techUK Insights RSS Feed - techUK RSS feed for insights content. en Copyright (C) 2015 BofE call for interest re RTGS - 28 Sept deadline Tue, 18 Sep 2018 10:38:24 +0100 CRM Sync The Bank of England is seeking to work with tech firms to explore the demand for implementing synchronised settlement in the renewed Real-Time Gross Settlement service.  To get involved complete the questionnaire by 28 September. <p>Synchronisation involves what is called &lsquo;atomic settlement&rsquo; &ndash; i.e. the transfer of two assets is linked so that the transfer of one asset occurs if and only if the transfer of the other asset also occurs.&nbsp; For certain transaction types - e.g.&nbsp;housing transactions, corporate transactions and cross-border payments -&nbsp;&nbsp;this functionality could reduce cost and risk, improve efficiency, and support innovative new methods of settlement.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>The Bank is now seeking to consult with interested companies to further explore demand. To find out more, and to register your interest, please visit the <a href="">Bank&rsquo;s&nbsp;website</a>&nbsp;or contact&nbsp;<a href=""></a>.</strong></p> <p>In particular, the Bank wants to understand:</p> <p>&middot;&nbsp;How a Synchronisation Operator could connect to the renewed RTGS service;&nbsp;</p> <p>&middot;&nbsp;What functionality and capabilities the renewed RTGS service might need in order for third parties to offer innovative synchronisation services;&nbsp;</p> <p>&middot;&nbsp;What functionality a Synchronisation Operator might need in its own systems in order to deliver synchronisation services; and&nbsp;</p> <p>&middot;&nbsp;The Bank&rsquo;s policy with regards to how it expects this functionality to be used (and by which infrastructures).&nbsp;</p> <p>Companies can get involved at 2 levels:</p> <p style="margin-left:36pt">&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;By completing a questionnaire and receiving update emails. <strong>Please complete the<a href=""> questionnaire on&nbsp;Key Survey</a>&nbsp;by 28 September 2018.</strong></p> <p style="margin-left:36pt">&middot;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;By attending face-to-face session at the Bank These will be held later this year; dates to be confirmed.</p> <p><strong>Further information and the questionnaire are on the <a href="">Bank&rsquo;s website</a>.&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Or&nbsp;feel free to contact the Bank at&nbsp;<a href=""></a>.</strong></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> MAC report highlights positive contribution from immigrants Tue, 18 Sep 2018 10:14:08 +0100 CRM Sync As the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) releases its report, techUK's CEO maintains that if the UK is to remain a global hub for tech, we must be a global hub for tech talent <p>The Migration&nbsp;Advisory Committee (MAC) has today released its report on EEA workers in the UK labour market.&nbsp; <strong>In response to the report , Julian David, techUK CEO commented: </strong></p> <p><em>&ldquo;We welcome the MAC&rsquo;s recognition of the positive contribution EEA workers make to the UK and the need for continued skilled migration. We hope the Government will act on the MAC&rsquo;s recommendation to lift the cap on Tier 2 scheme and abolish the Resident Labour Market Test &ndash; both of which make it harder for the UK to access the talent it needs. However, as we bring down these barriers, we should be wary about erecting new ones.&nbsp; </em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;The UK&rsquo;s rest of the world immigration system is creaky, bureaucratic and difficult to navigate. If the UK Government decides not to implement a preferential system for EEA nationals, then the rest of the world system needs to be entirely overhauled.&nbsp; Our current system is simply not fit for purpose to support the kind of immigration the UK&rsquo;s digital economy needs. </em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;The skills needed to power our modern, digital economy simply do not exist in&nbsp;sufficient quantity within the UK&rsquo;s resident </em><em>labour</em><em> market today. The UK Commission for Employment and Skills has estimated we need an additional 1.2 million new technical and digitally skilled people by 2022. Whilst our industry is working in close partnership with Government to ensure the domestic pipeline is strengthened, this will not happen overnight. As the MAC states, immigrants make a positive contribution to both innovation and productivity and there is a continued need for skilled migration into the UK.&nbsp; If the UK wants to be a global hub for tech, it needs to be a global hub for tech talent.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>techUK also recently <a href="">published </a>its asks for an immigration system that supports the UK tech sector.&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> Making drones take flight in the UK Tue, 18 Sep 2018 09:02:59 +0100 CRM Sync techUK has responded to the government consultation on future drone regulation. <p>Drones can and will be revolutionary for the UK and should be viewed as part of the Fourth Industrial Revolution alongside other technologies defining our future such as AI/Machine Learning, robotics, autonomous vehicles, cloud services, Blockchain, the Internet Of Things, immersive technologies, biotech and ultrafast connectivity.</p> <p>A recent report from PwC indicates drones could be worth &pound;42 billion to the UK economy by 2030 and we&rsquo;re seeing more and more enterprises and public sector bodies taking advantage. They are almost an essential for engineering firms and the user cases are only growing, as can be seen from <a href="">our conference</a> earlier in the year. So how do we get to this point?</p> <p>A Department for Transport <a href="">consultation on future regulation for drones</a> has just closed and it&rsquo;s great to see government engaged on this (not just DfT, BEIS also has videos of drones filling the walls to advertise the Industrial Strategy). techUK responded to the consultation (click the link below to download our response) and yes DfT recognises the potential of drones, but the tone is a bit too focused on command and control and we would have liked more on the benefits and opportunities of drone technology adoption.</p> <p>Our major concern is around the introduction of a new &lsquo;Flight Information and Notification System(s), or FINS(s), to manage the airspace and understand what is flying and where. As proposed FINS(s) could see those wanting to use drones having to register for the system, pay a fee, submit flight information/navigation plans, get insured and accept that this information can be shared with government agencies. Industry is moving towards a model where drones are a rapid response tool, so making users comply with all this will only discourage and inhibit wider drone adoption. Drone technology is growing, but still niche and industrial users need help and support from government, not complicated barriers and red tape.</p> <p>Elsewhere in the consultation we have urged government to use the innovation principle to measure the impact of new rules on drone uptake and want to see the lowest possible minimum age for drone users (vital if we want to get more people into STEM). A significant portion is spent on options for new police and civil powers and our view is that existing powers should be used, and new powers should only be created if it becomes obvious current laws are inadequate. &nbsp;</p> <p>Overall, we are keen to work with DfT to do what we can to promote the cutting edge use of drones and look forward to working with government on making this happen. By adopting a more experimental and opportunities focused tone and aligning policy goals with those of the Industrial Strategy, we are confident drone tech can really take flight in the UK.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> CF Fund 2017 | Fast Tracked Research Fri, 14 Sep 2018 11:15:53 +0100 CRM Sync Two research projects fast-tracked to support UK recycling of waste electrical and electronic waste <p><strong>A major study which will test plastic from waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) to ensure it can be safely recycled is one of two projects that has been fast-tracked for funding under the WEEE Compliance Fee.</strong></p> <p>[LONDON] 12 September 2018: Under the ICER-led study, over 25,000 samples of plastics from displays, large and small domestic appliances, power tools, fridges and printed circuit boards will be scanned and tested for persistent organic pollutants (POPs), and specifically bromine content indicative of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PDBEs), a group of brominated flame retardants, which while now no longer used in modern equipment, was used widely by industry in the past.</p> <p>PBDEs were the first brominated persistent organic pollutants (POPs) listed in the Stockholm Convention because they are toxic, subject to long-range transport, degrade very slowly and persist in the environment. Their listing means that its manufacture, use or sale is prohibited.</p> <p>Using a methodology agreed with Defra and the Environment Agency, the study will explore where these chemicals are and, if so, what type and in what quantities. The study will then assess options for separating out WEEE plastics found to contain POPs and identify sites where they can be safely destroyed.</p> <p>The findings of the research, which is due to be concluded by February 2019, will be shared with Defra, the Environment Agency and industry to help inform policy, regulatory activity and business operations. The research is expected to cost between &pound;446,000-&pound;556,000.</p> <p>&nbsp;<strong><em>&ldquo;This initiative, made possible by the Compliance Fee, enables industry and government to work together to benefit all stakeholders,&rdquo; said Claire Snow, Director of ICER. </em></strong></p> <p><strong><em>&ldquo;The POPs Regulation sets maximum concentration levels for POPs in waste materials, including WEEE plastic. The ICER-led project will gather robust data on which to assess UK compliance and identify downstream solutions for contaminated material. By carrying out this work collectively, costs to the WEEE industry will be minimised.&rdquo;</em></strong></p> <p>The other fast-tracked project, led by the WEEE Schemes Forum (WSF), is a review of existing protocols in preparation for regulatory changes in January 2019 which will see more electrical and electronic equipment in scope of the WEEE Regulations.</p> <p>The review of the existing protocols &ndash; the Mixed WEEE Protocol and the Large Domestic Appliances (LDA) Protocol &ndash; will ensure they remain representative of the composition of these streams. The work will be run in two phases; the first is already underway and will run until later in the autumn which will result in a proposal for revised protocols. The second phase, which will run for six months in 2019, will seek to refine Phase I results. The project is estimated to cost around &pound;413,000.</p> <p><strong><em>Nigel Harvey, WSF chair said &ldquo;The current protocols, by which the UK measures the proportions of different categories of WEEE that are collected and recycled, were established nearly a decade ago. Significant changes in the equipment sold in the UK have occurred and, as a consequence, this may have affected the composition of WEEE arising. </em></strong></p> <p><strong><em>The introduction of open scope from 2019 will have a profound effect on the WEEE regime, as additional products are brought within scope of the regulations. This review is therefore essential to ensure that producer responsibility costs are apportioned fairly as this change takes effect. </em></strong></p> <p><strong><em>We welcome the provision of funding from the 2017 Compliance Fee, which has allowed this vital work to be undertaken. An external administrator, Katalyst Business Consulting, has been appointed to oversee the project.&rdquo;</em></strong></p> <p><strong><em>Susanne Baker, chair of the JTA said: &ldquo;The significant sums of money accrued under the WEEE Compliance Fee in 2017 has meant that we are able to consider strategic projects and support for the UK WEEE System in a way we&rsquo;ve not been able to in the past. The projects announced today are vital in supporting a sustainable and healthy WEEE recycling system in the UK, with more projects being considered in the coming weeks.&rdquo;</em></strong></p> <p>More information on the WEEE Compliance Fee Fund 2017 is available at <a href=""></a></p> <p><strong>ENDS</strong></p> <p><strong>Notes to Editors</strong></p> <p>For more information please contact the techUK press office on <a href=""></a> or 020 7331 2011.</p> <p><strong>The WEEE Compliance Fee Fund 2017</strong></p> <ul><li>&pound;8 million is being made available to support environmental projects from money that was collected through the 2017 WEEE Compliance Fee mechanism. The fund is expected to be spent over the next three years on a range of activities, including technical research, communications, behaviour change activities and local projects.</li> <li>The compliance fee is a regulatory tool open to the Government to support the delivery of the UK Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) regulations. If a Producer Compliance Scheme (PCS) misses their target, they have an option to pay a compliance fee for the tonnage shortfall.&nbsp;</li> <li>The law requires that the compliance fee is set at a level that encourages compliance through collection. The fee therefore complements national targets by creating an additional financial incentive to collect WEEE, because by definition it must at least reflect the true cost of recycling WEEE.</li> <li>Each year, bodies are invited to submit proposals to run the Compliance Fee in any given year. For the 2017 compliance period, the JTA &ndash; a group of trade associations representing producers of electrical and electronic equipment &ndash; methodology was selected by the Secretary of State. The Compliance Fee is administered by Mazars LLP on behalf of JTAC, the registered company established by the JTA with the sole purpose of entering into contracts with third parties for services relating to the WEEE Compliance Fee. The current chair of the JTA is Susanne Baker from techUK.</li> </ul><p>&#8203;<strong>ICER</strong></p> <ul><li>ICER is the industry body that represents the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) sector. It is the forum for industry to work with Government and Regulators on WEEE issues and its members include equipment producers, producer compliance schemes, waste management companies, treatment facilities and recyclers.</li> </ul><p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>The WEEE Schemes Forum</strong></p> <ul><li>The WEEE Scheme Forum is the UK&rsquo;s trade association for WEEE Producer Compliance Schemes.&nbsp; The WSF meets regularly with Defra and the environment agencies, and provides members PCSs with a means to respond collectively to issues raised by the regulations.&nbsp; The WSF estimates that its members are responsible for over 90% of the WEEE collected in the UK.&nbsp; The organisation was instrumental in establishing the PCS Balancing System (PBS) in 2016, with the support of Defra.</li> </ul>Contact: <a href=""></a> NCSC questions to help Britain's boards understand cyber risk Thu, 13 Sep 2018 14:34:06 +0100 CRM Sync Ciaran Martin, NCSC offered boards five questions that will help them to prepare for a cyber attack <p>Speaking at the annual CBI Cyber Security: Business Insight Conference 2018, Ciaran Martin offered boards five questions that will help them to prepare for a cyber attack.</p> <ul><li>NCSC creating a toolkit to help boards demystify cyber security and put it firmly on their agenda</li> <li>Five core questions will help FTSE 350 boards understand initial risks and areas of improvement</li> <li>NCSC CEO: Board members &ldquo;need to get a little bit technical&rdquo; if they are to understand and manage the risks they face</li> </ul><p>Experts&nbsp;in cyber security have published new guidance for Britain&rsquo;s corporate leaders to equip them with the basic technical details they need to understand the threats they face in cyber space, and to direct effectively their organisation&rsquo;s response to them.</p> <p>Specialists from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), a part of GCHQ, have emphasised that boards of big companies cannot outsource their cyber security risks and need to understand what their technical staff are doing if they are to prosper securely in the digital age.</p> <p>In support of this, the NCSC has published the first in a suite of guidance to businesses, setting out five questions &ndash; grounded in expert technical guidance &ndash; that Boards should ask about their company&rsquo;s IT security.</p> <p>The questions &ndash; and what to look for in responses &ndash; were proposed to board members at the CBI&rsquo;s Cyber Security conference today (12 September) by the NCSC&rsquo;s chief executive Ciaran Martin.</p> <p>The&nbsp;FTSE 350 Cyber Governance Health Check Report 2017&nbsp;found that while 68% of boards have received no training to deal with a cyber incident and 10% have no plan in place to respond to one.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Ciaran Martin, chief executive of the NCSC</strong>, said:</p> <p><em>&ldquo;Cyber security is now a mainstream business risk. So corporate leaders need to understand what threats are out there, and what the most effective ways are of managing the risks.</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;But to have the plain English, business focussed discussions at board level, board members need to get a little bit technical. They need to understand cyber risk in the same way they understand financial risk, or health and safety risk.</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;Our sample questions today, which we&rsquo;ve published in consultation with businesses, aim to equip board members to ask the right questions and begin to understand the answers.</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;There is no such thing as a foolish question in cyber security. The foolish act is walking away without understanding the answer because that means you don&rsquo;t understand how you&rsquo;re handling this core business risk.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>The five questions the NCSC is recommending boards ask are;</p> <ul><li>How do we defend our organisation against phishing attacks?</li> <li>What do we do to control the use of our privileged IT accounts?&nbsp;</li> <li>How do we ensure that our software and devices are up to date?</li> <li>How do we ensure our partners and suppliers protect the information we share with them?</li> <li>What authentication methods are used to control access to systems and data?</li> </ul><p>More detail around these questions can be accessed <a href="">here</a>.</p> <p>These initial questions will form part of a broader toolkit released this winter to recognise and resolve gaps in boards&rsquo; knowledge. The questions and possible answers are designed as a starting point to help organisations begin effective discussions on cyber security.</p> <p>NCSC guidance also tells boards how to distinguish good answers from waffle and encourages them to continue asking questions about how risks are managed.</p> <p><strong>Matthew Fell, CBI Chief UK Policy Director</strong>, said:</p> <p><em>&ldquo;Cyber threats now pose one of the biggest risks to a company&rsquo;s finances and reputation. Digital security can no longer be the sole responsibility of the IT team and companies recognise this.</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;Business boards are stepping up to challenge of improving their cyber literacy, but firms recognise more progress is needed. That&rsquo;s why the CBI&rsquo;s 3rd Cyber Conference brings together over 250 senior business leaders to help turn cyber awareness into action.</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;The NCSC&rsquo;s five question guide provides a great starting point for business boards to equip themselves against the ever-evolving cyber challenge.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>The NCSC has been working with boards as focus groups to determine what support is needed to ensure board members and staff who report to them are able to recognise threats, enable discussions and implement appropriate measures.</p> <p><strong>Jacqueline de Rojas, president of techUK and chair of the Digital Leaders Board</strong>, said:</p> <p><em>&ldquo;Cyber security is no longer just the domain of the IT department. It can&rsquo;t be delegated. Those around the board table must understand the constant and persistent cyber threat to their businesses and to educate themselves of the steps they need to take to ensure that they are cyber-resilient.</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;That is why the NCSC toolkit, specifically aimed at board members, is an important development.&nbsp; It will help de-mystify concerns around cyber security, enabling senior executives to discuss their cyber risk appetite in a confident and proactive manner.</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;techUK will continue to work with the NCSC to raise awareness of the toolkit in order to protect businesses both large and small in the UK.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>While primarily aimed at large companies, smaller businesses will be able to tailor the toolkit for their sector. The NCSC has also already published a cyber security&nbsp;Small Business Guide.&nbsp;It will be regularly updated to stay up-to-date and will be published for free on the NCSC website.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> No Deal Notice on Data shows legal complexities face by UK companies Thu, 13 Sep 2018 12:44:00 +0100 CRM Sync techUK's CEO, Julian David, says second tranche of no deal notices shows how damaging such a scenario would be to the UK <p><strong>Commenting on the release of the second group of No Deal Technical Notices, including a notice on the free flow of data, techUK CEO Julian David said:</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;It is right that the Government takes a proactive approach to planning for No Deal. However, today&rsquo;s notices show is that such a scenario would be hugely damaging to the UK.&nbsp; On everything from the free flow of data that underpins almost every business transaction, to the ability to drive in Europe, both businesses and consumers will face additional costs, complexity and bureaucracy.&nbsp; That is why techUK strongly supports the Government&rsquo;s continued objective of securing a comprehensive deal between the UK and the EU.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;The technical notice on personal data is a text book example of the problems that a No Deal Brexit would cause.&nbsp;We recognise it would still be the intention of the UK to seek an adequacy decision and welcome the clarity that the UK is ready to start those discussions now. While we fully support the Government in its aim to achieve adequacy, this will not be ready in the event of No Deal.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;While the decision to unilaterally allow data from the UK to flow to the EU is the right thing to do, the Government can do nothing to help UK companies seeking to transfer data from the EU to the UK.&nbsp; Instead, they will have to rely on complex processes such as Standard Contractual Clauses (SCCs).&nbsp; SCCs are currently subject to a major legal challenge in the EU and so their future is in doubt. While this is out of the UK Government&rsquo;s control, businesses need to be aware of this fact and it is, therefore, disappointing that it is not recognised in the technical notice.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;techUK is also concerned that the notice does not identify any support that Government can give to businesses to help them put in place SCCs. The legal costs involved may prove prohibitively expensive for many smaller UK businesses and serious consideration should be given to what Government support can be put in place.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;It is also concerning that the data paper does not address regulatory uncertainty surrounding the Binding Corporate Rules used by larger companies that are administered by the UK&rsquo;s Information Commissioner. &nbsp;Companies will need to re-locate to the authority governing these rules, and yet, there is little guidance on or support for how this might work in practise.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;Data is not the only area that will be of concern to UK tech companies. The notice dealing with the space sector confirms what we have known for some time - the UK will lose the ability to participate in European Space programmes.&nbsp; techUK strongly welcomes the &pound;92 million to design a UK version of the Galileo Navigation Satellite System, but the effects on companies with existing contracts for Galileo remains uncertain.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;techUK also welcomes the flexibility shown by the Department for Business on plans around CE Marking. The notice states that while a UK version will be created, products with EU approval will continue to be recognised in the UK.&nbsp;This will prevent costly additional processes for manufacturers.&nbsp; However, techUK is concerned at references to such a system being time limited.&nbsp; Reducing friction on businesses must remain a key element of Brexit planning under either a deal or no deal scenario.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For media enquiries please contact Harri Turnbull</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> ECHR rules against bulk interception regime under RIPA Thu, 13 Sep 2018 09:37:35 +0100 CRM Sync On Thursday 13 September, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled that certain aspects of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA) entailed a violation of the Convention on human rights. <p>In a <a href="" target="_blank">case</a> brought against the British Government by a group of journalists and civil liberties organisations, the Court <a href="http://file:///C:/Users/talalr/AppData/Local/Packages/Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe/TempState/Downloads/Big%20Brother%20Watch%20and%20Others%20v.%20the%20United%20Kingdom%20%20-%20complaints%20about%20surveillance%20regimes%20(1).pdf" target="_blank">found </a>that the bulk interception regime and the regime for obtaining communications data from communications service providers (CSPs) under RIPA violated both Articles 8 and 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights.&nbsp;</p> <p>In relation to bulk interception, this was down to the lack of oversight both of the selection of Internet bearers for interception and the filtering, search and selection of intercepted communications for examination.&nbsp; The Court also found that the safeguards governing the selection of &ldquo;related communications data&rdquo; for examination were inadequate.&nbsp;</p> <p>Crucially, in reaching this conclusion, the Court stated that the operation of a bulk interception regime did not in and of itself violate the Convention so long as such a regime respected the criteria set down in its case law.&nbsp; This may have an effect on the bulk interception regime of the Investigatory Powers Act 2016 (IP Act), particularly in relation to the interception of bulk secondary data.</p> <p>In relation to the regime for obtaining communications data from CSPs under RIPA, the Court held that it violated Article 8 as it was not in accordance with the law and that it violated Article 10 since there were insufficient safeguards in respect of confidential journalistic material.</p> <p>It should be noted that the IP Act, when fully in force, will make significant amendments to both the regimes for bulk interception and obtaining communications data from CSPs, and that these amendments were not considered by the Court.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Connected home device ownership up but consumers remain sceptical Wed, 12 Sep 2018 14:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync techUK‘s second annual report on the state of the Connected Home reveals that consumers are buying devices but aren’t realising the benefits of smart functionality <p>For the second year in a row,&nbsp;<a href="">techUK</a>&nbsp;has today launched its inaugural annual State of the Connected Home report, looking at current consumer understanding of the connected home market. Developed in partnership with market research firm,&nbsp;<a href="">GfK</a>, it explores the appeal and ownership of different categories of devices and makes recommendations to encourage further adoption in the UK.</p> <p>Key findings include:&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <ul><li>Device ownership is growing. The&nbsp;number of households owning more than three devices up by a quarter since last year&rsquo;s report&#8239;&nbsp;</li> <li>The number of smart speakers/home assistants&nbsp;has&nbsp;doubled and seems&nbsp;to be powering ownership&nbsp;of&nbsp;other devices&#8239;&nbsp;</li> <li>Knowledge and appeal of the connected home, in general,&nbsp;has stagnated&#8239;&nbsp;</li> </ul><p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>12 September 2018:&#8239;</strong>&#8239;techUK&nbsp;has today launched its second annual report,&nbsp;The&nbsp;State of the Connected Home.&nbsp;The&nbsp;report,&nbsp;based on exclusive research conducted by GfK of 1,000 UK consumers, explores the&nbsp;knowledge and understanding of categories and ownership of connected home products and services.&#8239;Key findings&nbsp;include that the appeal for smart entertainment systems&nbsp;seems to be&nbsp;driving&nbsp;overall appeal for the&nbsp;connected home&nbsp;sector,&nbsp;with smart energy&nbsp;and&nbsp;lighting and security systems also seen as desirable.&#8239;&#8239;&nbsp;</p> <p>The report illustrates the number of connected devices&#8239;owned by consumers is&#8239;growing from 35 per cent in 2017 to 44&nbsp;per cent&nbsp;in 2018&nbsp;and there is early evidence that some devices &ndash; particularly&#8239;home assistants&#8239;and smart meters&nbsp;&ndash; may act as a gateway to ownership of others. This will be a trend that we will examine in more detail in our 2019 work.&#8239;&#8239;&nbsp;</p> <p>There are, however, clear barriers to take-up with cost, specifically&#8239;a&nbsp;lack of&#8239;perceived&#8239;value,&#8239;cited by over 40 per cent of respondents as a significant barrier.&nbsp;Privacy (23 per cent) and security (16 per cent) of devices are also significant barriers for consumers. techUK is committed to working with industry and Government to help consumers&nbsp;realise&nbsp;the value in adopting and using connected home devices.&#8239;&#8239;&nbsp;</p> <p>Consumer expectations for installation and payment defer across&nbsp;age group, e.g.&nbsp; consumers between 35 and 44 strongly agree with self-installation&nbsp;but&nbsp;over 65s do not.&nbsp; When&nbsp;it comes to paying&#8239;for these devices, there is a clear preference&nbsp;of 79 per cent&nbsp;for&#8239;single payment&#8239;options&nbsp;although over 20 per cent of respondents indicated that they would&nbsp;favour&nbsp;a service model.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Commenting on the report,&nbsp;Matthew Evans,&#8239;head of&#8239;techUK&rsquo;s&#8239;IoT&#8239;programme,&#8239;said:&#8239;&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><em>&ldquo;The Connected Home can deliver real productivity and cost savings to consumers, as well as that elusive prize of peace of mind.&#8239;However,&#8239;our report demonstrates that privacy and security concerns&#8239;are&#8239;real barriers to the adoption of connected home technologies.&#8239;If&nbsp;the industry&nbsp;is&nbsp;to deliver these&#8239;benefits,&#8239;then we need to work doubly hard to address these justified concerns and continue to demonstrate the value that these&#8239;new products and services can deliver.&rdquo;&#8239;</em></p> <p><strong>Trevor Godman,&nbsp;Key Account Director at Gfk has is at the view that:&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><em>"Take-up of smart home products continues to rise, with interactive speakers the hot product of the last year.&nbsp; In contrast, however, the level of consumer excitement about smart home as a category has lost momentum somewhat &ndash; particularly for smart security, smart appliances, and smart health products.&nbsp; As smart home pivots to the mass market, it is essential for manufacturers to identify use cases and communicate compelling benefits to capture the imagination of consumers."</em></p> <p><strong>Robert&nbsp;Cheesewright, Director of Policy and Communications at Smart Energy GB, said:&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><em>&ldquo;This report from&nbsp;techUK&nbsp;highlights the huge potential that smart meters have in helping us take advantage of the range of smart products and services available, making&nbsp;our lives easier,&nbsp;our bills cheaper and&nbsp;allowing us to do&nbsp;our bit for the environment. Smart meters are the building blocks for this energy revolution.&rdquo;&nbsp;</em></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Drones and the emergency services Wed, 12 Sep 2018 13:30:32 +0100 CRM Sync Ahead of a free conference on how drones are being use by Blue Light services we look at how the emergency services are using them now and what is stopping others. <p style="text-align:justify">Drones have huge potential for the UK&nbsp;with the &lsquo;drone economy&rsquo; potentially worth tens of billions if we get the policy and investment environment right. As emerged from our <a href="">Drones Futures event</a> earlier this year, the UK could lead the way in drone adoption and their role in supporting the vital work of&nbsp;the emergency services is the subject of a <strong><a href="">free conference we are holding on 9 November</a></strong>.</p> <p style="text-align:justify">For the emergency services, drones offer some&nbsp;serious capability. Most obviously they are a cheaper and more rapid response alternative to helicopters, giving operational commanders better insight to best deploy resources. This flexibility can speed up search and rescue operations, limit the risk to staff, reduce costs and save lives. Right now, Lincolnshire Police, who spoke at our Drone Futures conference earlier in the year, are using drones to search for missing people, fighting rural crime, supporting local councils and managing traffic around large events. The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) ran trials using drones in real life rescues and West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue have started using drones to evaluate fires and reduce risks to their personnel.</p> <p style="text-align:justify">In the future, who knows how the user cases will develop, but concepts for drone ambulances are being worked on and as drone tech becomes smaller, they could become more ubiquitous among emergency responders (who could imagine 20 years ago each emergency service employee would have access to smartphones?).</p> <p style="text-align:justify">So the benefits of using drones in the emergency services are vast, but how systematic and effective are they being used? The truth is that like other technologies, drone adoption in blue light services&nbsp;has been patchy. The localised nature of emergency services makes it very difficult to have a single approach to technology rollout. Some police and fire services have got great stories to tell, whilst others have with invested poorly (bought the machines but not understood it) or are only at the start of their drone journeys. So what are the barriers?</p> <p style="text-align:justify">Money and resources are the obvious barriers, but leadership culture is a big one too. It needs to occur to emergency service leaders to use drones and make sure those on the ground have the confidence, understanding and skills to effectively deploy them and no what they offer. The need for collaboration with other services is essential to addressing these gaps as is having examples and real champions for drones across all the blue light services.</p> <p style="text-align:justify"><strong><em>We will be discussing this at a free techUK conference Blue Light Drones: from niche to mainstream on 9 November. <a href="">Click here to book your space </a>. </em></strong></p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> Copyright directive is a setback for the European digital economy Wed, 12 Sep 2018 12:24:14 +0100 CRM Sync techUK's response to the European Parliament Copyright Directive vote outlines how the proposals will impact the European Digital Economy. <p>Commenting on the European Parliament's vote on the Copyrght directive, techUK's Head of Brexit, International and Economics, Giles Derrington, said:</p> <p>"Today&rsquo;s vote on the Copyright directive is hugely disappointing and represents a setback for an innovation-led European economy. Far from advancing the European digital economy through the Digital Single Market, the proposals adopted by the European Parliament today will lead to significant additional burdens on companies seeking to serve the European market. It is bad news, not just for UK digital businesses, but also for the general public who now risk seeing their freedoms online being restricted.</p> <p>"While the aims of the Copyright directive proposals were understandable, the method that has been adopted will not achieve the stated objectives. Requirements for platforms to filter all user uploaded content will likely result in a reduced user experience and the over-removal of legitimate content. The creation of a new neighbouring right for press publishers will make sharing news articles online more difficult, making it harder for the public to find good quality journalism online. Today was also a lost opportunity to make Europe a more attractive place for Artificial Intelligence development. Instead, fragmented rules across the EU will mean a confusing picture on where text and data mining technologies are allowed.</p> <p>"The proposals will now enter interinstitutional negotiations with the European Commission and European Council where there&nbsp;is an opportunity for further compromise. techUK urges the negotiators to take any steps possible to protect the open internet during these discussions.</p> <p>"To be clear, the UK leaving the European Union will not protect UK businesses from these new requirements. Any UK business seeking to serve the EU market will have to comply with the directive which, given the size and importance of the EU market to UK businesses, will be a significant barrier to market entry."</p> <p>techUK had previously welcomed the European Parliament&rsquo;s rejection of the Copyright directive in July and called for further compromise. <a href="">You can see that response here</a>.</p> <p>For media enquiries please contact Harri Turnbull&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Government publishes code of conduct for AI and data-driven technology Tue, 11 Sep 2018 15:40:28 +0100 CRM Sync A new code of conduct for Artificial Intelligence (AI) and other data-driven technologies in healthcare. <p>The UK Government has published a <a href="">new code of conduct on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and data-driven technologies in healthcare</a>, with a view of creating a &ldquo;safe and trusted environment in which innovation can flourish&rdquo;.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The code &ndash; which for now is in initial consultation stage &ndash; encourages suppliers of data-driven technologies to adhere to a set of 10 gold-standard principles. According to government, the code of conduct will:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul><li>ensure the NHS and taxpayers get a good deal on future partnerships with technology companies</li> <li>allow the government to work with suppliers to guide the development of new technology, so products are suitable to the NHS in the future</li> <li>set clear guidelines on how NHS patient data is protected</li> <li>allow the best data-driven technologies to introduce benefits to patients and staff faster.</li> </ul><p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The document in turn lists five commitments outlining what the government will do to support and encourage innovators in health and care. These include pledges to simplifying the regulatory and funding landscape, encouraging the system to adopt innovation and creating an environment that enables experimentation.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>From techUK&rsquo;s perspective, the centre has a strong role to play in setting the challenges and standards that technology needs to meet. We also need to make it easier to develop, test and prove technology in the UK. This will allow innovators to do what they do best and help to cement the UK&rsquo;s position as one of the best places to innovate in health and technology.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Department for Health and Social Care is now considering how best to develop the code, which currently relies on organisations signing up voluntarily. In the future, supportive initiatives could include setting up a partnership support service and development of a Kitemark scheme for the code.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) is seeking feedback, via an <a href="">online questionnaire</a>, on the initial code to improve and strengthen its contents. The responses received will feed into the next version of the document, which DHSC aim to publish in December.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>If you have any further questions or queries about the code, or how it may impact your organisation, please get in touch with Katherine Mayes.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> Building the Smarter State Tue, 11 Sep 2018 14:05:38 +0100 CRM Sync Key highlights from techUK’s flagship public services conference <p><img alt="" src="//" style="height:300px; width:450px"></p> <p>Over 200 leaders across the public sector and tech industry attended techUK&rsquo;s flagship public services conference, <a href="" rel="noreferrer" target="_blank">Building the Smarter State,</a> last week to hear the government's vision for transformation and learn how peers are re-imagining public services through technology.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>It was a packed agenda looking at the key issues creating the conditions for successful end-to-end transformation &ndash; from digital skills to managing change to making it easy for SMEs to work with government. We were delighted to welcome <a href="" rel="noreferrer" target="_blank">Oliver Dowden CBE MP</a>, Minister for Implementation as the opening keynote. At the conference the Minister revealed the s<a href="" rel="noreferrer" target="_blank">econd round of GovTech Catalyst challenges</a> - the &pound;20 million fund set up to help private sector innovators tackle public sector problems. The five new challenges include:&nbsp;</p> <ol start="1"><li> <p>How might we improve firefighter safety and operational response?&nbsp;</p> </li> </ol><ol start="2"><li> <p>How might we make better use of data to guide public sector audits?&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> </li> </ol><ol start="3"><li> <p>How might we automatically detect and identify illicit goods during the journey across the border without impacting fluidity of trade?&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> </li> </ol><ol start="4"><li> <p>How might we understand the overlaps between business regulations?&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> </li> </ol><ol start="5"><li> <p>How might we guarantee prescription continuity while people move between care providers?&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> </li> </ol><p>It was a keynote full of exciting announcements. The <a href="" rel="noreferrer" target="_blank">Minister committing innovation as a priority, which will be realised in an ambitious Innovation Strategy.</a> He said &ldquo;The strategy will share our vision of how government can use emerging technologies to deliver world class public services. It will encourage collaboration between the public and private sector and identify areas where investment can increase the pace of innovation.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="//" style="height:300px; width:450px"></p> <p>After hearing the government&rsquo;s vision we heard from a number of digital leaders across Whitehall departments and local government who shared their experiences of managing complex change and driving a culture of innovation.&nbsp;</p> <p>A reoccurring theme throughout the panels was that technology has an enabling role to do things differently. However, we should not start with the technology but with outlining the problem first and then looking to the tech solution. For the emerging technologies to succeed there needs to be in place the culture and leadership that recognises that digital doesn&rsquo;t just sit with IT, but with everyone. This powerfully articulated by Nicola Graham, Head of IT at Aberdeenshire Council when sharing her councils digital journey. This is a sentiment championed by techUK and something highlighted in our recent pape<a href="" rel="noreferrer" target="_blank">r, &lsquo;Council of the Future: A Digital Guide&rsquo; for Councillors&rsquo;</a> which encourages Councillors to adopt a digital-first mindset.&nbsp;</p> <p>Alongside our conference, last week we also held our <a href="" rel="noreferrer" target="_blank">Building the Smarter State campaign</a> which include a series of guest blogs from stakeholders and industry on the building blocks to the Smarter State. You can catch-up on all the <a href="" rel="noreferrer" target="_blank">content here</a> and continue the conversation by sharing your views at @techUK #techUKSmarterStat</p> <p><!--EndFragment--></p> Sir Alan Wilson appointed Chair of the Ada Lovelace Institute Tue, 11 Sep 2018 11:21:47 +0100 CRM Sync Sir Alan Wilson appointed Executive Chair of the Ada Lovelace Institute <p>The Nuffield Foundation has appointed Sir Alan Wilson as Executive Chair of the Ada Lovelace Institute.</p> <p>Sir Alan, who will step down as CEO of The Alan Turing Institute this month, will take up his new role with immediate effect. He will lead the 18-month development phase of the Ada Lovelace Institute, an independent research and deliberative body with a mission to ensure data and AI work for people and society.</p> <p>Sir Alan&rsquo;s first priority as Chair will be to lead the recruitment process for the Board &ndash; which will set the strategy and remit of the Ada Lovelace Institute &ndash; and a Director. <u><a href="">Recruitment for the Director is now open</a></u>, and Board opportunities will be advertised in the next few weeks. To be notified when the recruitment is live,&nbsp;please <u><a href="" target="_blank">sign up for email updates from the Ada Lovelace Institute</a></u>.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Commenting on the appointment, Sue Daley, Head of Cloud, Data Analytics and AI at techUK said:</p> <p>&ldquo;techUK welcomes Sir Alan Wilson&rsquo;s appointment as Executive Chair of the Ada Lovelace Institute as he leads the Institute&rsquo;s development over the next 18 months.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Sir Alan&rsquo;s prior experience at the Alan Turing Institute stands him in good stead to drive the aims of the Institute. Industry stands ready to support Sir Alan in his new role and look forward to continuing to work closely with the Ada Lovelace Institute as it gets to work.&rdquo;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK joins Electric Vehicle Energy Taskforce Steering Board Tue, 11 Sep 2018 10:22:00 +0100 CRM Sync techUK is joining the Steering Group of the Electric Vehicle Energy Taskforce which was announced as part of the Government's 'Road to Zero' strategy in July. <p>techUK is pleased to announced that it has joined the Steering Group of the <a href=",electric-vehicle-energy-taskforce-set-up-to-tackle-energy-sector-opportunities-and-impacts-associated-with-the-rise-of-electric-vehicles_3844.htm">Electric Vehicle Energy Taskforce</a>. The purpose of this group is to&nbsp;bring together the energy and automotive industries to plan for the changes that will take place as a result of rising electric vehicle use.&nbsp;The Taskforce, for which the LowCVP will provide secretariat functions, is chaired by Phil New, Chief Executive of the Energy Systems Catapult and was announced today by the Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling. It is part of a package of measures which were announced at today's Zero Emission Summit aimed at ensuring the UK is a world leader in this sector.&nbsp;</p> <p>Plug-in electric vehicle use has been increasing sharply in the last few years, albeit from a low base; representing over 4% of new car sales for the latest month for which figures are available (Aug 2018). The Road to Zero strategy confirmed the Government&rsquo;s commitment for all new cars and vans to be zero emission vehicles by 2040. The vast majority of these vehicles are expected to be fully or partly electrified.</p> <p>Meanwhile, the UK&rsquo;s energy generation system is also rapidly changing. In the short term, the rollout of smart meters and electric vehicle charging infrastructure will offer opportunities for the energy sector to work with consumers to level off electricity demand. By 2050, the UK will be powered by low, or zero, carbon electricity generation and, increasingly, by distributed renewable sources. The intermittent nature of renewable generation &ndash; providing surpluses at some times of day and deficits at others &ndash; creates a need (and a significant business opportunity) for new energy storage solutions. The batteries in electric vehicles (as well as those in &lsquo;second life&rsquo;) could provide a key missing link in the UK&rsquo;s future energy supply &lsquo;mix&rsquo;.</p> <p>The objective of the Electric Vehicle Energy Taskforce is to put engaging the electric vehicle user at the heart of preparing the electricity system for the mass take up of electric vehicles. It aims to ensure that costs and emissions are as low as possible, and opportunities for vehicles to provide grid services are capitalised upon for the benefit of the system, energy bill payers and electric vehicle owners.</p> <p>Matthew Evans, Head of techUK's Smart Infrastructure Programme, said <em>"techUK is pleased to be participating in the Electric Vehicle Energy Taskforce which brings together the energy and automotive industries to plan for growing use of electric vehicles in the UK. Data is at the heart of ensuring that we deliver consumer-centred charging infrastructure which facilitates the widespread adoption of Electric Vehicles, at the lowest possible cost. The tech sector already plays a leading role in driving down our emissions and we look forward to working with our partners in the energy and automotive sector to ensuring the UK is able to exceed its targets around electric vehicles and progress faster down the road to zero."</em></p> <p>techUK will be looking to engage members as we deliver inputs into the taskforce. We wil be publishing more information about the Taskforce's programme shorlty but if you would like to participate in this work then please contact <a href="">Manar Al-Muflahi</a>.&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK green week - one month to go! Tue, 11 Sep 2018 09:19:12 +0100 CRM Sync Ahead of our 'Green Week' showcasing how tech is leading the transition to a low carbon economy, we're keen to hear from technology businesses who may be interested in blogging for the campaign week. <p>15 - 20 October sees the first techUK 'Green Week', a campaign week looking at how UK technology businesses are helping deliver sustainability, environmental and low carbon outcomes. The week co-incides with the UK Government 'Green GB Week' and we will be collaborating with BEIS and other departments to really highlight UK leadership on these issues.</p> <p>The week will feature webinars, a podcast, blogs and posters looking at tech solutions transforming the environmental and low carbon sectors and we are very keen to get case studies and guest blogs throughout the week. Our only ask is that blogs and case studies fit in with the themes for each day, which&nbsp;are:</p> <ul><li>Monday - Living Spaces</li> <li>Tuesday - Land and Resources</li> <li>Wednesda - Our Footprint and Supply Chains</li> <li>Thursday - Oceans</li> <li>Friday - A Zero Carbon Tech Sector</li> </ul><p>If this is of interest please email Susanne or Craig (details beow).</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> Modernising Defence Programme: Review of consultation responses Mon, 10 Sep 2018 09:44:54 +0100 CRM Sync MOD releases review of Modernising Defence Programme consultation responses <p>Following the open consultation on Modernising Defence Programme (MDP), MOD has now released a brief review of the responses it has received. MOD received&nbsp; over 100 responses from&nbsp; stakeholders, ranging from members of the general public, Defence personnel (civilian and military), industry, academia, think tanks, Parliamentarians, Local Authorities, trade unions and charities.</p> <p>The responses are primarily focused on the four workstreams:</p> <p><strong>Workstream 1</strong> &ndash; MOD Operating Model: establishing a refreshed and clearer Operating Model for Defence, to enable better and faster decision-making and more efficient and effective delivery of Defence outputs.</p> <p><strong>Workstream 2</strong> &ndash; Efficiency and business modernisation: providing confidence in the MOD&rsquo;s ability to realise existing efficiency targets, and a set of options for future efficiency and business modernisation investments.</p> <p><strong>Workstream 3</strong> &ndash; Commercial and industrial approach: assessing how MOD can improve on commercial capability and strategic supplier management.</p> <p><strong>Workstream 4</strong> &ndash; Defence policy, outputs and military capability: analysing the global security context and its implications for Defence policy, the roles and tasks that we prioritise, and the opportunities or imperatives for modernising our workforce, military capabilities and force generation processes.</p> <p>MOD has outlined some key areas which were discussed in a large amount of responses. Some of these align with the response techUK made on behalf of its members. (The techUK response can be found at the bottom of this article). These include:</p> <p><strong><em>Change and Efficiency (workstreams 1 and 2) </em></strong></p> <p><em>A large number of responses made recommendations for realising greater efficiency in Defence. Many of these concerned the everyday business processes and practices used in Defence including: more intelligent use of IT to support remote working; better use of project management, procurement and budget management at the smaller scales of departmental business; and improvement of performance recruitment and management. </em></p> <p><em>Many responses argued that greater efficiency could be achieved by making better use of the workforce&rsquo;s skills: a greater focus on the value of expertise, with less reliance on generalists, a more targeted and considered use of contractors, and greater care taken to place people in roles that allow the fullest possible use of their expertise and qualifications.&nbsp; </em></p> <p><strong><em>Industry and prosperity (workstream 3) </em></strong></p> <p><em>A large number warned against the MOD procurement system becoming overly reliant on a small number of suppliers.&nbsp; Some suggested that Defence should pursue more collaborative, long-term relationships with a broader range of suppliers.&nbsp; This would be helped by better engagement with industry, increased visibility of MOD&rsquo;s forward programme of work, more opportunity for sub-contracting to SMEs, and better scrutiny of suppliers&rsquo; capabilities to ensure they remain both competitive and fit for purpose.&nbsp; </em></p> <p><em>Some proposed that Defence should ensure that it has the right mix of skills by investing more in commercial awareness and specialisms such as negotiation and through-life costing.&nbsp; A two-way secondment programme between Defence and industry would help on this front, and should contribute to better development and retention of highly skilled staff, and less reliance on external support. </em></p> <p><em>There was consensus amongst respondents that supply chain management and procurement processes can be simplified and improved, in part through more intelligent use of data, digital transformation, and automation.&nbsp;&nbsp; </em></p> <p><em>A significant number of responses highlighted the importance of Defence for UK prosperity. </em></p> <p><strong><em>Development of new capabilities </em></strong></p> <p><em>The capability areas most commonly cited as requiring investment were: ballistic missile defence; precision strike; information, surveillance and reconnaissance; cyber; information operations; and CBRN.&nbsp; Many respondents urged a greater dedication of resources to R&amp;D and innovation in order to develop these new capabilities more quickly. </em></p> <p>MOD continues to work on its response to the MDP consultation and aims to publish its findings later the Autumn. techUK is pleased to see that many of the responses have echoed the suggestions given in our own submission on behalf of members, and looks forward to working with MOD to implement the MDP&rsquo;s findings once published.</p> <p><strong>techUK&rsquo;s Head of Defence Programme Fred Sugden said:</strong></p> <p><em>&ldquo;techUK looks forward to the publication of the Modernising Defence Programme&rsquo;s findings in the Autumn, and our members stand ready to assist the MOD with the implementation of the MDP. Technology plays a critical role in helping the MOD modernise its business processes and drive efficiencies across Defence, and also underpins the world-class capabilities used by our Armed Forces. It is good to see that the responses have highlighted increased visibility of MOD&rsquo;s forward programme of work and more opportunities for sub-contracting to SMEs, and we are particularly pleased to see that our suggestion of a two-way secondment programme between Defence and industry to ensure Defence has the right mix of skills and expertise has been referenced&rdquo;</em></p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> Making the NHS website better for everyone - NHS Digital Fri, 07 Sep 2018 14:28:40 +0100 CRM Sync Making the NHS website better for everyone - NHS Digital <p><!-- Generic meta tags -->Making the NHS website better for everyone - NHS Digital<!-- Facebook meta tags --><!-- Twitter meta tags --><!--[if IE]><link rel="shortcut icon" href="/webfiles/1536232086842/icons/favicon.ico"><![endif]--><!--[if gt IE 8]><!--><!--<![endif]--><!--[if IE 6]> <link rel="stylesheet" href="/webfiles/1536232086842/css/nhsuk-ie6.css" media="screen" type="text/css"/> <![endif]--><!--[if IE 7]> <link rel="stylesheet" href="/webfiles/1536232086842/css/nhsuk-ie7.css" media="screen" type="text/css"/> <![endif]--><!--[if IE 8]> <link rel="stylesheet" href="/webfiles/1536232086842/css/nhsuk-ie8.css" media="screen" type="text/css"/> <![endif]--><!-- Global site tag (gtag.js) - Google Analytics --><!--[if IE]> <script src=""></script> <![endif]--><!--StartFragment--></p> <p><img alt="NHS website home page on computer and phone" src=""></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>I&rsquo;m a Product Manager at NHS Digital and my role is to look at how we can improve the design of the NHS website ( I work with a small team of skilled designers, developers and researchers. Together, we have recently made some important improvements to the site and this blog explains what they are and why we have made them.</p> <p>There are over 40 million visits to the NHS website ( per month. It has thousands of articles, videos and tools, all made to help people and there are links to lots of local and online services that make it easy for people to&nbsp;use the NHS.</p> <h3><strong>It is a good website but it could be better.</strong></h3> <p>But how do we know how to make things better? The simple answer is that we don&rsquo;t unless we test them with people!</p> <p>That is what we have been doing since we started this work. We have spoken to lots of people who use the website. We have asked them to have a look at the changes we have made and see how they feel about them. Sometimes we get it right and sometimes we don&rsquo;t. But that&rsquo;s ok, because it helps us to know what really works for people.</p> <p>So what have we done so far?</p> <h3><strong>We have made the NHS website work better on phones.</strong></h3> <p>Because most people use a phone to look at the NHS website, we have taken a 'mobile first&rsquo; approach.</p> <p>We have changed the size of the text and how images appear on phones to make them clearer and quicker to load.</p> <p>We&rsquo;ve tested our new designs with lots of people on phones to know what works better.</p> <h3><strong>We have made it easier to read.</strong></h3> <p><strong>&nbsp;<img alt="screenshots of the site on a phone before and after" src="">&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>The website has lots of pages and often these pages are very long. So we have made changes to the way words look on a page and the colours we use, to make it easier to read.</p> <p>We have also improved the way things look on our <a href="" onclick="logGoogleAnalyticsEvent('Link click','General','');">conditions and treatments</a> pages. This is so that people can quickly find the really important things.</p> <p>We have tested these with lots of people and everyone has been able to clearly read all the words. Some people have even said that they could read it without needing their reading glasses!</p> <h3><strong>We have made it easier for people to find what they need </strong></h3> <p><strong><img alt="Screenshot of conditions a to z before and after" src=""></strong></p> <p>People found it hard to use the Health A-Z. They got confused when they tried to use it.</p> <p>We have now made it simpler and clearer to use. People can find what they need much quicker.</p> <p>We have changed the top of the page to make it more accessible and help make it clear this is the NHS website.</p> <p>There is no longer the &lsquo;NHS Choices&rsquo; logo on the website. This is because people told us they didn&rsquo;t know what NHS Choices meant or simply didn&rsquo;t know about it. People call this website the NHS website. So we will too. You will continue to see the trusted NHS brand.</p> <h3><strong>There is a new homepage too</strong></h3> <p><strong><img alt=" home page before and after" src=""></strong></p> <p>There is also a new homepage for the website <a href="" onclick="logGoogleAnalyticsEvent('Link click','General','');"></a>&nbsp;which we are releasing gradually. From this page people will be able to find the health information they need. This will include links to local services.</p> <h3><strong>We have more to do but we are getting it right.</strong></h3> <p><strong><img alt="before and after of on a phone showing how much clearer it is now" src=""></strong></p> <p>One user we spoke to has a condition called dysgraphia. She finds it hard to write&nbsp; and finds remembering information difficult.</p> <p>She told us &ldquo;My brain does not take in text. I retain things better with colours and pictures. There is a logical order to how you have organised the information. That has really helped me. The dysgraphia affects how I process colours, different fonts and backgrounds. What stands out to a lot of people does not to me.</p> <p>The background is very clear. It is nice and plain and does not feel too bright. The way the font is on the page is nice and easy to see. I have not seen anything and thought - I can&rsquo;t make that out.&rdquo;</p> <h3><strong>The NHS is for everyone. So&nbsp;the NHS website should be for everyone too. </strong></h3> <p>We want the NHS website to be accessible for everyone. What this means is that people with a disability can use the website as easily as someone that does not have a disability.</p> <p>We want the site to be accessible to everyone. And to achieve that we have been fortunate to work with some amazing people and teams, such as the NHS Digital Ability Network Group, the NHS England Learning Disability and Autism Advisory Group, the NHS England Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Health and Wellbeing Alliance and BID Leeds Hearing &amp; Sight Loss service.</p> <p>With their help, we have been testing our changes with people who are dyslexic, people who are blind or partially sighted, people who are deaf or hard of hearing and people with a learning disability, autism or both.</p> <p>We have much to learn and will continue to make it better.</p> <h3><strong>And if we can get this right then the NHS website will work better for everyone.</strong></h3> <p>This feels like a good ambition to have, especially as we celebrate the 70th birthday of the NHS.</p> <p>To see the changes we have made, please go to the new <a href="" onclick="logGoogleAnalyticsEvent('Link click','General','');">homepage</a> or <a href="" onclick="logGoogleAnalyticsEvent('Link click','General','');">Health A-Z</a>.</p> <p>We will be writing more about the changes to the website soon so please look out for these.</p> <p><!--EndFragment--><br><!-- Facebook meta tags --><!-- Twitter meta tags --><!--[if IE]><link rel="shortcut icon" href="/webfiles/1536232086842/icons/favicon.ico"><![endif]--><!--[if gt IE 8]><!--><!--<![endif]--><!--[if IE 6]> <link rel="stylesheet" href="/webfiles/1536232086842/css/nhsuk-ie6.css" media="screen" type="text/css"/> <![endif]--><!--[if IE 7]> <link rel="stylesheet" href="/webfiles/1536232086842/css/nhsuk-ie7.css" media="screen" type="text/css"/> <![endif]--><!--[if IE 8]> <link rel="stylesheet" href="/webfiles/1536232086842/css/nhsuk-ie8.css" media="screen" type="text/css"/> <![endif]--><!-- Global site tag (gtag.js) - Google Analytics --><!--[if IE]> <script src=""></script> <![endif]--><!--StartFragment--></p> FCA's 'Live & Local' programme Tue, 04 Sep 2018 14:38:53 +0100 CRM Sync The Financial Conduct Authority will be travelling around the country to give updates for insurance, mortgage and non-bank payment companies. <p><strong>The FCA is now running a series of events for regulated firms, each of which will run on several dates in London, Birmingham, Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Manchester and Newcastle.</strong></p> <p><strong>Dates will be announced every few months&nbsp;- so sign up to the <a href=""><u>live and local updates</u></a> to get the latest emails.&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>The events will cover the following topics:</p> <p><a href="">General insurance</a>:</p> <p>Interactive workshops on the extension of the Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SM&amp;CR) and the Insurance Distribution Directive (IDD)</p> <p>Q&amp;A roundtable discussions with a panel of FCA and industry representatives</p> <p><a href="">Mortgage services</a>:</p> <p>For&nbsp;mortgage&nbsp;firms, there will be monthly Q&amp;A roundtable discussions for intermediaries and lenders to engage with a panel of FCA and industry representatives in an open, informal setting.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="">Non-bank payment services</a>:</p> <p>Non-bank payment services&nbsp;firms can attend 'An introduction to FCA Payments Supervision&rsquo; events in London, Birmingham and Manchester f</p> <p>Plus ad-hoc events for various sectors featuring the FCA Executive Committee, as well as additional events focusing on priorities from the&nbsp;FCA business plan 2018/19</p> <p>A new set of event dates and locations will be announced every few months on the&nbsp;Live &amp; Local webpage. The first set of events are running from September to December 2018.&nbsp;</p> <p>Registration is now open for non-bank payment services events which will provide an introduction to FCA Payments Supervision&rsquo; and provide clarity on the FCA&rsquo;s role, expectations, and its supervisory approach. These events will also offer firms an opportunity to ask FCA questions and meet its Payments Department. Representatives from the FCA's Authorisations team and Contact Centre will also be on hand. <strong>The dates and locations are now confirmed with spaces available at the November events</strong> as follows:</p> <p>Date (all sessions are 9.30am &ndash; 12pm)</p> <p>26 Sept (am) (FULL)</p> <p>DoubleTree by Hilton, Victoria, London (Central)</p> <p><strong>8 Nov</strong></p> <p><strong>Marriot Manchester Victoria &amp; Albert Hotel, Manchester</strong></p> <p><strong>21 Nov</strong></p> <p><strong>The Brewery, 52 Chiswell St, London (City)</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK response to Home Secretary speech on keeping children safe Mon, 03 Sep 2018 11:54:30 +0100 CRM Sync techUK comment on Home Secretary Sajid Javid's recent speech on keeping children safe <p><strong>Commenting on the Home Secretary&rsquo;s speech today given at the NSPCC, Vinous Ali, Head of Policy, techUK said:</strong></p> <p>&ldquo;Sharing and viewing child sexual abuse images is illegal and the tech sector is united and dedicated to both the identification and removal of that content, as well as supporting law enforcement in prosecuting perpetrators. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The Home Secretary has acknowledged that the identification of those committing these acts is a challenging task with perpetrators employing sophisticated techniques in an attempt to avoid detection. It is for that reason that collaboration between industry and law enforcement is so vital and why the sector has dedicated significant resources over many years to this issue.</p> <p>The tech industry is constantly investing in new ways to tackle illegal child abuse content online. The creation of the industry-funded Internet Watch Foundation, for example, was ground-breaking and provided a model for the rest of the world to follow.</p> <p>However, technology is only part of the solution and technology companies rely on being able to work closely with law enforcement. We must not fall into the trap of believing this is an online only issue. Today&rsquo;s announcement of more resources for law enforcement agencies is much needed and is very welcome, this will allow more perpetrators to be identified and prosecuted.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Notes to Editors</strong></p> <p>In 1996, the UK hosted 18% of the world&rsquo;s known online child sexual abuse material. Today, it hosts just 0.2%. - <a href=""></a>. According to IWF&rsquo;s most recent report, the majority of known child sexual abuse imagery is located on image hosting sites and cyberlockers. Less than 1% of known child sexual abuse material is hosted on social networks.</p> <p>Since 1996 IWF analysts have manually assessed nearly 700,000 reports and removed over 250,000 individual webpages of criminal content, primarily child sexual abuse images and videos.</p> <p>The Internet Watch Foundation is funded by the EU and Member companies from the online industry, including internet service providers (ISPs), mobile operators, content providers, hosting providers, filtering companies, search providers, trade associations and the financial sector. A list of member companies can be found here: <a href=""></a>&nbsp;</p> <p>Industry is working in collaboration globally to tackle this issue. In 2006 the <a href="">Technology Coalition</a> was created to tackle child sexual exploitation online. The <a href="">WEPROTECT Global Alliance</a> launched a new strategy in 2016, which sets out how they will work to identify and safeguard more victims and apprehend more perpetrators.</p> <p><a href="">Microsoft&rsquo;s PhotoDNA technology</a>, is a free service that helps identify and remove child sexual abuse images, and is now available in the cloud.</p> <p>Google is today making available <a href="">cutting-edge artificial intelligence</a> that can dramatically improve how NGOs and other technology companies review this content at scale and protect more children</p> JSaRC update - September 2018 Fri, 31 Aug 2018 13:50:15 +0100 CRM Sync The Home Office's Joint Security & Resilience Centre 's September update to Industry. <p>The Home Office's Joint Security &amp; Resilience Centre is committed to improving and increasing their communications with industry during 2018. As part of this plan, they are providing industry with regular updates regarding current and pipeline projects at JSaRC. See below for their most recent announcements&hellip;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>HMPPS Prison Visitor Verification Challenge</strong></p> <p>Thank you for your questions and responses to the HMPPS Visitor Verification Challenge. Due to a technical issue with the JSaRC mailbox, questions and responses&nbsp;did not arrive until after the deadline for responses had expired and because of this answers have not been sent out.&nbsp;In light of this issue we are extending the deadline for responses until 23:59 on Friday 7 September.&nbsp;To view responses to the questions asked, please follow the link <a href=";em=15880040&amp;turl=">here.</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>All responses already submitted will be considered, however if any company that has already submitted a response wishes to resubmit an updated&nbsp;version, the most recent response prior to the new deadline will be accepted.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>OSCT Director General Tom Hurd visits JSaRC&rsquo;s Cambridge HQ</strong></p> <p>OSCT Director General, Tom Hurd visited the JSaRC HQ in Cambridge this week. Tom was introduced to the team and taken on a tour of our offices and collaboration space. Tom joined the team in our Workplan Meeting to gain a detailed overview of our current and upcoming projects and programmes. Although increasingly aware of the projects we run, Tom was able to see that through our &lsquo;outcomes-focussed&rsquo; work, the team is bridging the gaps between government security challenges and engagement with the security sector.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Mobile Protective Security to VIPs Meeting &ndash; 28 September</strong></p> <p>JSaRC is hosting a meeting to discuss the private sector&rsquo;s capabilities in providing mobile protective security to VIPs in the UK.&nbsp; Companies who are actively providing this type of service in the UK are invited to register their interest to attend.&nbsp; The meeting will be run from 0900-1030 on 28 September in London.&nbsp; Places are very limited, so please respond ASAP to <a href=""></a> entitling your email &lsquo;Mobile Protective Security Meeting&rsquo;.&nbsp; Further details will be made available once your place is confirmed.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Security and Policing &ndash; March 2019</strong></p> <p>The JSaRC team is now fully engaged in the planning and delivery of next year&rsquo;s Security and Policing event.&nbsp; Themes for the event will include &lsquo;Protecting the Public&rsquo; and &lsquo;Protecting the Protectors&rsquo; and confirmed attendance by VIPs include the Home Secretary and Security Minister.&nbsp;Features will include a new Government Demonstration Zone and three Immersive Experiences showcasing the latest technologies and capabilities in CBRNE, Digital Innovation and fighting Serious Organised Crime.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Academic Engagement&nbsp;Forum &ndash; 16 October 2018&ndash; Hold the Date</strong></p> <p>JSaRC works closely with academia as well as industry. Following on from the success of our Academic Engagement Forum held in London&nbsp;in June, we are actively planning another forum in Manchester.&nbsp;Invitations will be sent out in the coming days.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>International Security Expo &ndash;&nbsp;28-29 November 2018&nbsp;&ndash; Hold the Date</strong></p> <p>JSaRC will be participating in the upcoming International Security Expo, being held at London&rsquo;s Olympia on&nbsp;28-29 November. This event is one of the security industry&rsquo;s leading events, packed with conferences, demonstrations and opportunities to engage with some of the UK&rsquo;s most innovative organisations.&nbsp;You can register to attend<u> <a href=";em=15880040&amp;turl=">here</a></u></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK welcomes new UK Government’s African Innovation Projects Thu, 30 Aug 2018 10:11:31 +0100 CRM Sync Initiatives in South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria will include teams to boost innovation in technology, an accelerator programme and entrepreneurship schemes. <p><a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">The UK government has announced a series of ambitious new Innovation Partnerships</span></a> between the UK and Africa which are expected to stimulate significant economic growth and support the creation of thousands of new jobs. techUK is welcomes these projects and is particularly pleased to see the introduction of tech hubs to these growing markets.</p> <p>The partnerships, announced by the Prime Minister as the UK strengthens ties with the region, will be established in African countries with growing tech sectors where there are young, expanding populations with ideas and innovations developing at a rapid pace.</p> <p>Building on the UK&rsquo;s already-strong investment in science and research in Africa, the partnerships will enable UK and African entrepreneurs to share skills and ideas, and encourage future trade.</p> <p>The Innovation Partnerships are a unique opportunity for UK entrepreneurs to work alongside and collaborate with African entrepreneurs at the cutting-edge of technology. The UK has a lot to gain from this untapped market, and a lot to share with its own expertise.</p> <p>The tech sector is one of the fastest growing sectors in Africa. The continent&rsquo;s startups raised 50 per cent more venture capital in 2017 than in 2016, and the majority of this is being invested in South Africa (&pound;130 million), Kenya (&pound;114 million) and Nigeria (&pound;89 million).</p> <p>Nigeria and Kenya&rsquo;s technology sectors are also growing rapidly and generate more than ten per cent and 11 per cent of their respective economic output.</p> <p>Technology can help transform societies by increasing economic participation and creating sustainable jobs and growth. It also increases the potential for countries to &lsquo;leapfrog&rsquo; to the latest developments. This happened in Kenya where a small UK aid investment in a startup ten years ago led to the explosion of mobile-phone based money transfer service MPesa.</p> <p>Today more than half of Kenya&rsquo;s daily GDP goes through mobile money.</p> <p>The new plans will bring together the best of British science, research and technology to offer tailored support to businesses and entrepreneurs in sectors from health to farming. And in partnership with DIT and DfID, will also open up new trading opportunities for exporters by helping promote stability and creating strong new markets.</p> <p><strong>The partnerships with South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria include:</strong></p> <ul><li>Dedicated UK science, technology and innovation teams who will build on the strong existing science relationships with South Africa and Kenya, including through the shared investments in the Newton Fund and high-end research programmes like the Square Kilometer Array. The aim is to leverage all of UK&rsquo;s investments in science and research and broaden this into the regions across Africa to achieve real impacts and support mutual interests</li> <li>New regional tech experts in Kenya and Nigeria to build links between the UK and Africa&rsquo;s cutting-edge digital sectors; support a wide range of startups to grow and create jobs; and help those in need of digital skills get access to training</li> <li>The rollout of digital skills and entrepreneurship programmes including TeXchange, Global EdTech Awards, Go Global and Founders and Coders programmes in Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa, so the UK becomes the partner of choice for startups to expand internationally</li> </ul><p><strong>Julian David, CEO of techUK, said:</strong></p> <p><em>&ldquo;Africa&rsquo;s economy is projected to grow by 3.2 per cent in 2018 and to a further 3.5 per cent in 2019, according to the latest 2018 World Bank report. Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa represent a significant part of that growth with technology increasingly underpinning these numbers.</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;The decision to set up Innovation Partnerships and extend the tech hub network to these African nations shows the Government clearly recognises this opportunity.</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;The decision will allow the UK tech community to engage with high-growth markets internationally, and in turn provide an important corridor for international communities to engage with our burgeoning UK tech sector.</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;techUK looks forward to working with the UK Government to grow these Innovation Partnerships for the benefit of the UK tech sector, the host countries and beyond.&rdquo;</em></p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> Councillors encouraged to adopt a digital-first mindset Thu, 30 Aug 2018 08:12:00 +0100 CRM Sync techUK publishes guide to help councillors deliver digital transformation in local public services, by tackling leadership, market engagement and creating a user-centric approach   <p>A new paper, Council of the future: A digital guide for councillors, launched today by techUK, the leading voice for the UK technology industry, sets out how the technologies of today and tomorrow can re-imagine public services to create the &lsquo;council of the future.&rsquo; It presents some advice for the newly elected and incumbent councillors on how to confidently begin the conversations around digital with peers and officers to engender change and build capacity across the council, whilst also delivering the best possible service and outcomes to residents.&nbsp;</p> <p>Councils are faced with a range of challenges: from demographic change, environmental crime, housing and adult social care, to employment opportunities. Set against a backdrop of rising citizen expectations and budget cuts, this poses a significant public policy challenge for elected officials. These challenges can no longer be faced alone, and digital presents the opportunity to do things differently. Fundamental to successful transformation is having strong digital leadership, and that means councillors must understand digital. It is no longer just the responsibility of the IT team.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>With over 100 newly elected councillors, this timely guide, provides a blueprint on what needs to be done and the questions needed to be asked to ensure the right leadership is in place to deliver meaningful transformation that improves outcomes for citizens. Key considerations for councillors should be:&nbsp;</p> <ul><li><strong>Putting in place the right digital leadership</strong>. Digital leadership must be formalised in terms of its authority to instigate change within the organisation. The structure of formalised Digital Leadership could take the form of Digital Champions, Chief Digital Officer (CDO), or through the establishment of a Digital Board.&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Early market engagement</strong>. What are the current mechanisms in place for pre-procurement engagement? By engaging with the technology market early, councils will be able to access the latest innovations and workshop through with partners what the art of the possible is.&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Putting user needs first.</strong> To build relationships with residents, it is important that citizens can engage in the way they prefer. This could be both face-to-face or digitally. A citizen-centric approach should be taken by working closely with the community to tackle digital exclusion.&nbsp;</li> </ul><p><strong>Georgina Maratheftis, programme manager for local government at techUK, said:&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><em>&ldquo;By grasping the digital agenda and having a digital-first mindset, councillors can be at the forefront of spearheading the transformation of the area into a &lsquo;smart community&rsquo; where citizens are empowered to shape services and create the places where they want to live. We hope this guide will act as a useful tool for both the new and incumbent councillors to have the right conversations about digital. The case studies in the guide show that digital is more than just achieving cost savings but about breaking down barriers; aiding collaboration and renewing local democracy and trust. We look forward to working with the councillors across the UK to help them realise their digital ambitions and reimagine what 21st century local services look like.&rdquo;&nbsp;</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK comment on Jeremy Corbyn media regulation speech Thu, 23 Aug 2018 10:43:04 +0100 CRM Sync techUK comments on Jeremy Corbyn's speech on a tech tax to support journalism <p>Commenting on the speech to be delivered by Jeremy Corbyn in which he discussed media regulation, Antony Walker, Deputy CEO at techUK, said:&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;High quality journalism and informed public debate provide an essential underpinning for modern democratic societies. Digital technologies have democratised knowledge, information and public discourse, for example by driving billions of views to publisher&rsquo;s websites every month for free, but tech has also given rise to new challenges. It is in everyone&rsquo;s interest to ensure that high quality independent journalism continues to thrive and that digital platforms support a healthy and informed public debate.</p> <p>&ldquo;Many tech companies are already working hard to address the misuse of platforms to seed disinformation. Tech firms are also working with traditional news media organisations to help them transform their develop business models for the digital age.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;It is good to see Mr. Corbyn engaging on these issues, however we need better ideas than just another proposal to tax tech companies. The Cairncross Review has been set up explicitly to look into the future of high quality journalism in the UK. &nbsp;Many techUK members are engaged in contributing detailed submissions to this review and we hope that Labour will engage constructively with the process.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Notes to editors:</p> <p><strong><u>Google delivers ten billion visits a month to publisher sites for free</u></strong></p> <p>Research commissioned by Google from Deloitte in April 2016 estimated the value of each click sent to news publishers between 3.5p and 7p (an estimate we know to be conservative), and that overall referral traffic to major publishers in France, Spain, Germany and the UK was worth more than &pound;650m. It also showed that the internet provided further opportunities to increase site clicks and grow revenues. Ofcom research in 2016 found that 28 per cent of users find online news stories via a search engine.</p> No Deal Notices show why EU Agreement is so important Thu, 23 Aug 2018 08:47:24 +0100 CRM Sync Dominic Raab's No Deal speech highlights the need for a deal that works for UK tech <p>The Secretary of State for the Department for Exiting the European, Dominic Raab,&nbsp;has <a href="">delivered a speech</a> outlining the Government's plans for a No Deal and announcing the publication of the <a href="">first set of No Deal Notices</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Commenting on this, techUK Deputy CEO, Antony Walker, said:<br> &nbsp;<br> &ldquo;These papers show more clearly than ever why it is so important that the UK secures a comprehensive deal with the EU. &nbsp;They show that No Deal would mean significant new bureaucracy for businesses, and higher costs and reduced choice for consumers. &nbsp;Most significantly, the papers make clear that No Deal means a full third country customs regime with the EU. &nbsp;That would create significant and unpredictable disruption to supply chains, new costs for UK tech businesses exporting to the EU and long delays for those trying to get goods into the UK, including the millions of packages sent via just-in-time e-commerce services.<br> &nbsp;<br> &ldquo;The notices also lay bare some of the other challenges facing the UK tech sector in the event of a no deal. Rules covering Payment Services will cease to apply, affecting many new FinTech companies and meaning charges for using credit cards would likely increase and payments in different currencies could slow. The UK would no longer be able to approve new medical devices for use in the EU and all UK businesses and businesses selling Dual Use equipment would have to apply for new licenses. &nbsp;All of this would create cost and complexity that would damage some of the UK&rsquo;s fastest growing and most innovative businesses.<br> &nbsp;<br> &ldquo;techUK welcomes the fact that Government is being honest about the problems a No Deal situation would cause and doing its best to address issues where possible. &nbsp;We welcome the clear commitment to introduce Postponed Accounting for VAT. &nbsp;This is a positive step that will ensure businesses do not face an immediate cash flow crisis as a result of at-the-border VAT charges the day after Brexit. &nbsp;However, the potential complexity of such a system shows yet again that the UK Government can only do so much to mitigate the impact on millions of businesses.<br> &nbsp;<br> &ldquo;While these notices show that the Government is aware of the many of the challenges facing us in the event of No Deal, it is worth noting that this is just the first tranche of papers. &nbsp;Many of the issues of highest importance to the UK tech sector such as the status of EU Citizens, the free flow of data, and the rolling over of existing EU trade deals are missing. It is vital that businesses are given the opportunity to make a full assessment of the situation as soon as possible in order to plan accordingly.&rdquo;<br> &nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> New approach and funding to improve prison security Tue, 21 Aug 2018 13:04:32 +0100 CRM Sync A £10m fund will help improve security within prisons. <p>Rory Stewart MP, the Minister for Prisons, last week <a href="">announced a new project to tackle some of the most pressing issues faced by the 10 most challenging prisons</a>. At the heart of the project is &pound;10 million in funding to improve security in prisons, combat drug use, and boost leadership capabilities through new training.</p> <p>The intention is that these 10 prisons - Hull, Humber, Leeds, Lindholme, Moorland, Wealstun, Nottingham, Ranby, Isis and Wormwood Scrubs - will serve as models of excellence for the rest of the prison estate to emulate. The Prisons Minister expects to see tangible results from this project within 12 months.</p> <p>The security challenges facing prisons are highly complex, and so any solutions to them must of course be multifaceted. But given the nature of the changing threats in prison security, it is undeniable that technology plays a role of central importance. techUK is delighted to be <a href="">hosting a roundtable in a few weeks&rsquo; time with HMPPS</a> to explore emerging technologies and the implications for prison security.</p> <p>The Security, Order and Counter Terrorism directorate (SOCT) exists to support HMPPS in its mission to prevent victims by changing lives. A priority for SOCT is to build HMPPS resilience to emerging security risks in order to become more proactive in managing new risks. They achieve this by identifying and assessing the operational resilience to potential new risks, and where a vulnerability exists, work to build HMPPS resilience to the prioritised risks before they materialise across the estate. One mechanism to identify and build operational resilience to emerging security risks is through early engagement with industry.</p> <p>This roundtable is a chance for HMPPS to engage with industry experts to explore what emerging technology might pose a risk to prison security in the future and what steps they might need to take to mitigate against those risks. <a href="">Interested members can book their places here</a>.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK responds to UK Government’s Export Strategy Paper Tue, 21 Aug 2018 11:57:38 +0100 CRM Sync techUK’s Head of International Trade, Simon Spier, responds to the Department for International Trade’s new Export Strategy Paper. <p>techUK&rsquo;s Head of International Trade, Simon Spier, responds to the Department for International Trade&rsquo;s new <a href="">Export Strategy Paper</a>.</p> <p><em>&ldquo;The UK digital sector is one of the UK&rsquo;s export success stories. Digital exports consistently outpace exports from the economy as a whole and are only set to grow as our economy digitises.&nbsp; The Government&rsquo;s new Export Strategy is a positive step to help support that growth.&nbsp; It rightly recognises the need to support the businesses of the future and the value that ecommerce and digital trade can bring to every part of our economy.</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;techUK particularly welcomes the decision to create a single digital platform for exports through and to put export finance at the heart of the effort to help businesses explore new markets.&nbsp; The strong intentions of the strategy will have to be matched by further action to build in-country experience, support the free flow of data while maintaining data protection standards and enabling the mobility of people to markets in order to service contracts. Building our export base must be viewed as a long term project that can benefit the entire UK economy and so this strategy should rightly be treated as a starting point, not a destination.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK Green Week - Get involved! Thu, 16 Aug 2018 13:37:53 +0100 CRM Sync techUK has announced a 'Green Week' on 15-20 October showcasing how the tech sector is delivering low-carbon and sustainable outcomes. <p>From 15 &ndash; 20 October techUK is running a campaign week looking at how tech and digital are helping deliver a low carbon and sustainable Britain. Coinciding with Green GB Week, we want to showcase how technology is transforming the environment for good and supporting the transition to a low-carbon economy.</p> <p>To support the week, we are looking for members and stakeholders to contribute blogs and articles looking at where they see the real opportunities for digital transformation, whether that be AI tools for flood predictions, smart energy products in homes to cut emissions, blockchain enabled emissions trading or IoT tracking of materials.</p> <p>There are also opportunities to contribute to a podcast. If you think you have something to contribute, please do get in touch. The only thing we ask is that you stick to the daily themes which are:</p> <ul><li>Monday &ndash; Towns and Cities</li> <li>Tuesday &ndash; International sustainability</li> <li>Wednesday &ndash; Land and Natural Resources</li> <li>Thursday - Oceans</li> <li>Friday &ndash; A low carbon tech sector</li> </ul><p>If this is of interest, please get in touch by 10 September by emailing Craig or Susanne (details below).</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> UK Government launch new National Product Safety Strategy Tue, 14 Aug 2018 16:17:06 +0100 CRM Sync The new National Product Safety Strategy has been published that overhauls the UK approach to product safety issues. <p>Last Friday saw the launch of a new <strong><a href="">National Product Safety Strategy</a></strong>, which radically overhauls the UK approach to product regulation with more powers being held centrally, a decent budget for interesting new research and a range of&nbsp;new initiatives. The launch is also the first real long-term strategy we have seen from the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) since it launched in January which is a positive step.</p> <p>Since the OPSS launched, indusry has struggled to understand it's remit&nbsp;and techUK hopes the new Minister and strategy delivers longer term certainty for those who have to engage with it. Businesses know&nbsp;the OPSS took on respnsibilities that belonged to the previous Directorate (Regulatory Delivery), but the OPSS was meant to have a wider role&nbsp;and techUK is pleased to see details of this in the strategy document and delivery plan.&nbsp;The strategy itself&nbsp;has four key objectives:</p> <ul><li><strong>Analyse:</strong> strengthening analysis to support effective decision making, making the best use of scientific evidence, risk and intelligence.</li> <li><strong>Inform:</strong> providing information to support consumers in making informed choices and ensuring that businesses have the information they need to be responsible and comply with the law.</li> <li><strong>Enforce:</strong> delivering responsive, effective and targeted enforcement to maintain protection, fairness and confidence.</li> <li><strong>Build:</strong> creating a robust product safety system infrastructure that supports innovation and ensures the UK system is fit for the future.</li> </ul><p>Some of the headline policies in the strategy include:</p> <ul><li>Create an ongoing partnership with stakeholders to facilitate data and intelligence sharing, including through membership of the Government Agency Intelligence Network (GAIN).</li> <li>A new national incident management team for product safety incidents capable of coordinating large scale product recall and repair programmes.</li> <li>establishing a new website to support consumers with reliable information and advice about recalled products.</li> <li>close working with manufacturers to ensure they are compliant with safety regulations from an earlier stage of the production process.</li> <li>developing tools and guidance to assist local authorities in improving risk assessments, identifying mistakes before they happen.</li> </ul><p>These headline measures are supported by <strong><a href="">40 or so specific policies</a></strong> and a summary was sent to members on Friday 10 August. If you want to see this summary&nbsp;please email <strong><a href=""></a></strong>.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK responds to Migration Watch paper Tue, 14 Aug 2018 13:43:35 +0100 CRM Sync techUK Deputy CEO Antony Walker responds to paper claiming IT companies exploit immigration 'loophole.' <p><em>Antony Walker, Deputy CEO, reaffirms the importance of the UK being open to global talent in response to report by the think-tank Migration Watch, commenting:</em></p> <p>&ldquo;The UK is a world leader in tech because it is open and attractive to the best international talent. While it is right that the industry continues to build our domestic skills pipeline, maintaining routes that allow businesses to get the workers they need, where and when they need them, is critical&nbsp;to the tech sector and to our economy.</p> <p>&ldquo;It is wrong to suggest that international talent is undercutting UK domestic skills. Last year there were more unfilled vacancies in IT than any other sector. As the economy as a whole continues to digitise, we are seeing demand for tech skills increasing across the whole economy. As yet our domestic pipeline of tech skills and talent isn't strong enough to meet this demand. This is a systemic problem which can&rsquo;t be solved overnight and needs sustained effort,&nbsp;for example to address the shortfall of maths teachers in the UK.</p> <p>&ldquo;At a time when many tech firms are already concerned with changes to EU migration, the Government should be looking to make it easier to secure international talent to support the needs of a growing digital economy, including by removing the arbitrary cap on Tier 2 visas. That is a far better way to help&nbsp;drive the competitiveness of the UK post-Brexit and create jobs. If we want to meet the vision of Global Britain then we need to be a hub for the very best global tech talent.&rdquo;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Join techUK’s local public services emerging tech working group! Tue, 14 Aug 2018 11:10:17 +0100 CRM Sync A new cross-programme working group has been set-up to demystify how the technologies of today and tomorrow can re-imagine local public service outcomes. <p>The Working Group has been set-up to provide strategic input into techUK cross-programme &lsquo;Council of the Future&rsquo; activity, focusing on how the technologies of today and tomorrow can re-imagine local public service outcomes.</p> <p>With councils continuing to manage demand and rising expectations at a continued time of financial constraints, some are embracing and seeing technology as an enabler to doing things differently to deliver more efficient, improved services. At our recent <a href="">&lsquo;Council of the Future: Is there a role for AI?&rsquo;</a>, we heard from councils who were early adopters of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to improve customer experience and reduce cost. A reoccurring theme that came out of this roundtable and other local government events we have held is that techUK has a role to help councils horizon scan and understand the &lsquo;art of the possible.&rsquo; The aim of the Working Group will be to convene industry and local government to produce a visual that will illustrate how emerging technologies can lead to a change in a social pathway or effect an outcome.</p> <p>This will be a cross-programme Working Group, bringing together the various techUK public sector and cross-market programmes to share learning and discuss what the most appropriate output will be, what service areas to prioritise, to help councils horizon scan and understand the transformative role of emerging technologies, as well as any additional activity such as events that will be of value to the market. There may also be the possibility for sub-groups.</p> <p>For further information please read the Terms of Reference below.</p> <p>If you would like to get involved and be part of this Working Group please email <a href=""></a></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Defence & Security Accelerator (DASA) Competition Tue, 14 Aug 2018 10:32:21 +0100 CRM Sync This DASA competition seeks proposals for novel approaches to predictive cyber security <p>The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) has launched a&nbsp;competition to seek novel approaches to predict and counter cyber threats in defence and security. Through Phase 1 of the competition, &pound;1 million of funding is available to fund proof-of-concept technologies, <a href="" target="_blank">above Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 2</a>. DASA anticipates funding around 5 to 10 proof-of concept research projects of up to 6 months duration. Additional funding may be available for future phases.</p> <p>A summary of the competition is as follows:</p> <p><u><strong>Background</strong></u></p> <p>Traditional cyber security methods only respond to known threats. However, as our understanding of adversaries and attack patterns improves, and increased computing power and data growth continues to drive the Artificial Intelligence revolution, new possibilities are emerging to get ahead of threats and predict future cyber attacks.</p> <p>Computing infrastructure is a key component of nearly all modern defence systems and provides another attack surface for adversaries. Cyber security has been in an arms race for decades, with hackers continuously exposing new vulnerabilities and developers racing to patch them. Approaches to cyber defence have historically been reactive, relying on whitelists, known (virus/malware) signatures, or more recently on broader machine-learning detection methods. Such reactive methods are forensic or, at best, real-time. There has been limited effort in predicting events related to a cyber attack (prior to, or during the attack) and very few fully-developed and deployable tools exist with predictive capability.</p> <p>Forecasting future events is not a new concept and predictive analytics drives many areas of industry. DASA&nbsp;are interested in novel approaches to cyber security that can predict the most likely offensive cyber events and/or predict optimal defensive cyber actions, to enable proactive defence in a hostile and contested cyber environment. This competition is anticipated to:</p> <ul><li>adapt and implement predictive approaches from other industries to the cyber security domain</li> <li>create and implement novel predictive analytics specific to the cyber security domain</li> <li>exploit empirical observation-based models of attackers to make predictions (for example of adversary tactics, techniques and procedures; of kill-chains; of attacker competency levels)</li> <li>automate the assimilation of (text-based) knowledge collected for many systems (such as known risks or vulnerabilities), and transfer that knowledge to new systems that have the same (or similar) components and operating procedures</li> <li>develop approaches to recognise patterns of life that are not time-based, but sequence based</li> <li>build on alerts from reactive methods to forecast future offensive cyber events, and thereby predict optimal cyber defences</li> </ul><p>Proposals that are not in scope include: those that focus on theoretical models, or that lack implementation to real data, and those that ingest social media feeds or other public data of a personal nature.</p> <p>Predicting vulnerabilities in hardware/software, and monitoring the `health&rsquo; of a system are only acceptable if used as components in a larger predictive engine.</p> <p>Proactive intelligence gathering via the use of honeypots is in scope. Proposals that make use of open-source data formats (for example, threat intelligence reporting, sharing and ingesting) are encouraged. Preference may be given to proposals that forecast future events, rather than predict past events that were overlooked.</p> <p>DASA seeks to promote collaboration between academia and industry to develop novel tools to prediction in the cyber security domain. All proposals should highlight how subsequent phases will build on the initial phase of development and all phases should include a demonstration as a deliverable. The initial phase may make use of data from enterprise systems (such as standard office equipment) but subsequent phases should show capability when using data from military operational technology.</p> <p>The initial phase may be demonstrated within a representative business enterprise system but subsequent phases should be applicable to the unique systems, circumstances, threats and opportunities that MOD faces.</p> <p>Details on how to apply will be included in the full competition document, which will soon be available on the competition webpage, <a href="">which you can find here.</a></p> <p>If you have any queries on this competition, please do contact DASA&nbsp;at&nbsp;<a href=""></a>&nbsp;or&nbsp;<a href="">sign up</a>&nbsp;for alerts.</p> <p><strong>The competition will close at midday on 5 November 2018</strong></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Data Centres Council Concerned about EU proposals Tue, 14 Aug 2018 07:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync The UK Council of Data Centre Operators is very concerned about European Commission proposals under the EcoDesign Directive, to impose power limits for idling servers without taking performance into account. <p>Please click below to download the document.&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Sage report on Building a Competitive, Ethical AI Economy Mon, 13 Aug 2018 09:35:56 +0100 CRM Sync Businesses and government alike need to address the ethical issues surrounding AI. <p><a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">Earlier this month Sage</span></a> published its position paper, <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">Building a Competitive, Ethical AI&nbsp;Economy</span></a>, outlining the key steps for government and businesses to put ethical AI principles into practice to benefit industry, government and society.&nbsp; The paper was compiled with participation from government representatives and global businesses, including techUK.</p> <p>The paper outlines actionable insights for business and society to leverage AI-powered technologies in an ethical, trustworthy and sustainable way. According to the paper, industry leaders and government must work closely with AI experts to put ethical principles into practice under four key pillars:</p> <p><strong>1.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Introducing AI corporate governance and ethical frameworks</strong></p> <ul><li><em>For business</em>&nbsp;- Develop or revise corporate governance frameworks to include ethical technology policies with top-down accountability measures specific to each organisation&rsquo;s business model. Include adherence to frameworks as a static agenda item for discussion at board meetings, employee performance reviews and less formal management/staff check-ins to establish accountability expectations at every level.</li> <li><em>For government</em>&nbsp;- Look at the role of regulators, like the UK&rsquo;s Financial Reporting Council (FRC), in guiding and assisting specific sectors on ethical best practices implementation. Work with industry AI experts to familiarise regulators with the technology&rsquo;s technical makeup, potential security risks and real-world applications before launching formal investigation programs. Review the need for enforcing domestic and/or international standards in order to ensure a level playing field.</li> </ul><p><strong>2.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Demystifying AI and sharing accountability</strong></p> <ul><li><em>For business</em> -&nbsp;Engage external ethical experts to explore how AI accountability or explainability applies to specific corporate ambitions and customers&rsquo; needs. Develop strategies for testing AI prior to deployment &ndash; and monitoring once AI is out in the world.</li> <li><em>For government</em>&nbsp;&ndash; Recognise that there needs to be a balance between corporate AI innovation and increased accountability.</li> </ul><p><strong>3.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Building human trust in corporate AI</strong></p> <ul><li><em>For business</em>&nbsp;- Make corporate approaches to informing stakeholders about AI and its purpose as transparent as possible. Introduce training and certification programs for partners and employees working with AI to conduct business. Communicate steps taken to test AI for performance flaws and safeguard work done with the technology to potential users.</li> <li><em>For government</em>&nbsp;- Run government-anchored awareness campaigns to reduce public inhibitions around AI presence in work and everyday life.</li> </ul><p><strong>4.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Welcoming AI into the workforce</strong></p> <ul><li><em>For business</em>&nbsp;- Invest in school programs to support community digital education. Empower HR functions with data to map future skills demand. Invest in retraining. Call on fellow businesses and Governments to incorporate AI and data science into staff training throughout ranks.</li> <li><em>For government</em>&nbsp;- Ensure young people leave education equipped for applying AI and with an understanding of the wider ethical issues. Redirect existing skills investment into staff retraining for jobs that interact significantly with AI and other automated technologies.</li> </ul><p>Taking practical steps to address the ethical issues posed by AI should be an ongoing priority for government and businesses alike. On Wednesday 12 December, we&rsquo;ll be hosting techUK&rsquo;s Digital Ethics Summit, bringing together key stakeholders to assess the progress made over the last twelve months to build the capacity and capabilities needed to recognise, identify and address digital ethical issues and concerns. We will consider whether the practical action that has been taken is enough and discuss what more may be needed. &nbsp;Registration for techUK&rsquo;s Digital Ethics Summit will be open shortly.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK at Political Party Conferences Fri, 10 Aug 2018 11:12:08 +0100 CRM Sync Take a look at techUK's agenda for this year's party conference season. <p>Autumn party conferences are fast approaching, with the inevitable rumours of leadership challenges against Corbyn and May making their way into the news.</p> <p>This party conference season will see techUK host and join a range of panels alongside thought leaders, MPs and Ministers at the Labour Conference in Liverpool and the Conservative Conference in Birmingham.</p> <p>Please come join techUK and our members at our events where we will discuss some of the biggest issues facing the sector and country, from future proofing the workforce to manage new technologies like AI, to helping businesses large and small adopt technology to boost their productivity.</p> <p>To find out more about what we&rsquo;re doing at party conferences please contact Ben Bradley on <a href=""></a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align:center"><img alt="Labour Party Logo " src="" style="height:55px; width:300px"></p> <p style="text-align:center"><strong><u>Labour Party Conference</u></strong></p> <p style="text-align:center"><strong><em>Liverpool, 23rd-26th September</em></strong></p> <p style="text-align:center">&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><u>Monday 24th September:</u></strong></p> <p><strong>New Statesman Business Reception (invitation only)</strong></p> <p><em>18:30-20:00, Room 2, Lower Level, Hall 2, ACC Liverpool</em></p> <ul><li>John McDonell MP, Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer</li> <li>Julian David, CEO, techUK</li> </ul><p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><u>Tuesday 25th September</u></strong></p> <p><strong>Making Business Digital: Solving the UK&rsquo;s productivity puzzle so that no-one is left behind</strong></p> <p><em>Google, Sage and techUK</em></p> <p><em>11:00-12:00, Concourse Room 3, ACC Liverpool </em></p> <ul><li>Antony Walker, Deputy CEO, techUK (chair)</li> <li>Stephen Kelly, CEO, Sage</li> <li>Katie O&rsquo;Dononvan, Public Policy Manager, Google</li> <li>Bill Esterson MP, Shadow BEIS Minister</li> <li>Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester (invited)</li> </ul><p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Making the Future of Work, Work for All </strong></p> <p><em>Cisco and techUK </em></p> <p><em>14:30-15:30, Concourse Room 3, ACC Liverpool </em></p> <ul><li>Antony Walker, Deputy CEO, techUK (chair)</li> <li>Scot Gardner, Chief Executive UK &amp; Ireland, Cisco</li> <li>Kate Bell, Head of Economic and Social Affairs, TUC</li> <li>Lesley Giles, Director, The Work Foundation</li> <li>Tom Watson MP, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party and Shadow DCMS Secretary (invited)</li> </ul><p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>How do we make the UK a world leader in autonomous vehicles? </strong></p> <p><em>FiveAI and techUK</em></p> <p><em>16:00-17:00, Meeting Room 7, Liverpool ACC</em></p> <ul><li>Antony Walker, Deputy CEO, techUK (chair)</li> <li>Stan Boland, Chief Executive and co-founder, FiveAI</li> <li>Leon Daniels, former MD, Surface Transport, TfL</li> <li>Lillian Greenwood MP, Chair, Transport Committee (invited)</li> <li>Andy McDonald MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Transport (invited)</li> </ul><p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align:center"><img alt="Conservative Logo" 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style="height:53px; width:350px"></p> <p style="text-align:center"><strong><u>Conservative Party Conference</u></strong></p> <p style="text-align:center"><strong><em>Birmingham, 30th September-3rd October</em></strong></p> <p><strong><u>Sunday 30th September:</u></strong></p> <p><strong>AI: a force for good?</strong></p> <p><strong><em>16:00-17:30, Hall 6, Birmingham ICC</em></strong></p> <ul><li>Kulveer Ranger, VP Strategy and Communications, Atos UK&amp;I</li> <li>Antony Walker, Deputy CEO, techUK</li> <li>Will Tanner, Director Onward</li> <li>Mark Wallace, Executive Editor, ConHome</li> </ul><p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><u>Monday 1st October</u></strong></p> <p><strong>How do we make the UK a world leader in autonomous vehicles? </strong></p> <p><em>FiveAI and techUK</em></p> <p><em>16:00-17:00, Drawing Room, Hyatt Regency Birmingham</em></p> <ul><li>Stan Boland, Chief Executive and co-founder, FiveAI</li> <li>Leon Daniels, former MD, Surface Transport, TfL</li> <li>Vicky Ford MP, Member of Science and Technology Committee (invited)</li> <li>Chris Grayling, Secretary of State for Transport (invited)</li> <li>Dharmash Mistry, Partner, Lakestar Capital</li> <li>Oliver Shah, Business Editor, The Sunday Times (invited)</li> </ul><p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Trust, Data and Decisions: How do we find the information we need?</strong></p> <p><em>Institute for Government and Solicitors Regulation Authority</em></p> <p><em>15:45-17:00, Concerto Room, Hyatt Regency Birmingham </em></p> <ul><li>Gavin Freeguard, Head of Data and Transparency, Institute for Government (chair)</li> <li>Jane Malcolm, Executive Director, Solicitors Regulation Authority</li> <li>Caroline Normand, Director of Policy, Which?</li> <li>Antony Walker, Deputy CEO, techUK</li> </ul><p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>The new economy: how will automation and AI change the future of work? </strong></p> <p><em>Prospect Magazine</em></p> <p><em>17:45-19:00, Executive Room 2, Birmingham ICC</em></p> <ul><li>Vinous Ali, Head of Policy, Innovation, Skills and Migration, techUK</li> <li>Alok Sharma MP, Minster of State for Employment</li> <li>Neil Carmichael, Chair of the Pearson HE Commission</li> </ul><p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>The Enterprise Forum Business Reception (invitation only)</strong></p> <p><em>17:45-19:00, Hall 8, Birmingham ICC</em></p> <ul><li>Brian Berry, Chief Executive, Federation of Master Builders</li> <li>Special Guest Speaker</li> </ul><p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><u>Tuesday 2nd October </u></strong></p> <p><strong>Digital Britain: are we being ambitious enough? </strong></p> <p><em>Google, Sage and techUK</em></p> <p><em>16:00-17:00, Dolce Room, Hyatt Regency Birmingham </em></p> <ul><li>Antony Walker, Deputy CEO, techUK (chair)</li> <li>Margot James MP, Digital and Creative Industries Minister</li> <li>Ronan Harris, UK &amp; Ireland MD, Google</li> <li>Stephen Kelly, CEO, Sage</li> <li>Andy Street, Mayor for the West Midlands (invited)</li> </ul><p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Powering up: Supercharging productivity in the Digital Age </strong></p> <p><em>The Spectator </em></p> <p><em>16:00-17:00, Birmingham ICC</em></p> <ul><li>Tony Danker, CEO of the Productivity Leadership Group</li> <li>Scot Gardner, Chief Executive UK &amp; Ireland, Cisco</li> <li>Jacqueline de Rojas, President, techUK</li> <li>Ben Houchen, Mayor of Tees Valley (invited)</li> </ul><p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>AI, Automation and the Future of Work</strong></p> <p><em>ResPublica, techUK and Tata Consultancy Services</em></p> <p><em>17:45-19:00, Room 101, Library of Birmingham </em></p> <ul><li>Antony Walker, Deputy CEO, techUK</li> <li>Vicky Ford MP, Member of Science and Technology Committee</li> <li>Jeremy Wright, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (invited)</li> <li>Jim Bligh, Director of Corporate Affairs, Tata Consultancy Services</li> </ul><p>&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Latest RAJAR Digital Radio Listening Data Thu, 09 Aug 2018 17:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync Digital listening share grew by 3% year on year from 48.7% to 50.2% but fell back by 1.4% quarter on quarter from 50.9% to 50.2% . <p>Digital listening share grew by 3% year on year from 48.7% to 50.2% but fell back by 1.4% quarter on quarter from 50.9% to 50.2% .</p> <p>This slight decline was driven by in in-home digital listening hours (which decreased 4.6% year on year) as opposed to in &nbsp;car and workplace listening hours which increased by 14% year on year. A contributing factor was the reduction in listening via digital TV which declined 16% year on year perhaps impacted by the warm weather.</p> <p>Looking at age demographics&nbsp; there was no significant change with all ages remaining over 50% digital listening, excepting the 65+ age groups.</p> <p>There were strong performances by digital-only stations and listening to digital-only stations grew by 11% year on year. The leading digital station BBC 6 Music recorded its second biggest audience and the No 1 commercial digital station KISSTORY&nbsp; grew its audience by 16.7% year on year to exceed 2 million listeners for the first time.</p> <p>There were strong performances from Heart 80s, Heart Extra, Smooth&nbsp; Extra, Absolute 90s, Jazz FM, Virgin Radio, Magic Soul and Magic Chilled.</p> <p>For Digital Radio UK press release on digital listening results click<a href=""> here</a>.</p> <p>This quarter was too early to judge the impact of the World Cup which kicked-off on 14 June, so the beneficial impact of sports listening is expected to reflected in next quarter's data.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> How will technology transform public services? Thu, 09 Aug 2018 14:08:21 +0100 CRM Sync techUK's Building the Smarter State conference brings together digital leaders from across the public and private sectors to find out! <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Transforming public services is hard. As then Minister for the Cabinet Office Ben Gummer said in his foreword to the <a href="">Government Transformation Strategy</a> in 2017:</p> <blockquote> <p>&ldquo;There is no company on earth - even the largest of multinationals - which comes close to having to co-ordinate the array of essential services and functions for millions of people that a modern government provides.&rdquo;</p> </blockquote> <p>Next month will mark the mid-point of the Transformation Strategy, and the challenges haven&rsquo;t got any less daunting, with Brexit and demographic pressures placing more strain than ever on already stretched public sector resources. So how should public servants and their partners in industry respond? Joining us at techUK&rsquo;s <a href="">Building the Smarter State conference</a> this year will be the Minister with responsibility for the Government Digital Service, Oliver Dowden. He will be outlining how Government has set about tackling these challenges, the plans it has for the innovative public services of the future, and the ways in which the UK&rsquo;s tech industry can partner on public sector transformation.</p> <p>Clearly, the digital skills and capabilities that public sector organisations can call on will play an important role in determining how many of these plans will be realised. Civil Service Chief Executive John Manzoni will deliver the second keynote address at Building the Smarter State looking at how public servants can ensure they have the skills they need to design and deliver the services of the future, and take advantage of the innovative solutions being developed by the UK&rsquo;s thriving tech sector.</p> <p>The Government&rsquo;s <a href="">Industrial Strategy</a> committed it to fostering a closer relationship between public and private sectors by supporting innovation in industry through the design of better digital public services. Sue Owen, Permanent Secretary at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport will outline how her department and the Government more widely is working towards this goal by transforming data and digital thinking across the public sector, while Rupul Karia, Fujitsu&rsquo;s Head of Public and Private Sector in the UK and Ireland, will explore some of the transformations that successful partnerships have already delivered.</p> <p>But a better understanding of the big strategic challenges facing the public sector is not the only thing that we hope delegates will come away from Building the Smarter State with. Running throughout the day will be a series of interactive sessions and hands-on demos designed to share advice, feedback and experience of the public sector market for both new and established suppliers. The Government&rsquo;s SME Crown Representative Emma Jones will conduct a Q&amp;A on breaking into the market, while service designers from Government and industry will work together in our hackathon to rethink how technology can transform public services.</p> <p>But perhaps most importantly of all, we hope that by bringing together hundreds of digital leaders from across the public and private sector we can build the networks, skills and ideas that the UK&rsquo;s innovators need to be able to rethink the public services of tomorrow. If you&rsquo;d like to join us, let us know <strong><a href="">here</a>.</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> ONS stats that show 26% of smartphone users did not have security Wed, 08 Aug 2018 11:23:15 +0100 CRM Sync New ONS stats that show 26% of smartphone users did not have smartphone security. <p>According to the 2018 Internet Access Survey, from the Opinions and Lifestyle survey conducted by ONS, almost 25% of users in the UK do not know if they have smartphone security installed on there devices.</p> <p>Despite&nbsp; 78% of the adult population now using a mobile device to access the internet, over a quarter do not have smartphone security. 24% of smartphone users across all age groups do not know whether they had smartphone security software installed. This concerning lack of awareness could leave UK users vulnerable to cyber attacks.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Talal Rajab</strong>, Head of Cyber and National Security, techUK said:</p> <p><em>&ldquo;The proportion of smartphone users increases year-on-year, making the devices now the most popular means to access the internet.&nbsp; Due to their popularity, and the huge amounts of sensitive personal data they store, smartphones are an increasingly attractive target for cyber criminals.</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;Therefore, the news that nearly a quarter of smartphone users do not know whether their devices have security installed is troubling.&nbsp; Government and industry are currently working hard to ensure that internet connected devices, including smartphones, have security built-in by design. But if users are not aware of these security features and do not, for example, install updates to their smartphone&rsquo;s operating system, then such efforts may be futile. Consumers must also take responsibility for their own devices and seek out the guidance that is available to secure their own valuable data.&rdquo;</em></p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> RAF100 augmented reality flypast app Tue, 07 Aug 2018 13:56:59 +0100 CRM Sync RAF100 augmented reality flypast app <p>To coincide with the start of the RAF100-themed Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, 3 August, the Royal Air Force brings the iconic Vulcan Bomber to people&rsquo;s fingertips through its ground-breaking RAF100 AR Flypast App, available as a free download for smartphones and tablet devices.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Vulcan Bomber has not flown since October 2015, but people can now experience the Vulcan flying above their heads through augmented reality (AR). As well as all the existing planes on the App &ndash; including the Spitfire, Lancaster Bomber, the Red Arrows and many more - the Vulcan Bomber, Buccaneer, Canberra and Lightning F1 planes will now be added in a special celebratory formation flypast.</p> <p>Created in partnership with students from The University of Lincoln, the App aims to inspire and engage younger audiences in aerospace evolution, technology and careers.</p> <p>Users can capture and collect aircraft in the App, create their own flypasts, and learn about the history and technology of each plane. Through the cameras on their devices, users can view high quality 3D aircraft models against their chosen background, bringing exhilarating Royal Air Force flypasts to life anywhere in the UK.</p> <p>The App launched in early July to coincide with the spectacular RAF100 Flypast, which saw&nbsp; 103 Royal Air Force aircraft fly over Buckingham Palace and central London and is available to download from the App Store and Google Play.</p> <p><strong>Air Commodore Chris Jones</strong> said: &ldquo;The Royal Air Force takes centre stage at the Edinburgh Royal Military Tattoo and to mark the occasion, we present four of our favourite aircraft.&nbsp; The RAF100 AR Flypast App allows users to experience the wonders of the aircraft involved, which is really exciting.</p> <p>&ldquo;Users will be able to find out about the history of each plane through the App, as well as being able to create and collect their own planes. The App is a fun way to showcase the Royal Air Force&rsquo;s use of innovation and technology, and we hope it will inspire the next generation of aerospace pioneers.&rdquo;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> Ofcom annual Communication Market Report published Mon, 06 Aug 2018 14:38:23 +0100 CRM Sync The annual report takes a look at the decade of digital dependency in the UK, and shows how 10 years of tech development has changed our behaviour. <p>Ofcom has announced the publication of its annual <a href="">Communications Market Report (CMR)</a>, the inclusive study of the UK&rsquo;s telecoms, broadcasting and postal industries. This year&rsquo;s report highlights the continuing changes in the communications sector and how consumers behaviour has transformed using technology services. The report reveals how we use the internet and digital devices such as smartphones at home, at work and on the move.</p> <p>Points included in the report include:</p> <ul><li>Telecoms, TV, radio and post services revenue totalled <strong>&pound;54.7bn</strong> in 2017, <strong>2%</strong> lower than 2016.</li> <li>5.2% of households&rsquo; spend was on communications services <strong>(&pound;124.62 per month</strong>); <strong>70%</strong> of this was on telecoms services.</li> <li>Mobile phones and TVs are the only communications devices with near universal reach in the UK (<strong>96%</strong> and<strong> 95% </strong>of households).</li> <li>Smartphones have become the most popular internet-connected device (<strong>78%</strong> of UK adults use one)</li> </ul><p>Ofcom also emphasises the move towards a 5G future: <em>&lsquo;The UK&rsquo;s first 5G trials are already under way, and with the commercial deployment of 5G services expected in 2019 or 2020, mobile data network connection speeds are expected to increase significantly, making a new generation of mobile services a reality and generating further demand for on-the-go data connectivity.&rsquo;</em></p> <p>The report discloses that once 5G is deployed, together with more reliable fixed-line data connectivity, it is most likely to increase the capacity of mobile networks and the availability of converged fixed-mobile communications services, whereby users&rsquo; devices switch seamlessly between fixed and mobile networks according to network availability/performance.</p> <p><strong>techUK&rsquo;s Programme Manager for Communications Infrastructure&nbsp;Sophie Weston,&nbsp;commented:</strong> <em>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s amazing to see how much communication services has transformed over the last decade. The use of digital technology now has such a positive impact on everyday life such as getting in touch with distant relatives, spreading awareness and saving lives. Digital connectivity is crucial to the UK &ndash; a world-leading communications infrastructure is central to ensuring every British business can become a digital business and create an open digital economy that works for everyone. techUK&rsquo;s Communication Infrastructure Programme is working alongside Ofcom and DCMS to achieve the UK Digital Strategy&rsquo;s ambition of ensuring a world-class digital infrastructure for the UK.&rdquo;</em></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Future of Mobility Grand Challenge consultation package launched Mon, 06 Aug 2018 08:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync DfT and CCAV launches consultation package for Future of Mobility Grand Challenge <p>Department for Transport and Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles has announced its <a href="" target="_blank">Future of Mobility Grand Challenge consultation package</a>, that &ldquo;seeks views and evidence from all those with an interest in how we get around.&rdquo;</p> <p>The current package includes calls for evidence on:</p> <ul><li>Future of Mobility: understanding how technology has the potential to transform the future of travel, whilst also addressing issues such as congestion, pollution, safety and increased mobility for people who need it most. The consultation has two parts: <ul><li>Part 1: evidence to inform Future of Urban Mobility Strategy</li> <li>Part 2: wider context on the Future of Mobility Grand</li> </ul></li> <li>Last Mile Delivery: seeking views on potential opportunities to protect the environment, support business and improve road safety through the use of new technology and varied modes of transport.&nbsp;</li> </ul><p>This package focuses largely on urban mobility considerations. Rural and regional mobility will be the topic of another Call for Evidence at a later date.</p> <p>techUK will be submitting a response to the Future of Mobility call for evidence. If you would like to contribute to this, please contact <a href="" target="_blank">Jessica Russell</a>.</p> <p>We also encourage our members to submit their evidence for the Last Mile Delivery CfE, to help to shape the future of this important aspect of mobility in the UK.</p> <p>If you have any questions about this, or SmarterUK&rsquo;s transport work, please do get in touch with <a href="">Jessica Russell</a> or <a href="">Matthew Evans</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Consultation on environmental principles and governance after EU Exit Mon, 06 Aug 2018 07:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync techUK highlights the need for policy stability, certainty and a clear long-term direction of travel. <p><strong>Tech sector responds to consultation on environmental principles and governance after EU Exit.</strong></p> <p>Defra&rsquo;s consultation, which closed last week, set out plans for a new Environment Bill to fill an environmental governance gap after we leave the EU. It sought to explore which existing EU environmental principles (for example, the polluter pays principle and the precautionary principle) should be adopted in the UK and the role and responsibilities of a new environment body which would provide advice to government and, if necessary, hold it to account if targets are missed.</p> <p>The key points highlighted in techUK&rsquo;s response include:</p> <ul><li>For business, the most important factors are to have a clear long-term direction of travel, certainty and policy stability &ndash; these factors must be designed into the fabric of the future Environment Bill to ensure businesses can make decisions and invest reliably against government strategy.</li> </ul><p style="margin-left:.25in">&nbsp;</p> <ul><li>For business certainty, techUK supports the adoption of all existing EU environmental principles into UK law, supported by a policy guidance to ensure interpretation is consistently applied across the UK. We also support the adoption of the <em>innovation principle</em>, which aims to ensure that whenever a policy or regulatory decision is under consideration the impact on innovation as a driver for jobs and growth is fully assessed and addressed. It sets out to provide a new and positive way of ensuring that policy makers fully recognise social and economic needs for both precaution and innovation.</li> </ul><p style="margin-left:.25in">&nbsp;</p> <ul><li>techUK also supports the proposal for a new environmental body to hold government to account. We have seen in the past government reigning in on previous commitments and making u-turns that have led to losses to business that have invested against previous policy decisions. If companies are to invest in business models in line with the intentions of the 25 year environment plan, it is absolutely vital that the new environmental body is independent of government and capable of holding it to account.<br> &nbsp;</li> <li>It is important that the body operates in a clear, proportionate and transparent way and that the business community can engage with them, when appropriate. Furthermore, techUK believes climate change should also be in scope. The new law is also an opportunity to consider whether to bring relevant, existing bodies together rather than to design the new body to avoid overlapping with other bodies and agencies.</li> </ul><p style="margin-left:.25in">&nbsp;</p> <ul><li>The body should be UK-wide. A UK-wide body will help to reduce cost and provide more alignment for business. We recognise that environmental issues are devolved but that doesn&rsquo;t preclude the development of one standard with national flexibility in how it is applied. This approach works well in the case of the Committee on Climate Change, for example.<br> &nbsp;</li> <li>However, we question whether a body which is providing advice to government is also capable of impartially carrying out enforcement activities too and question whether there needs to be two separate bodies &ndash; one providing analysis, expert advice and scrutiny and another acting as the enforcement body.</li> </ul>Contact: <a href=""></a> Invitation to participate in our Building the Smarter State campaign Fri, 03 Aug 2018 10:12:02 +0100 CRM Sync To coincide with our flagship public sector conference, techUK is hosting a week of guest blogs on the emerging technologies shaping public services <p>techUK will be holding a &lsquo;Building the Smarter State&rsquo; campaign week from 03 &ndash; 07 September to coincide with <a href="">our flagship public sector conference</a> taking place on 06 September, and we would be delighted to have members and stakeholders contribute to it.</p> <p><img alt="" src="//" style="height:261px; width:200px"></p> <p>techUK&rsquo;s <a href="">Building the Smarter State</a> will put the spotlight on the emerging technologies shaping the public services of today and tomorrow. It will also look at growing the GovTech market and creating the environment that incubates innovation.&nbsp;We want to continue the conversation throughout the week and are inviting industry and stakeholders to share what their vision of what the smarter state is and how we can get there.</p> <p>We are looking for members and stakeholders interested in providing input to the week, which will centre around five key themes:</p> <ul><li>Connected cities and connected citizens</li> <li>SME&rsquo;s and partners working with public sector</li> <li>Emerging tech to deliver 21st century public services</li> <li>Managing change in public services</li> <li>Making it personal: The importance of ID, security and trust</li> </ul><p>If you would like to contribute please can you email Ellie Huckle by <strong>Friday 17 August</strong>. The deadline for content to be submitted is<strong> Friday 24 August</strong>. You can learn more about our <a href="">contributor guidelines here.</a></p> <p>Before Building the Smart State week begins you can still get involved on Twitter: @techUK #techUKSmarterState</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> jHub looks for medical ideas and innovations Thu, 02 Aug 2018 09:31:40 +0100 CRM Sync jHub has an opportunity for the world’s most innovative medical suppliers to present their solutions to the UK armed forces through an open call for innovation <p><a href="" target="_blank">jHub</a>, the innovation centre for UK Joint Forces Command (JFC), which aims to find world-class technology and talent to get them into the hands of the user, is undertaking an open call for innovation in the field of defence medicine.&nbsp;<strong>With a &pound;20m innovation fund (FY18/19), jHub&nbsp;aims to fast-track successful proposals through the procurement process within 1 year or less.</strong></p> <p>The Med Surge initiative provides a unique opportunity for businesses to submit medical solutions that could be used by the UK armed forces in the future. Importantly for suppliers, if successful, they will be fast tracked through the procurement process with pilots and awarded contracts taking place within six months to one year.</p> <p>The call for cutting-edge medical solutions is open to companies from the UK and overseas and is specifically looking for innovations that fit into six categories:</p> <ul><li> <p>prophylaxing combat trauma</p> </li> <li> <p>physiological and anatomical disruption</p> </li> <li> <p>predictive algorithms</p> </li> <li> <p>future transfusion strategies</p> </li> <li> <p>total wound care and telemedicine</p> </li> <li> <p>augmented reality and virtual reality</p> </li> </ul><p>Proposals are now being accepted and companies can also <a href="" target="_blank">meet with the jHub at Medical Innovation in October in Birmingham</a>. The event, organised in partnership with the UK Defence Medical Services, focuses on developing the medical capability of tomorrow that will help save lives in the future.</p> <p>Air Vice-Marshal Bruce Hedley, Director Joint Warfare within Joint Forces Command, commented:</p> <p><em>"jHub has been designed to help the UK Armed Forces seek out the world&rsquo;s most innovative solutions that will help overcome specific challenges. By working with Medical Innovation we&rsquo;re hoping to expedite the process of identifying unique new healthcare concepts and technologies that we can put into the hands of the user within a year."</em></p> <p>If your company would like to submit a proposal&nbsp;for the Med Surge initiative, <a href="" target="_blank">you can do so by accessing the online form on Medical Innovation website here.</a></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Police Transformation Fund awards Wed, 01 Aug 2018 10:11:22 +0100 CRM Sync The Home Office has today announced the latest awards for bids to the Police Transformation Fund. <p>The Home Office has today announced the <a href=";utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&amp;utm_content=immediate" target="_blank">latest awards for bids to the Police Transformation Fund</a>. The PTF is Home Office fund for projects designed to transform policing by investing in digitalisation, a diverse and flexible workforce and new capabilities to respond to changing crimes and threats.</p> <p>Of the &pound;100m of funding that has been announced, &pound;70m is for the continuation of four national policing programmes already underway, which will be familiar to much of the tech supplier community:</p> <ul><li>National Enabling Programme: delivering a unified IT system across policing and delivering more joined-up working within and between forces. Composed of three strands (Productivity Services, Identity and Access Management, and a National Management Centre)</li> <li>Specialist Capabilities Programme: Improving force-to-force resource sharing in key crime areas like roads policing, armed policing, and cyber-crime.</li> <li>Digital Policing Portfolio: Aiming to improve police&rsquo;s use of technology. Composed of three strands (Digital Public Contact, Digital First, and Digital Intelligence and Investigation)</li> <li>Transforming Forensics: Improving how biometric services and digital forensics are used across law enforcement.</li> </ul><p>Of the remaining bids, there is &pound;6m across 3 National Crime Agency projects, including &pound;1.5m for the National Economic Crime Centre (as announced in the National Security Capability Review earlier this year).</p> <p>There is also money for the APCC to continue work on Data Standards and Knowledge Sharing. And &pound;1m for the Police ICT Company for a Transformation Programme (100 day foundation phase) under their new CEO.</p> <p>Commenting on the awards, techUK&rsquo;s Programme Manager for Justice &amp; Emergency Services, Henry Rex, said:</p> <p>&ldquo;<em>Today&rsquo;s confirmation of another year&rsquo;s funding for the national programmes is good news for policing and the tech supplier community. But perhaps the most interesting aspect about these awards is that that practically every project that has secured money is national in scope. Over the past year or so the Police Service has put more and more emphasis on collaboration, with talk of shared solutions to shared problems. Today&rsquo;s successful bids demonstrate that approach has fully taken root in policing.</em></p> <p><em>It is only by such collaborations that forces will be able to make the most of digital technology and drive real change across policing.</em></p> <p><em>As national programmes become ever more prevalent, it is critically important that SMEs are given opportunities to engage. Policing must have access to a broad and diverse supplier base in order to harness the innovation they need to transform. techUK looks forward to working with the national programmes and Police ICT Company to ensure that they can make the most of the innovative capabilities in the tech community.</em>&rdquo;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Welcome to techUK's second podcast - the Security special Tue, 31 Jul 2018 07:33:17 +0100 CRM Sync Talal Rajab presents this month’s episode highlighting the importance of ‘secure by design’ with special guests from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and Microsoft <p>We&rsquo;ve got lots to talk about at techUK &ndash; providing insights on the latest tech innovation, government decisions and discussing how digital transformation will impact citizens and businesses alike. And today we&rsquo;re launching <a href="">our&nbsp;second techUK</a> podcast&nbsp;after the <a href="">success of our first</a>, last month.</p> <iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" allow="autoplay" src=";color=%23ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_teaser=true"></iframe> <p>This episode, presented by Talal Rajab, head of cyber security at techUK, centres around making digital products and services &lsquo;secure by design&rsquo;.</p> <p>After a news round-up and a review of the techUK Annual Dinner, our first interview with Sian John MBE, Executive Security Advisor at Microsoft, (03:41) looks at whose responsibility it is that our citizens and businesses are cyber secure and how we can respond as an industry to threats.</p> <p>We are then joined by Ed Venmore-Rowland, senior policy adviser at DCMS, (20:28) to discuss the Department&rsquo;s <a href="">white paper</a> on this subject and how industry and government can work together to help protect the country against cyber attacks and reduce the burden on end users by embedding effective cyber security practices at every stage of a connected products lifecycle.</p> <p><a href="">techUK's July podcast - the Security&nbsp;special</a></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Guest blog - what's next for technology products? Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:42:41 +0100 CRM Sync A guest blog from Crown Commercial Service - What’s next for Technology Products? <p>After nearly two outstanding years in the market, Technology Products 2 is now undergoing a new phase of discovery.</p> <p>Over the last few months Crown Commercial Service, in collaboration with partner organisations including TechUK, have undertaken several engagement workshops, in which over 100 suppliers and customer buying organisations participated.</p> <p>The sole purpose of these events was to reflect upon the factors that make the current agreement so successful, to see where we could make improvements and develop innovative ideas for the next agreement.</p> <p>The easier path would be to simply extend and fulfil the full 4 year term, however since listening to our market base it has become very clear that with a few small changes to the scope, structure, and buying process, Technology Products 3 could revolutionise commodity tech buying for the public sector.</p> <p>The new Technology Products agreement needs to be easy to use and accessible for both buyers and potential suppliers.</p> <p>One fundamental discovery output from the workshops is the desire for customers to buy commodity tech products and services as a solution via one procurement process, an aspect which we will take away and test in further work stream activities.</p> <p>With that in mind the market base driven indicative timelines are as follows:</p> <table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" style="width:602px"><tbody><tr><td> <p><strong>Key Program Milestones</strong></p> </td> <td> <p><strong>Dates</strong></p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Design complete</p> </td> <td> <p>September 2018</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>OJEU publication</p> </td> <td> <p>March 2019</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>ITT close</p> </td> <td> <p>April 2019</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Award</p> </td> <td> <p>August 2019</p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p>Agreement live</p> </td> <td> <p>September 2019</p> </td> </tr></tbody></table><p><br> These are subject to change, so to keep up-to-date check out our dedicated TP3 pipeline page <u><a href="">here</a></u>.</p> The role of tech in stopping human trafficking & modern slavery Mon, 30 Jul 2018 13:19:29 +0100 CRM Sync On World Day against Trafficking in Persons we look at how tech can play a role in combating modern slavery and human trafficking. <p>Today is <a href="">World Day Against Trafficking in Persons</a>, something which could not be more important as globally there are&nbsp;over 45 million people in some form of slavery, generating over $150bn in illegal profits. The term 'modern slavery' covers a plethora of crimes and abuses ranging from withheld wages or documents, child labour in mining or natural resource explitation to sex-trafficking, domestic service and car-washing. It is a truly global crime and the official UK estimate is 13,000 modern slavery victims, but the real number is likely to be in six figures.&nbsp;</p> <p>So what role can tech play in stopping this? Tech is already revolutionising crime fighting (as anyone active in our <a href="">Justice and Emergency Services programme</a> will know) with new data tools giving better insight,&nbsp;real time intelligence and linking together disparate data sets. This&nbsp;helps&nbsp;reveal&nbsp;patterns and frees up time for border agencies and officers.&nbsp;</p> <p>As high-tech as this is, simpler technologies have a role to play too.&nbsp;<a href=""></a> run the hugely successful UK&nbsp;modern slavery helpline and <a href="">today launched an app</a> to help people report suspected&nbsp;modern slavery. Apps have been developed to help victim support and websites such as <a href="">LaborVoices</a>&nbsp;let people in vulnerable communities and large companies&nbsp;read first hand worker experiences from different factories and workplaces.</p> <p>Nascent technologies are also making a difference. UK based&nbsp;<a href="">Provenance </a>use&nbsp;Distributed Ledger Technology to document and verify processes in fishing fleets (a problem sector for modern slavery) and global procurement software provider SAP Ariba partnered with&nbsp;<a href="">Made in a Free World</a>, to use their cloud, AI and analytics software suite to scrutinise supply chains. Elsewhere data business Dun and Bradstreet run the <a href="">Human Trafficking Risk&nbsp;Index</a>, allowing companies to analyse their own operations to reveal modern slavery risks. Worldwide there are many more brilliant examples.</p> <p>Last year a&nbsp;<a href="">Wilton Park conference</a>&nbsp;looked to see how the tech sector&nbsp;can work together to&nbsp;combat modern slavery and understand the problems that need to be overcome. A year on from from this event we were delighted to help launch a new initiative called <a href="">Tech&nbsp;Against Trafficking </a>which brings&nbsp;together tech firms, NGOs and Governments to collaborate on new tools and getting the tech to those who need it. The first project is underway and a long term strategy will be published later in the year. If you want to get involved with Tech Against Trafficking please email;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> DCMS committee releases interim report on fake news Mon, 30 Jul 2018 09:53:00 +0100 CRM Sync techUK responds to interim report from DCMS committee on disinformation and 'fake news' <p>Commenting on the publication of the DCMS Committee's interim report into disinformation and fake news Antony Walker, techUK's deputy CEO, said:</p> <p><em>"This is an important report that requires careful reading. The question about how to address fake news is of crucial importance for democratic societies. However the issue of fake news should not simply be viewed as a technology issue with a technology solution.&nbsp; Technology platforms do not operate in a vacuum. Determining what is and is not accurate information is not always straightforward and both traditional media and elected politicians can often be sources of news that is inaccurate or untrue. Sometimes decisions about what is and isn't 'fake' will be highly political and contentious. The complexity of this issue should not be underestimated. Online platforms should not be held to a higher standard than the offline world. This interim report sets out some important solutions that require careful consideration. What matters is finding appropriate solutions that work.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> RIIO2 Framework Decision Mon, 30 Jul 2018 08:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync Ofgem has published its decision on the framework for setting the next energy network price controls from 2021 <p>RIIO (Revenue using Incentives to deliver Innovation and Outputs) is Ofgem&rsquo;s model in setting the price controls on the companies that run the gas and electricity networks in Great Britain to ensure that existing and future consumers get the network services they require at a fair price. RIIO involves setting designed to encourage energy network companies to:</p> <ul><li>Play a full role in delivery of a sustainable energy sector</li> <li>Deliver value for money network services for existing and future consumers.</li> </ul><p>In 2013 the first round of RIIO began with price controls including the costs of &ldquo;system operation&rdquo; and in 2015 Ofgem set the price control for electricity distribution. In total, network companies will recover revenues of around &pound;96bn over the RIIO-1 period.</p> <p>RIIO -1 has worked quite well in network reliability, customer satisfaction with network operators, and innovation stimulus has increased R&amp;D. However, assumptions, that seemed reasonable at the time Ofgem was setting the control, have not always played out as expected.</p> <p>Proposals of the Framework are:</p> <ul><li><strong>Giving consumers a stronger voice</strong>:</li> </ul><p>In distribution, companies will be required to set up a Customer Engagement Group. In transmission, companies will be required to set up a User Group. Ofgem will set up an independent RIIO-2 Challenge Group of consumer experts.</p> <ul><li><strong>Responding to how networks are used:</strong></li> </ul><p>Price control length is set to five years; The electricity system operator (ESO) price control will be separate from the National Grid Electricity Transmission&rsquo;s (NGET&rsquo;s) Transmission Owner (TO) control; Consumer protection against inefficient network investment and utilisation; the role of network companies in encouraging reduction in end use energy efficiency.</p> <ul><li><strong>Driving innovation and efficiency</strong>:</li> </ul><p>A proposal to extend competition across the sectors (electricity and gas, transmission and distribution), where it is appropriate and provides better value for consumers.</p> <ul><li><strong>Simplifying the price controls:</strong></li> </ul><p>A description of setting outputs to recover revenues that companies were provided with but that are no longer required and how the cost allowances will be set to reduce the risk of forecasting error. How to get better information from the network companies, including the role of the Information Quality Incentive (IQI) and fast-tracking, and improving and simplifying the annual reporting process.</p> <ul><li>&nbsp;<strong>Fair returns financeability:</strong></li> </ul><p>Improvements in the approach to setting the cost of debt and proposed methodology to setting the cost of equity. Proposition to move away from using the retail price index (RPI) as an inflation measure and new mechanisms to ensure fair returns.</p> <p>Ofgem&nbsp;will publish&nbsp;an initial business planning working paper in August 2018 as well as issue an open letter in relation to Annual Reporting, and will publish a consultation on the sector specific methodologies in December 2018.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">You can find the full RIIO - 2 framework here.</a>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Get involved in techUK's Cloud Week! Fri, 27 Jul 2018 09:07:41 +0100 CRM Sync In September techUK is hosting a week of guest blogs, podcasts, tweets and videos on how the UK can achieve full cloud maturity and optimisation – come and take part!   <p>On Monday&nbsp;24&nbsp;September,&nbsp;techUK&nbsp;will kick off&nbsp;Cloud&nbsp;Week - highlighting the importance of cloud computing for the UK&rsquo;s digital future. Throughout the week&nbsp;techUK&nbsp;will be bringing&nbsp;you&nbsp;news, views and insights from the technology sector on how UK organisations&nbsp;can realise the benefits and opportunities of cloud, as well as the steps that need to be taken to&nbsp;drive the UK cloud market forward.&nbsp;&nbsp;We will be sharing guest blogs and podcast interviews with business leaders, press articles and daily tweets&nbsp;reflecting on the current state of play around cloud adoption and&nbsp;what this may look like in the future.</p> <p>We are looking for members interested in providing input to&nbsp;cloud&nbsp;week, which will&nbsp;centre&nbsp;around five key themes:&nbsp;</p> <ul><li><strong>Monday:</strong>&nbsp;Driving&nbsp;the adoption and use of cloud across all UK sectors and industries&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Tuesday:</strong>&nbsp;Addressing the&nbsp;cloud&nbsp;skills&nbsp;gap&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Wednesday:</strong>&nbsp;Cybersecurity&nbsp;and&nbsp;cloud&nbsp;computing&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Thursday:</strong>&nbsp;Digitisation, business&nbsp;transformation&nbsp;and the&nbsp;cloud&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Friday:</strong>&nbsp;Cloud 2020 and&nbsp;beyond&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> </ul><p>If you are&nbsp;interested&nbsp;in taking part,&nbsp;please <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">get in touch with Katherine Mayes</span></a> by Monday 03 September.&nbsp;All blogs must be submitted under <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">our contributor guidelines found here</span></a> by Monday 10 September.</p> <p>Before Cloud&nbsp;Week begins you can still get involved on Twitter: <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">@techUK</span></a>&nbsp;<a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">#whycloud</span></a>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Government consulting on future drone regulation Thu, 26 Jul 2018 09:48:24 +0100 CRM Sync The Department for Transport has published a consultation looking at the future UK regulatory framework for drones. <p>Today the DfT published a new <a href="">consultation looking at the future regulatory framework for drones in the UK</a>. At techUK we are fans of drones; they have an <a href="">incredible set of use&nbsp;cases</a>&nbsp;and deliver economic growth, as seen at our <a href="">recent conference</a>&nbsp;and could revolutionise transport, industry and public safety.&nbsp;</p> <p>Like most consultations government stresses the importance of balancing the opportunities of the new tech&nbsp;with how to manage&nbsp;the potential risks, important given the negative public perception of this tech.&nbsp;However we'd encourage government to look at the positive and we're pleased the document&nbsp;acknowledges that drone technologies saved at least 65 lives&nbsp;in 2017-18. Drones (called Small Unmanned Aircraft, or SUAs in the document) will play a big role in the Industrial Strategy,&nbsp;especially around robotics, AI and autonomous transport so it is great the consultation cites the economic case for drones made in the recent&nbsp;<a href="">PWC report</a>. So how does the government plan on realising this?</p> <p>The key policy proposal that DfT seem to be hanging their peg on is the development of&nbsp;<strong>Flight Information and Notification System(s)</strong> or FINS(s) covering all drones exceeding 250g in weight. This will be a framework for drone users to safely share airspace by emitting&nbsp;and sharing&nbsp;information on location, flight paths, users, type data etc with&nbsp;other airspace users and relevant public bodies. This will be delivered probably via an app, built on open standards and compatible with different platforms, drones and ecosystems and&nbsp;the DfT also have questions on anonymising&nbsp;and making the data within the system available to industry to drive innovation.</p> <p>The concept of a FINS(s) does seem on the face of it&nbsp;a sensible approach to making sure information is shared and rules are enforced, but it won't be ready unrtil at least 2020 and we look forward to seeing how this is approached. techUK wants a system that&nbsp;promotes, not hinders wider&nbsp;drone use and there are concerns FINS(s) could dissuade people from using this exciting new tech.&nbsp;Any system that requires pre-notifications that make the quick deployment of drones too burdensome will put people off using drones, so the proposed system should be light in required details operators need to submit. Also if FINS(s) is designed in a way that means every&nbsp;flight is&nbsp;monitored and&nbsp;scrutinised, it will create a fear of sanction (fines or litigation) that will dampen the enthusiasm to using drones and such an outcome should be avoided.</p> <p>DfT don't have a preferred solution on how&nbsp;FINS(s) should work&nbsp;and are open&nbsp;to ideas on funding,&nbsp;what exactly&nbsp;it should include, how it should be delivered and if it would work as&nbsp;a single system&nbsp;or a network of comaptible systems delivered by the private sector. It is&nbsp;the flagshp policy, but there are other policy&nbsp; proposals in the document, including:</p> <ul><li>A commitment&nbsp;to meeting the requirements of the EU Revised Basic Regulation and EASA Guidance on drones.</li> <li>Reaffirming the previously announced drone registration scheme and competency tests.</li> <li>The introduction a minimum age for drone operators (they propose various ages, but seem to be leaning towards 18).</li> <li>New police powers to mandate drone users to show their registration, land a drone with Fixed Penalty Notices for non-compliance.</li> <li>A review in 2019 of the 1 kilometre exclusion zone around airport and aerodromes that comes into force on 20 July 2018.</li> <li>A new framework for anti-drone and drone-detection technologies.</li> <li>Exemptions for model aircraft flying clubs.</li> </ul><p>So what next? The consultation runs through the summer and closes on&nbsp;17 September. Government will then consider the responses and bring forward their proposed outcomes in the form of the&nbsp;Drones and Other Unmanned Aircraft Bill, currently&nbsp;scheduled for 2019.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK's AI Summer Reading List Thu, 26 Jul 2018 09:23:57 +0100 CRM Sync This summer, techUK's Cloud, Data Analytics and AI programme, with the help from our Twitter community, have created an AI Summer Reading List. <p>This summer, techUK's Cloud, Data Analytics and AI programme, with the help from our Twitter community, have created an AI Summer Reading List, including links to the latest and most thought-provoking books, blogs, long-form articles and activities.</p> <p>You can view&nbsp;teckUK's AI Summer Reading List <a href="">here</a>.The&nbsp;document is open and intended to evolve, so please do edit and add your favourite reads.&nbsp;</p> <p>We hope you find the content useful food for thought - happy reading! &nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> Consulting on a new trading future for the UK Thu, 26 Jul 2018 08:58:45 +0100 CRM Sync As the Government launches four consultations on post-Brexit trade deals, Thomas Goldsmith looks at what they might mean for the UK tech sector. <p>This week the Department for International Trade has launched four new consultations on post-Brexit trade deals. These include separate consultations on the possibility of negotiating new free trade agreements (FTAs) with the <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">United States</span></a>, <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">Australia</span></a> and <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">New Zealand</span></a>, as well as one on the possibility of joining the plurilateral trade agreement, <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership&nbsp;(CPTPP)</span></a>.</p> <p>For UK tech companies, deals with these countries could bring major benefits. The US is the main destination for exports for many tech companies, and tech investment flows are significant both ways. British affiliates in the information sector already account for <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">28 per cent of all foreign affiliates&rsquo; employment in the US</span></a>, with the figure 24 per cent for the similarly digital heavy profession, scientific &amp; technical services sector.</p> <p>The EU has recently started trade negotiations with both Australia and New Zealand, as I wrote about in an insight,&nbsp;<a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF"><em>Doing digital Down Under</em></span></a>, but these won&rsquo;t be concluded before the UK leaves the EU. The UK could benefit from agreements with both though. The UK&rsquo;s <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">largest trade surplus with New Zealand</span></a> is in telecoms, computers and IT, and with Australia, the UK Government recently concluded a new <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">&lsquo;FinTech Bridge&rsquo;</span></a> to help cutting-edge firms expand in both markets.</p> <p>However, these examples highlight how easy it already is to do business with all three markets. They are mostly pro-trade and open markets (recent US actions aside) and the actual hurdles for UK tech businesses are minimal. While barriers certainly do exist, these can be ones that are difficult even for an FTA to address, such as problems around different regulatory structures between States within the US. For example, the US does not have a federal Privacy Law, relying instead on different requirements per state.</p> <p>The prospect of joining CPTPP is an interesting one, especially as its provisions on digital trade are some of the most advanced in any trade agreement. The advantages of being part of a major bloc could be significant, but some CPTPP provisions could be at odds with areas the sector would like to stay aligned with the EU. One example where this could be the case is around CPTPP&rsquo;s provisions for regulatory coherence which differ from the EU&rsquo;s <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">precautionary principle.</span></a></p> <p>If all goes to plan, a perhaps wishful ask as our report <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF"><em>Dealing with the Deals</em></span></a> makes clear, then the UK would have bilateral deals with eight of the eleven signatories to CPTPP (either through rolling over existing EU deals, or through the new negations with Australia and New Zealand). Given that, opportunities for additional improved market access are potentially limited and would seem to not be worth prioritising over continued alignment with the EU. techUK has been clear that it is crucial to see what the final outcome of the negotiations on the future UK-EU relationship is before a real judgement can be made on the tradeoffs involved.</p> <p>Nevertheless, these consultations are an important step towards the UK&rsquo;s post-Brexit trade policy and will inform the Government&rsquo;s approach to their first bilateral negotiations. It is essential for the UK&rsquo;s economy that future trade agreements provide a good deal for tech. techUK will be working with its members to respond to these consultations and to make sure the sector&rsquo;s views and priorities are considered when negotiating these potential deals.</p> <p>If you would like to feed into techUK&rsquo;s responses, please contact <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF"></span></a>.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK to host panel at WTO public forum Wed, 25 Jul 2018 14:57:02 +0100 CRM Sync techUK’s Policy Manager for Brexit and Trade Thomas Goldsmith looks ahead to techUK’s engagement at the World Trade Organisation’s Public Forum 2018. <p>Each year, the World Trade Organisation (WTO) <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">puts on its Public Forum</span></a> &ndash; its annual outreach event that attracts over 1,500 representatives from civil society, academia, business, the media, governments, parliamentarians and inter-governmental organisations. This year, for the first time, techUK will be there and helping shape the global debate on trade.</p> <p><img alt="" src="//" style="float:left; height:267px; margin:5px; width:400px">2018 has already been a crucial year for international trade. Multilateral institutions seem under siege from some quarters and there is the possibility of the first trade war in decades. But at the same time, we can see a world that is becoming ever more connected thanks to the power of tech.</p> <p>In such a pivotal year, it is right that the WTO is looking towards the future. The <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">theme of this year&rsquo;s Public Forum is &lsquo;Trade 2030&rsquo;</span></a> and will explicitly look at how technology is changing lives and economies across the globe, and what that will mean for trade over the coming years.</p> <p>It is ever more important to really explore how the rules that govern the trading system need to adapt to the digital world. The WTO itself was established before the internet was commercialised, and the conventions that have been in place since to hold together the global digital trade are beginning to fray.</p> <p>The fragile global consensus can already be seen in the renewed call by India and South Africa to &lsquo;rethink&rsquo; the moratorium on digital tariffs. The prohibition on charging duties on digital transfers has been in force since 1998, but must be renewed every two years. <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">As techUK has commented,</span></a> the rule has been a hugely important factor in the development of global e-commerce and will be vital in the ongoing development of new technologies which reduce trade friction, such as 3D printing. Ending that moratorium would be deeply concerning and lead to increased costs for consumers.</p> <p>With the potential benefits of these new technologies worth trillions to the world economy, there is an urgent need to establish permanent rules to govern this area. <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">New exploratory discussions on e-commerce</span></a> were launched last year at the Buenos Aires Ministerial Conference which hold out the hope of reaching new rules. All of this makes techUK&rsquo;s panel, <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">&lsquo;The Rise of Digital: Tech and the Changing Nature of Value Added&rsquo;</span></a>, at the Public Forum all the timelier. It will explore how developments like the trade in intangibles and the growth of 3D printing are quickly changing how the world trades and will examine the implications for global institutions and the development agenda. These are the pressing issues of our time and techUK is proud to be at the forefront of discussions.</p> <p>As a leading digital economy, it is essential that the voice of the UK and its thriving tech sector is heard on the global stage.</p> <p>In addition to our panel we will be taking a delegation of tech businesses to the WTO Public Forum to demonstrate the strength and breadth of the UK&rsquo;s digital ecosystem. If your business is interested in attending, or you would like more information about techUK&rsquo;s panel, please contact <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF"></span></a>.</p> <p>(Image credit:&nbsp;The WTO Public Forum 2017 &copy; WTO/Jay Louvion)</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK gives evidence to Parliament on tech sector services and Brexit Wed, 25 Jul 2018 14:02:24 +0100 CRM Sync Head of Policy Giles Derrington appears in front of Exiting the EU Select Committee to discuss the Government's White Paper. <p>Two weeks ago, with great fanfare, and a lot of political drama, <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">the Government published its&nbsp;White Paper</span></a>.&nbsp;<a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">techUK&nbsp;responded,</span></a> setting out the many questions still unanswered just a few months before a final agreement with the EU needs to be reached.&nbsp; In particular we highlighted the worrying lack of detail&nbsp;about how digital services will access the EU market post Brexit.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Yesterday, the&nbsp;<a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">Exiting the EU Select Committee&nbsp;asked&nbsp;techUK&nbsp;to give evidence</span></a> on these concerns, alongside representatives from the City of London Corporation&nbsp;and&nbsp;the Insurance and Broadcasting industries. The session was a valuable opportunity&nbsp;to put the sectors'&nbsp;views to a&nbsp;Committee that has often had a significant impact on Government and&nbsp;Parliament&rsquo;s&nbsp;thinking on Brexit. The session was even more&nbsp;important&nbsp;as, later in the day, the Committee quizzed new Brexit Secretary&nbsp;Dominic&nbsp;Raab, and the&nbsp;senior&nbsp;civil servant overseeing the Brexit&nbsp;negotiations, Olly Robbins.&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="//" style="float:left; height:225px; margin:5px; width:400px">What was very clear&nbsp;is that the tech sector is not alone in seeing the White Paper as failing to deliver the necessary detail to allow&nbsp;services industries to plan.&nbsp; All other sectors also raised concerns about the Government&rsquo;s approach and the idea that regulatory flexibility in return for reduced market access is a positive outcome for&nbsp;services sectors.&nbsp;&nbsp;techUK&nbsp;made the point that&nbsp;given&nbsp;many of the EU&rsquo;s rules around the Digital Single Market, such as&nbsp;GDPR, have&nbsp;extra-territorial reach, the ability to diverge is limited&nbsp;anyway.&nbsp;</p> <p>One other thing that was very clear from the Committee discussion was that the statements made by businesses selling goods, in particular the automotive sector, in the run up to the Chequer&rsquo;s Summit&nbsp;that produced the White Paper clearly impacted on the Cabinet&rsquo;s decision. The weight put on those businesses&rsquo; contributions again shows the value in being clear with Government about what businesses need and why.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Finally, the questioning again highlighted just how real the prospect of no deal might be, and how damaging such an outcome would be for the tech sector.&nbsp; While the White Paper marks a starting point for negotiations with the EU,&nbsp;it is clear that we&nbsp;are still some way&nbsp;away&nbsp;from a consensus among UK politicians.&nbsp; This makes it&nbsp;all the more&nbsp;important for businesses to plan, where they can, for the impact of a no deal, and to continue to be very clear with Government that such an outcome would be a very bad deal indeed for the UK tech sector.&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Comment on revising moratorium on electronic transmission duties Wed, 25 Jul 2018 11:51:48 +0100 CRM Sync Head of Policy Giles Derrington comments on India and South Africa's wish that the WTO re-examines the moratorium on digital tariffs. <p>Commenting on the communication from India and South Africa that they wish the WTO to re-examine the long-standing moratorium on digital tariffs, Giles Derrington, Head of Brexit, International and Economics, techUK said:</p> <p>&ldquo;The moratorium on digital tariffs, in effect since 1998, has been hugely important in the development of ecommerce as a significant part of global trade.&nbsp;It is also vital to the ongoing development of new technologies which can reduce trade friction, such as 3D printing. Whilst there are undoubtedly important questions to ask about how these new technologies will affect traditional customs duties on goods, the reality is that duties on&nbsp;digital transfers would mean increased costs for consumers.</p> <p>&ldquo;At a time when we are already seeing challenges to the long-standing principle that lower tariffs are good for trade, competition and consumers, it would be deeply concerning if&nbsp;the international consensus on tariff-less digital trade were to come to an end.&nbsp;We hope that post-Brexit, as the UK takes its own seat at the WTO, it will continue to support the moratorium on such duties.</p> <p>&ldquo;techUK aims to be at the forefront of tackling some of the challenges this issue raises. This is why we are pleased to have secured an event at the WTO&rsquo;s Public Forum in October on tech and the changing nature of value added.&rdquo;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Tech Against Illegal Wildlife Trafficking – Further Events Announced Wed, 25 Jul 2018 11:09:32 +0100 CRM Sync The FCO and techUK have announced two further sessions looking at how tech and digital can be used in the fight against the trade in illegal wildlife. <p>In June, <a href="">techUK held a roundtable with members and conservationists exploring how tech and digital solutions can help in the fight against illegal wildlife crime</a>.</p> <p>The roundtable focused on some major challenges and we&rsquo;re pleased to announce further work being led by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office specifically on <strong>protecting animals in wide-open spaces</strong> and developing <strong>data standards for conservation</strong>.</p> <p>The FCO are keen to highlight UK leadership in this area and are hosting a major international conference on the agenda and believes that tech has a role to play in combatting this crime type.</p> <p>Deploying technology in remote areas is difficult, expensive and often impractical, and a key lesson from the techUK roundtable is that anyone trying to deploy tech and ICT in source areas for trafficked species will not find it easy.</p> <p>Surveillance equipment, drones, Internet of Things sensors and basic IT hardware needs to be appropriate for the conditions, easy to use and maintain. Identifying specific solutions to address these issues will be the focus of an event, <strong>Protecting Animals in Wide Open Spaces, with Satellite Applications Catapult, 27-28 September</strong>.</p> <p>The FCO described the issues further: &ldquo;<em>To develop cost-effective approaches to protecting animals over very large open spaces is difficult and expensive.&nbsp; Effective solutions do exist &ndash; Dimension Data&rsquo;s Connected Conservation is an excellent model.&nbsp; But it is unrealistically expensive for many of the places where animals are most endangered.&nbsp; We need cheaper, equally effective solutions which bring together many of the same principles.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>The meeting is a step towards the FCO&rsquo;s aim to announce a package of interventions at Octobers conference to protect animals, including new partnerships and collaborations between big companies, SMEs and NGOs underpinned by the development of fit-for-purpose technology solutions and possible commitment towards establishing a Wildlife Taskforce to look at protecting animals in the wild and strengthening conservation areas.</p> <p>The second challenge that the government wants to look at came up frequently at techUK&rsquo;s roundtable: interoperable and sharable data needs to be looked at too. Without the ability to spot trends, share information and let others develop algorithms for new tools like machine learning, conservationists, ecologists and others will not be as effective or able to gather/share the intelligence and insights they need on the most vulnerable species, locations or trafficking routes.</p> <p>The second event will focus therefore exclusively on <strong><em>Developing Data Standards for Conservation, 3 October, at ZSL with the Open Data Institute.</em></strong></p> <p>In framing the event the FCO says<em>: &ldquo;The ability to use machine learning to develop image recognition technology will revolutionise tracking and identification of IWT species and products.&nbsp; Image recognition is available for some species, but progress is slow, and we need the ability to work much faster, to identify all endangered species and products, contributing to the prevention of further species extinctions.&nbsp; Machine learning requires massive amounts of good quality data in a standard format.&nbsp; ZSL will host a workshop that aims to: </em></p> <ul><li><em>Gain agreement to work together to identify common standards and approach for collecting IWT image data. Building a collaborative way of working to incentivise data owners to become data sharers to tackle IWT.</em></li> <li><em>Road test private sector tools and platforms to help process, store, create and serve image recognition models.</em></li> <li><em>Roadmap a pathway for democratising machine learning and moving these techniques out of the academic environment, making the tools and data accessible to developers to turn into practical applications.</em></li> </ul><p>The above information is still in draft form and we will amend when the FCO finalises the wording, but we would love as many members as possible to be involved, even if this is an area in which you&rsquo;ve not previously considered working in. Please email <a href=""></a> or <a href=""></a> for more information or to register interest in attending either/both of the events.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK launches Tech Parents’ Perspective on the Future of Work survey Tue, 24 Jul 2018 14:56:56 +0100 CRM Sync techUK today launches a major survey aimed at parents and guardians working in the tech sector or in a tech role. <p>We’ve all seen the apocalyptic headlines that robots will take our jobs and the many reports claiming that anything between 10% to 50% of jobs will be automated in the future, but what we want to know is how tech-savvy parents are preparing their children for the future world of work. techUK’s survey, launched today, will seek to answer this question, as well as asking parents what they think of the curriculum and education system more widely as it is today.</p> <p>Every parent wants to give their child the very best possible chance to succeed but with the world of work changing so fast and with so many uncertainties, how are parents doing this? This survey hopes to get away from wild speculation about the future of work and instead focus on what parents are doing now to prepare for the inevitable change.</p> <p>In particular, we are interested on views about the current knowledge-based curriculum – do parents believe this is the right approach? Countries such as Japan and Finland have all recently reduced the emphasis on knowledge-based learning in favour of a more competencies-based approach – should the UK be following suit? And are teachers equipped for change?</p> <p>In the UK, we already face a critical digital skills shortage and yet at the same time computer science graduates face some of the highest unemployment rates amongst graduates. As a sector we recognise the need to engage with the Department of Education to foster a pipeline of talent. This survey is just the start of that conversation.</p> <p>We will be publishing results of the survey in early September – just in time for the next academic year!</p> <p>If you work in the tech sector or work in a <a href=""><span style="color: #0000ff;">technology role elsewhere please fill in our short survey here</span></a>, which should take no longer than ten minutes. The survey is completely anonymised and all the data collected will be used in line with GDPR. Once you’ve filled it in please pass it on to your friends and colleagues!</p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> techUK initial response to Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review Mon, 23 Jul 2018 16:50:13 +0100 CRM Sync A strong digital infrastructure is essential to enabling citizens and businesses the connectivity needed to take advantage of the digital world <p>The Department for Digital, Culture, Media &amp; Sport (DCMS) today announced the publication of the <a href="">Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review</a>, which addresses key questions that could affect the development of the UK&rsquo;s digital infrastructure such as the convergence between fixed and mobile technologies, the roll out of 5G and the transition from copper to full fibre networks to ensure world class connectivity.</p> <p>The review is set out in 5 sections that presents the evidence that DCMS have considered, the analysis and the conclusions:</p> <ul><li>Section 1 discusses the governments ambitions and the introduction into the FTIR report;</li> <li>Section 2 discusses the full fibre market and sets out the policies and market conditions that are required to underpin investment to achieve Government targets;</li> <li>Section 3 discusses the 5G market and sets out the policies and market conditions required to underpin investment in 5G networks and services;</li> <li>Section 4 discusses convergence in fixed and mobile markets, and how policies will seek to unlock the benefits of convergence;</li> <li>Section 5 sets out the next steps to deliver world class digital connectivity for the whole of the UK.</li> </ul><p><strong>Skye MacLeod, techUK's Head of Spectrum Policy Forum and Telecoms commented: </strong>"<em>A strong digital infrastructure is essential to enabling citizens and businesses the connectivity needed to take advantage of the digital world. techUK therefore welcomes the launch of the Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review (FTIR) in engaging with the market and policy conditions that will have an impact on the development of the UK&rsquo;s digital infrastructure. The FTIR sets out ambitious targets for fibre and 5G networks - key to this will be in reducing deployment costs through consideration of ducts and pole access, multi-utility passive sharing opportunities for fixed and mobile, and alternative networks. These policy and regulatory approaches are important in enabling greater investment in future telecoms infrastructure.</em></p> <p><em>The <a href="">Spectrum Policy Forum</a>, supported by techUK, is a pro-active industry-led 'sounding board' to UK Government and Ofcom on future policy and approaches on spectrum. The SPF is currently discussing the impact of new services and technologies, spectrum access and sharing mechanisms, and spectrum value and efficiency. With workshops and reports in development on these issues, the SPF looks forward to providing DCMS with the cross-industry insight to enhance the social and economic value of spectrum in the UK.</em></p> <p><em>techUK&rsquo;s <a href="">Communications Infrastructure Council</a> looks forward to working with DCMS through forums such as the Local Connectivity Group to provide industry insight in enabling greater connectivity across the UK and ensuring the UK&rsquo;s global competitiveness."</em></p> <hr><p>You can find out more on the techUK's Communications Infrastructure Council and the UK Spectrum Policy Forum and how to get involved in our work.&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> DCMS Consultation on creating a professional body for cyber security Mon, 23 Jul 2018 15:14:53 +0100 CRM Sync DCMS has published a consultation looking at ways in which to professionalise the cyber security sector. <p>The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has <a href="" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><u>published a consultation</u></a> looking at ways in which to professionalise the cyber security sector; primarily through the creation of a Cyber Security Council that would align the vast number of different existing cyber professional qualifications and develop Royal Chartered Status for the cyber security sector.</p> <p>Amongst the proposals in the consultation include:</p> <ul><li> <p>The creation of a new UK Cyber Security Council, independent of Government, that is designed and owned by the cyber profession.&nbsp; It is proposed that the Council will oversee the development of a Royal Chartered status as the gold standard of expertise, excellence and professional conduct for cyber security professionals to aspire to.</p> </li> <li> <p>The Council will include work with, rather than replace, existing professional organisations and it is anticipated that the Council will have broad representation from the cyber security ecosystem.&nbsp; This will include, for example, professional bodies, academia, providers of cyber security certifications and qualifications and training provider.</p> </li> <li> <p>The proposed Council would not award chartered status to individuals itself, but rather license its organisational members to offer a common chartered status to their individual members. That would allow the range of organisations, some of whom may separately have been incorporated by Royal Charter and others who have not, to issue a common chartered status for cyber security overseen by the Council</p> </li> </ul><p>The proposed Council will also be responsible for:<br><br><u>Professional Development</u>: The Council will support the continued professional development of those already working in or aspiring to work in cyber security and help employers and consumers make more informed decisions about the cyber security capability they need.&nbsp; It will align and co-ordinate the vast range of valuable professional qualifications and certifications which spans both vocational and academic certification already available and develop proposals for a common Royal Chartered Status for individuals to<br><br><u>Professional Ethics</u>:&nbsp; The Council will develop a cohesive Code of Ethics which will be adopted and applied across the different specialisms and qualifications/certifications in cyber security<br><br><u>Thought Leadership and Influence</u>: Finally, the proposed Council will provide coordinated leadership and influence to other sectors and government in the best interests of the cyber profession</p> <p>The full consultation document can be accessed <a href="" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><u>here</u></a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>On behalf of its members, techUK will be responding to the consultation.&nbsp; In particular, we are seeking views from members on the following questions:</p> <ul><li> <p>What are the current challenges in the current cyber security professionalisation landscape that you feel need to be addressed?</p> </li> <li> <p>Do you think having a commonly agreed and adopted Code of Ethics for cyber security professionals for all specialisms is a good idea? And why?</p> </li> <li> <p>Do you think there is a requirement for better coordination to ensure there is a coherent and independent leadership voice on behalf of the whole profession?</p> </li> <li> <p>Are there any other policy or professional development issues where you think the profession should lead on the development of an agreed position?</p> </li> <li> <p>Do you think that a new UK Cyber Security Council is an appropriate way of delivering on the objectives set out above in the consultation document? Why?</p> </li> <li> <p>Should the Council be self-sustaining financially? Why do you think that it is or is not viable for a new UK Cyber Security Council to become self-sustaining financially by the end of 2021?</p> </li> <li> <p>Are there any other attributes you think would be key for the new Council to include?</p> </li> </ul><p>Please send your answers, and any other views that you may have on the proposals, to <a href="">Dan Patefield</a> by the close of play on Friday 3 August.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> It's Complicated: The struggle to keep up with the pace of change Mon, 23 Jul 2018 14:59:09 +0100 CRM Sync Guest blog: Read about Cogeco Peer 1's study on how IT decision makers in businesses feel they are being served by tech. <p>In an industry characterised by rapid change, IT leaders can struggle to keep their finger on the pulse when it comes to the latest technologies. Staying ahead of the pace of change is vital for the future competitiveness of a business.&nbsp;What was once the latest and greatest quickly becomes out-dated today, leaving businesses struggling to keep up. If adopted correctly, new technology has the ability to help businesses thrive, however it can cause detrimental effects by threatening to undermine organisations if implemented inappropriately.</p> <p>To get a better sense of whether businesses feel supported by their IT partners in understanding and meeting these changes, Cogeco Peer 1 have commissioned a study canvassing the opinions of 150 UK IT decision-makers across retail, financial services, media, business services, and higher education to shed light on how well technology is serving businesses according to the people who know it best &ndash; those who are working with it.</p> <p>It seems when it comes to the support businesses are receiving in the light of technological advancements, there is clearly room for improvement in terms of the IT systems and services IT vendors are delivering.</p> <p>The study revealed that 55% of IT decision-makers feel they are struggling to keep up with the pace of technology, with 28% stating that they feel unable keep up with the increasing number of changes available to them, a significant factor that can lead to mistakes being made when decision makers are not fully informed.</p> <p>It also highlighted that 81% of respondents say they have been let down by IT they&rsquo;ve adopted in the past when it has not lived up to expectations, and shockingly almost half (48%) say this has happened on multiple occasions. The most common impact of this is reliability issues (65%) and not receiving the required service (57%). Equally alarming over half (52%) said higher costs are the outcome of implementing technologies that didn&rsquo;t quite meet organisational needs.</p> <p>The cost implications of adopting technologies unsuited to a business&rsquo; needs&nbsp;can be detrimental to an organisation, leaving them with expensive systems that don&rsquo;t fully work while also leading to long-term issues.</p> <p><a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">For more information regarding the study, visit here.</span></a></p> The costs of fraud & cyber crime Mon, 23 Jul 2018 14:20:40 +0100 CRM Sync A Home Office report estimates the economic and social costs of crimes in the UK. <p>Last week the Office for National Statistics published <a href="" target="_blank">estimates from the Crime Survey for England and Wales</a>, which revealed that people are more likely to be a victim of cyber crime &amp; fraud than any other crime.</p> <p>Today the Home Office has published analysis on <a href=";utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&amp;utm_content=immediate" target="_blank">the economic and social costs of crime</a>, based on crime survey data from 2015/16. The Home Office report estimates the total costs of crime in England and Wales in 2015/16 to be approximately &pound;50bn for crimes against individuals. The first table in the report breaks down the unit costs of crimes by cost category, and estimates that fraud and cyber crime in 2015/16 cost &pound;5.8bn (Fraud: &pound;4.7bn, Cyber Crime &pound;1.1bn).</p> <p>These are certainly alarming figures, and help make the case for appropriate investment in the skills and tools law enforcement agencies need to tackle this changing threat. But perhaps more interesting is what these estimates leave out: the analysis does not include the costs of cyber crime and fraud against businesses &ldquo;<em>due to the limited availability of data.</em>&rdquo;</p> <p>It is currently impossible to gauge precisely the scale of cyber crime and fraud against UK businesses, but the National Cyber Security Centre&rsquo;s report <a href="" target="_blank"><em>The cyber threat to UK business</em></a> makes clear that the threat is significant and growing. And so the true cost of fraud &amp; cyber crime to the country is likely much higher than today&rsquo;s figures estimate.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Colour TV 90 Years Old Fri, 20 Jul 2018 14:30:00 +0100 CRM Sync British inventor John Logie Baird made the world’s first public demonstration of colour TV on July 3rd 1928. The demo was made from Baird‘s laboratory on the edge of London’s Covent Garden at 133 Long Acre, not far from techUK's offices. <p>As we reflect on recent viewing of the FIFA World Cup and Wimbledon LTA Tennis in UHD on 60" flat screen home TVs we can see how much Television has changed in the last 90 years.</p> <p>The first technology used was electro-mechanical, and the early test subject was a basket of strawberries &ldquo;which proved popular with the staff&rdquo;. The following month, the same demonstration was given to a mostly academic audience attending a British Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Glasgow, according to London&rsquo;s Science Museum.</p> <p>The Science Museum report adds that in the mid-late 1930s, Baird returned to his colour television research and developed some of the world&rsquo;s first colour television systems, most of which used cathode-ray tubes. The effect of World War II, which saw BBC television service suspended, caused his company to go out of business and ended his salary. Nonetheless, he continued his colour television research by financing it from his own personal savings, including cashing in his life insurance policy. He gave the world&rsquo;s first demonstration of a fully integrated electronic colour picture tube on August 16th 1944. Baird&rsquo;s untimely death only two years later marked the end of his pioneering colour research in Britain.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> BBC Report Record Demand for UHD Streamed Content Fri, 20 Jul 2018 14:30:00 +0100 CRM Sync Viewer demand for UHD World Cup and Tennis reaches record levels. <p>BBC iPlayer received over 1.6 million requests for its live Ultra HD coverage of the World Cup and Wimbledon.</p> <p>The trial successfully delivered all 29 BBC One World Cup games and every Centre Court match at Wimbledon &ndash; all live in Ultra HD on BBC iPlayer. The most popular days were:</p> <p><strong>Rank&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Date&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Peak UHD streams&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Content</strong></p> <p>1&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Sat 07 July&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;60.3k&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Sweden v England QF / Day 6 Wimbledon</p> <p>2&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Tues 10 July&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;48.1k&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;France v Belgium QF / Day 8 Wimbledon</p> <p>3&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Sun 15 July&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; 44.3k&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;France v Croatia Final / Men&rsquo;s Singles Final</p> <p>4&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Fri 06 July&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; 41.6K&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Brazil v Belgium QF / Day 5 Wimbledon</p> <p>5&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Mon 02 July&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;37.3K&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Belgium v Japan last 16 / Day 1 Wimbledon</p> <p>&ldquo;The trial is an important step forward, showing for the first time that Ultra HD and High Dynamic Range (HDR) can be delivered live and &lsquo;free-to-air&rsquo; over the Internet,&rdquo; noted Phil Layton, Head of Broadcast and Connected Systems, BBC R&amp;D. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s part of the BBC&rsquo;s mission to ensure that future audiences can enjoy the benefits of improved picture quality, and this trial follows on from our work ensuring viewers were not left behind by the move to HDTV, albeit with different technologies.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;We wanted to demonstrate live end-to-end Ultra HD, but we have always felt that Ultra HD needed to be more than just extra pixels. So we also wanted to demonstrate a wide colour gamut and the Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG) that the BBC and NHK have standardised. This is essential to improving the visual experience irrespective of the viewer&rsquo;s screen size.&nbsp;Finally, we wanted to do this free-to-air, streamed to BBC iPlayer, at a scale never seen before in the UK.&rdquo;</p> <p>In a BBC R&amp;D Blog Post, Layton said that to test Internet delivery, scale is needed, suggesting that scale only comes from there being compelling content that viewers wish to watch. &ldquo;It is only then that we can see how the Internet reacts to carrying high bit rate live Ultra HD streams. The World Cup and Wimbledon provided scale much greater than our earlier testing.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Even with broadcasting there is complex functionality in TVs and set-top boxes which have an important influence on the picture quality. With Internet delivery the coupling is even greater, and the trial was again designed to allow us to work with consumer equipment (CE) manufacturers to develop the capability to deliver a standards based approach to live Ultra HD via iPlayer. We were very pleased with the response from the CE industry in the large number of compatible devices we could enable.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;The final purpose of the trial was to show that BBC iPlayer can be used to deliver new formats. We had shown previously we could deliver on-demand Ultra HD with&nbsp;<em>Blue Planet II</em>, and now we wanted to show that live Ultra HD was also possible using today&rsquo;s infrastructure and TV sets,&rdquo; he explained.</p> <p>According to Layton, the project has left the BBC with the ongoing capability to receive an incoming Ultra HD contribution, and to encode, package and distribute via commercial CDNs. &ldquo;Over time, we will add our own CDN to this. We&rsquo;ve worked with the production community to build knowledge of producing HDR content. Whilst not quite business-as-usual, the BBC now has the capability for streaming live Ultra HD content into BBC iPlayer on compatible devices.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;The trial revealed issues around latency and buffering that were expected. However, it is clear from the feedback that a great number of viewers enjoyed seeing football and tennis in Ultra HD with wide colour gamut and high dynamic range. The trial has been extremely useful for moving live Ultra HD production and distribution forward. We clearly have some issues to work on which is to be expected from a trial of this nature, but our overall summary is that the trial has been a great success. We have managed to go from a handful of devices in laboratories to full scale Internet delivery of Ultra HD in less than six months. Each test has grown in scale and we very much hope we can continue the trajectory,&rdquo; he concluded.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Matt Hancock announces £487m NHS tech investment Fri, 20 Jul 2018 13:34:04 +0100 CRM Sync techUK welcomes further investment in Digital Health <p>The new Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock has announced almost half a billion pounds investment in health technology.</p> <p>At a speech in his Suffolk constituency, Mr Hancock, the former digital and culture secretary, pledged &pound;487m for technology in the NHS.</p> <p>Mr Hancock also tweeted that technology would be one his &lsquo;early priorities&rsquo; in the job.</p> <p><img alt="" src="//" style="height:478px; width:439px"></p> <p><span style="font-size:10px"><em>Source: Twitter</em></span></p> <p>The bulk of the money is part of the Paperless 2020 fund agreed in 2016. The money is allocated in tranches, subject to Treasury approval.</p> <p>techUK has welcomed the announcement. Head of Health and Social Care Ben Moody commented:</p> <p><em>&ldquo;We have worked closely with Matt Hancock in his time as Secretary of State at DCMS, so it is great to have someone in post who truly understands the transformative nature of digital health, and the investment required to make it happen. We talk a lot about the potential of Apps and Wearables, Artificial Intelligence and Genomics but until we get basic digitisation right none of these technologies can get near to its potential&rdquo;.</em></p> <p>The announcement comes just a week after a report by the Royal College of Surgeons highlighted the desperate need for digitisation in some parts of the NHS, with research showing almost 10,000 fax machines in use in the NHS.</p> <p>Read the full speech here: <a href=";utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&amp;utm_content=immediate" target="_blank">Matt Hancock: my priorities for the health and social care system</a></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Stuart Andrew MP appointed as new Minister for Defence Procurment Fri, 20 Jul 2018 11:35:52 +0100 CRM Sync Stuart Andrew MP appointed as new Minister for Defence Procurement <p>Stuart Andrew, MP for Pudsey has been appointed as the new Minister for Defence Procurement, replacing Guto Bebb MP who resigned earlier this week. He moves across Government from a role <span style="color:rgb(31, 73, 125)">in</span> the Wales Office.</p> <p style="margin-left:0cm; margin-right:0cm">On his appointment, he said: &ldquo;Britain boasts a truly world-beating defence industry, where some of the very best engineers and designers make outstanding equipment for our amazing Armed Forces and generate billions for our economy while they&rsquo;re at it.</p> <p style="margin-left:0cm; margin-right:0cm">"Incredible sights of our first new aircraft carrier sailing through global waters and F-35 fighter jets flying through British skies are striking symbols of major procurement deals now really coming to life, and ambitious plans are in place to ensure we continue leading the way into the future.</p> <p style="margin-left:0cm; margin-right:0cm">"I&rsquo;m very excited to press ahead with those plans, supporting this fascinating industry and ultimately getting the likes of new ships, jets and vehicles for the brave men and women who protect our nation every single day."</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Modernising Defence Programme – Headline Conclusions Fri, 20 Jul 2018 11:28:27 +0100 CRM Sync Secretary of State for Defence Gavin Williamson has announced the MDP’s headline conclusions in a written ministerial statement <p>On 19 July, the Defence Secretary made the first significant announcement on the Modernising Defence Programme (MDP) since the conclusion of the public consultation in April. techUK has summarised the three headline conclusions below, which the MOD intends to consider in further detail over the summer as part of the second stage of the MDP.</p> <p><strong>1. Our armed forces need to be ready and able to match the pace at which our adversaries now move:</strong></p> <ul><li>Since SDSR 2015, the pace at which the UK&rsquo;s adversaries can act against the nation has grown quickly</li> <li>These hostile acts are disguised and hard to attribute, operating below the conventional threshold for what might be considered an &lsquo;act of war&rsquo;</li> <li>The Armed Forces will need to be able to respond to threats from the &lsquo;new&rsquo; warfare domains of space and cyber</li> <li>To operate in the space domain, the MOD will publish a space strategy to guide future investment in satellites and other space capabilities</li> <li>The MOD will continue to pursue an &lsquo;integrated, collective approach to national security&rsquo; through a blended mix of hard and soft power, and will consider its &lsquo;global defence network, to make sure we have the right military and civilian staff deployed around the world&rsquo;</li> <li>The UK needs to able to respond to future crises rapidly on its own terms, and the MDP will consider how best to rebalance training and equipment in the operational environments across the world where the UK is deployed</li> <li>The MDP will review the UK&rsquo;s overseas basing to improve interoperability with allies and partners, drawing on NATO&rsquo;s readiness initiative</li> <li>The MOD will build a &lsquo;strategic net assessment capability&rsquo; which will examine all dimensions of competition and will assess how decisions taken by allies and adversaries may play out over the short, medium and long term</li> <li>The MOD will also consider &lsquo;a much more agile approach to the development of future equipment, with a clear focus on the increasing flexibility required to maintain strategic advantage&rsquo;</li> </ul><p><strong>2. A fighting force fit for the challenges of the 21st century:</strong></p> <ul><li>The principles set out in Joint Force 2025 are right: &lsquo;we want armed forces able to operate with agility and pace in the information age&rsquo;, but the MOD may &lsquo;need to accelerate elements of the programme to meet the most acute threats sooner&rsquo; and might &lsquo;want to introduce new capabilities or equipment that provide significant advantage in the immediate term&rsquo;</li> <li>The MOD will also look to improve the resilience of Defence, to ensure the UK&rsquo;s networks and systems are protected against hostile infiltration and cyber-attacks</li> <li>To operate effectively in the information age, the MOD has stressed the need for information advantage, where future conflicts &lsquo;will increasingly be won and lost based on who uses information technology most effectively: sensors, computing, communication, cyber and machine learning, artificial intelligence and autonomy&rsquo;</li> <li>Through the second stage of the MDP, the MOD will consider &lsquo;how to &#8203;enhance our ability to collect, analyse, disseminate and act very rapidly on the vast quantities of data that characterise the contemporary operating environment&rsquo;</li> <li>The MOD will look to modernise its approach to technology and innovation by taking a coordinated approach to technology and experimentation with greater central oversight &ndash; this will enable the department to pursue opportunities and novel ideas with a greater acceptance of higher levels of risk</li> <li>To this end, the MOD intends to &lsquo;invest in a series of &ldquo;Spearhead&rdquo; initiatives on key new technologies and increase our spending on innovation, science and technology&rsquo;</li> <li>To support this, the MOD will &lsquo;publish a &ldquo;Defence Technology Framework&rdquo;, setting out the Department&rsquo;s technology priorities so that we can focus efforts and guide strategy, investment and plans across defence as a whole&rsquo;</li> </ul><p><strong>3. Transforming the business of defence to deliver a robust, credible, modern and affordable force:</strong></p> <ul><li>The MOD is examining the way it is organised and managed &lsquo;with clearer responsibilities and accountabilities to deliver better value for money&rsquo;</li> <li>The MOD will look to exploit the approaches, processes and technologies with a proven track record of success outside of the Defence sector</li> <li>The MOD will encourage a culture of experimentation, and will change its acquisition and commercial processes to &lsquo;better support the rapid and incremental adoption of new and emerging technologies&rsquo;</li> <li>To create financial headroom for Defence modernisation, the MOD will consider how to drive efficiencies &lsquo;by adopting ambitious, digitally-enabled business modernisation&rsquo;</li> <li>The MOD intends to adopt a more collaborative and demanding approach to its relationship with industry, &lsquo;centred around an agreed set of productivity, efficiency, skills and innovation challenges&rsquo;</li> <li>The second stage of the MDP will also examine how Defence can further enhance the contribution of Defence to the UK&rsquo;s overall prosperity, building on the <a href="" target="_blank">recommendations set out in Philip Dunne MP&rsquo;s independent report</a></li> </ul><p><strong>Responding to the Modernising Defence Programme headline conclusions, techUK&rsquo;s Head of Defence Programme Fred Sugden said:</strong></p> <p><em>&ldquo;techUK welcomes the initial findings of the MDP and is particularly pleased to see the emphasis placed on delivering information advantage through the exploitation of new information technologies and capabilities. We also welcome the introduction of the Defence Technology Framework to provide clarity around the MOD&rsquo;s technology priorities, and the commitment to reform acquisition and commercial processes to support the rapid adoption of emerging technologies, many of which are developed by techUK members. techUK has long supported the MOD in its drive to become a modern, digitally-enabled business, and stands ready to assist the MOD as it looks to achieve this through the MDP&rsquo;s outputs.&rdquo; &nbsp;</em></p> <p><a href="">You can read the full transcript of the ministerial statement on the MDP's headline conclusions by clicking here.</a></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Early consumer experiences of smart meters 2018 Fri, 20 Jul 2018 11:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync Citizens Advice's research, published July 2018, explores what experiences consumers have when deciding to have a smart meter installed, their satisfaction during the installation process and post installation experiences. <p>Citizens Advice commissioned an&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">early research in 2016</a> which informed that there were &nbsp;high levels of consumer satisfaction, but also some areas of concern. Two years and approximately seven million more smart meters later, we are keen to see what progress has been made and whether the smart meter consumer experience has changed.</p> <p>Smart meters are the &lsquo;building blocks&rsquo; that could transform the energy market. To really achieve this, government and industry must ensure that the technology works, allowing all consumers to access new offers and services in the future.</p> <p>Due to the very compressed time scale, energy suppliers are coming across a range of difficult installation problems, given the huge variation and types of homes across Great Britain. Given the pace at which suppliers are expected to deliver the roll-out, a timely response to identifying and resolving gaps in processes is crucial.</p> <p>The research showed that <strong>80% of people</strong> who had a smart meter installed <strong>were satisfied</strong> with the installation process, however nearly a fifth of those consumers not have a straight forward installation.</p> <p>The research also found that multiple installation appointments, were not able to have a smart meter installed or had an appliance that was condemned, and unusable anymore.</p> <p>The good news is that <strong>55% of the respondents have noticed a positive behavioural change</strong> towards energy use, of course with some hurdles like having to provide meter readings, or having a device condemned from the network.</p> <p>Expectations are that during the smart meter roll-out, consumers are given all the relevant information. More than a quarter of all respondents (26.4%), both smart meter users and non-smart meter users were concerned about how suppliers <strong>use smart meter energy usage data</strong>. However, <strong>60% of the respondents were reassured</strong> once it was explained they can control how often suppliers check meter readings and consent was needed.</p> <p><strong>Citizens Advice Recommends:</strong></p> <ol><li>It is crucial for suppliers to <strong>inform consumers</strong> in a way that they can understand their <strong>data access rights.</strong></li> <li>Consistency in delivering a <strong>&ldquo;difficult&rdquo; installation.</strong></li> <li>No consumer in a vulnerable situation or otherwise should be left without a means to cook or heat and light their <strong>homes after having an appliance condemned.</strong></li> <li>Citizens Advice will continue to monitor the scale of <strong>shock bills</strong> and industry should too.</li> <li>All consumers should benefit from <strong>accurate bills</strong> and energy suppliers should seek to address these issues promptly. The regulator should introduce rules to prevent all back billing for smart meter customers.</li> </ol><p>R<a href="" target="_blank">ead the full report here.</a></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> More companies required to publicly report on carbon and energy Fri, 20 Jul 2018 07:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync If you are a large company, as defined under the Companies Act, you will be required to disclose your carbon and energy use from 2019. <p>The new requirements <a href="">follow a consultation last year</a> and is part of a raft of work to simplify the policy framework for energy and carbon reporting. Government is slimming down the statute book by ending the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme from next year.</p> <p>Yet <a href="">under the proposals published by Government this week</a>, substantially more companies will be required to disclose their energy use and the carbon emissions they are responsible for. The new rules will apply to all quoted and large UK incorporated firms as well as LLPs.</p> <p>Unquoted companies will have to report their energy use and emissions relating to gas, electricity and transport, and an intensity metric, through their company's Annual Reports. Quoted companies will have to continue to report their global greenhouse gas emissions and an intensity metric, and additionally start to report their global total energy use.&nbsp;</p> <p><br> Companies will also be required to provide a narrative outlining what action the company has taken on energy efficiency in the last 12 months.<br><br> A <em>de minimis</em> will exclude very low energy users: those who can demonstrate that they have used less than 40,000 kWh in a 12 month period. There will also be an exemption from disclosure in cases where Director&rsquo;s think would be seriously prejudicial to the interests of the company (following concerns raised by energy intensive industries re disclosing energy use).<br><br><strong>techUK is organising a webinar to help companies who may be newly impacted by the reporting requirements to help them understand what they need to do to prepare. To register interest please <a href="">click here</a> to contact Lucas Banach.</strong></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Science & Technology Committee report into future immigration system Thu, 19 Jul 2018 15:32:25 +0100 CRM Sync Policy Manager for Skills, Talent & Diversity, India Lucas, comments on the Science & Technology Committee's report into 'An immigration system that works for science and innovation’. <p>Today, the Science and Technology Committee released their <u><a href="" target="_blank"><span style="color:#0000CD">report</span></a></u> &lsquo;An immigration system that works for science and innovation&rsquo;. We were very pleased to see such strong synergies between the report&rsquo;s recommendations and principles for a future immigration system and our own, as put forward both in our <u><a href="" target="_blank"><span style="color:#0000CD">written submission</span></a></u> to the Committee inquiry and expressed in the <u><a href="" target="_blank"><span style="color:#0000CD">oral evidence session</span></a></u> earlier in June which our Head of Policy gave evidence at.&nbsp;</p> <p>We commend the Committee for highlighting the business and research need for access to the brightest and best and hope the report feeds into the imminent Immigration White Paper.&nbsp;</p> <p>The report&rsquo;s key takeaways:&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Short-term mobility</strong> &ndash; techUK commends the Committee for recognising that short-term mobility, both into and out of the UK, is integral for research, innovation and collaboration. Similarly, the Committee notes that short-term mobility is often needed at short notice and therefore the UK immigration system must facilitate such travel. &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Breaks in continuous residency </strong>&ndash; the report calls for an Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR)&nbsp;&lsquo;Research Activity&rsquo; exemption to be made for individuals who need to spend more than 180 days in any 12 months overseas for research purposes. We have already seen softening in traditional ILR requirements in the EU Settlement Scheme&rsquo;s continuous residency requirements and we hope the government continues applying this pragmatic flexibility.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Tier 2</strong> &ndash;&nbsp;</p> <ul><li>The shortage occupation list &ndash; there are clear problems with the shortage occupation list for Tier 2 (General) visa. Whilst this has been temporarily relieved following the short-term removal of NHS workers, techUK is clear that there is still a need for reform. The Committee goes further in calling for the scrapping of the list, on the basis that it&rsquo;s reactionary nature means it will always be out of date.&nbsp;</li> <li>Defining &lsquo;skills&rsquo; &ndash; the Committee is acutely aware in their report that salary should not be used as a proxy for skill and techUK supports this. The Committee suggests that &lsquo;skilled workers&rsquo; should be defined as requiring Level 3 qualifications or above. techUK supports calls to redefine &lsquo;skilled worker&rsquo;.&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> <li>&nbsp;Annual caps &ndash; we support the Committee in calling for the removal of the cap on Tier 2 (General) visas.&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> <li>Visas costs &ndash; The Committee calls for the reduction in costs for both individuals and employers for Tier 2 visas. This clearly draws on our evidence on the often convoluted and burdensome visa application process for employers.&nbsp;</li> </ul><p><strong>Post-study work</strong> &ndash; techUK called for the reintroduction of the Tier 1 Post Study Work visa in our written submission under certain conditions. We are glad the Committee&rsquo;s supports us in reinstating the visa for individuals with a recognised degree from a UK higher education institution as a means of ensuring the brightest and best who have been educated at UK institutions are encouraged to remain in the UK.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> ONS crime stats: fraud & cyber crime still dominate Thu, 19 Jul 2018 13:38:59 +0100 CRM Sync ONS figures confirm that people are more likely to be a victim of cyber crime & fraud than any other crime. <p>The Office for National Statistics has today <a href="" target="_blank">published estimates from the Crime Survey for England and Wales</a>. The figures, for the year ending March 2018, once again reveal that a person is more likely to be a victim of fraud or cyber crime than any other offence.</p> <p>The CSEW estimates that there were 6 million crimes excluding fraud and computer misuse, but this rises to 10.5 million when those two are included. So with an estimated 3.24 million fraud offences and 1.23m of computer misuse, these two crime types together account for almost half of all crimes. Crucially, the ONS report noted that &ldquo;over half of fraud incidents for the latest survey year were thought to be cyber-related.&rdquo;</p> <p>Responding to the survey, techUK&rsquo;s Programme Manager for Justice &amp; Emergency Services, Henry Rex, said</p> <p>&ldquo;<em>Since October 2015 CSEW stats have typically emphasised the scale of the threat we face from cyber crime and fraud, and today&rsquo;s figures are no different. An individual is more likely to fall victim to these crimes than any other. As the <a href="" target="_blank">City of London Police have pointed out</a>, there are still grave issues around under-reporting, and since the Crime Survey does not include crimes against businesses, the true scale of this challenge may be even greater.</em></p> <p><em>Law enforcement, Government and the tech industry continue to work closely together to ensure that police are equipped with the skills and tools they need to tackle this threat. And techUK looks forward to continuing our work bringing all parties together to explore how tech can <a href="" target="_blank">best be deployed to combat the changing threat of fraud and cyber crime</a>.</em></p> <p><em>The 31% decrease in computer misuse itself (down to 1.2 million offences) is gratifying. Given that it is attributed to a fall in computer viruses, this perhaps hints that messages around basic cyber security are starting to get through. But the fact that there has been no change in hacking offences or fraud suggests that there is still a long way to go.</em>&rdquo;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> DCMS consultation shows commitment to homegrown cyber security skills Thu, 19 Jul 2018 11:02:37 +0100 CRM Sync New Cyber Security Council a step forward in UK producing world-leading professional body <p>The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has <a href="">published a consultation</a> looking at ways in which to professionalise the cyber security sector; primarily through the creation of a Cyber Security Council that would align the vast number of different existing cyber professional qualifications and develop Royal Chartered Status for the cyber security sector.</p> <p>The <a href="">Government&rsquo;s National Cyber Security Strategy</a>, published in 2016, set out a series of commitments from Government on developing the cyber security profession in the UK to ensure that we have the right skills, capabilities and professionalism to meet the growing cyber threat.&nbsp; The proposals set out in this consultation are designed to further these commitments, helping people enter the profession and giving employers the confidence that those within the sector have the capabilities and integrity required.</p> <p>The proposed establishment of a Cyber Security Council, independent of Government, is seen as the best mechanism to achieve these aims and will be designed to bring more coherence, co-ordination and consistency to the cyber security profession.</p> <p><span style="color:black"><strong>Minister for Digital Margot James</strong> said:&nbsp;</span></p> <p><em><span style="color:black">"We have some of the best people in the world working in cyber security and making sure we continue develop the capability, diversity and professionalism of the sector is a critical part of our National Cyber Security Strategy.</span></em></p> <p><em><span style="color:black">"This consultation sets out proposals to accelerate the development of the profession and I encourage people to share their views to help the UK remain at the forefront of the industry."&nbsp;</span></em></p> <p>Responding to the launch of the consultation, <strong>Julian David, CEO, techUK,</strong> said:</p> <p><em>&ldquo;The UK is in need of more qualified cyber security professionals. A skilled and professionalised cyber workforce is crucial to the growth and success of the UK&rsquo;s cyber ecosystem, which in turn will benefit all UK businesses and citizens. </em></p> <p>&nbsp;<em>&ldquo;techUK therefore welcomes this DCMS consultation on developing the cyber security profession through the creation of a Cyber Security Council. &nbsp;</em><br> &nbsp;<br><em>&ldquo;This is an important step for the UK cyber security industry, helping to set out clear pathways into the cyber profession by aligning the vast number of existing professional qualifications and developing a Royal Chartered Status as the highest standard for cyber security professionals to aspire to reach. &nbsp;</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;techUK will be responding to the DCMS consultation with input from our members and looks forward to working with the Council as it begins to establish itself as a visible and authoritative voice for the cyber profession.&rdquo; </em></p> <p><strong>Supporting quotes from techUK members include: </strong></p> <p><strong>Mark Hughes, CEO, BT Security said: </strong></p> <p><em>&lsquo;Estimates suggest that the UK only has a third of the cyber security professionals it needs. We need to take quick and decisive action to make more people aware of the vast opportunities offered by the cyber security profession. </em></p> <p><em>BT welcomes the Government&rsquo;s announcement of a consultation on a Cyber Security Council as a significant step forwards in addressing this challenge. As the UK&rsquo;s largest cyber security employer, we look forward to working with our partners in government and industry to support this initiative&rsquo; </em></p> <p><strong>Rob Crook, Managing Director, Raytheon, and member of techUK&rsquo;s cyber management committee, commented: </strong></p> <p><em>"We welcome DCMS's lead in this very important initiative. A cyber profession will help us to explain to school children, students, parents and teachers how to develop a rewarding career in cyber and also to open doors for those with a diverse range of background and experience. I'm working with techUK to help to coordinate industry's response to the consultation which I know will be fully supportive." </em></p> <p>To access the consultation document, please <a href="">click here</a>.</p> <div> <hr><div> <div>&nbsp;</div> </div> </div>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> Committee urges urgent action on cyber skills gap Thu, 19 Jul 2018 09:43:05 +0100 CRM Sync Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy (JCNSS) has released a report into Cyber Security skills. <p>Today, the Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy (JCNSS) has released a report into Cyber Security skills as part of its work looking at the cyber resilience of UK Critical National Infrastructure (CNI). The report, the first of two, concludes that a shortage of specialist technical skills in the cyber sector is one of the largest challenges facing UK CNI.</p> <p>The Committee calls on Government to step forward and take the lead in developing a strategy to give drive and direction to the lack of cyber security skills in the UK, in particular through finalising a Cyber Skills Strategy that was originally expected in November 2016 but not now expected until late 2018. This Strategy, the report implies, would help form a more detailed analysis of the challenges and scale facing the sector, improving the Government&rsquo;s ability to understand and therefore address the skills shortfall. Similarly, the report suggests that any strategy should contain a formalised implantation plan.</p> <p>Some of the key conclusions and recommendations of the Report include:</p> <ul><li>A<span style="color:rgb(51, 51, 51)"> concern that information about the nature of the cyber security skills gap in the CNI sector is primarily anecdotal</span>: t<span style="color:rgb(51, 51, 51)">here is no detailed analysis available of which CNI sectors are most affected, in which disciplines and at which levels of expertise the shortage is most acute, or of where these gaps leave the UK critically vulnerable. </span></li> <li><span style="color:windowtext">Welcoming</span> the many useful initiatives to date,<span style="color:windowtext"> but suggesting </span>that industry be utilised more as a source of up to date expertise. <span style="color:windowtext">In particular</span>, the scale of educational initiatives should be scaled up to meet massive demand, and the long term nature of schools based initiatives means other methods should be employed more, for example upskilling the existing workforce;</li> <li>Widening the<span style="color:windowtext"> National Cyber Security Centre&rsquo;s (NCSC)</span> Industry 100 initiative across Government and CNI operators, and ensuring all civil servants have basic cyber security training;</li> <li><span style="color:windowtext">Calling on Government to</span> move forward with its plan for the a Cyber Professional Body, helping to mature the profession and forging clear career pathways and entry points;</li> </ul><p>The Chair of the Joint Committee, Dame Margaret Beckett MP, said:</p> <p><em>&ldquo;We acknowledge that the cyber security profession is relatively new and still evolving and that the pace of change in technology may well outstrip the development of academic qualifications. However, we are calling on Government to work closely with industry and education to consider short-term demand as well as long-term planning. As a very first response, Government must work in close partnership with the CNI sector and providers to create a cyber security skills strategy to give clarity and direction. It is a pressing matter of national security to do so."</em></p> <p>Responding to the report, Talal Rajab, Head of Cyber and National Security, techUK said: &ldquo;<em>We are pleased to have worked with the Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy on this important inquiry into the cyber resilience of the UK&rsquo;s critical national infrastructure (CNI). &nbsp;</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;The WannaCry attack last year demonstrated the negative consequences a successful cyber attack can have on our critical infrastructure and, as various CNI sectors become more digital in nature, the protection of essential services will be one of the greatest challenges facing the UK. &nbsp;</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;The Joint Committee&rsquo;s report rightly recognises that a lack of cyber security skills in the UK is unduly affecting the ability of CNI operators to protect the critical sectors that we rely on in our daily lives.&nbsp; techUK welcomes the many initiatives that Government has conducted in this space from the classroom to the boardroom. This includes the recent announcement pertaining to the creation of a Cyber Professional Body that will establish career pathways for cyber professionals to enter the sector. We also commend the ongoing work of the NCSC&rsquo;s Cyber First programme inspiring young people, especially girls, to consider a career in cyber. We look forward to working with Government as it increases activities to plug the cyber skills gap and protect the UK&rsquo;s critical services."</em></p> <p>The full report can be accessed <a href=""><u>here</u></a>.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> Environmental outlook for the combustion sector Thu, 19 Jul 2018 07:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync The Environment Agency has published their Combustion Sector report, which provides a useful point of reference for data centre operators with standby plant <p>techUK welcomes the Environment Agency&rsquo;s Outlook For the Combustion Sector.&nbsp; This useful overview explains the Agency&rsquo;s role and the importance of environmental compliance for industries engaged in combustion activities. &nbsp;It summarises the progress that has been made over recent years, outlines recent developments and set out the Agency&rsquo;s future priorities.</p> <p>A publication focused on combustion industries may seem at first glance to be a strange place to find the digital technology sector, but combustion plant plays a crucial role in ensuring resilience and business continuity within the UK&rsquo;s data centre estate.&nbsp;</p> <p>Data centres are part of our core national infrastructure.&nbsp; They process, store and transact digital data, enabling the ICT functions that underpin every aspect of our modern economy, and they have a long association with combustion plant in the form of diesel generators.&nbsp;</p> <p>However, this plant is not used to power our facilities:&nbsp; data centres run almost exclusively on mains electricity.&nbsp; The generating plant is in place as emergency standby, to be deployed in the unlikely event of grid power failure, or in some cases when the quality of supply is inadequate (e.g. the frequency varies or drops below the required threshold).&nbsp; ICT functions are compromised by power interruptions longer than a few milliseconds, so uninterruptible power supplies are absolutely critical for data centres.&nbsp;&nbsp; Most use a combination of batteries and diesel generators to ensure continuity of supply: the batteries provide instantaneous but short term power whilst the generators start up, a process that takes around 30 seconds.&nbsp;&nbsp; The generators can then run indefinitely provided that they can be refuelled regularly.</p> <p>We estimate that the total embedded generating capacity currently installed within the UK data centre sector is somewhere between 1GW and 3GW.&nbsp; The standby capacity for the sector is relatively high because sufficient emergency back up provision is needed to cover the maximum possible load at each site, plus spare capacity in the event that any units should fail.&nbsp; In reality, because of the reliability of the grid supply, data centre generators are used rarely in anger and many have never been deployed in this way.&nbsp; They are of course run regularly for short periods as part of testing and maintenance routines.&nbsp;</p> <p>The sector complies with a range of regulations and controls relating to its combustion plant.&nbsp; These controls include EU ETS, which deals with scope 1 carbon emissions.&nbsp;&nbsp; Air quality and other pollutant emissions are currently addressed by the Industrial Emissions Directive which applies to a few of our very largest sites and is implemented through EPR (Environmental Permitting Regulations).&nbsp; From next year the Medium Combustion Plant Directive and additional domestic generator controls will introduce air quality control measures for smaller installations.</p> <p>We work closely with the Environment Agency to raise awareness of new legislation, we explain regulatory requirements to our operators and we explain our members&rsquo; operations to the regulator, we develop guidance materials and act as a conduit for discussion and information exchange.&nbsp;&nbsp; This new publication will help to inform those discussions and will act as a useful reference source both for those working within the sector and external observers.</p> <p><strong>Explanatory and contextual notes:&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>techUK represents the UK&rsquo;s data centre industry, for whom the Environment Agency regulates emergency backup combustion plant. This sector is relatively new to regulation by the EA.&nbsp; The data centre sector also works with the EA on climate change adaptation along with other infrastructure operators and reported on sector readiness at the end of the second round. The UK data centre sector is globally significant, dominating the European market.&nbsp; Data centres are unusual in that the sector is characterised by significant generating capacity but negligible generating function.&nbsp; With some of the largest facilities in EMEA, UK operators are often the first in the region to tackle EU combustion compliance requirements.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Challenges for the sector in a combustion context are:</p> <ul><li>Ensuring awareness of, and compliance with, regulations that are targeted at large scope one emitters.&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> <li>Security of supply during the transition to renewable provision and also following our exit from the EU.&nbsp; While existing operators generally have power provisioning &nbsp;&nbsp;contracts in place, constraints on supply could limit future growth.</li> <li>Establishing ways to make better use of embedded generating capacity for load balancing / peak demand without impacting air quality or human health.</li> </ul><p>In the longer term,</p> <ul><li>Contributing to the development of a more proportionate regulatory regime for&nbsp; combustion plant operators with very low emissions.</li> <li>Identifying and implementing alternative solutions for the provision of emergency standby power for data centres, so that diesel power can be phased out.</li> </ul><p>&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK response to European Commission Android case Wed, 18 Jul 2018 12:17:42 +0100 CRM Sync techUK highlights the importance of the UK app economy as the European Commission publish its findings and decision on Android anti-trust investigation. <p>Commenting on the importance of the UK app economy following the European Commission's decision following its investigation into Android techUK said:</p> <p><em>&ldquo;The UK has a world-leading app economy which has helped to create 330,000 jobs here and has led to millions of useful, informative and fun apps being developed that are valued by consumers and businesses alike. </em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;The app ecosystem has benefited consumers by helping lower the cost of smartphones and has benefited developers by lowering entry costs. These benefits should not be overlooked. It is therefore important that the action taken by the European Commission does not undermine the wider ecosystem on which the app economy relies and ensures consumers continue to have a choice of devices and apps.&nbsp;It must focus on striking the right balance between ensuring consumer choice and supporting open source as a viable route for developers to build services and deliver content to consumers.&rdquo;</em></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Cyber security investment opportunities in emerging markets Tue, 17 Jul 2018 15:26:26 +0100 CRM Sync Frost & Sullivan has released five white papers providing an overview of emerging digital market opportunities in South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Brazil and Indonesia. <p><span style="font-size:12pt">Frost &amp; Sullivan, commissioned by the UK Government&rsquo;s Prosperity Fund, has released five white papers providing an overview of emerging digital market opportunities in <strong>South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Brazil and Indonesia</strong>.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt">The white papers assess digital market size and forecast growth, through the lenses of <strong>cybersecurity</strong>, <strong>telecommunications</strong> and <strong>digital services</strong>, providing market data and trend analysis, along with opportunities for UK digital businesses. </span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt">The UK Prosperity Fund is committed to reducing poverty through online inclusion (getting citizens online) and stimulating digital market economies, opening up opportunities of UK and international business. To find out more on how the UK Prosperity Fund plans to further support UK digital/cyber companies in accessing opportunities in emerging markets, please register your interest <strong><u><span style="color:rgb(91, 155, 213)"><a href="">here</a>.</span></u></strong><span style="color:rgb(91, 155, 213)"> </span></span></p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK joint AI and Cyber Working Group Created Tue, 17 Jul 2018 14:06:57 +0100 CRM Sync A joint AI and Cyber Programme working group is being created to produce a thought leadership report that will look to demystify the current AI and cyber landscape, build trust in the security of emerging AI technologies and demonstrate the opportuni <p>As part of techUK&rsquo;s AI Week a roundtable was held to discuss the cyber security opportunities, questions and possible challenges being raised by the development and adoption of AI technologies. At the event members highlighted the importance of demystifying and addressing current security concerns raised around AI, the potential of AI to bolster cyber security capabilities and the role AI could play in attracting more people to join the cyber security industry.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The event also discussed the role techUK should play in helping to drive discussion on these important areas. It was agreed that techUK has a key role to provide clarity on the current debate around the security of AI by&nbsp;deconstructing the current landscape and addressing current misconceptions around the security of AI technologies. It was also felt that techUK should look to promote how AI and cyber are complementary and that AI technologies can assist, not replace human decision making in cyber security.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Based on this feedback and call to action by techUK members a joint AI and Cyber Programme working group is being created to produce a thought leadership report that will look to demystify the current AI and cyber landscape, build trust in the security of emerging AI technologies and demonstrate the opportunities AI offers the cyber security industry including ways in which AI can be used as a tool to address the cyber security skills gap.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>We are now looking for members to join this working group that will begin its work on 4&nbsp;September. If you would like to be involved in developing techUK&rsquo;s Cyber and AI report please contact <a href=""></a></p> <p>If you would like to hear more about the work of the AI and Cyber programmes or would get more involved please do get in touch with the relevant teams.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> Driving AI uptake and adoption – we need your help! Tue, 17 Jul 2018 13:55:19 +0100 CRM Sync techUK is forming a working group focussing on increasing AI uptake and adoption in the UK - get involved! <p>In October last year <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">the independent review</span></a> on how the Artificial Intelligence industry can be grown in the UK, carried out by Professor Dame Wendy Hall and J&eacute;r&ocirc;me Pesenti, was published. A key recommendation made in the review regarding the uptake of AI was for techUK to work with the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Digital Catapult, and key players in industry sectors to develop practical guidance on the opportunities and challenges of successful adoption of AI across the UK economy.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Following techUK&rsquo;s engagement with the Digital Catapult and the Royal Academy of Engineering, a joint project is now underway to develop a guide for business leaders on the key steps that organisations need to consider to become an AI enabled and driven organisation. Key areas that are likely to be raised in the guide will be the importance of cloud adoption, cyber security, data protection and taking an ethical approach to business thinking around AI. This work was cited in the AI Sector Deal in April.</p> <p>This project is now beginning to take shape. But we need your help.</p> <p>We are looking for members willing to join a small techUK editorial working group that will provide direct input to the development of this business guide and review output that will be developed by a project delivery team made up of representatives from techUK, Digital Catapult and the Royal Academy of Engineering. In order to kick off this work, techUK is looking to bring together the techUK editorial working group for an initial meeting in early September to review the project aims, objectives and draft skeleton and to provide direct input as the guide starts to be written. Following an initial meeting the editorial working group will work virtually and via conference calls as the guide itself develops.</p> <p>If you would be interested in being part of the techUK editorial working group for this project, please inform <a href=""></a> by Friday 3rd August&nbsp; . If you would like to discuss this project in more detail please reach out to <a href=""></a>.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> How can we ensure truthfulness, online and off? Tue, 17 Jul 2018 10:59:23 +0100 CRM Sync The truth matters, but it is a mistake to think of 'fake news' as only a technology problem. <p>As Ofcom CEO Sharon White correctly <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">points out in her Times article last week</span></a>, social media is driving rapid change in the way people access and consume news. It has enabled people to access more diverse sources of information and has facilitated the growth of whole new types of journalism from the likes of Vice, Vox and Buzzfeed. &nbsp;But social media has also suffered from a proliferation of deliberately inaccurate information varying from relatively benign clickbait to seriously harmful false stories designed to undermine democratic processes.</p> <p>White suggests a new regulator might need to step in to address the proliferation of what is now dubbed &lsquo;fake news&rsquo;. On the face of it the case for regulation looks compelling. Private businesses, for very legitimate reasons, can struggle to act where they fear crossing the line on free speech. But regulators may also find that this proves difficult territory to enter. This is undeniably an extremely important issue. So how do we ensure that we address it in the right way?</p> <p>Fake news is simply a new name for an old problem. Lies and disinformation have long pre-dated digital media. Indeed propagandists have often been at the forefront of exploiting new technology &ndash; whether it was the printing press or radio.</p> <p>So, if we are to create an independent regulator to oversee online news we must ensure that the same standards apply offline as well as online. No one disagrees with need to combat fake news online, but it must be done legally, fairly, effectively and with due process. A new regulator that is set up to be a guardian of the truth will have an incredibly difficult path to steer.</p> <p>Technology clearly plays a vital role, but it would be a mistake to consider &lsquo;fake news&rsquo; simply as a technology problem to which there is a simple technology solution. At its very core &lsquo;fake news&rsquo; is about fundamental untruths, how we identify them and how we respond to them as a society. But at a time when political views are particularly polarised understanding what is and isn&rsquo;t factually accurate information is likely to challenge potential regulators just as much as it does technology companies today and journalists today.</p> <p>In the UK we have a long tradition of highly partisan media. Coverage of the same event can be wildly different depending on the media outlets political perspective, blurring the line between fact and opinion, and even fact and fiction.</p> <p>We must avoid a situation where an article that would be seen as acceptable in print format, is considered to be in breach of a new online code. Would a new regulator hold elected politicians and traditional media to the same standard of truthfulness that they would demand from social media platforms? The Daily Mail has already been banned as a source from Wikipedia for its &ldquo;reputation for poor fact checking and sensationalism&rdquo;. &nbsp;Do we all agree that this is a good thing or is it a reflection of liberal bias in Wikipedia? There are many examples of democratically elected politicians sharing or spinning news that is misleading or outright false. This presents real challenges for established traditional media, never mind for social media platforms. How effective do we believe social media platforms need to be in identifying, verifying and taking down fake news? How would a regulator be able to keep up with the volume of decisions taken by such companies? How would it know if legitimate content was being inappropriately blocked by these companies? Is it appropriate for an international for-profit companies to be the arbiters of what is and is not legitimate news for UK citizens?</p> <p>In many circumstances, &lsquo;fake&rsquo; might be easy to spot but an equal number, if not more, it will require fact-checking, close inspection and a judgement call. What this process will look like and what resources such a regulator would have are important details that need to be thought through.</p> <p>Tackling fake news is a challenge that extends far beyond the role of technology and social media companies. Politicians, advocacy groups, and traditional media all have a role to play in ensuring that a democratic society can be informed by accurate and verifiable open information. A fake news regulator will have an incredibly difficult and sensitive job on its hands. We need to think very carefully therefore about whether this is indeed the right approach. Getting this wrong could make today&rsquo;s problems very much worse. So lets ask the hard questions now and ensure we build an approach that works.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK comment on Japan and EU mutual adequacy decisions Tue, 17 Jul 2018 10:37:18 +0100 CRM Sync Read techUK Deputy CEO Antony Walker's comment on the mutual adequacy agreements agreed today between the EU and Japan. <p>Commenting on the mutual adequacy agreements agreed today between the EU and Japan, techUK&rsquo;s deputy CEO, Antony Walker, said:</p> <p><em>&ldquo;Today&rsquo;s landmark announcement of EU-Japan mutual adequacy agreements demonstrates the fundamental importance of the free flow of data sitting alongside free trade in both goods and services. The fact that the EU and Japan have agreed mutual adequacy decisions is hugely significant in unlocking data flows between advanced digital economies. Japan is the first country to agree adequacy under the GDPR and as a member of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC). This means the agreement potentially opens up a new pathway for onward data transfer through APEC countries. It will be important to see how the specific additional safeguards agreed by Japan will operate in practice and what that means for&nbsp;the operational effectiveness of this agreement. It will also be an important test-case as the UK and EU seek to agree a data flows agreement post-Brexit, by setting out the key requirements to meet the &lsquo;essentially equivalent&rsquo; test under GDPR. Given the UK and EU&rsquo;s data protection regimes are significantly more aligned than Japan and the EU, techUK would hope the UK and EU will be able to agree mutual adequacy decisions as soon as possible.&nbsp;</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;The EU-Japan agreement also demonstrates the benefits of agreeing adequacy decisions alongside free trade agreements, as we expect the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement also to be signed today. In a global digital economy, data and trade go hand in hand, so it is positive that the EU and Japan have been able to agree both a trade deal and data flows agreement side by side.</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;It is still not clear whether the UK will be able to roll over existing EU adequacy decisions, and what the process for doing so will be. More clarity on this issue is needed to ensure data can continue to flow between the UK and countries it already has agreements with. The new Japan adequacy agreement will be a crucial one to consider as part of that process.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> Most Influential Women in UK Technology Tue, 17 Jul 2018 10:12:27 +0100 CRM Sync techUK Members & Staff feature in Computer Weekly’s 2018 ‘Most Influential Women in Tech’ longlist <p>techUK is delighted to see a number of its members&rsquo; employees were included in Computer Weekly&rsquo;s recently published <a href="">Most Influential Women in Tech</a> longlist for 2018.</p> <p>Among the more than 200 names put forward were:</p> <ul><li>Alexa Marenghi, global diversity and business programme manager, Microsoft; founder of Codess</li> <li>Beatrice Butsana-Sita, managing director, IT and networks at Capita</li> <li>Carmina Lees, managing director, Technology Consulting at Accenture</li> <li>Caroline Graham, director change management at Barclays; head of WeAreTheCity India</li> <li>Catherine Knivett, head of programmes at Corsham Institute</li> <li>Charlotte Finn, vice-president global strategic relations at <a href=""></a></li> <li>Christine Ashton, global CDO, digital office cloud ERP, SAP</li> <li>Christine Hodgson, chairman of Capgemini UK</li> <li>Claire Vyvyan, senior vice president, UK &amp; Ireland commercial business, Dell EMC</li> <li>Daryn Edgar, vice president, digital advisory, EMEA, SAP</li> <li>Elizabeth Eastaugh, senior director, product &ndash; eCP, enterprise data platform services at Expedia</li> <li>Elizabeth Vega, global CEO, Informed Solutions</li> <li>Emma Lacy, public sector project manager, Oracle</li> <li>Emma McGuigan, group technology officer, communications, media &amp; technology, Accenture</li> <li>Gayna Hart, founder and managing director, Quicksilva</li> <li>Harriet Green, head of Asia Pacific, IBM</li> <li>Helen Kelisky, vice-president, cloud, UK and Ireland, IBM</li> <li>Helen Lamb, vice-president, strategic pursuits unit, global delivery group, Fujitsu</li> <li>Karen Young, managing director of MDS Technologies</li> <li>Kim Nilsson, co-founder and CEO, Pivigo</li> <li>Kriti Sharma, vice president for AI, Sage</li> <li>Magdalena Kron, &lrm;head of Rise London and vice-president open innovation, Barclays; co-founder, Geek Girl Meetup UK</li> <li>Mandy Chessell, distinguished engineer, IBM</li> <li>Melinda Roylett, senior director, head of small and medium business, EMEA, PayPal</li> <li>Melissa Di Donato, chief revenue officer, SAP ERP Cloud</li> <li>Nicola Mendelsohn, managing director, Facebook Europe</li> <li>Pearl Noble-Mallock,&nbsp;head of product and cyber security, BAE Systems</li> <li>Rebecca George, lead public sector partner, Deloitte</li> <li>Regina Moran, enterprise director at Vodafone</li> <li>Sarah Armstrong-Smith, head of continuity and resilience, distinguished engineer and diversity champion, Fujitsu</li> <li>Sarah Atkinson, vice-president of EMEA communications, CA Technologies</li> <li>Sarah Shields, vice president and GM - Dell EMC UK/I Channel</li> <li>Sharon Moore, industry technical leader for travel and transportation, IBM UK,</li> <li>Sheila Flavel, COO, FDM Group,</li> <li>Sheree Atcheson, global ambassador at Women Who Code; consultant, Deloitte UK</li> <li>Sheridan Ash, technology and investments director, women in technology leader UK, PwC</li> <li>Shirley Creed, global corporate secretary, Dell EMC</li> <li>Susan Bowen, general manager and vice-president EMEA, Cogeco Peer 1</li> <li>Ursula Morgenstern, CEO, Atos Germany</li> <li>Zoe Cunningham, managing director, Softwire</li> </ul><p>We were particularly pleased to see among these, Susan Bowen from Cogeco Peer 1, who was specifically nominated for her work in chairing techUK&rsquo;s Skills &amp; Diversity Council. It was also encouraging to see so many of our Board members included in this year's nominations list, including: Zoe Cunningham from Softwire;&nbsp;Sheila Flavell from FDM Group; Sarah Atkinson from CA Technologies; and Karen Young from MDS Technologies</p> <p>The list also included two techUK staff members - <a href="">Sue Daley</a>, Head of Programme - Cloud, Data, Analytics &amp; AI and <a href="">Emma Fryer</a>, Associate Director, Data Centres.</p> <p>The shortlist of 50 names will be announced later this week, when voting opens.</p> <p>Our congratulations to everyone who was nominated!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK launches new report 'Dealing with the Deals' in Parliament Tue, 17 Jul 2018 09:32:19 +0100 CRM Sync There are over 750 agreements the UK is party to as a member of the EU. All these deals must be rolled over post-Brexit. <p>On Monday, techUK launched its new report <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF"><em>Dealing with the Deals: Existing EU international agreements and the tech sector</em></span></a>. The report highlights that urgent decisions are needed on hundreds of different EU agreements post-Brexit. Many of these, such as Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), science and technology agreements and World Trade Organisation (WTO) agreements, are important to the UK&rsquo;s thriving tech sector.</p> <p>While Brexit requires a fundamental redesign of the relationship between the UK and the EU, it is important to remember that it also requires a redesign of our current relations with the rest of the world.</p> <p>For many agreements, such as the trade deals with Canada and South Korea and science and technology agreements, continuity will be important for the sector. However, for some trade agreements there is scope for greater ambition &ndash; such as incorporating services and procurement into a new deal with Israel, a country with a complimentary high-tech economy.</p> <p>At an event in Parliament, techUK held a panel discussion to launch the report with Vicky Ford MP, member of the Science and Technology Select Committee, Stephen Timms MP, member of the Exiting the European Union Committee and Tim Durrant, Senior Researcher at the Institute for Government, chaired by Giles Derrington, techUK Head of Policy for Brexit, International and Economics.</p> <p>The panellists all stressed the ongoing importance of these deals. Vicky Ford highlighted how science and technology agreements are &lsquo;extremely important&rsquo; for the UK&rsquo;s international partners. These agreements are something that other countries really value. With tech being a sector that particularly depends on innovation and cutting-edge research, these agreements are an important means of promoting cross-border collaboration.</p> <p>For Stephen Timms, the UK faces a clear choice between &lsquo;alignment with or estrangement from&rsquo; the EU. For him there are clear economic consequences of each and the Government needs to base their decisions on realism, as they have done by committing to aligning with European data protection rules. For more on the importance of this, see techUK&rsquo;s report <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF"><em>No Interruptions: Options for the future UK-EU data-sharing relationship</em></span></a>.</p> <p>The act of rolling over these trade agreements will involve making some tough choices. Issues like rules of origin and cumulation are going to involve negotiating with the EU as well as the other third-country signatory. At the launch, Vicky Ford echoed techUK&rsquo;s call for clarity around how the Government intends to approach this, as well as stating her expectation that Parliament will be able to make sure there is scrutiny over any changes to the UK&rsquo;s relationship with existing EU trade deals.</p> <p>The legislative aspect of rolling over these important deals was stressed by Tim Durrant. When turning existing EU agreements into permanent UK deals post-Brexit, each partner will need to subject them to their own processes of scrutiny and ratification. This could even be the case to enable the existing EU agreements to still apply to the UK during the implementation period. If the UK does face a cliff edge in its trading relationships with these third countries, it is crucial that businesses know of this possibility, so they can plan accordingly.</p> <p>Through the EU, the UK is party to over 750 international agreements. All of these will need proactive decisions to be made about whether to roll them over, renegotiate them or let them lapse. Dealing with the Deals and our launch event emphasised how important some of these are for the UK tech sector, but also where greater ambition is possible. While the UK Government has made clear its ambitions to negotiate new trade deals post-Brexit, one thing is completely clear &ndash; it needs to ensure that it deals with the existing deals first.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Scotland: the brave or the natural choice for access to space? Tue, 17 Jul 2018 09:07:41 +0100 CRM Sync Government selects Sutherland in Scotland as location for UK's first vertical launch spaceport <table align="center" border="1" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" style="height:135px; width:240px"><tbody><tr><td><img alt="" src="//" style="height:270px; width:480px"></td> </tr></tbody></table><p style="text-align:center"><em>Image credit:&nbsp;Rocket Lab</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The space sector is probably as cool as it&rsquo;s been since NASA took astronauts to the Moon, but in the UK it may seem as if this is a sector happening somewhere else, given that (at least so far) we haven&rsquo;t launched any satellites (or spacecraft for that matter) from UK soil. Indeed, ask a random member of the public to name a space company, and it&rsquo;s likely that SpaceX&nbsp; will be the first name on their lips.</p> <p>As it happens, the UK space sector is large, and growing rapidly, despite having no local launch capability. Some 35,000 (mostly high skilled) people work in the sector, which contributes about &pound;14bn to GDP and supports &pound;250bn. Most of this value is generated by commercialising data coming from satellites, including telecoms and television, although the public sector is also a major customer. Space is, in fact, a largely invisible input guiding your car to your destination (and Pok&eacute;mon Go to locate <em>Pikachu</em>); enabling mobile phone calls, radio and television to be delivered; providing <em>accurate</em>, reliable, and secure timestamps for financial transactions; combatting illegal fishing; assisting with weather forecasts, searching for buildings without planning consent and measuring polar ice. And on top of that is the space exploration and science and research which consumers and politicians more readily think of when they think &ldquo;Space&rdquo;.</p> <p>As this sector grows, it is also fundamentally changing, from being principally publicly funded and serving public clients, to increasingly being privately funded and serving private customers. This has been driven by technology, where activities which used to be supported by large, expensive, bespoke satellites parked over the equator (and so servicing a defined landmass), can now be supported by satellites which are much smaller, lighter and cheaper &ndash; not least through the use of Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) components. Such &ldquo;smallsats&rdquo;, are often planned as part of a &ldquo;constellation&rdquo; of hundreds or thousands of other smallsats, working together closer to the Earth and where each individual satellite doesn&rsquo;t serve a defined landmass, but is constantly moving relative to the Earth. Some operators of traditional large, geostationary satellites worry that their technology may be rendered redundant by the smallsats long before the 15-plus year lifespan they were designed to have expires.</p> <p>This step change in composition, capabilities and financing of the sector is often called &ldquo;New Space&rdquo;. But customers of satellites which are cheaper and quicker to build don&rsquo;t want to rely on traditional rocket launches, which don&rsquo;t come around very often, and where any smallsat squeezed into the payload will have little say over when the launch takes place, or even where the smallsat gets dropped off in space. And with a sizeable range of constellations being planned, it is clear that global launch capacity has become a pinch point, one which will delay new innovative services being offered and will slow down orders of smallsat construction &ndash; an area where the UK has specialised.</p> <p>Hence the Government&rsquo;s desire to clear the way for one or more UK spaceports &ndash; likely one spaceport for vertical launch and one for horizontal (like a plane) &ndash; to support the UK space sector. The <a href="">Space Industry Act </a>provided the enabling regulatory framework, and now the government has selected the A'Mhoine Peninsula in Sutherland as the UK's first spaceport for vertical launches, a location which offers a path to space far enough away from population centres for when things take an unexpected turn. The backing of a company with the pedigree of Lockheed Martin increases the chance that this spaceport will be a success, although the Government&rsquo;s target of being ready by 2020 is still challenging.</p> <p>Commenting on the Government&rsquo;s announcement, Julian McGougan, techUK&rsquo;s Executive Director of Satellite said:</p> <p style="margin-left:36.0pt"><em>&ldquo;UK companies, supported by foreign investment, are well placed to lead the world in the &ldquo;New Space&rdquo; revolution, where thousands of small satellites will enable a range of innovative new services. The UK space sector has a highly skilled, high productivity workforce and i</em><em>nvests 8 per cent of revenues in R&amp;D - it is precisely the kind of sector which deserves supporting. </em><em>The missing link so far has been a convenient, l</em><em>ow </em><em>c</em><em>ost </em><em>a</em><em>ccess to Space</em><em>. I very much welcome the government&rsquo;s decision on a spaceport in Scotland which supports the UK&rsquo;s already strong position in </em><em>small satellites and will </em><em>open up more opportunities.&rdquo;</em></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Data Centre Programme Overview Q2 2018 Tue, 17 Jul 2018 07:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync Emma Fryer reviews the last quarter’s activity in the data centre programme and identifies priorities for the rest of the year. <p>Please click below to download the document.&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK comments on GPP Tue, 17 Jul 2018 07:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync We submitted brief input on the second draft EU proposals for Green Public Procurement for data centres on 4th July. <p><span style="font-size:16px">The Commission is &nbsp;keen to ensure that public authorities are able to make sustainable choices when buying data centre services, and therefore green public procurement criteria are being developed.&nbsp;&nbsp; In the past, such approaches have had limited success so we have been monitoring this closely.&nbsp; We responded to an initial survey, produced a pre-emptive note assessing the <a href="">pros and cons of different data centre performance metrics</a>, attended a Stakeholder Workshop in Seville on 16th November 2017 and submitted a <a href="">response</a> to the initial draft proposals in December.&nbsp; At the time we were concerned that there was too much focus on individual components and not enough qualitative elements.&nbsp; This meant that a data centre procurement could meet all the criteria and still deliver a hopelessly inefficient service.&nbsp; In May we attended the second stakeholder workshops to comment on the <a href="">second draft</a>, which was much improved.&nbsp; These brief comments are the input we made to that second draft.</span></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> 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> 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> 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> White Paper a step forward but many questions remain Thu, 12 Jul 2018 14:02:00 +0100 CRM Sync With just 260 days left until the UK leaves the EU, there is still a lack of clarity on many areas of importance for the tech sector. For digital services, far more detail is needed to assess the future impact on business <p>Commenting on the publication of the Government&rsquo;s White Paper on the <a href="">Future Relationship Between the United Kingdom and the European Union</a>, techUK&rsquo;s CEO, Julian David, has set out 24 questions that need to be answered in order provide digital business with the clarity they need.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>techUK's CEO, Julian David said:</strong></p> <p><em>&ldquo;This White Paper is a step forward but many questions remain. With just 260 days left until the UK leaves the European </em><em>Union</em><em> there is still a lack of clarity on many areas of importance for the tech sector. For those providing digital services far more detail is needed to assess the future impact on their businesses.</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;The government accepts that their approach will mean that UK-based tech firms will not have the current levels of access to EU markets in the future. Increased friction in trade has a direct impact on jobs and investment. There is currently little evidence that export losses to the EU can be quickly offset by new trade deals with other countries.</em></p> <p><em>"However, while many questions remain to be answered the White Paper does set out </em><em>much needed</em><em> detail on the government&rsquo;s preferred future relationship with the EU. We are pleased that the White Paper goes further than a simple &lsquo;Canada-style&rsquo; Free Trade Agreement and presents a comprehensive institutional framework.&nbsp; This is the right approach to facilitate the best possible market access particularly for goods and address issues critical to business such as competition law, state aid rules </em><em>and</em><em> VAT.</em></p> <p><em>"Companies currently exporting tech services to the EU or dependent on supply chains that are integrated with the EU will need far more detail in order to understand the extent to which the UK&rsquo;s departure from the EU will inhibit their ability to export.</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;We look forward to working with Government to better understand their approach to these important issues and will continue to make the case that a good deal for the UK must be one that supports the industries of the future and delivers on the promise of a deep and comprehensive partnership with the EU."</em></p> <p>In responding to the White Paper, the questions techUK has raised include:</p> <p><strong>Overall access</strong></p> <ol><li>The paper recognises that the &ldquo;UK will not have current levels of access to each other&rsquo;s markets&rdquo;.&nbsp; In which areas does the Government expect access to be limited, and what assessment has been made on the impact on businesses operating in these areas?</li> <li>The paper states that the Government is proposing new arrangements that would &ldquo;provide regulatory flexibility.&rdquo; What assessment has the Government made of the value of providing regulatory flexibility compared to reduced market access with the EU?</li> </ol><p><strong>Digital</strong></p> <ol><li>Does the Government commit to maintaining ongoing alignment with the EU on areas of the Digital Single Market that have extra-territorial reach, such as data protection and limitations to liability?</li> <li>On digital technologies, the paper states that the UK proposes &ldquo;exploring new models for regulatory cooperation between the UK and the EU&rdquo;.&nbsp; What type of new model is the Government considering, and will this cover all regulations impacting digital technologies or only provide for certain elements of the Digital Single Market?</li> <li>Will any new model form part of the economic partnership, and therefore be subject to the proposed Institutional Framework, or be delivered separately?</li> <li>Will the UK&rsquo;s proposals for the future personal data sharing arrangement be included within the institutional framework? &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> <li>On telecommunication, the paper proposes &ldquo;joint commitments to an open and liberalised electronic communications&rdquo;.&nbsp; Will such a commitment take the form of specific obligations, or simply be a commitment to ongoing dialogue in this area?</li> <li>On broadcasting, the paper states that the &ldquo;UK is seeking the best possible arrangements for this sector&rdquo; after the loss of UK&rsquo;s participation within the Country of Origin Principles. Do they anticipate such arrangements enabling broadcast into the EU from the UK in the future without the need for additional licenses?</li> <li>Does the Government intend that the UK would secure observer status on key regulatory bodies for tech and telecoms, such as BEREC, as is suggested for bodies covering goods elements under the new Free Trade Area?</li> </ol><p><strong>The Institutional Framework</strong></p> <ol><li>The White Paper states that &ldquo;The majority of these individual agreements should sit within the overarching institutional framework&rdquo;. However, it is not clear what agreements will, and will not, be within the institutional framework. What mechanism will exist for disputes arising in areas outside the institutional frameworks?</li> <li>The paper says that the UK and EU would be required to notify each other through the joint Committee of proposed changes to legislative proposals &ldquo;where these related to specific commitments in the future relationship.&rdquo; Will there be a requirement to notify potential changes in areas which sit outside the institutional framework, such as those for digital proposed in the paper?</li> </ol><p><strong>Competition Law</strong></p> <ol><li>The paper states that the Government will seek to maintain alignment on competition law, including antitrust prohibitions and the merger control system. Will this apply to all elements of competition law, or only for these areas which sit under the institutional framework?&nbsp; How would such an approach operate in areas, such as digital and telecoms, which may sit outside the institutional framework?</li> </ol><p><strong>Migration</strong></p> <ol><li>Access to talent is critical for the tech sector.&nbsp; The paper states that &ldquo;The UK&rsquo;s future immigration arrangements will set out how those from the EU and elsewhere can apply to come and work in the UK.&rdquo;&nbsp; When will these arrangements be made clear?</li> <li>How does the Government define &ldquo;temporary business activity&rdquo;?&nbsp;</li> <li>Will any new immigration arrangement be subject to the mechanisms within the institutional framework?</li> </ol><p><strong>Financing</strong></p> <ol><li>Will the Government seek to retain any part of the European Investment Bank or the European Investment Fund? If not, will the UK Government seek to purchase shares in the European Investment Fund?</li> </ol><p><strong>Free Trade Agreements</strong></p> <ol><li>The White Paper states that &lsquo;to ensure trade in goods between the UK and the EU remains frictionless at the border&rsquo; there will be &lsquo;no routine requirements for rules of origin between the UK and the EU&rsquo;. It then goes on to say that it will seek &lsquo;arrangements that facilitate cumulation with current future Free Trade Agreement (FTA) partners&rsquo;. Would disputes around diagonal cumulation in these agreements be new Free Trade Agreements, or be delivered through the institutional framework?</li> <li>The White Paper states that the UK will &lsquo;potentially seek accession&rsquo; to CPTPP &lsquo;and this would be on terms consistent with the future relationship with the EU, and domestic priorities&rsquo;. What are the domestic priorities that will influence this decision and is CPTPP&rsquo;s approach compatible with the common rulebook for goods with the EU?</li> <li>The UK will &lsquo;play a full and prominent role in the multilateral and plurilateral trade agenda&rsquo; including &lsquo;seeking new agreements in areas of significance to the global economy such as digital&rsquo;. Does this include an explicit commitment to the Information Technology Agreement and the Australian-led WTO discussions on e-commerce?</li> </ol><p><strong>Goods</strong></p> <ol><li>The paper states that the UK intends to &ldquo;seek participation &ndash; as an active participant, albeit without voting rights &ndash; in EU technical committees that have a role in designing and implementing rules that form part of the common rulebook&rdquo;.&nbsp; How will this be achieved and is the Government prepared to contribute to the costs of these committees work in return for access?</li> <li>The UK goods proposal covers all compliance activity necessary for products in UK and EU markets. It includes conformity assessments and &lsquo;It would also apply to labels and marks applied to show they meet the regulatory requirements&rsquo;. Yet in the section on an Independent trade policy, the White Paper states that: the UK &lsquo;would also have the freedom to reach new agreements with third country trading partners on the underpinning compliance activity, for instance through the mutual recognition of conformity assessments.&rdquo; How are these two statements compatible and does this mean that goods on the UK market will require an EU mark and a UK mark?</li> </ol><p><strong>Security</strong></p> <ol><li>Does the UK&rsquo;s commitment to participate in existing Justice and Home Affairs systems, such as PNR, block it from sharing data with other third-party countries? How can these systems have several levels of third-party facilitation, and how will this impact on UK citizens data?</li> <li>With the UK committing to full compliance and implementation of EU data exchange measures, does this prevent any divergence in future trade agreements?</li> </ol><p><strong>Timescales</strong></p> <ol><li>Given the additional work needed to determine the new models proposed for the digital sector, and the proposals on customs facilitation, does the Government believe that the current Implementation Period is sufficient?</li> </ol>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> ICO reports on data in political campaigning Wed, 11 Jul 2018 13:19:55 +0100 CRM Sync Today, the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) has published a number of detailed reports as part of the ICO’s formal investigation into the role of data analytics in political purposes. <p>Today, the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) has published a number of detailed reports as part of the ICO&rsquo;s formal investigation into the role of data analytics in political purposes. These reports include <a href="">an interim progress update</a> on the continuing investigation, and regulatory action being taken, relating to Cambridge Analytica, SCL Elections Limited, Aggregate IA and Facebook.&nbsp;&nbsp; There are details of the Notice of Intent to issue a fine, under the Data Protection Act 1998 as the investigation predates the introduction of the GDPR, of &pound;500,000 to Facebook for a &ldquo;lack of transparency and security issues&rdquo;.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The report also provides a detailed account on the discussions the ICO is pursuing with others including Cambridge University, eleven political parties and a number of data broker organisations as part of the investigation. It highlights that this is the largest investigation ever conducted by a data protection authority and has raised a number of different lines of enquiry. The report makes it clear that the investigation is still live with many questions left unanswered at this time, including as to whether the data protection and privacy procedures in place within UK Universities are sufficient. With the investigation continuing the ICO will produce a more detailed final report with its final conclusions later this year.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In addition, the ICO has published a separate report that outlines ten key policy findings and recommendations that have emerged from the investigation so far. The aim of the <em><a href="">Democracy Disrupted? Personal Information and Political Influence</a></em> report is to &ldquo;draw back the curtain&rdquo; and shine a light on how personal information is being used in political campaigning today. This highlights the need for greater transparency and information on information processing to retain trust and confidence of citizens in the integrity of political campaign and elections.&nbsp;The key policy recommendations outlined include:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul><li>Political parties to work with the ICO and others to develop a &ldquo;Your Data Matters&rdquo; campaign before the next General Election</li> <li>Introduction of a statutory Code of Practice for the use of personal data in political campaigns</li> <li>Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation to hold a citizen jury on data analytics in political campaigns</li> <li>Call for online platforms providing adverts to political parties to ensure sales teams have data protection expertise</li> <li>ICO to work with the European Data Protection Board (EDPS) to ensure online platforms compliance with GDPR requirements to ensure users understand how data is processed in targeted advertising</li> <li>All platforms cited in the report to urgently roll out planned transparency features in relation to political advertising</li> <li>Government to conduct a review on gaps in regulations in relation to political advertising online</li> </ul><p>In addition, a key policy recommendation being made in the ICO&rsquo;s report is the need for an &ldquo;ethical pause&rdquo; in the way new technologies are being used in political campaigning to allow Governments, Parliament, political parties and citizens time to reflect on the impact of technologies, including AI, and to consider responsibilities and requirements in relation to personal data.&nbsp; This recommendation seems to have emerged from the ICO&rsquo;s work exploring current and emerging trends in the use of technologies including social media, data analytics and AI in campaigning. As part of this analysis the ICO commissioned the thinktank DEMOS to conduct a study on current and emerging trends in the use of technology in political micro targeting. The results of this study is a report on &ldquo;<a href="">The Future of Political Campaigning</a>&rdquo; which is also released today.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In response to the publication of the ICO&rsquo;s reports Antony Walker, Deputy CEO techUK said:</p> <p><em>&ldquo;These detailed reports on what is a very complex issue highlight the importance of having a strong and well-resourced data protection regulator. They demand careful reading and consideration.&nbsp; There is a very clear message from the ICO that everyone&nbsp;involved in data has a responsibility for building and retaining the trust and confidence of the people who use their services. Trust, however, cannot be given. It must be earned.&nbsp; Compliance with the law and GDPR is just the starting point.</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;This is an issue that goes beyond&nbsp;compliance. The ICO&rsquo;s report raises real ethical questions around truthfulness, fairness and respect.&nbsp;techUK stands ready to help the ICO, and the new Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation, in developing effective policy approaches to ethical questions related to the use of data driven technologies in political campaigning.&rdquo;</em></p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> Home Office & MoJ Publish Reviews of Major Projects Wed, 11 Jul 2018 10:41:02 +0100 CRM Sync The 23 major programmes across Home Affairs and Justice have been given RAG ratings in the Infrastructure and Projects Authority annual report. <p>Last week Government Departments across Whitehall published their Major Projects Portfolio data, in support of the <a href="" target="_blank">2018 Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA) annual report</a>. The Government Major Projects Portfolio (GMPP) comprises over 130 large and complex projects, and this annual report tracks the progress of these projects, highlights good practice and challenges, and gives each project a RAG rating.</p> <p><strong>Home Office</strong><br> Of the <a href="" target="_blank">Home Office&rsquo;s 12 projects in the GMPP</a>, seven received a rating of Amber, meaning that while issues exist, these &ldquo;appear resolvable at this stage and, if addressed promptly, should not present a cost/schedule overrun.&rdquo; And the Communications Capabilities Development &amp; Home Office Biometrics Programmes were given ratings of Amber/Green, which is fairly impressive given the complexity of the programmes.</p> <p>However, both the Disclosure and Barring Service, and Digital Services at the Border (DSAB) programmes were rated as Amber/Red, meaning that &ldquo;successful delivery of the project is in doubt, with major risks or issues apparent in a number of key areas,&rdquo; which is concerning.</p> <p>And the Emergency Services Mobile Communications Programme (ESMCP) was one of eight projects in the entire GMPP to be rated Red, as &ldquo;successful delivery of the project appears to be unachievable.&rdquo; The major issues with project definition, schedule, budget, quality do not appear to be resolvable. The review concluded that &ldquo;<em>In the light of continuing challenges with some of the authority projects and subsequent evidence of further slippage from the main suppliers, work has started on a full scale programme re-plan. The aim is to complete the re-plan, engage in commercial renegotiations and recalculate the Full Business Case (FBC) numbers by late September 2018.</em>&rdquo;<br> &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Ministry of Justice</strong><br> The <a href="" target="_blank">Ministry of Justice has 11 projects in the GMPP</a>. Two (Shared Services Evolve; Berwyn Programme) were given Amber/Greens ratings. Five were rated Amber/Red (Electronic Monitoring; CJS Common Platform; HMCTS Reform; Prison Estate Transformation Programme; Transforming Compliance Enforcement Programme), and the rest were Amber.</p> <p><br> So of the 23 major projects across the Home Office &amp; Justice system, over two thirds are rated Amber or Amber/Green. But the 7 projects given ratings of Amber/Red or Red will be of concern to industry and Government alike. techUK looks forward to working with the departments involved to improve their access to innovation and knowledge of market capabilities, to contribute to the successful delivery of major transformation programmes.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Celebrating 100 years of the Royal Air Force Wed, 11 Jul 2018 10:37:43 +0100 CRM Sync RAF centenary celebrations continue with spectacular flypast over London <p>In its hundredth year, the Royal Air Force yesterday celebrated both its rich heritage and future, with a magnificent flypast over central London. Formed on 1 April 1918, the RAF was born when The Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service merged to create the world's first independent air force.</p> <p>Large crowds gathered across London yesterday to witness almost a flypast of nearly 100 aircraft representing the past, present and future of the Royal Air Force. From the legendary Spitfire, Hurricane and Lancaster to the new F35 Joint Strike Fighter, the aircraft flew over The Mall and Buckingham Palace, where they were watched by the Queen and other members of the Royal Family.</p> <p>A particular highlight included 22 Typhoons spelling out 100 as they flew in formation over the palace. The flypast concluded with the famous Red Arrows streaming red, white and blue smoke across the skies of the capital, and a large parade of serving RAF personnel.</p> <p><strong>The head of the Royal Air Force, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier said:</strong></p> <p>"It is a hugely important day and the pinnacle of the centenary celebrations. Bringing together that big parade, the new colour and the flypast - this is going to be a tremendous day, and it is about commemorating all of our history, and it is about celebrating what we do today.&rdquo;</p> <p>techUK is enormously proud to actively support and participate in the RAF 100 celebrations, which continue later this year with the RAF 100 Dinner at the Imperial War Museum. If you would like to join us to celebrate the RAF at the dinner, <a href="">you can do so by booking a ticket here.</a></p> <p>The graphics below show the list of aircraft that participated in the flypast, as well as its route across the east of England and London. Also shown is a Typhoon, which took part in the special &lsquo;100&rsquo; formation over Buckingham Palace:<br> &nbsp;</p> <table align="center" border="0" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" style="width:500px"><tbody><tr><td><img alt="" src="//" style="height:500px; width:400px"></td> <td><img alt="" src="//" style="height:250px; width:300px"><img alt="" src="//" style="height:250px; width:300px"></td> </tr></tbody></table><table align="center" border="0" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" style="width:500px"><tbody><tr><td>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</td> </tr></tbody></table><p>&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Indian IT Minister holds roundtable on UK India collaboration Tue, 10 Jul 2018 13:51:50 +0100 CRM Sync Indian IT and Law and Justice Minister holds roundtable with UK and India Tech Community discussing abundance of opportunities for collaboration. <p>Taking forward their India-UK Tech Alliance, NASSCOM and techUK, in collaboration with GSA, UK held a high level Roundtable discussion with Mr. Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister for Electronics &amp; IT and Law and Justice, Government of India. This was attended by CXO&rsquo;s of leading UK and Indian technology companies in the UK, senior officials from UK and Indian Government, as well as leadership team of NASSCOM, techUK and GSA executives.</p> <p>NASSCOM President, Debjani Ghosh highlighted the role of the technology sector in catapulting the Indo-UK trade partnership. She endorsed the partnership between techUK and NASSCOM that will support the flourishing IT sectors in both India and UK by developing stronger linkages on co-creation, innovation, skilling partnerships and making policy recommendations to generate business confidence, especially keeping Brexit in mind. This is especially critical in a world where artificial intelligence, machine learning, big data analytics and cybersecurity will be major technology growth areas. The meeting discussed the need to work collectively to better manage technology challenges like data privacy and security issues, especially in the context of next-gen. technologies i.e. AI, IoT, big data in priority sectors that have huge social impact including healthcare, fin-tech and social inclusion. Union Minister, Mr Ravi Shankar Prasad reiterated the need of both governments to share knowledge, collaborate on research, innovate and create partnerships via deploying complementary technological strengths. Julian David, CEO of TechUK, commented, technology is at the heart of the UK India relationship. We are delighted alongside NASSCOM to welcome Minister Prasad. Collaboration on next generation technologies as well as ensuring a pipeline of future skills is vital for the success of both economies and the benefit of its citizens</p> <p>As a background, the India-UK Tech Alliance was created, on 18th April 2018, as a formal structure by NASSCOM and techUK to increase collaboration on skills and new technologies, assist in policy development and encourage innovation. The Alliance members met on 21st June 2018, and jointly urged the UK Government to support the operationalizing of the joint &ldquo;future skills initiative&rdquo; to upskill UK technology workers to bridge the skills gap and design a flexible immigration system that allows for&nbsp; frictionless mobility of skilled workers between India and UK.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Growing the Contribution of Defence to UK Prosperity Tue, 10 Jul 2018 10:48:19 +0100 CRM Sync Former Minister for Defence Procurement Philip Dunne MP launched his independent review: ‘Growing the Contribution of Defence to UK Prosperity’. <p>Yesterday, former Minister for Defence Procurement Philip Dunne MP launched his independent review: &lsquo;Growing the Contribution of Defence to UK Prosperity&rsquo;, which highlights the vital importance of the Defence sector to the UK&rsquo;s economy and makes 41 recommendations for the MOD to consider how best to improve the agility of Defence to procure the capability it needs, and for the department and defence industry more widely in meeting the challenges of the future.</p> <p>Speaking at the Royal United Services Institute, he highlighted the significant contributions Defence already makes in term of UK prosperity, including:</p> <ul><li>500,000 people as part of the Defence workforce (1.5% of UK total);</li> <li>25,500 apprentices developing skills;</li> <li>Delivering productivity growth of 15% since 2009, three times as much as the rest of the economy; and</li> <li>An average of &pound;7.3bn exports per annum over the last 5 years.</li> </ul><p>The report, commissioned by the Secretary of State Gavin Williamson in support of the ongoing Modernising Defence Programme (MDP) review, highlights the wider economic impacts of UK Defence spending. This is done by drilling down beyond top line spending commitments, examining how Defence spending drives economic growth regionally, creates and safeguards jobs in the supply chain, develops highly skilled employees, and provides long term benefits for the UK workforce.</p> <p>Particularly useful within the report are the regional analyses, which highlight the benefits of Defence spending in each of the UK&rsquo;s regions. techUK sees this as a useful metric to measure future success, and hopes that this will continued to be refreshed in the future. We welcome this approach and hope that this report will be used to better express the value Defence brings to both the UK technology sector and the wider economy. Arguably, Defence makes a more balanced contribution to regional economies than some sectors, which tend to be centred around London and the south-east.</p> <p>Similarly useful are the case studies which highlight both the obvious and indirect benefits that Defence R&amp;D investment creates. From techUK member 2iC growing from a micro-SME to exporting CDE funded technology across the 5-Eye nations to the technologies developed at BAE Systems which now help the UK BMX team, all innovation arising from Defence investment is valuable. techUK believes that fostering cross-pollination between industrial sectors is crucial to ensure a competitive Defence sector, and would strongly encourage the MOD to open up as many routes to market as it can, engaging with companies of all sizes and specialisms to pull through disruptive new technologies. SMEs in particular were praised in the report, with Philip Dunne arguing they can play a bigger role, and are often able to deliver innovations with more agility and flexibility than other suppliers. techUK welcomes and reiterates these sentiments, urging the MOD to take advantage of strong SME capabilities both directly and through prime contractors.</p> <p>None of this is possible without a highly skilled workforce. It is clear that Defence punches above its weight in terms of skills development, with 25,500 active apprentices currently enrolled across the sector and proper career-long support provided by many of the UK&rsquo;s largest, best known companies. The loss of Defence related activities would damage the UK&rsquo;s STEM skills base, which benefits the country as employees often move on to related jobs in adjacent sectors. techUK welcomes the report which extolls the virtues of the skills created by those working in the sector, particularly at a time when sectors are jostling for more funding and investment from the government.&nbsp;</p> <p>In summary, this report makes clear that Defence is a major contributor to the UK economy&rsquo;s overall prosperity, especially in terms of its workforce and skills. A large proportion of Defence jobs (both serving and non-serving) are highly skilled and highly-paid, which present long term benefits for the economy. Similarly the Defence sector offers vast opportunities for exports, as demonstrated by the recent ship-building contract with Australia, showing that the sector can continue to grow its footprint internationally for the benefit of the wider UK, in all its regions. techUK hopes that this report will enable the MOD to better demonstrate the significant value of the Defence sector to the UK economy.</p> <p>The report makes 41 recommendations on how the UK can embed prosperity into the thinking of MOD and improve agility throughout procurement processes. Some of these include:</p> <ul><li>The MOD should support DIT plans to strengthen DIT-DSO;</li> <li>As a critical enabler of growth and productivity in both defence and the wider economy, MOD should focus on technical education, skills and training in MOD&rsquo;s strategic approach to prosperity, including when talking with potential investment partners;</li> <li>The MOD and its key suppliers should develop a common approach and format for collecting data, preferably based on a digital solution, to underpin new guidance and metrics on key prosperity factors;</li> <li>MOD should increase agility and pace in defence procurement, adopting a culture more focused on finding the right procurement solutions and less on defining and avoiding obstacles at the outset;</li> <li>In specialist sectors such as space and cyber, the armed forces should consider facilitating whole career flexibility with secondments across Defence, including in industry, at point sduring careers to remove barriers and retain skills;</li> <li>MOD should adopt open architecture across the Defence spectrum; and</li> <li>MOD to consider whether its commitment to spend 1.2% of the defence budget of S&amp;T is sufficient following the Government Industrial Strategy target to raise total UK R&amp;D investment to 2.4% of GDP by 2027.</li> </ul><p>The full report and list of recommendations can be accessed <a href=""><u>here</u></a>.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK CEO comment on new DCMS Secretary of State Mon, 09 Jul 2018 21:44:29 +0100 CRM Sync techUK CEO, Julian David, congratulates Matt Hancock and welcomes Jeremy Wright to Digital role <p>Commenting on the cabinet reshuffle, Julian David, techUK CEO said:</p> <p>"techUK is very sorry to see Matt Hancock move on from the Digital portfolio. As Minister for Digital, then as&nbsp;Secretary of&nbsp;State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Matt has been a staunch supporter of the UK's tech sector both in Government and in other domestic and international fora.&nbsp;</p> <p>His move to lead the work of the Department for Health and Social Care is a clear recognition of the passion, determination and&nbsp;drive we have seen him show at DCMS.&nbsp;</p> <p>All of us here at techUK now look forward to working with Jeremy Wright and Digital Minister Margot James to continue to build on the success of our industry.</p> <p>As we navigate our exit from the European Union and build a Global Britain, it will be crucial to have a voice at the centre&nbsp;of Government that understands the role the tech sector has to play not just in creating a prosperous economy but in finding solutions to society's most pressing challenges. In Jeremy Wright I am sure we will have an ally and a friend as we continue to build the UK digital economy."</p> Not just EU trade deals that must be rolled over post-Brexit Sun, 08 Jul 2018 23:05:00 +0100 CRM Sync techUK publish report Dealing with the Deals: Existing EU international agreements and the tech sector. <p><strong>A report launched today&nbsp;by techUK highlights that urgent decisions are needed&nbsp;on&nbsp;over 750 different EU agreements post-Brexit. The report,&nbsp;Dealing&nbsp;with the deals,&nbsp;suggests&nbsp;that it is not just the loss of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) that could undermine the UK&rsquo;s thriving tech sector&nbsp;but also the loss of hundreds of smaller 'Science and&nbsp;Technology&nbsp;Agreements'&nbsp;with major trading nations&nbsp;that&nbsp;have&nbsp;helped innovative&nbsp;UK&nbsp;businesses secure&nbsp;access to talent and research.</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The paper calls for&nbsp;urgent&nbsp;clarity&nbsp;on&nbsp;whether the Government&nbsp;is able to&nbsp;ensure that all the trade agreements,&nbsp;which the UK&nbsp;as a member of the EU&nbsp;is currently party to,&nbsp;can be &lsquo;rolled-over&rsquo; post-Brexit.&#8239;While Government has said it&nbsp;intends for the deals to continue, there has&nbsp;not been&nbsp;any formal confirmation that countries,&nbsp;such as Canada and South Korea,&nbsp;agree.&#8239;Trade Secretary, Liam Fox, recently said that &ldquo;technical reasons&rdquo; may prevent the&nbsp;roll-over of some&nbsp;deals.&nbsp;</p> <p>In the report, techUK says that the Government should prioritise the roll-over of those trade deals that provide the best deal for the UK&rsquo;s service sector and include strong ecommerce chapters that enable UK tech-sector growth.&#8239;It highlights the importance of deals,&nbsp;such as&nbsp;the&nbsp;EU-South Korea agreement, which has led to exports from the UK to South Korea increasing by 67&nbsp;per cent&nbsp;in the five years since the deal was signed.&nbsp;</p> <p>techUK also states&nbsp;that the&nbsp;UK should update older EU deals to facilitate modern trade&nbsp;post-Brexit.&#8239;For example, the UK should prioritise updating the EU&rsquo;s agreement with Israel, a highly advanced digital economy, which currently only covers tariffs on good and does little to&nbsp;open&nbsp;up&nbsp;trade in services of digital products.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Commenting on the launch of the report&nbsp;Giles Derrington, Head of Policy for Brexit, International and Economics&nbsp;at techUK, said:&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>&ldquo;A lot of focus has been put on how the UK will go about rolling over existing Free Trade Agreements that we benefit from by being in the EU.&nbsp;In reality,&nbsp;the&nbsp;problem goes far deeper. Smaller agreements, such as those on&nbsp;science and&nbsp;technology have brought&nbsp;major&nbsp;benefits to the UK&rsquo;s innovative tech sector.&#8239;These deals help develop our trade with countries,&nbsp;such as China, where even Government accepts we are unlikely to be seeing a fully-fledge free trade deal any time soon.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;With over 750 different EU deals that benefit out economy, the Government needs to be prepared to tell business how it will prioritise them and whether there is a path to rolling over these benefits for Britain.&#8239; We believe the UK should ruthlessly prioritise deals that support our modern, digitally enabled economy, such as South Korea and Canada,&nbsp;which go further and faster on trade in service.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;Rolling over these deals shouldn&rsquo;t be the end of the story.&#8239; While securing the current benefits of EU deals must be our first task, we can do better in updating deals like the EU/Israel Free Trade Agreement, to work for both of our economies in the 21st&nbsp;Century.&#8239; Reducing tariffs is important, but the real prize for a services-orientated economy like the UK&rsquo;s is deals which&nbsp;open up&nbsp;the market for services and support ecommerce.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>The report is available for download below.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> A goods-only Brexit means limiting the businesses of the future Fri, 06 Jul 2018 21:27:17 +0100 CRM Sync techUK has warns that a Brexit that maintains membership of the Single Market for goods but not services would put the UK’s digital economy at a serious disadvantage. <p>Responding to Cabinet discussions at Chequers on the UK&rsquo;s approach to the Future Economic Partnership with the EU, techUK has warned that a Brexit that effectively maintains membership of the Single Market for goods but not services would put the UK&rsquo;s highly services-orientated digital economy at a serious disadvantage against their European competitors.</p> <h3>Commenting, techUK CEO, Julian David, said:</h3> <p>&ldquo;It is right that the Prime Minister has sought to take the tough decisions needed to move the conversation about the UK&rsquo;s plan for our post-Brexit relationship with Europe forward. However, as the Government itself has made clear, a goods only deal would reduce the access for services to the European market.&nbsp; Given that 80% of tech exports are services, and our biggest market remains the EU, this will have very real consequences.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;The UK tech sector does not see clear benefits of divergence with the EU.&nbsp;Indeed there has been a strong consensus to maintain alignment on crucial issues such as data protection.&nbsp; A goods only approach would risk UK based tech firms selling into Europe having to comply with two competing regulatory regimes and being unable to guarantee that services can be provided on the same terms to customers in different locations.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;Such a deal also ignores the increasing number of goods that rely on a services contract to operate where divergence would make it harder for UK digital-services businesses to be part of European supply chains.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;techUK agrees that we need a frictionless border for goods, but a Brexit based on goods alone is not one that plays to the strengths of the UK&rsquo;s digital economy.&nbsp; It would create a lop-sided Brexit that causes complexity for business and confusion for consumers.&rdquo;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Government announces new Northern Powerhouse body Fri, 06 Jul 2018 14:39:49 +0100 CRM Sync Local Enterprise Partnerships in the North of England will form a new body to support the government’s ambitions for the Northern Powerhouse <p>Speaking at the first ever Northern Powerhouse Business Summit, Northern Powerhouse Minister Jake Berry MP announced the creation of the newly formed, <a href=";utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&amp;utm_content=immediate">government-funded board called the &lsquo;NP11&rsquo;</a>. NP11 will consist of Chairs of each of the 11 Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs).</p> <p>The board will act as one voice representing each of their regions as a modern day &lsquo;Council for the North&rsquo; to work with and advise the government on issues such as how to increase productivity, overcome regional disparities in economic growth and tackle the historic north-south divide.</p> <p>Northern Powerhouse Minister Jake Berry MP said:</p> <p>&ldquo;As we approach leaving the European Union we need to ensure that every area of the UK continues to economically flourish.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;The Northern Powerhouse will be a vital support to the UK in achieving this and so I am very pleased the 11 LEP Chairs have agreed to form the new NP11 board.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;For the first time since 1472, we will bring together the business voices of the Northern Powerhouse in our Council for the North. They have one task: to enrich all the peoples of the North of England &ndash; this is the foundation stone of the Northern Powerhouse and, with the skills and expertise of the NP11, we will shift the North&rsquo;s economy into overdrive.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;Together we will deliver a North of England which is an economic powerhouse and one which can proudly take its place on the world stage both now and as we leave the EU.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>Georgina Maratheftis, Programme Manager for Local Government, techUK commented:</strong></p> <p><em>&ldquo;This new body further demonstrates the government&rsquo;s commitment to the Northern Powerhouse and can go someway to helping make digital devolution a reality. Working alongside the metro mayors, wider partners across the region, the LEPs are in a unique position to strengthen collaboration across the public and private sector to spur innovation and inward investment. We look forward to work with the NP11 to support the Northern Powerhouse realise its digital ambition.&rdquo;</em></p> <hr><p><strong>Supercharging the Digital Economy</strong></p> <p>If you would like to learn more about the Northern Powerhouse vision and how a smarter approach to technological adoption and innovation can spur inward investment into the Greater Manchester region and the North then techUK&rsquo;s <a href="">Supercharging the Digital Economy</a> conference is not to be missed!. It&rsquo;s taking place on the 18 October, The Bright Building Manchester and you can <a href="">register here.</a></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK Welcomes New Board Members Thu, 05 Jul 2018 14:44:38 +0100 Liz Cobbson (techUK) techUK is pleased to announce the new elected board members following the 5 July Main Board Meeting and AGM. <p>techUK is pleased to announce the new elected board members following the 5 July Main Board Meeting and AGM. Elected board members sit for a three-year term from July 2018 to July 2021.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Andrew Lawson</a>, EVP &amp; UK Country Leader, Salesforce<br /><a href="" target="_blank">Laura Bailey</a>, Chairperson, Qadre<br /><a href="" target="_blank">Simon Hansford</a>, Chief Executive Officer, UKCloud</p> <p>Thank you to all techUK members who stood for a position and to all those who voted in the recent elections.</p> <p>We are also pleased to announce newly selected members to the board</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Ashish Gupta</a>, Corporate Vice President and Head EMEA, HCL<br /><a href="" target="_blank">Kulveer Ranger</a>, Vice-President, Strategy and Communications, Atos UK&amp;I<br /><a href="" target="_blank">Neil Sawyer</a>, Commercial Channel &amp; Education Director, HP Inc.<br /><a href="about/our-board/item/12778-alex-towers" target="_blank">Alex Towers</a>, Director of Policy &amp; Public Affairs, BT Group<br /><a href="" target="_blank">Wenbing Yao</a>, Vice-President, Business Development &amp; Partnerships, Huawei Technologies</p> <p>Please see full board member listing&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p>