Policy Pulse | Your Weekly Update on Tech and Digital Policy

This week, the EU Withdrawal Bill passes its Second Reading in the Commons but not without calls for important amendments for UK tech. Elsewhere, the Health Secretary sets out his digital NHS vision and peers warn the UK is sleepwalking through the digital revolution. All this and more in your weekly tech policy roundup.

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Top Tech Policy News

MPs raise data protection concerns as EU Withdrawal Bill passes Second Reading (BBC)
MPs echo techUK calls for EU Fundamental Charter to be included in Bill to aid chances of data flows agreement post-Brexit.

Health Secretary maps out NHS’s digital future (Times £)
Initial advances will see selected medical records, advice and clinical datasets online by 2018.

Peers warn UK is sleepwalking through digital revolution (Computer Weekly)
Lords debate stresses need for greater digital understanding at all levels of British society.

techUK joins Government’s Inclusive Economy Partnership (Gov.uk)
Tech at heart of new partnership to tackle significant social issues including financial inclusion, mental health and transition to work.


techUK Action & Reaction

techUK responds to Brexit paper on science & innovation (techUK)
CEO Julian David says continued international collaboration at current levels absolutely vital to UK innovation post-Brexit.

Leaked Home Office document does not support vision of Global Britain (New Statesman)
Deputy CEO Antony Walker warns draft documents could deter high-skilled migrants and encourages greater dialogue with business for final deal.

China's "Silicon Valley" visits techUK on trade mission (techUK)
techUK hosts Zhongguancun 100 delegation to discuss UK tech opportunities for Chinese companies with Department for International Trade.

Check out techUK’s briefing on top Brexit issues for UK tech (techUK)
Briefing for EU Withdrawal Bill stresses importance of avoiding divergence post-Brexit and need to retain Article 8 of Charter on Fundamental Human Right. Find out more here.


Look out for techUK at Party Conferences

We’ll be out and about at the Party Conferences including at the following events. Email tom.morrison-bell@techuk.org if you want to find out more and hope to see you there!

Labour

Labour Business panel on the role of digital in the industrial strategy – 17:30-18:30 on 25 Sep at the Fujitsu Lounge (Secure Zone)

Conservative

techUK and Enterprise Forum business reception with the Chancellor – 17:45-19:00 on 2 Oct at Charter 1, Manchester Central Convention Complex (Secure Zone)

Can a Digital Charter tame the Wild West of the Web? – 12:45-14:00 on 2 Oct at the Lancaster Suite, Midland Hotel, Manchester, 16 Peter St, Manchester M60 2DS

Us & It: AI in the near future – 12:45-14:00 on 3 Oct at Cobden Room 1, Manchester Central Convention Complex (Secure Zone)


More News & Comment

Computer Weekly research suggests work to be done on tech Gender Pay Gap (Computer Weekly)

AI bot help for businesses in cutting through red tape (FT £)

What the industrial revolution tells us about the future of automation and work (CACM)


Upcoming Events - View full events calendar

Sept 14 - techUK Public Services 2030 Conference

Sept 21 - What does GDPR mean for Big Data, Cloud and AI?


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