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This week, the Government has announced a raft of measures to boost UK tech including doubling the number of exceptional talent visas for international tech talent. Meanwhile:

  • There’s an £84m boost to make the UK a world-leader in AI and robotics research
  • A major Royal Society report reveals schools are ill-equipped to teach computer science
  • techUK comments on what the Government’s new measures mean for UK tech

And plenty more! Get your weekly tech policy fix below.


Top Tech Policy News

New measures to help UK’s digital economy post-Brexit (Telegraph)
Government doubles number of exceptional tech talent visas, funds new £20m GovTech catalyst and transforms Tech City into UK-wide Tech Nation.

Government announces £84m for AI and Robotics research (Gov.UK)
Latest Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund awards from Industrial Strategy Minister Claire Perry to drive AI and robotics revolution in smart energy.

Royal Society urges Government to act on computing science curriculum (BBC)
Major new report reveals more than half of secondary schools in England do not offer GCSE computer science despite soaring UK demand for digital skills.

Uptake of digital amongst businesses could add £100bn to economy (City AM)
A CBI report echoes techUK’s calls that digitisation is key short-term lever to boost UK’s chronic productivity problem.


techUK Action & Reaction

Extra visas welcome but whole economy needs new tech skills (techUK)
Commitment to exceptional talent sets the right tone but will be insufficient to provide UK’s wider digital skills needs says Antony Walker.

New GovTech fund a landmark in public sector digitisation (Gov.UK)
Jacqueline de Rojas says fund will create a ‘front door ’into the public sector for tech businesses with exciting new ideas to put citizens first.

Oh, we’re halfway there (on Brexit negotiations) (techUK)
techUK’s Giles Derrington says that until there’s sufficient progress in first phase of negotiations, businesses will remain in dark on huge amounts of Brexit detail.

Climate Change Minister welcomes techUK report on decarbonisation (techUK)
Claire Perry MP states innovation and technology are key to growing the low carbon economy, echoing recommendations from techUK’s new report.


More News & Comment

techUK President discusses how future tech will work for the many (TBI)

The brilliant Diane Coyle on how to have a productive Brexit (Prospect)

Rachel Neaman: Empowerment is the key to a connected society (ComputerWeekly)


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