li> <li>Making datasets interoperable and maximising the opportunity of sharing data and tools that can be built around the data.</li> <li>Could regional centres of excellence be established to bring together local expertise, Governments, NGOs and tech sector operators?</li> <li>Accessing other indices of illegal wildlife crime such as payment data or sales through platforms.</li> </ul><p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>What technologies can make a difference?</strong></p> <p>There was broad agreement that tech needs a clearly defined challenge to be effective, though the same tech tools did keep emerging during the discussion. Drones for surveillance and monitoring will have roles to play, as will Internet of Things enabled cameras and sensors. Big data, blockchain, AI and back-end/CRM software also came up frequently as well as the need for wider laptop and smartphone adoption (which is happening organically).</p> <p>The deployment of tools to help fight illegal wildlife crime depends on what needs to happen along the criminal journey. For example, prevention means embedding tech in high risk poaching areas, but pursuing offenders means better forensic tools at poaching sites and interoperable datasets. These will help law enforcement make the right intervention at the right time and big data analytics to understand behaviour and using AI tools to &lsquo;predict&rsquo; where and when traffickers will emerge.</p> <p><strong>What next? </strong></p> <p>A more detailed write up of the roundtable is below and please&nbsp;email <strong><a href=""></a></strong>&nbsp;if you&rsquo;d like to get involved more in this work. All those present were keen for more collaboration so we are now looking at how best to facilitate such a fora.</p> <p>We also identified a number of scenarios to give a more specific focus and these were; treating poaching as a crime scene; seeing what can be applied from the modern slavery/human trafficking space; and collating/mapping other workstreams and we will be exploring these in more depth.</p> <p>The FCO summit is also being finalised and we urge you to watch this space!</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> EBA offers to answer your PSD2 questions Fri, 22 Jun 2018 11:38:26 +0100 CRM Sync Do you have questions on the Payment Services Directive? The EBA is offering online help. <p>The European Banking Authority is offering a new online tool for companies with questions about PSD2. It has developed an <a href="">interactive single rulebook</a> which includes the regulatory technical standards and is searchable article by article.</p> <p>In addition, the PSD2 has been added to the <a href="">EBA's Q&amp;A tool</a> - so that users can directly submit questions online to the EBA and recieve specific answers.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> EBA guidelines on strong customer authentication Fri, 22 Jun 2018 10:38:18 +0100 CRM Sync The European Banking Authority has published an opinion on how to implement technical standards on strong customer authentication and the FCA has responded <p><strong>The regulatory technical standards (RTS) on strong customer authentication (SCA) under the Payment Services Directive II (PSD2) have caused some uncertainty in the market.&nbsp;As a result, the EBA issued an <a href="">opinion and draft guidleines</a> on 13 June to clarify some issues.</strong></p> <p>These include:</p> <ul><li>The fact that an account information provider (AISP) is able to access the maximum amount of data available on a customer's payment&nbsp;accounts irrespective of the channel (mobile or web)</li> <li>But a payment provider may only access the data necessary to initiate the payment</li> <li>The account service provider (ASPSP - eg the bank) need not provide an data on the customer's identity, date of birth etc</li> <li>An account information providercan only access a customers account 4 times per day unless: <ul><li>the customer is actively requesting the info</li> <li>the AISP has contractual arrangements with the ASPSP</li> </ul></li> <li>A PISP may initiate al the same transactions the ASPSP offers its own customers - eg instant payments, international transfers, recurring and future-dated payments</li> <li>On two-factor authentication, the EBA states that the card number, CVV, expiry date does not count as 'something a user only knows' on its own -dynamic validation is required.</li> <li>While a customer can access a PISP or an AISP service using credentials from that service, the SCA must be applied at the ASPSP end - only the ASPSP can decide.</li> <li>On the mechanism of authentication, the EBA clarifies that redirection is not per se an obstacle to the provision of services under PSD2. THe RTS states that it 'may' be so, if it is implemented in an obstructive manner.</li> </ul><p>FCA Response</p> <p>In reponse the FCA has published a<a href=""> statement </a>saying that it will consult on changes to its own guidelines. It also notes that:</p> <ul><li>ASPSPs should&nbsp;provide dedicated access to TPPs using secure application programming interfaces (APIs). The FCA encourages providers to use&nbsp;standardised APIs, such as those developed by the Open Banking Implementation Entity, where applicable.</li> <li>Where ASPSPs do not opt to implement the dedicated interface, their interface must still meet various requirements under the RTS from 14 September 2019.&nbsp;</li> <li>All ASPSPs will also need to make available technical specifications, and provide support and a testing facility by 14 March 2019. But the FCA encourages ASPSPs to do this as soon as possible before that date.&nbsp;</li> <li>The RTS does not allow us to grant a partial exemption. We will provide opportunities for ASPSPs to engage with us before submission of the exemption request.&nbsp; We also encourage timely requests for exemption as we will need time to make an exemption assessment.</li> </ul>Contact: <a href=""></a> Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation looking for board members Wed, 20 Jun 2018 14:40:23 +0100 CRM Sync Board member recruitment is under way for the new Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation. <p>The Secretary of State for Digital is looking to appoint up to nine board members to lead the pioneering work of the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation. The board will have a unique opportunity to shape the preliminary phase of the Centre&rsquo;s activities, advising government on the measures which are needed to ensure the safe, ethical and innovative uses of data and AI.</p> <p>Each board member will be required 2-3 days a month, for a period of up to 2 years. techUK members interested in this opportunity can find out <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">more information and how to apply here</span></a>. The closing date for applications is Wednesday 11 July.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> Notice of techUK IT Telecommunications and Electronics Association AGM Wed, 20 Jun 2018 10:20:08 +0100 CRM Sync The Information Technology Telecommunications and Electronics Association Annual General Meeting will be held at 16:00, Thursday 5 July 2018 at the techUK offices. <p>This notice includes the agenda for the AGM to be held at 16.00 pm on Thursday 5 July 2018 at techUK, 10 St. Bride Street, London EC4A 4AD.&nbsp;The AGM will follow the Main Board meeting which is scheduled for the same day.&nbsp;<br> &nbsp;<br> techUK Members may send as many delegates as they wish to the AGM but voting is restricted to the authorised representative of Full Member Companies or their proxy (please see below).&nbsp; The Main Board meeting will start at 14.00 and finish at 16.00.&nbsp; The AGM will start at 16.00 and is expected to close by around 16.15.&nbsp;<br> &nbsp;<br> Any Full Member Authorised Representative who is unable to attend the AGM may appoint a deputy to attend in their place.&nbsp; This may be done by completing the appropriate Form of Proxy (Deputy) available from the secretary and returning it to the secretary to arrive by noon on Friday 29 June 2018.&nbsp; Alternatively, a proxy may be lodged with the secretary for exercise by the Chairman of the meeting (pursuant to clause 5.5 of the Articles) using the Form of Proxy (Official), again by noon on Friday 29 June 2018.&nbsp; Emailed proxy forms are preferred but fax or letter mail forms are acceptable provided they are received by the above date.&nbsp;Proxy forms have already been sent by email to all Authorised Representatives but can also be obtained from;<br> &nbsp;<br> The audited accounts are available on the techUK website.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br> &nbsp;<br> It will help in our planning if you can let <a href=""></a>&nbsp;know by no later than noon on Friday 29 June 2018 if you plan to attend the AGM. If you have a question regarding the AGM process and agenda, please do not hesitate to call Elizabeth on 020 7331 2176.&nbsp;</p> <h3><br> AGENDA&nbsp;</h3> <p><br> 1. President&rsquo;s introduction&nbsp;<br> &nbsp;<br> 2. To receive the Report and Accounts of the Association for 2017&nbsp;<br> &nbsp;<br> 3. To ratify the appointment of those nominated by the Nominations Committee to serve as Selected Directors for a term of three years to July 2021&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;3.1. Sarah Atkinson, VP Communications, CA Technology</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;3.2. Zahra Bahrololoumi, Managing Director and lead of Accenture Technology, Accenture</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;3.3. Victor Chavez, Chief Executive Officer, Thales</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;3.4. Jacqueline Davey, VP Cloud and Enterprise Sales, IBM&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;3.5. Benedict Ely, Director of Legal, Oracle</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;3.6. Ashish Gupta, Corporate Vice President, HCL</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;3.7. Peter Holmes, Chairman, Behavioural Insights Team</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;3.8. Aleyne Johnson, Lead Government Relations, Samsung</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;3.9. Ian Jones, General Manager, Intel</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;3.10. Michael Keegan, Chairman, Fujitsu</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;3.11. Kulveer Ranger, Vice President, Strategy &amp; Communications, Atos UK&amp;I &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;3.12. Jacqueline de Rojas, techUK President</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;3.13. Neil Sawyer, Channel Sales, Education &amp; SMB Director (UK&amp;I) HP Inc</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;3.14. Stephen Timms, Managing Director, BAE Systems</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;3.15. William Touche, Partner, Deloitte</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;3.16. Alex Towers, Director of Policy &amp; Public Affairs, BT Group</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;3.17. Wenbing Yao, Director of Strategy &amp; Marketing, Huawei Technologies (UK)&nbsp;<br> &nbsp;<br> 4. To ratify the appointment of the Elected Board members for three years for 2018 / 2021 following the election in May 2018.&nbsp;<br> &nbsp;<br> &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;4.1. Andrew Lawson, SVP &amp; UK Country Leader, Salesforce</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;4.2. Laura Bailey, Chairperson, Qadre</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;4.3. Simon Hansford, Chief Executive Officer, UKCloud&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p>5. To agree the reappointment of Moore Stephens as auditors for the year 2018 at a fee to be agreed by the Finance Committee.&nbsp;<br> &nbsp;<br> 6. Any other business. (Matters to be raised under this Agenda item must be notified by email or in writing to the Secretary by noon on Friday 29 June 2018)&nbsp;<br> &nbsp;<br> 7. Close.&nbsp; &nbsp;<br> &nbsp;<br><br> &nbsp;<br><em>Issued by Angus Langford, Company Secretary, 11 June 2018&nbsp;</em><br> &nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Faster Energy Switching Programme Pre-Procurement Registration Open Wed, 20 Jun 2018 07:39:48 +0100 CRM Sync The registration for the pre-procurement stage for services required under OFGEM's Switching Programme is now open <p>The Switching Programme is an energy industry-wide transformation programme to allow consumers to switch energy suppliers with a faster and more reliable experience. The Programme is being led by OFGEM with DCC as its key delivery partner, who will procure a new Centralised Switching Service (CSS). DCC will be responsible for awarding the contracts to the service provider(s) for development and delivery of the new services. More information on DCC&rsquo;s involvement in the Programme can be found here: <a href=""></a>.</p> <p>DCC will be commencing the procurement of services.</p> <p>An initial pre-qualification stage will be used to shortlist applicants to receive an Invitation to Tender (ITT) for the services being procured.A selection (pre-qualification) questionnaire (PQQ) will be published on 22 June 2018 for applicants to complete and submit online. The deadline for submission will be 13 July 2018. The responses will be evaluated, and applicants will be shortlisted to receive the ITT.</p> <p>The online selection questionnaire will include two reference documents:</p> <ul><li>A prospectus document - This explains the background and objectives of the Switching Programme along with details of the scope of services being procured; and</li> <li>A selection questionnaire guidance document &ndash; This outlines the prequalification process, instructs how to complete the questionnaire and details the prequalification selection&nbsp;process. It also includes an ITT timetable.</li> </ul><p><strong>If you are interested in applying to bid for the Switching Programme services, please contact the following email address: <a href=""></a>.</strong></p> <p>Please note that your organisation will need to sign a confidentiality agreement with DCC in order to participate in the PQQ and subsequent tender process.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Home Office JSaRC June Update Tue, 19 Jun 2018 16:17:25 +0100 CRM Sync The Home Office's Joint Security & Resilience Centre 's June update to Industry. <p>The Home Office's Joint Security &amp; Resilience Centre is committed to improving and increasing their communications with industry during 2018. As part of this plan, they intend to send industry regular updates regarding current and pipeline projects at JSaRC.</p> <p>Members can download the attached JSaRC Industry workplan, which outlines the projects JSaRC is currently working on, as well as the pipeline of upcoming projects.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK AI Leaders | Ken Mulvany, Founder and Director, Benevolent AI Tue, 19 Jun 2018 09:10:00 +0100 CRM Sync Read the second edition of our AI Leaders series, where we profile the leaders ensuring the UK is AI Ready. <h3>techUK has launched a year long campaign to promote the AI Leaders helping to make the UK AI ready.</h3> <p>Every month&nbsp;we will promote an individual that is helping organisations across both the public and private sector to realise the economic benefits and social power of AI technologies.</p> <p>If you are an AI leader, or know someone that is, get in touch with techUK to see how you can get involved!</p> <h3>This month&rsquo;s AI Leader is Ken Mulvany, Founder and Director at Benevolent AI.</h3> <p>We asked Ken 10 questions about his work and experiences with AI. Read on for a taster and find the full interview below.&nbsp;</p> <h3><img alt="" src="//" style="float:left; height:344px; margin:5px; width:300px"></h3> <h3>What is your current role and responsibilities?</h3> <p>Founder and chairman.&nbsp;I founded the company in 2013 to use Artificial Intelligence (AI) to change the way knowledge is created and applied in Life Sciences.</p> <h3>What is your background that led you to AI?</h3> <p>The idea came from my experience of founding and running Proximagen, a biotech (sold in 2012 for $555m). I saw an exponential rise in the volume of scientific information and how the scientific industry was finding it impossible to read and use all that vast complex data effectively. This was having a negative effect on the rate of new discoveries. I founded BenevolentAI to try and do two very specific things:</p> <p>i) build a technology that could ingest, read and contextualise all of the worlds&rsquo; available bioscience information to establish facts from that information &ndash; essentially a definitive connected knowledge of bioscience;</p> <p>ii) enable the technology to reason on those facts and create completely new ideas and inventions &ndash; in the first instance finding treatments and cures for disease.</p> <p>BenevolentAI has applied its technology to accelerate the discovery of new medicines creating the world&rsquo;s richest bioscience knowledge graph containing well over 1bn meaningful relationships specific to drug discovery. The technology enables a completely unique understanding of disease and can deliver significantly higher success rates in discovering new medicines and potential cures for disease.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s an overused word, but we are &lsquo;unique&rsquo; on a number of levels &ndash; our business model involves monetising the discoveries the technology creates, not the technology itself. We do not sell or license our software. Our technology focuses on the entire drug discovery process not just one single element of it. We have drug development scientists and technologists working side by side which is unusual, many companies&rsquo; tech and bio teams work in total isolation. Most importantly what truly differentiates us as that we apply AI to find new discoveries in the form of new disease target associations. As far as I am aware, all other AI companies that operate in this space only apply AI to existing discoveries i.e. what is already known, we are finding the &lsquo;unknown&rsquo;.</p> <p><strong>Download the PDF to find out more about Ken's background and why he got involved in AI.</strong></p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> Modernising Defence Programme: 'Beyond 2 per cent' Mon, 18 Jun 2018 08:13:14 +0100 CRM Sync The House of Commons Defence Committee has today published its report: ‘Beyond 2 per cent: A preliminary report on the Modernising Defence Programme’. <p>Ahead of the headline conclusions from the Modernising Defence Programme (MDP) review, which are expected before the NATO summit in July, the preliminary&nbsp;report makes a number of observations which the Defence Committee expects to be explored as part of the review. These include:</p> <ul><li><strong>Military Capabilities &amp; Force Structures</strong></li> <li><strong>Recruitment &amp; Retention</strong></li> <li><strong>International Partnerships</strong></li> <li><strong>Business &amp; Commercial Practices</strong></li> <li><strong>The UK&rsquo;s expenditure on Defence</strong></li> </ul><p>Prior to the publication of the report, techUK submitted written evidence to the Defence Committee on behalf of members, <a href="" target="_blank">a summary of which you can read here</a>.</p> <p>techUK is pleased to see the inclusion of chapters examining Cyber &amp; Electronic Warfare, Information Advantage &amp; Space within report, and has summarised the report&rsquo;s conclusions &amp; recommendations for each as follows:</p> <p><strong>Cyber &amp; Electronic Warfare</strong></p> <ol><li>The MOD&rsquo;s Cyber Vulnerability Investigations programme should be more focused on neutralising risks, as presently the focus is on identifying them</li> <li>There should be greater investment in Electronic Warfare (EW) capabilities to enable the UK to defend itself against more sophisticated threats</li> </ol><p><strong>Space</strong></p> <ol><li>The emergence of new threats in the space domain such as the development of anti-satellite missile technology must be reflected in the next generation of capabilities, including the design of the Skynet 6 military communications satellite</li> <li>The development and utilisation of low-cost microsatellites, such as the recently launched Carbonite-2, should also continue to be pursued</li> </ol><p><strong>Information Advantage</strong></p> <ol><li>The challenge for the UK&rsquo;s Armed Forces is to further integrate the principles and capabilities associated with information advantage into existing force structures</li> <li>Development of these principles and capabilities should continue, with close co-operation between the Services and other parts of Government involved in information collection and assessment</li> <li>The introduction of platforms with advanced sensory systems such as the AJAX armoured vehicle and F35 mean that the necessary infrastructure will have to be in place to securely transfer, process and analyse large quantities of data that these platforms will collect</li> </ol><p>techUK welcomes the&nbsp;findings of the Defence Committee report, and looks forward to the MOD&rsquo;s formal response.</p> <p>You can read the full report <a href="" target="_blank">by clicking here</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> AI Summit showcases AI in action Fri, 15 Jun 2018 15:59:52 +0100 CRM Sync Read techUK Head of Programme for Cloud, Data, Analytics and AI Sue Daley's recap of the 2018 AI Summit. <p><img alt="" src="//" style="float:left; height:292px; margin:5px; width:400px">On 13 -14 June the AI Summit was held as part of London Tech Week. techUK was thrilled to be a strategic partner of the AI Summit for the second time. With presentations, demos and case studies from across the UK AI community, including many techUK members, this event brought to life the opportunities and potential of AI to the whole of the UK economy and society. The value of AI to impact sectors from transport, maritime, healthcare, finance and even pizza delivery was discussed across different Streams during the event.</p> <p>A common theme that ran throughout all the events sessions was the evolution and speed of progress being made in AI technologies, including chatbots and facial recognition, over the last twelve months. It was also clear from the discussions happening throughout the event that trust and the ethical issues raised by AI developments are on the minds of industry leaders. techUK&rsquo;s head of AI Sue <img alt="" src="//" style="float:right; height:350px; margin:5px; width:263px">Daley chaired a panel session on why ethical decision making is good for businesses with contributions from Maria Axente, AI Programme Driver PwC, Jonathan Ebsworth, AI and Intelligent Automation Partner and Ana Perales, Director Strategic Transformation, Barclays. This panel discussed how businesses should start to embed ethics into the business practices that exist today and also the possible role of the UK Government&rsquo;s new Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation to help convene the community to consider how to take forward the clear interest in understanding what ethical, responsible AI innovation means in practice. Other panels focusing on ethics at the AI Summit considered why ethical design is essential for success, what practical ethical design looks like and the morals of AI.</p> <p>techUK&rsquo;s CEO Julian David also raised the issue of ethics in his keynote speech on how to secure the UK&rsquo;s AI Leadership highlighting how the UK can become the world leader in the development of ethical AI. He stressed that the UK has an opportunity to create the right environment for industry, academia and policy makers to come together and develop and then put into action ethical AI innovation and decision-making. By doing so the UK can <strong>&ldquo;not only secure and maintain its position as a global leader in AI, but be seen as leading and driving the world in not just thinking about ethics but in taking forward real action.&rdquo;</strong></p> <p>techUK looks forward to supporting the AI Summit again in 2019 and looks forward to witnessing the progress made in the next twelve months as the UK becomes truly AI ready. If you would like to get involved in techUK&rsquo;s work to help make this happen and move the AI market forward, please get in touch.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK Invite Expressions of Interest to Exhibit at CES2019 Fri, 15 Jun 2018 15:30:00 +0100 CRM Sync Following a successful techUK/ DiT Pavilion at CES2018 we are now starting the process of securing the tech start-up/SME exhibitors we can support for CES2019 <p>techUK ran a highly successful UK pavilion within the Eureka Park exhibition hall at CES2018 with the support of the UK Department for International Trade and our exhibition partners, Trade Fair Support. We supported 12 companies in January of this year who collectively secured several million pounds of orders through their efforts at the worlds' largest tech trade fair, held in Las Vegas.</p> <p>Having now secured support for 2019 we are starting the process of indentifying early stage tech companies who may be interested in exhibiting.</p> <p>Spaces and grant funding are limited. If you are interested in finding out more about how your business could benefit from exposure at CES2019, please contact Paul Hide, techUK.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Paul Hide</a></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Congratulations to techUK members recognised in London Tech Week 2018 Fri, 15 Jun 2018 14:53:43 +0100 CRM Sync As part of London Tech week, techUK attended the CogX 2018 Awards and the Alconics Awards. Both saw techUK members recognised for their hard and innovative work. <p>This week, as part of London Tech week, techUK attended two award ceremonies; the CogX 2018 Awards and the Alconics Awards. Both events provided a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the drive, innovation and hard work in the UK&rsquo;s Artificial Intelligence community.</p> <h3>CogX 2018 Awards</h3> <p>On Monday 11th June, Sue Daley, Head of Cloud, Data, Analytics and AI and a number of techUK members attended the CogX 2018 Awards Gala. The winners of each category were decided by a panel of industry and academic experts and journalists, including Jaqueline de Rojas, President at techUK. Categories included Best Innovation in Artificial General Intelligence, Best Innovation in Cloud Services and Best Innovation in Data Protection and Privacy. We would like to congratulate all the techUK members that were shortlisted finalists and those that won awards which include FiveAI, Microsoft Research, MapR, Privitar, Google Deepmind and Improbable.</p> <h3>The Alconics Awards</h3> <p>On Tuesday 12 June, Julian David, CEO at techUK attended and presented an award at The Alconics Awards Ceremony in Kensington Palace. Sue Daley, Head of Cloud, Data, Analytics and AI joined a panel of industry and academic experts in deciding this year&rsquo;s award winners in categories including Best Innovation in Deep Learning, Best Innovation in RPA and Best Intelligent Assistant Innovation. We are delighted to announce that the following techUK members won awards on the evening: Pure Storage, Ui Path, IBM Watson and Artificial Solutions.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;re interested in finding out more about London Tech Week, <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">make sure to check out our latest insight about CogX 2018</span></a>, the festival of all things AI, blockchain and emerging technologies.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK at CogX18 Fri, 15 Jun 2018 14:39:02 +0100 CRM Sync Read our key takeaways from CogX 2018, the largest not-for-profit AI conference in Europe. <p>O<img alt="" src="//" style="float:left; height:349px; margin:5px; width:300px">n 11-12th June, the UK, European and International AI community came together at CogX, the largest not-for-profit AI conference in Europe, run by CognitionX. techUK was proud to be a partner for this event which took over the whole of the London Tobacco Docks during London Tech Week.&nbsp;</p> <p>During the two days a packed schedule included over 370 speakers and 110 hours of content including presentations and panel discussions as well as demos and the chance to interact with AI technologies, including Sophia the robot. There was also a thriving Startup Village and Expo Gallery where new AI companies were able to rub shoulders with potential VC investors, potential partners and customers. In addition more focused discussion on key issues was held on five event streams; Impact, The Cutting Edge, Blockchain, Ethics and Lab to Live. &nbsp;While ethics may have had its one stage it was clear throughout the event that ethics, trust and responsibility was a constant thread that was raised in sessions across all the event streams.</p> <p>If you weren&rsquo;t one of the 6500 participants during CogX, here are just a few key takeaways from some of the sessions:</p> <h3>London remains a top destination for technology investment</h3> <p>The Deputy Major of London, Rajesh Agrawal, announced the results of the <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">London Mayor&rsquo;s AI report</span></a> and described London as &ldquo;a global hub of AI&hellip;leading the charge in Europe.. and hot on the heels of San Francisco in many areas&rdquo;.&nbsp; The results of the survey show that London is Europe's AI capital, with the city boasting twice the number of AI firms based in Paris and Berlin combined. The Deputy Major of London suggested that London&rsquo;s mix of government, finance and AI sectors provided the capital with a unique advantage compared to Silicon Valley, whose centres of power are more spread out. He praised London&rsquo;s diverse culture as to why the city has recently been ranked as the second-most connected ecosystem in the world. But despite our world-leader status, one panellist on the &lsquo;State of AI&rsquo; panel stressed that it&rsquo;s important that we get better at telling our own story. Antoine Blondeau, Co-founder of Sentient Technologies, called for more focus on innovation, empowerment and investment.</p> <h3>It is essential that ethics underpins responsible AI</h3> <p>On the Ethics Stage Antony Walker, Deputy CEO at techUK, chaired a panel dis<img alt="" src="//" style="float:right; height:300px; margin:5px; width:400px">cussion on &lsquo;Ethics Beyond GDPR-How Businesses Can Think and Act Beyond Legal Compliance&rsquo;. Speakers included Dame Colette Bowe, Chairman of the Nuffield Foundation Advisory Group on Data Ethics, Hetan Shah, Executive Director, Royal Statistical Society, Rachel Coldicutt, CEO, Doteveryone, Francesca Rossi,&nbsp;AI Ethics Global Leader, Distinguished Research Staff Member, IBM and Nigel Houlden, Head of Technology Policy, ICO.</p> <p>During the discussion the panel stressed the need for ethics to be considered throughout the innovation process, not simply applied at the end. Dame Colette Bowe highlighted the role boards can play in getting ethics baked in to the technology. Nigel Houlden from the ICO stressed that GDPR was not designed as an ethical framework, he outlined how complying with GDPR should be a good place for businesses to start in terms of transparency, accountability and fairness, whilst resolving some of the hardest ethical questions would be an iterative process. Rachel Coldicutt from Doteveryone outlined the toolkit they&rsquo;re developing to help SMEs think about some of these ethical questions. Hetan Shah from the Royal Statistical Society commented that there is generally a clear consensus on the ethical issues we&rsquo;re facing, a number of which are sector- specific. Francessa Rossi from IBM emphasised the need for a multidisciplinary approach to tackling these issues. Chack out a video of the panel below.&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>The importance of putting ethics in action</h3> <p>techUK&rsquo;s Head of AI Sue Daley hosted a fireside chat with Kriti Sharma, VP of AI at Sage. Along with discussing Kriti&rsquo;s background and how she got into robotics and AI, the discussion focused on how organisation should start to think about embedding ethical thinking into business practices and how ethics in action isn&rsquo;t just for large tech companies but for every organisation and their wider ecosystems. The importance of ensuring there is representation from developing countries on the AI ethics debate was also raised by Kriti. &nbsp;If you would like to hear more from Kriti about her background, work at Sage and vision of the UK&rsquo;s AI future check out the <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">AI edition of the techUK Podcast</span></a> which includes an interview with <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">Kriti as techUK&rsquo;s first AI Leader.</span></a></p> <p><img alt="" src="//" style="float:left; height:300px; margin:5px; width:400px"></p> <h3>Public engagement is important if we are to bring society along in the debate</h3> <p>Natalie Banner from the Wellcome Trust&rsquo;s Understanding Patient Data project, explained that a challenge of keeping public engagement on AI &lsquo;high-level&rsquo; is that the technology can either be heavily overhyped or used to paint a picture of a hellish dystopia. It&rsquo;s important that we get into the specifics, using real-life case studies as a tool.</p> <p>Discussion at the event on public engagement highlighted that current awareness of AI technology remains low amongst the general public. According to recent research conducted by the RSA, only one third of people are aware of the use of automated systems in society. Obviously more work needs to be done.</p> <p>Hilary Sutcliffe, Director of SocietyInside, encouraged companies to get involved with shaping good governance, starting with responding to the consultation on the new Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation. techUK will be responding to this consultation, so if you&rsquo;re interested in providing input, please get in touch with Katherine Mayes.</p> <h3>As AI research evolves, so does the opportunities and implications associated with the technology</h3> <p>David Kelnar, Partner and Head of Research at MMC Ventures, highlighted the implications of AI as we move from &lsquo;lab to live&rsquo;. Including the influx of new market participants particularly in developing countries,&nbsp;shifts in sector value chains and the creation of new business models. He spoke of us entering the fourth industrial revolution where our primary source of value creation is the processing of information. &nbsp;During the discussion on the &lsquo;State of AI&rsquo; one of the panellist&rsquo;s described a shift in how we use AI from a method for classification towards a decision-making function that can be deployed across society.</p> <p>techUK was thrilled to be part of CogX18 this year. The issues raised throughout the event are key to ensuring organisations across the UK can realise the full economic and social potential of AI. We look forward to supporting and participating in CogX 2019. In the meantime if you would like to get involved in techUK&rsquo;s AI work focusing on how we make the UK AI ready, please just get in touch.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> Final spaces for our tech vs illegal wildlife crime roundtable Fri, 15 Jun 2018 09:37:20 +0100 CRM Sync techUK is hosting a roundtable looking at how the tech sector can collaborate on illegal wildlife crime. If you have a product or service that can be adapted to this, there are still a few spaces left. <p>techUK is hosting a roundtable next week on how tech solutions can be applied to the fight against illegal wildlife crimes and we still have a few spaces remaining.</p> <p>The workshop is taking place <strong>10am - 12pm </strong>on <strong>Wednesday 20 June</strong> and we're particularly keen to SMEs active in the device, blockchain/DLT, finance and supply chain verification spaces to get involved. The discussion will be held alongside leading conservation charities, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, academia and some leading tech companies. The discussion will be framed around some key challenges outlined below. If&nbsp; you want to attend please email <strong><a href=""></a></strong> for more info or <strong><a href="">see the event page here</a>.</strong></p> <p>The five challenges that tech can help address and which guide the discussions&nbsp;are below.</p> <p><strong>1 Education and training to build capacity around tools</strong>.</p> <ul><li>Insufficient capacity, resources and training aids for rollout and sector needs to better support NGOs, law enforcement and Governments.</li> <li>How can we build a community of practice around key tools to aid education, training of infield capacity and collaboration to achieve wide scale adoption?</li> <li>Where can the sector help?</li> </ul><p><strong>2 Sustained access to secure infrastructure and collaborative information networks, including cloud &nbsp;computing, Machine Learning tools, Satellites access.</strong></p> <ul><li>Access to platforms when funding expires</li> <li>Lack of expertise and analytical capability on the front line and in NGOs</li> <li>Poor ICT and connectivity</li> <li>Opening up opportunities without experts and ensure architectures are in place</li> <li>Unlocking existing APIs and platforms and making people aware of their capabilities.</li> </ul><p><strong>3 Open data and shared databases.</strong></p> <ul><li>To analyse data sets and detect illegal activity, better collection, storage and sharing of data as well as accessible, secure, curated databases are required.</li> <li>How to enable conservationists and law enforcement to collectively submit and collaborate on data.</li> </ul><p><strong>4 Affordability</strong></p> <ul><li>Budgets tend to be small and time-limited, so NGOs and Governments can&rsquo;t get locked in to long term costs they can&rsquo;t maintain.</li> <li>Costs of equipment, services, infrastructure and satellite data are high and ongoing running costs become prohibitive.</li> <li>How can tech provide affordable/free equipment, services, expertise and network infrastructure.</li> </ul><p><strong>5 Accelerating &lsquo;fit for purpose&rsquo; innovation</strong></p> <ul><li>Tools are often not fully configured for contexts they are deployed.</li> <li>More capacity and support is needed &nbsp;to make available tech fit for purpose and ready.</li> <li>An effective technology accelerator that can help shape tools and make them fit for purpose?</li> <li>Creating architectures and blueprints for key tools so engineers can easily engage in a small piece of development to advance the whole?</li> <li>How to build more capacity to direct appropriate development?</li> </ul>Contact: <a href=""></a> Drone Futures: How the UK can lead from the front Thu, 14 Jun 2018 11:58:57 +0100 CRM Sync The drones industry is enjoying explosive growth supporting public services and enterprise across a range of sectors, but is chaffing at current regulatory restrictions <table align="center" border="0" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" style="width:500px"><tbody><tr><td><img alt="" src="//" style="height:333px; width:500px"></td> </tr></tbody></table><p style="text-align:center"><span style="font-size:9px"><em>Image credit: DJI Europe</em></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The first techUK/DJI Drone Futures conference took place yesterday. The almost 100 attendees drawn from Government (both Whitehall and local), regulators, the House of lords, academia, Catapults, police and (of course) industry was indicative of the considerable interest in drones across many sectors.</p> <p>Drones are taking their place alongside AI/Machine Learning/robotics, Cloud services, Blockchain, the Internet Of Things, immersive technologies and greater ubiquity of connectivity, as one of a handful of technologies defining our futures.</p> <p>Elaine Whyte, PwC&rsquo;s UK Drones Lead, highlighted that her new research report <em><a href="">Skies without limits</a></em>, suggests that drone technology has the potential to increase UK GDP by &pound;42 billion (or 2%) by 2030.</p> <p>Drones offer industry cost savings, safety improvements and productivity gains, often substantial in size such as where operators of oil rigs use drones to inspect live flares, where previously the asset would be shut down for inspection at a cost of around &pound;4 million per day.</p> <p>Being cheap, easily transportable, and quick to deploy, drones are being utilised in a wide range of professional circumstances where other options (e.g. helicopters) would be impractical or impossible. The range of professional applications is increasing all of the time: from emergency services to logistics, agriculture to maintenance of essential infrastructure. Drones have rapidly become essential for engineering and construction industries, and are now an essential tool for the oil and gas industry and Network Rail.</p> <p>But for the UK to seize the potential identified by PwC, industry will need to collaborate (including on access to drone-derived data), and regulation will need to be appropriate and agile for what is a rapidly developing market. We need to get the balance right with regulation, addressing legitimate security and privacy concerns, but without unduly constraining innovation.</p> <p>An example of how current drone regulations impacts enterprise use is where drones are used to scan wind turbine blades to identify damage. The current height limit for operating a drone only equates to mid "spinner" on a wind turbine, so the operator needs to secure dispensation for each inspection, and the effective prohibition on flying beyond visual line of sight means that the operator can&rsquo;t just park, get the drone out, and inspect an entire wind farm, instead they have to keep getting back into their vehicle and driving to another turbine. This despite the fact that this is trained users with professional equipment, in locations which are usually away from buildings and people.</p> <p>If we get this balance right, the UK can be a leader in drones, the place where innovative applications are trialled. It was certainly heartening to hear at the conference from Department of Transport, NATS, Ofcom and others how open to ideas from industry they are, recognising both the commercial opportunities and the fact that there is no &ldquo;one size fits all&rdquo; solution &ndash; no country can be said to have this right at the moment.</p> <p>The draft Drones Bill, to be published this summer, is the opportunity for Government, regulators and industry to identify that balance. But we need to bring the public along with us. Many consumers have concerns about the use of drones that they don&rsquo;t have for helicopters. Such concerns will be reflected in MPs&rsquo; postbags, and we can expect that to flavour debate of the Drones Bill.</p> <p>Public support for wider use of drones will most readily be forthcoming for public services such as search and rescue, traffic management, urgent supply of bloods and medicines, and identifying plastic litter on beaches and in oceans. Public support may also be available for enterprise uses of drones in locations away from buildings and where the public see a clear benefit, such as supporting maintenance of the rail network or raising agricultural yields.</p> <p>But if we are to extend public support beyond such examples, so that the UK reaps the entirety of the GDP boost outlined by PwC, then the public need to be more aware of the use of drones delivering public services, not as an occasional news story but woven into the fabric of their environment, drones becoming &ldquo;business as usual&rdquo; rather than an exception. Given that the public sector and charities, which would generally be the operators of drone-augmented public services, are likely to have a low appetite for risk and similarly low levels of resources, then the drone industry could do worse than directly support the provision of such public services, that investment paying off in the long run &ndash; for all of us.</p> <p><strong>Presentations from the Drone Futures Conference attached below from&nbsp;Elaine Whyte (UK - Technology and Innovation) at PwC and Sam Nixson at Metomatics.&nbsp;</strong></p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> #CounciloftheFuture: Harrow Council’s Journey of Culture Change Wed, 13 Jun 2018 14:41:40 +0100 CRM Sync Guest blog: Cllr Niraj Dattani final blog in the series documents Harrow’s journey to create an environment which attracts, catalyses, and incubates innovation as a way to better deliver services. <p><strong>Quick recap</strong></p> <p>Over the past year we had taken senior officers and councillors on a journey to create a culture which was more open to innovation. In doing so, prove that digital innovation could deliver savings for the council and improve service outcomes.</p> <p>First, officers presented to councillors the innovative work they had already done and the results of it. This de-risked the concept of innovation, proving to us that innovation could produce positive results.</p> <p>With that in mind, we then opened eyes as to how this could be taken further. We had a series of organisations come in and show both officers and councillors how technology was being used in other councils in more advanced ways. Doing this with officers and councillors together was really powerful, as officers saw first-hand the positive reaction of councillors when presented with practical examples of how technology and digital innovation can improve the way we deliver services.</p> <p>With eyes and minds well and truly open, officers and councillors then went through a couple of workshops to identify the challenges the organisation faced. We then had <a href="">a session at techUK</a> where we collectively brainstormed with tech companies and came up with ideas of how we could solve those challenges.</p> <p>This eventually led to a number of projects on the table to transform various services, and a structure in place to manage its implementation.</p> <p><strong>What has been taken forward</strong></p> <p>Being able to make savings and deliver more effective services by innovating and make better use of technology has been the hypothesis driving our work. Each project that we have taken forward has been assessed through this lens and either has or will deliver millions of pounds in savings.</p> <p>A digital planning portal for planning applications, a hub for dementia patients to access care and the latest tech to help them live at home, an individually personalised council website based on the needs of that user, tech-enabled temporary accommodation to introduce home care to those in need, and an app for children in care with targeted communication are amongst the projects that we have taken forward, with many more in the pipeline. &nbsp;</p> <p>These are hugely exciting, but almost secondary. The bigger picture with this work has been to improve the culture of the organisation so we are bolder in making the most out of technology and think differently when designing or re-designing our services across the board. The opportunities come from systemic and widespread change, and go beyond a one-off exercise limited to a handful of services.</p> <p>We have most definitely achieved this. The types of projects now being proposed are a testament to that &ndash; from drones in enforcement to AI in care. Once we had moved the dial on the culture, ideas started to come from beyond the service areas we had originally identified, demonstrating the wider impact of a culture of innovation. By creating this, we have given ourselves a platform to affect much bigger change.</p> <p>The impact of culture is sometimes hard to quantify, but when things that you want to happen unexpectedly start happening, that&rsquo;s when you know you&rsquo;ve got it right. If you want to innovate in a local authority - with its many unique aspects - getting the culture right is the single most important factor. From there, anything is possible.</p> <p><strong>What next</strong></p> <p>Innovating is a mindset, and so it should never stop. We have done some great work which has given confidence to the organisation. Our challenge now is to take this further.</p> <p>So far we have just focused on working with senior officers and councillors. This has been important but should only be the start. We must create an environment which encourages this type of thinking and working at every level of the organisation. Continuously.</p> <p>We must also extend our focus beyond culture. In my view it is a pre-requisite for innovating in a council but there are also other factors involved. This is very much &ldquo;how long is a piece of string?&rdquo; territory &ndash; the more we put in the more we will get out. We have an opportunity to work with each department to set a direction, and expectations, over the medium term for how services can be delivered; with technology and the potential that enables at the forefront of our thinking.</p> <p>And finally, this should not stop in Harrow. I have begun visiting councils across the country to share our story with them, and the importance and impact of creating a culture which encourages and enables innovation. I&rsquo;m happy to do this with any council who is interested, so please get in touch if you are.</p> <p>Thank you to all the people and organisations who have helped us on this journey, it has been hugely impactful and appreciated. Especially techUK, <a href="">Future Cities Catapult</a>, <a href="">Nesta</a>, <a href="">Alcove</a>, <a href="">Umbrellium</a>, and all the techUK members who lent us their wisdom.</p> Invitation to NPSO Roundtable, Birmingham Wed, 13 Jun 2018 14:32:41 +0100 CRM Sync NPSO will hold a round-table in Birmingham on 21 June 2018 <h3>Invitation to NPSO Regional Roundtable Birmingham,&nbsp; Thursday 21 June 2018&nbsp;</h3> <p>The NPSO invites payments participant companies in Birmingham to meet them&nbsp;on Thursday 21 June for a buffet lunch starting at 1pm, followed by a roundtable discussion.&nbsp;<br> &nbsp;<br> The meeting will be chaired by Toby Sheldon, Director of Communications, who will introduce the NPSO, its&nbsp;vision and priorities for innovation. The NPSO&nbsp;Chief Executive Officer, Paul Horlock, will also share &nbsp;progress to date and the&nbsp;plans for the future of retail payments.&nbsp;<br> &nbsp;<br><strong>Venue&nbsp;</strong><br> Maple House &nbsp;etc. Venues 150 Corporation Street Birmingham &nbsp;B4 6TB&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>To Register:</strong></p> <p><strong>Please email your interest to<a href=""> <span style="color:#0000FF"></span></a> and they will send&nbsp;you further details.&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><br><strong>What is the NPSO?&nbsp;</strong><br> The <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">NPSO</span></a> is the UK&rsquo;s leading authority for payments, working in the public interest to ensure the retail payment systems the UK relies on for its banking are safe, open, innovative and resilient.&nbsp;<br> &nbsp;<br><br> &nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> A Smarter London Together: How technology and data move our city Wed, 13 Jun 2018 14:07:35 +0100 CRM Sync techUK’s Local Government Programme Manager, Georgina Maratheftis, shares her insight from the London Tech Week event <p><img alt="" src="//" style="height:480px; width:640px"></p> <p>Yesterday I was delighted to visit Transport for London&rsquo;s (Tfl) new offices and see some fantastic views of London whilst also hearing from a leading line-up, including techUK&rsquo;s very own Sue Daley on how technology and data move our city and achieve the Mayor of London&rsquo;s ambition to become a world leading smart city.</p> <p><img alt="" src="//" style="height:480px; width:640px"></p> <p>First we heard from Tfl&rsquo;s Chief Technology, Shashi Verma, who shared how Tfl utilises technology to keep our city moving from the cutting edge digital signalling to a world leading open data policy, and an innovative approach to data science. It was great to hear how Tfl&rsquo;s open data policy has helped the economy and grow innovative start-ups that can solve problems facing London citizens.</p> <p>Theo Blackwell, London&rsquo;s first Chief Digital Officer (CDO) provided further details on the newly <a href="">launched &lsquo;Smarter London Together&rsquo; plan and roadmap.</a> As CDO his role is to promote collaboration and foster partnerships with the tech community and the public sector to solve urban challenges. The plan itself aims to set the foundation for future innovation and city needs. Sue Daley, who was a panelist at the event, said &ldquo;we stand ready to help, and welcome collaboration, the user and data being at the heart of the plan.&rdquo;</p> <p><img alt="" src="//" style="height:480px; width:640px"></p> <p>A great way to end day 2 of London Tech Week was with the above views!</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Key insights from techUK’s latest local government briefing Wed, 13 Jun 2018 14:01:32 +0100 CRM Sync Questions for tech suppliers to consider when engaging with councils <p>Yesterday we were delighted to host Newham, Essex, Walthamstow Council and Accenture to share their digital journeys, priorities as well key insights on how the tech industry and local government can better work together. It was fantastic to hear the various council digital visions and the role tech is playing in enabling a more productive front-line as well as help to improve the lives of citizens.</p> <p>Key insights include:</p> <ul><li><strong>Commissioning is where local government is heading. </strong>More councils moving towards commissioning models.</li> <li><strong>Where is the demand? </strong>Suppliers should look at demand, where the council gets the most calls is where digital assistance will be needed.</li> <li><strong>Focus on the problem not the solution. </strong>Councils often have to focus on the need rather on the things they would like to do as there isn&rsquo;t the resource or political will always to do the exciting things. It&rsquo;s not always easy for suppliers to know what the problem is if not articulated by councils but it was suggested forums such as the todays enables improved communication and understanding of the core challenges council face. Suppliers can also help councils articulate the problem by asking the right question and addressing the &lsquo;why.&rsquo;</li> <li><strong>Fly-tipping is one of the most resource intensive council services</strong>. How can technology help to streamline paper used, free-up front line officers time and enable a more efficient service.</li> <li><strong>Biggest opportunity is data</strong>. Local government collect vast amounts of data but the challenge is what to do with the data, how to process and use it. Plus how to find ways to bring the data together to use meaningfully. There is also a skills deficit as there isn&rsquo;t always the in-house skills to deal with the data accordingly to provide insightful analysis to steer decisions. It is of added value if suppliers can work with the council to solve council recruitment crisis.</li> <li><strong>Suppliers should start singular, make the user case for that and then develop</strong>. Councils also prefer to see a working product, having something tangible to walk them through what might be the &lsquo;unknown,;</li> <li><strong>Take into consideration local government elections</strong>. With purdah before elections and the prospect the leadership may change, councils tend not to commission any big projects before an election.</li> <li><strong>Understand the dynamics of local area</strong>. Due to the various tiers in councils suppliers should look take time to see who is responsible for what.</li> <li><strong>What is the running cost? </strong>Local government have big asset costs so when discussing the product/solution suppliers should take into account the potential running costs and how it fits into that councils financial strategy.</li> </ul><p>Our next local government event is &lsquo;<a href="">Future Trends, Opportunities and Challenges Facing the Local Gov Tech Market,</a>&rsquo; on 02 July. Hope to see you there!</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> London Tech Week: selling into the public sector Wed, 13 Jun 2018 11:54:57 +0100 CRM Sync Simon Spier, Head of International Trade, gives us an update on the activities from day two of LTW. <p>Yesterday techUK hosted its London Tech Week &ndash; Selling into the Public Sector event. Representatives from techUK&rsquo;s public sector teams provided some insights in to how UK Government procurement works, what are the opportunities, how to overcome the challenges and tips on how to secure business. Guests also heard from Seth Finnegan, UK Chief Executive Officer at Informed Solutions and Jenny Mulholland, Public Sector Lead at Softwire, who both shared their success stories on public sector procurement and offered tips for success.</p> <p>In the evening, DIT hosted their LTW party in which DCMS SOS Matt Hancock provided the keynote and explained to delegations from across the world that Britain is truly open for tech businesses to thrive. The event took place fittingly in the Science Museum and was well attended with a real buzz in the air.</p> <p>Today I will be heading to the Indian High Commission to support the Access India Programme (AIP), launched in September 2017 by the High Commission of India in London. This flagship programme, assisting market entry into India, is the first of its kind for supporting UK businesses to access the Indian Government's Make in India initiative. The programme focuses on providing support to small and medium size UK enterprise.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Consultation on Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation launched Wed, 13 Jun 2018 11:46:00 +0100 CRM Sync DCMS has launched a consultation on the role, aims and objectives for the new Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation. <p><a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">The Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Support has today launched a consultation</span></a> to seek views on the way the new Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation (CDEI) will operate and what its priority areas of work should be. The consultation is launched on the day that <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">Roger Taylor was announced as the new Chair of the Centre</span></a>.&nbsp;As well as providing background information about the reasons for the creation of the CDEI, the consultation raises many questions where input is being sought in the following three areas:</p> <ol><li>The Centre&rsquo;s role and objectives</li> <li>The Centre&rsquo;s activities and outputs</li> <li>How the Centre will operate</li> </ol><p>In each of these three areas key questions are raised to gather input how the Centre and its work should begin to take shape. The questions being asked cover issues that include:</p> <ul><li>What activities should the Centre undertake and priority issues?</li> <li>Are the proposed areas of work and themes&nbsp;where the Centre can add most value?</li> <li>How should the Centre&nbsp;work with other institutions?</li> <li>How should the Centre effectively engage stakeholders, experts and the public?</li> <li>Should the Centre be placed on a statutory footing, and what statutory powers may the Centre need?</li> </ul><p>The deadline for written submission is 5 September. techUK will be responding to the consultation and also looking to engage with the DCMS officials on the issues and questions being raised during the formal consultation period. This work will be largely driven by techUK&rsquo;s Digital Ethics working group.</p> <p>If members would like to input into techUK&rsquo;s response&nbsp;or would like to join the Digital Ethics working group, please contact&nbsp;Katherine Mayes by Wednesday 27&nbsp;June.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK’s AI Week report – Making the UK AI ready Wed, 13 Jun 2018 08:31:01 +0100 CRM Sync techUK’s report includes guest blogs from members published during our 2018 AI Week, which explored the steps the UK needs to take to become truly AI ready. <p><img alt="" src="//" style="float:left; height:283px; margin:5px; width:400px"><a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">This year, techUK&rsquo;s AI Week</span></a> explored the steps the UK needs to take to become AI ready. Throughout the week, members and stakeholders gave their views on key issues that need to be addressed, including how to drive adoption and take up of AI, cyber security risks and concerns, the impact of AI on jobs and the ethical questions being raised by AI. &nbsp;</p> <p>What was clear from the input we received is that the UK already has an impressive track record on AI. But we must keep pace as the scale of innovation continues to accelerate. We need to ensure that the UK stays at the forefront in the development and application of these powerful new technologies. The Government&rsquo;s <a href=""><span style="color:#0000CD">recently announced AI Sector Deal</span></a>, which includes&nbsp;the establishment of a Government Office for AI,&nbsp;provides a clear blueprint for how the UK can become a world-leader in innovative, responsible and ethical AI. The sector deal focuses on the key issues of maintaining leadership and driving uptake and&nbsp;building the skills pipeline, as well as the importance of addressing the ethical issues raised by AI.</p> <p>A key issue we explored during the week was the importance of digital ethics, which techUK sees as an essential complement to AI innovation. By building a world-leading framework for digital governance&nbsp;the UK can be at the forefront of responsible and ethical AI innovation. We have welcomed the creation of the Ada Lovelace Institute&nbsp;by the Nuffield Foundation&nbsp;and the UK Government&rsquo;s Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation. The creation of these bodies sends a very clear message that the UK is taking a leadership position in moving on from just talking about ethics and putting in place the capacity and capabilities needed to take practical action. The progress that has been made over the last twelve months, and perhaps what more may still need to be done in this vital area, will be a key issue discussed at techUK&rsquo;s second Digital Ethics Summit on 12 December 2018.</p> <p>Between now and then techUK is working with members to ensure citizens and organisations across all sectors and industries&nbsp;feel ready and able to take advantage of AI technologies, both now and in the future. Through briefing sessions, roundtable meetings and events, techUK is raising greater awareness and understanding of the opportunities offered through the adoption, deployment and application of AI technologies in different sectors, as well as discussing with members how to create the right environment for AI companies to thrive and grow.</p> <p>If you would like to get involved in helping techUK in our mission to ensure the UK can fully realise the economic, social value and benefits of AI and get more involved in our AI activities -&nbsp;<a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">including our AI Leaders Campaign</span></a> which was launched during AI week -&nbsp;please do get in touch. In the meantime, we hope you enjoy reading these insights.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> UK broadcasters Plan FreeToAir TV future Tue, 12 Jun 2018 15:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync The UK’s major PSB broadcaster have signed a new five-year agreement to accelerate digital terrestrial TV service Freeview’s transition to a fully hybrid platform. <p>The collaboration between BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and network operator Arqiva &ndash; the four shareholders of Digital UK &ndash; will see an investment of &pound;125 million (&euro;110m) over the next five years to build on the success of Freeview Play, the UK market leader in free-to-view connected TV. Alongside the ongoing support for the Freeview platform, new developments will include a mobile app and improvements in content discoverability and navigation.</p> <p>Since launch in 2015, more than three-and-a-half million Freeview Play products have been sold in the UK, accounting for 60 per cent of smart TV sales. The service gives UK viewers a seamless combination of live and on-demand content with no monthly subscription.</p> <p>Digital UK will lead on implementing the new strategy, focusing on product development and working closely with sister organisation, Freeview, on a refreshed marketing approach and brand positioning. The new investment will help Freeview exploit the trend towards &lsquo;cord cutting&rsquo; as viewers build their own &lsquo;skinny bundles&rsquo; combining free-to-view TV with low-cost streaming services. Since 2016 Freeview has grown its base of main sets by over a million homes to 11.4 million cementing its position as the UK&rsquo;s largest TV platform. Around 19 million homes watch Freeview on either the main or a secondary set.</p> <p>Key areas of development will include:</p> <ul><li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; A new mobile app enabling viewers to access live and on-demand content on a range of smartphones and tablets, launching later in 2018</li> <li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Restart functionality allowing viewers switching on mid-way through a programme to watch from the start using catch-up links built into the Freeview Play TV guide</li> <li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Improved navigation through voice search, and further evolution of the Freeview Electronic Programme Guide (EPG) on televisions</li> </ul><p>According to the partners, the agreement to invest in developing Freeview as a fully hybrid platform reflects the continuing strength of linear TV but also the growth of on-demand viewing. Ofcom recently highlighted challenges created by new players such as Netflix and Amazon, calling for more industry collaboration to maintain the prominence of PSB content on connected TV interfaces.</p> <p>&ldquo;As the UK&rsquo;s TV landscape becomes increasingly impacted by global players, this new commitment from our shareholders is a major boost for UK viewers,&rdquo; stated Jonathan Thompson, CEO of Digital UK, said. &ldquo;Building on this spirit of collaboration, we will not only safeguard free-to-view TV but reinvent it for a new age of viewing.&rdquo;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Cyber Security Exports Working Group Tue, 12 Jun 2018 14:07:36 +0100 CRM Sync On Wednesday 9 May, the Department for International Trade (DIT) and techUK hosted the first meeting of the ‘Cyber Security Exports Working Group’. <p>On Wednesday 9 May, the Department for International Trade (DIT) and techUK hosted the first meeting of the &lsquo;Cyber Security Exports Working Group&rsquo;.&nbsp; Created in order to support DIT&rsquo;s Cyber Security Export Strategy, which was published in March, the working group is made up of a mix of industry and government representatives.&nbsp;</p> <p>The minutes from then first meeting can be found below:</p> <p style="text-align:center"><strong><u>Cyber Security Exports Working Group</u></strong></p> <p style="text-align:center"><strong>1000 &ndash; 1200 Wednesday 9 May 2018, techUK</strong></p> <ol start="1"><li><em>Welcome and introductions</em></li> </ol><p>DIT welcomed members to the first working group, which was established to support the implementation of the new Cyber Security Export Strategy. It was agreed that this was an operational group which would focus on delivery rather than one that focused on new policy development.</p> <ol start="2"><li><em>Terms of Reference</em></li> </ol><p>The terms of reference were agreed. The main remit for the group is:</p> <ol start="1"><li>Ongoing advice and support on implementation of the export strategy;</li> <li>Advice on the UK &lsquo;brand&rsquo; for cyber security, including refreshed communications and marketing material;</li> <li>Advising the Cyber Growth Partnership on export progress, risks and opportunities.</li> <li><em>Forward look</em></li> </ol><p>An outline of future agenda items was noted, though the group would also consider issues by correspondence and table matters as they arose.</p> <ol start="4"><li><em>Automotive cyber security sector offer</em></li> </ol><p>The export strategy set out a focus on six key sectors under the &lsquo;Enable&rsquo; pillar. As part of this DIT intend to develop sector offers for each of them that set out the nature of the cyber security challenges facing the sector, the general procurement approach and solutions, plus the UK companies that can meet the needs. This would result in two products &ndash; a guide for internal DIT use that will help with running events and trade missions targeting that particular sector, and a public marketing brochure on the UK&rsquo;s expertise in that area.</p> <p>The group discussed the automotive offer, agreeing the overall approach but making suggestions around cyber insurance and the importance of securing data that is collected for one purpose but could be misused for another. It was discussed that some cyber issues would be pan-sectoral, but others would be specific to each sector and that this would need to be built into the offers.</p> <p>There was a further discussion around whether more work could be done on high assurance, and building a sector offer around that. Branding will be discussed at a future meeting.</p> <p><strong>ACTION</strong>:&nbsp;</p> <p>DIT, working with the group, to draw up an initial sketch of what a high assurance offer may look like for consideration by the group.</p> <ol start="5"><li><em>Guidance for assessing risks to human rights</em></li> </ol><p>techUK spoke about the <u><span style="color:rgb(5, 99, 193)"><a href="">human rights guidance</a></span></u> on helping to manage the risks of exporting cyber capabilities which was published in 2014, and which it had been agreed with HMG would be updated over the next six months. techUK were seeking views on what had worked well and what had not, and how much businesses had actually used it. There was a discussion around the inclusion of new case studies and the inclusion of contacts and the things that needed to be considered when assessing legal and reputational risk. The guidance covered non-regulated capabilities, and it was discussed whether the document should be broadened so that it covered regulated (export controlled) matters too. techUK will consider these points as the guidance is refreshed, and invited further input from industry on it.</p> <p><strong>ACTIONS:</strong></p> <p>techUK/DIT to recirculate the guidance to the group and other interested parties.</p> <p>DIT to work with others on a campaign to promote the human rights guidance and export controls once the new document is launched.</p> <ol start="6"><li><em>AOB</em></li> </ol><p>The importance of cryptography was discussed, linking to the earlier conversation on high assurance. BeCrypt offered to be a link between this group and the high assurance group, which was agreed.</p> <p>DIT noted that a new cyber security page was due to launch soon on the government&rsquo;s export promotion website, <u><span style="color:rgb(5, 99, 193)"><a href=""></a></span></u> and encouraged industry to create profiles on it.</p> <p>DIT noted that adverts for the three Cyber Security Industry Representative posts in Washington DC, Dubai and New Delhi would shortly be published and encouraged industry to consider potential applicants. The Singapore post had now been filled.</p> <p>DIT offered to circulate their forward look of cyber missions to the group to seek feedback on them in advance.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> London Tech Week: Highlights from day one for international trade Tue, 12 Jun 2018 12:41:43 +0100 CRM Sync Simon Spier gives an overview of all the events he attended on day one of LTW - London is most certainly open <p>London Tech Week kicked off with a bang with a host of inspiring leaders from the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, to Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandberg, highlighting London&rsquo;s central place on the world&rsquo;s tech scene at the launch event. However, the event had a very different flavour to previous years with half the room occupied by school students &ndash; the future of our tech economy. Those students were able to hear the opportunity&nbsp;first-hand for them to shape the UK&rsquo;s tech landscape. Those in attendance, young and the not so young, heard about&nbsp;the impact of technologies on the Capital, from AI opportunities in healthcare to smart city applications. It certainly was an inspiring way to start the week.</p> <p>Following the launch event, I headed off to the &ldquo;Fuelling collaboration: China &amp; UK Blockchain&rdquo; event, where I was honoured to give the keynote speech. The event, hosted by GSMA and organised by BGTA, the Cambridge Blockchain Society and XChain, explored the blockchain ecosystems of both the UK and China, and shined a light on the collaboration potential for the industry across the two countries. I came away with a real appreciation for the various use cases for blockchain as well as the exciting opportunity for UK-China collaboration in this space.</p> <p><img alt="" src="//" style="height:473px; width:630px"></p> <p>My evening was spent at City Hall meeting a number of international companies who are looking at expanding to the UK at an event organised by DIT and London and Partners. The Reception held in the beautiful <em>London&rsquo;s Living Room </em>provided the perfect backdrop for discussions about the ability for tech companies to thrive in the UK.</p> <p>Today sees techUK host it&rsquo;s <a href="">Selling into Public Sector</a> event which will provide those in attendance the opportunity to understand how UK Government procurement works, what are the opportunities, how to overcome the challenges and tips on how to secure business.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> New techUK Cyber Management Committee Elected Tue, 12 Jun 2018 10:42:32 +0100 CRM Sync Following recent elections, the new members of the techUK Cyber Management Committee have been confirmed. <p>Following recent elections, the new members of the techUK Cyber Management Committee have been confirmed.</p> <p style="margin-left:0cm; margin-right:0cm">The Committee is elected by the members, to represent the cyber community here at techUK.</p> <p style="margin-left:0cm; margin-right:0cm">The primary function of the Cyber Management Committee sets the strategic vision for the cyber security programme, helping the programme engage with government and senior industry stakeholders.&nbsp;Working across a broad range of sectors, the Committee will focus on growing the UK&rsquo;s Cyber Sector, bulding networks and reducing business risk and cost for industry. The Committee will aim to lead debate on key cyber issues, from skills and awareness, technical developments and R&amp;D, protecting CNI and developing cyber export opportunities for UK businesses.</p> <p>The Committee members are:</p> <p><strong>Sian John</strong>, Chief Security Advisor, Microsoft <strong>(Chair)</strong></p> <p><strong>Gordon Morrison</strong>, Director of Government Affairs, Splunk <strong>(Vice-Chair)</strong></p> <p><strong>Rick Hemsley</strong>, Managing Director, Accenture</p> <p><strong>Sam Kirby-French</strong>, Executive Manager, BAE Systems</p> <p><strong>Bernard Parsons</strong>, CEO, Becrypt</p> <p><strong>Ruth Davis</strong>, Head of Commercial Strategy and Public Policy, BT</p> <p><strong>Richard Holmes</strong>, Head of Cyber Security Services, CGI UK Ltd</p> <p><strong>Bryan Hurcombe</strong>, Public Sector Cyber Practice Leader, Deloitte</p> <p><strong>Simon Moffatt</strong>, Global Technical Director, ForgeRock</p> <p><strong>Julian Meyrick</strong>, VP IT Security, IBM UK</p> <p><strong>Michael Bateman</strong>, Director of Cyber and Government Services, IT Lab and Perspective Risk</p> <p><strong>Richard Quinlan</strong>, Cyber Security Sales Executive, Leonardo</p> <p><strong>Colin Robbins</strong>, Principal Security Consultant, Nexor</p> <p><strong>Mike Garside</strong>, Senior Manager Cloud Compliance, Oracle</p> <p><strong>Paul Thorlby</strong>, Chief Technology Officer, QinetiQ</p> <p><strong>Rob Crook</strong>, Managing Director, Raytheon UK</p> <p><strong>Andrew Rogoyski</strong>, Director of Innovation, Roke Manor Research Ltd</p> <p><strong>Scott Cairns</strong>, Chief Technology Officer, T-Systems Ltd</p> <p><strong>Gareth Williams</strong>, Vice-President, Thales UK</p> <p><strong>John Godwin</strong>, Director of Compliance, UKCloud Ltd&nbsp;</p> <p>techUK would like to say a big thank you to all those who put themselves forward for the Committee.</p> <p>If you would like to here more about the committee or other ways you can get involved with the techUK Cyber Programme, please get in touch with the team.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> Mayor of London launches Smarter London Together roadmap Tue, 12 Jun 2018 09:21:46 +0100 CRM Sync techUK welcomes roadmap that puts collaboration, the user, data and skills at the heart of the London becoming a leading world smart city <p>Following a series of Listening Exercises, <a href="">which included a session with techUK members</a>, today the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and London&rsquo;s Chief Digital Officer Theo Blackwell launched <strong><a href="">&lsquo;Smarter London Together.&rsquo;</a></strong> Smarter London Together&rsquo; sets out Mayor Sadiq Khan&rsquo;s ambition to make London the smartest city in the world. It addresses the Mayor&rsquo;s commitment to better digital services, open data, connectivity, digital inclusion, cyber-security, innovation, and City Hall&rsquo;s plan for the growth of our city to more than 11 million residents by 2050. The plan includes a detailed roadmap, including 20 initiatives, on how London will achieve it&rsquo;s digital ambition. It calls for the city's 33 local authorities and public services to work and collaborate better with data and digital technologies, and helps to realise the seven statutory Mayoral strategies.</p> <p>The roadmap broadly focuses its initiatives into five key missions:</p> <ol><li><strong>Developing more user-designed services </strong>by promoting more diversity in tech to address inequality; championing the adoption of common standards and launching a Civic Innovation Challenge to spur innovation from the tech sector; establishing London as a test-bed for technological innovation, as well as supporting the development of smart infrastructure and attracting investment in dynamic new businesses. It will match tech startups with leading companies and public bodies to tackle some of London&rsquo;s most pressing problems, including inequality, climate change and London&rsquo;s ageing population.</li> <li><strong>Strike a new deal for city data </strong>through the launch of the London Office for Data Analytics (LODA) programme to increase data sharing and collaboration for the benefit of Londoners; develop a city-wide cyber security strategy to coordinate responses to cyber-threats to businesses, public services and citizens; and support an open ecosystem to increase transparency and innovation.</li> <li><strong>World-class connectivity and smarter streets </strong>through launching a new Connected London programme to coordinate connectivity and 5G projects; enhance public wifi in streets and public buildings to assist those who live, work and visit London; support a new generation of smart infrastructure through major combined procurements; and promote common standards with smart tech to maximise benefits.</li> <li><strong>Enhance digital leadership and skills </strong>by developing workforce digital capability through the Mayor&rsquo;s Skills for Londoners Strategy; and support computing skills and the digital talent pipeline from early years onwards.</li> <li><strong>Improve city-wide collaboration through </strong>a London Office of Technology &amp; Innovation (LOTI) to support common capabilities and standards for future innovation; promote MedTech innovation in the NHS and social care to improve treatment; explore new partnerships with the tech sector and business models; and collaborate with other cities in the UK and globally to adopt and share what works.</li> </ol><p>Theo Blackwell will be sharing further details of the plan at &lsquo;<a href="">Powering London: how technology and data move our city,&rsquo;</a> event which he will be chairing tonight and techUK&rsquo;s Head of Cloud, Data Analytics and AI Sue Daley will also be speaking.</p> <p><strong>Responding to the Smarter London Together roadmap, techUK CEO Julian David commented:</strong></p> <p>&ldquo;The Mayor and London CDO Theo Blackwell should be commended on this comprehensive plan.&nbsp; Theo Blackwell has clearly taken the time to gather the views of the breadth of the community from public servants to industry, to develop a roadmap that puts collaboration, the user and data at the heart of our smart city.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;We welcome the challenge put forward and look forward to working with the Greater London Authority to build the environment where innovation and emerging technologies can flourish, whilst also harnessing digital technology to solve local challenges and create a smart London where citizens and businesses can thrive.&rdquo;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Singapore Ministry of Health Holdings Delegation Mon, 11 Jun 2018 13:39:57 +0100 CRM Sync Invitation from Healthcare UK to pitch your innovative offer <p><strong>*Please see below an invitiation from Healthcare UK*&nbsp;</strong></p> <hr><p>In July Healthcare UK will be hosting a delegation from the Singaporean MOH Holdings (MOHH), the holding company of Singapore&rsquo;s public healthcare clusters &ndash; National University Health System, National Healthcare Group and Singapore Health Services.</p> <p>As well as meeting a range of key stakeholders from the NHS, Department of Health and Social Care and the Department for International Trade the delegation has requested to meet with UK companies and organisations with innovative technology, systems, services and solutions that could be applied to the healthcare system in Singapore.</p> <p>This is an exciting opportunity to showcase the very best of UK innovation in healthcare to a Singaporean delegation interested in inviting UK companies to participate in the MOHH&rsquo;s annual flagship event HI.TEC (Healthcare Infrastructure Technology and Engineering Conference) in 2019. Each year the MOHH selects a country to showcase at HI.TEC with the UK being chosen for 2019.</p> <p>The focus of HI.TEC 2019 will be on sustainability, innovation, technology, and services to provide patient centric, cost effective and efficient healthcare services and infrastructure. However, with the broad remit of the MOHH we are looking for a range of organisations to express an interest.</p> <p>With HI.TEC being the MOHH&rsquo;s flagship event it is well attended by key local and regional healthcare stakeholders offering a good platform for UK companies to showcase their innovations. In addition to this Healthcare UK is planning to send a trade mission to Singapore to coincide with the event and to capitalise on its UK focus.</p> <p><strong>We would like to invite expressions of interest from companies and organisations who are interested working in the Singaporean market as well as wider Southeast Asia, and which have an innovative offer, to pitch to the MOHH delegation with a view to potentially being invited to participate in the Innovation Show element of HI.TEC 2019.</strong></p> <p>More information on MOH Holdings and a very useful video on the MOHH <a href="">website</a>.</p> <hr><p><strong>Event date:</strong><br> 26th July 2018</p> <p><strong>Event location:</strong></p> <p>Department for International Trade, 55 Whitehall, London, SW1A 2EY</p> <p><strong>To register your interest:</strong></p> <p>Please contact us with no more than 300 words outlining your offer and why it is innovative. If available, please include a short case study that demonstrates the effectiveness of your proposition. Please also indicate your availability for a possible evening reception on 25 July.</p> <p>Please submit your expressions of interest <strong>by 15th June 2018 </strong>to <a href=""></a>. There are limited spaces available and EOI&rsquo;s will be examined by our team of specialists and may be sent to the delegation for consideration.</p> <p><strong>For more information about the event please contact:</strong><br> Ciara Dunne, Southeast Asia Programme Manager, Healthcare UK</p> <p>E:&nbsp; <a href=""></a><br> T:&nbsp; +44 7741 704 396T:&nbsp; +44 207 215 3849</p> Welcome to techUK's first podcast - the AI special Mon, 11 Jun 2018 11:40:39 +0100 CRM Sync Sue Daley takes the mic to bring you our latest thoughts on AI with special guests from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and Sage. <p>We&rsquo;ve got lots to talk about at techUK &ndash; providing insights on the latest tech innovation, government decisions and discussing how digital transformation will impact citizens and businesses alike. And today we&rsquo;re launching our <a href="">new techUK podcast</a> so you can access all the latest content for free whilst you are on the move.</p> <p>This month, Sue Daley, head of cloud, data and AI, has been discussing how data and machine learning will change businesses and public services, from discovering why Kriti Sharma from Sage is so fascinated with AI (@15.25) to how Giles Pavey from DWP is using the technology to transform the department (@28:19) to the impact of GDPR with our own Jeremy Lilley (@03.29).</p> <p>Please let us know your thoughts on this edition and what you&rsquo;d like to hear on future podcasts. Happy listening!</p> <p><a href="">techUK's June podcast - the AI special</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> What’s industry’s role in shaping ethical AI? Mon, 11 Jun 2018 11:26:18 +0100 CRM Sync Read the findings of a techUK/Nuffield Foundation workshop exploring the role and responsibilities for industry in embedding ethical AI. <p><em><a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">This was originally posted on the Ada Lovelace Institute website.</span></a><span style="color:#0000FF">&nbsp;</span></em></p> <p><img alt="" src="//" style="float:right; height:286px; margin:5px; width:400px">As part of the development work of the Ada Lovelace Institute, the Nuffield Foundation are hosting a series of stakeholder roundtables, workshops and events that explore:</p> <ul><li>How public legitimacy can be built in the use and development of technology and what public engagement approaches can secure/strengthen legitimacy;</li> <li>How civil society can be supported to shape the development of technology for people and society (&lsquo;civil society in the loop&rsquo;);</li> <li>How technology can help tackle inequality and enable social wellbeing; and</li> <li>What empirical research currently exists about how technology affects people, groups and wider society, but also identifying where the gaps currently are and what we might do to help address those gaps.</li> </ul><p>All of the insights gathered through these events will be informing our prospectus for the Ada Lovelace Institute, alongside early stage research we are commissioning with the Centre for Future Intelligence.</p> <p>As part of its work scoping the Institute the Nuffield Foundation recently convened an interdisciplinary workshop in partnership with techUK, the UK&rsquo;s technology trade association, to better understand &nbsp;the emerging challenges that the development of AI poses for industry, as well as what role the Ada Lovelace Institute might play in tackling them. This workshop was held under Chatham House rules.</p> <p>Participants in this workshop included management consultancies, law firms, HR and organisational consultants, AI and tech developers and suppliers. We brought these people together in dialogue with the Institute&rsquo;s own staff, as well as with researchers we are partnering with at the Cambridge University&rsquo;s Centre for Future Intelligence.</p> <p>This note summarises the key themes discussed.</p> <p><strong>Emerging social and ethical issues:</strong></p> <p>To identify and to scope out the emerging social and ethical issues industry expects it would need to grapple with, we posed the following thought experiment:</p> <p>Imagine you are still working in your sector in 10 years&rsquo; time. What key emerging social and ethical issues do you think your organisation will need to engage with and respond to both externally and internally?</p> <p>There was consensus from the workshop there are a series of social and ethical challenges which must be addressed to build trust in AI and data driven technologies. We have grouped these against four core (and interlinked) issues:</p> <ul><li><strong>A lack of public understanding and inclusive dialogue about technology and society; no responsive interface between those who use and those who are affected</strong></li> <li><strong>Inadequate mechanisms to consider human value and social wellbeing by those developing technology</strong></li> <li><strong>An unequal distribution of the benefits and harms from technology</strong></li> <li><strong>No effective national or global framework for governance</strong></li> </ul><p>&nbsp;</p> <h4><strong>A lack of public understanding and the need for inclusive societal dialogue about AI systems</strong></h4> <p><em>&lsquo;We need better public understanding and more routes to human agency&hellip; can we do this through creating more demand for &lsquo;ethical&rsquo; AI?&rsquo;</em></p> <p>A lack of public understanding and education on AI was identified as a growing issue. Participants flagged the importance of this going beyond an education campaign: as AI is increasingly used in society it would be improve to have a inclusive dialogue between those directly affected by the technologies and those who developed them. As such, participants argued both that it was important to improve wider social dialogue about the ethical and social implications &lsquo;beyond the developers of the technologies&rsquo;, as well as a more responsive and effective interface between those who use and are impacted by the technologies, and those who develop and provide it (inclusive of government as well as industry).</p> <h4><strong>A lack of consideration on human and social well-being by those &nbsp;designing AI/data enabled systems</strong></h4> <p><em>&lsquo;How do you do &lsquo;human accountability&rsquo; in this space?&rsquo;</em></p> <p>Connected to the need for a more responsive dialogue between those who use and are impacted by technologies, &ndash; participants felt &lsquo;human needs&rsquo; failed to be fully considered when designing systems, which were primarily driven by shareholder rather than stakeholder value. Participants viewed the fact that technologies often focused on the maximisation of profit at the exclusion of maximisation of social value:&nbsp; business models which were solely driven by profit may cause future social issues affecting the industry as a whole. It was felt to be critical to be able to ask and answer whether &lsquo;social value&rsquo; (understood broadly as inclusive of building community and social capital, supporting the wellbeing of individuals and communities, and the preservation of the environment) was being delivered with their product, and in what ways it might be detrimental to social value.</p> <p>Some felt that tech systems often failed to take into account, or meet the needs, of those most excluded from society (such as the poorest).</p> <p>Many participants acknowledged a tension that would need to be negotiated between governance structures which supported a social mission, value and purpose, as well as effective business models. However, respondents identified an urgent need to address and tackle emerging market dominance by larger AI and data providers and controllers as part of this question: some participants felt that currently the largest tech companies (&lsquo;GAFA&rsquo;) inherently &lsquo;set the standards&rsquo; in how society is considered given their market share.</p> <p>Participants welcomed the idea of developing and applying an ethical code of conduct; as well as creating the conditions in which a range of business models working with AI were able to flourish and to work.&nbsp;It was highlighted that this is an area of work techUK is already progressing.</p> <h4><strong>An unequal distribution of the benefits and harms from technology</strong></h4> <p><em>&lsquo;To tackle inequality, we need to find ways of distributing the benefits from technology, as well as more global governance&rsquo;</em></p> <p><img alt="" src="//" style="float:right; height:300px; margin:5px; width:262px">Inequality emerged as a key issue for many participants, &nbsp;who felt that technology companies&rsquo; development of tech and decisions had broader social consequences which had to be considered. Many participants saw technologists having a key role in understanding their agency within a larger system, and that this required them to:</p> <ul><li>Think beyond the polarised debate about automation, towards how tech can help build a more economically resilient society</li> <li>Ensure equality of access and inclusion for the technologies, as well as tackling biases or discrimination</li> <li>Broaden the diversity of those who make decisions about and develop technologies, as well as those who influence decision-making; and</li> <li>Acknowledge unintended consequences that emerge, and managing/foreseeing those.</li> </ul><h4><strong>The lack of an effective governance framework nationally and globally</strong></h4> <p><em>&lsquo;How do we build new law and governance structures that can deal with such new and emerging threats and disruptions to society?&rsquo;</em></p> <p>Contributors argued that new ways to think systemically and work collaboratively as businesses, at a global level, would be of critical importance. The new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was seen by some as value in providing the legal basis and foundations for industry to consider ethical questions more holistically.</p> <p>There was thoughtful discussion about the tension between openness &ndash; facilitating innovation in the use of technologies &ndash; and growing geopolitical tensions with some seeing a consensus of promoting co-operation across nations is increasingly at risk.</p> <p>In the longer term (particularly given trends including the rise of nationalism and increasing global tensions), some participants suggested that a global governance framework would be especially helpful; but also flagged the tensions with the rise of populism and nationalism across the globe as potential barriers to enabling this to take place.</p> <p><em>&lsquo;How can technical and regulatory solutions interact better (e.g to solve algorithmic bias) and how can they better complement one another?&rsquo;</em></p> <p>There was much discussion on the need for competent and smarter regulation that struck an appropriate balance between fostering innovation and protecting human rights &ndash; that itself is in service to the mission of building trustworthiness.</p> <p>Some advocated for a more &lsquo;agile&rsquo; form of governance to keep pace with innovation, while others felt governance and regulation was by definition slower and more permanent. Several participants also mentioned the need to have in place new insurance or liability frameworks that could recompense, provide redress or remedy for negative distributional impacts on people.</p> <p>There was collective recognition here for industry to work together to anticipate emerging issues. Participants acknowledge he need to for the community to think and act beyond legal compliance, with a focus on creating the cultural norms, values and corporate leadership (underpinned by effective regulation) which lend itself to a relationship between technology and society that engenders public legitimacy and trust. It was suggested that organisations such as the Ada Lovelace Institute might be able to work with industry and government to consider &lsquo;the bigger picture&rsquo; and look beyond more immediate pressures to provide longer-term thinking to support a society enabled by data and AI.</p> <h4><strong>Ideas to improve ethical practice</strong></h4> <p><em>&lsquo;How do you measure and enforce more ethical practice? Can we even do that?&rsquo;</em></p> <p>Participants identified a number of&nbsp;<strong>skills, tools and capabilities</strong>&nbsp;which industry might need to develop or instill to enable them to grapple with some of these ethical issues. These included:</p> <ul><li><strong>Emphasis on soft ethics and instilling cultural norms:</strong><br> Participants identified a need for a compelling narrative of the value of &lsquo;soft-ethics&rsquo; beyond regulation through: setting corporate values and norms, having corporate social responsibility frameworks; modelling ethical leadership with tone set by management; defining &lsquo;business ethics&rsquo; in data and AI; and shifting cultural and sectoral norms.</li> <li><strong>The capability to anticipate risk and work through specific scenarios:</strong><br> Given the pace of innovation and the scale of potential impact, it was seen as vital to build the capabilities to forecast future AI challenges. This would need to incorporate scenario planning and risk management, as well as developing risk models to enable businesses to make better risk judgements.</li> <li><strong>External accountability systems</strong>&nbsp;which would incorporate initiative and measures such as independent &lsquo;ethical audits&rsquo;, measuring and enforcing ethical practice from beyond industry itself (&lsquo;External ethics insights&rsquo;); and a clearer definition of metrics of success for use of ethical AI and data ( for instance, fostering and promoting innovation as well as promoting wellbeing.</li> <li><strong>Learning from failure and from success: There was a strong sense of the need for self-reflection and evaluation</strong>&nbsp;by understanding, rewarding, modelling and scaling best practices in building ethical AI and Machine Learning, by identifying both what works, and what doesn&rsquo;t.</li> <li><strong>The promotion of cultures of inclusion and diversity</strong>&nbsp;within tech companies that engenders cultural sensitivities and open mindedness</li> <li><strong>The need for the creation of interdisciplinary and multi-practice dialogue</strong>&nbsp;on what ethics looks like and how it works in practice. This would require a common, shared language created around that to avoid the phenomenon of dialogue being &lsquo;lost in translation&rsquo;. Participants suggested a taxonomy of, or shared frameworks for data usage to support a shared language. There is widespread concern that there are many conversations that fail to be sufficiently joined up, and this needs to be considered at a system level: AI may be designed ethically, but its deployment in other contexts may cause harm.</li> <li><strong>Increasing consumer engagement and user involvement and control&nbsp;</strong>over decision-making through involvement and voice at governance level.</li> </ul><h4><strong>Next steps and continuing dialogue</strong></h4> <p>This interdisciplinary workshop was the first of a series of seminars, workshops and roundtables we are hosting in collaboration with partners with a view to engage in an interdisciplinary way with perspectives from industry, academia, think-tanks, civil society and the wider public. This will help inform the work and priorities of the Ada Lovelace Institute, ensuring we reflect diverse viewpoints within its design.</p> <p>Outcomes from this workshop include:</p> <ul><li>A commitment by techUK to continue to engage with the Institute as it develops its thinking.</li> <li>A follow up roundtable discussion to update techUK members on the input received from the other workshops, and to test any conclusions reached</li> <li>techUK will work with the Ada Lovelace Institute to share and test the development of a draft ethical toolkit/framework to help organisations embed ethical thinking into everyday business practices.</li> </ul><p>If you&rsquo;d be interested in finding out more about the work of the institute or future events, <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">please&nbsp;sign up and subscribe to our mailing list online.</span></a></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> A week of celebrating tech in our vibrant capital city Mon, 11 Jun 2018 08:22:15 +0100 CRM Sync Stay tuned here for updates around techUK's activities at London Tech Week 11 - 15 June. <p>London Tech Week has arrived. We hope you all have a jampacked week of interesting events to attend. The team from techUK is dashing around the Capital at a variety of different events focused on leadership, AI and data innovation, public sector transformation and the future of work. Check out our calendar of events <a href="">here</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Latest figures released this morning from Dealroom and Tech Nation for the Government&rsquo;s<a href=""> Digital Economy Council</a> show that London is as vibrant as ever - <a href="">UK contributes 13 of Europe&rsquo;s 34 unicorns, worth 37% or $23bn in value and is the number one destination for tech talent</a> &ndash; and this week celebrates that success while looking to an exciting future.</p> <p>Throughout the week, we&rsquo;ll be sharing our insights from the events that we&rsquo;re attending, and we&rsquo;ll list them below. We&rsquo;d also love to hear from you so please get in touch via <a href="">@techUK</a> and over email.</p> <p>Have a great week!</p> <h2>Monday 11 June</h2> <h3><a href="">London Tech Week: Highlights from day one for international trade</a> - Simon Spier, Head of International Trade, techUK</h3> <h3><a href="">Mayor of London launches Smarter London Together roadmap</a> - Georgina Maratheftis, Programme Manger for Local Government, techUK</h3> <h2>Tuesday 12 June</h2> <h3><a href="">London Tech Week: selling into the public sector</a>&nbsp;- Simon Spier, Head of International Trade, techUK</h3> <h3><a href="">A Smarter London Together: How technology and data move our city</a>&nbsp;- Georgina Maratheftis, Programme Manager for Local Government, techUK</h3> <h3><a href="">techUK at CogX18 </a>- Katherine Mayes,&nbsp;Programme Manager&nbsp;Cloud, Data, Analytics and AI, techUK</h3> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2>Wednesday</h2> <h3><a href="">London Tech Week: Highlights from IoTWorldEurope</a> - Matthew Evans, Executive Director, techUK</h3> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2>Thursday 14 June</h2> <h3><a href="">Congratulations to techUK members recognised in London Tech Week 2018</a> - Katherine Mayes,&nbsp;Programme Manager&nbsp;Cloud, Data, Analytics and AI, techUK</h3> <h2>Friday 15 June</h2> <h3><a href="">London Tech Week: The week in review</a> - Simon Spier, Head of International Trade, techUK</h3> <p>&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Which? launch new report ‘Control, Alt or Delete?' Fri, 08 Jun 2018 13:15:03 +0100 CRM Sync The report, entitled ‘Control, Alt or Delete? The future of consumer data,’ discusses consumer attitude towards collection and use of personal data. <p>On Tuesday 5th June Which? published <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">Control, Alt or Delete? The future of consumer data</span></a>, their latest report on consumer attitudes towards the collection and use of personal data. The report sets out three calls for action:</p> <ul><li><strong>More transparency&nbsp;</strong>- Consumers and their advocates need more transparency about the impact that personal data has on their lives. Which? are calling on the new&nbsp;Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation to take a lead on driving this.</li> <li><strong>Tech check</strong> - The Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation should review the governance of data in motion, with due attention given to creative ways to improve oversight and enforcement.</li> <li><strong>Digital advertising</strong> - The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) should conduct a market study in to the digital advertising industry as a matter of urgency.</li> </ul><p>Speaking at the launch event, Tim Gardam, Chairman at Which? highlighted the widespread feeling of disempowerment amongst consumers who are unsure of the impact data collection, transfer and sharing has on their lives.</p> <p>Despite challenges around privacy, transparency and accountability, Kenneth Cukier, Senior Editor at the Economist was confident that a world shift in attitudes towards the imperative use of data for public good would be quicker than we currently predict. In the future he felt that the failure to use personal data could become the moral equivalent of burning books.</p> <p>The key themes of the report where then discussed in further detail through a panel discussion, chaired by Kate Bevan, Editor at Which? The panel included: Jaqueline de Rojas, techUK; Professor Irene Ng, University of Warwick; Stephen Deadman, Facebook; Kenneth Cukier, Senior Editor at the Economist and James Edgar, Which?</p> <p>The panel discussed the potential impact of an erosion of public trust in data. Jaqueline de Rojas, President at techUK, spoke about the need to bring society along in this debate on data and the importance of personal accountability. &ldquo;Every citizen should think before you click&rdquo;. Stephen Deadman, Global Deputy Chief Privacy Officer at Facebook discussed the concept of having agents to help us manage data on our behalf, similar to how an accountant manages our finances. Tim Gardam, in his closing remarks, described public trust as residing in the balance between a businesses&rsquo; honesty and curiosity.</p> <p><strong>Commenting on the report, Jaqueline de Rojas, President at techUK said:</strong></p> <p><em>&nbsp;&ldquo;It is reassuring to see Which? tackle these important issues head on and ensure that the consumer&rsquo;s voice is heard loud and clear in this debate. The new and updated rights enshrined in GDPR should go a long way to giving consumers confidence in how their data is collected, used and managed.</em></p> <p><em>&nbsp;&ldquo;These rights will only be effective if they are fully understood by the public. That is why techUK is a strong supporter of the &lsquo;Your data matters&rsquo; public education campaign launched by the ICO, and we are happy to see Which? recognise the important roles both the CMA and ICO have to play.</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;This report represents an important contribution in the ongoing debate on how consumers can have trust and confidence around the data revolution which is underway and which will undoubtedly bring about huge benefits in every sector it touches.&rdquo;</em>&nbsp;</p> <p>techUK will be exploring the issues raised in this report through our Digital Ethics Working Group. Members interested in being involved in this work should contact Katherine Mayes.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Watch our European Parliament UK-EU data flows event Fri, 08 Jun 2018 10:30:00 +0100 CRM Sync Watch the video of our June 5 'Importance of continued UK-EU data flows' event at European Parliament here. <p><iframe height="480" src="" width="640"></iframe></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Algorithms in decision-making report published Thu, 07 Jun 2018 13:06:37 +0100 CRM Sync On Wednesday 23rd May, the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee published its report on “Algorithms in decision-making”. <p>On Wednesday 23rd May, the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee published its report on &ldquo;<a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">Algorithms in decision-making</span></a>&rdquo;.</p> <p>The report acknowledged the huge social and economic benefits presented by algorithms to the public sector and wider society, whilst recognising the need to address challenges around data bias, transparency and accountability.</p> <p>Following a two-month inquiry, the Committee has set out a series of recommendations to ensure the responsible use of algorithms. Here is a summary of the Committee&rsquo;s top 5 recommendations:</p> <ol><li>The Government should continue to make public sector datasets available, not just for 'big data' developers but also algorithm developers, through new &lsquo;data trusts&rsquo;. The Government should lead by example by producing, publishing and maintaining a list of where algorithms with significant impacts are being used within Central Government. The intention of this recommendation is to improve transparency and aid private sector involvement.</li> <li>The Government should identify a ministerial champion to provide government-wide oversight of public sector algorithm use, and to co-ordinate departments' approaches to the development and deployment of algorithms and partnerships with the private sector.</li> <li>The Government should immediately task the Centre for Data Ethics &amp; Innovation to evaluate various tools to identify and tackle bias in algorithms and advise on which to prioritise and on how they should be embedded in the private sector as well as in government bodies that share their data with private sector developers.</li> <li>The Centre for Data Ethics &amp; Innovation should examine how explanations for how algorithms work can be required to be of sufficient quality to allow a person to be able to challenge the 'decision' of the algorithm. The &lsquo;right to explanation&rsquo; will be a key part of achieving accountability.</li> <li>The Crown Commercial Service should commission a review to set out a procurement model for algorithms developed with private sector partners which fully realises the value for the public sector.</li> </ol><h4>Commenting on the report, Sue Daley, Head of Cloud, Data and AI, techUK said:</h4> <p><em>"This report comes at a time when the UK has the opportunity to be a global leader not just in the development of AI but also in the governance and ethics of its use.</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;The report highlights the huge social and economic benefits that can come from AI. But it also recognises the challenges around data bias, transparency and accountability that must be addressed. We agree that the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation has a vital role to play in deepening understanding and developing policy on these issues. Time is of the essence and we want to see the Centre up and running as soon as possible.&rdquo;</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;The Committee's focus on the importance of data governance is clearly right. With GDPR about to enter into force, techUK has called for additional resources for the Information Commissioners Office (ICO). The UK is fortunate to have a highly respected data protection regulator &ndash; as data plays an ever more important role in our economy, it is vital that the ICO has the resources it needs to operate effectively and at speed and support the important work of the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation."</em></p> <p>The Government now has two months to respond to the Committee&rsquo;s report. In the meantime, techUK will continue to engage with the Centre for Data Ethics &amp; Innovation, a key player highlighted within the report, through our Digital Ethics Working Group. Members interested in being involved in this work should contact Katherine Mayes.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> TV Manufacturers Set for Football World Cup Boom Wed, 06 Jun 2018 17:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync Latest data on the television market from consumer research panel Kantar Worldpanel ComTech reveals the scale of the opportunity open to manufacturers ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup <p>&ldquo;International events like the World Cup traditionally lead to an uplift in large screen television sales,&rdquo; explained Piers Moore, global director at Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. &ldquo;With one in eight stating that they plan to buy a television in the next 12 months there&rsquo;s a lot to play for, and manufacturers should be using the run up to Russia 2018 to actively compete for a share of this growth. Those looking for a new device for big events like sports tournaments also tend to sit in a higher spending bracket, meaning manufacturers have a real opportunity to push their more expensive models in the coming months.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;The British market for large screen televisions has quadrupled over five years and in the past six months more than a fifth of all consumers who bought a TV settled on models bigger than 55 inches,&rdquo; he added. &ldquo;Large screen televisions have become a battleground for manufacturers, especially the big three &ndash; Samsung, Sony and in particular LG, which is outperforming the competition in Great Britain. We see the same trends across Europe, where some local brands have forced their way into the space &ndash; it&rsquo;s an area they all want to focus on because it guarantees a more premium customer.&rdquo;</p> <p>Improvements in technology now mean that big screens are becoming cheaper without a reduction in picture quality. This is borne out in the performance of OLED and QLED units, which five years ago accounted for less than 1 per cent of television purchases and now have 15 per cent and 3 per cent respectively.</p> <p>&ldquo;OLED and QLED technology has reshaped the British TV industry over the past five years,&rdquo; suggested Moore. &ldquo;Their growth is even more stark in the large screen sector, were OLED now accounts for 32 per cent of all purchases over the past half year &ndash; in 2013 it was zero. And, while the cost for OLED and QLED units hasn&rsquo;t quite fallen into the mainstream price range yet, they are slowly becoming more affordable.&rdquo;</p> <p>Meanwhile, LED screens accounted for 54 per cent of large screen purchases in the past six months. &ldquo;4K and ultra HD LED TVs still offer great picture quality and can look stunning, suiting those who want substance over style and vice versa,&rdquo; noted Moore. &ldquo;Samsung in particular consistently resonates with consumers who are looking for a large screen model with great design, whereas those looking for 4K televisions with the best picture tend to opt for Sony. There&rsquo;s now a wealth of budget options out there like Hisense or Toshiba, both of which offer a 55 inch television for under &pound;500, but in the run up to the World Cup we&rsquo;d expect to see savvy shoppers keeping an eye on deals from premium brands like Samsung.&rdquo;</p> <p>Kantar Worldpanel ComTech&rsquo;s data also revealed the differences in how consumers across Europe approach television purchases. The British are significantly ahead of their European counterparts when it comes to prioritising design and style and, alongside the French, they demand the biggest screen size. The Germans rank energy ratings and efficiency above all else, though this is a low priority in most other European countries.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK members invited to attend Vulnerable Consumer Innovation Sprint Wed, 06 Jun 2018 08:43:59 +0100 CRM Sync Invitation from Innovation for Ageing for innovators to pose your questions and hear first-hand from these experts how you can apply your knowledge and expertise to design solutions to meet challenges faced by vulnerable consumers <p><em>Innovating for Ageing</em>&nbsp;was launched by the&nbsp;<a href="">Just Group&nbsp;</a>and the&nbsp;<a href="">International Longevity Centre (ILC-UK)</a>&nbsp;in January 2018 to identify solutions to the issues faced by vulnerable consumers in later life.</p> <p>The project brings together groups with expertise in working with vulnerable people with experts and innovators who can provide solutions to the problems faced by vulnerable consumers. We would be delighted if you would consider joining us for a workshop to kickstart the world&rsquo;s first vulnerable consumers innovation sprint, as below:&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Tuesday, 19th&nbsp;June 2018; 10:00 &ndash; 13:00<br> London Campus, a Google Space<br> 4-5 Bonhill Street<br> Shoreditch<br> London EC2A 4BX</em>&nbsp;</p> <p>Please register your interest by contacting&nbsp;<u><a href=""></a></u>&nbsp;and we will confirm places closer to the event.<br><br><em>I have ideas for solutions to problems faced by vulnerable consumers &ndash; why should I come?</em></p> <ul><li>Meet experts on vulnerability and learn about the challenges faced by vulnerable consumers</li> <li>Find out details of how to apply for the Innovating for Ageing Awards</li> <li>Identify opportunities for new products and services</li> <li>Gain visibility and profile for your solution and your organisation</li> <li>Demonstrate your expertise</li> </ul><p>We think there is a need for innovation to help us all better support consumers at risk of vulnerability due to, for example, physical disability, illness, dementia or financial exclusion. Innovating for Ageing provides a platform to do this.</p> <p>The Innovating for Ageing project began by asking a wide range of organisations what problems the vulnerable people they work with encounter when accessing goods and services. Our Advisory Board and expert Judging Panel will identify the most significant problems and present these at our workshop, to be held at London Campus, a Google Space.</p> <p>The workshop will feature experts in a range of vulnerabilities who will describe the problems that need to be solved. We are inviting you, as an innovator, to pose your questions and hear first-hand from these experts how you can apply your knowledge and expertise to design solutions to meet the challenges they have identified.</p> <p>The Innovating for Ageing innovation sprint will provide a launchpad for the creation of cutting-edge ideas and solutions to help improve the lives of vulnerable consumers. We want you to be a part of it.</p> <p>After the workshop you will have the summer to submit your ideas for products and services and our expert Judging Panel will narrow entries down to our finalists. By participating you will also have the opportunity to compete in the Innovating for Ageing Awards. The Awards will recognise the best-of-class solutions to each of the problems identified, with solutions to be showcased at a high-profile awards ceremony to be held in central London this Autumn with prizes to be announced.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;ve got any questions about Innovating for Ageing please call us on 020 7340 0440 or drop us an email at<u><a href=""></a></u>. Details are also available on the website at&nbsp;<u><a href=""></a></u>.</p> <p>We look forward to working with you and hope you can join us on Tuesday 19th&nbsp;June.</p> <p>Yours sincerely,</p> <p>Stephen Lowe,&nbsp;<em>Group Communications Director, Just</em></p> <p>David Sinclair,&nbsp;<em>Director, ILC-UK&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</em></p> Today is World Anti-Counterfeiting Day Wed, 06 Jun 2018 08:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync Electrical Safety First report that 1 in 7 UK consumers have fallen victim to counterfeit goods when shopping on line <p>Consumer protection charity Electrical Safety First discovered that 1 in 3 UK residents, the equivalent of 18 million people, have mistakenly purchased a counterfeit electrical item online. These people were led to believe that the product they were buying was genuine, only to discover a fake delivered to their homes, posing a potential risk of electric shock or fire.</p> <p>Millennials are most likely to fall victim to counterfeit scams, as new research shows around half of 25 to 34-year-olds have unwittingly purchased fake electrical goods online. In contrast, less than 10% of people aged 55+ have received a counterfeit item after shopping on e-commerce websites.</p> <p>Electrical Safety First&rsquo;s technical experts identified a variety of frightening safety flaws with the products, including a serious lack of protection from electric shock and the potential to cause a fire. Alarmingly, a number of goods advertised also matched items listed on the Charity&rsquo;s product recall list.</p> <p>The Charity believes many sellers sites must work harder to protect consumers from the dangers of counterfeit goods, as new research shows 1 in 7 people have suffered damage or loss as a result of a fake electrical item they&rsquo;d purchased online.</p> <p>Online shoppers trust Amazon the most, with 85% confident that the site safeguards users from dangerous electrical goods, followed by eBay (66%) Amazon Marketplace (65%) and Fruugo (12%)</p> <p><strong>Phil Buckle, Chief Executive of Electrical Safety First</strong>&nbsp;commented:</p> <p><em>&ldquo;We are appalled to discover how easy it is to buy dangerous electrical goods online. Our investigation uncovered appliances that were visibly substandard, counterfeit or even subject to a recall, with model numbers matching items on our product recall list. Latest figures show card spending on the internet totals &pound;154 billion per year<a href="file://;amp;%20Comms/In%20House%20Activity/Media%20Campaigns/2018-19/Anti%20Counterfeiting%20Awareness%20Day/Final%20press%20release/National/Strictly%20Embargoed%20-%201%20in%203%20Brits%20fall%20victim%20to%20counterfeit%20electrical%20goods%20online%2006.06.18.docx#_edn9">[9]</a>, so it&rsquo;s unsurprising that 1 in 3 of us have mistakenly bought a counterfeit online. It&rsquo;s evident that e-commerce websites must work to improve the way in which they regulate third party sellers to protect consumers from the risks posed by dangerous fake goods.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>ESF provide guidance for consumer and manufacturers. For more in-depth advice on counterfeit items (including what to do if you think you&rsquo;ve bought one) visit the&nbsp;<strong><a href="" target="_blank">Safe Shopping</a> </strong>page on</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> £8 million announced to support reuse & recycling of electrical waste Wed, 06 Jun 2018 07:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync An £8m fund has been announced to support the delivery of the environmentally sound disposal of end of life electronic equipment. <p>Over &pound;8 million, generated by the use of the WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive) Compliance Fee in 2017, will be spent on projects that will support higher levels of reuse and recycling of waste electrical and electronic waste, the Joint Trade Association (JTA) confirmed today.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>The WEEE Compliance Fee was established as a means for Producer Compliance Schemes to discharge some of their obligations on behalf of producers of electronic equipment as an alternative to directly collecting WEEE. The JTA&rsquo;s proposal for the 2017 Compliance Fee was chosen by the Secretary of State for Environment, The Rt. Hon. Michael Gove, earlier this year and following a competitive selection process.</p> <p>The &pound;8 million fund is considerably larger than in previous years. For example, in 2015 the Fund was &pound;45,000 and was used to fund technical research projects only.</p> <p>The first stage of the process, an open call for ideas for technical research projects, opens today. Ideas for projects should be sent to <a href=""></a> by 30 August 2018.&nbsp; Further calls for technical research projects will be held in 2019 and 2020. Across the three years, around &pound;1 million will be invested in research.</p> <p>Among the initial technical projects already confirmed is one that will assess the presence of persistent organic pollutants in plastics arising from waste electricals and electronics, in a project led by ICER, and the development of a mixed WEEE protocol ahead of open scope, in a project led by the WEEE Schemes Forum.</p> <p>A further &pound;4 million will be invested in local projects. In September, local authority groups and the Reuse Network will be invited to present their views for the best approach for working with local authorities and reuse operators.</p> <p>Finally, &pound;3 million will be invested in communications and behaviour change programmes, with spend spread across three years. Later this year, communications and behaviour change experts will be invited to pitch their proposals.</p> <p>For each of the three broad areas &ndash; local projects, technical research and communications and behaviour change programmes &ndash; a panel of experts, drawn from actors across the WEEE system, will be invited to support judging and appraisals of bids.</p> <p>Susanne Baker, Chair of the JTA, and head of techUK&rsquo;s environment and compliance programme said: <em>&ldquo;The size of this year&rsquo;s Fund means that we can make a significant difference to how the UK WEEE regime operates and functions. There is no urgency to spend the money quickly, the focus will instead be spending the fund carefully on projects that can deliver genuine and lasting improvements to the system with the buy-in and support from the community of local authorities, businesses and civic society groups that manage and deal with these products at the end of life.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>More information is available at <a href=""></a>.</p> <p><strong>Background to the WEEE fund:</strong></p> <p>The UK WEEE Regulations aim to address the environmental impacts of waste electrical and electronic equipment by reducing the amount going to landfill by encouraging separate collection and subsequent treatment, reuse, recovery, recycling and environmentally sound disposal. It placed obligations on the producers of electrical and electronic products to finance their collection and recycling.</p> <p>The 2017 WEEE Compliance Fee is administered by Mazars LLP (Mazars) on behalf of the JTA.&nbsp; The JTA is a collective of trade associations representing the vast majority of WEEE producers. Collectively, the members of the trade associations that comprise the JTA employ nearly 1m staff in the UK, in around 7000 companies across all sizes of producers, from the very small to the very large, and supply both the business-to-consumer and business-to-business markets.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> CONTEST: Collaboration at the heart of Counter Terrorism Strategy Tue, 05 Jun 2018 11:02:21 +0100 CRM Sync The new Counter Terrorism Strategy focusses on increasing collaboration across Government, industry and civil society. <p>Yesterday Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, the Home Secretary, published an updated version of the <a href="" target="_blank">UK&rsquo;s Counter Terrorism Strategy (CONTEST)</a>. Last published in 2011, the Prime Minister promised a comprehensive review of CONTEST in light of last year&rsquo;s terrorist attacks in London and Manchester. The revised strategy continues with the framework of the four Ps: Prevent, Pursue, Protect, Prepare.</p> <p>In his speech to launch the strategy the Home Secretary highlighted this iteration&rsquo;s added emphasis on partnership working, locally, nationally, and internationally. At a local level, three multi-agency pilots will be set up to &ldquo;trial ways to improve information sharing and enrich understanding of the threat at the local level, including of closed and closing subjects of interest.&rdquo; These multi-agency centres will be in London, Manchester, and the West Midlands. techUK members have <a href="" target="_blank">long advocated multi-agency collaboration</a> at a local level to improve public safety. Co-operation, collaboration and data sharing between different public sector agencies is perhaps the single most important key to identifying interventions.</p> <p>At a national level, CONTEST commits the Home Office to lead development and coordination of a cross-government science and technology strategy for counterterrorism. <a href="" target="_blank">Working via JSaRC</a> (the operational arm of the Security and Resilience Partnership) the Home Office will co-ordinate security requirements across Government and will work with the private sector to find innovative solutions. This will shape &ldquo;a market space in which small, medium and large companies are able to understand immediate and long term priorities.&rdquo;</p> <p>And the explicit commitment to deepen international security partnerships across the world highlights that the priority of this new strategy is to demonstrate how everyone can help tackle terrorism.</p> <p>There is also a reiteration of the Counter-Terrorism Accelerator Fund, announced earlier this year in the NSCR. This &pound;25m per annum fund has been established to respond to emerging threats and risks more quickly and to introduce innovative and transformational approaches to counter the terrorist threat. techUK shall update members on opportunities arising from this fund in due course.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK meets Foreign Secretary on illegal wildlife crime Tue, 05 Jun 2018 10:27:54 +0100 CRM Sync Ahead of a roundtable on 20 June techUK CEO Julian David met with Boris Johnson along with tech and conservation experts <p><img alt="" src="//" style="height:195px; width:300px"></p> <p>techUK and leading technology businesses met with Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson MP and conservation experts yesterday to examine how tech solutions can help address illegal wildlife crime.</p> <p>The trade in wildlife products sits only behind habitat loss as the biggest threat to wildlife across the globe ahead of the UK <a href="">hosting a conference in October</a> looking at how to eradicate this crime.</p> <p>After the meeting techUK CEO Julian David said:</p> <p><em>&ldquo;Whether it is blockchain to support supply chain transparency and assurance or drones, satellites and the internet of things-enabled solutions to monitor activity in national parks and areas of high scientific interest, new tech is revolutionising conservation across the world. techUK and its members are excited to work with the FCO on a sector led approach to combating illegal wildlife crime.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>The meeting sits ahead of a <strong><a href="">techUK roundtable on 20 June</a> l</strong>ooking at what solutions can make a difference and how the sector can best collaborate to make an impact in the fight against illegal wildlife crime. From DLT products to improve supply chain transparency, through to remote wi-fi and mobile connectivity, IoT, drones or surveillance technologies, we want to hear from any tech business who thinks they can make a difference. Please email <a href=""></a> or register on the event page here.</p> <p><strong>Please see the event page here to resister or email <a href=""></a> for more information.</strong></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK response to Energy Taxation Directive Consultation Tue, 05 Jun 2018 07:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync techUK comments on the effectiveness of this Directive and whether it levels the playing field for data centre operators across Europe. <p>The European Commission is reviewing its Energy Taxation Directive to assess whether it is effective. This Directive sets a minimum level of energy taxation that must be applied across the EU, with some limited exemptions for certain energy intensive sectors.&nbsp; The objectives are to create a common energy market, improve efficiency and safeguard competitiveness.&nbsp; A survey was published &nbsp;<a href=""><strong></strong></a>and we submitted input because the Directive relates to minimum taxes for electricity and touches on issues relating to exemptions for energy intensive businesses.&nbsp; We also submitted a supplementary position paper that provided context for the responses we made to the survey questions, which were rather prescriptive.&nbsp;&nbsp; Our response is summarised by the following points:</p> <ul><li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Data centres are energy intensive because they consolidate IT functions, but far more efficient than the distributed IT they replace.</li> <li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Data is highly mobile so carbon leakage can result from poorly directed taxation.</li> <li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Energy costs vary markedly across Europe:&nbsp; harmonised taxation cannot level a playing field that is not level to start with.</li> <li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Energy taxes are particularly problematic for businesses in countries with high energy costs.</li> <li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Other regions are aggressively marketing their credentials as locations of choice for data centre operators. Energy cost is a primary bargaining chip.</li> <li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; High energy costs in the UK are the result of policy failure and the price for this failure should not be paid by those businesses least able to bear the cost.</li> <li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Energy efficiency measures are more costly to implement with longer payback periods in highly resilient digital infrastructure compared to other industries.</li> <li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Whilst the sector gets some relief through a Climate Change Agreement, this only addresses a fraction of the burden.&nbsp; The UK&rsquo;s CCA scheme has been very effective and should be expanded in scope.</li> <li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Data centres should be included among electro-intensive industries.</li> <li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Current compensation measures are limited to certain manufacturing industries and the focus seems to be on preventing decline rather than protecting growth.&nbsp; This needs review.</li> <li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; To genuinely level the playing field a maximum non commodity charge on energy should be considered.</li> </ul>Contact: <a href=""></a> “New era for rail in Wales” – KeolisAmey awarded Wales & Border Rail Mon, 04 Jun 2018 08:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync “In five years’ time the railway will be unrecognisable from what it is today…We can’t wait to get started” – KeolisAmey to deliver infrastructure upgrades and new trains across Wales <p>As the window to challenge the procurement process has closed,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">the Welsh Government has confirmed that the joint venture between Keolis and Amey</a>, KeolisAmey, will run the franchise starting in October this year.</p> <p>Delivering an expected &pound;5billion investment (over the next 15 years), the &ldquo;biggest ever contract awarded in Wales&rdquo; will run the rail franchise as well as design and deliver the next phase of the South Wales Metro, including the electrification of Valley Lines, in partnership with Transport for Wales.</p> <p>The <a href="" target="_blank">new franchise partnership will</a>:</p> <ul><li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Spend &pound;800 million on trains to boost capacity by 65% and replace the entire current fleet by 2023</li> <li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Ensure that half of the new trains will be built in Wales</li> <li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Instigate a 29% increase in weekday services and 69% on Sundays across Wales</li> <li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Modernise 247 stations and build 5 new ones as part of a &pound;194 million scheme</li> <li>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Create 600 new staff roles and&nbsp;450 new apprenticeships</li> <li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Introduce smart ticketing alongside fare reductions</li> </ul><p>Customers can expect to see increased capacity in December this year along the Valleys Lines and new services running between Chester and Liverpool.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Transport for Wales</a>&nbsp;designed the procurement process around the needs of the customer to deliver dramatically improved rail services across Wales that &ldquo;put more control of regional train services into local hands&rdquo;:</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>The way we shaped this procurement was different. We put passengers&rsquo; priorities at the centre of our thinking and threw out a challenge to all of the bidders to address the concerns they had about seat capacity, journey times and service frequency. People said they wanted affordable fares and newer, cleaner trains and we have worked hard to ensure this is reflected in what we are launching today.</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;">-&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">First Minister Carwyn Jones</a></p> <p>This investment is viewed as more than just an investment in rail services, with CEO of Transport for Wales describing it as &ldquo;an investment in the future prosperity of Wales&rdquo;, ensuring that &ldquo;the people and communities of Wales will be better connected by new and improved rail services, opening up a wealth of employment, leisure and other opportunities.&rdquo;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Digital Leaders Week | 18 - 22 June Wed, 30 May 2018 09:20:41 +0100 CRM Sync The most inspirational week in the Digital Transformation calendar. Digital Leaders Week celebrates, showcases, shares and inspires the best digital transformation across the public, private and nonprofit sectors. <p><img style="height: 260px; width: 730px;" src="//" alt=""></p> <hr><h3>techUK is proud to be a strategic partner for Digital Leaders Week,&nbsp;a national celebration of opportunities, challenges and support for the digital transformation of Britain&rsquo;s businesses, public services and society. Listing over 120 events with 10,000 free places, the week&nbsp;will share, inspire, inform and build the UK&rsquo;s Digital Confidence.&nbsp;</h3> <hr><p>Check below&nbsp;for events in your region:</p> <h4>&nbsp;</h4> <p><strong>London and the South:</strong></p> <p><br> 18 June - London -&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Salon: Cutting through the Hype &ndash; Modern Blockchain Solutions</a></p> <p>19 June - Brighton -&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Workshop: Future skills</a>&nbsp;</p> <p>19 June - Devon -&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Seminar: Boost your business &ndash; Leadership for the future</a></p> <p>19 June - London -&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Workshop: Google Digital Garage Marketing &amp; Media skills</a></p> <p>19 June - London -&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Salon: Smart data, smart citizens, smarter organisations</a></p> <p>19 June - Devon -&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Salon: Digital Transformation &ndash; Devilish detail in the real world</a></p> <p>20 June - Devon -&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Briefing: Director&rsquo;s Breakfast Meeting&nbsp;</a></p> <p>20 June - Bristol - <a href="" target="_blank">Seminar: Cyber Security &ndash; Breach Prevention, Response &amp; GDPR</a></p> <p>20 June - Woking -&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Seminar: How data can skyrocket genuine digital transformation</a></p> <p>20 June - London - <a href="" target="_blank">Salon: GDPR is Here &ndash; What Next?</a></p> <p>20 June&nbsp;- London -&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Salon: How can Tech SMEs establish a diverse workforce?</a>&nbsp;</p> <p>20 June&nbsp;- London -&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Seminar: Intelligent World &ndash; Building Better Software</a></p> <p>20 June&nbsp;- London -&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Workshop: Building your freelance talent pools</a></p> <p>20 June&nbsp;- London -&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Salon: Measuring the impact of community programmes and CSR</a></p> <p>21&nbsp;June&nbsp;- London -&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">National Digital Conference 2018 &ndash; Transform</a></p> <p><br><strong>The Midlands:</strong><br><br> 18 June - Birmingham -&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Annual Lecture 2018 &ndash; From Smart Cities to IoT: Realising Opportunity in a Digital Future</a></p> <p>20 June - Birmingham -&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Workshop: Cybersecurity, risk and reality</a></p> <p>21 June - Derby -&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Masterclass: Circular Solutions for SMEs</a></p> <p>21 June - Norfolk -&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Workshop: Google Analytics &ndash; Measure, report &amp; make more money online</a></p> <p>21 June - Market Harborough -&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Workshop: Using data to grow your business</a></p> <p><br><br><strong>North of England:</strong></p> <p>18 June - Leeds -&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Meeting: Northinvest &amp; aql host Angel Investor</a></p> <p>18&nbsp;June - Settle -&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Briefing: Digital Safety &ndash; Living in a Digital World</a></p> <p>19 June - Bradford -&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Conference: BAME women &ndash; an untapped asset in the economy</a></p> <p>20 June - Wallsend -&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Salon: AI, chatbots and the future for humans</a></p> <p>20 June - Leeds -&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Workshop: Unlocking the Power of the Cloud</a></p> <p>20 June - Manchester -&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Salon: The Next Wave &ndash; Innovations in Digital Transformation</a></p> <p>20 June - Manchester -&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Conference: The SME Digital 4.0</a></p> <p><br><strong>Wales and Ireland:</strong></p> <p>19&nbsp;June -&nbsp;Llandudno - <a href="" target="_blank">Workshop: Superfast Business Wales &ndash; Lets get Digital</a></p> <p>20 June -&nbsp;Neath - <a href="" target="_blank">Workshop: Superfast Business Wales &ndash; Winning with SEO</a>&nbsp;</p> <p>20 June -&nbsp;Merthyr Tudful - <a href="" target="_blank">Workshop: Superfast Business Wales &ndash; Winning with Social Media</a></p> <p>20 June - Sandyford -&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Seminar: How to stay ahead in the 21st century</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Webinars:</strong></p> <p>18 June -&nbsp;Webinar: <a href="" target="_blank">Managing the Cultural Mindset in Digital Transformation</a></p> <p>19 June - Youtube Live: <a href="" target="_blank">Innovation in Marketing</a></p> <p>20 June -&nbsp;Webinar: <a href="" target="_blank">Are you ready for the age of the .Brand?</a></p> <p>20 June -&nbsp;Webinar: <a href="" target="_blank">RegTech &ndash; Do Believe the Hype!</a></p> <p>21&nbsp;June -&nbsp;Webinar: <a href="" target="_blank">SEO and domain endings &ndash; what you need to know to stay ahead</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <hr><p>Visit the <a href="" target="_blank">Digital Leaders website here</a>&nbsp;and see the <a href="" target="_blank">full list of Digital Leaders Week events here</a>.</p> techUK comment on Michel Barnier’s speech on data protection Wed, 30 May 2018 08:31:32 +0100 CRM Sync Read techUK Deputy CEO Antony Walker's comment on Michel Barnier’s speech on the UK Government’s proposals for a relationship on data protection. <p><strong>Commenting on the Michel Barnier&rsquo;s speech on the UK Government&rsquo;s proposals for a relationship on data protection, Antony Walker, deputy CEO at techUK, said:</strong></p> <p><em>&ldquo;Clearly there is a need for political will on both sides, but the very point of the agreement the UK Government is seeking would be to address the areas of uncertainty that Mr. Barnier set out in his speech. </em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;Mechanisms will have to be found to address infringement processes, questions around future divergence and a uniform interpretation of the rules. Enabling an ongoing role for the ICO on the European Data Protection Board would help, rather than hinder, future coordination between the UK and EU on these key issues, all of which will be in the mutual interest of UK and EU businesses and citizens.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>If you want to read further around data protection, head over to our<a href="">&nbsp;techUK Data Protection Week page which is filled with opinions from leading stakeholders and businesses</a>&nbsp;in the UK.&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> GovTech Fund Competition: Tackling terrorist still imagery online Tue, 29 May 2018 10:24:21 +0100 CRM Sync The GovTech Fund has launched a competition to find tech solutions to help with identifying Daesh still-imagery online. <p>Earlier this month the Government <a href="" target="_blank">announced the first round of competitions</a> for tech specialists to tackle social challenges at the government&rsquo;s flagship digital conference, Sprint 18. The competitions will be delivered using the &pound;20m GovTech fund launched by the Prime Minister in November 2017.</p> <p>Applications are now open for the first of these competitions, finding innovative tech solutions to identify, catalogue and analyse terrorist still imagery online.</p> <p>Terrorist group Daesh uses both video and still imagery to recruit and radicalise people online. The Home Office has a tool that <a href="" target="_blank">allows them to identify this video content</a> with up to 99.995% accuracy, but has not been able to achieve that with still images.</p> <p>Home Office research shows that more than two-thirds of terrorist propaganda disseminated online is still imagery. And so this competition is seeking solutions from innovative tech companies to meet this challenge. The winning companies will be awarded up to &pound;50,000 to develop their ideas, with a further &pound;500,000 available to continue development and test solutions.</p> <p>Companies interested in the Home Office&rsquo;s &lsquo;Identifying Daesh still imagery&rsquo; challenge can <strong><a href="" target="_blank">pitch using the Innovation Funding Service</a></strong>, which has all the details on how to apply, funding, project scope and challenge context. <strong>Registration for this competition closes on 20 June.</strong></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Response to Internet Safety Strategy Green Paper signals movement Thu, 24 May 2018 13:53:52 +0100 CRM Sync techUK’s Senior Policy Manager Ben Bradley analyses the Government’s newly published response to the Internet Safety Strategy Green Paper and looks at what next <p>Matt Hancock and Margot James had a busy Sunday touring the TV&nbsp;and radio studios to plug what is essentially a Government response to its own Green Paper. That may sound a little odd, but the Internet Safety Strategy, one of the pillars of the Government&rsquo;s Digital Charter, is an issue that politicians believe has real resonance with the public.</p> <p>The response outlines steps the Government could take to help achieve its stated aim for the UK to be the safest place to be online. It tackles issues such as a Code of Practice for social media companies, transparency reporting, online advertising, and limitations to liability.</p> <h3>The Draft Social Media Code of Practice tackling abusive content online:</h3> <p>The proposed statutory code of practice would provide guidance to social media providers on appropriate reporting mechanisms and moderation processes to tackle abusive content. By setting out clear standards for industry, the government wants to make sure there is improved support for users online, and that more companies are taking consistent action to tackle abuse.</p> <p>Tackling online harms is a key priority for technology companies. The major social media platforms are investing heavily in people, processes and new technology to tackle the misuse of their platforms. The response recognises that that these companies are working constructively with Government. Significant volumes of harmful and illegal content are now identified and removed before they have been viewed or accessed online.&nbsp; No-one believes that is it is a case of job done and there is real commitment to building on progress.</p> <p>The Code of Practice must be careful not to hinder these existing efforts, enabled under self-regulatory regimes. A principles-based framework, that allows companies to innovate in how to meet their obligations, will be the most effective method in achieving the Government&rsquo;s aims.</p> <p>The Government&rsquo;s has indicated its commitment not to be overly prescriptive about how companies meet their obligations under the code. techUK has made clear its view that this approach should be maintained.</p> <p>The work of social media platforms should not take place in a vacuum. Any technical solutions by companies to enforce the Code of Practice should be supported by wider efforts to reduce the amount of harmful content being posted, including the better coordination of action in schools to build digital resilience. Enforcement officials also need to have the guidance and training necessary to be able to respond to crimes committed online. The notion that the online and offline world is covered by different rules helps no-one.&nbsp;</p> <h3>The Draft Transparency Report:</h3> <p>The largest social media companies such as Google, Facebook and Twitter have all published transparency reports over recent months. While the biggest companies have the staff and tools to meet these requirements, the transparency report may place a significant compliance burden on some of the smallest social media sites.</p> <p>The Government response suggests that any company with more than 250,000 users in the UK will be required to sign up to the Code of Practice and produce a transparency report. Compared to a traditional business where a similar number of customers would be significant, a social media platform of that size is likely to be small with much more limited resources. A careful balance therefore needs to be struck to ensure that the regulatory requirements imposed on small new entrants does not become a barrier either to market entry or to the ability to scale. Doing so would risk entrenching the position of incumbents and inhibit innovation.</p> <p>In developing the Transparency Report we would urge the Government to think about the metrics to be used. It is essential that they provide an effective mechanism for true reflection of the progress being made in tackling harmful content. For example, action by sites to reduce harmful content and make users more aware of the tools and redress options available to them may well lead to an increase in the number of flagged videos. Under the report this rise in flagged reports could be misinterpreted as a negative development unless there is a clear understanding of the reasons behind it. Establishing strong metrics that provide an accurate picture of progress will be key to building confidence in the value of these reports.</p> <h3>The review of online advertising and social media levy:</h3> <p>Amidst high profile political campaigns and revelations such as Cambridge Analytica there is much debate about the implications of digital innovation, such as targeted advertising, on individuals and society. It is right we have this debate, but any changes or new regulation should be based on informed debate, acknowledging both the challenges and opportunities posed by these new technologies.</p> <p>The importance of online advertising to the internet cannot be understated; it is the backbone that has enabled the provision of countless free to use services from search engines to video hosting, that we all rely on day-to-day, and provide a huge consumer surplus.</p> <p>This is why the new Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation is critical. We look forward to working closely with the Centre as it looks at these kinds of issues so we can get them right, and not harm the ecosystem that supports thousands of online platforms and content creators across the UK. techUK has been a strong advocate of the need to build centers of expertise with the capability and capacity to drive practical progress on these issues. The UK can and should seek to be at the forefront of answering some of the most challenging questions that will define the digital age.</p> <p>The Government&rsquo;s acknowledgement of the industry&rsquo;s wide range of work to tackle online harms and the difficulty of reallocating resources without disturbing the status quo is welcome. It is clear from the Green Paper&rsquo;s responses few people think a centralised social media levy is the most effective way to tackle online harms. The industry is committed to continued engagement with the Government in upcoming roundtables to help develop a proportionate solution that supports existing initiatives while helping reduce duplication of efforts.</p> <h3>Next steps:</h3> <p>While Hancock has repeatedly committed to legislation over the past few days, what this legislation will target is still far from clear. Rather than starting with legislation as a starting point we should consider what the fastest, most targeted and effective way to tackle harmful content is.</p> <p>Undefined legislation, which is &ldquo;a couple of years&rdquo; away according to Hancock, is unlikely to be the most effective or fastest solution. Instead we should focus on how we can change the existing framework right now to make the system as effective as can be.</p> <p>Industry will continue to invest and innovate to protect users online, but there is more that can be done to support this work. When reviewing flagged content one of the biggest challenges companies face in removing harmful content online is making decisions where there is a lack of legal definition.</p> <p>One reason industry action on child abuse imagery has been so effective is not just because of the moral and legal obligations on companies, but because of it&rsquo;s very clear, black and white, nature. This is not the same with harmful but non-illegal content, where private companies must make difficult decisions which may encroach on freedom of expression. &nbsp;</p> <p>The Government can help improve the existing framework by providing clarification on grey areas of the law and providing legal definitions for terms such as &ldquo;harmful content&rdquo; and &ldquo;offensive communications&rdquo;. By doing so companies will be better enabled to make difficult decisions.</p> <p>With a White Paper on the horizon it is clear that the Green Paper delivered a green light for action.</p> <p>techUK is committed to engaging constructively with Government to find solutions that work.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK comments on plans for UK-EU Partnership around Data Protection Wed, 23 May 2018 12:51:45 +0100 CRM Sync Read techUK Deputy CEO Antony Walker's comment on the Government's newly released presentation on a future UK-EU partnership on data protection. <p><strong>Commenting on the Government&rsquo;s publication of a presentation on its vision for the future UK-EU&nbsp;Partnership around data protection, Antony Walker, deputy CEO at techUK, said:</strong></p> <p>We strongly support the UK Government&rsquo;s proposal for a data protection partnership. techUK has long argued that it is in the interests of both the UK and the EU27 to have continued alignment and a close relationship on data protection. The UK Data Protection Bill is due to receive Royal Assent today demonstrating the UK&rsquo;s commitment for close alignment with EU data protection rules. The slides published by the Government today make a strong and compelling case for why the UK and the EU should agree a close partnership on data protection.</p> <p>Data flows are a vital underpinning of international trade in a global digital economy.. The continued free flow of data, via mutual adequacy agreements, between the UK and the EU post-Brexit is crucial for organisations of every size and sector. The European data economy is expected to be worth &euro;739 billion by 2020 and data flows will be key to achieving that.</p> <p>The UK Information Commissioner&rsquo;s Office is well-respected at EU-level and has been a significant contributor to discussions around EU data protection policy. Continued ICO involvement on the European Data Protection Board is in the interest of both the EU and the UK. The ICO was a key player in the development of the upcoming GDPR and other EU data protection authorities often look to the ICO for leadership.</p> <p>techUK supports the Government&rsquo;s ambitions on data protection. We encourage the EU to recognise the mutual benefits of a continued close relationship on data protection, and to commit to having those discussions now.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK & Cogx talk AI ethics Wed, 23 May 2018 12:31:32 +0100 CRM Sync techUK is proud to be supporting the upcoming Cogx Festival of all things AI event. <p><img alt="" src="//" style="float:left; height:156px; margin:5px; width:500px">On 11 &ndash; 12 June techUK is proud to be supporting the upcoming <u>Cogx Festival of All things AI</u> event happening taking place at the Tobacco Dock during London Tech Week. CogX 2018 brings together 4,000 attendees and 300 speakers across 5 main stages, more than doubling the size of the acclaimed inaugural 2017 event. On 11 June from 12.00 &ndash; 13.00,&nbsp;techUK&rsquo;s Deputy CEO Antony Walker will be chairing a techUK panel of leading experts discussing the issue of ethics beyond just the introduction of GDPR and how businesses can think and act beyond legal compliance.</p> <p>The current global digital ethics debate comes at a time when businesses are focused on complying&nbsp;with the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Compared to hard regulation, ethics can sound academic and ethereal, disconnected from the practical realities of running and growing a business.&nbsp;But this isn't the case. Ethics is about decision-making. Something that businesses do day-in day-out. Thinking about the ethical implications of innovation in new technology can sound difficult and&nbsp;daunting - a mire to get bogged down in. But when it comes to AI,&nbsp;sound ethical decisions are also likely to be sound business decisions. So how can businesses build ethics into the way they work and think? What kind of tools can help in guiding ethical decision making and what capabilities and capacities do companies need to build across their organisations&nbsp;to identify, consider and address ethical concerns?&nbsp;And does GDPR compliance help or hinder businesses that want to do the right thing?</p> <p>A panel of leading speakers will discuss how ethics can be mainstreamed into businesses focused on pioneering new technologies; the link between regulatory compliance and wider ethical considerations; the role of emerging ethical frameworks being developed by organisations around&nbsp;the world and the potential for simple tools and processes that can help keep businesses on the right track.&nbsp;The panel will also identify examples of best practice and lessons that can be learnt from companies that have already taken an ethical approach to decision making.</p> <p>Speakers will include:</p> <ul><li>Dame Colette Bowe, Chairman of the Nuffield Foundation Advisory Group on Data Ethics</li> <li>Hetan Shah, Executive Director, Royal Statistical Society</li> <li>Rachel Coldicutt, CEO, Doteveryone</li> <li>Francesca Rossi,&nbsp; AI Ethics Global Leader, Distinguished Research Staff Member, IBM</li> </ul><p>techUK has secured a 10% discount for techUK members wanting to attend the Cogx event. To book your tickets head to the <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">Cogx website </span></a>and use the following code, which expires on the 31st May:<br><br><strong>Code: CogX18TechUK</strong></p> <p>For further information on the techUK panel and the Cogx event itself please contact <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF"></span></a>.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK comment on Algorithms in Decision-Making report Wed, 23 May 2018 08:51:56 +0100 CRM Sync Sue Daley, techUK Head of Cloud, Data and AI, comments on the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee Report entitled Algorithms in Decision-Making. <p><strong>Commenting on the report released by the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee Report entitled Algorithms in&nbsp;Decision-Making, Sue Daley, Head of Cloud, Data and AI, techUK said:</strong></p> <p><em>"This report comes at a time when the UK has the opportunity to be a global leader not just in the development of AI but also in the governance and ethics of its use.</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;The report highlights the huge social and economic benefits that can come from AI. But it also recognises the challenges around data bias, transparency and accountability that must be addressed. We agree that the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation has a vital role to play in deepening understanding and developing policy on these issues. Time is of the essence and we want to see the Centre up and running as soon as possible.&rdquo;</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;The Committee's focus on the importance of data governance is clearly right. With GDPR about to enter into force, techUK has called for additional resources for the Information Commissioners Office (ICO). The UK is fortunate to have a highly respected data protection regulator &ndash; as data plays an ever more important role in our economy, it is vital that the ICO has the resources it needs to operate effectively and at speed and support the important work of the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation."</em></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Briefing Note on Heat Network Regulation for Data Centres Wed, 23 May 2018 07:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync Read our latest Compliance Nuts and Bolts Guidance for Data Centres, which relates to the Heat Network Regulation. Operators should be aware of this but, fortunately, are unlikely to be affected by it. <p>Please click below to download the document.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Defence Secretary Announces Flagship Artificial Intelligence Lab Tue, 22 May 2018 11:19:55 +0100 CRM Sync Following the first ever joint US-UK Defence Innovation Board meeting on 21 May, the Defence Secretary has announced the creation of a new artificial intelligence lab to explore how AI can address challenges and provide a military advantage <p>As part of the MOD&rsquo;s commitment to pursue and deliver future capabilities, the Defence Secretary announced the launch of AI Lab &ndash; a single flagship for Artificial Intelligence, machine learning and data science at Dstl in Porton Down. AI Lab will enhance and accelerate the UK&rsquo;s world-class capability in the application of AI-related technologies to Defence and Security challenges. Dstl currently delivers more than &pound;20 million of research related to AI and this is forecast to grow significantly.</p> <p>AI Lab will engage in high-level research on areas from autonomous vehicles to intelligent systems; from countering fake news to using information to deter and de-escalate conflicts; and from enhanced computer network defences to improved decision aids for commanders. AI Lab provides tremendous opportunities to help keep the British public safe from a range of defence and security threats. This new creation will help Dstl contribute more fully to this vital challenge.</p> <p>The joint the US-UK Defence Innovation Board meeting enabled experts from across Defence and industry in the UK and US, to meet and discuss their experiences and innovation priorities.</p> <p>Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said:</p> <p><strong>&ldquo;The relationship we have with our American partners is indispensable to both our nations. In the face of evolving global threats, we must harness new technologies and approaches to stay ahead of our adversaries and keep us safe.</strong></p> <p><strong>Today&rsquo;s meeting of military and scientific minds from both sides of the Atlantic encourages our best and brightest to develop new capabilities in everything from Artificial Intelligence and autonomous weapons to advanced cyber and robotics&rdquo;.</strong></p> <p>Building upon this hugely important area of research, the Defence Secretary also announced a reciprocal UK Defence Innovation Board visit to the US later this year which will develop joint recommendations based on the needs of the MOD and its American partners.</p> <p>In addition, the UK&rsquo;s Defence External Advisory Panel has published findings from their independent report which examines how the MOD can become &lsquo;innovative by instinct&rsquo;. The report highlighted a requirement to expand capabilities in cyber defence and information technology systems but also the need to streamline procurement processes and the implementation of ground-breaking abilities.</p> <p>For the official government announcement, <a href=""><u>please click here</u></a>.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> Defence Secretary launches UK's first Defence Space Strategy Mon, 21 May 2018 12:05:35 +0100 CRM Sync Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has today announced the launch of the UK’s first Defence Space Strategy and pledged an uplift in expertise to ensure the UK remains at the forefront of the space domain. <p>With an increasing amount of the UK&rsquo;s military systems now dependent on space technology, the MOD has today announced that RAF Air Command has assumed responsibility for command and control of UK military space operations to defend the UK&rsquo;s interests in space. The Defence Secretary has also confirmed his intention to boost the 500 personnel currently working in the UK defence space sector by a fifth over the next five years, taking the total to over 600. The new Defence Space Strategy, expected in the summer, will set out plans to protect UK operations against emerging space-based threats such as jamming of civilian satellites used for broadcasters and satellite navigation to support military capabilities.</p> <p>Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said:</p> <p>"We must make sure we are primed and ready to deter and counter the intensifying threats to our everyday life that are emerging in space. That&rsquo;s why today I&rsquo;m announcing the RAF is taking the lead in this area and why we plan to increase the number of personnel covering space.</p> <p>Satellite technology is not just a crucial tool for our Armed Forces but vital to our way of life, whether that be access to our mobile phones, the internet or television. It is essential we protect our interests and assets from potential adversaries who seek to cause major disruption and do us harm.</p> <p>Britain is a world leader in the space industry and our defence scientists and military personnel have played a central role in the development of the EU&rsquo;s Galileo satellite programme alongside British companies, so it is important we also review our contribution and how we plan for alternative systems in this crucial area."</p> <p>As part of the EU&rsquo;s Galileo programme, UK companies have led the way in developing innovative satellite technology. The UK has contributed &euro;1.4bn (&pound;1.2bn) in funding to the programme and provided vital ground infrastructure in the Falklands and the Ascension Islands. Participation in Galileo with the appropriate level of access and involvement remains the MOD's preferred option, however the department is working on alternative options, and as part of this will work with the UK Space Agency to explore opportunities for UK companies.</p> <p>techUK will seek to engage with the MOD on the the development of the new strategy once it is published in the summer, so that its content reflects the views and suggestions of our members.</p> <p>For more information on the official announcement of the UK Defence Space Strategy, as well as comments from the Minister for Defence Procurement and the Chief of the Air Staff on the launch, <a href="">please click here</a>.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK Calls on Gov for a Definitive Plan for Digital Radio Switchover Mon, 21 May 2018 11:24:46 +0100 CRM Sync With the milestone 50% listening figure now breached (Source: Rajar). techUK call on a timetable for switchover <p><strong>techUK calls on Government for a definitive plan for digital radio switchover and to finish the job it started</strong></p> <ul><li>Majority of UK Radio listening (50.9%) is now via a digital platform (Source: RAJAR, May 2018)</li> <li>62.8% of the UK population now listen to radio via a digital platform (Source: RAJAR)</li> <li>Industry has met the Government criteria on digItal coverage and listening, triggering a switchover review</li> <li>Over 35 million DAB digital receivers have been sold in the UK to date (GFK, SMMT/CAP).</li> <li>techUK calls on Government and Broadcasters to agree a clear plan and timeline for a fully digital radio future</li> <li>Radio listeners are urged to buy digitally-enabled devices to ensure they can receive the full breadth of stations and continue to receive their favourite stations after switchover</li> </ul><p>Digital Radio has come a long way since its UK launch in 1995. The industry has collectively invested heavily in developing content, devices and terrestrial (DAB) and IP distribution networks that now reach over 97% of UK homes for national BBC stations, over 90% of homes for local DAB coverage and over 75% of the UK road network (Ofcom). In the UK, more than 35 million digital radios have been sold and more than 90% of new cars now come with DAB.</p> <p>Digital Radio offers listeners more choice. DAB Digital radio offers double the number of stations compared to FM/AM, with more than 250 broadcasting across the UK. Listeners can also benefit from better sound quality and on-screen/ display information.</p> <p>Digital Radio has always been positioned as the future of radio, a replacement to the aging analogue network. The additional costs (in part borne by the BBC licence fee payer) of dual analogue/ digital transmissions were planned to be removed once a full transiition to digital only distribution could be achieved.</p> <p>In a letter to ministers Paul Hide, Director of Market Engagment and Membership, emphasised that &ldquo;Now is the time to put plans in place to finish the job we have started. A clear decision, date and timetable needs to be put in place to allow the listener and industry to prepare for an eventual switchover. A failure to follow through and finish the job started will damage the credibility and attractiveness of radio and risks damaging the UK radio industry. Industry needs certainty to plan for a digital future and listerners need clarity to encourage them to purchase devices that will continue to work in a digital only world.&rdquo;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> NCSC and ICO publish cyber security guidance on GDPR Fri, 18 May 2018 14:45:21 +0100 CRM Sync The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will take effect on the 25th May and in support of that the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has worked with theInformation Commissoners' Office (ICO) to develop a set of GDPR Security Outcomes. <p><strong>What does the GDPR mean for cyber security?</strong></p> <p>The GDPR requires that personal data must be processed securely using appropriate technical and organisational measures.&nbsp;The Regulation does not mandate a specific set of cyber security measures but rather expects you to take &lsquo;appropriate&rsquo; action. In other words you need to&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow">manage risk</a>. What is appropriate for you will depend upon your circumstances as well as the data you are processing and therefore the risks posed, however there is an expectation&nbsp;you have minimal, established security measures in place. The security measures must be designed into your systems at the outset (referred to as Privacy by Design) and maintained effective throughout the life of your system.</p> <p>The NCSC have worked with the ICO to develop a set of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow">GDPR Security Outcomes</a>. This guidance provides an overview of what the GDPR says about security and describes a set of security related outcomes that all organisations processing personal data should seek to achieve. The approach is based on four top level aims:</p> <ul><li>manage security risk</li> <li>protect personal data against cyber attack</li> <li>detect security events, and</li> <li>minimise the impact</li> </ul><p>A good starting point for advice on implementing security measures for the GDPR is existing good cyber security guidance. Some good sources of information include our&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow">10 Steps to Cyber Security</a>,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow">Small Business Guide</a>&nbsp;or the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow">Cyber Essentials</a>&nbsp;scheme. You can also share information, advice and intelligence about cyber risks online by joining our&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow">CISP community</a>.</p> <h4><strong>Reporting incidents involving personal data</strong></h4> <p>If you are affected by an incident which involves (or is likely to involve) a breach of personal data, then you are likely to have an obligation under the GDPR to notify the ICO. The ICO provide more detailed&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow">guidance</a>&nbsp;on their website about what constitutes a notifiable breach, preparing and responding to breaches.</p> <p>You may also wish to&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow">report significant cyber incidents</a>&nbsp;to the NCSC. If the incident is likely to have a national impact then we will seek to provide support, subject to resource constraints. National impact includes harm to national security, the economy, public confidence, or public health and safety. We would also welcome notification of incidents &lsquo;for information&rsquo; which you feel may be of interest, for example incidents which may contribute to our understanding of adversary activity, inform the guidance we provide, or help other organisations.</p> <p>Incidents below national threshold should be reported to&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow">Action Fraud</a>&nbsp;&ndash; the UK&rsquo;s national fraud and cyber crime reporting centre or, if you're in Scotland, then reports should be made to&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow">Police Scotland</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>The&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow">Information Commissioner&rsquo;s Office</a>&nbsp;(ICO) is the UK's supervisory authority for the GDPR and is responsible for promoting and enforcing the legislation, as well as providing advice and guidance to organisations and individuals. The ICO&nbsp;has published a lot of helpful guidance on&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow">its website</a>. This should be your first port of call for any overarching GDPR queries you might have.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">The GDPR Security Outcomes can be read here in full</a></p> Digital Policing Review: Technology Futures Operations Fri, 18 May 2018 12:52:23 +0100 CRM Sync Vigilant Research's latest report is an examination of the current state and resourcing of technology futures operations within the UK police service. <p>As part of the Digital Policing Review, Vigilant Research has published a report on <strong>Technology Futures&nbsp;Operations</strong>. This research was proposed by the National Police Technology Council, and it examines the current state and resourcing of technology futures operations within the UK police service, considers operating models for the capability within comparable businesses and the technology industry, categorises and sets out policing&rsquo;s technology futures requirements, reviews the external sources of technology futures insight and proposes appropriate objectives for a centralised police technology futures capability.</p> <p>The paper confirms that the service has much to gain from technology futures insight which is shaped by the police technology community and suggests some proposals for improving capability by harmonizing operations to which technology futures activities are well suited.</p> <p>If techUK members would like a complimentary copy of the report from Vigilant Research, please contact <a href="" target="_blank">Henry Rex</a>.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Open University Disabled Veterans Scholarship Fund Fri, 18 May 2018 11:22:08 +0100 CRM Sync The Open University has launched a new scholarship for disabled veterans, and techUK members are invited to promote and partner with the OU to support this worthy cause. <p>On 8 May, techUK&rsquo;s Defence &amp; Security Board hosted a session with the Open University&nbsp; (OU), who are offering <a href="">a full scholarship for Disabled Veterans</a>.</p> <p>The Disabled Veterans&rsquo; Scholarships Fund will seek to provide 100 full fee waiver scholarships (or equivalent), and a wraparound disability and careers support service, to enable disabled veterans, injured in or due to military service, access to free OU education and specialist support, ensuring that students are able to take full advantage of educational opportunities. Study may take the form of an introductory access module, a first Level 1 module, or an entire undergraduate or postgraduate qualification; dependent on the needs and objectives of the applicant.</p> <p>The scheme, supported by a bespoke team of advisors, will draw on the OU&rsquo;s fifty years of experience in providing education to disabled students.&nbsp; Currently with a disabled student community of over 23,000 students, the OU is expert in providing extraordinary support to students experiencing an array of physical and mental disabilities.</p> <p>During the board meeting, the OU outlined some ways industry can get involved and support the fund. These are:</p> <ol><li><strong>Promotion</strong>: techUK members can promote the fund within their companies, and to their networks, to help the OU reach a wide community of stakeholders. The flyer attached to this insight can be used to do this, or the OU can be invited to speak at company events and meetings.</li> <li><strong>Partnership</strong>:&nbsp;techUK members can support named scholarships or the disability and careers support services. Companies can do this directly or through introducing the OU to their networks and contacts.</li> <li><strong>Events</strong>: : The University is planning a series of events in the Autumn and New Year to help promote and fundraise for the Fund. Any assistance with venues or advice for these would be most welcome.&nbsp;</li> </ol><p>Attached to this insight is a flyer which gives more information on the fund.</p> <p>If you would like to get involved and support this worthy cause, please contact <a href="">Sam Toolan</a> or +44 (0) 7929 614 760</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Guest Blog: Bird & Bird on the NIS Directive Tue, 15 May 2018 08:22:10 +0100 CRM Sync Following the implementation date of the NIS Directive: are Digital Service Providers (DSPs) aware of their compliance obligations? <p><img alt="" src="//" style="height:272px; width:520px"></p> <p>Bird &amp; Bird's Simon Shooter and Esme Strathcole outline the latest developments around the implementation of the &nbsp;Network and Information Security (NIS) Directive,&nbsp;implemented into UK law on May 9, 2018, and explain what this means for Digital Service Providers (DSPs). &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><u>Watch Simon's video on the NIS Directive &gt;</u></a></p> <p>The Network and Information Security (NIS) Directive was implemented into UK law on 9 May 2018 and requires Digital Service Providers (DSPs) to comply with specific security requirements and incident reporting obligations.&nbsp;</p> <p>At the very end of January the EC issued its Implementing Act that sets out how the Network and Information Security (NIS) Directive should be implemented for Digital Service Providers (DSPs).</p> <p>In March The UK Government - through the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport - issued a consultation paper looking at how the NIS Directive will apply to DSPs in the UK. The closing date for responses was&nbsp;29 April 2018.</p> <p>There will not be much that is particularly surprising in the Implementation Act or the Consultation Paper to those who are familiar with NISD. However, it is our understanding that, of all those likely to be affected by the NIS Regulations, it is the DSPs who are least aware that they will have to deal with another heavy sanction associated with compliance obligation. This is over and above the sanctions they already face through NISD's more famous sibling, GDPR.</p> <p><strong>The headlines from the Consultation Paper:&nbsp;</strong></p> <ul><li>No greater definition has been provided on who is a DSP. &nbsp;Digital Service Providers remain defined as operators of: <ul><li>Online market places: a platform that acts as an intermediary between buyers and sellers facilitating the sale of goods or services and which represents the final destination for the conclusion of the relevant contracts (sites that redirect users to other sites where final contracts are made, such as price comparison sites, are not in scope)</li> <li>Online search engines: services that allow users to search public parts of the world wide web</li> <li>Cloud computing services - primarily: <ul><li>Infrastructure as a Service</li> <li>Platform as a Service</li> <li>Software as a Service</li> </ul></li> </ul></li> <li>The Information Commissioners Office (ICO) will be the Competent Authority for DSPs</li> <li>It is likely that it will be mandatory for UK DSPs to register with the ICO following 10 May, 2018</li> <li>No further statement is made on fines and so we expect no change from the&nbsp; &pound;17m single maximum fine</li> </ul><p><strong>Security measures for DSPs:</strong></p> <p>The anticipated security requirements for DSPs:</p> <ul><li>systematic management of network and information systems &ndash; <ul><li>&nbsp;mapping policies, risk analysis, HR, security architecture, data and system life cycle management and encryption</li> </ul></li> <li>physical and environmental security on an "all hazards" approach<br> &nbsp;</li> <li>security and traceability of critical supplies</li> <li>access controls guarding availability of system and network</li> </ul><p>Expected incident handling requirements:</p> <ul><li>detection processes in place and tested regularly processes</li> <li>policies on incidents and to identify weaknesses</li> <li>established response procedures</li> <li>the ability to assess incident severity and capture learning from incidents</li> </ul><p>Expected business continuity management requirements:</p> <ul><li>establishment and use of continuity plans that need to be regularly&nbsp;tested and assessed through exercises</li> <li>disaster recovery capabilities in place</li> <li>monitoring audit and testing</li> </ul><p><strong>Points of note</strong></p> <ul><li>It is possible to qualify as both an Essential Operator (EO) AND as a DSP and those who do will have to comply with those NIS Regulations in each role. There will be dual reporting requirements and presumably but not made express in the Consultation Paper the potential for dual fines.</li> <li>The ICO likely to levy a fee on DSPs through its registration scheme to pay for its role.</li> <li>Of all those likely to be affected by NISD we think it&rsquo;s DSPs who will be most taken by surprise. Those furthest in the dark will be entities who don&rsquo;t have any self-perception that they are a DSP at all as the requisite elements of being a DSP are an adjunct to their business. It&rsquo;s these who will also stand the chance of being both EO and DSP compliance obliged.</li> </ul><p><strong>About the Bird &amp; Bird Cyber team:</strong></p> <p><em>The long established multidisciplinary Cyber team at Bird &amp; Bird is tracking developments in the adoption of NISD and the guidance that is issued and anticipated from the Government, NCSC and Competent Authorities. We are on hand to assist in any aspect of support that may be needed in respect of cyber-security from gap analyses and establishing resilience programmes to regulatory compliance and incident response. </em></p> <p>Despite the definitions provided there still remains significant room for uncertainty as to whether you may qualify as a DSP. If you need any help with this we will be delighted to assist. Equally if you would like to know more on the obligations that will come with the NIS Regulations - and how you may be affected - &nbsp;we are here to help.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK's Cyber Campaign Week Mon, 14 May 2018 08:06:54 +0100 CRM Sync techUK's Cyber Campaign Week (14-18 May) will highlight the important role that cyber security plays in securing our digital economy <p><img alt="" src="//" style="height:236px; width:730px"></p> <p>This week sees the launch of &lsquo;<a href="" target="_blank">Cyber in the Digital Economy&rsquo;</a>; techUK&rsquo;s flagship cyber security conference, taking place on Thursday 17 May at&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Bird &amp; Bird</a>.&nbsp; To coincide with #techUKCyberDE, this week we are celebrating how cyber security underpins the digital economy through our &lsquo;Cyber Campaign Week&rsquo; - a series of blogs, articles and opinion pieces that highlight the importance of cyber security to our digital economy.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Our &lsquo;Cyber Campaign Week&rsquo; will showcase how cyber security is transforming the&nbsp;UK; from the apps we use to order taxis and transfer money to the systems we&rsquo;ve designed to enable access to buildings and homes, everything we do in this connected world relies on cyber security.&nbsp; With high profile cyber-attacks continuing to dominate the news, and upcoming data protection and cyber security regulation introduced this month through the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Network and Information Systems Directive (NIS), this week will highlight a range of key issues and topics that will dominate the cyber security sector for years to come, including:</p> <ul><li>The cyber security regulatory landscape</li> <li>Cyber security and IoT</li> <li>Cyber security skills</li> </ul><p>We&rsquo;ll also be looking at the retail, financial services and energy sectors and explore&nbsp;how cyber security is driving innovation and productivity within retailers, banks and energy companies.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Monday 14 May - How Are Companies Dealing With the Cyber Security Challenge and Articulating This to the Board?&nbsp;</strong>&nbsp;</p> <p>-&nbsp;<strong>Guest blog:</strong>&nbsp;<strong><a href="" target="_blank">Perspectives on how the UK is currently coping with cyber security challenges</a>&nbsp;</strong>by Mark Weir,&nbsp;Head of Cyber Security<em>, Cisco UK</em></p> <p><em>- </em><strong>Guest blog: <a href="" target="_blank">Cyber in the boardroom - gaining board buy-in</a>&nbsp;</strong>by John Godwin, Director of Compliance and IA, <em>UK Cloud</em></p> <p><strong>Tuesday 15 May - How are organisations dealing with and working towards compliance with new regulation like NIS Directive and EU GDPR?</strong></p> <p>- <strong>Guest blog: <a href="" target="_blank">Bird &amp; Bird on DSPs and the NIS Directive</a></strong> by Simon Shooter, Partner, Bird &amp; Bird</p> <p>- <strong>techUK Opinion: <a href="" target="_blank">What should businesses be doing about GDPR?</a></strong> by Jeremy Lilley, <em>techUK</em></p> <p><em>-&nbsp;</em><strong><a href="">Guest blog: Gemserv - Think NIS doesn&rsquo;t affect you? Think again</a> </strong>by Graham Tahernia, Gemserv</p> <p><strong>Wednesday 16 May - Cyber in the Digital Economy</strong></p> <p><strong>Guest blog: <a href="">EnergyUK - Cyber security in the energy sector</a> </strong>by Tanisha Beebee, EnergyUK</p> <p><strong>Guest blog: <a href="" target="_blank">British Retail Consortium -&nbsp;Cyber security challenges for the retail sector</a> </strong>by James Martin, British Retail Consortium</p> <p><strong>Guest blog:</strong>&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"><strong>AXELOS RESILIA&nbsp;</strong>- </a><strong><a href="" target="_blank">IT and OT security need to get it together</a> </strong>by Richard&nbsp;Knowlton, AXELOS RESILIA</p> <p><strong>Thursday 17 May - Cyber security and emerging technologies: IoT and AI</strong></p> <p><strong>Guest blog: <a href="" target="_blank">CA Technologies - Driving secure by design IoT approaches in the UK&nbsp;</a></strong>by Jamie Brown, CA Technologies&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>techUK Opinion:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Securing supply whilst securing the network</a></strong> by Matt Evans, techUK</p> <p><strong>Friday 18 May - Cyber skills and building cyber trust across industry</strong></p> <p><strong>Guest blog: <a href="" target="_blank">National Cyber Security Centre - CyBOK</a>&nbsp;</strong>by Chris Ensor, NCSC</p> <p><strong>Guest blog: <a href="" target="_blank">Atos and the importance of cyber trust</a></strong> by Sandy Forrest, Atos&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>techUK blog</strong>:&nbsp;<strong><a href="" target="_blank">&lsquo;Open&rsquo; season for cyber-crime in financial services</a>&nbsp;</strong>by Melanie Worthy, techUK</p> <p><strong>News:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">NCSC and ICO publish cyber security guidance on GDPR</a></strong></p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> Release of Lloyds Bank Consumer Digital Index 2018 Fri, 11 May 2018 11:13:38 +0100 CRM Sync Lloyds Bank Consumer Digital Index 2018 launches alongside new Essential Digital Skills Framework <p><img alt="" src="//" style="float:left; height:277px; margin:5px; width:400px">Yesterday, Lloyds Bank launched their <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">UK Consumer Digital Index 2018</span></a> alongside their <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">Essential Digital Skills Framework</span></a>, created in collaboration with Tech Partnership. It is encouraging to see that this year&rsquo;s Index contains analysis of the positive role tech plays in supporting the everyday life of many. Similarly, techUK commends the Framework&rsquo;s focus on &lsquo;skills for life&rsquo; and &lsquo;additional skills for work provides&rsquo;, both of which are becomingly increasingly important as the UK economy digitises.</p> <p>The Index is clear evidence of technology&rsquo;s positive contributions to society and the dependence of many on the support they receive through digital services. Notably, 21.1 million people are less lonely because of digital services and one in three over 60-year olds are using digital services to improve their mental and physical health.</p> <p>On skills, the Index provides yet more evidence of the need to equip the current and future workforce with the appropriate skills for tomorrow&rsquo;s workplace. At present, 10% of the workforce do not have Lloyds&rsquo; defined the essential digital skills and on average these individuals are earning &pound;13,000 less than workers with such skills.</p> <p>Similarly, there is a clear need to address digital skills beyond London and the South East, with a disproportionate number of the population lacking essential digital skills located in the Wales, the North East and the North West. More must be done in these regions to promote digital uptake and techUK is working to support the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport&rsquo;s Digital Skills Partnership, which seeks to encourage digital inclusion and improvements in digital skills across England.</p> <p>What is most promising is that individuals are taking more autonomy and control over improving their digital skills, with 82% of those online being self-taught in digital skills. This is an encouraging indicator that individuals are understanding the need to constantly upskill and reskill as UK plc digitises.</p> <p>There is clearly much work to be done to improve the UK&rsquo;s digital skills but this year&rsquo;s Index provided encouraging signals of the UK public&rsquo;s attitudes towards digital inclusion, lifelong learning and tech&rsquo;s rich contributions to improving the quality of life of many in society.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>