Policy Pulse | Your Weekly Update on Tech and Digital Policy

Happy Ada Lovelace Day! Make sure to celebrate by nominating your most inspiring woman in tech for the FDM everywoman Women in Tech awards, in association with techUK.

In this week's edition:

  • Insight on the Government's trade and customs white papers, including techUK's response
  • GCHQ's director says cyber is as serious a threat as terrorism
  • Shadow Digital Minister Liam Byrne MP wants the UK to be a "digital superpower"
  • UK joins historic eGovernment declaration

And plenty more! Finally, it's RIP to an old friend, AIM, the pioneering instant messenger service [sniff sniff].

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Top Tech Policy News

New white papers set out plans for 'No Deal' Brexit scenario (FT £)
Government favours a deal but customs and trade papers set out 'No Deal' plans that would see profound upheaval for UK tech. Read techUK's comment below.

GCHQ chief says cyber threat as serious as terrorism (Telegraph)
Jeremy Fleming says keeping citizens digitally secure as important as UK's counter-terrorism efforts.

Shadow Digital Minister says UK must become "digital superpower" (Telegraph)
Liam Byrne MP says work to do in skills, R&D spending and entrepreneurship to make Britain world's digital powerhouse.

UK part of historic eGovernment declaration (Europa.eu)
EU 28 commit to seamless and cross-border digital public services for citizens and businesses. Read full declaration here.


techUK Action & Reaction

techUK urges Government to secure Brexit deal (techUK)
Picking up the ball and going home remains worst Brexit option says CEO Julian David, following PM's statement and latest white papers.

techUK has busiest Party Conference season yet (techUK)
Reception with the Chancellor, panels and speaking engagements galore mark techUK's most successful Conference season. Read Tom Morrison-Bell's roundup.

Celebrate Ada Lovelace Day - shine a light on great women in tech (techUK)
Nominate your most inspiring woman in tech here for the 2018 FDM everywoman in Technology Awards in association with techUK.

techUK and Raconteur partner on IoT report - get in touch! (techUK)
New report will look at the role of IoT in the workplace and we want your stories. Find out more here.


More News & Comment

Congrats to the Most Influential Women in Tech 2017! (Computer Weekly)

Treating tech companies like the enemy won't help fight extremism (Times £)

Nuffield Council Director on data ethics and AI (Nuffield Council)


Upcoming Events - View full events calendar

Oct 02 - BSG Annual Conference: The Future of Digital Communications

Oct 20 techUK, Nesta and BSI Artificial Intelligence Workshop

Oct 31 - Supercharging the Digital Economy

Nov 23 - Who Rules the Internet? With David Anderson QC


As ever, please get in touch with the team and let us know if there are topics you'd like us to include, leave out, or talk about. We really do like feedback!

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