techUK Insights RSS Feed - techUK RSS feed for insights content. en Copyright (C) 2015 Who's looking after the little guys? Thu, 26 Apr 2018 15:45:00 +0100 CRM Sync Guest blog: Peter Bloomfield discusses the challenges facing small companies in the AI ecosystem in the UK. <p><img alt="" src="" style="float:left; height:212px; margin:5px; width:206px">The AI sector deal is out, published today, and the UK Government has outlined a country-wide roadmap of&nbsp; activities, investment and policy interventions to develop the sector. This plan will benefit government, industry, academia and various tech and innovation organisations. For Digital Catapult, it is exciting to be named as the driving force behind the early adoption of AI. We are helping to bridge the gap between industry and agile, small innovative AI startups and scaleups. We have launched a programme of support for AI and machine learning startups to develop from their initial starting point, help them to overcome common technical barriers and scale up.</p> <p>While new AI companies are springing up across the country at a rapid rate, there are still major barriers in the way of their success. It is increasingly hard for AI entrepreneurs to get from the starting point of having an idea, a good business plan and data model, to being a fully fledged company employing AI to solve a real world problem. One of the biggest barriers is the access to adequate computational power. The basic stages of training an AI can be done on a home computer, but when things start to take off, cloud compute and GPU hardware is where we need to start looking. But these resources aren&rsquo;t cheap, especially when in comes to&nbsp; testing a company&rsquo;s AI models and move beyond a training dataset to a fully developed product, utilising real world data.</p> <h4>The journey from an AI model to a product</h4> <p>At Digital Catapult, we work with companies large and small to enable them to develop AI-driven products and services or to adopt data-driven methods in their businesses. We see that &lsquo;productising&rsquo;, or deploying, AI at scale can have very different challenges to those faced at the research and development stage, and that these are exacerbated by the frantic rate of technological progress in the space.</p> <p>AI startups are often founded by individuals with the expertise to readily build a proof of concept (if they can overcome the challenge&nbsp; of access to requisite data and <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">computational resources</span></a>). However, not all companies have the tools, techniques and services needed for continuous development of their product, service or application. This means deployment into a real world setting and monitoring of its performance, security etc. needs some guided support. While it is interesting and exciting to solve problems, this can take up a disproportionate amount of time. Startups would rather not &lsquo;reinvent the wheel&rsquo; if the solution already exists.</p> <p>At the other end of the scale, larger companies typically want to integrate AI into existing workflows or products, and the challenge of integration is far removed from anything to do with fundamental AI algorithms.</p> <p>There are however other challenges that are separate from the core AI, but are still essential to building a viable AI business. Such as how to ensure compliance with existing regulation and moreover to live up to the &lsquo;Ethical by Design&rsquo; ideal. We don&rsquo;t work with companies that wish to do irresponsible things with AI (and we&rsquo;ve never actually met an entrepreneur with that in mind) - but we are supporting companies with the ethical implementation of AI in practice.</p> <p>These are the types of challenges that we want to help with. Our Machine Intelligence Garage already addresses three areas:</p> <ul><li>Access to computational resources and expertise</li> <li>An experimentation space to work with new hardware and infrastructure products and services</li> <li>The Machine Intelligence Garage ethics committee which will focus on implementing responsible AI in practice</li> </ul><p>Our programme offers startups the opportunity to access specialised compute resources, from GPUs and HPC centre access, through to cloud computing vouchers. This is paired with our technical expertise and experimentation opportunities through workshops and meetups with our partners. We uniquely tailor the support we provide companies, interacting with some of the UK&rsquo;s most exciting new innovations in AI.</p> <p>So far we are working with 10 AI/ML startups who are providing unique approaches to problems from a diverse range of sectors. These include companies using; computer vision for autonomous vehicle operation systems, image classification for melanoma diagnostics, human computer interfaces for bionic prosthetics and integration of IoT sensor data in a manufacturing environment. There are many other examples of exciting technologies which we will be showcasing in the near future, as our companies start to graduate from the programme.</p> <p>The Machine Intelligence Garage has great partners providing the resources for our programme, many of whom are household names, such as NVidia, Google Cloud Platform and Amazon Web Services. But we also have partners who are more in the experimental sphere, such as SpiNNaker, who are developing Neuromorphic chip sets which mimic the computational capacity of the human brain.</p> <p>We sit at the interface between government, academia and industry. We are proud to connect and support the growth of the sector by ensuring barriers to innovation are removed, especially for the little guys.</p> <p><em>To read more from techUK AI Week,&nbsp;</em><a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF"><em>visit our landing page.</em></span></a></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Save the date: Supercharging the Digital Economy Thu, 26 Apr 2018 15:14:36 +0100 CRM Sync On Thursday 18 October techUK will host the third Supercharging the Digital Economy, our flagship conference focused on digital and the adoption of digital technology. <p><img alt="" src="" style="height:415px; width:400px"></p> <p><span style="color:#008080"><span style="font-size:22px">Save the date: techUK's&nbsp;<em><strong>Supercharging the Digital Economy</strong></em>&nbsp;Conference will be hosted on 18 October in The Bright Building, Manchester.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h1><strong>&lsquo;Supercharging adoption of digital technology&rsquo;</strong></h1> <p>In October 2018 techUK will hold its third annual Supercharging the Digital Economy conference in Manchester.</p> <p>One of techUK&rsquo;s marquee events, Supercharging the Digital Economy will bring together UK tech sector leaders, senior representatives from government, academia and business leaders from across UK, the event will profile and highlight how the adoption and deployment of cutting edge digital technologies, products and services produced by the UK tech sector is, and can, enable every sector of the UK economy to become a digital sector.</p> <p>Event sessions will showcase how the UK&rsquo;s position as a tech leader can support and strengthen the digital transformation of key UK sectors, and how government and industry can work together to overcome common challenges that may be preventing digitisation. Leading speakers from industry, government and the technology sector will discuss how to create the right environment that empowers businesses to adopt and use the technologies that will supercharge the UK&rsquo;s digital economy.</p> <p>The event reinforces techUK&rsquo;s mission, which is to:</p> <ul><li>Make the UK good for tech &ndash; ensuring that the UK is the best place in the world for technology companies to locate and grow</li> <li>Make tech good for the UK &ndash; ensuring that the full economic potential of technology is harnessed across the economy</li> <li>Make tech good for people &ndash; ensuring that technology is used to improve and enhance the quality of life for all consumers and citizens.</li> </ul><p>techUK&rsquo;s commitment to showcasing its work and the work of its members and partners nationwide means that we are delighted to bring Supercharging the Digital Economy conference to Manchester this Autumn.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a href=""><span style="color:#0000CD">Find out more here</span></a></strong></p> <hr><h3><strong>Event details</strong></h3> <p>Date: Thursday 18 October</p> <p>Time: 09:45 - 16:00, followed by a drinks reception</p> <p>Venue: The Bright Building, Manchester Science Park</p> <p>Booking: Booking will open on 7 June.&nbsp;If you would like to reserve a ticket please contact&nbsp;<strong><a href=""></a>&nbsp;&nbsp;</strong></p> <hr><h3><strong>Become a sponsor</strong></h3> <p>Supercharging the Digital Economy offers exceptional opportunities to position your brand as a leading authority and innovator &ndash; specifically, to key industry stakeholders through online and event-driven promotion (social media, newsletter, advertising and speaking opportunities at the event), plus awareness opportunities post-event through techUK&rsquo;s high impact newsletter stable.</p> <p>The event will draw an expected 200 business leaders from industry, focused on digital adoption across retail, transport and communications infrastructure.</p> <p>We can tailor any of our sponsorship packages to suit your distinctive needs.</p> <p>If you are interested in finding out more about the opportunities available here <strong><a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">please fill in this form</span></a></strong></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Transparency in machine learning Thu, 26 Apr 2018 14:45:00 +0100 CRM Sync Guest video: Watch Vishal Chatrath from discuss the importance in transparency for machine learning for Taylor Vinters' Zebra Project. <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>To read more from techUK AI Week,&nbsp;</em><a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF"><em>visit our landing page.</em></span></a></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Home Office Call to Industry: Video Analytics Thu, 26 Apr 2018 14:17:52 +0100 CRM Sync A Joint Security & Resilience Centre initiative to explore recent technical advances in Video Analytics. <p><strong>JSaRC Video Analytics Closed Event &ndash; 24 May 2018</strong></p> <p>The use of video footage and the resulting requirement of video analytics has become a key component in measures provided to keeping people and infrastructure safer, as well as playing a significant role in crime solutions.&nbsp;&nbsp;As a result of recent engagement with a number of private sector companies from the Video Analytics sector, JSaRC would like to assist in raising awareness of the recent technical advances in Video Analytics and provide an opportunity to share and update relevant Public-Sector bodies, key Government stakeholders, critical infrastructure and major private venue owners.</p> <p>JSaRC will be holding a 1 day event on 24 May in London as a free knowledge-sharing exercise. This event does not form part of a procurement process. JSaRC would welcome your application to present your company&rsquo;s ideas and products. They are extremely keen in discovering innovative solutions that address the areas of interest listed in the FAQ's.</p> <p><strong>The Opportunity:</strong></p> <ul><li>Companies to present their products or solutions in a seminar format</li> <li>To participate in a showcase area for demonstrations / detailed discussions and networking</li> </ul><p><strong>Closing date for applications is on Tuesday 8 May 2018</strong>.&nbsp; Successful applicants will be notified by Tuesday 15 May.</p> <p><strong>Please see the attached documents to apply for this opportunity.</strong></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> A question of ethics? Thu, 26 Apr 2018 13:46:00 +0100 CRM Sync Guest blog: Carl Austin from BJSS discusses the importance of navigating the significant potential ethical risks of AI. <p><img alt="" src="" style="float:left; height:267px; margin:5px; width:400px">Much like every revolution before it the 4th industrial revolution, driven by advances in Artificial Intelligence, will bring a level social unrest. The depth of this, its duration and how it will impact society are all hotly debated.&nbsp;</p> <p>My personal opinion errs towards an impact that is both deep and long. I believe that politicians, business leaders and those building AI&nbsp;solutions have an ethical responsibility to minimise some of the negative societal impact that these incredible technological advances will bring.</p> <p>The most obvious cause of unrest will originate from technological unemployment. History tells us that in the long term there is no significant increase in unemployment due to technology change, but that the composition of the job market will adjust instead. Of course, history is not always a perfect predictor of what is to come and I believe that it is dangerous to prescribe only to the&nbsp;luddite fallacy. Whatever your opinion, there are many reasons that things could be different this time around and assuming that the world will just balance itself seems like an easy way out.</p> <p>Rather than trying to predict what the outcome could be, we should instead support those things that are beneficial - regardless of the level of technological unemployment. We should celebrate healthy debate about job displacement &ndash; some is guaranteed in at least the short term - and encourage schemes such as those providing sustainable retraining, rather than redundancy or short-term role changes to those affected by AI</p> <p>While technological unemployment is a huge discussion point, there are of course other aspects of AI&nbsp;that warrant ethical consideration. Bias, exclusion and privacy are some examples where those of us involved in developing AI&nbsp;solutions can play a part and make a positive impact.</p> <p>By looking at just one of these &ndash; exclusion - it becomes simple to demonstrate how we can be more responsible for the things we create.</p> <p>Some of the common causes of wrongful exclusion are due to bias and cultural misunderstanding. These are things we do as humans that we can also build into decision making AI&nbsp;whether by mistake or intentionally. If we responsibly consider the impact of these, then we can increase inclusion by ensuring less bias and more culturally diversity in the data we use to train such systems. Take&nbsp;this google project&nbsp;for example.</p> <p>In the example of a yes/no decision for credit, forming diverse software delivery teams can ensure that different biases and cultural behaviours are considered appropriately and including a simple human escalation path can reduce the impacts of the hard line introduced by include/exclude automation.</p> <p>While in the scheme of things exclusion might appear to have minimal impact on the person excluded, the Chinese social credit system is a powerful example of how significant the impact of automated exclusion can become. In May of this year,&nbsp;China will bar people from certain public transport based upon their social rating. Once a member of society is excluded, it becomes harder and harder to attain inclusion.</p> <p>Your thoughts on reading this may be "so what?". As a slightly dystopian hobbyist futurologist myself I've been told before I have a dark opinion on some of the potential outcomes of AI&nbsp;advancement. My response to you would be that if even only 1 of 1000 potential outcomes lead to a world with massive unemployment, significant social uprising and reversion to a two class system, would it not be worth trying to at least mitigate that risk? I firmly believe that both commercial gain and ethics can and should exist together, do you?</p> <p><em>To read more from techUK AI Week,&nbsp;</em><a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF"><em>visit our landing page.</em></span></a></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> The ethical challenge of artificial intelligence Thu, 26 Apr 2018 13:15:00 +0100 CRM Sync Guest blog: Matt Allison from Access Partnership asks whether artificial intelligence presents a fundamental ethical challenge requiring a new regulatory framework. <p><img alt="" src="" style="float:left; height:267px; margin:5px; width:400px">Policy-makers and regulators around the world are becoming increasingly fixated by the rapid growth of artificial intelligence (AI). Some experts (including the eminent physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking and the entrepreneur Elon Musk) have made alarming predictions about the potential for AI to lead to human alienation, suffering, or worse, actual destruction of human life. However, even without taking such an extreme view, it&rsquo;s evident that the adoption of AI tools will pose new ethical challenges, which may need a regulatory response.</p> <p>On 16 April the House of Lords Select Committee on AI set out their thoughts on the matter, following a comprehensive inquiry which has been underway since June 2017. Having taken written comments from over 200 organisations and individuals, and heard testimony from a variety of industry, academic and regulatory bodies, peers arrived at the conclusion that a light-touch, industry-led regulatory model was preferable.</p> <p>The committee report does envision an important role for government in ensuring that AI is deployed in a responsible and ethical way, for example through the creation of &ldquo;data trusts&rdquo; to facilitate the ethical sharing of data, seeing this as a way for UK-based SMEs to compete with large, mostly US-based technology companies that are close to holding &ldquo;data monopolies&rdquo;. The report also points out the need for the public sector to lead in procurement of AI solutions as a key way to build public trust and confidence in the use of AI.</p> <p>At the EU level, the European Commission will next week set forth its own position on the topic of AI regulation, with the publication of a communication which is expected to touch on accountability, transparency and liability in the context of AI tools and services. Early indications are that the Commission will demand cooperation from companies developing AI solutions to explain in a clear and transparent way how decisions made using AI can avoid perpetuating entrenched bias, and who should be liable when an AI product or service causes harm.</p> <p>Industry will push back strongly on any attempt by regulators to compel disclosure of proprietary information, such as algorithms used to generate machine learning. While supporting the aims of transparency and accountability, the prevailing logic in the tech industry is that creating a new regulatory framework specifically for AI today would be premature, as the way this market will develop is still highly uncertain.</p> <p>There is a degree of truth to this assertion but given that EU regulators will soon be armed with strong new enforcement powers in data protection (through the General Data Protection Regulation) and cybersecurity (through the NIS Directive), it is entirely appropriate for regulators to consider how these new powers can be deployed to address the important ethical and normative concerns associated with AI. Without strong, demonstrable public oversight, trust in AI among the general population will be slow to develop and AI adoption rates will suffer as a result.</p> <p><em>To read more from techUK AI Week,<span style="color:#0000FF">&nbsp;</span></em><a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF"><em>visit our landing page.</em></span></a></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> UK wants to lead the world in tech ethics… but what does that mean? Thu, 26 Apr 2018 12:45:00 +0100 CRM Sync Guest blog: Imogen Parker from the Nuffield Foundation discusses how the UK tech sector can move forward while avoiding 'techlash'. <p>Last week we surely reached peak hype on tech ethics with this headline:</p> <p><img alt="" src="" style="height:135px; margin:5px; width:647px"></p> <p>The Sun was responding to the House of Lord's AI report, the latest of a growing number of interventions from the <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">government</span></a>, <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">industry </span></a>and <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">civil society</span></a> seeking to grapple with the ethical and social issues technology is posing.</p> <p>Public debate on tech ethics has been a long time coming. New technologies have been adopted and used with little scrutiny: it has felt like a golden era of ever-improving free communications, search, and content.<img alt="" src="" style="float:right; height:300px; margin:5px; width:300px"></p> <p>Precisely because this has been free, we&rsquo;ve been slow to realise the potential costs, risks or harms of giving away information. No longer: the Cambridge Analytica/Facebook saga has triggered a public conversation. It hit home because it&rsquo;s about normal people, sharing things they didn&rsquo;t think were particularly sensitive, in a semi-private space, which suddenly may have contributed to something of global significance &ndash; the election of Trump or the vote for Brexit depending on which side of the pond you sit.</p> <p>This saga has raised questions about data rights, consent and use; it has triggered debate about where preferences translate into profiling and where micro-targeting becomes manipulation. The delay faced by the ICO in being granted a search warrant of Cambridge Analytica&rsquo;s servers and Mark Zuckerberg&rsquo;s <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">refusal </span></a>to meet MPs has led to some arguing that we need stronger powers and regulations to redress the power of the tech giants.</p> <p>We need to grapple with concerns and challenges while being wary of &lsquo;<a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">techlash</span></a>&rsquo; which could block innovation. Shutting down data collection and analysis might curb some harm, but it would also limit a lot of good, from innovation in medical diagnosis, to more efficient public services.</p> <p>The Government has set out its ambition and a sense of urgency to make the UK the lead for the ethics of tech and data use, but how can we move that agenda forward &ndash; to ensure practice is not just trusted but trustworthy?</p> <p>I think we need four things.</p> <p>First, we need <strong>informed public deliberation</strong>, to enable a diversity of voices to explore the risks and trade-offs posed by the use of technologies. We need companies, public sector and policy makers consider where and how users/citizens should have some say when it comes to use, design and deployment.</p> <p>User analytics don&rsquo;t act as an adequate proxy for how the public feel about a service: the argument that users are happy with the status quo because they continue to use a service is no longer a persuasive one if it ever was. Understanding is low, and the deck is stacked: people give consent and share data on platforms that have been expertly designed to get them to do just that.</p> <p>Low levels of understanding and trust need to be seen as a risk, not an opportunity: all it might take is one &lsquo;Black Mirror-type story&rsquo; for people to walk away from a product or platform <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">en masse</span></a>, or for policy-makers to feel the need to implement knee-jerk regulation at pace.</p> <p>Second, we need <strong>better evidence about the impacts of technology on society</strong>. Much of the narrative is either being led by expert investigative journalism &ndash; which is inevitably is drawn to the worst cases -&nbsp;or by industry - which inevitably profiles what&rsquo;s best. We need to build a richer and more neutral account. To do that, we need to be able to measure and understand how individuals and society as a whole are and could be affected (for good or ill): who is at risk of harm, and how innovation in different sectors or across different platforms adds up.</p> <p>Third, we need to <strong>embed ethical thinking into the development and deployment of technologies</strong>. Social impact needs to become as important to developers and investors as innovation &ndash; we need to disrupt the &ldquo;move fast, break things and apologise&rdquo; model of innovation through more conscious thought about the value of what might be broken.</p> <p>That means common norms and standards to translate ethical principles into practical decisions, including stress-tested frameworks and tools to probe technical elements (data provenance, consent, design), as well as exploring the harder questions: does the underlying data or logic reflect the values and society we want to have in the future? How will platforms or products be used &lsquo;in real life&rsquo;: from how it will be kept up-to-date, monitored, assessed, explained; and what knock-on impacts might it trigger?</p> <p>Last, we need to <strong>articulate a vision of a tech-enabled society with social justice and wellbeing at its core, and lay the foundations to realise that vision</strong>. Fundamental norms relating to privacy, ownership, rights, civil liberties, wellbeing, work and justice are being destabilised and need to be rebuilt for a data driven society. We need to undertake considered but ambitious thinking, equal to the disruptive power of technology, and unconstrained by political pressures, to collectively harness the power of data for public good.</p> <p>These issues can&rsquo;t be solved by a single institution, sector, technical solution, new piece of regulation, or company (although it is heartening to see some organisations making ethics their calling card). This needs to be a collective project: to develop norms, standards, frameworks, research and dialogue to create the sort of data-enabled society we all want: a future where innovation supports wellbeing.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s why we&rsquo;re playing our part, working in partnership with leading organisations, including The Alan Turing Institute, the Omidyar Network, techUK amongst others. Together we are setting up the <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">Ada Lovelace Institute</span></a> to connect diverse actors and specialists, develop practical ethical &lsquo;case law&rsquo;, and catalyse longer-term research on the social impact of data, algorithms and AI, and strategies for social justice in a data-driven society. And to prevent the impending &lsquo;Terminator-style apocalypse&rsquo;.</p> <p><em>To read more from techUK AI Week,&nbsp;</em><a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF"><em>visit our landing page.</em></span></a></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> The importance of digital ethics Thu, 26 Apr 2018 11:45:00 +0100 CRM Sync Guest blog: Bhumika Zhaveri, Founder and CEO of Interimarket, expands on why digital ethics in AI is so important. <p><a href=""><em>This post originally </em><span style="color:#0000FF"><em>appeared on the Interimarket blog.</em></span></a></p> <p><img alt="" src="" style="float:left; height:267px; margin:5px; width:400px">Technology has been drastically expanding over the years. There is technology available to replace our manual efforts of almost anything we do today.</p> <p>There is even technology to help us flush the toilet!</p> <p>I am not sure how much I like the idea of having to tell &lsquo;something&rsquo; to flush the toilet. However, I am sure that tech itself will be a blessing for individuals who need help with certain basics in life.</p> <h4>Digital Ethics in Artificial Intelligence</h4> <p>The reality is that technology and AI are used for detecting fraud, conducting research, producing translations, and faster logistics,&nbsp;to almost anything.</p> <p>This is both exciting and worthy of attention from an ethics perspective.</p> <p>Artificial Intelligence makes our lives so much easier. With such advancement in a different context, many issues and risks have surfaced alongside the need for an extremely responsible use of the same technology.</p> <p>The digital world today makes it possible to access any form of information. However, with the number of analysts, clients, smartphones, and even social media sites, the word &ldquo;Digital Ethics&rsquo;&rsquo; is dominant today. This is especially true because along the good we have seen the damage it can do. Hacks into the political and legal systems and fake news, which is all adding to cybercrime. These are the challenges that various economies and countries globally will have to battle, either individually and/or collectively.</p> <h4>Research of Digital Ethics</h4> <p>Research has greatly emphasized that the art of digital ethics. It should be practised by every business and entrepreneur within the realms of technology. It is vital to not only know but realize, the extent of peoples&rsquo; vulnerability in new ways online. Ethics is a defined noun by the Oxford Dictionary as &ldquo;A set of moral principles, especially ones relating to or affirming a specified group, field, or form of conduct.&rdquo;</p> <p>We know that ethics refer to the way in which different individuals relate and resolve issues with each other. On the other hand, digital ethics comprises of the way in which online participants communicate and the manner in which the technologies are utilized in these platforms for engagement and more. Moreover, everyone who makes use of the internet, especially in the professional context, from being both a business and a job seeker or contractor, must look into certain issues, like:</p> <ul><li>What do other people think when they find out about me online?</li> <li>Is it ethical for me to search and get more information about other people online?</li> <li>Should I be friends with my clients and colleagues on any social media platform that may not have the setup of always being professional? I.e. Facebook or Instagram etc.</li> </ul><p>In addition to the above-stated concerns, there are other issues on how to take care of online statements and reviews. We all know that the best way to get answers and solutions to these questions is to comport a search online. By making use of different search terms, you may be surprised at what you find.</p> <p>Nevertheless, one of the main reasons why digital ethics are important is due to the way in which we present ourselves. The manner of communication. The meanings that could be perceived.</p> <h4>Digital Ethics and Our Online Choices</h4> <p>Another importance of digital ethics is the consideration of our choices online. This is to do with how we represent ourselves and whether the choices made reveals our goal and ambition positively. This includes our lifestyle. Or, is it just noise that no one needs to know about?</p> <p>Whether rightly or wrongly, social media sites clearly show meaningful perceptions about a person&rsquo;s behaviour. If the online representation is vital today, then the need to always be mindful of what we share and how is as important as businesses choosing to gather data on our activities.</p> <p>My question to businesses is always;</p> <ul><li>Why do you collect the data?</li> <li>What good does it bring?</li> <li>How does it help the individual or group? (whose data you hold)</li> </ul><p>If any data is not bringing an ethical addition to business or someone&rsquo;s lives we can argue that such data does not need to be held and assessed.</p> <p>Based on the recent summit held on &ldquo;digital ethics&rdquo; in Dec 2017 by&nbsp;TechUK, the challenges raised, and the direction presented, it was clear that the program highlighted the ethical issues related to Artificial Intelligence, in order to create better capabilities and capacities to the way in which the issues are addressed.</p> <p>More importantly, it is not the AI itself that is responsible, it is the maker who is responsible.</p> <p>Most of the people who were involved in the summit have also stated and explained their views. Views on how much impact businesses can make on issues related to digital ethics, thus, emphasizing that the civil society, academia, and other groups must also play a role in addressing issues relating to digital ethics.</p> <p>Now maybe the perfect time to get started on it, if you haven&rsquo;t already.</p> <p><em>To read more from techUK AI Week,&nbsp;</em><a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF"><em>visit our landing page.</em></span></a></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> AI, ethics and data: a watershed moment for UK tech Thu, 26 Apr 2018 10:45:00 +0100 CRM Sync techUK Head of Programme for Cloud, Data Analytics and AI, Sue Daley, writes about the significance of data-driven technologies in moving the tech sector forward. <p><em>This comment piece was first published on the <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">Corsham Institute and RAND Europe Observatory for a Connected Society app.</span></a></em></p> <p><img alt="" src="" style="float:left; height:275px; margin:5px; width:400px">Recent events have led to much debate about the ethical impact of the use of data-driven technology in democratic societies. We are all now much more aware of what can happen to the information we share online. The tech sector must not shy away from the complex ethical debate around data usage and work with policy makers and academia to ensure every citizen and business knows they are in control of their data. If we don&rsquo;t, we put at risk the innovation we need to support a thriving society and economy across the UK.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>This is probably watershed moment for the tech sector. We are now likely to see much deeper scepticism around data-driven technologies from the media, policy makers and the public. And this increased public debate is a vital step to ensure the UK feels the full economic and social benefits of innovation. There are ethical questions that need to be identified, understood, discussed and answered. In tandem, we must ensure that the public debate remains balanced and constructive. The discussion should not unintentionally stifle positive change or prevent organisations across the public and private sectors from embracing technologies that will support digital transformation and improve lives.</p> <p>We must recognise and promote the positive stories about the role that data-driven technologies, like machine learning and AI, are playing in people&rsquo;s lives and delivering things that people really want. These include stories such as how predictive analytics is used to provide flood alerts to vulnerable communities and how machine learning is helping more people to access finance when it is most needed and machine learning and AI helping doctors to spend less on administration and more on providing care. The use of machine learning and AI is also helping us discover new drugs and detect ailments, like cancer tumours, quicker than ever before. Looking ahead, intelligent autonomous AI-driven systems and tools, powered by data, could hold the answers to tackling some of the biggest issues facing society, such as increasing economic productivity, managing an ageing population and child poverty.&nbsp;</p> <p>All of this would simply not be possible without data science and the use of advanced data-driven technologies. The response to recent developments must be proportionate and should support the industry&rsquo;s ability to innovate for good. Otherwise, future generations may ask why we didn&rsquo;t use the tools available to answer growing societal issues earlier. We have a responsibility to not only address the ethical concerns that are raised by AI, but also to develop and deploy advanced tools that can support greater human flourishing.</p> <p>The good news is we are not starting that discussion from scratch. Over the last few years, there has been intense debate among academics and industry - and real progress has been made on the ethics of tech. There is a deep discussion happening right now, led by individuals in the sector who want to drive change from the inside.</p> <p>Last year, techUK organised a Data Ethics Summit, bringing together businesses, government and regulators, such as the ICO, to discuss how practical tools can be developed to support ethical decision-making around digital innovation. And we were pleased to see the Government announce the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation - a development we have long called for.</p> <p>The recent creation by the Nuffield Foundation of the Ada Lovelace Institute also sends a very clear message that the UK is taking a leadership position in moving on from talking about ethics to taking practical action. techUK has welcomed the Institute which will be key to creating the right environment for industry, academia and policy to come together, develop and operationalise ethical decision-making through the promotion of diversity.</p> <p>The very existence of an active debate on ethics in the UK is an example of how the tech industry has the capacity and the creativity to listen, learn, correct and move forward. More than that, it puts the UK in prime position to be the world leader in AI through data ethics.</p> <p>Tech has never stood still and now is the time for the industry to move fast and fix things. If we respond to recent developments in the right way, tech firms will be able to deepen their trustworthiness and the UK will be a leader in responsible innovation, adoption, deployment and use of data-driven technologies. It is our job is to continue to build the culture of data trust and confidence needed to ensure technology remains a force for good.</p> <p><em>To read more from techUK AI Week,&nbsp;</em><a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF"><em>visit our landing page.</em></span></a></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Five burning questions on AI and ethics Thu, 26 Apr 2018 09:45:00 +0100 CRM Sync Guest blog: Dominic Holmes from Taylor Vinters answers some frequently asked questions about AI and ethics. <p><img alt="" src="" style="float:left; height:158px; margin:5px; width:400px">For businesses and wider society, the potential benefits of artificial intelligence (or &ldquo;AI&rdquo;) are immense. Diseases can be diagnosed and treated with greater accuracy, fraud can be spotted more effectively, productivity can be boosted and human error removed from all sorts of decision-making processes.</p> <p>But to get the most out of the technology, humans must relinquish some control and allow a machine to learn, improving its outcomes as it processes ever larger quantities of data.</p> <p>This is what makes AI a scary thing.&nbsp;It can out-operate us, but many people have a limited understanding of how it actually works. This raises some difficult questions.</p> <h3>1.&nbsp;If a machine makes a decision with unintended adverse consequences, who is responsible?</h3> <p>The starting point is that a business should be responsible for any loss it causes in providing a service or making a decision (whether or not AI is involved).</p> <p>AI is simply a tool.&nbsp; If an algorithm makes a decision that is unethical, the machine cannot currently be held responsible.&nbsp;</p> <h3>2.&nbsp;Could the developer of the AI ever be made accountable for a bad decision?</h3> <p>Yes. Liability will depend on who is really responsible for setting the rules that underpin any automated decisions. If a service provider misuses the AI and bad decisions are made, then it must bear responsibility for that.&nbsp;However, if the AI has taught itself to reach unlawful decisions based on how it is configured, then the developer might be held accountable.</p> <p>An example is an algorithm being used to sift through a high volume of job applications.&nbsp; If the employer applies a blanket rule so that all applications sent in by female candidates are automatically rejected, that is unlawful discrimination instigated by the employer.&nbsp; If, however, the employer intends to select candidates for interview based solely on non-discriminatory criteria but the algorithm teaches itself in such a way that a disproportionate number of female candidates are rejected, that fault could rest with the developer.&nbsp;</p> <h3>3.&nbsp;Should there be more transparency in the way algorithms make decisions?</h3> <p>Ultimately, the success of AI depends on creating an environment of trust. Developing explainable AI is key to ensuring that people have a better understanding of how algorithms make automated decisions.&nbsp;</p> <p>A lack of transparency is not an inherent feature of machine learning.&nbsp; It is a design choice. There is a balance to strike between creating algorithms that make explainable decisions and ensuring that AI systems are robust against manipulation.</p> <h3>4.&nbsp;Is there any practical advice for businesses thinking about using AI to help mitigate the risk of mistakes/bias?</h3> <p>Businesses should collaborate with AI developers, so that they can learn from each other.&nbsp;This is the best practical way to reduce the risk of machines taking automated decisions that are biased, unlawful, unethical or just clear mistakes based on the criteria they are given.</p> <p>It makes sense to work together to spot issues early, agreeing who is responsible for putting them right and refining automated processes to avoid repeat mistakes.</p> <h3>5.&nbsp;How feasible would it be to develop data ethics regulation?</h3> <p>It is feasible, but we need to think carefully about what it might add to what is already in force.</p> <p>Businesses already have to consider discrimination legislation and the criminal law. The GDPR will also mean significant new rights for individuals relating to their personal data and significant new obligations on those processing it.</p> <p>We would need to consider how best to define the scope of any stand-alone &ldquo;data ethics&rdquo; regulation and what might be deemed &ldquo;ethical&rdquo;. Too vague and it becomes unworkable.&nbsp;Too precise and it is inflexible. And what society deems &ldquo;ethical&rdquo; will evolve over time.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>To read more from techUK AI Week,&nbsp;</em><a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF"><em>visit our landing page.</em></span></a></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Responsible and inclusive AI taking shape in the UK Thu, 26 Apr 2018 08:45:00 +0100 CRM Sync Guest blog: Paul Ryan from IBM discusses the importance of businesses having strong AI principles. <p><img alt="" src="" style="float:left; height:263px; margin:5px; width:350px">The UK has experienced an explosion in digital innovation which has caught the attention of business leaders and the UK government.<br><br> Prime Minister Theresa May has made it clear she believes the country&rsquo;s digital tech sector is one of the UK&rsquo;s fastest-growing industries. At Davos this year she highlighted her commitment to AI in particular by calling out her vision for the UK to become the best place in the world for businesses developing and deploying AI to start, grow and thrive.<br><br> Her vision was taken one step further this month when the House of Lords <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">published its view</span></a> on how the UK can be best placed to take advantage of AI. Throughout the report one theme took centre stage - the need for ethics to be front and centre of AI&rsquo;s development and use. The Committee believes an ethical approach will ensure the public trusts this technology and sees the benefits of using it.<br><br> As a pioneer in the advancement of artificial intelligence and a major employer in the UK for over 100 years, IBM is a strong supporter of the UK's drive and vision for AI. IBM has three core <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">AI principles</span></a> for designing and developing AI which were acknowledged in the House of Lords report as a positive initiative by industry.<br><br> Firstly, we are focused on AI having a purpose. It's important for people to develop trust in an AI system. For us,&nbsp;for example, it is important the purpose of AI will be to aid humans, not replace them.<br><br> Secondly, we believe AI systems should be designed to be transparent. We support transparency and data governance policies that will ensure people understand how an AI system came to a given conclusion or recommendation. Companies must be able to explain what factored into their algorithms&rsquo; recommendations. If they cannot, they should not be allowed on the market.<br><br> Thirdly we strongly believe in the importance of skills, and preparing more people around the world to reap the benefits of the AI era. Workers and citizens should be properly trained and educated in the use of AI products and services so they can partner effectively with these technologies.<br><br> Our <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">Data Responsibility platform</span></a>, launched in October 2017, clarifies our commitment to the responsible stewardship of data &ndash; another key factor for the successful adoption of AI. For example, we ensure clients have control of their data. We don&rsquo;t lose sight of the fact that it is their data: they own it,&nbsp;and that shouldn&rsquo;t change when AI comes into the picture.<br><br> The data and AI economy is paving the way for new innovations, broadened access to opportunity and solutions to some of society&rsquo;s most pressing problems. Those responsible for driving technological progress have an obligation to ensure that new innovations solve social problems without trampling social values.<br><br> Successful Artificial Intelligence is about much more than economic gain.&nbsp;It is about creating an ethical framework to ensure the AI future belongs to all of us, not just the elite few.</p> <p><em>To read more from techUK AI Week,&nbsp;</em><a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF"><em>visit our landing page.</em></span></a></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK AI Leaders | Kriti Sharma, VP, Artificial Intelligence, Sage Thu, 26 Apr 2018 07:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync During AI week techUK has launched its AI Leaders Campaign aimed at promoting UK leaders in AI. <h3>During AI week techUK has launched a year long campaign to promote AI Leaders helping to make the UK AI ready.</h3> <p>Every month&nbsp;we will promote an individual that is helping organisations across both the public and private sector to realise the economic benefits and social power of AI technologies.</p> <p>If you are an AI leader, or know someone that is, get in touch with techUK to see how you can get involved!</p> <h3>This month&rsquo;s AI Leader is Kriti Sharma, VP, Artificial Intelligence at Sage.</h3> <p><img alt="" src="" style="float:left; height:303px; margin:5px; width:300px">We asked Kriti 10 questions about her work and experiences with AI. Read on for a taster and find the full interview below.&nbsp;</p> <h4>What is your current role and responsibilities?</h4> <p>I lead Artificial Intelligence at Sage &ndash; a FTSE 100 company, supporting 3 million customers with technology that helps companies of all sizes manage everything from money to people. We are on a mission to give SMEs the same superpowers large companies have - zero admin, dedicated HR and finance. Business today are spending 120 days a year on admin which costs the UK economy around &pound;33.9bn a year. That is outrageous. We want to empower them to grow using technologies like AI. I am also leading the new FutureMakersLab pilot - a UK program to teach young people a broad range of skills required to work in the field of AI &ndash; including AI design, data science, natural language processing and other cognitive techniques. And with the Sage Foundation, I&rsquo;m building an AI solution to help the one in three women in South Africa who face domestic abuse and violence and find it hard to speak with a human about this issue given the stigma and social barriers associated with it. Machines don&rsquo;t judge you, but humans do.</p> <h4>What is your background that led you to AI?</h4> <p>I grew up in Rajasthan in India and built my first computer as a teenager by reading about it in books. And then I did the same with robots. When I was 16, I was invited to see an early voice recognition system being used in space applications. That got me really excited about the possibilities AI offered. I wondered, how awesome would it be if I could use AI to do all kinds of things like make education interactive (as I found school too boring) or for my grandmother to use to navigate her daily life. I hoped that it would happen in my lifetime. Already, just a few years on, I have voice powered AI in every room in my flat. Later I studied advanced computer science and engineering at university and have been building machine learning systems ever since - for space applications, consumer banking, productivity and even domestic abuse.</p> <p><strong>Download the PDF to find out more about Kriti's background and why she got involved in AI.</strong></p> <p><em>To read more from techUK AI Week,&nbsp;</em><a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF"><em>visit our landing page.</em></span></a></p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> UK Government AI Sector Deal – A blueprint for making the UK AI ready Wed, 25 Apr 2018 23:01:00 +0100 CRM Sync techUK's response to the UK Government AI Sector Deal, announced today <p>techUK welcomes <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">the publication of the Government&rsquo;s AI Sector Deal</span></a> which is a key part of taking the Industrial Strategy forward. The announcement comes during techUK&rsquo;s AI week which is focussed this year on the issues that need to be addressed, and steps to be taken, to make every sector, every business and everyone in the UK AI ready. &nbsp;</p> <p>Commenting on the importance of the AI Sector Deal in positioning the UK to realise the full value and benefits of AI, Antony Walker, techUK&rsquo;s Deputy CEO said:</p> <p><em>&ldquo;The UK has an impressive track-record on AI. But we must keep pace and, as the scale of innovation continues to accelerate, we need to ensure that the UK stays at the forefront in the development and application of these powerful new technologies. The Government&rsquo;s AI Sector Deal provides a clear blueprint for how the UK can become a world-leader in innovative, responsible and ethical AI. The sector deal focuses on the key issues of maintaining leadership and driving uptake, building the skills pipeline and ethics. Success will depend upon AI companies being deeply engaged in the process.&rdquo;</em></p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> Closing the gap Wed, 25 Apr 2018 16:37:00 +0100 CRM Sync Sheila Flavell, Chief Operating Officer, FDM Group, looks at how changing the perception of tech can help UK businesses close the digital skills gap <p><a href=""><img alt="" src="" style="height:130px; width:300px"></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>These are exciting times for the UK tech industry. Our entrepreneurs, inventors and innovators are building increasingly incredible companies, creating thousands of new jobs and driving economic growth in the process.</p> <p>Yet the future of our industry remains fragile, due to the chronic skills crisis. 52% of employers are currently struggling to fill digital job vacancies, women represent just 17% of the profession and it&rsquo;s predicted that we need a million new recruits in the tech specialist workforce by 2023.</p> <p>In addition to this, the rise of artificial intelligence presents huge opportunities, but also challenges for the workforce of the future. McKinsey research suggests that automation will mean that up to 700m people worldwide will be in new careers by 2030 and that technology sector roles will change dramatically, with an additional 20m to 50m jobs in the industry created during the same time.</p> <p>In last Autumn&rsquo;s budget the Government pledged over &pound;500 million to help with this transition, but so much more needs to be done.&nbsp; What is clear is that the challenges posed by digital disruption cannot be solved by government alone. We need a concerted effort from educators, employers and industry leaders to help workers adapt to digital disruption, and ensure they are properly equipped the necessary skills to thrive in the changing world of work.</p> <p>The tech sector has much work to do. All too often it is seen as male dominated, exclusive, and at times uninspiring, all of which have been compounded by allegations of questionable conduct on topics such as data privacy and the gender pay gap. As employers, we all have a duty to transform this image and ensure our industry has the culture and values it needs to attract and retain talent, from all walks of life.</p> <p>We also need to do more to demonstrate the critical role technology plays in society. Whether its enabling our doctors and nurses to harness the power of analytics to build an even stronger NHS or ensuring that every child is properly equipped with the skills they need to succeed in life; we need to be evangelical about our industry as a force for good in a complex world.</p> <p>One way of doing this, is to promote a culture that truly supports diversity, inclusion and social mobility by widening recruitment policies and taking a fresh approach. It&rsquo;s not about introducing tick-box exercises or political correctness, but it is about working harder to attract and recruit new candidates from different backgrounds and cultures that can enrich our organisations and our industry for the better.</p> <p>If we take diversity seriously, it provides an opportunity to develop a culture that truly supports every employee, creating an environment that is inspirational, creative and innovative, and ultimately appealing to work in. It will also increase productivity, by harnessing the collective power of a can-do culture, where everyone is respected and included.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p>So, let&rsquo;s not let fear of change prevent us from moving forward. As an employer who recruits over 1,000 people in the UK annually, we are constantly seeking new ways of finding the talented people we need and winning them over. By widening our recruitment pool and embracing new ways of working, we are reaching out to a whole new generation of candidates who are inspired by our story. We have also discovered that some of our most successful people have not come from a STEM background, but they have the talent, aptitude and passion that is needed to succeed and that&rsquo;s what we want.</p> <p>If you are open-minded and keen for change and put policies in place instead of roadblocks to talent, then you can find some remarkable people who will enhance your company and further your success.</p> <p>Authenticity is key in this journey: young people want to work for businesses that share their values and will quickly see through shallow schemes that promise much but deliver little. So, put diversity at the top of your boardroom agenda, build programmes and recruitment services to make it work and make the benefits this approach will bring to the company abundantly clear to your people, every step of the way.</p> <p>No single organisation can change the world.</p> <p>But working together as a business community we can put diversity, inclusivity and social mobility at the heart of what we do. We have a duty to capture the imagination of the next generation and a responsibility to future entrepreneurs to drive our industry forward.</p> <p>Let&rsquo;s be the kind of industry that our young people can believe, and believe in.</p> <p>The future is ours to shape, so let&rsquo;s get going.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="" style="height:238px; width:500px"></p> <p>FDM Group are sponsors of the 2018 techUK Annual Dinner, taking place at the Royal Lancaster on Wednesday 11 July. For more information and to book tickets please see:&nbsp;<a href="">;</a></p> UK-India tech partnership signals next steps in thriving relationship Wed, 25 Apr 2018 16:32:45 +0100 CRM Sync Last week the UK and Indian Governments launched the UK-India Tech Partnership, which will include a UK-India Tech Hub to identify and pair businesses, VCs, universities and others to access routes to markets for UK & Indian tech companies. <p><em><img alt="" src="" style="float:left; height:253px; margin:5px; width:400px">This&nbsp;partnership was launched at a meeting of Prime Minister May and Prime Minister Modi.&nbsp;As part of this, techUK and the National Association of Software &amp; Services Companies (NASSCOM) launched the <a href="">UK-India Tech Alliance</a> and agreed on a Memorandum of Understanding to support the flourishing IT sectors in both India and UK by developing stronger links, networks and joint platforms, helping enhance the skills of the technology workforce in both countries.</em></p> <p><a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">As I wrote ahead of Prime Minister Modi&rsquo;s visit</span></a>,&nbsp; the UK India relationship is a key priority for our International Trade programme, with UK-Indian bilateral trade in goods and services worth &pound;18 billion in 2017, and seeing year on year growth of 15%. India is an emerging tech powerhouse. Already the world&rsquo;s second largest smartphone market, it is also on course to become the second largest market for IT generally by the end of 2018. The Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, has embarked on initiatives such as Digital India (potentially worth &pound;45 billion over 10 years), Smart Cities (&pound;20-24 billion over 10 years) and Make in India, which are set to transform the tech economy in India.</p> <p>In November 2016, techUK and NASSCOM, ahead of Prime Minister May and Modi&rsquo;s last meeting, wrote a joint letter to the Prime Ministers. It called on them to deepen the tech relationship between the two countries and help unlock a major new wave of digital growth.</p> <p>The letter contained four priorities: pioneering innovation partnerships through the opening of a tech hub in India; valuing international talent by enjoying a frictionless immigration policy; sharing best practice on boosting digital skills, an important challenge for both countries; and a trade agreement fit for the digital age. While a trade agreement is still some way off, last week saw us take significant steps in the other areas including of course the welcomed announcement of the establishment of a UK India tech hub.<img alt="" src="" style="float:right; height:298px; margin:5px; width:300px"></p> <p>This progress follows a programme of activities aimed at enhancing the UK India tech trade relationship. In September 2017, techUK organised the first UK-India Working Group to explore how trade between the two countries in the tech sector can be increased. The working group formed part of techUK&rsquo;s new International Trade programme and was supported by the Indian High Commission, London, the UK&rsquo;s Department of International Trade, NASSCOM, the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), as well as leading UK and Indian tech companies. The outcomes of the working group have helped to inform the direction of the bilateral tech trade relationship and the actions of techUK&rsquo;s International Trade India programme.</p> <p>We followed this up in February 2018 by supporting the Northern Powerhouse&rsquo;s Department for International Trade Mission to Hyderabad, Bangalore and Mumbai. I was delighted to join the mission which was attended by several techUK members. The visit provided an insight in to the excellent opportunity for partnership between UK and Indian tech companies.&nbsp; The mission took in the NASSCOM Future Leaders Summit coinciding with WCIT India 2018 - The Olympics of the Global ICT Industry, as well as providing site visits to large Indian multinationals such as Wipro and Tech Mahindra and providing the opportunity for a number of one-to-one meetings with Indian tech companies of all size.</p> <p>techUK is also proud to be the UK tech partner for the&nbsp;<a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">Access India Programme</span></a> (AIP). The Access India Programme, launched in September 2017 by the High Commission of India in London, is a flagship programme assisting market entry into India. The programme is the first of its kind for supporting UK businesses access the&nbsp;Make in India&nbsp;initiative&nbsp;of the Government of India. The programme solely focuses on providing support to small and medium size UK enterprise</p> <p>The formation of last week&rsquo;s UK-India Tech Alliance and the announcement regarding the establishment of a Indian tech hub signals the next era in the UK India relationship.<img alt="" src="" style="float:right; height:252px; margin:5px; width:400px"></p> <p>The&nbsp;UK-India Tech Alliance&nbsp; will see the technology sectors from the UK and India further strengthen their relationship. The partnership between techUK and NASSCOM will support the flourishing IT sectors in both India and UK by developing stronger links, networks and joint platforms, helping enhance the skills of the technology workforce in both countries.</p> <p>The trade associations signed the MoU at the inaugural meeting of the UK-India Tech&nbsp;Alliance, in the presence of Baroness Fairhead CBE, Minister of State for Trade and Export Promotion. With the support of both Governments, the Alliance is aimed at increasing collaboration on skills and new technologies, assist in policy development and encourage innovation. This meeting will lay the groundwork for a roadmap which will be jointly presented in June.</p> <p>The new partnership between the UK and Indian tech industries will promote the growth of skills needed for a world where artificial intelligence, machine learning, big data analytics and cybersecurity will be major technology growth areas.</p> <p>Should you wish to know more about our International Trade Programme do please be in touch. For further information on the UK-India Partnership and Alliance, please visit the following links:</p> <ol><li><a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">PM Joint Statement</span></a></li> <li><a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">DCMS Statement</span></a></li> <li><a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">techUK Statement</span></a></li> </ol>Contact: <a href=""></a> Policy Pulse | Your Weekly Update on Tech and Digital Policy Wed, 25 Apr 2018 15:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill is back in the House of Lords, NHS Trusts fail to pass Cyber tests, and more <p>This week the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill has been back in the House of Lords with some key defeats for the Government, including on a Customs Union and the EU&rsquo;s Charter of Fundamental Rights. Also in this week&rsquo;s policy pulse:</p> <ul><li>techUK&rsquo;s AI week in full swing looking at opportunities and benefits of AI</li> <li>Concerns raised about the Climate Change Agreement closing to new entrants</li> <li>A year after the WannaCry attack, NHS Trusts fail to meet Cyber tests</li> <li>&pound;15 million funding announced to strength cyber security in the Commonwealth</li> </ul><p>All this and more, get your tech policy fix below.</p> <hr><h3>Top Tech Policy News</h3> <p><a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">Government suffers three losses in Lords on EU Withdrawal Bill&nbsp;</span></a> <strong>(BBC News)</strong><br> Following defeats on a Customs Union amendment, the Government has also lost a Lords vote on whether to retain the EU&rsquo;s Charter of Fundamental Rights post-Brexit. techUK has previously called for the Government to retain the Fundamental Right to Data Protection, which forms part of the Charter.<br><br><a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">Climate Change Agreement shouldn&rsquo;t close in October 2018 says techUK</span></a> <strong>(Computer Weekly)</strong><br> The Climate Change Agreement isn&rsquo;t due to end until 2023 but the Department for Business, Energy &amp; Industrial Strategy is closing the scheme to new applicants from October 2018. techUK&rsquo;s Emma Fryer explains why that is a bad idea and calls on Government to reconsider.<br><br><a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">Public Accounts Committee find no NHS Trusts pass&nbsp;cyber tests</span></a> <strong>(IT Pro)</strong><br> One year after the WannaCry attack, a report by the Public Accounts Committee has found that not a single NHS Trust meets required cyber security assessment.<br><br><a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">YouTube transparency report shows it removed 8.3 million videos in three months</span></a> <strong>(The Guardian)</strong><br> In its first ever transparency report YouTube has said it removed 8.3 million videos between October and December for breaching community guidelines, the majority of which were spam or attempts to upload adult content.<br><br><a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">Commonwealth countries to receive funding for Cyber Security</span></a> <strong>(techUK)</strong><br> The Prime Minister has committed &pound;15 million to help Commonwealth countries develop cyber capabilities and mitigate against cyber-crime. techUK&rsquo;s Talal Rajab welcomes the announcement.</p> <hr><h3>techUK Action &amp; Reaction</h3> <p><a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">techUK AI Week to look at the opportunities and benefits of AI</span></a> <strong>(techUK)</strong><br> All this week techUK will be bringing you articles and blogs by industry leaders looking at AI across different sectors and issues including public sector use of AI, ethical issues raised by AI, and how to prepare the UK&rsquo;s workforce.<br><br><a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">How did tech feature at CHOGM 2018?</span></a> <strong>(techUK)</strong><br> techUK&rsquo;s Craig Melson looks at the various announcements and initiatives related to tech raised during CHOGM last week, including a new Commonwealth Innovation Hub.<br><br><a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">techUK at London Tech Week</span></a> <strong>(techUK)</strong><br> We are proud to be an official strategic partner of London Tech Week 2018, taking place 11 &ndash; 17 June. techUK will be involved in a range of events and activities during the week.<br><br><a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">Bank of Ireland launches fintech hub</span></a> <strong>(techUK)</strong><br> Ireland&rsquo;s Central Bank has launched a new fintech innovation hub to look at the evolving fintech and regulatory landscapes. techUK&rsquo;s Ruth Milligan takes a look at the announcement.<br><br><a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">techUK submits response to Modernising Defence Programme inquiry </span></a><strong>(techUK)</strong><br> Following the Defence Secretary&rsquo;s announcement that a Modernising Defence Programme would be launched, techUK has responded to the Commons Defence Select Committee&rsquo;s inquiry into the programme.</p> <hr><h3>More News &amp; Comment</h3> <p><a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">Glasgow leads Britain&rsquo;s satellite space race</span></a> <strong>(Sky News)</strong><br><a href=";refURL=&amp;referrer=#757380f2779c"><span style="color:#0000FF">A new tech that could diminish a global cancer threat </span></a><strong>(Forbes)</strong><br><a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">Fake News: What is it and how to spot it</span></a> <strong>(The Telegraph &pound;)</strong><br><a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">Nesta looking for 2018&rsquo;s New Radicals </span></a><strong>(NESTA)</strong></p> <hr><h3>Events - <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">View full events calendar</span></a></h3> <p>17 May - <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">Cyber in the Digital Economy&nbsp;</span></a></p> <p>23 May - <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">Harnessing Digital to improve children&rsquo;s services outcomes &ndash; techUK &amp; LGiU</span></a></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Opportunities and challenges for Cyber and AI Wed, 25 Apr 2018 14:57:12 +0100 CRM Sync As part of AI Week, techUK held a roundtable examining the opportunities and challenges in the Cyber and AI space. <div style="text-align:left"><span style="font-size:16px">As part of AI Week, techUK held a roundtable examining the opportunities and challenges in the Cyber and AI space. The Cyber and AI programmes are currently exploring what role techUK might play in this area going forward throughout 2018.</span></div> <div style="text-align:left"><span style="font-size:16px">&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align:left"><span style="font-size:16px">The event focused on both the security concerns around AI and autonomous systems as well as the potential of AI bolstering cyber security capabilities. The cyber security industry has constantly embraced new technologies like AI, blockchain and machine learning. In AI there is much potential to enable faster responses to cyber threats through the use of analytics which can detect attacks and automation which often address vulnerabilities quicker than humans can. However, these technologies can be used both by industry but also criminals looking to develop more sophisticated attacks meaning that there are both challenges and opportunities to be explored.&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align:left"><span style="font-size:16px">&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align:left"><span style="font-size:16px">Alongside this potential for Cyber and AI technologies to be used in tandem, there are also </span><span style="font-size:16px">concerns and fears regarding the security and resilience of intelligent, autonomous, AI systems which can be overcome using emerging cyber technologies and best practice. By focusing on this area both industries can both ensure that optimum social and economic value is unlocked for the UK.</span></div> <div style="text-align:left"><span style="font-size:16px">&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align:left"><span style="font-size:16px">We were delighted to be joined by two excellent speakers who sparked debate for the rest of the session:</span></div> <div style="text-align:left"> <ul><li><span style="font-size:14.66px"><span style="font-size:16px">Daniel O'Neill, Senior Manager, Cyber Security, Rackspace</span></span></li> </ul></div> <div style="text-align:left"> <ul><li><span style="font-size:14.66px"><span style="font-size:16px">Simon Moor, VP Northern Europe, Fireeye</span></span></li> </ul></div> <div style="margin-left:0px; margin-right:0px; text-align:left"><span style="font-size:14.66px"><span style="font-size:16px">The session raised a number of key issues:</span></span></div> <ul><li><span style="font-size:14.66px"><span style="font-size:16px"><strong>Intelligence</strong></span><span style="font-size:16px"> was mentioned as an area that AI capability could really augment going forward. Intelligence is key to decision making and AI tools can be used to make more sense of vast data sets allowing for better evidence based decision making. As an example the cyber security sector relies on rapid, real time intelligence on the ever evolving online threat environment, where AI can provide opportunities for cyber professionals through a range of solutions to detect threats that might otherwise go unnoticed;</span></span></li> </ul><ul><li><span style="font-size:14.66px"><span style="font-size:16px"><strong>The human element</strong></span><span style="font-size:16px">: discussing the reputation of AI and Cyber technologies attendees discussed how AI might suffer because of the perceived threat to jobs. It was discussed that industry and perhaps techUK could play a role in highlighting that AI technologies will assist, not replace human decision making. For instance AI solutions might mean that monitoring systems or breaches could be done autonomously, only flagging key instances to humans thus allowing machines to do the most repetetive processing tasks whilst freeing up human capability and time to focus on the most important decisions;</span></span></li> </ul><ul><li><span style="font-size:14.66px"><span style="font-size:16px"><strong>Demystifying the reallity</strong></span><span style="font-size:16px">: hype curves in both sectors were discussed with lots of suggestions as to how the two sectors could compliment each other. The misconceptions about AI and cyber technologies are widespread, and do not match the reallity of the available technologies. Some attendees noted that we are only at the very early stages of development in this area and it would be helpful for an organisation like techUK to deconstruct the landscape and clear up the difference between </span></span><span style="background-color:transparent; color:rgb(34, 34, 34); font-size:16px">real life capability</span><span style="font-size:14.66px"><span style="font-size:16px">, potential and fantasy;</span></span></li> </ul><ul><li><span style="font-size:14.66px"><span style="font-size:16px"><strong>Skills gap</strong></span><span style="font-size:16px">: Cyber has a longstanding and large skills gap expected to rise to 2.5million unfilled roles globally by 2021, which attendees suggested could be aided by the introudction of AI technologies. For example in larger businesses AI solutions could enable teams to use less human resources by flagging only the most significant cyber issues to cyber professionals, whilst simultaneously using automated technologies like chatbots&nbsp; to help employees deal with low level issues; and</span></span></li> <li><span style="font-size:14.66px"><span style="font-size:16px">It was also suggested that interest in AI could drive interest in career pathways withing the cyber industry as another way of tackling the skills gap. However the digital sector as a whole, incuding AI, is not immune from these shortages. This is an area techUK continues to work on widely and already form large parts of the Cyber and AI programmes.</span></span></li> </ul><div style="margin-left:0px; margin-right:0px; text-align:left"><span style="font-size:14.66px"><span style="font-size:16px">techUK was delighted with the interest in this session and the fruitful discussion which confirmed that this is an area techUK should be active in. The AI and Cyber programmes will look to continue engagement on this area throughout 2018 and look to identify some areas where techUK can contribute most effectively, most likely in demystifying the landscape, building trust in the emerging technologies and bridging the skills gap.</span></span></div> <div style="margin-left:0px; margin-right:0px; text-align:left">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin-left:0px; margin-right:0px; text-align:left"><span style="background-color:transparent; color:rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size:16px">If you would like to hear more about this work or get more involved please do get in touch with the team.</span></div> <div style="margin-left:0px; margin-right:0px; text-align:left"><em>To read more from techUK AI Week,&nbsp;</em><a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF"><em>visit our landing page.</em></span></a></div>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> Government reports consider data privacy and cybersecurity challenges Wed, 25 Apr 2018 14:45:00 +0100 CRM Sync Guest blog: Ann LaFrance from Squire Patton Boggs outlines current UK Government responses to issues around cybersecurity. <p><img alt="" src="" style="float:left; height:267px; margin:5px; width:400px">In&nbsp;January 2018, the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) issued a report entitled &ldquo;Looking into the Crystal Ball&rdquo;, which considers cybersecurity issues in relation to emerging technologies including artificial intelligence (AI). As the role of ENISA is transforming, companies developing AI technology should be mindful of their policy stance on cybersecurity readiness. Meanwhile, the UK House of Lords has also released a report on AI with wide-ranging recommendations, including in relation to data privacy.</p> <p>ENISA currently acts as a "centre&nbsp;of expertise", utilizing ongoing research to inform European Community research initiatives, promoting best practice, and inputting into capacity building projects in the bloc. In September 2017, however, the European Commission proposed a Regulation that would expand the powers and budget of ENISA and rebrand it the &ldquo;EU Cybersecurity Agency.&rdquo; The proposal also envisages the creation of the first voluntary EU cybersecurity certification framework for ICT products, where ENISA would play an important role. The scope of ENISA&rsquo;s future role is therefore highly relevant to companies that are considering what steps they should take to address the cybersecurity issues related to the emergence of these new technologies.</p> <p>AI covers a wide range of applications that are not solely a collection of standalone algorithms, but rather an evolving landscape of interconnected software, hardware, data, devices, and communications. Therefore, the report notes that the risk of attacks on these systems and the ripple effects that cyber-breaches could cause are manifold. As AI must collect large swathes of data, including personal behavioral data, the risk of intrusion and disclosure is also greater. The ENISA notes that security-by-design, which prioritizes security in product development lifecycles, will allow for product adaptability in an ever-changing threat environment.</p> <p>While some reports have pointed to the fact that AI could enable new forms of cybercrime,&nbsp;others rightly highlight the fact that AI can be used as a tool for cybersecurity detection and prevention. AI is here to stay, so the question now is who will benefit from it the most. While there is little doubt that malicious actors will try to utilize such technology for their own purposes, and that is exactly why ever greater focus and investment needs to be made in AI to ensure the integrity of ICT systems. Apart from being able to more readily identify potential cybersecurity incidents and issue threat levels, AI will free up technology professionals to track new risks and identify innovative solutions.</p> <p>In the UK, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media &amp; Sports along with the UK&rsquo;s National Cyber Security Centre recently released a report on cybersecurity and connected devices entitled Secure by Design. The report contains a new Code of Practice to improve cybersecurity, outlines practical steps that manufacturers should take, and proposed a product labeling scheme so that consumers can judge a product&rsquo;s safety for themselves. This initiative is a key part of the UK Government&rsquo;s five-year &pound;1.9 billion National Cyber Security Strategy.</p> <p>The House of Lords' Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence has just released a report, "AI in the UK: ready, willing and able?" They point to the UK's strong position to be a world leader in the development of AI, while pointing to a number of recommendations for its fair adoption. One of the key recommendations that they recommend being part of an AI Code is that such technology should not be used to diminish the data rights or privacy. They note that "The ways in which data is gathered and accessed needs to change, so that everyone can have fair and reasonable access to data, while citizens and consumers can protect their privacy and personal agency," suggesting that ethics advisory boards and frameworks should be established to oversee this aspect of AI.</p> <p>These practical regulatory best practice measures, coupled with continued investment to build the UK&rsquo;s AI sector and expertise will be essential in ensuring that the UK is best placed to benefit from AI going forward.</p> <p><em>To read more from techUK AI Week,&nbsp;</em><a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF"><em>visit our landing page.</em></span></a></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Artificial Intelligence and the problem with privacy Wed, 25 Apr 2018 13:45:00 +0100 CRM Sync Guest blog: Ivana Bartoletti from Gemserv explains how GDPR, if properly enforced, can support organisations deploying AI with the appropriate governance. <p><img alt="" src="" style="float:left; height:443px; margin:5px; width:300px">Technology is changing our day-to-day lives and we should embrace this development. When it comes to AI, the issue is not innovation, or the pace of technological improvement. The real problem is its governance, the ethics underpinning it, the boundaries we give it and, within that, the roles for defining the solution to these problems.</p> <p>Now, when it comes to <strong>privacy</strong> &ndash; can we really teach AI technology to embrace data protection principles? We have seen over the past few weeks, with Facebook being a prime example, how privacy (or the lack of it) is a major issue and we must address it. With the General Data Protection Regulation coming into force in May, data breaches will become more and more expensive for organisations and AI needs to be able to adhere to the GDPR. Is this possible?</p> <p>Looking at some of the core principles that sit at the heart of the GDPR, there is clearly some scope for securing AI.</p> <p>Let&rsquo;s take the <strong>right to fairness</strong> as an example. This, as defined by the GDPR, requires all processing of personal information to be conducted with respect for the data subject&rsquo;s interests, and that the data be used in accordance with what he or she might reasonably expect. This principle also requires the data controller to implement measures to prevent the arbitrary discriminatory treatment of individual persons, and not to emphasise information that would lead to arbitrary discriminatory treatment. Now, if enforced, the GDPR could potentially lead to a review of the documentation underpinning the methods AI employ in the selection of data, an examination of how the algorithm was developed, and whether it was properly tested before it came into use. This is particularly important as one of the issues around AI is that it is based on data input by humans and (to varying degrees) humans&nbsp;present a natural bias which AI&nbsp;amplifies, an issue that was recently <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">explained in the Guardian</span></a>.</p> <p>Another key principle is <strong>data minimisation</strong>, which would force developers to consider how to enable AI to achieve a set objective in a way that is least invasive for the data subjects. This goes alongside the principle of <strong>purpose limitation</strong> which regulates that the data subject exercises control over his or her own personal information.</p> <p>The <strong>transparency in processing</strong> requirement as stipulated in the GDPR may prove more tricky to adhere to, as the advanced technology is often too complex to understand and explain. Similarly, black box learning* makes it practically impossible to explain how information is correlated and weighted in a specific process. Furthermore, commercial information may also be used, and this makes it harder to inform the data subject. However, enforcing the GDPR means organisations must adopt a pragmatic approach so that machines can meet this transparency principle. To that end, the legislation is very clear and potentially very effective, especially in relation to automated decision making.</p> <p>It was disappointing to see that the <strong>right to an explanation</strong>** did not make it into the GDPR itself. It is mentioned in the preface which is not binding and cannot of itself grant the right to an explanation. However, irrespective of that, the legislation does seem to suggest that the data controller must provide as much information as possible. The debate is open, and court cases will determine the extent of this. Pressure coming from the public will be crucial in shaping some of these decisions.</p> <p>What is good to see is that practical steps, focused on a privacy by design approach, can be implemented to ensure that AI meets the GDPR and ensures the right to privacy. Although the legislation does not go as far as it could, it is the first step we need on the road of defining the principles governing the machines that, some say, are governing us.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>*When rules are applied, AI does a lot of complex math. This math often can&rsquo;t be understood by humans, yet the system outputs useful information. When this happens, it&rsquo;s called black box learning. We don&rsquo;t really care how the computer arrived at the decision it&rsquo;s made, because we know what rules it used to get there.</p> <p>**The right of explanation refers to the right to know the algorithm underpinning a decision. It didn&rsquo;t make it into the GDPR in its original form.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>To read more from techUK AI Week,&nbsp;</em><a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF"><em>visit our landing page.</em></span></a></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK members invited to attend iStandUK Standards event Wed, 25 Apr 2018 13:01:51 +0100 CRM Sync The Government Digital Service (GDS) and iStandUK are running an event to showcase how APIs can be used across Government and Local Government as a part of a digital transformation to share data and services.  <p>The Government Digital Service (GDS) and iStandUK are running an event to showcase how APIs can be used across Government and Local Government as a part of a digital transformation to share data and services.&nbsp;</p> <p>The event will be at HMRC&rsquo;s offices in Shipley on the 17th May 2018 and is free for public sector and suppliers. You can find out more, and register for the event at <a href="">EventBrite.</a></p> <p>At the event, you will see practical examples from departments including NHS-Digital, HMRC, MHCLG, and DVLA, of the APIs that they have developed for use directly by the public, and to share data with Local Authorities.&nbsp;</p> <p>The event will highlight how GDS standards are guiding the design of API developments to bring consistency and re-use for themes such as authentication, security, documentation, service levels, geography and so on.</p> <p>APIs are set to become the means by which information is shared securely and legally, as we provide services to local people and places.&nbsp; This is an opportunity to hear and influence how they are being developed and to be API ready.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Cyber Security and AI - Opportunities and Challenges Wed, 25 Apr 2018 12:45:00 +0100 CRM Sync Guest blog: Gordon Morrison from Splunk explains the use of Machine Learning to cybersecurity teams. <p><img alt="" src="" style="float:left; height:300px; margin:5px; width:300px">As is well understood, cyber security teams are facing many challenges.&nbsp;</p> <p>Firstly there&rsquo;s a worldwide shortage in cyber skills - there are not enough people around to follow the security best practice of people, process &amp; technology.</p> <p>We also have more compliance mandates to deal with, such as GDPR, which&nbsp;are strengthening data privacy of even the most mature security organisations however, for those organisations starting to mature their security capabilities it&rsquo;s a big challenge and not all businesses have additional resources to support it.</p> <p>Security teams also have to keep up with the ever-increasing pace of business digitalisation. More technology is being deployed and IT teams have to manage more and more diverse devices to ensure security and often even safety. AI and more specifically, Machine Learning promises to address some of these challenges. AI is composed of different disciplines and Machine Learning is one of them. Machine data is produced by digital interactions within an Enterprise. By making this machine data centrally available and applying machine learning to it, we can radically transform an organisation's Cyber team.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>There are two approaches to Machine Learning:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h4>Approach 1 - Built-in machine learning</h4> <p>The first&nbsp;is to procure solutions to solve predefined cyber problems with machine learning capabilities built in. Those solutions are typically straightforward to deploy as a given set of pre-defined input is required to make the machine learning models work. An example of where this is used today via a built-in solution without needing data scientists is User Behavior Analytics. These solutions free up a security team by analysing machine data, correlating user and system activity with different algorithms and machine learning models, prioritising security alerts and creating anomalies based on all of them. It is also possible with Machine Learning to &lsquo;stitch&rsquo; an attack kill chain of different anomalies together to present a security analysts the full picture of a potential incident.&nbsp;Doing this manually can be very time consuming or expensive as highly skilled incident investigators need to be employed who already know what to look for.</p> <p>However, this is still a complex challenge. It requires specific data sources to work as well as others such as DHCP Information, DNS Data, Active Directory Information, Proxy and Network Traffic data. If one of the mandatory data sources is missing&nbsp;the full picture can&rsquo;t be created, and data dependencies will break. Crucially, through a subscription model data scientist teams can provide regular updates of new machine learning models to further tune baselining or enable the learning of new behavior patterns.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h4>Approach 2 - Machine learning toolkits</h4> <p>The other approach is for an organisation to hire and employ data scientists with a security background. These skills are rare, but security centric Data Scientists might be able to focus on specialist security use cases such as fraud or create their own customised machine learning solutions. Data Scientists need to innovate quickly. They need to capture data quickly to evaluate new developed models based on features they might want to validate. Most of their time (60%) is spent on data validation rather than testing and working on algorithms or new use cases to solve. By centralising all machine data in a machine data platform and utilising Machine Learning Toolkits data scientists can focus on delivering insights rather than less beneficial tasks such as collecting data, transforming it and finding out it&rsquo;s outdated or incomplete.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>So, where is Machine Learning best deployed? Today, machine learning is focused on the probability of an incident. It still requires human interaction to triage what action to take, confirm if it&rsquo;s a valid incident or give feedback to the engine if it was a false positive. To achieve this&nbsp;a certain security maturity has to exist and the basics need to be in place such as having a dedicated security team, a security operations process&nbsp; and a focus on the fundamentals such as getting enterprise patching right. However, once in place Machine Learning can serve to further empower an organisation&rsquo;s security team and give them time back to focus on other emerging security priorities utilising the human cyber resource where it&rsquo;s best used.</p> <p><em>To read more from techUK AI Week,&nbsp;</em><a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF"><em>visit our landing page.</em></span></a></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Housing Sector call for proposals on assisted living technology Wed, 25 Apr 2018 12:00:56 +0100 CRM Sync Market opportunity for techUK members to work with HACT and Housing Associations on assisted living technology solutions <p><a href="">HACT today launched a sector briefing paper on what the UK's housing sector ambitions are for new technology in 'retirement living housing' for older people and independent living services</a>. The sector wants technology providers to understand the outcomes providers of specialist housing aim to achieve, the profile of the demographic they serve, and the details of the operating environment they work in. This paper, launched at techUK, sets out all of these as a guide for a technology or solution provider to build a product or service that truly meets the sector&rsquo;s needs.</p> <p><strong>If you believe you have a solution to any of these challenges you can submit a proposal to HACT (and the Anchor,&nbsp;Curo Group, Hanover and Riverside Group&nbsp;Housing Associations).&nbsp;The best proposals will be invited to pitch at this year&rsquo;s CIH Housing 2018 conference (26-28 June) and more details are included in the paper.&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>The paper outlines the market opportunity, with over 460,000&nbsp;retirement living and extra care homes that provide a form of accommodation with additional support for older people. These homes are a range of properties from multi-dwelling units to clustered bungalows with most of the occupants over the age of 80.&nbsp;Currently the core technology that is deployed across these services is a pull cord alarm call system. This alarm system is designed to offer residents a way to call for help in case of an emergency and to check in with a scheme&rsquo;s support manager. For many residents this system functions as peace of mind or a fail.</p> <p>Key outcomes for the housing sector are:</p> <p>&bull;Prevent residents from going into residential care homes or hospital admission;</p> <p>&bull;Prevent social isolation and loneliness;</p> <p>&bull;Keep residents healthy and in their homes;</p> <p>&bull;Identify health conditions at an early stage;</p> <p>&bull;Encourage residents to be involved with planned activities and in the community;</p> <p>&bull;Enable residents to feel in control.</p> <p>Whilst there are barriers in the sector the Housing Associations involved believe that these can be overcome and most have some funding available to test, trial and invest in technology solutions.</p> <p>This is a great opportunity for a range of techUK companies to enter or re-engage with the housing sector. The slides below provide further context but if you have any question then please get in contact with <a href="">Matthew Evans</a></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Using AI to analyse users - promise or threat? Wed, 25 Apr 2018 11:45:00 +0100 CRM Sync Guest blog: Ewen Anderson from Capita lays out why analytics can offer much more than just compliance monitoring. <p><img alt="" src="" style="float:left; height:348px; margin:5px; width:300px">Few literary characters have had more exposure to the fluidity of &lsquo;truth&rsquo; than Winston Smith in <em>1984</em>. Central to the novel is that the collection of data about the citizen empowers the state to the disadvantage of the individual. At the time of writing the logistics of such an operation was not sustainable. Operatives would need to be nearly one on one to citizens to detect anomalous behaviour. Orwell would have written a very different novel today if he&rsquo;d known that AI could simultaneously monitor every aspect of citizens&rsquo; digital lives and judge what was, or was not, within acceptable parameters.</p> <p>This is increasingly the focus for many organisations faced with cyber threats. Zero-day attacks and user-triggered malware mean that conventional anti-virus solutions are not enough. Instead, complex telemetry and monitoring is used to judge whether user behaviour is normal, potentially threatening or actually compromised. Understanding and responding to user behaviour goes beyond simple geographical location and &lsquo;geo-fencing&rsquo;.&nbsp;It extends into data taxonomy, business context and role-based activities.</p> <h4>AI and big data - two digital disruptors</h4> <p>This is an area where AI and big data combine very effectively, providing real time analysis of a workforce&rsquo;s digital activity and automating defensive and preventative actions against attack or data loss. But is there an option to take the same data, combine it with business data, and use it for a much more positive purpose?</p> <p>The use of AI in medical profiling by organisations like Google and IBM has been well documented, but similar application to workforce productivity has been less well explored. Let&rsquo;s first consider the possibility of linking business and role-based data.&nbsp; If we can use AI to cross reference specific metrics and look for patterns, can we use this for business advantage? Specifically, can we consider costs, behaviours, engagement and outputs (or outcomes) to generate some notion of business value &ndash; and potentially of best practice?&nbsp;</p> <p>From a cost perspective we can allocate specific values to a particular role, based on average salary, resource usage (premises, software, services) and overheads.&nbsp; This gives us a cost-profile for the role.</p> <p>If we are delivering a digital workspace to the user we can use the in-built telemetry to analyse behaviour. This can be as simple as patterns of usage (times and locations) or more detailed analysis of interactions with application and data.&nbsp; This is an example of the use of the same data used to determine anomalous or potentially threatening behaviour.</p> <h4>Engagement and outcomes</h4> <p>Employee engagement is a major concern for most organisations, and measuring the extent to which an employee feels included, communicated with and valued requires regular, interactive communication and assessment.</p> <p>We need finally to consider how to measure output or outcomes. Clearly this varies by role, but ultimately we need to identify some metric by which the effectiveness and productivity of the role can be judged. Ideally this should include some added-value element rather than being simplistic or transactional.</p> <p>In the world of <em>1984</em>, analytics would be used to identify malcontents and despatch them to Room 101, but the opportunity here is to do something much more positive. If we can work back from identifying the most productive users, can we use AI to identify those behaviours (both direct and indirect) that are linked to effectiveness?</p> <p>Such analysis can identify the positive benefits of training, new ways of working or investment in new systems. It can also identify negative patterns of behaviour or user bias that prevent effectiveness.</p> <h4>Dangers and opportunities</h4> <p>This area has to be approached with caution, as there is always a temptation to use them for punitive purposes. But if the data can be suitably abstracted and anonymised, then we have the opportunity to provide very relevant and specific advice to all those in a particular role about how they can improve &ndash; and can accurately monitor that improvement. Finding an &lsquo;exemplar&rsquo; and sharing the positive impacts of their way of working is by far the best way of driving long-term behavioural change.&nbsp;</p> <p>Winston Smith was tormented by the equation 2+2=5, used to show that the state controlled &lsquo;truth&rsquo;, but in fact the ability to add business data to employee behaviour and performance data does just that &ndash; it creates a data set that can be readily analysed by AI, delivering a business value which is much more than the sum of its parts.</p> <p><em>To read more from techUK AI Week,&nbsp;</em><a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF"><em>visit our landing page.</em></span></a></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> techuk hosts US fintech sandbox delegation Wed, 25 Apr 2018 10:16:14 +0100 CRM Sync Legislators from Phoenix Arizona visited techUK to announce a new fintech sandbox <p>On 19 April techUK welcomed a delegation of visitors from Phoenix Arizona, here to tell UK fintech companies of opportunities for expansion into the US. The Phoenix legislature is going ahead with a plan to follow the lead of the UK's Financial Conduct Authority and allow fintech companies to develop thier solutions in a regulatory 'safe-space'.&nbsp;The State of Arizona&rsquo;s new&nbsp;<a href=";m=s_e6643d73-fb36-4018-9596-5caf0e905ec2&amp;u=e1jq4wvfdtfkggtj6rtmagj15n1kjha25mu4cgtq5mwkedtr5n0mcg9m61338gtg69142&amp;r2=d1u78w3k78qjyxvqewq62yk1cwq6evvp5xr74tbkecpq4tbccngq6t9fc5t6jykfdtgjurk5cdqputbk5nk6jwkkegpq6x31ehjjuxbk5nqpctk5e8ppcubeehjp6u1de9jpexbcc5u6ywkt5ntp2vk4c9qqg&amp;n=2">Regulatory Sandbox Programme</a>&nbsp;will provide&nbsp; the parameters and opportunities for companies to test their&nbsp;FS platform in the US for up to 24 months without obtaining a US licence or any other statutory authorisations.&nbsp;</p> <p>Throughout the day companies came for one-to-one session with&nbsp;&nbsp;in-country specialist teams from&nbsp;<a href="">Greater Phoenix Economic Council</a>,&nbsp;<a href="">techUK</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="">Department for International Trade</a>&nbsp;to map out a soft landing into the US West Coast market.&nbsp;</p> <p>Key areas that were covered included:</p> <ul><li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<strong>Financial Services / Cyber Security</strong>&nbsp;around the&nbsp;<a href="">new Arizona FinTech sandbox</a></li> <li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<strong>Access to GPEC&rsquo;s Accelerator programme</strong>&nbsp;&ndash; in terms of&nbsp;<a href="">grants, in-country support and location planning</a></li> <li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<strong>Access to US West Coast markets</strong>&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;<a href="">how GPEC can support expansion into the lucrative Californian marketplace</a></li> </ul><p>In the evening, a special event was held with the chief council at the Arizona Attorney General&rsquo;s Office, <a href=";m=s_e6643d73-fb36-4018-9596-5caf0e905ec2&amp;u=e1jq4wvfdtfkggtj6rtmagj15n1kjha25mu4cgtq5mwkedtr5n0mcg9m61338gtg69142&amp;r2=d1u78w3k78qjyxvqewq6rubeddjp8ube5thpyv9fd5q2yw31enp2uxv1ehnpjvkk5mu3cdht6nh3cbr&amp;n=3">Paul Watkins</a>,&nbsp;who described how exactly the sandbox would operate and how&nbsp;the legislative provisions would enable fintech companies to establish their offering in the state.</p> <p>The audience then heard from the&nbsp;Greater Phoenix Economic Council on the provision available to help companies set up in the city in terms of grants and support and the advantages of being located in a state that, while next door to Silicon Valley, beneifits from far lower costs in terms of office space, housing for staff and access to highly-skilled workforce.&nbsp;</p> <p>Further information on this initiative can be found <a href="">here.</a></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Using standards to make AI a success Wed, 25 Apr 2018 10:03:56 +0100 CRM Sync Guest blog: Maria Axente and Tim McGarr discuss the results of a BSI/PwC quantitative survey on the need for AI standards. <p><img alt="" src="" style="float:left; height:308px; margin:5px; width:307px">Over the last few weeks, the headlines have been dominated by the Facebook and Cambridge Analytica story. This has led to calls for regulations and standards to address not only data challenges but also algorithmic ones. With the upcoming Data Protection Bill and GDPR&nbsp;many of the concerns regarding the handling of personal data, key to the development of Artificial Intelligence (AI), may be addressed, but there is a need to&nbsp;update existing/develop new policy.</p> <p>With AI growing to be an emerging sector of strategic importance to the UK, standardisation and policy refresh is high in UK AI strategy. Last year the DCMS/BEIS initiated report &ldquo;Growing the artificial intelligence industry in the UK&rdquo; included an explicit mention of the need for standards that provide guidance on how to explain decisions and processes enabled by AI. The recent House of Lord Select Committee report on AI highlighted that the UK can be a global leader in AI given the right approach and collaboration between government and business. The report also stressed the need for regulation review and update in light of AI rapid adoptions. Policies and standards should be benchmarked and tracked against appropriate international comparators.&nbsp;</p> <p>It is important to mention that during the week of the 16th April, a <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">new international standards&nbsp;committee on AI</span></a> met for the first time and initially focussed on standards for AI Concepts and Terminology and Framework for AI Systems Using Machine Learning (ML). Other international standardisation will also come from this group.&nbsp;BSI has a committee feeding directly the &lsquo;UK view&rsquo; into this standardisation - for more information on this, contact <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">Emelie Bratt</span></a>.&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="" style="float:right; height:440px; margin:5px; width:300px">BSI has been actively engaging with the UK AI community, including workshops with NESTA and techUK, to get an understanding of the need for standards and to ensure the all relevant stakeholders are involved.&nbsp; BSI and PwC have partnered to run a run a quantitative survey on AI standardisation to ensure that the highest priority areas were being developed covering the right topics. In drafting the survey, we have worked with data scientists, AI experts and others to insure a balance approach. The survey was distributed among the diverse AI community in the UK and globally, with the view of contributing the results&nbsp;to standardisation that will occur at the international, European and UK levels.&nbsp;The full survey output will be made available in the future.&nbsp;</p> <p>The survey took place in March/April 2018 and had 64 responders from a range of industries and roles in AI.&nbsp; Interestingly, roughly a third of responders have been involved in AI for under a year and a third over 5 years, reflecting that AI is both a rapidly growing field, but also one that has maturity prior to the current wave of interest. &nbsp;The survey supported the need for standards. The expectation from the responders was that standardisation could aid some of the emerging issues around AI including aiding regulatory compliance (63% agreed), reducing unintentional bias (63%), improving privacy protection (62%) and AI governance (60%).</p> <p>The survey went into detail as to what standardisation is required in product labelling, software development and others.&nbsp; In terms of product labelling, 91% viewed having a description of AI software agent&rsquo;s intent as being important/very important and 89% recognising similar importance to the inclusion of notice that users are interacting with an autonomous software agent or subject to the decisions of a ML model.&nbsp; Both of these show the need for greater public awareness that they are dealing with agents and that akin to real world &lsquo;agents&rsquo; may have interests that are not aligned or divergent from the &lsquo;consumer&rsquo;.&nbsp; If such procedures do not become standard practice it could lead to a backlash against such approaches.&nbsp; The survey was the first set of activities aim to identify the standards and frameworks required for AI, with the next iteration investigating AI ethics.</p> <p>As AI is currently experiencing rapid growth with the great recognition of the benefits AI can bring to society, there is a strong debate about ensuring the challenges that come with AI are properly dealt with.&nbsp; These issues and others will be addressed by concerted action in standards and factors such as the work of bodies like techUK and new/evolving legislation. The participation of UK AI community with diverse participation from government, businesses, academia and civil society is crucial for those standards to be drafted and adopted. &nbsp;</p> <p>For further information please contact <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">Tim McGarr</span></a>&nbsp;or <a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">Maria Axente</span></a>.</p> <p><em>To read more from techUK AI Week,&nbsp;</em><a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF"><em>visit our landing page.</em></span></a></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> UN E-Commerce Week shows how UK role in trade must develop post-Brexit Wed, 25 Apr 2018 09:32:51 +0100 CRM Sync techUK's Giles Derrington talks about his experience at UNCTAD's E-Commerce week and what it means for post-Brexit trade. <p><img alt="" src="" style="float:left; height:300px; margin:5px; width:400px">With Brexit on the horizon, international forums such as the WTO, UN and OECD may come to have greater importance for the UK in our near future.&nbsp; Agreements such as the WTO&rsquo;s Information Technology Agreement, or UNESCO&rsquo;s work towards an Academic Mobility Convention will be vital in underpinning UK work at a global level.</p> <p>With this in mind, last week I headed to the United Nations Convention on Trade and Development&rsquo;s E-Commerce week, to take part in discussions around a range of issues facing new and emerging parts of the tech sector.&nbsp;</p> <p>The primary reason for my attendance was to participate in a panel on the future of platforms offering Business to Business (B2B) services.&nbsp; While e-commerce in goods is well established and well understood, services offers a whole new set of challenges, from how qualifications are recognised to the different service level expectations that individual buyers may have.</p> <p>This is something techUK has a role in helping develop, for example through the Cyber Exchange project run with the Cyber Growth Partnership, which helps both businesses and Government identify suppliers in cutting edge cyber security services.</p> <p>The panel included perspectives from two platforms offering services in the B2B market, IndiaMart and Global Rus Trade, who are a growing platform in Russia.&nbsp; What was clear from both is just how much time and effort it takes to create a directory of sellers who are willing to engage through platforms.&nbsp; It is striking how much of this work will continue to rely on building personal relationships and offering high quality traditional customer service support, be that through call centres or face to face networks.&nbsp; What that means for global scalability is that building the domestic market before seeking to go global is seen as far more important when seeking to facilitate the sale of services than it is in trade for goods. This is an important lesson for the UK as it seeks to develop its Global Britain agenda.</p> <p>The panel also echoed the view apparent throughout the conference, that international agreement and cooperation can be key to opening up markets.&nbsp; Engaging in developing these agreements will be an important part of the UK&rsquo;s trade work post-Brexit.&nbsp; However, doing so will require learning a whole new language of trade diplomacy that goes far beyond what has been needed while we have been part of EU institutions.&nbsp; The UK will have to recognise that consensus building at international level requires give and take and, most importantly, time.&nbsp; Even where rules may determine that the UK can make its own decisions (such as in placing our schedule of tariffs at WTO), the reality is that acting in a unilateral way can quickly burn important bridges.&nbsp; It is clear that our presence and participation in international forums will have to significantly increase post-Brexit if we are to continue to be seen as a thought leader, particularly in developing areas such as tech.<img alt="" src="" style="float:right; height:300px; margin:5px; width:300px"></p> <p>The conference also showed what many in the tech sector already know, that the UK cannot and should not assume that our position as a leader in tech will remain in perpetuity unless we continue to evolve and adapt.&nbsp; There is a huge amount of competition, including from emerging economies, where mobile connectivity has transformed internet usage, who are actively thinking about the role they can play in developing e-commerce.&nbsp; More established non-western economies, such as India, are outpacing the UK in key areas due to a large domestic market and significant in-country skills and expertise that allows for development at-scale.</p> <p>For the UK this means we need to be much more willing to focus on what we are truly good at and where we can have a competitive edge.&nbsp; One area where Government can help this development is in regulation.&nbsp; The UK is still seen as an exporter of sensible regulation, and in areas like FinTech other countries have looked to us for how to create high-quality frameworks that protect consumers while encouraging innovation.&nbsp; New Government initiatives, such as the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation and the Regulators&rsquo; Pioneers Fund have the capacity to develop gold-standard regulation in areas such as AI.</p> <p>Doing what we are good at also means Government being clearer about our national priorities for trade.&nbsp; When seeking a competitive edge, particularly in the negotiation of future trade deals, a broad-brush approach will not work.&nbsp; That is why techUK has pushed for Government to develop a clear, concrete trade policy, that seeks to identify what Government will prioritise in future negotiations and the domestic sectors it believes may need defending.&nbsp; This goes beyond simply identifying key markets. It requires developing a better understanding of what kind of economy the UK intends to be post-Brexit.</p> <p>These conversations are in their early stages, but are critical to ensuring that the UK emerges from Brexit ready and able to play a substantive role in global policy development.&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Machine learning to identify fraud Wed, 25 Apr 2018 09:16:49 +0100 CRM Sync Guest video: Taylor Vinters talk to Tom Flowerdew from Featurespace about how machine learning is being increasingly utilised to spot fraud. <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560"></iframe></p> <p><em>To read more from techUK AI Week,&nbsp;</em><a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF"><em>visit our landing page.</em></span></a></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Finding Your Perfect Local Government Tech Partner Wed, 25 Apr 2018 08:39:02 +0100 CRM Sync techUK hosted a partnering & networking event on 11 April to help grow the local govtech market <p>As part of techUK&rsquo;s series of events on growing the local government tech market and creating amore diverse digital eco-system, on 11 April we held a <a href="">speed-networking event</a> to bring together small and large companies to pitch, network and identify business partners with innovative solutions for transforming local public services, from new players to established companies within the local government tech market. &nbsp;</p> <p>It was a great opportunity for SMEs to pitch ideas to companies currently providing services to local government, and for large companies to expand the network of SMEs they work with to deliver services in local government.</p> <p><img alt="" src="" style="height:500px; width:700px"></p> <p>Before the pitches kicked off it was great to have Northgate PS and Accenture talk in more detail about their SME partnership opportunities; how they work with start-ups and their commitment to grow the local government eco-system. We were also delighted to welcome Councillor Niraj Dattani from Harrow Council who shared his view of local government transformation. Key points from his inspiring talk on how innovative the local government tech market is, included:</p> <ul><li>With continued financial constraints there is the pressure for councils to do things differently. Suppliers need to focus on the outcomes and opportunity/</li> <li>With the upcoming local government elections we will potentially see a change in Councillor profile.</li> <li>Suppliers can work with councils to show what the &lsquo;art of the possible is&rsquo; and work with the digital leads on how digital can be utilized across council services</li> </ul><p>Cllr Dattani said it was a good moment to get into the local government market and highlighted events such as this useful and a good opportunity to bring SMEs into the local government tech eco-system.</p> <p><img alt="" src="" style="height:480px; width:640px"></p> <p>If you attended the event please do share your thoughts using @techUK and #techUK</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Queen’s Award winners show strength of UK SME innovation culture Tue, 24 Apr 2018 16:59:15 +0100 CRM Sync Informed Solutions’ Global CEO Elizabeth Vega explains what winning the Queens Award for Enterprise and Innovation means to her company and why it’s great for the UK as a whole <p>A few corks were popped at the weekend and whoops of delight could be heard across the UK and Australia, as the Informed Solutions team celebrated their Queen&rsquo;s Award for Innovation. &nbsp;As the only tech company in the North West region to win the Innovation Award, we&rsquo;re very proud and grateful that the positive impact of our work has been recognised.</p> <p><img alt="" src="" style="height:607px; width:630px"></p> <p>The Queen&rsquo;s Award for Enterprise is the UK&rsquo;s most prestigious acknowledgement of a business&rsquo; contribution to industry, employment and economic success.&nbsp; For our people, it is especially satisfying because this Award is a vote of confidence in the diverse, creative, problem-solving workplace culture we&rsquo;ve grown over the last 25-years.&nbsp;Innovation has always been at the heart of everything we do and encouragingly this is increasingly the case for UK PLC.</p> <p>KPMG&rsquo;s recent 2018 Global Technology Innovation Report ranked the UK as the third most promising market for innovation, digital disruption and technology breakthroughs with global impact. &nbsp;In the last year alone, record levels of investment have poured into the UK equating to more than the combined investment seen in Germany, France, Spain and Ireland. &nbsp;It is clear that in creating a welcoming and supportive environment for entrepreneurship, innovation and investment, the UK is encouraging SMEs and scale-up businesses to be more ambitious.</p> <p>In many respects, Informed Solutions&rsquo; innovation and business growth story reflects this UK success story. &nbsp;We&rsquo;ve leveraged the UK&rsquo;s place as a top Digital 5 nation and its appetite to invest in technology innovation and digital leadership.&nbsp; Like many UK businesses, we survived the 2008 global recession but emerged quite battered and bruised.&nbsp; Our response was to question everything that our business did and how we did it, and the result was that we developed a modern operating model that is agile and better able to respond to uncertain market conditions and evolving opportunities.&nbsp; The Company invested substantially in building up core skills, capabilities and a global digital collaboration and service delivery platform, through a succession of R&amp;D and business improvement initiatives that addressed opportunities and challenges ahead.&nbsp;</p> <p>As a result we&rsquo;ve developed deep expertise in location intelligence, cyber security and service resilience, whole-of-enterprise digital platforms, and designing complex online services that provide an exceptional user experience.&nbsp; This enables us to deliver secure and resilient public and private sector solutions that serve highly sensitive or mission critical environments.&nbsp; The restructure matured our business, laid the foundations for scaling up the company, and started in earnest our journey towards winning the 2018 Queens Award for Innovation.</p> <p>Some examples of our innovation and business transformation work that helped the Company win the Queens Award for Innovation include making it easier for innocent victims of violent crime and acts of terrorism to obtain compensation; facilitating British citizens abroad having their identity authenticated and key documents legalised (e.g. birth certificates and professional qualifications) through a secure online global service; as well as analysing and mapping crime incidents to support policing services with insights to help make public transport safer.</p> <p>The success we&rsquo;re having in the UK is also starting to be reflected globally, with exports to other countries.&nbsp; We now have offices in Australia, where we are making strategic business and investment commitments. &nbsp;These investments in the Australian market resulted in three NSW iAwards for innovation in 2017 and earlier this year a further Australian ICT Benchmark Award for Innovation, resulting from our partnership with New South Wales Government on a pioneering environmental data portal.&nbsp; Most recently, with the support of techUK, we were recognised with WITSA&rsquo;s Global ICT Excellence Award in India.</p> <p>Julian David, techUK&rsquo;s CEO offered his congratulations: <em>&ldquo;Informed Solutions has made great strides in delivering innovative technology, particularly in public sector transformation. The Manchester-based company has gone from strength-to-strength with operations now extending across the globe into Australia. &nbsp;We&rsquo;re delighted to see them add the Queen&rsquo;s Award for Innovation to its list of accomplishments, including global recognition at the Global IT Excellence Awards at the World IT Congress in India.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>For Informed Solutions and the other Queen&rsquo;s Award for Enterprise winners, the Award is an independent and rigorously vetted way of proving that we do what we say we can.&nbsp; As an SME that competes for large scale and complex projects, we face the typical prejudices that prevent us winning contracts when competing with large incumbent suppliers.&nbsp; This Award bears testimony to our capability and proven track record of delivering high-level digital innovation and transformational improvements.</p> <p>Looking at the list of 2018 Queen&rsquo;s Awards winners, it&rsquo;s especially encouraging to see other high achieving SMEs recognised.&nbsp; &nbsp;In the UK, there has been a growing realisation that SMEs are the backbone of the economy and need to be supported to scale-up and export.&nbsp; The Queens Award for Enterprise levels the playing field for SMEs, providing further recognition that the risk-taking, huge personal commitment and investment that entrepreneurs make in growing a successful business also benefits skills development, local communities and the wider economy.</p> <p>A report from Digital Catapult argues that digital technology has the potential to yield an extra &pound;55billion for the UK economy by 2020 and is a key enabler of future economic growth.&nbsp;Informed Solutions is delighted to be a small part of that UK success.&nbsp; It means a lot to us, so all of our people will be celebrating our Queen&rsquo;s Award for Innovation with pride and sincere appreciation.&nbsp; We are very grateful that the UK recognises the hard work, thoughtful risk-taking, creativity and contribution to the economy of SMEs like us.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK members awarded Queen's Awards for Enterprise Tue, 24 Apr 2018 16:08:45 +0100 CRM Sync Informed Solutions, BJSS, Brother and tlmNEXUS all honoured Queen’s Awards for Enterprise in what is Her Majesty’s 90th birthday year <p>Over 240 British businesses have been recognised for enterprise excellence as part of&nbsp;the Queen&rsquo;s Awards for Enterprise in what is Her Majesty&rsquo;s 90th birthday year. Amongst those honoured are&nbsp;techUK members, <a href="">Informed Solutions</a> (Innovation), <a href="">BJSS</a> (Innovation) <a href="">Brother</a> (Sustainable Development) and <a href="">tlmNEXUS</a> (Innovation) which have all received Queen&rsquo;s Awards for Enterprise.</p> <p>The Queen&rsquo;s Awards for Enterprise are awarded to businesses for outstanding achievement in International Trade, Innovation, Sustainable Development and for promoting opportunity through social mobility. The Innovation category awards companies that go above and beyond in their area of expertise, and is designed for those offering a unique innovation, which has been available to the market for a minimum of two years. The Sustainable Development award is given to companies show outstanding and continuous business results as a result of practices in that area. &nbsp;</p> <div class="page-header">Commenting on the awards Julian David, CEO of techUK added: &ldquo;We congratulate all the winners of this year&rsquo;s Queen&rsquo;s Awards and the contributions they have made to the continued success of our economy. We are also incredibly proud to see our members featured on this list.</div> <p>&ldquo;The fact that these companies are based across the UK is also a testament to the fact that innovation is not just in one location in the UK and that the arms of the UK&rsquo;s digital economy stretch across the entire country. All these companies are role models and the UK Government must continue to support the development of innovation centres across the UK."</p> <p>Details on&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">how to apply for the 2019 round can be found here</a>. The closing date for 2019 applications is 14 September 2018.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> AI4Gov: great opportunity, great responsibility Tue, 24 Apr 2018 15:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync Guest blog: Matthew Robinson from Accenture cautions that although AI is contributing much to the Public Sector, we must also account for potential risks. <p><img style="float: left; height: 267px; margin: 5px; width: 400px;" src="" alt="">Artificial intelligence (AI) holds huge potential for the public sector&mdash;whichever hat we wear. Taxpayers can expect better value for money through higher efficiency and quality in government administration: the advent of &ldquo;good bureaucracy&rdquo;. Public servants may see routine (dare we say boring?) work give way to more interesting and varied activity supporting exceptional or complex cases and shaping new ways of doing things. Users of public services can imagine not only a world without forms to complete, but also meaningful change: faster and more reliable NHS test results, an education system that&rsquo;s increasingly tailored to individual students, and a care system enhanced by robotic exoskeletons and <a href=""><span style="color: #0000ff;">natural-language interfaces</span></a>. And as citizens, we can be optimistic of upgrades to what we expect of life in a modern society&nbsp;including our security on the internet, how much we trust providers of goods and services, how fast the economy can grow, and our safety on the roads.</p> <p>Ambition is certainly needed if we&rsquo;re to secure gains like these. But we also have to design solutions to the technology&rsquo;s potential risks. As roles change in the workplace, how do we ensure more jobs are created than lost? For people whose jobs may disappear, how can we equally use technology to help? Perhaps employee data can uncover hidden skills, immersive simulation can scale and accelerate retraining, and virtual reality/augmented reality can take the new jobs to the worst affected regions. When software takes on an existing process, how can we ensure it doesn&rsquo;t replicate&mdash;and then pursue with brilliance&mdash;unconscious human bias that may already be baked in? And when AI tackles a new problem, we need to ensure the data we give it doesn&rsquo;t lead to a biased or discriminatory or unpalatable outcome. In any case, how do we ensure officials will be able to explain how a machine came to its decision: in other words, how the &ldquo;black box&rdquo; works? When we&rsquo;re programming systems like driverless trucks to fail safe... safe for whom, exactly? How do we ensure that everyone, not just those with deep pockets, can benefit from AI&rsquo;s potential? And are there some personal interactions that should remain sacredly human? (Though there is evidence that palliative care patients can find it <a href=""><span style="color: #0000ff;">easier to talk to a machine</span></a>.)</p> <p>Lots of good work is under way, not least as the UK&rsquo;s institutional framework for AI ethics, investment and policy takes shape. Businesses are committing to responsible AI and thinking in an increasingly structured way about the consequences of their technology investments. Groups like techUK and the <a href=""><span style="color: #0000ff;">Partnership on AI </span></a>are important parts of this ecosystem. As far as the UK public sector is concerned, to help its leaders get to grips with navigating the potential of AI and other emerging technology, Accenture has been co-hosting a series of roundtables in London under the banner &ldquo;Inclusive Workforce and Responsible Technology&rdquo;. They&rsquo;re free and open to all officials &ndash; including digital, operations, policy and HR professionals &ndash; from across the public sector, and we try to bring in a wide range of external experts. Researchers from the Alan Turing Institute and the Royal Society of Arts helped frame our discussion on 'The ethics of AI &amp; automation,' while colleagues from CIPD and Nesta helped answer the question 'What skills will we need in the new machine age?' We&rsquo;re currently planning the next couple of sessions. There are lots of questions to cover, including:</p> <ul><li>What should a flourishing society look like in a world of AI?</li> <li>How can we ensure AI is designed responsibly and inclusively?</li> <li>What does public-sector technology governance look like in a world where AI is owned by a small number of global platforms?</li> <li>How should AI pilots be run?</li> <li>What are the implications of AI for the organisational design of government?</li> </ul><p>To suggest ideas for a future roundtable, or to register your interest in coming along as a participant or an expert contributor, <a href=""><span style="color: #0000ff;">drop me a line</span></a>.</p> <p><em>To read more from techUK AI Week,&nbsp;</em><a href=""><em><span style="color: #0000ff;">visit our landing page</span>.</em></a></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> IoTUK Nation Database Launches Tue, 24 Apr 2018 14:12:17 +0100 CRM Sync 2018 database provides a snapshot of IoT activity in the UK <p>IoTUK have published their<a href=""> 2018 Nation Database</a> which provides a snapshot of IoT activity across the UK. The database and visualisation of the data demonstrates&nbsp;the sectors that the 1020 IoT businesses included in the data are in, where they are located, when they were founded, revenue and size of the organisations. Collated from open data and web data, the database, whilst not completely comprehensive, is the most complete picture of IoT activity in the UK.&nbsp;</p> <p>The data base tracks the sectors that companies are primarily interested in;</p> <p><img alt="" src="" style="float:left; height:438px; margin:5px; width:500px"></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>techUK has long supported the IoTUK programme and is pleased to see that it is continuing to showcase the IoT projects that are happening in the UK. Understandably IoT is not accounted for under normal ONS data collection methods which means that it is harder to discern the level of activity in the UK. This database, which is underestimates activity, provides a firm data point around which to gather further evidence - and also helps to demonstrate the distributed nature of IoT activity across the UK.&nbsp;</p> <p>For more information on techUK's IoT Programme please contact&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Council of the Future: Is there a role for AI? Tue, 24 Apr 2018 14:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync Georgia Maratheftis, techUK Local Government Programme Manager, discusses some of the ways AI supports, not replaces, people working at Local Councils. <p><img style="float: right; height: 247px; margin: 5px; width: 400px;" src="" alt="">A familiar and well-rehearsed narrative for local government is that it is increasingly fragmented and hard to navigate. While this is true, local government is unique in the number of lines of business it operates from zoo licenses to waste congestion! Furthermore, managing demand and rising expectations at a continued time of financial constraints is no easy feat, and as such councils are embracing and seeing digital as an enabler to doing things differently to deliver more efficient services and improve outcomes for citizens.</p> <p>Even though artificial intelligence (AI) is still a rather nascent market for public sector, local government is leading the way in its adoption and understanding its value in transforming services for citizens and reimagining service. Enfield Council introduced an AI-based chatbot to simplify internal processes and help residents complete standard applications. <a href=""><span style="color: #0000ff;">Aylesbury Vale District Council has also turned to AI</span></a> to boost customer service. It has introduced a service that learns from previous council residents&rsquo; conversations and can improve council response time to resident queries on services, such as council tax, benefit and bin collection.</p> <p>The more progressive councils will see AI technology as an opportunity to reimagine how future services can be delivered as well as gain value in:</p> <ul><li>Reducing demand on services</li> <li>Improving efficiencies</li> <li>Enhancing the customer experience</li> <li>Driving better decision making from data insights</li> </ul><p>AI can help reduce demand, meet rising citizen expectations whilst also freeing up employees time to focus on other key areas. It&rsquo;s not the case of AI technology displacing a team or service but complementing it to truly be user-centric. We live in a more digitised society and citizens will expect to interact with their local public services as they do in their social lives. Chatbots, for example, can help provide a good customer experience by enabling citizens to engage with a local public service out of hours.</p> <p>AI can also enable a more data-driven council and make services more predictive. Hackney Council, for example, has launched the <a href=""><span style="color: #0000ff;">Early Help Predictive System</span></a> that uses artificial intelligence to identify families that may benefit from extra support from the government. Its goal is to provide support to families that need them as early as possible to prevent the need for high-cost and high-risk services later on.</p> <p>While the pace of change maybe slightly slower in public sector, it is definitely an exciting time in local government digital transformation. The question is how do we now move from the proof of concepts to scaling up the use of AI? A sentiment recognised in the recent <a href=""><span style="color: #0000ff;">Smart London Plan</span></a>,&nbsp;which articulated the ambition of &nbsp;how London can become be the global home to artificial intelligence to make London a better place to live&nbsp; and for the improvement of citizen-centric city services.</p> <p>As outlined above AI has plenty of benefits for the workplace and citizens alike. It&rsquo;s not about adopting the latest shiny toy but helping solve a problem and improving the lives of citizens; and AI can have an enabling role in achieving this for local government today and for the &lsquo;council of the future.&rsquo;</p> <h3>Get Involved!</h3> <p>While this piece recognises the AI opportunities there are still a number of obstacles to overcome to realise the full value of AI implementation, and as such techUK will be hosting a roundtable on 07 June with AI leaders across industry and local government to help move the discussion forward. If you would like to get involved, please contact either Georgina Maratheftis or Sue Daley.</p> <h3>The art of the possible</h3> <p>If you&rsquo;re a council looking at the opportunities of AI and wanting to explore the &lsquo;art of the possible&rsquo; then do get in touch! We can convene the breadth and depth of the market to workshop through ideas as well as inform you of the latest tech innovations in this space.</p> <p>Last year we also&nbsp;ran a <a href=""><span style="color: #0000ff;">&lsquo;council of the future&rsquo; campaign week</span></a> which includes a number of guest blogs from tech companies and councils imagining how emerging tech, such as AI, can re-imagine local public services and improve citizen outcomes.</p> <p><em>To read more from techUK AI Week,&nbsp;</em><a href=""><span style="color: #0000ff;"><em>visit our landing page.</em></span></a></p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> Can humans and machines get along to drive transport forward? Tue, 24 Apr 2018 12:45:00 +0100 CRM Sync Guest blog: Daren Wood from Resonate explains the potential of AI to enhance transport systems. <p><img style="float: left; height: 225px; margin: 5px; width: 300px;" src="" alt="">AI has historically received some negative and melodramatic publicity surrounding its ability to displace people from their jobs and quite literally assume a life of its own. In some areas of industry though, there is significant potential for AI to support and enhance human capabilities by working harmoniously. Keeping transport networks moving by&nbsp;combining big and messy decision making with big and messy data sets&nbsp;is a great opportunity for collaboration between human and artificial intelligences.</p> <p>Over the next decade, we&rsquo;ll see an increasing amount of instrumentation across transport networks, providing a comprehensive digital portrait of the assets that make up a complex delivery system.&nbsp;This will enable the capability for powerful predictions about the status and availability of all the components, from the condition of vehicles and infrastructure to the build-up of crowds at stations.&nbsp; All of this will enable greater reliability of the network&rsquo;s components, and provide earlier opportunities to take preventative action when necessary.</p> <p>Operating a transport network is about keeping on top of a large number of moving parts, while continually responding and adjusting the plan to ensure people and goods flow efficiently. For anybody working in the operations centres of a busy transport network, one of the biggest challenges is finding the opportunity to learn.&nbsp;Most&nbsp; working time is spent dealing with current and present issues, with little time available to review, practise and share experiences with colleagues.&nbsp;It&rsquo;s like a football team that only ever plays competitive matches, with no time for training or access to the analysts collecting data on every move and touch of the ball.&nbsp;</p> <p>What if we could bring a twelfth player on during game time, whose only role was to watch, learn and speak up when warning signs were present?&nbsp; Here&rsquo;s where the AI transport operator bot can extend the capabilities of the human team.&nbsp; The advantages held by AI are based around having a long, high resolution and perfect memory, able to see all movements across wide geographic networks; a memory that is based not just on personal experiences, but across all shift patterns and staff rosters.&nbsp; It can analyse objectively, detect patterns and process large amounts of data in real time without ever getting tired, ill or distracted.&nbsp; And if it is doing OK, replicate and repeat.</p> <p>However powerful the machine, the decision maker has a number of challenges that remain hard for technology to reach. For instance:&nbsp;</p> <ul><li>Every day feels different: the weather, the demand, the things that go wrong</li> <li>24/7 shift work</li> <li>A dynamic mix of the controlled and uncontrolled, known and unknown</li> <li>Expensive, limited infrastructure</li> <li>Commercial models and performance models that can be complex, contradictory and conflicting</li> <li>Limited opportunity for learning</li> <li>Mixed generation technologies, some decades old, with limited inter-generational comms</li> <li>Hard to reach, remote regions</li> <li>Incomplete and inaccessible data</li> </ul><p>Humans are good at negotiating, working through compromises and taking decisions in the moment where there&rsquo;s an incomplete or imperfect picture. Side by side, the human operator is greatly enhanced by AI, providing the longer term memory, objective analysis and early warning of trouble emerging from the patterns in complex data sets.</p> <p>Predicting the evolution of artificial intelligence is hard and can fall anywhere between cautioning against false hope and visualising the end of human kind.&nbsp;In the meantime, there&rsquo;s a great opportunity to align human and machine intelligence learning and development, as well as to organise all the moving parts of the system to deliver more reliable, value for money, transport networks.</p> <p><em>To read more from techUK AI Week,&nbsp;</em><a href=""><span style="color: #0000ff;"><em>visit our landing page.</em></span></a></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> You and AI: the importance of public dialogue Tue, 24 Apr 2018 11:45:00 +0100 CRM Sync Guest blog: Jessica Montgomery discusses the results of Royal Society inquiries into public opinion on AI and Machine Learning. <p><img style="float: left; height: 197px; margin: 5px; width: 263px;" src="" alt="">AI Week has been creating spaces for the tech sector to debate how UK organisations and society to take advantage of the opportunities offered by AI. But what do the public think about how, where, and why we should be using AI?</p> <p>Continued public confidence in the systems that deploy machine learning is one of the factors that will be central to the success of AI technologies, and to realising the benefits that they promise across sectors and applications.</p> <p>Extensive <a href=";utm_medium=redirect&amp;utm_campaign=machine-learning"><span style="color: #0000ff;">public dialogues</span></a> carried out by The Royal Society in 2016 and 2017 show that awareness of AI technologies is low &ndash; only 9% of those surveyed had heard the term &lsquo;machine learning&rsquo;, and only 3% felt that they knew a great deal or fair amount about it. However, awareness of their applications is higher: 76% of respondents had heard of computers that can recognise speech and answer questions &ndash; this was the most frequently-recognised application.</p> <p>These dialogues also showed that attitudes to machine learning itself were largely neutral. Members of the public who took part in these dialogues were more interested in:</p> <ul><li>Why is the technology being used?</li> <li>Who would benefit from its use?</li> <li>How necessary is it to use machine learning (compared to other methods)?</li> </ul><p>They saw the most to be gained where machine learning could be used to augment human abilities, or do things humans cannot, for example providing advanced analysis.</p> <p>At their core, these dialogue exercises showed that the public do not have a single view on machine learning. Attitudes towards this technology &ndash; whether positive or negative &ndash; depend on the circumstances or application in which it is being used.</p> <p>As AI technologies are put to use in a growing range of contexts or applications, continuing engagement between researchers, policymakers, and the public will be important in helping to create an environment of careful stewardship, and to ensure that the benefits of AI are shared across society.</p> <p>So, building on the work starting in our <a href=";utm_medium=redirect&amp;utm_campaign=machine-learning"><span style="color: #0000ff;">Machine Learning project</span></a>, The Royal Society will be creating further spaces for public dialogue about AI, with the aim of supporting a well-founded public debate about how AI will affect our lives.</p> <p>For example, we recently announced our You and AI series &ndash; a landmark programme of public events, which will create opportunities for leading scientists and entrepreneurs to talk with the public about the frontiers of AI, and its implications for society. We&rsquo;ll be launching on <a href=""><span style="color: #0000ff;">30 April</span></a>, with Demis Hassabis from DeepMind discussing the development and future of AI, then on <a href=""><span style="color: #0000ff;">3 May</span></a> experts from Microsoft, Apple, and the Universities of Oxford and Bristol will be exploring the application of AI across sectors.</p> <p>These events are the start of a broader programme, which will take place throughout 2018. If you would like further information, check out <a href=""><span style="color: #0000ff;">our website</span></a>.</p> <p><em>To read more from techUK AI Week,&nbsp;</em><a href=""><em><span style="color: #0000ff;">visit our landing page.</span></em></a></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> AI improves service to Aylesbury Vale residents Tue, 24 Apr 2018 10:30:00 +0100 CRM Sync Guest content: DigitalGenius shows us how AI can be used in a local setting in this video. <p><iframe src="" width="640" height="360" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p><a href="">Aylesbury Vale District Council Works With DigitalGenius to Boost Customer Service</a> from <a href="">DigitalGenius</a> on <a href="">Vimeo</a>.</p> <p>As part of its Connected Knowledge programme, Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC) has implemented DigitalGenius in Salesforce Service Cloud to bring Artificial Intelligence (AI) to its customer service operation. The DigitalGenius AI solution learned from previous council residents'&nbsp;conversations and is already improving council residents' response time to queries around services such as council tax, benefit and bin collection. In an endeavour to reduce the amount of time residents have to wait for their questions to be answered, with the help of DigitalGenius, residents services team members now respond to enquiries within three to five minutes, compared to eight minutes before the DigitalGenius implementation and the system is learning from every interaction.</p> <p><em>To read more from techUK AI Week,&nbsp;<a href=""><span style="color: #0000ff;">visit our landing page.</span></a></em></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Don't waste your intelligence! Tue, 24 Apr 2018 09:10:34 +0100 CRM Sync Guest blog: Peter Ford from Pegasystems Ltd explains how AI can help to efficiently engage citizens and businesses alike. <p><img style="float: left; height: 450px; margin: 5px; width: 300px;" src="" alt="">This rings true for me, as it was a regular lament from my mother in my early years!</p> <p>Having spent 25 years as a public servant and almost 13 years in the private sector as a supplier to governments across the world, the same challenges persist today as they always have: how to engage constituents &ndash; both citizens and businesses &ndash; to deliver the correct outcomes and do so as efficiently as possible.</p> <p>Artificial intelligence (AI) is at the heart of both ambitions. Firstly, it offers the ability to automate repetitive tasks that humans either can&rsquo;t do or can&rsquo;t do very fast.&nbsp; Additionally, the ability to translate complex legislation and policy into automated processes that better inform human decisions can help deliver consistent repeatable outcomes. Think of that in context of welfare payment or tax collection where error (and fraud) take billions out of the public purse annually. Constituents need consistent treatment irrespective of the service agent they are interacting with.</p> <p>AI isn&rsquo;t some magical technology that&rsquo;s coming in a future release. AI has been with us for many years, but only in the last decade has the door truly opened to its practical application. This is partly due to the abundance of usable data available today, but also changing constituent expectations.</p> <p>I will not dwell on data as there are numerous articles highlighting the need for standards, privacy and sharing. The adage &lsquo;garbage in garbage out&rsquo; still resonates, and quality and relevance remain significant issues. The key point, though, is that data based on rules and logic utilising powerful AI is available to make better informed decisions that ultimately deliver better constituent interactions. &nbsp;Proactive government for key life events is a realistic opportunity that should be driven by automation and intelligence provided by technology.</p> <p>There are two types of artificial intelligence:</p> <ul><li>Mechanistic, such as rules engines, intelligent business process management, robotic process automation and chat bots. These technologies help with automation and make things more efficient.</li> <li>Advanced intelligence, such as machine learning including image recognition, numeric prediction, and probability assessment leading to predictive recommendations, scores and suggested actions. &nbsp;This delivers the consistency of experience and outcomes citizens expect.</li> </ul><p>Whilst automation is often the imperative due to shrinking budgets, advanced intelligence is probably the single most valuable use of AI today. It is the decision-making layer, containing institutional memory and following the &lsquo;rules of the game&rsquo; (or policy) for the service provided. AI in this context is only effective if these rules are monitored and fine-tuned by humans to ensure the right outcomes are achieved. It needs to be transparent, so decisions and recommendations can be easily traced back to their logic and justification.&nbsp;I like to think about AI operating in two modes:</p> <ul><li>Independently, with outcomes monitored by its creators and adjustments made according to those required,</li> <li>As an adjunct intelligence to public servants, guiding and assisting them to achieve better action paths and outcomes using predictive intelligence.</li> </ul><h4>This all sounds fine and dandy, but how on earth do you get started?</h4> <p>Be practical and think about the outcomes you want to achieve, the types of constituent journey required and whether your support agents are equipped with guided intelligence to deliver the right experience and outcomes. Work back from this by starting small after thinking big. Prioritise. Look to automate mundane constituent service tasks using chatbots or robotic automation.</p> <p>Artificial intelligence can play a vital role in your digital transformation, automation and customer engagement, so make use of it now!</p> <p><em>To read more from techUK AI Week,&nbsp;</em><a href=""><span style="color: #0000ff;"><em>visit our landing page.</em></span></a></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK at London Tech Week Tue, 24 Apr 2018 07:53:25 +0100 CRM Sync techUK is proud to be an official strategic partner of London Tech Week 2018, with over 300 events showcasing the best of tech and driving change across the iconic city of London. <p><a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="" style="height:323px; width:750px"></a></p> <h3>&nbsp;</h3> <h3><span style="color:#ec008c">The iconic city of London becomes the back drop for a week long festival of tech and innovation once again this June. </span></h3> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Bringing together 55,000 attendees to enjoy the hundreds of crowd-sourced and anchor events taking place across the city, London Tech Week 2018 promises to be the boldest festival yet.<span style="color:# ec008c"> </span><a href="" target="_blank"><span style="color:# ec008c">Visit the website here</span></a><span style="color:# ec008c">.</span></p> <p>The festival provides a buzzing platform to network and celebrate with the best in tech, converging the London tech scene with International tech enthusiasts to create numerous business opportunities for everyone involved. Whatever your business you&rsquo;ll find something to suit you. Read on to learn more about techUK's involvement:</p> <hr><h3><a href="" target="_blank">LeadersIn Tech Summit</a>&nbsp;</h3> <p><strong>Monday 11 &ndash;&nbsp;Tuesday 12 June, Iconic News Building, London Bridge</strong></p> <p><br> The LeadersIn Tech Summit returns for 2018 as the headline event of London Tech Week.&nbsp;</p> <p>The summit delves into the macro issues impacting the whole ecosystem, from policy, to barriers to growth, to disruptive technologies changing the way we do business. This year&rsquo;s focus is around &lsquo;collaborate to flourish faster&rsquo;, looking at how Scale-ups and tech giants come together to create a thriving tech ecosystem. Take a look at the <a href="" target="_blank">C-level speakers</a> from WPP, Google, Facebook, Sainsbury&rsquo;s, Microsoft and SNAP inc and <a href="" target="_blank">view the full agenda here</a>.<br> &nbsp;<br><strong>techUK at LeadersIn Tech Summit - Data is the new Currency &ndash; Tuesday 12&nbsp;June @ 09.30</strong><br><a href="" target="_blank">techUK President Jacqueline de Rojas</a> leads a panel discussion on data as the new currency. <a href="" target="_blank">See agenda and book your tickets here</a>.<br> &nbsp;<br><strong>techUK member offer:</strong><br> If you are a scale up organisation (greater than 20 per cent growth per annum over a three-year period) you could be eligible for over <strong>50% off a full price pass</strong>. Email <a href=""></a> for more information.<br> &nbsp;</p> <hr><h3><a href="" target="_blank">TechXLR8</a></h3> <p><strong>Tuesday 12 June&nbsp;&ndash; Thursday 14&nbsp;June, London Excel</strong></p> <p>techUK is an event partner for Project Kairos, London Tech Week's flagship startup event.&nbsp;Connect your startup with industry and investment at the heart of London's technology scene.</p> <p>techUK will be speaking at TechXLR8 in the following sessions. Speakers and sessions to be confirmed:<br> &middot;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;5G World<br> &middot;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;IoT World<br> &middot;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Connected Car.<br> &nbsp;<br><strong>TechXLR8 Inclusivity Event </strong>-&nbsp;<br><a href="" target="_blank">techUK President Jacqueline de Rojas</a> will chair a session with The Girl Guides on Wednesday&nbsp;13 June at LTW TechXLR8 Inclusivity event.#</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <hr><h3><a href="" target="_blank">techUK International Trade Event -&nbsp;Selling into the Public Sector</a></h3> <p><strong>Tuesday 12&nbsp;June @&nbsp;15.30pm, techUK, 10 St Bride Street EC4A 4AD</strong></p> <p>Join us for a seminar to learn how to navigate the UK Government&rsquo;s technology procurement processes. This event is part of London Tech Week and will provide those in attendance the opportunity to understand how UK Government procurement works, what are the opportunities, how to overcome the challenges and tips on how to secure business. To book this event you will need to register / login to techUK's new portal - <a href="" target="_blank">learn more and download the guide here</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <hr><h3><a href="" target="_blank">The AI Summit&nbsp;</a></h3> <p><strong>Wednesday 13&nbsp;and Thursday 14&nbsp;June</strong></p> <p>Now in its 3rd year, The AI Summit is the world's first and largest conference &amp; exhibition to look at the practical implications of AI for enterprise organisations, the actual solutions that are transforming business productivity. <a href="" target="_blank">Click here to learn more</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">downlaod the brochure</a>.<br> &nbsp;<br> techUK is proud to be a strategic partner of The&nbsp;AI Summit, with a keynote speech from&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">techUK CEO, Julian David</a> and a panel run by <a href="" target="_blank">Sue Daley, techUK's Head of AI</a>.</p> <p><span style="font-size:18px"><strong><a href="" target="_blank">The AIConics Awards</a> - 12 June</strong></span></p> <p><strong><a href="" target="_blank">Click here to view the ten award catergories and apply</a> - deadline is 18 May!</strong></p> <p>The AIconics Awards takes place the day before The AI Summit on Tuesday 12 June at Kensington Palace, with our CEO Julian David presenting an award.&nbsp;The 5th rendition of the landmark show will encompass live pitch-off&rsquo;s, drinks soiree, special guest MC and a post-event celebration as we crown the 2018 innovators in the AI field.&nbsp;The 10 category winners will then go through to a live &lsquo;pitch-off&rsquo; at The AI Summit on 13&nbsp;June for the overall crown and a cash prize!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <hr><h3><a href="" target="_blank">Future of Work Summit</a></h3> <p><strong>Thursday 14 June</strong></p> <p>Put tech at the forefront of your business strategy and pave the way for the future of work.</p> <p>Tech giants have transformed their working environments for the next generation. Use their experiences to get ahead of the curve, and seize the opportunity to have your say in our lively C-Level debates. Make sure you are part of the dynamic Future of Work Summit.</p> <p>techUK is an event partner for the Summit, with&nbsp;techUK President, <a href="" target="_blank">Jacqueline de Rojas</a> moderating&nbsp;the <a href="" target="_blank">morning session on Leadership and Culture</a>. Dowmload the <a href=";_gac=1.247276976.1524561890.EAIaIQobChMI0KrdzcvS2gIVSY0bCh1yjQm5EAAYASAAEgJaNPD_BwE" target="_blank">brochure here</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">book now</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <hr><h3><a href="" target="_blank">CogX - The Festival of All Things AI</a></h3> <p><strong>Monday 11 June - Tuesday 12 June</strong></p> <p>CogX 2018 will bring together 4,000 attendees and 300 speakers across 5 main stages, more than doubling the size of the acclaimed inaugural 2017 event. The event will feature an expanded agenda discussing not only The Impact of AI on Industry, Government and Society, but also the pressing question for executives of How To Get From Lab to Live and at the same time deploy AI responsibly and ethically.</p> <p>CogX will explore how AI Intersects With Emerging Technologies including Blockchain, IoT and 5G telecoms, VR and AR, as well as the future of transportation, health and education. The winners of the CogX 2018 Annual Awards will be revealed on Monday 11 June, recognising the best products and technology across all key industries and technological domains.</p> <p>techUK members recieve a <strong>10% discount</strong> - email <a href=""></a> for the code. <a href="" target="_blank">Visit the website&nbsp;and book tickets here</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <hr><h3><a href="" target="_blank">Global Ecosystem Summit</a></h3> <p><strong>Thursday 14&nbsp;June, Indigo at the O2</strong><br><br> The Global Ecosystems Summit, is an opportunity for global startup hubs and innovation programmes to showcase their ecosystems. This is designed to be a platform for ecosystem leaders to share and gain insights from each others&rsquo; experiences and for ecosystem startups and technology companies to find avenues for collaboration, partnerships and investment.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Learn more and book your ticket here</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <hr><p>&nbsp;</p> Minutes of Open Banking Working Group Mon, 23 Apr 2018 16:08:09 +0100 CRM Sync Minutes of Open Banking Working Group - Wednesday 11 April <p>Please find minutes of the recent Open Banking Working Group</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> AI ‘deployment risks’ and the importance of managing them effectively Mon, 23 Apr 2018 15:49:50 +0100 CRM Sync Vikram Khurana and Erik Müürsepp from Bristows LLP look at the risks involved in deploying AI applications – and the consequences of ineffective management. <p><img style="float: left; height: 244px; margin: 5px; width: 244px;" src="" alt=""><img style="float: left; height: 244px; margin: 5px; width: 244px;" src="" alt="">As AI becomes more and more ubiquitous in modern businesses and society, whether we are aware of its presence or not, there are also more alarm bells being rung about the inherent risks of using AI. Although some fears are commonly agreed to be overblown, such as visions of a dystopian future run by sentient robots, there are real risks in the systems we are already using to make profound decisions. Without understanding the nature of these risks, we cannot develop effective methods to manage them.&nbsp; Here is our view of the main &lsquo;deployment risks&rsquo; associated with AI applications.</p> <h3>Bad data</h3> <p>The current AI revolution depends heavily on the availability of large quantities of data to analyse, detect patterns and inform decision-making processes. An inherent limitation of AI systems implementing machine learning is that the quality of any output will depend on how good the input data is. Data quality in this context requires looking not only at how large and comprehensive the data set is, but also whether it has come from the &lsquo;real world&rsquo;, whether it is corrupt, biased or discriminatory. The implications of &lsquo;bad data&rsquo; differ depending on the application: <a href=""><span style="color: #0000ff;">a social media bot taking on the worst, most offensive qualities of the users that feed it its inputs</span></a>&nbsp;is of less concern than <a href=""><span style="color: #0000ff;">incorrect health care decisions being made by AI systems analysing incomplete medical data</span></a>.</p> <h3>Transparency</h3> <p>Sometimes known as the &lsquo;black box&rsquo; problem of AI, the opaque design of many AI systems means that it is nearly impossible to scrutinise how individual decisions are being made. These technical limitations are compounded by owners of proprietary technologies not wanting to reveal their inner workings for scrutiny. It is going to be difficult to build users&rsquo; trust in AI systems if the mechanics of a technology are not easily interpretable by a human. Adoption of AI should not mean that companies and organisations are subject to lower standards of accountability or be able to hide behind invisible processes. If the autonomous vehicle industry is going to be reliant on AI for its driverless cars and requires safety certification from regulators, if the regulators do not see what is going on and the manufacturers are not willing to divulge workings, then how can any classification/standardisation take place?</p> <h3>Misappropriation</h3> <p>A direct consequence of the black box problem is the difficulty in determining with confidence whether the use of AI is appropriate to apply to a particular issue or to solve a particular problem. Any business process carries with it inherent risks and for a non-transparent, unpredictable system it is much harder to assess what might go wrong, when it might go wrong and the adverse effects that failure might have. AI implementers need to address these limitations by understanding the environment in which AI deployment will take place, conducting a full risk assessment and then getting comfortable with those risks. Any testing should also take place in a non-live environment, if possible.</p> <h3>Misuse</h3> <p>In addition to poor data causing poor outcomes, malicious data can cause harmful outcomes than may outweigh an AI application&rsquo;s overall benefits. The risk is amplified when it is considered that AI systems will typically be hosted in the &lsquo;cloud&rsquo; or be otherwise internet-enabled, opening them up to cybersecurity issues and hacking &ndash; if this occurs would the owner or user even know such misuse was happening, let alone the individuals affected by the AI&rsquo;s decisions? Several research institutions have <a href=""><span style="color: #0000ff;">co-authored a recent report</span></a> on the malicious uses of AI, highlighting the very disruptive impact that AI-based attacks may have in the coming years. The report warns that the scalability of AI means cheaper attacks which would nonetheless be more effective, precisely targeted and more difficult to track to the offender than conventional cyberattacks. Users&rsquo; systems could be compromised by their online information being used to generate custom malicious websites and emails, sent from addresses resembling the victim&rsquo;s real contacts and mimicking their writing style.</p> <p>These are by no means the only risk posed by applied AI but they will certainly need to be considered by the AI industry in order to create and implement appropriate industry standards and codes of practice. If the industry fails to adequately manage the risks itself, then lawmakers may feel forced to intervene by way of (potentially onerous) top-down regulations that may stifle innovation and prevent the clear benefits of AI from ever being fully realised.</p> <p><em>To read more from techUK AI Week,&nbsp;</em><a href=""><span style="color: #0000ff;"><em>visit our landing page.</em></span></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> An introductory framework to what is, and how to adopt, AI Mon, 23 Apr 2018 15:33:00 +0100 CRM Sync Guest video: Jonathan Hobday from Cortex delivers an introduction to what AI is, and a brief overview on how it should be adopted by organisations. <p><iframe src="" width="640" height="360" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p><a href="">AI - An Introductory Framework to What is, and How to Adopt, AI</a> from <a href="">Cortex Intelligent Automation</a> on <a href="">Vimeo</a>.</p> <p><em>To see more from techUK AI Week,&nbsp;</em><a href=""><span style="color: #0000ff;"><em>visit our landing page.</em></span></a></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> UK Spectrum Policy Forum Plenary Meeting Notes Mon, 23 Apr 2018 14:37:55 +0100 CRM Sync Presentations from the UK Spectrum Policy Forum Plenary held on Thursday 19 April 2018 <p><strong>Welcome and Introductions</strong><br> Tony Lavender CEO, Plum Consulting and Steering Board Chairman &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Updates from the 5 April UK Spectrum Policy Forum Steering Board &amp; Updates from Cluster Chairs&nbsp;</strong><br> Tony Lavender, UK SPF Steering Board Chairman</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe frameborder="0" height="485" scrolling="no" src="//" style="border:1px solid #CCC; border-width:1px; margin-bottom:5px; max-width: 100%;" width="595"></iframe></p> <div style="text-align: center;"><strong><a href="//" target="_blank" title="Steering Board and Cluster Chairs Update">Steering Board and Cluster Chairs Update</a> </strong> from <strong><a href="" target="_blank">techUK</a></strong></div> <p>&nbsp; </p><p><strong>Making more spectrum available (and avoiding fragmentation) </strong><br><strong>Modernizing rules to incentivise and facilitate the deployment of telecoms infrastructure (including low-latency (dark) fibre) </strong><br> George Grayland, Senior Solutions Manager, Nokia</p> <p style="text-align:center"><iframe frameborder="0" height="485" scrolling="no" src="//" style="border:1px solid #CCC; border-width:1px; margin-bottom:5px; max-width: 100%;" width="595"></iframe></p> <div style="text-align:center"><strong><a href="//" target="_blank" title="George Grayland - Nokia - 5G for People and Things">George Grayland - Nokia - 5G for People and Things</a> </strong> from <strong><a href="" target="_blank">techUK</a></strong><br> &nbsp;</div> <p><strong>In conversation with Jane Humphreys: Mike Short, Chief Scientific Advisor, Department for International Trade&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong><br> Jane Humphreys, Senior Spectrum Advisor, techUK and Mike Short, Chief Scientific Advisor, Department for International Trade</p> <table align="center" border="0" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" style="width:500px"><tbody><tr><td><img alt="" src="" style="height:488px; width:590px"></td> </tr></tbody></table><p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Update on 5G Brighton Testbed Trials</strong><br> Peter Curnow-Ford, Senior Advisor - 5G, Digital Catapult</p> <p style="text-align:center"><iframe frameborder="0" height="485" scrolling="no" src="//" style="border:1px solid #CCC; border-width:1px; margin-bottom:5px; max-width: 100%;" width="595"></iframe></p> <div style="text-align:center"><strong><a href="//" target="_blank" title="Peter Curnow-Ford - Digital Catapult - 5G Brighton">Peter Curnow-Ford - Digital Catapult - 5G Brighton</a> </strong> from <strong><a href="" target="_blank">techUK</a></strong><br> &nbsp;</div> <p><strong>AOB and Close</strong><br> Tony Lavender CEO, Plum Consulting and Steering Board Chairman</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> Sharpening the UK’s AI skill-set Mon, 23 Apr 2018 14:30:00 +0100 CRM Sync Guest blog: For the UK to respond to the AI revolution, there needs to be a digital upskilling, writes Andrew Lawson from Salesforce. <p><img style="float: left; height: 200px; margin: 5px; width: 300px;" src="" alt="">One in four workers in OECD countries don&rsquo;t feel they have the right skills for their current jobs, according to the World Economic Forum&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href=""><span style="color: #0000ff;">whitepaper on accelerating workforce reskilling</span></a>. Meanwhile, with the Fourth Industrial Revolution said to be in progress, driven by technologies like <a href=""><span style="color: #0000ff;">artificial intelligence </span></a>(AI), this skills gap is at risk of widening. In the UK in particular, there is a tension between the benefits and risks that the Fourth Industrial Revolution could bring. On the one hand the&nbsp;smart use of technology could be a solution to the UK&rsquo;s major employee <a href=""><span style="color: #0000ff;">output problem</span></a>. However, there is a sense of fear that it could leave individuals&nbsp;struggling to keep up with the jobs of the future.</p> <p>It is in neither the interest of UK businesses, nor employees, to ignore or attempt to push back on the ongoing technological revolution. As jobs evolve, it&rsquo;s vital that the British workforce is appropriately skilled to take advantage of this new technology, both at work and in other aspects of daily life.&nbsp;</p> <p>The government certainly has a role to play in enabling this, but so too does our industry, which &ndash; thanks to our tech expertise &ndash; is uniquely placed to help with tech-skilling. So how can we help the UK workforce to prepare for the roles of the future?&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Create a culture of learning</h3> <p>Businesses have a great opportunity to equip everyone at every stage of their career&nbsp;with the <a href=""><span style="color: #0000ff;">digital skills&nbsp;</span></a>they need as their roles evolve.&nbsp;<a href="">PwC&rsquo;s latest CEO Survey </a>shows that UK CEOs are committed to attracting and developing&nbsp;the right talent as a top priority, but to achieve this we need to move away from the mentality that education is limited to one's school years&nbsp; and create a culture of continuous learning in the workplace.</p> <p>Many organisations now offer their employees training schemes, but to be effective, employees need to feel encouraged to engage with these platforms. For example, at Salesforce, we&rsquo;ve developed our own online learning platform called&nbsp;<a href=""><span style="color: #0000ff;">Trailhead</span></a>, which helps employees take control of their future and develop the skills required as the <a href=""><span style="color: #0000ff;">Fourth Industrial Revolution</span></a>&nbsp;progresses.&nbsp;One of the features that makes it successful is the way we've made it fun, so that users can earn badges and unlock new platforms as their learning progresses. Since the programme launched in 2014,&nbsp;<a href=""><span style="color: #0000ff;">users have earned more than 6.5 million badges</span></a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Accessible to everyone</h3> <p>Creating a culture of continuous learning also goes beyond the walls of our organisations.&nbsp; To reach those looking for a career change or to move into employment, it&rsquo;s imperative that we provide tech-skilling programmes that are easily accessible to people of all skill levels and backgrounds.&nbsp;The WEF&nbsp;<a href=""><span style="color: #0000ff;">SkillSET </span></a>portal, for instance, gives people from all walks of life the opportunity to train and learn from their own homes.&nbsp;The <a href=""><span style="color: #0000ff;">Super Mums&nbsp;</span></a>programme is another example of this, offering women with children the chance to retrain in&nbsp;Salesforce Administration&nbsp;and access relevant employment opportunities&nbsp;in a flexible way that fits around their families. Trailhead, too, is free and open to anyone.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Support for the workplace of the future&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</h3> <p>Young people who haven&rsquo;t yet entered the workforce are another important piece of the puzzle. The <a href=";utm_medium=social&amp;;utm_campaign=buffer"><span style="color: #0000ff;">World Economic Forum&nbsp;</span></a>predicts that 65% of today&rsquo;s children will have jobs that haven&rsquo;t even been invented yet.&nbsp;</p> <p>Overcoming this isn&rsquo;t just a job for those in the education industry and it&rsquo;s great to see the tech industry working with government to improve the computing curriculum taught in our schools. Organisations like&nbsp;<a href=""><span style="color: #0000ff;">Stemettes </span></a>and a plethora of coding clubs that run in schools are focused on bringing business and sector expertise to school children.&nbsp; This collaboration will not only help the employability of our children and help address the skills gap, it should also improve the diversity of the sector, with all the resulting benefits.&nbsp;</p> <p>The AI revolution will impact every company in every industry. The future will belong to those organisations that are able to nurture both new and existing employees with the right skills, and ensure access to education and learning opportunities for all. Everyone should be given the opportunity to achieve their career goals, a responsibility that the UK tech sector has no choice but to take seriously.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>To read more from techUK AI Week,&nbsp;</em><a href=""><span style="color: #0000ff;"><em>visit our landing page.</em></span></a></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> AI will power the fourth Industrial Revolution. Are you ready? Mon, 23 Apr 2018 13:08:34 +0100 CRM Sync Guest blog: First there was steam, then electricity. Presently we are in the information age, says Joni Lindes from PredictX, but there is a new disruptive technology arriving: AI. <p><img style="float: left; height: 200px; margin: 5px; width: 200px;" src="" alt="">AI is set to be so much more than hype, and looks set to drive the fourth, and largest, industrial revolution. The <a href=""><span style="color: #0000ff;">McKinsey Global Institute </span></a>believes AI is contributing to a transformation of society &ldquo;happening ten times faster and at 300 times the scale, or roughly 3,000 times the impact&rdquo; of the electricity-driven Industrial Revolution in the 1800s. We can predict, yet we do not know the full extent of its impact. The only thing we are sure of is that all members of society need to be ready for it.<br> &nbsp;</p> <h3>Challenges and opportunities in AI</h3> <p>AI is already all around us in our everyday lives. Self-driving cars, suggestions in your Amazon account, recognition of spam emails plus automated response to emails are a few examples of AI replacing human work in everyday tasks.</p> <p>AI has become a major investment area in business. In 2017, companies spent around $22 billion on AI-related mergers and acquisitions - 26 times more than 2015. AI can be a valuable source of information as it combs through vast amounts of data in seconds. Sales data can be consolidated with marketing campaigns and employees can be tracked to measure performance. These are just a few of the possibilities. Analysis and creative problem solving will soon become the focus of human work. The key factor is adaptability.</p> <p>For those who adapt, the opportunities are endless. <a href=""><span style="color: #0000ff;">According to a study done by&nbsp;Accenture</span></a>, AI will bring better products with a reduced cost of labour - <a href=""><span style="color: #0000ff;">doubling economic growth by 2035</span></a>. The McKinsey Global Institute reckons that just applying AI to marketing, sales and supply chains could create economic value, including profits and efficiencies, of $2.7 trillion over the next 20 years.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>How can we drive AI adoption?</h3> <p>The major obstacles to AI adoption are a lack of skilled workers plus a lack of resources. If&nbsp;proper training is given to existing employees and proper resources are put into place, jobs will be created faster than they are lost. Skilled employees can fill the AI space to create a rapidly growing world economy.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Lack of skills</h3> <p>The Royal Society of Arts (RSA) and YouGov warned that 15% of private sector jobs in Britain have the potential to be fully automated. Automation does not mean obsoletion. It means change. Training programmes need to be given to employees as their roles will change drastically, some even for the better.</p> <p><a href=""><span style="color: #0000ff;">Accenture</span></a>, a digital consulting firm, conducted a report <a href=""><span style="color: #0000ff;">Emerging Technologies in Public Service</span></a>. It was discovered that AI created better, not fewer jobs. In the survey, eight in ten respondents said implementing emerging technologies will improve job satisfaction and can aid staff retention.</p> <p>Just like the industrial revolution shifted the nature of work from agricultural to factory work, AI will also change the nature of work leaving us to focus on analysis, problem-solving and innovation.</p> <p>We need to learn to control the system. Digital learning should therefore be as important as literacy. Organisations need to budget so life-long learning resources are available for employees to enhance skills development.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Need for AI resources</h3> <p>Recent survey findings from <a href=""><span style="color: #0000ff;">Gartner </span></a>reveals almost 60 percent of organizations surveyed have yet to take advantage of the benefits of AI. Only a little more than 10 percent of surveyed businesses have deployed or implemented any AI solution at all. Companies need to invest in resources for AI otherwise they will be left behind.</p> <p>AI can double economic growth, yet adapting to this significant change is key to harness this opportunity. The age of intelligent machines is here, so let&rsquo;s embrace it.</p> <p><em>To read more from techUK AI Week,&nbsp;</em><a href=""><span style="color: #0000ff;"><em>visit our landing page.</em></span></a></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Artificial lawyers: what next for the trusted advisor? Mon, 23 Apr 2018 11:40:27 +0100 CRM Sync Guest blog: Ben Allgrove from Baker McKenzie discusses how trust in the legal profession may be impacted by the rise of AI. <p><img style="float: left; height: 354px; margin: 5px; width: 300px;" src="" alt="">The headline in the Philadelphia Inquirer on 9 Dec 1981 was "Robot Killed Repairman, Japan Reports". This is famously considered to be the first reported robot homicide. A tragic, industrial accident reported on the other side of the world.&nbsp; Other workers would have died that day; many much closer to home. So why the interest in this particular incident?</p> <p>The answer to this has its roots in trust. &nbsp;It is the same question that lies at the centre of the current, often 'morbid', debate about the future of the legal profession. It is a question that is all too often ignored, in favour of focusing on the next technical marvel brought to us by increased computer power, machine learning and innovative minds. But it is only by addressing the role of trust in the business of law that we can truly identify what the future of law looks like. Is there a place for the trusted advisor in our machine learning enabled future?</p> <p>The trusted advisor is what good lawyers aspire to be. We are told from an early stage in our careers that you will know you have made it when you can say that you have reached trusted advisor status. The same is true in private practice and in-house. The person whose number the client dials when the chips are down. The person trusted to front the board and not undermine the GC's credibility for having put you there. The person whose counsel you seek because you respect it, not just because of their expertise. The future of law will be written by those that can build trust - and trusted advisors - into the system.</p> <p>Innovation in the law is not all about tech. But one thing the law can learn from the tech world is that it is all about the user. Before we blow all our money on new toys, we must first stop and think what it is that our users want and need from the legal ecosystem. We need to have better conversations and a richer understanding of the world we do business in. To listen and learn, so we are better equipped. And the investment in tech must be matched with an investment in talent. The market will kill those who don't adapt. They are the ones who should be scared of the machines. For them, the robots are coming.</p> <p>The here and now is all about efficiency. The first big myth of AI's assault on the law is that the tech being brought to bear is radical and innovative. It is not. What we are seeing now is an efficiency play; optimising those aspects of the profession not built on trust. Quality yes, but not trust. To paraphrase Henry Ford, we're at the building a faster horse stage of our evolution.</p> <p>But the 5 year plus time horizon will be defined by trust.&nbsp; To really unlock the potential of technology in the law, we need understand better why and how the trusted advisor relationship develops and how important it is to our clients in their specific industries. It will become ever more apparent that being a really good lawyer is not just about subject matter expertise - although that is a pre-requisite characteristic - but rather about the ability to engender and retain trust. The legal teams that build that into their models, and not just focus on outcomes, will be the ones that become the New Lawyers. The ones that don't, will be the ones locked in a losing battle with the machines.</p> <p><em>Ben Allgrove is a partner at Baker McKenzie's London office, leading the firm's Global R&amp;D efforts.</em></p> <p><em>To read more from techUK AI Week, <a href=""><span style="color: #0000ff;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">visit our landing page.</span></span></a></em></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Bank of Ireland launches fintech hub Mon, 23 Apr 2018 11:33:54 +0100 CRM Sync Ireland's Central Bank joins a growing number of regulators actively encouraging innovation in the financial services sector. <p>The Central Bank of Ireland has announced the launch of a <a href="">fintech&nbsp;innovation hub </a>and industry engagement programme to keep step with the evolving fintech and regulatory landscapes. Its aim is to allow firms to directly engage with the Central Bank on innovation. It is following in the steps of the FCA's regulatory sandbox, which has proven highly successful, attracting increasing number of applications from fintechs operating in&nbsp;blockchain based payment services, RegTech propositions, general insurance, AML controls, biometric digital ID and Know Your Customer (KYC) verification.</p> <p>A new Central Bank unit will focus on engagement, sharing and listening, and will be a two-way street. The regulator will have a direct contact point for new FinTech firms and existing firms that are becoming more innovative. Such firms will be able to contact the Central Bank&nbsp;with questions. This is set to give firms a way to engage with the bank outside of more formal regulatory interactions, such as in the authorisations process. In so doing, the Central Bank will be able to learn from the firms about their ideas, the technologies they are developing, and have a view to where financial services are heading. Ireland has a thriving digital ecosystem and is viewed by many tech firms and banks as an ideal location for post-Brexit relocation and passporting, lending a sense of urgency to the Bank's efforts.</p> <p>The bank also intends to launch a dedicated section in its Website to address common questions and issues and to host a series of 'FinTech Roundtables' starting later in 2018.&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> How can we maximise the adoption and use of AI in the UK? Mon, 23 Apr 2018 10:46:08 +0100 CRM Sync Guest blog: Technological skill and budgetary restrictions often make implementing AI a challenge. Shane Rigby from Atos explores how to overcome these barriers. <p><img style="float: left; height: 400px; margin: 5px; width: 300px;" src="" alt="">The UK artificial intelligence (AI) market is undergoing a paradigm shift. Many companies have used simple predictive AI for several years, and now they are looking towards more cognitive solutions to solve problems with ever-increasing complexity.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The size of the UK AI market for platforms and solutions will approach &pound;1bn by 2021, from a market size this year of about &pound;500M. This is composed of AI/machine learning (ML) and deep learning (DL) (deep learning is a subfield of machine learning, in which networks are capable of learning from data are used), with the observation that in a couple of years deep learning will represent the majority share of the AI server business. There is a large market potential, access to ever increasing computing power and an insatiable demand for customers to jump onto the fast-moving AI/ML/DL train.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>If we look at customer applications, in terms of the key driving segments in the UK, they are: aerospace and defence, manufacturing, automotive and healthcare, and there are a huge number of very intuitive new applications being developed in physics, chemistry, genomics, astronomy, as well as applied areas such as fluid dynamics and cognitive Surveillance.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Very importantly, in many instances using deep learning, results are now being obtained which supersede human ability to recognise events, anomalies and interpret situations in near real time. Advances in AI can bring unease, particularly around job loss as automation replaces human input. However, by incorporating AI and upskilling and redeploying their workforce in more creative ways, organisations can leverage their business and increase output.&nbsp; Those companies who don&rsquo;t embrace change and its benefits will eventually lose out to competition.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h4>So, what are the challenges that customers face when adopting AI? How can these be overcome?</h4> <p>As is commonly the case within IT, the challenges fall into two categories: technological understanding and budgetary restrictions.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>There are many small, highly technical companies who can provide a part of the answer, however only a few larger companies have the skills, resources and experience to deliver a complete solution. Now data scientists can use their specialist expertise to focus on solving the use case and not developing the system. The other key technical challenge is that customers in deep learning sometimes don&rsquo;t know where to start. Generally, they have a lot of data (which is necessary and good), but need education, advice and possibly some small amount of services to achieve competency to move forward.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Regarding the financial barriers of adopting these technologies, it is expensive for companies to buy a supercomputer with processor acceleration to start their AI/ML/DL developments, and they cannot easily quantify returns without having done the work. The capital investment for a large scale deep learning solution can be significant.&nbsp; However, by using cloud based or hosted compute platforms this can be remedied. This way companies can start their deep learning developments with a Proof of Concept (PoC) on a monthly expensed basis, rather than via an upfront Capex acquisition. It&rsquo;s a great way to get started, prove the use case, before going back to secure production level funding. On this note, just remember the best performance will come from a tightly coupled (i.e. integrated) platform, and not interconnected or networked separate cloud compute and GPU resources.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In summary, it&rsquo;s a great time to determine where you want your company to be, and how you can use AI/ML/DL with your data to enable that journey.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>For further information on this topic from Atos, <a href=""><span style="color: #0000ff;">click here.</span></a></em></p> <p><em>To read more from techUK AI Week, </em><a href=""><span style="color: #0000ff;"><em>visit our landing page.</em></span></a></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> AI: An opportunity not a threat Mon, 23 Apr 2018 09:48:06 +0100 CRM Sync Susan Bowen from Congeco Peer 1 explains that AI is a "transformative technology," one that should be embraced rather than avoided. <p><img style="float: left; height: 423px; margin: 5px; width: 300px;" src="" alt="">Artificial Intelligence (AI) is emerging as the defining technology of our age, with many industries already utilising it within their business in one way or another. Over the last few years, this rapid advancement of smart technology has led to AI becoming a business &lsquo;buzzword&rsquo;, and one that has generated an abundance of interest around business innovation.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>As AI systems become more sophisticated and integrated within our everyday lives, there&rsquo;s no shortage of debate on the subject. The technologies driving AI are expanding exponentially,&nbsp;making it&nbsp;more prevalent than ever before.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>As with most emerging technology, however, AI is disruptive. Disruption of any kind can create fear that the work force is changing in a negative way,&nbsp;but this needn&rsquo;t be the case. &nbsp;Change is certain, and experience has shown us that we continue to evolve, with AI being just another iteration of that evolution.&nbsp;We determine the way in which the technology is implemented and used across our business and personal lives.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In today&rsquo;s landscape, you do not have to be a huge company in order to take advantage of the efficiencies created by AI. Cloud computing has become an integral part of the current development community, and will allow budding developers to work ever more quickly, embracing new tools and technologies including AI.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The integration and running of new applications is not possible, however, without having sufficient foundations and IT infrastructure. As companies migrate to and run operations from the cloud, business leaders are now looking to innovate from the cloud with AI. Hybrid cloud infrastructure provides the most efficient path for integrating AI technologies into business strategy. AI alongside hybrid cloud, will help to reinvent companies, sparking business advantages and innovation at the speed demanded.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>This future is one of positivity, collaboration and innovation. However, we are not there yet and it is clear that many businesses are yet to realise the full benefits and opportunities that AI integration can bring. There are many steps that still need to be taken in order to ensure that the UK work-force is AI-ready, and this largely, will rest on education and awareness.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The focus needs to be on preparation for the changes and advancements that technology is bringing and will continue to bring. It is clear that AI is a transformative technology, one that has been evolving for decades, and will only continue to excel more rapidly.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>As Charles Darwin once said, &ldquo;it is not the strongest of the species that survives, it is the one most adaptable to change&rdquo;. Renewed focus on education will prepare the next generation to be fully aware of the need to learn and adapt in-line with the advancements in technology. Enabling the next generation to participate fully in STEM industries, will form the backbone of the future of business operation and development.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>To read more from techUK AI Week, <a href=""><span style="color: #0000ff;">visit our landing page.</span></a></em></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Welcome to techUK AI Week Mon, 23 Apr 2018 08:17:50 +0100 CRM Sync Sue Daley, Head of Cloud, Data Analytics and AI, welcomes you to techUK’s AI week <h4><img alt="#AIready" src="" style="float:left; height:183px; margin:2px; width:350px"><span style="color:inherit">All this week we are shining a light on the opportunities and benefits of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to the UK and the steps that need to be taken to make&nbsp;UK organisations and society ready to realise the full benefits of AI.&nbsp;</span></h4> <p>Throughout this week we will be sharing guest blogs, videos and podcast interviews with AI thought leaders, press articles and daily tweets exploring what an AI driven UK might look like and how we get there. We are also holding a joint techUK AI and cyber security session on Tuesday 24&nbsp;April, with speakers from Splunk and Rackspace. Spaces are still free for this session so <a href="" style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><span style="color:#0000ff">click here to come along.</span></a></p> <p>During AI week, techUK will also be launching techUK&rsquo;s AI Leaders Campaign aimed at promoting UK leaders in AI. Every month techUK will promote an individual that is helping organisations across both the public and private sector to realise the economic benefits and social power of AI technologies. Keep a look out this week to see who will be techUK&rsquo;s first AI Leader!</p> <p>Why not join the debate and discussion on what you see as key to making the UK AI ready at&nbsp;<a href=""><span style="color:#0000ff">@techUK</span> </a><a href=";src=typd"><span style="color:#0000ff">#AIready</span></a></p> <p>techUK is proud to support The AI Summit, the flagship AI show for London Tech Week. techUK members are eligible for a 15% discount.&nbsp;<a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">Learn more here</span></a><span style="color:#0000FF">.</span></p> <p>Throughout the week our members and other industry experts will be contributing blogs on:</p> <ul><li>Driving AI adoption and use cross all UK sectors and industries</li> <li>Public sector opportunities for AI and challenges to deployment</li> <li>Cyber security and AI</li> <li>Ethical issues raised by AI</li> <li>How to prepare the UK workforce for AI</li> </ul><p>Catch up on all of this great material by viewing all&nbsp;of the posts so far in the links below.</p> <h3>Monday - How to drive adoption and use of AI across all UK sectors and industries</h3> <ul><li><a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">Guest blog: AI: An opportunity, not a threat </span></a>by Susan Bowen, Congeco Peer 1.</li> <li><a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">Guest blog: How can we maximise the adoption and use of AI in the UK? </span></a>by Shane Rigby, Atos.</li> <li><a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">Guest blog: Artificial lawyers: What next for the trusted advisor?</span></a> by Ben Allgrove, Baker McKenzie.</li> <li><a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">Guest blog: AI will power the fourth Industrial Revolution. Are you ready?</span></a> by Joni Lindes, PredictX.</li> <li><a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">Guest blog: Sharpening the UK's AI skill-set</span></a> by Andrew Lawson, Salesforce.</li> <li><a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">Guest video: An introductory framework to what is, and how to adopt, AI</span></a> by Jonathan Hobday.&nbsp;</li> <li><a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">Guest blog: AI 'deployment risks' and the importance of managing them effectively</span></a> by&nbsp;Vikram Khurana and Erik M&uuml;&uuml;rsepp, Bristows LLP.</li> </ul><h3>Tuesday: Public sector opportunities for AI and challenges to deployment</h3> <ul><li><a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">Guest blog: Don't waste your intelligence!</span></a> by Peter Ford, Pegasystems Ltd.</li> <li><a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">Guest video: AI improves service to Aylesbury Vale residents</span></a> from DigitalGenius.</li> <li><a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">Guest blog: You and AI: the importance of public dialogue</span></a> by Jessica Montgomery, Royal Society.</li> <li><a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">Guest blog: Can humans and machines work together to drive transport forward?</span></a> by Daren Wood, Resonate.</li> <li><a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">Council of the Future: Is there a role for AI?</span></a> by Georgina Maratheftis, techUK.</li> <li><a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF">Guest blog: AI4Gov: great opportunity, great responsibility</span></a> by Matthew Robinson, Accenture.</li> </ul><p>&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Tech at CHOGM Fri, 20 Apr 2018 14:59:01 +0100 CRM Sync London hosted the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting and contained plenty of announcements and initiatives relating to tech. <p>This week saw the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) taking place in London to discuss future international challenges.&nbsp;The primary focus of this CHOGM was around trade, sustainability and development&nbsp;with numerous announcements on these and other topics. However, there was a strong tech element throughout the summit and below we round up some of the notable tech related announcements.</p> <p><strong>UK-India Tech Partnership</strong></p> <p>The UK and Indian Governments launched the UK-India Tech Partnership, which will include a UK-India Tech Hub to identify and pair businesses, venture capital, universities and others to access routes to markets for British and Indian tech companies. The partnership was launched at the meeting by the Prime Ministers of both countries.</p> <p>As part of this, techUK and the National Association of Software &amp; Services Companies (NASSCOM) launched the UK-India Tech Alliance and agreed on a Memorandum of Understanding to support the development of the UK and Indian IT sectors by developing stronger links, networks and joint platforms, enhancing digital skills in both countries and joint platforms. You can read more on this <a href="">here</a>.</p> <p><strong>Tech for climate change, sustainability and environment</strong></p> <p>A major pillar of this meeting is sustainability: working together to tackle&nbsp;climate change, protect&nbsp;the environment and increase the&nbsp;resilience of Commonwealth countries.</p> <p>Already, <a href="">announcements have shown that tech and innovation are seen to be key in delivering these ambitions</a>. &pound;8 million in new technology funding to help Commonwealth countries reduce their emissions and prepare for natural disasters.&nbsp;A new &pound;3.5 million UK Space Agency International Partnerships Programme in Kenya which uses British satellite technology to help the country plan and respond to disasters, including droughts, floods and famine, has also been announced. A new network of scientific advisers <a href="">was confirmed</a> and the&nbsp;Met Office will work&nbsp;with Commonwealth countries too to assist with readiness for extreme weather.</p> <p>&pound;61 million was also announced to help Commonwealth member states address the issue of ocean plastics including &pound;20 million for helping cities improve waste infrastructure and topping this off was the UK commitment to going &lsquo;net zero emissions&rsquo; which will see the UK go beyond commitments agreed in Paris.</p> <p><strong>Cyber security funding</strong></p> <p>The Prime Minister announced &pound;15 million in funding to help Commonwealth countries develop their cyber capabilities and help countries mitigate the impact of attacks from cyber criminals and state actors. The money includes funding to help countries assess their national cyber capabilities, raising standards of cyber awareness and joint initiatives to protect Commonwealth values, security and democratic institutions.</p> <p>More information is here and our detailed insight on the subject is <a href="">here</a>.</p> <p><strong>Commonwealth Innovation Hub launched</strong></p> <p>The London CHOGM started with the launch of Commonwealth Innovation Hub, called the &lsquo;Cominnowealth&rsquo; that has five facets to it; display, data, delivery, discovery and partnerships.</p> <p>The hub is designed to improve collaboration between Commonwealth member states and is a new facility that will be operated by the Commonwealth Secretariat. Full information about this exciting new initiative can be seen <a href="">here</a>.</p> <p>The&nbsp;CHOGM was a great opportunity to show how the UK can remain leaders on global issues as we leave the EU and we&rsquo;re delighted the Commonwealth recognises that smart and effective technology deployment can facilitate trade and enable major societal and economic benefits.&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Joint techUK/UKspace Satellite Telecoms Committee Meeting Notes Fri, 20 Apr 2018 09:12:26 +0100 CRM Sync Presentations from the Joint techUK/UKspace Satellite Telecommunications Committee held on Wednesday 28 February <p><strong>Introduction by the Chairman</strong><br> Dr. Peter Aspden, Airbus</p> <p><strong>Minutes &amp; Actions from the last meeting</strong><br> Dr. Peter Aspden, Chairman</p> <p><strong>Updates on UKspace, PSC, the Space Growth Partnership &amp; Sector Deal</strong><br> Paul Flanagan, UKspace</p> <p><strong>Update from UK Space Agency, including GovSatCom</strong><br> Mike Rudd, UK Space Agency</p> <p><strong>ARTES update</strong><br> Dr. Nick Appleyard, European Space Agency</p> <p style="text-align:center"><iframe frameborder="0" height="485" scrolling="no" src="//" style="border:1px solid #CCC; border-width:1px; margin-bottom:5px; max-width: 100%;" width="595"></iframe></p> <div style="text-align:center"><strong><a href="//" target="_blank" title="Business and ESA - Nick Appleyard (ESA)">Business and ESA - Nick Appleyard (ESA)</a> </strong> from <strong><a href="" target="_blank">techUK</a></strong></div> <p><strong>Zephyr HAPS Presentation</strong><br> Roger Tidswell, Airbus</p> <p style="text-align:center"><iframe frameborder="0" height="485" scrolling="no" src="//" style="border:1px solid #CCC; border-width:1px; margin-bottom:5px; max-width: 100%;" width="595"></iframe></p> <div style="text-align:center"><strong><a href="//" target="_blank" title="Airbus HAPS Zephyr - Roger Tidswell (Airbus)">Airbus HAPS Zephyr - Roger Tidswell (Airbus)</a> </strong> from <strong><a href="" target="_blank">techUK</a></strong></div> <p><strong>5G, Regulatory &amp; Spectrum issues</strong><br> Julian McGougan, techUK</p> <p><strong>National Satellite Test Facility</strong><br> Dr. Chris Mutlow, Science &amp; Technology Facilities Council</p> <p style="text-align:center"><iframe frameborder="0" height="485" scrolling="no" src="//" style="border:1px solid #CCC; border-width:1px; margin-bottom:5px; max-width: 100%;" width="595"></iframe></p> <div style="text-align:center"><strong><a href="//" target="_blank" title="National Satellite Test Facility - Dr Chris Mutlow (RAL Space)">National Satellite Test Facility - Dr Chris Mutlow (RAL Space)</a> </strong> from <strong><a href="" target="_blank">techUK</a></strong></div> <p><strong>AOB and close</strong><br> Dr. Peter Aspden, Chairman</p> <p><strong>Confirmed dates for 2018 meetings:</strong></p> <ul><li>Tuesday 1 May, 13:00 &ndash; 16:30 (at techUK)</li> <li>Wednesday 11 July, 13:00 &ndash; 16:30 (at techUK)</li> </ul>Contact: <a href=""></a> Climate Change Agreement: Closure Fri, 20 Apr 2018 07:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync Emma Fryer is concerned by Government’s decision to close the CCA to new participants from October this year. <p>The Climate Change Agreement is set to continue until 2023 and existing participants will be able to claim exemption from CRC (until is it abolished next year) and discount on the Climate Change Levy until the end of the scheme.&nbsp;&nbsp; However, the CCA closes to new entrants from October 31st 2018 which effectively imposes a June or July deadline for new applications because they can take several months to process.&nbsp; Under current proposals, there will be almost a five year period when new facilities will not have access to the CCL rebate.&nbsp; &nbsp;We are lobbying Government to reconsider the current approach and asking BEIS to extend the period when new sites can join until 2020.&nbsp; However, there is no guarantee that we will be successful and our initial approaches have met resistance.&nbsp; If you have a site that is eligible and have not yet joined the CCA we suggest that you take immediate steps to enrol.&nbsp; Read the documents below and /or get in touch via our helpdesk:&nbsp; <a href=""></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Home Office JSaRC April Update Thu, 19 Apr 2018 08:15:39 +0100 CRM Sync The Home Office's Joint Security & Resilience Centre 's April update to Industry. <p>The Home Office's Joint Security &amp; Resilience Centre is committed to improving and increasing their communications with industry during 2018. As part of this plan, they intend to send industry regular updates regarding current and pipeline projects at JSaRC.&nbsp;April's bulletin provides an update on how the team has continued to grow and evolve, with new programmes being added to the work plan, new team members and a new office in Cambridge.</p> <p>Members can download the April Update below, as well as the most recent Industry Workplan.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Prime Ministers May and Modi support launch of UK-India Tech Alliance Wed, 18 Apr 2018 11:06:24 +0100 CRM Sync techUK and NASSCOM sign Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and launch Alliance to collaborate on tech skills and development. <p>techUK and The National Association of Software &amp; Services Companies (NASSCOM) (the leading technology trade bodies in the UK and India respectively) today launched the <strong>UK-India Tech Alliance</strong> and agreed on a <strong>Memorandum of Understanding </strong>(MoU), which will see the technology sectors from the UK and India further strengthen their relationship. The partnership between techUK and NASSCOM will support the flourishing IT sectors in both India and UK by developing stronger links, networks and joint platforms, helping enhance the skills of the technology workforce in both countries.</p> <p><img alt="" src="" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; clear:both; float:left; height:398px; margin-right:5px; width:630px">The trade associations signed the MoU at the inaugural meeting of the UK-India Tech&nbsp;Alliance, in the presence of Baroness Fairhead CBE, Minister of State for Trade and Export Promotion. With the support of both Governments, the Alliance is aimed at increasing collaboration on skills and new technologies, assist in policy development and encourage innovation. This meeting will lay the groundwork for a roadmap which will be jointly presented in June.</p> <p>The new partnership between the UK and Indian tech industries will promote the growth of skills needed for a world where artificial intelligence, machine learning, big data analytics and cybersecurity will be major technology growth areas.</p> <p>This announcement reflects the UK-India Tech Partnership, also announced today by the Prime Ministers of both countries. The partnership will include a UK-India Tech Hub: something techUK and NASSCOM first called for in November 2016 to identify and pair businesses, venture capital, universities and others to access routes to markets for British and Indian tech companies.</p> <p><strong>Welcoming the signing of the MoU Baroness Fairhead said:&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><em>&ldquo;UK-India relations are going from strength to strength and the signing of this MoU demonstrates the deepening of ties. Tech is&nbsp;at the heart of this new relationship between our two countries and we welcome techUK and NASSCOM&rsquo;s commitment to working together to strengthen the skills base in both countries that will be key to driving economic growth, development and prosperity.</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;The UK-India Tech Alliance will be a key partner for Government &ndash; providing a sounding board and expert advice for policy development to ensure that our Government&rsquo;s nurture the growth we are seeing in this sector and beyond.&rdquo;</em></p> <p><strong>Julian David, techUK CEO, said,</strong></p> <p><em>&ldquo;This is an important milestone for both the UK and Indian tech sectors. We have long worked&nbsp;together, but we are now deepening those relationships and will be able to collaborate better to provide people with the skills and tools they need to flourish in the new world of work. We&rsquo;re delighted to see the Governments of our two countries share our vision and taking key steps towards ensuring all our citizens benefit from the innovation that new technologies, like AI and machine learning, can provide.&rdquo;</em></p> <p><strong>Speaking on the occasion Debjani Ghosh, President, NASSCOM, said:</strong></p> <p><em>&ldquo;This landmark MoU between NASSCOM and techUK will equip people with cutting-edge skills in emerging technology fields such as AI and robotics. We are delighted that NASSCOM&rsquo;s FutureSkills initiative will be the basis for improved collaboration between our IT industries. It is imperative that we train the workforce for jobs of the future to remain relevant in the new global economy; providing the UK and India with a valuable competitive edge.&rdquo;</em></p> <table align="center" border="0" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" style="width:500px"><tbody><tr><td><em><img alt="" src="" style="height:626px; width:630px"></em></td> </tr></tbody></table><p>&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> £15 million funding to strengthen cyber security in the Commonwealth Wed, 18 Apr 2018 10:32:56 +0100 CRM Sync The Prime Minister has announced £15 million in funding to help Commonwealth countries develop their cyber capabilities, mitigating against cyber crime and nation state actors. <p>The package was announced on the eve of the Commonwealth&rsquo;s Head of Government Meeting and represents the world&rsquo;s largest and most geographically diverse inter-government commitment to improving cyber security.</p> <p>The commitments include:</p> <ul><li>&pound;5.5 million for nations to conduct cyber capacity reviews before 2020;</li> <li>Raising standards and national levels of cyber security across Commonwealth nations; and</li> <li>Increased collaboration to protect Commonwealth values, security and elections.</li> </ul><p>The Prime Minister said:</p> <p><em>&ldquo;The Commonwealth plays a pivotal role in shaping the future for many of its members. We have put (Cyber) security on the agenda for the first time so we can work together and build a safer future both for Britain, and for the 2.4 billion people around the world who live in the Commonwealth.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>Responding to the announcement, techUK&rsquo;s Head of Cyber said: &ldquo;Over a number of years, the UK has established itself as world leading cyber nation with a comprehensive National Cyber Security Strategy and an internationally renowned technical authority in the National Cyber Security Centre. As demonstrated by the 650 UK cyber-focussed organisations that showcase their capabilities on techUK&rsquo;s Cyber Exchange, this makes the UK ideally placed to lead increased international collaboration. With Brexit nearly a year away, it is encouraging to see the UK influencing key debates through other fora, working to support its allies and partners to the benefit of over 2.4 billion Commonwealth citizens. The UK tech sector stands ready to work with Government to ensure we remain a world-leader in cyber security.&nbsp;</p> <p>This agreement will particularly benefit some of the smaller states which are often more vulnerable to cyber attacks and less well resourced to improve resilience. The funding will provide technical assistance, training and advice to address a wide range of cyber security and cyber crime threats. This will help build more resilient digital economies benefitting the entire Commonwealth.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> PAC report calls for faster NHS action on cyber security Wed, 18 Apr 2018 09:19:48 +0100 CRM Sync Report sets June deadline for update on costed plans for vital security investment <p>The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) today published a report on the lessons learned from the affects that last year&rsquo;s global WannaCry ransomware cyber attack had on the National Health Service (NHS).&nbsp;</p> <p>The report concludes that the NHS was, in 2017, ill-prepared for a cyber attack of that scale and that there was a long way to go before agreed, prioritised and costed plans for improving cyber security were in place across the NHS.&nbsp; It contains a number of recommendations for the NHS including;</p> <ul><li>The setting out of clear roles and responsibilities for national and local NHS organisations so that communications are co-ordinated during a cyber-attack, with the identification of alternative secure communications</li> <li>That the Department of Health and its arm&rsquo;s length bodies support local organisations to improve cyber security by developing a full understanding of the cyber security arrangements and IT estate of all local NHS organisations.</li> <li>That the Department provide an update to the Committee by the end of June 2018 with its national estimate of the cost to the NHS of WannaCry</li> </ul><p><strong>Responding to the Committee&rsquo;s report, Talal Rajab, techUK&rsquo;s Head of Cyber and National Security, said:</strong></p> <p><em>&ldquo;Nearly one year on from the WannaCry cyber attack, it is clear that there is a need for constant vigilance within the NHS to ensure that patient data and vital systems are protected.&nbsp; </em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;Over the past 12 months, additional funding for cyber security in the NHS has been made available and NHS Digital initiatives, such as CareCERT and a new &pound;21m capital fund to address the cyber security of major trauma centres, will minimise the impact of future cyber incidents. &nbsp;</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;It is important to note that WannaCry was not just a wake-up call for the NHS, but for organisations across the public and private sector, to get their house in order and remain prepared in this era of heightened cyber tensions. Further sector-specific guidance can be found through the National Cyber Security Centre.&rdquo;&nbsp; </em></p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK respond to BBC Consultation on Distribution Policy Wed, 18 Apr 2018 08:33:33 +0100 CRM Sync In response to the BBC's vision of a future IP only content distribution world, techUK has laid out the challenges faced by this approach and the requirements from the supply side in maintaining a strong viewer and listener first proposition. <p>The BBC launched 2 documents in February of this year. A Distribution Policy and Distribution Strategy. The BBC proposed to only consult on the Policy document.</p> <p>techUK have written a detailed response covering many issue faced by digital device manufacturers that serve the television and radio sectors. Members can download our consultation response from this link.</p> <p>Paul Hide, techUK commented. "Whilst we welcome the opportunity for dialogue and comment&nbsp;it is a mistake for the BBC to only consult on the Distribution Policy document and not to also consult on the Distribution Strategy document. Proposals contained within both documents are intrinsinctly linked and cannot be considered in isolation. Comments in our response span both BBC policy and strategy as we do not believe that they should or can be considered independently. techUK call upon the BBC to consult on both documents as part of this consultation and review. We believe that this is of such critical importance that techUK and its members cannot support the proposals in the BBC Distribution Consultation without a linked review of the Distribution Strategy document."</p> <p>For more infromation on our work with the BBC on behalf of members contact:</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> £15 million funding to strengthen cyber security in the Commonwealth Wed, 18 Apr 2018 07:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync The Prime Minister has announced £15 million in funding to help Commonwealth countries develop their cyber capabilities, mitigating against cyber crime and nation state actors. <p>The package was announced on the eve of the Commonwealth&rsquo;s Head of Government Meeting and represents the world&rsquo;s largest and most geographically diverse inter-government commitment to improving cyber security.</p> <p>The commitments include:</p> <ul><li>&pound;5.5 million for nations to conduct cyber capacity reviews before 2020;</li> <li>Raising standards and national levels of cyber security across Commonwealth nations; and</li> <li>Increased collaboration to protect Commonwealth values, security and elections.</li> </ul><p>The Prime Minister said:</p> <p><em>&ldquo;The Commonwealth plays a pivotal role in shaping the future for many of its members. We have put (Cyber) security on the agenda for the first time so we can work together and build a safer future both for Britain, and for the 2.4 billion people around the world who live in the Commonwealth.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>Responding to the announcement, techUK&rsquo;s Head of Cyber said: &ldquo;Over a number of years, the UK has established itself as world leading cyber nation with a comprehensive National Cyber Security Strategy and an internationally renowned technical authority in the National Cyber Security Centre. As demonstrated by the 650 UK cyber-focussed organisations that showcase their capabilities on techUK&rsquo;s Cyber Exchange, this makes the UK ideally placed to lead increased international collaboration. With Brexit nearly a year away, it is encouraging to see the UK influencing key debates through other fora, working to support its allies and partners to the benefit of over 2.4 billion Commonwealth citizens. The UK tech sector stands ready to work with Government to ensure we remain a world-leader in cyber security.&nbsp;</p> <p>This agreement will particularly benefit some of the smaller states which are often more vulnerable to cyber attacks and less well resourced to improve resilience. The funding will provide technical assistance, training and advice to address a wide range of cyber security and cyber crime threats. This will help build more resilient digital economies benefitting the entire Commonwealth.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Meeting Notes of Insurance Working Group 19 March 2018 Tue, 17 Apr 2018 14:09:11 +0100 CRM Sync Meeting Notes of Insurance Working Group 19 March 2018 <p>Please find meeting note from the recent techUK Insurance Working Group.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Police National Enabling Programme: Delivery Partner Tender Tue, 17 Apr 2018 12:55:12 +0100 CRM Sync A notice for the provision of a client side Delivery Partner Service for the Police National Enabling Programme. <p>The Police National Enabling Programme is coming to market for a <a href="" target="_blank">client side delivery partner</a>.</p> <p>The National Enabling Programme&nbsp;is designed to provide police with the tools and capabilities they need to for the future. The NEP will ensure all UK police forces have a secure platform and national standards that enable new ways of working and collaborating; whilst maintaining the autonomy for local decision-making and the control of their digital assets.</p> <p>The NEP is divided into three core strands: Productivity Services, Identity and Access Management, and a National Management Centre. Collaboration at a national policing level will be enabled, digital communications and mobile technology will be better utilised, with wider business change possible.</p> <p>The&nbsp;East Midlands Strategic Commercial Unit (EMSCU), working on behalf of the NEP and contracting authority, will be carrying out a tender for&nbsp;a client side delivery partner. The requirement for the delivery partner&nbsp;is defined by the following capabilities:</p> <ul><li>PMO Function</li> <li>Productivity Services</li> <li>Identity Access Management</li> <li>National Management Centre</li> <li>Security Risk Management</li> </ul><p>These are required to enable UK police forces to have a secure platform and national standards that enable new digital ways of working and collaborating that underpin the Policing Vision 2025; whilst maintaining the autonomy for local decision-making and the control of their digital assets in particular related to Identity Asset Management, Productivity Services, Cyber Security (National management centre) and Security Risk Management.</p> <p>Interested suppliers are<strong> invited to register for an engagement day on 2/5/18</strong> (venue &amp; time TBC). You can find&nbsp;full details about this notice, and i<a href="" target="_blank">nstructions on how to register your interest, here</a>.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Government SME champions Tue, 17 Apr 2018 09:28:39 +0100 CRM Sync Cabinet Office adopts key recommendation of Procuring the Smarter State report <p style="text-align:center"><img alt="" src="" style="height:300px; width:500px"></p> <p>Minister for Implementation Oliver Dowden <a href="" target="_blank">has announced proposals</a> to help government achieve its target of 33 percent of central government spend going to small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). These include plans for suppliers to have greater access to buying authorities to report poor payment performance and improving the Contracts Finder service. The Prime Minister has also asked each Cabinet member to nominate a Minister to act as small business champion in their department to ensure that SMEs are given a fair opportunity to provide services to the public sector.</p> <p>The objective of this package of measures is to ensure that more businesses - including smaller firms - will be able to supply goods and services to the public sector, while also making public procurement more transparent and increase overall government spend with SMEs. Recent figures from 2015/16 show government spent &pound;5.6 billion directly with small businesses, and from the most <a href="" target="_blank">recent data for the Digital Marketplace sales</a> have reached &pound;3.2 billion over the past three years, with 48 percent of this being spent on SMEs.<br> &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Procuring the Smarter State </strong></p> <p>techUK&rsquo;s recent report <a href="">Procuring the Smarter State</a> set out how procurement can act as a tool for government to deliver its ambitious vision for the future of public services and use public sector procurement to help foster innovation in the GovTech supplier community. Drawing on the findings from techUK&rsquo;s<a href="" target="_blank"> Civil Servants Survey</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">GovTech SME Survey</a>, the report identifies the key challenges and opportunities for government as it seeks to build the Smarter State. The report recommended that one Minister in every department should be given responsibility for driving consistent implementation of the <a href="" target="_blank">Government Transformation Strategy</a> and have responsibility for commitments relating to procurement and SMEs.</p> <p><strong>Rob Driver, Head of Public Sector at techUK commented:</strong></p> <p><em>&ldquo;The government has set an ambitious target for 33 percent of procurement spend going to small businesses by 2022 - and the recent announcement by the Cabinet Office contains many welcome actions to help break down barriers for SMEs supplying to the public sector. It is particularly encouraging that the Prime Minister has also written to members of her Cabinet to nominate a ministerial small business champion in each department to ensure that SMEs are given a fair opportunity in supplying to the public sector.&rdquo;</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;For the UK tech sector it is vital that we build on the success of the past three years since the inception of the Digital Marketplace to promote innovation in public services. As recommended in our </em><a href=""><em>Procuring the Smarter State</em></a><em> report, there must be clear leadership within departments to champion GovTech SMEs and I look forward to working with the small business champions to promote better engagement between government and the thriving UK GovTech industry.&rdquo; </em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Further Information</strong></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Procuring the Smarter State</a></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Digital Marketplace Update </a>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Guest blog: Essential Tips on using G-Cloud 10 to engage with CIOs Tue, 17 Apr 2018 09:17:00 +0100 CRM Sync Advice Cloud’s Strategic Adviser Jos Creese shares his top tips on engaging with CIOs. Don’t just get listed on G-Cloud 10, start engaging from the onset to win business. <p><img alt="" src="" style="float:left; height:300px; width:300px"><strong>Advice Cloud&rsquo;s Strategic Adviser Jos Creese shares his top tips on engaging with CIOs. Don&rsquo;t just get listed on G-Cloud 10, start engaging from the onset to win business.</strong></p> <p>G-Cloud was developed to make public service IT procurement easily accessible for cloud- type services with its series of searchable, pre-tendered framework agreements. From it, public-sector organisations can buy services without needing to run a separate tender exercise to legitimise spend.</p> <p>Despite this, suppliers can still find public service procurement frustrating, reducing business opportunities. A major aspect of this predicament is in expectations. For example, in 2011 the government aimed to shift 50% of new IT spend to cloud based services by 2015, yet that target has not yet been reached by 2018. In 2013 a &lsquo;cloud first&rsquo; policy was mandated by government, with expectations of widespread public services adoption outside and within Whitehall, but this has not yet taken root to any great degree.</p> <p>Yet these policies are undoubtedly the direction of travel for government, and suppliers can help whilst increasing the odds of winning business by engaging with CIOs earlier in the process. This means in addition to having a G-Cloud 10 listing, suppliers need to understand the wider context of public sector challenges, helping the CIO in improving public service outcomes, not just selling products to drive efficiencies. Public sector CIOs need practical solutions based on technology opportunity.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Here are <strong>Five Essential Tips</strong> on how to do so:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul><li>Any supplier of IT solutions to the public sector needs to be on G-Cloud 10. If you are not, an avenue of sales and marketing will be closed off. But having a listing is not in itself enough.</li> </ul><p>&nbsp;</p> <ul><li>IT legacy constraints are critical in the adoption of new technology solutions for the public sector, however strong the business case may appear. Understanding the appetite for risk and digital innovation, the legacy constrainst and the procurement and decision-making process can help to manage expectations of suppliers, especially regarding timescales.</li> </ul><p>&nbsp;</p> <ul><li>Understand the context for a sales pitch to the CIO and their team, relating technology opportunity to the challenges of the CIO, especially in implementation. This means risk, total costs of owernship, transition support for example.</li> </ul><p>&nbsp;</p> <ul><li>Sell solutions not products. A G-Cloud 10 listing, is not enough in itself to guarantee new business. It&rsquo;s a shop window for products and services and needs to be backed by marketing and sales to steer prospective public sector client towards the G-Cloud 10 entry and the solution to business problems.</li> </ul><p>&nbsp;</p> <ul><li>Suppliers need to build relationships with CIO teams in the public sector to establish reputation, trust, technical credibility, capability and ideally before any tendering or G-Cloud procurement begins.</li> </ul><p>&nbsp;</p> <p>G-Cloud is here to stay and offers a growing opportunity for public sector clients and suppliers alike in procurement of technology, especially cloud services. It is especially valuable to SMEs, given the costs and hurdles involved in full formal tendering without G-Cloud.</p> <p>At the same time, G-Cloud cannot guarantee sales or inbound leads. It is a shop window, and sales mechanism and a purchase route but that is all. A G-Cloud 10 listing is a good way of describing your wares and as a starting point for conversation. But what the public sector needs more than technology tools are IT-enabled solutions.</p> <p>This lies at the heart of &lsquo;digital&rsquo; &ndash; i.e. new ways of working and delivering public services, made possible by technology opportunity. Therefore, understanding the pressures facing the public sector, empathising with the challenges of the CIO and being realistic about the procurement process, will all help IT suppliers to increase public sector sales and engagement and the value of solutions delivered through G-Cloud.</p> <p><strong>This blog is part of an Advice Cloud white paper </strong><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>&ldquo;Use G-Cloud to engage with CIOs&rdquo;, by Jos Creese.</strong></a></p> <p><u>About Jos:</u></p> <p>Jos Creese is one of Advice Cloud&rsquo;s Strategic Advisers with over 30 years in IT leadership experience. Jos has held a range of CIO roles and non-executive director positions and has been described as the most innovative and influential UK CIO. He is Principal Analyst for Eduserv, an Associate Director and previous President of Socitm, and past President of BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT.</p> Modernising Defence Programme - techUK HoC Defence Committee response Tue, 17 Apr 2018 08:56:59 +0100 CRM Sync A brief overview of the main issues raised by techUK in our response to the Defence Select Committee Modernising Defence Programme inquiry <p>On 25 January 2018, the Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson announced in the House of Commons that the Defence strand of the National Security Capability Review (NSCR) would be removed and reviewed separately, through a Modernising Defence Programme (MDP). Unlike the NSCR, the MDP will not be a fiscally neutral exercise, and techUK expects it to report in July, before the summer parliamentary recess. The MDP is made up of four separate workstreams, which will examine the MOD&rsquo;s operating model, efficiency and business modernisation, the department&rsquo;s commercial and industrial approach, and defence policy, outputs and military capability respectively.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>On 16 April, techUK submitted it&rsquo;s response to the Defence Select Committee inquiry into the MDP, following a consultation with members to gather feedback against the four workstreams. techUK&rsquo;s response identified four key areas which are of the greatest concern to member companies operating in the defence technology space, which are:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ol><li>A reformed commercial operating environment for defence suppliers</li> <li>Acquiring the right skills &amp; talent to enhance MOD&rsquo;s capability to deal with industry</li> <li>Developing an insight on where information &amp; digital capabilities deliver for the MOD</li> <li>Visibility of the defence supply chain &amp; impact of defence spending on the UK economy</li> </ol><p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Through its response, techUK has outlined the underlying factors behind these issues, as well as a series of recommendations which set out how the MOD could address industry&rsquo;s concerns going forward. We will publish our response in due course and look forward to engaging with the Defence Select Committee on these issues in the future.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Finally, techUK will also be submitting its response to the MOD&rsquo;s public consultation on the MDP, which closes on 30 April. We would welcome any additional feedback from members to help inform our response to the public consultation, and advise individual member companies to submit their own responses if they do business with the MOD.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>If you wish to do so, please contact <a href="">Fred Sugde</a>n.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Round-up from ENA Open Networks Advisory Meeting Tue, 17 Apr 2018 07:45:03 +0100 CRM Sync techUK sits on the Advisory Group for the ENA's Open Networks Project <p>techUK sits on the Advisory Group to the Energy Networks Association (ENA), Open Networks Project.</p> <p>The aim of the project is to:</p> <ul><li>&nbsp;Give help give households, businesses &amp; networks the ability to take advantage of new energy technologies to take control of their energy and lower their costs</li> <li>&nbsp;Help underpin business growth, attract investment and deliver real economic benefits to the UK</li> <li>&nbsp;Take a whole energy system approach to designing solutions by consulting with a wide range of stakeholders, including the gas networks, through the Advisory Group</li> </ul><p>We provide the slides and associated material to our members so that they are aware of the ongoing work within the Project. The Advisory Group's meeting on the 12th April covered; feedback from the consultation that the project ran on its work programme for 2018 and breakout sessions around best practice for connecting flexibility, whole systems investment planning studies and methodologies, defining commonly used terms, proposed updates to DSO Functions and case studies for SGAM models.&nbsp;</p> <p>Attached below is the slides deck from the workshop and a list of products for 2018.&nbsp;</p> <p>If you have any questions then please get in contact with <a href="">Matthew Evans</a></p> techUK response to the House of Lords AI Report Mon, 16 Apr 2018 10:13:01 +0100 CRM Sync Sue Daley, techUK Head of Programme for Cloud, Data, Analytics and AI, comments on the new House of Lords report, 'AI in the UK: ready, willing and able?' <p><span style="font-size:14px">Th<span style="color:black">e House of Lords has released a new report on Artificial Intelligence<em>, <a href=""><u>AI in the UK: ready, willing and able?</u></a> </em>The report suggests that the UK can be a world leader in the development of artificial intelligence (AI) but only if we put ethics at the centre of its development. </span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size:14px"><span style="color:black">Commenting on the launch of report, Sue Daley, Head of Programme for Cloud, Data, Analytics and AI at techUK, said: </span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px"><em><span style="color:rgb(33, 33, 33)">&ldquo;techUK commends the House of Lords AI Select Committee on the publication of a&nbsp;comprehensive and in depth AI report. This is an important contribution to current thinking. At a time when some are questioning the ability of politicians to keep pace with tech this report proves that policy makers can get to grips with big issues like&nbsp;AI.&nbsp;&nbsp;It is particularly impressive that members of the Committee spent time&nbsp;learning&nbsp;to programme deep neural networks.&nbsp;</span><span style="color:rgb(33, 33, 33)">Politicians across the pond should take note.&nbsp;</span></em></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px"><em><span style="color:rgb(33, 33, 33)">&nbsp;</span></em></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px"><em><span style="color:rgb(33, 33, 33)">&ldquo;This report deserves to be read in-depth.&nbsp;The long to-do list of&nbsp;recommendations maps out&nbsp;many of the&nbsp;important&nbsp;issues that require careful consideration. In particular the need for greater coordination and consolidation on existing ethical initiatives and codes in a way that can assist businesses looking to do the right thing. The five key principles identified are aligned with current thinking and highlight the importance of ensuring human needs and values remain at the core of technological innovation. If we get the policy and regulatory framework right there is no reason why the UK can't be a world leader in the development and effective safe use of AI.&nbsp;With the recently announced Council&nbsp;for AI, Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation and the Ada Lovelace Institute the UK is starting to put in place some of the institutions that can help guide the safe and effective development of AI. Ethics alongside regulation, including new&nbsp;data protection rules, has a key role to play. 2018 should be a year of practical progress that can build confidence and support innovation.&nbsp;</span><span style="color:rgb(33, 33, 33)">&nbsp;techUK is looking forward to working with others to help organisations across all industries and sectors of the UK to realise the full economic and social potential of AI as well as to address and overcome many of the challenges set out in the report.&rdquo;</span></em></span></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> PayTech Awards 2018 Mon, 16 Apr 2018 10:08:00 +0100 CRM Sync techUK is supporting the 2018 PayTech Awards. These are open to banks, financial and payment institutions, technology and solution providers and consultants and other vendors and registration is now open. <p><strong><img alt="" src="" style="height:119px; width:300px"></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Paytech Awards 2018</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>techUK is proud to support the 2018 <strong>PayTech Awards</strong> which are now open for entry and registration for the Awards Ceremony to be held on <u>Friday, 3 July</u> in London. To <strong>reserve a free complimentary seat by 29 June</strong> and find out more information please click, <em><a href="">here</a></em>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><em>About the awards</em></strong></p> <p><strong>PayTech Awards, </strong>part of FinTech Futures, are new and&nbsp;exciting awards that&nbsp;recognise excellence and innovation in the use of IT in the finance and payment industry worldwide, and the people who make it happen. There are <em><a href="" target="_blank"><em>Judged</em></a>&nbsp; <a href="">Leadership</a> <a href="">Editor&rsquo;s Choice </a>&nbsp;and <a href="">Paytech for Good</a></em> Award categories</p> <p><strong><em>Who can enter</em></strong></p> <ul><li>PayTech&nbsp;Awards are open to&nbsp;banks, financial and payment&nbsp;institutions worldwide&nbsp;- i.e. for projects, implementations, partnerships and other initiatives at/by these institutions.</li> <li>PayTech Awards for projects that might involve either in-house built or third party technology/solutions. Wherever applicable, vendors and their products/input will be named and commended, and vendors are very welcome to attend the Awards ceremony.</li> <li>PR agencies, consultants, vendors and other industry participants&nbsp;are welcome to&nbsp;put an entry in&nbsp;on behalf of a bank, financial or payment institution&nbsp;but must have prior approval from them.</li> </ul><p>More than one category may be entered for the same project/person/team.</p> <p><strong><em><u>Entries deadline</u></em></strong></p> <p><em>The awards are now open for entry!&nbsp;<strong>The deadline for applying is 20 April 2018</strong></em>. Click <a href="">here</a> to enter the Awards.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><em>Entry fee and payment</em></strong></p> <p>A &pound;199.00 (+20% UK VAT, where applicable) fee is applicable for most of the categories.&nbsp;This fee&nbsp;is applicable&nbsp;for each entry&nbsp;<u>per category</u>.&nbsp;So, if you apply for two categories, it will be &pound;199.00 x 2, for three categories &ndash; &pound;199.00 x 3 and so on).&nbsp;(The exception is the Woman in PayTech&nbsp;Award and the PayTech Leadership Award, which are free to enter.)</p> <p><strong><em>Submitting an entry</em></strong></p> <ul><li>All entries must be written in English and submitted via our online form.</li> <li>All entries should be no longer than 1,000 words.</li> <li>Entering the awards requires a payment (where applicable), this payment is for nomination and is due&nbsp;regardless whether the project makes to the shortlist or not.</li> </ul><p>For more information on pricing and entry guidelines click <em><a href="">here</a></em></p> <p><strong><em>The judging process&nbsp;</em></strong></p> <p>The&nbsp;qualifying entries are examined, discussed and voted on by the&nbsp;PayTech Awards judges. To ensure the process is completely unbiased and objective, judges are not allowed to comment on, or vote for, entries from their own institutions.</p> <p><strong><em>Awards Ceremony 13 July </em></strong></p> <p>The shortlists for all categories will be announced in May 2018. The venue for the PayTech Awards Ceremony will be confirmed shortly.&nbsp;For details on <strong>booking a table </strong><a href="" target="_blank">click <em>here</em></a>.</p> <p>If you are interested in becoming a <strong>sponsor or partner</strong>, please c<a href="" target="_blank">lick <em>here</em></a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="" style="height:250px; width:500px"></p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Tech opens new era of opportunity for India and the UK Fri, 13 Apr 2018 15:01:52 +0100 CRM Sync CHOGM 2018 is in London next week. Ahead of this, Simon Spier looks at techUK’s engagement with the Commonwealth’s most populous country, India <p>India is an emerging tech powerhouse. Already the world&rsquo;s <a href=""><u>second largest smartphone market</u></a>, it is also on course to become the <a href=""><u>second largest market for IT</u></a> generally by the end of 2018. The Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, has embarked on initiatives such as Digital India (potentially worth &pound;45 billion over 10 years), Smart Cities (&pound;20-24 billion over 10 years) and Make in India, which are set to transform the tech economy in India. With the UK-Indian bilateral trade in goods and services worth &pound;18 billion in 2017, and seeing year on year growth of 15%, India is a priority area for our International Trade programme.</p> <p><img alt="" src="" style="border-style:solid; border-width:0px; float:left; height:316px; margin:10px; width:500px">Theresa May&rsquo;s first bilateral trip outside Europe and first trade mission as PM was to India. Ahead of this visit in November 2016, techUK and the National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM), wrote a <a href=""><u>joint letter</u></a> to Prime Ministers May and Modi. It called on them to deepen the tech relationship between the two countries and help unlock a major new wave of digital growth.</p> <p>The letter contained four priorities: <strong>pioneering innovation partnerships</strong> through the opening of a tech hub in India; <strong>valuing international talent</strong> by enjoying a frictionless immigration policy; <strong>sharing best practice on boosting digital skills</strong>, an important challenge for both countries; and <strong>a trade agreement fit for the digital age</strong>. While a trade agreement is still some way off, it is promising that some steps have been taken in the other areas.</p> <p>Since then, techUK has been closely involved in moving these priorities forward. In September 2017, techUK organised the first UK-India Working Group to explore how trade between the two countries in the tech sector can be increased. The working group formed part of techUK&rsquo;s new International Trade programme and was supported by the Indian High Commission, London, the UK&rsquo;s Department of International Trade, NASSCOM, the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), as well as leading UK and Indian tech companies. The outcomes of the working group have helped to inform the direction of the UK-India tech trade relationship and the actions of techUK&rsquo;s International Trade India programme.</p> <p>We followed this up in February 2018 by <a href=""><u>supporting the Northern Powerhouse&rsquo;s Department for International Trade Mission</u></a> to Hyderabad, Bangalore and Mumbai. I was delighted to join the mission which was attended by several techUK members. The visit provided an insight in to the excellent opportunity for partnership between UK and Indian tech companies. &nbsp;The mission took in the NASSCOM Future Leaders Summit coinciding with WCIT India 2018 -&nbsp;The Olympics of the Global ICT Industry, as well as providing site visits to large Indian multinationals such as Wipro and Tech Mahindra and providing the opportunity for a number of one-to-one meetings with Indian tech companies of all size.</p> <p>techUK is also proud to be the UK tech partner for the <a href=""><u>Access India Programme</u></a> (AIP). The Access India Programme, launched in September 2017 by the High Commission of India in London, is a flagship programme assisting market entry into India. The programme is the first of its kind for supporting UK businesses access the <em>Make in India </em>initiativ<em>e</em> of the Government of India. The programme solely focuses on providing support to small and medium size UK enterprises.</p> <p>techUK is continuing to engage with the Indian tech sector, with one of our recent events partnering alongside the Open University to explore &nbsp;&lsquo;<a href=""><u>what can the UK learn from India to bridge the IT skills gap?</u></a>&rsquo;. As Prime Minister Modi attends the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting next week, we look forward to exploring the next steps in the burgeoning tech partnership between our two countries.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> The future of digital health in the NHS - Breakfast Meeting, 25 April Thu, 12 Apr 2018 15:44:45 +0100 CRM Sync Portland and techUK are hosting a breakfast event to discuss the technological future of healthcare in the UK. <p>Portland and techUK are delighted to invite you to a breakfast event to discuss the technological future of healthcare in the UK.</p> <p>The event, chaired by Mike Bewick, former Deputy Medical Director at NHS England, will ask invited panellists to offer their perspective on the impact of Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships on driving the uptake of technological innovation in the NHS.<br><br> The panel will include Sarah Wilkinson, Chief Executive of NHS Digital and Portland advisor Will Tanner, formerly deputy head of Theresa May&rsquo;s Policy Unit and co-founder of a mental health start up app, Bolster. They will also be joined by speakers from innovative health service companies, Optum and Tunstall.<br><br> There will also be an opportunity to network with fellow attendees before and after the panel discussion.<br> &nbsp;<br><a href="">Click here to RSVP</a></p> <p>Spaces are limited so please RSVP as soon as possible.</p> <p>Here are the details:</p> <p>Date: 25 April 2018</p> <p>Time: 08:00 - 10:00</p> <p>Venue:&nbsp;85 Strand, London WC2R 0DW</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Policy Pulse | Your Weekly Update on Tech and Digital Policy Thu, 12 Apr 2018 13:47:40 +0100 CRM Sync It has been a busy few weeks in the world of tech... <p>Policy Pulse has been absent recently while we have been working on our website, for which we apologise. However, we are delighted to announce that we have now launched our new techUK portal website, allowing our members and stakeholders to engage more directly with techUK&rsquo;s work.&nbsp;<a href="" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><span style="color:#0033cc">Check out the techUK portal here</span></a><span style="color:00B0F0">&nbsp;</span>and do get in touch with any questions. Also in this week&rsquo;s Policy Pulse:</p> <ul><li>techUK CEO writes for The Times Red Box on a watershed moment for tech;</li> <li>Government outlines proposals for a Digital Tax;</li> <li>Gender Pay Gap revealed as companies report their findings;</li> <li>Government publishes &lsquo;Secure by Design&rsquo; report.</li> </ul><p>All this and more, get your tech policy fix below.</p> <hr><h2><strong>Top Tech Policy News</strong></h2> <p><a href="" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><span style="color:#0000cc">Tech disruptors can&rsquo;t complain when they face a watershed moment</span><span style="color:#808080">&nbsp;</span></a><strong>(The Times Red Box &pound;)</strong><br> techUK&rsquo;s CEO, Julian David, looks at what could be a watershed moment in tech following the Cambridge Analytica revelations. This can also be seen on&nbsp;<a href="" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><span style="color:#0000cc">techUK&rsquo;s website here</span></a>.</p> <p><a href="" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><span style="color:#0000cc">The UK and the EU publish digital tax proposals</span></a>&nbsp;<strong>(BBC)</strong><br> Proposals for a digital tax have been published by the European Commission and the UK Government. techUK continues to believe an international solution to taxation, through the OECD, offers the best chance of success.</p> <p><a href="" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><span style="color:#0000cc">IoT security must be the foundation of design, not an afterthought</span></a><span style="color:#0000cc">&nbsp;</span><strong>(Computer Weekly)</strong><br> Following the Government&rsquo;s publication of &lsquo;Security by Design&rsquo; report, Julian David, sets out why developers need to make security be design a fundamental part of IoT products. techUK&rsquo;s full&nbsp;<a href="" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><span style="color:#0000cc">response to the Government&rsquo;s report is here</span></a>.</p> <p><a href="" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><span style="color:#0000cc">Companies publish details of their gender pay gap</span></a>&nbsp;<strong>(BBC)</strong><br> For the first time the gender pay gap has been exposed. Here the BBC set out six things we learned from the reporting.</p> <p><a href="" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><span style="color:#0000cc">EU and Japan ask to join US&rsquo; WTO case against China over enforced technology transfer</span></a>&nbsp;<strong>(FT &pound;)</strong><br> Tensions over US-China trade continue to escalate as the EU and Japan join a case launched by US against China over intellectual property practices.</p> <p><a href="" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><span style="color:#0000cc">London&rsquo;s Innovation Census</span></a>&nbsp;<strong>(CognitionX)</strong><br> Are you working in AI? Deploying AI? The Mayor of London has commissioned CognitionX to develop a stronger evidence base for the Mayor&rsquo;s policy towards the AI industry. If you are an AI company, or are deploying AI, or simply have an opinion about AI in London you can&nbsp;<a href="" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><span style="color:#808080">contribute to the survey here</span></a>.</p> <hr><h2><strong>techUK Action &amp; Reaction</strong></h2> <p><a href="" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><span style="color:#0000cc">&pound;5 million Ada Lovelace Institute announced to co-ordinate digital ethics debate</span></a>&nbsp;<strong>(Diginomica)</strong><br> The Nuffield Foundation announced the new Ada Lovelace Institute for Digital Ethics, which techUK has long supported and contributed to. Antony Walker, Deputy CEO, says &lsquo;Digital ethics is not a substitute for regulation, but an essential complement that can support innovation&rsquo;.</p> <p><a href="" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><span style="color:#0000cc">Time for action: how do we remedy the Gender Pay Gap?</span></a>&nbsp;<strong>(techUK)</strong><br> India Lucas, techUK&rsquo;s new Policy Manager for Skills, Talent and Diversity, looks at the results of the Gender Pay Gap investigation what the tech sector can do to improve.</p> <p><a href="" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><span style="color:#0000cc">Does GDPR prevent Blockchain, or does Blockchain assist GDPR?</span></a><span style="color:#0000cc">&nbsp;</span><strong>(techUK)</strong><br> techUK Policy Manager, Jeremy Lilley, spoke at a European Parliament in Brussels roundtable on the interplay between GDPR and Blockchain technologies.</p> <p><a href="" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><span style="color:#0000cc">What do tech exporters want from Brexit? Find out in new techUK report</span></a><span style="color:#808080">&nbsp;</span><strong>(techUK)</strong><br> techUK published a new paper, &lsquo;What tech exporters want from Brexit&rsquo;, which outlines the steps the UK should take to ensure current trade is not disrupted.</p> <p><a href="" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><span style="color:#0000cc">Will the data protection world be different under GDPR?</span></a>&nbsp;<strong>(techUK)</strong><br> Following the Cambridge Analytica revelations, techUK&rsquo;s Jeremy Lilley looks at how things might have been different under GDPR.</p> <hr><h2><strong>More News &amp; Comment</strong></h2> <p><br><a href="" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><span style="color:#0000cc">Is social media really to blame for London&rsquo;s knife crime?</span></a><span style="color:#0000cc">&nbsp;</span><strong>(Wired)</strong><br><br><a href="" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><span style="color:#0000cc">Where is AI being applied?</span></a>&nbsp;<strong>(DeepIndex)</strong><br><br><a href="" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><span style="color:#0000cc">Robot performs double cancer surgery</span></a><span style="color:#808080">&nbsp;</span><strong>(Sky News)</strong><br><br><a href="" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"><span style="color:#0000cc">Dubai to launch digital number plates</span></a>&nbsp;<strong>(BBC)</strong></p> <hr><h2>Upcoming events - <a href=";recipientid=contact-0e1563cb0923e81181155065f38be571-1fffceb0b81a4ad7bee0df1b63154150&amp;esid=1e7a70e9-753d-e811-8122-5065f38a8ad1&amp;urlid=22"><span style="color:#0000cc">View full events calendar&nbsp;</span></a></h2> <p>16 April - <a href=";recipientid=contact-0e1563cb0923e81181155065f38be571-1fffceb0b81a4ad7bee0df1b63154150&amp;esid=1e7a70e9-753d-e811-8122-5065f38a8ad1&amp;urlid=24"><span style="color:#0000cc">How a connected home can be a smarter home</span></a></p> <p>17 May - <a href=";recipientid=contact-0e1563cb0923e81181155065f38be571-1fffceb0b81a4ad7bee0df1b63154150&amp;esid=1e7a70e9-753d-e811-8122-5065f38a8ad1&amp;urlid=26"><span style="color:#0000cc">Cyber in the Digital Economy</span></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> G- Cloud 10 market briefing Thu, 12 Apr 2018 13:18:00 +0100 CRM Sync G-Cloud gives central government, local councils, NHS Trusts and other public sector bodies a way to purchase cloud-based services <p><img src="" alt="" style="height: 250px; width: 600px;" /></p> <p>Last month the <a href="">Cabinet Office announced that a new version of the G-Cloud</a>&nbsp;procurement framework will open for bids in April, allowing new companies to join the framework - after delivering £1.4bn of spend to small businesses since its inception.</p> <p>The decision to release a new version of the framework will support new companies, including small businesses, to supply to government, while also giving current suppliers the opportunity to update their service offer and pricing.</p> <p>G-Cloud gives central government, local councils, NHS Trusts and other public sector bodies a way to purchase cloud-based services such as web hosting from a single, central website. Companies will be able to bid to join the framework from April. G-Cloud 10 could eventually be worth £600 million</p> <p><strong>Procuring the Smarter State</strong></p> <p>techUK held a G- Cloud 10 market briefing with techUK members bringing together market experts <a href="">Advice Cloud</a>, and the G- Cloud leads from the Crown Commercial Service to answer questions from suppliers. This included tips on being successful on G- Cloud 10, and also key timelines and processes for adding services to the new framework. An overview was also provided on the key recommendations from techUK’s recently published report <a href="insights/reports/item/12186-procuring-the-smarter-state">Procuring the Smarter State</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><em>If you would like any further information on techUK’s public sector programmes please contact Rob Driver. </em></strong></p> <p><strong>Further Information</strong></p> <p><a href="">G- Cloud 10 market briefing recording</a></p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> Expressions of Interest: Improving Crowd Resilience Demonstration Day Thu, 12 Apr 2018 10:56:43 +0100 CRM Sync This is a demonstration day for those involved in delivering solutions for protecting crowded spaces. It is a chance for suppliers to explore the Home Office and Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) funded projects to improve crowd resilience. <p>Following the 2017 terror attacks which targeted crowded places, the Office for Security and Counter Terrorism (OSCT) and Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) launched a &pound;1 million <a href="" target="_blank">competition </a>to develop innovative approaches to improve crowd resilience.</p> <p>We are keen to expose these innovative ideas to suppliers already delivering solutions in the following areas within the <a href="" target="_blank">crowded places supply chain</a>:</p> <ul><li>CCTV hardware</li> <li>CCTV software/video analytics</li> <li>Thermal imaging camera systems</li> <li>Managed Service Providers providing systems integration and/or buildings system management</li> <li>Event management companies</li> <li>Marketing companies</li> </ul><p>To facilitate this, we will be holding a demonstration day in London on Thursday 3 May 2018 where the developers will be showcasing their projects. This is a unique opportunity to discuss collaboration with the five organisations who are eligible for further Government funding and identify potential innovations to enhance your offering.</p> <p>This email is seeking expressions of interest for attendance at this event. Please find details of the five funded projects in the attached abstracts.</p> <p>If you work in the areas above and are interested in attending to see a demonstration of the projects to date, <a href="" target="_blank">please registere&nbsp;at Eventbrite</a> using the <strong>password ICRDEMO18</strong> and provide a statement regarding which capability your organisation already provides and where it is being delivered or whether your organisation could offer benefit to the funded projects.</p> <p>The deadline for this <strong>Expression of Interest is Friday 27 April at 5pm</strong>. DASA will contact you after this date to notify you if you&rsquo;ve been selected to attend.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Eureka Innovation Days Conference Thu, 12 Apr 2018 09:27:04 +0100 CRM Sync The Enterprise Europe Network team at the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) is supporting Eureka Innovation Days Conference <p><img src="" alt="" style="height: 400px; width: 693px;" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Enterprise Europe Network team at the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) is supporting Eureka Innovation Days Conference and Business Matchmaking event taking place in Helsinki during 22 – 24 May 2018.</p> <p>EUREKA Innovation Days is the perfect opportunity to meet companies and research organisations from across Europe and beyond in Finland’s dynamic capital. The three-day conference, from Tuesday 22 through 24 May 2018, includes:</p> <ul> <li>high-level speakers from industry, government and academia,</li> <li>debate on European Innovation landscape,</li> <li>expert insights into cutting-edge innovations in energy, industry, transport and health,</li> <li>an exhibition area showcasing R&amp;D projects and a chance to discuss directly with companies present,</li> <li>opportunities for matchmaking and for pitching new project ideas,</li> <li>guided TechTours to meet Finnish companies and research organisations (to be confirmed).</li> </ul> <p>You may find more information on the agenda and speakers here: <a href=""></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>UK SMEs are eligible for a grant set at £1200 per company</strong> in total to cover travel, hotel and the conference fee for one representative per company.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div> <p><strong>EUROSTARS</strong></p> <p>• The UK has already committed £5 million in 2018 to support UK SMEs in transnational and commercially focused</p> <p>Eurostars projects</p> <p>• Eurostars is aimed at supporting both development and commercialisation of new innovative products, services and processes</p> <p>• Eurostars helps technology-orientated SMEs to realise the many benefits of working beyond national borders</p> <p>• Participation in Eurostars can therefore open up new global markets!</p> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For more information and for an International Travel Allowance Application form please contact <a href="">Vanessa Vlotides</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Home Secretary Announces £50 Million Funding At CyberUK Thu, 12 Apr 2018 08:51:14 +0100 CRM Sync The Home Secretary has announced details of £50 million worth of funding for improving UK cyber defences on the second day of CyberUK. <p>The Home Secretary has <a href="">announced</a> details of &pound;50 million worth of funding for improving UK cyber defences on the second day of CyberUK.</p> <p><br> Included as part of the &pound;50 million is:</p> <p><br> &bull;&nbsp;&pound;9 million for law enforcement working for action of dark web;<br> &bull;&nbsp;Over &pound;5 millions investment for regional and local operations;<br> &bull;&nbsp;&pound;3 million for Cyber Aware; and<br> &bull;&nbsp;Money set aside for victims of cyber crime.</p> <p><br> Touching on both the launch of the &pound;13.5 million Cyber Innovation Centre and a new NCSC facility soon to be opened in Manchester, the Home Secretary spoke of how the UK must continue to expand its operations in all cyber security areas. As nation state conflicts are increasingly played out online and modern crime is primarily committed, she reiterated the need to ensure that UK authorities don&rsquo;t just keep pace with cyber criminals but are steps ahead in terms of capability and resilience. The new centres will be one way in which Government achieves this objective as part of the National Cyber Security Strategy.</p> <p><br> Increased funding for local and regional law enforcement is in response to recently released figures which suggest that only 30% of regional police forces possess sufficient skills and resources to respond effectively to cyber attacks. This is of course part of the wider challenge the UK faces in bridging the cyber skills gap.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>techUK welcomes the funding announced by the Home Secretary and shares her view that industry should play a significant role both in ensuring they have sufficient security measures in place but also in being more generous with the skills they possess. Additionally, whilst industry already plays a strong role in supporting UK infrastructure more should be done where possible to support Government initiatives around skills, security by default and strengthening the UK cyber security industry and profession.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Demystifying Local Government: Growing the Local Govtech Market Thu, 12 Apr 2018 08:06:38 +0100 CRM Sync Key insights from 05 April event looking at how councils operate and the latest local government tech trends <p>A well-rehearsed narrative for local government is that it is increasingly fragmented and hard to navigate. While this is true, local government is unique in the number of lines of business it operates - from zoo licenses to local planning to waste collection. Managing demand and rising expectations at a continued time of financial constraints is no easy feat and, as such, councils are embracing digital technology as an enabler to do things differently and to deliver more efficient, improved services. Local government is where there is vast opportunity for technology to really transform outcomes for citizens. It&rsquo;s an exciting and innovative market and at techUK we want to put the spotlights on the great things happening locally and help &lsquo;demystify&rsquo; the local government market to encourage new entrants and SMEs to enter it. Tech also continues to be a significant spend in local government. &nbsp;We held an event on &lsquo;Demystifying Local Government&rsquo; on 05 April for tech companies to develop a better understanding of the current landscape, latest tech trends trends and be more informed in the way councils operate.</p> <p>We were delighted to welcome Councillor Peter Fleming, Leader, Sevenoaks District Council; Georgina O'Toole is Chief Analyst, TechMarketView; Jonathan Flowers, a portfolio Non-Executive Director, strategic advisor for three companies; and David Bicknell, Editor, Government Computing to the panel to share their key insights which included:</p> <p><strong>Not All Councils are the Same</strong></p> <p>Local Authorities are sovereign entities and they have very different circumstances, issues and crucially very different local assets which make them diverse. As such the challenges faced by local government and the opportunities to help are not the same everywhere.&nbsp; Though there are some core themes when it comes to:</p> <ul><li>The need to reduce costs</li> <li>The need to increase revenue</li> <li>Reshaping the role of the local state in its community</li> </ul><p>Digital can add value to the first two of those needs but it is the more profound use of the business models, cultures and processes of the internet era that will really add value which makes this is an exciting and open space.</p> <p>It was mentioned that some councils are looking at what the shape of the council will look like in the future and the role digital can play. For example, using AI to boost customer services and make more responsive to needs of citizens in a more digitized society. While others are using tech in a more ad hoc way &ndash; opening up data to afford local business and start-ups the opportunity to interpret the problem and become suppliers of innovative local solutions. Each councils reaction dependent on leadership, willingness to take risk, and extent of budgetary constraints.</p> <p>A good indicator if a council is up for innovation is reading their financial strategy!</p> <p><strong>Breaking the Boundaries</strong></p> <p>We are also starting to see some more radical thinking in the areas where we think organisations need to start &lsquo;breaking the boundaries&rsquo;. For example:</p> <ul><li>To tackle skills and resource issues: innovative supplier contracting arrangements that incorporate the upskilling of authority employees and the citizen.</li> <li>To tackle the need to drive more innovation: incorporating citizen involvement into tech projects e.g. civic crowdfunding, hack days. Investigating the art of the possible.</li> <li>To tackle the need to drive value from technology inside and outside the authority, e.g. thinking about how to deal with long, complex IoT service chains, how to manage more complex hybrid IT environments.</li> <li>To tackle the need to drive value from data e.g. thinking about the benefits of opening up government data to tackling the perceived data sharing restrictions.</li> </ul><p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Art of the Possible</strong></p> <p>The five wave of transformation focused on channel-shift through outsourcing while we are now seeing more councils embed tech across organization and using emerging tech to transform outcomes. Some of the late council adopters are jumping straight to the latter.</p> <p>There is also a greater appetite to work with multiple suppliers and more and more with SMEs and taking a more collaborative approach when working with suppliers, moving away from big scale procurement.</p> <p>It was also highlighted that suppliers need to sell the &lsquo;art of the possible&rsquo; when talking to councils.</p> <p><strong>Next Phase</strong></p> <p>The next phase in local government will put far more focus on things like:</p> <ul><li>Early intervention: using tech to deliver more predictive and preventive services to manage demand.</li> <li>The incorporation of more community involvement e.g. through social franchises</li> <li>Commercialisation: identifying local government assets that can be used to generate revenue</li> <li>Virtual commissioning: to allow more flexibility; will also require more automation</li> <li>More personalised citizen services requiring a better understanding of the citizen</li> </ul><p>&nbsp;</p> <p>If you would like to learn more about techUK&rsquo;s local government activity and how to get involved please contact <a href="">Georgina Maratheftis.</a></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Brexit and Customs, Sanctions and Export Controls: Event Report Wed, 11 Apr 2018 15:31:23 +0100 CRM Sync techUK held an event with Dechert and ADS on the impact of Brexit on export controls. sanctions and customs and this is a report of the main points made. <p>techUK,&nbsp; ADS and Dechert held a joint event on the impact of Brexit on export control, sanctions and customs where we had an excellent range of speakers from across Government and industry. Approximately 90 delegates attended the sessions and main points from the event are below:</p> <p><u><strong>Session 1: Brexit and Customs</strong></u></p> <ul><li>Given the &ldquo;green&rdquo; status of provisions on customs in the draft Withdrawal/Transition agreement, status quo will continue during until December 2020.</li> <li>As &ldquo;nothing is agreed until everything has been agreed&rdquo;&nbsp;uncertainty remains regarding the customs arrangements after transition.</li> <li>The Customs Bill, the Taxation (Cross Border Trade) Bill is in committee stage and will set the framework to allow for the UK to set out tariffs. The bill will not set policy.</li> <li>Some customs friction for EU trade will be inevitable due to the UK position on leaving the Customs Union, but HMRC are&nbsp;looking at how to minimise this, by looking at the options set out in the White Paper: a &lsquo;highly streamlined&rsquo; customs arrangement where declarations are required, but more cost and admin will be required or a &lsquo;customs partnership&rsquo; where the UK border charges EU tariffs on goods destined for the EU and UK tariffs on goods for the UK</li> <li>The UK wants to agree mutual recognition of the customs framework, including AEO status. Businesses were encouraged to conduct cost/benefit analyses of applying for AEO.</li> <li>On VAT, HMRC believes there will be a status quo during transition period, but post-Brexit VAT policy is still being planned and will be consulted on.</li> <li>HMRC are still confident CDS will be ready by Jan 2019 (with no plans to extend this into transition) and is sufficiency scalable.</li> <li>Without knowing the terms of the UK/EU FTA, it is hard to predict friction caused by Rules of Origin rules.</li> </ul><p><u><strong>Session 2: Brexit and Sanctions</strong></u></p> <ul><li>The UK will still be involved in sanctions policy as it a crucial tool of&nbsp;foreign policy, and given the EU&nbsp;and UK face the same threats&nbsp;the UK is aiming to co-operate with the EU and be involved at UN level. As many current EU sanctions as possible will be carried over into UK law.</li> <li>The Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill is being held up, but will return in the next few weeks with the aim of passing by Summer.&nbsp;</li> <li>OFSI plan to publish a guide to the various sanctions in force at the end of transition and for business the three sanctions regimes of primary concern are UK, EU and USA. Some complexity is inevitable ,but the UK will aim to align sanctions designations with Europe and the USA.</li> <li>Brexit could also improve sanctions policy by clarifying ambiguities, with potentially a general licence for financial sanctions and OFSI will consult on new processes.</li> </ul><p><u><strong>Session 3: Brexit and Export Controls</strong></u></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul><li>The UK&rsquo;s aim will be maintaining the integrity and effectiveness of the export licensing system after Brexit, to keep additional burdens on business at a minimum and to maintain the ECJU&rsquo;s licensing performance.</li> <li>EU export control regulations come into the UK law, including the revised Dual-Use Regulation if it passes during transition (there are major question marks over this).</li> <li>The UK will not input into working groups and lose its voting rights during the transition period, which is when the negotiations could take place.</li> <li>Longer term, the aim is to create a new Export Control Order to consolidate the various controls into one order and simplify processes for applicants.</li> <li>We will (eventually) be able to consolidate controls from retained EU legislation into a new-look Export Control Order, but when and what this might look like is not yet known.</li> <li>For the future partnership, issues for ECJU in negotiation include co-operation, preventing undercutting (where licence rejections are valid through Europe), ensuring mutual recognition of licences until they expire and amendments to control lists.</li> <li>Businesses will need a licence for exporting Dual-Use goods into the EU, but the aim is to create a new OGEL that will not add any new reporting or admin procedures.</li> <li>The UK wants the EU to add the UK to the EU-001 licence and industry groups should push EU counterparts to make sure this is heard.</li> <li>Other issues need to be worked through including Consolidated Criteria, getting some form of enhanced status for export licencing, continued application of the Intra EU Transfers for defence and military goods and the ability of ECJU to manage increased workloads as many SMEs will have to undertake compliance processes for the first time.</li> </ul><ul></ul>Contact: <a href=""></a> Final chance to apply for Digital Health London Accelerator programme Wed, 11 Apr 2018 15:30:26 +0100 CRM Sync Digital Health London is looking for up to 25 innovative small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) who are developing solutions to some of the NHS’ most pressing challenges. <p>Hannah Harniess, interim Programme Director at Digital Health London</p> <p><strong>Final chance to apply for Digital Health London Accelerator programme</strong></p> <p><strong>Deadline for the third year of acclaimed Accelerator is on 13 April</strong></p> <p>Digital Health London is looking for up to 25 innovative small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) who are developing solutions to some of the NHS&rsquo; most pressing challenges.</p> <p>When SMEs with fantastic products can&rsquo;t access the NHS, it&rsquo;s patients that miss out. We&rsquo;ve seen time and time again that digital technologies can make a major difference and help the NHS save resource &ndash; whether it&rsquo;s slashing waiting times in A&amp;E or helping people to manage long term conditions and live healthier lives, London is a vibrant hub of innovation.</p> <p>We want to help thousands of Londoners benefit from latest technologies to improve their health; and supporting high potential companies to grow faster is vital to this mission.&nbsp;We can help you with business and product development, introductions and opportunities to showcase your innovation to senior NHS decision makers and influencers, and access to business, clinical, and topical specialists to help give you the best chance of success in the NHS.</p> <p>We have so far worked with 61 companies and provided 600 hours of support, helped secure 27 research collaborations, and supported companies to launch 25 new products. Additionally, alumni have secured more than &pound;15M in funding, and 50 NHS contracts.</p> <p>Don&rsquo;t just take it from us &ndash;&nbsp;Elliott Engers, CEO of&nbsp;<a href="">Infinity Health</a>, one of the companies on this year&rsquo;s programme told us that, &ldquo;As a direct result of the programme we have had the opportunity to meet with senior NHS stakeholders in London. Additionally, we have had the privilege of working with the most experienced health economists and researchers in the country, allowing us to better understand the impact Infinity has on clinical practice and the research methodology necessary to develop a robust evidence-base for our core product.&rdquo;</p> <h5>We can&rsquo;t wait to see the innovations London&rsquo;s thriving companies put forward this year &ndash; so if you think your company&nbsp;<a href="">fits the bill</a>, why not apply today?</h5> <p>Successful SMEs will receive:</p> <ul><li>One-to-one support from a designated &ldquo;NHS Navigator&rdquo;</li> <li>Specialist training</li> <li>Support with product development</li> <li>Opportunities to meet experts from business, clinical, and government backgrounds</li> <li>Regular opportunities to showcase their products with NHS decision-makers and influencers.</li> </ul><p>For more details or to apply visit the Digital Health London website <a href="">here.</a></p> New Open General Export Licence for Crypto Items Published Wed, 11 Apr 2018 15:05:21 +0100 CRM Sync The Department for International Trade has published a new open general export licence (OGEL): information security items. The purpose of this OGEL is to allow the export of ‘low risk’ information security items deploying encryption to a wide range o <p>The Department for International Trade has published a new Open General Export Licence (OGEL) for cryptographic or information security items. The purpose of this OGEL is to allow the export of &lsquo;low risk&rsquo; information security items considered &lsquo;dual-use&rsquo;&nbsp;(as defined as having both civil and military uses) containing encryption technologies to a range of destinations.</p> <p>techUK, along with&nbsp;the ADS EGADD committee, has been working with the DIT and NCSC for months and even though the final version is a significant step forward over previous versions, we believe the licence is not in the right shape to be practically used by companies seeking to export ceyptographic items.</p> <p>The reporting requirements mean the application process&nbsp;is not as easy to complete as single licences (OGELs are meant to be easier) and crucially the information requested is often not known or available to applicants (for example when the crypto software is part of a finished article). The licence also requests data that is either too commercially sensitive or vital for the goods&rsquo; security (crypto key lengths for example) to pass on to third parties. There is also an issue that many key markets are still out of scope, which limits where the OGEL can be used.</p> <p>Over the coming months&nbsp;it will be interesting to see how many applications are made using this OGEL and even though we have been sceptical the OGEL publication is a&nbsp;positive step and we will continue to work with Government on futute refinements to&nbsp;and overcome some of the issues business&nbsp;has&nbsp;with it.</p> <p>You can see the OGEL <a href="">in full here</a>&nbsp;and an explanatory page <a href="">here</a>.&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> The devil is in the detail: the future relationship with EU Wed, 11 Apr 2018 11:47:31 +0100 CRM Sync With transition agreed, the attention turns towards what the future relationship between the UK and EU will be. <p><span style="font-size:11pt">Now that a transition has been agreed in principle (see previous techUK insight </span><a href=""><span style="font-size:11pt"><u>Brexit is now Green, Yellow and White</u></span></a><span style="font-size:11pt">), and many of the &lsquo;divorce&rsquo; issues settled (the still pressing question of the Northern Irish border aside), attention is beginning to turn towards what the future relationship between the UK and the EU will be after 1 January 2021. </span></p> <p><span style="font-size:11pt">We know some of the things that it probably won&rsquo;t include &ndash; the UK Government has said that it will not involve a formal Customs Union with the EU, or freedom of movement. However, though oversight by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) had been ruled out, the Prime Minister </span><a href=""><span style="font-size:11pt"><u>recently admitted</u></span></a><span style="font-size:11pt"> that some could be acceptable to enable participation in important EU agencies. Red lines can turn pink when it is in the UK&rsquo;s interest it seems. </span></p> <p><span style="font-size:11pt">It is in this context that the Exiting the European Union Committee has released its report on <a href="">t</a></span><a href=""><span style="font-size:11pt"><u>he future UK-EU relationship</u></span></a><span style="font-size:11pt">. Much like the House of Commons itself, the Committee is deeply divided on Brexit and the report was not approved by Brexit-backing members. Nevertheless, it offers some interesting snapshots into what the future relationship may be. </span></p> <p><span style="font-size:11pt">The most noteworthy recommendation is that, should the negotiations for &lsquo;deep and special partnership not prove successful&rsquo;, then membership of the European Economic Area (EEA) should be considered as an alternative. While currently ruled out by the Government, there could be many advantages to joining the EEA, not least that it is an established framework that could be negotiated relatively quickly.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:11pt">Three states are currently members of the EEA alongside the EU &ndash; Norway, Iceland and Lichtenstein. The EEA agreement provides equal rights and obligations for the Single Market which includes the free movement of goods, services, capital and persons, as well as free flow of data. It also provides access to areas such as science and research programmes, environmental and consumer protection among others. However, EEA states are not part of the Customs Union, giving them their own independent trade policy, though this is constrained by having to comply with Single Market rules. They are also not a part of the monetary union, Common Agricultural and Fisheries Policies nor foreign, justice and security policies. </span></p> <p><span style="font-size:11pt">In the Government&rsquo;s Brexit impact modelling, the EEA option seems the most attractive option for the UK economy compared to a deep and comprehensive FTA or trading on WTO terms. But politically the EEA would be a much harder sell. The most controversial feature is that it would require free movement of people. It would also involve some contributions to the EU budget and would mean adopting EEA relevant EU law without UK Parliamentary approval.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:11pt">It would, however, allow the UK an independent trade policy &ndash; if a constrained one. It would also mean that the UK is no longer subject to the jurisdiction of the ECJ &ndash; disputes in the EEA are instead settled by the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) Court. Its decisions are not binding and UK courts could question its interpretations &ndash; giving the UK the control of its own laws that the Prime Minister has said is a key test of Brexit. </span></p> <p><span style="font-size:11pt">Ultimately, this option remains unlikely. Freedom of movement appears a bridge too far for the Government. Furthermore, with the Committee deeply divided on recommending EEA as a backup option it is likely the EEA would be incredibly unpopular in some sections of Parliament and does not meet the opposition&rsquo;s red lines either. </span></p> <p><span style="font-size:11pt">So if not EEA, then what? </span></p> <p><span style="font-size:11pt">If the Government wants a deal ready to go at the end of the transition period then, as the report emphasises, it needs to set out exactly what it wants to achieve, beyond the phrases like &lsquo;deep and comprehensive&rsquo; or &lsquo;deep and special partnership&rsquo;. The future relationship will be a complex one, encompassing a vast range of often interlinked areas. Michel Barnier, the EU Chief Negotiator, has </span><a href=""><span style="font-size:11pt"><u>characterised</u></span></a><span style="font-size:11pt"> the future relationship as being based on four pillars -&nbsp; a trade pillar; a crosscutting pillar governing areas of shared interest (science, research and aviation for example); a home and legal affairs pillar; and a pillar for defence and security. </span></p> <p><span style="font-size:11pt">The free flow of data is something that underpins all of these &ndash; and the report rightly points out that maintaining data flows &lsquo;will be one of the most important cross-cutting issues to be resolved in the negotiations on the future relationships&rsquo;. Not only is it essential for trade but also wider things like the smooth operation of security services or undertaking medical research (see more in techUK&rsquo;s report </span><a href=""><span style="font-size:11pt"><u>&lsquo;No Interruptions'</u></span></a><span style="font-size:11pt">). It is important an agreement is reached to secure mutual data adequacy as an urgent priority. &nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:11pt">In all these things, the devil is in the detail. Data flows are not the only aspect that cuts across different areas, but it is not clear if the Government has identified them and has a strategy for securing its objectives. Here, the report encourages the Government &lsquo;to take a more proactive approach to the linkages between different areas of the future relationship, given that they will be negotiated to different timescales, so that the UK does not find that options are inadvertently closed off&rsquo;. </span></p> <p><span style="font-size:11pt">This is even more important given the tight timescales involved. As the report points out, &lsquo;the more bespoke and ambitious the relationship, the harder this will be to achieve in the time available&rsquo;. UK businesses are clear that they want to see this deep and comprehensive deal achieved. Though the transition deal is welcome, </span><a href=""><span style="font-size:11pt"><u>techUK has said</u></span></a><span style="font-size:11pt"> that it is crucial the hard end date on 31 December 2020 doesn&rsquo;t just kick the can of a Brexit cliff edge down the road . The transition should not end until all parties are ready to move to the new relationship. </span></p> <p><span style="font-size:11pt">With negotiations on the post-Brexit relationship about to begin in earnest, it is clarity and detail that industry most wants and needs. If UK businesses are to have time to adapt to what comes next, then the specifics of the deal need addressing as a matter of urgency. A clear strategy needs outlining of how Michel Barnier&rsquo;s &lsquo;four pillars&rsquo; are to be approached, when, and what the asks of the UK Government are on each, as well as the underpinning cross-cutting issues like data flows. Only then can businesses plan to make the best of the new future relationship rather than planning for the worst of a no deal. </span></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Distributed Ledger Technology Working Group Wed, 11 Apr 2018 07:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync Minutes from March's meeting of techUK's DLT Working Group available for member download. <p>The Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLT) Working Group provides strategic direction for all techUK activities related to blockchain and DLT. It considers what action can be taken in order to industrialise, support blockchain technology readiness, help organisations with adoption and consider use cases not limited to financial services but a wide range of other sectors, including, the Internet of Things, smart energy &amp; utilities, smart contracts and government.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Connecting, Collaborating, Co-operating: Tech for Public Safety Tue, 10 Apr 2018 15:35:50 +0100 CRM Sync techUK's Justice & Emergency Services Chair sets out his agenda for bringing the supplier community together with end users to improve public safety and the justice system. <h3>Allan Fairley,&nbsp;UK Public Safety Managing Director at Accenture and the newly elected Chair of techUK's Justice &amp; Emergency Services Committee, outlines his ambitions for the Committee over the coming years.</h3> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>I am honoured and delighted to have been elected as Chair of&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">techUK&rsquo;s Justice and Emergency Services Committee</a>.</p> <p>As Chair, I am today launching a&nbsp;<strong>&lsquo;Listening&rsquo;</strong>&nbsp;exercise where we will be asking suppliers for their views of operating in the market and justice and emergency services stakeholders to share their challenges. Through this process the Committee will have a better understanding of the issues and&nbsp;we will engage with stakeholders to agree the best way to collaborate to resolve these challenges.</p> <p>We will be reaching out to key stakeholders and techUK members so watch this space! If you&rsquo;d like to share any views in the meantime, please feel free to contact&nbsp;<a href="">Henry Rex</a>&nbsp;or tweet&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">@techUK</a>.</p> <p><strong>Why is this important?</strong></p> <p>This is a crucial time for our industry, UK Police forces, along with many other public services, are continuously asked to do more with less. Forces are having to reduce their budgets, without impacting on the high level of service they provide to the public.</p> <p>Technology is the enabler that will allow us tackle modern crime using digital tools, deliver efficiencies and increase effectiveness. I believe the case is more understood than ever before. However, what is missing is a clear and ongoing engagement programme where suppliers and justice and emergency services stakeholders come together to solve common challenges.</p> <p>techUK as the voice of the UK tech industry has a crucial role here to bring all parties together, to listen and articulate a common vision that will deliver the goal we all want &ndash; to keep everyone safe. The newly elected Justice and Emergency Services (JES) Committee will set the strategic direction and engage with senior stakeholders to drive forward a programme of engagement.</p> <p>For more information on techUK&rsquo;s Justice and Emergency Services programme please&nbsp;<a href="">contact Henry Rex</a>.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> DCMS Announce Location of London Cyber Innovation Centre Tue, 10 Apr 2018 14:47:12 +0100 CRM Sync New centre, located in London’s Olympic Park, will be a catalyst for the Capital’s growing tech cluster and could help create 2,000 UK jobs in cyber security <p>On Wednesday 10 April, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) announced the development of a world leading cyber centre to be located in London&rsquo;s Olympic Park. The London Cyber Innovation Centre, first announced in the National Cyber Security Strategy in 2016, is intended to help secure the UK&rsquo;s position as a global leader in growing cyber security companies, with estimates suggesting that it could contribute to the creation of 2,000 UK cyber security jobs.&nbsp;</p> <p>Start-ups chosen for the scheme will be tasked with working with large firms to identify the cyber security challenges that affect their businesses.&nbsp; This, it is believed, will ensure that the solutions that cyber start-ups create are suited to the needs of large businesses and will ultimately help them secure crucial investment and procurement opportunities.</p> <p>Commenting on the news, techUK&rsquo;s Head of Programme for Cyber and National Security, Talal Rajab, said:</p> <p>&ldquo;The global cyber security sector is thought to be worth &pound;69bn in 2018, and it is crucial that UK cyber start-ups get a piece of this pie.&nbsp; The launch of the London Cyber Innovation Centre will go a long way to helping UK cyber start-ups scale, grow and produce solutions that are needed by customers.&nbsp; techUK looks forward to working with the London Cyber Innovation Centre, and its start-ups, to ensure that the UK remains a great place to start and grow a cyber security company&rdquo;.</p> <p>Further information about the Centre can be found <a href="">here</a></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK response to DCMS Secure by Design Project Tue, 10 Apr 2018 12:21:20 +0100 CRM Sync Draft techUK response to DCMS Secure by Design IoT Project <p>techUK is submitting a response to <a href="">DCMS' Secure by Design consumer IoT Project</a>&nbsp;drawn from both IoT and Cyber Programmes.&nbsp;</p> <p>The response is based on our previous engagement with DCMS and following a conference call with members.&nbsp;</p> <p>We welcome further revisions to the response and ask for these by Close of Business on Thursday 19 April.</p> <p>Please send any comments through to<a href=""> Matthew Evans</a></p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> Showcase Opportunity for Blockchain companies Tue, 10 Apr 2018 08:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync The BSI is hosting a platform for UK blockchain companies in the fringes of ISO Plenary, 14 May <h4>On the 14 May, the BSI will be lending its&nbsp;support to a unique industry led gathering to celebrate UK&rsquo;s progress on blockchain and distributed ledger technologies.</h4> <p>On 14 May, the ISO standards committee on blockchain, ISO/TC 307,&nbsp;will hold its plenary meeting&nbsp;in University College London. In the afternoon of the same day, BSI is offering&nbsp;a platform to pioneers in the field of blockchain and DLT technology from the UK to present their projects before this&nbsp;international audience.&nbsp;</p> <p>This event is independent from the ISO plenary itself and will take place following a networking lunch. All the delegates from the international technical committee plenary will be&nbsp;invited to stay on for the afternoon.</p> <p><strong>If you wish to be considered to give a presentation,&nbsp;please get in touch with the Chair of the ISO organising committee, Paul Ferris at:&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href=""><span style="color:#0000FF"></span></a></strong></p> <p><strong>Please write to Paul with a brief description&nbsp;of your project and how it&rsquo;s use of blockchain/DLT has fundamentally improved, or enabled, your approach to be taken.</strong></p> <p><strong>Date:</strong>&nbsp;14 May 2018</p> <p><strong>Venue:&nbsp;</strong>UCL Institute of Education (IoE),&nbsp;20 Bedford Way, Bloomsbury,&nbsp;London, UK&nbsp;WC1H 0AL</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Cold Calling Really is the King Of Dinosaurs Tue, 10 Apr 2018 07:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync The problem is, just like the dinosaurs evolved, so has the world of sales. Guest blog by Daniel Disney <h3>Cold Calling Really Is The King Of Dinosaurs<br>By Daniel Disney, The Daily Sales.</h3> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Cold Calling really is king....</p> <p>Back in the prehistoric era of the sales world, Cold Calling was the T-Rex dominating the land. It was consistent, it delivered results, it was KING!</p> <p><br><strong>The problem is, just like the dinosaurs evolved, so has the world of sales.</strong></p> <p>Cold Calling is no longer king....</p> <p>There are more advanced ways of prospecting, the landscape has TOTALLY changed, it's a totally different world.<br>In February 2018 I delivered a talk at the Tech UK Telemarketing event and met a great lead generation agency called Punch! They had started off as a telemarketing agency a couple of years ago, but after noticing results dropping, they realised they had to change.<br>Last quarter they delivered 20% MORE leads which is amazing! What's even more amazing is they delivered that result from making 20% LESS CALLS. Here we have a lead generation business, creating sales qualified leads for businesses all across the UK, set up as a phone-based sales business, now making MORE from using the phone LESS.</p> <p><strong>Am I saying Cold Calling is extinct......NO.</strong></p> <p>Have they stopped Cold Calling all together....NO.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>It's just EVOLVED!</p> <p>It's now surrounded by other great prospecting tools. Now you might be thinking I'm going to say they increased sales by social, but it was actually combining ALL prospecting tools together that fuelled their success. The utilised social, voicemail, video, post and the phone to maximise success.<img src="" alt="evolution" width="515" height="290"></p> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>The full article can be downloaded from the pdf link below</strong></div>Contact: <a href=""></a> Data Centre Programme Overview Q1 2018 Mon, 09 Apr 2018 13:51:37 +0100 Lucas Banach (techUK) 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> Climate Change Agreement: Closure to New Entrants Mon, 09 Apr 2018 12:58:46 +0100 Lucas Banach (techUK) Heads-Up for UK Data Centre Operators. <p>Existing CCA participants will continue to benefit from CCL discount until 2023 but the scheme is due to close this year to new entrants. Companies who want to apply should do so now.</p> <p>Please click below to download the attachment.</p> <p>For more information, please contact:</p> techUK member portal launch Mon, 09 Apr 2018 09:25:43 +0100 Rohit Sharma (techUK) New portal enables you to easily manage your membership and engagement with techUK. <blockquote>New portal enables you to easily manage your membership and engagement with techUK.</blockquote> <p>We are delighted to launch <strong><a href="" target="_blank">techUK’s new member portal</a></strong>&nbsp;- an easy-to-use system that allows techUK members to set engagement and communications preferences, providing you with a personalised view of your engagement with techUK and your use of techUK membership.</p> <p>The new member portal is part of our ongoing effort to continually enhance levels of service and engagement between techUK and members.</p> <p>The portal can be accessed and used by any employee of a techUK member company (as long as they have a company domain email address).&nbsp;Once logged in and basic details have been entered, you and your colleagues can set your own engagement and communications preferences – helping us ensure that you have access to all that you require, whilst making it easy to opt-out of activities or communications from techUK. Authorised representatives from member companies will be able to manage and edit company information (company overviews and manage member engagement, including team access).</p> <p>Our aim is to ensure that you have access to everything you need from techUK and that your company data is handled as you would wish it to be. techUK will use your data to provide you with membership services. We will also use your contact data to communicate with you regarding techUK activity and insights that are of interest to you. You can opt out of, or in to, any email newsletters and other communications and we would encourage you to edit your communication preferences so that you receive the information that is useful to you and pertinent to your company and role.</p> <p><strong>The new system will allow you to:</strong></p> <ul style="list-style-type: disc;"> <li>Log-in easily – existing log-ins for techUK website will not work from Tuesday 10 April. You will be guided to the portal to register, to check your details and manage your preferences. Existing preferences have been added to the portal (where you are already engaged). Once in the portal you can reset or amend:</li> </ul> <ul style="list-style-type: circle;"> <li>Group membership – request access to techUK groups</li> <li>Communications preferences (newsletters / member only content)</li> <li>Event bookings – simple sign-up for free events and training and easy-to-navigate process for purchasing tickets for larger events.</li> </ul> <p>We have developed an easy-to-digest guide on how to set up portal access and navigate the system.</p> <p>If you have any problems with log-in or access, please contact us at <a href=""></a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Best regards,</p> <p>techUK membership team</p> Time for action: how do we remedy the Gender Pay Gap? Mon, 09 Apr 2018 08:58:46 +0100 Rebecca Francis(techUK) India Lucas, techUK Skills, Talent and Diversity Policy Manager, discusses the results of the Gender Pay Gap investigation and what the tech sector can do to improve. <p>By midnight on Wednesday 4 April, all companies employing over 250 staff in the UK were required to report on their <a href="">Gender Pay Gap</a>. The reporting received from over 10,000 UK employers paints a fairly holistic picture of the Gender Pay Gap in practice, with the average median pay gap across all companies reported at 9.7 per cent with 78 per cent of employers paying men more than women.</p> <p>When the Prime Minister announced the methodology in January of last year many were skeptical, but whatever the shortcomings, what we have seen is vast improvements in transparency which has&nbsp;enabled frank and open conversation underpinned by data. There are clearly some success stories within the tech sector. Take techUK member <a href="">FDM Group, who has achieved a zero per cent median gender pay gap</a>. Congratulations are certainly in order for FDM, but there is still much work to be done for others to achieve this.</p> <h3>The data has shone a light on the pay gap that persists in the UK’s tech sector, so what steps can tech employers take to remedy it?</h3> <p>What is clear is the need to change the culture of the work place to tackle historical inequalities. More must be done to ensure that workplaces become more inclusive, for example by promoting shared parental leave, better use of flexible working and support with other childcare requirements. Furthermore, employers must be better educated on the benefits of a diverse workforce. Not only do female employees bring a different skill set to the table than their male counterparts, they also improve business success - <a href="">one woman on a board reduces the chance of bankruptcy by 20 per cent and this increases with every additional female board member</a>. Taking steps to address the conscious and unconscious biases of today’s workplace will go some way in closing the gender pay gap in the tech sector and across industry more widely.</p> <p>Similarly, more concrete measures can be created to encourage women who have taken career breaks to re-enter the jobs market in mid to senior level positions similar to the positions they held before their leave of absence. <a href="">36 per cent of women returners </a>surveyed said they believe they would be demoted when they returned to work. In an attempt to change this perception encourage women to reenter the labour market, techUK has created its own <a href="returners/programmes">Returners Hub</a>. The Hub consists of various resources for women thinking about reentering work, and includes a compiled list of some of our members’ Returners Programmes - training courses of varying lengths with the aim of securing permanent employment on completion. Such courses provide a great stepping stone for women seeking to reenter the workforce in mid-senior positions, thus partly remedying the gender pay gap created when women reenter the workforce at a more junior level.</p> <p>Furthermore, industry sharing of best practices can play an important role in encouraging companies to take action to improve diversity across their organisation. The tech sector is currently leading through the <a href="">Tech Talent Charter</a>. The Charter requires signatories to take five pledges all of which seek to improve diversity within their organisation including a commitment to work collectively with other signatories to develop a best practice framework. Since its creation in November 2017, the Charter has had over 125 signatories including the UK Government, Cisco and Sage. Committing to transparency and data sharing measures beyond mandatory Gender Pay Gap reporting ensures improving diversity remains at the forefront of business conversations.</p> <p>Many companies in the tech sector are working to correct their gender pay gap by taking some of these steps. But this is not exclusively a tech sector problem, and employers across industries can implement these measures to remedy the realities of Wednesday’s results and ensure progress is made ahead of the 2018/19 annual report. We have seen from FDM Group that it is possible to close the Gender Pay Gap and whilst this will take time for many employers, what is important is that industry is taking the appropriate steps to see change.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Enabling Connectivity in Rural Areas Fri, 06 Apr 2018 14:36:06 +0100 Sophie Weston(techUK) A look at how digital connectivity is currently being developed and facilitated in rural areas across the UK and what other strategies are implemented across the world. <p>In many countries, there is a gap in internet adoption between rural and city areas and a lack of infrastructure is responsible in many cases for this division. In 2018, enabling digital connectivity in rural areas is still an underlying issue for the UK and developing nations, however there are upcoming developments in place to ensure there are a range of technologies that can deliver next generation connectivity.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>UK</strong></span></p> <p><img src="images/assets/global-connection-shutterstock-toria-800-800x653.jpg" alt="global-connection-shutterstock-toria-800-800x653" width="236" height="192" style="margin: 5px; float: right;" />Following an agreement between the Government and the Church of England, it has been announced that <a href="" target="_blank">Church spires across the UK</a> will be&nbsp;&nbsp;used to increase digital connectivity across rural areas. Over 65% of Anglian Churches and 66% of parishes in England are in rural areas but being at the center of their local communities, they will be able to strategically address connectivity and coverage issues. This new digital connectivity will assist to deliver Government’s commitment to infrastructure being at the <a href="" target="_blank">heart of the Digital Strategy</a> to support Britain’s world-leading digital economy.</p> <p>DCMS have also announced the <a href="" target="_blank">5G Rural Integrated Testbed</a>, for rural use cases in Monmouthshire, Cumbria, Northumberland, North Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Invernessshire and Perthshire. Led by SME’s, they will test 5G across a range of applications, including smart farming with drones, using IoT to improve healthcare in homes, increasing manufacturing efficiency and maximising the future benefits of autonomous vehicles.</p> <p>Through the <a href="" target="_blank">Digital Strategy</a>, these companies are part of a £1 billion commitment to keep Britain at the forefront of connectivity by increasing the deployment of next generation digital infrastructure and driving forward new 5G business opportunities.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Africa</strong></span></p> <p>While some African cities are starting to expand in the 3G and possibly the 4G network, mobile coverage becomes scattered and less reliable within rural areas.</p> <p>Due to societal issues including, poverty, distance and insufficient infrastructure (such as electricity, security and backhaul) across Kenya, over one million marginalised children do not receive an education due to limited or no connectivity. Led by Avanti Communications, <a href="" target="_blank">iMlango</a> is an innovative project that provides high speed connectivity to rural and remote via the <a href="" target="_blank">HYLAS 2 Ka-band satellite</a>, where the broadband connectivity powers the programme to ensure e-learning is successfully applied in 205 remote and rural schools across Kenya.</p> <p>Within Tanzania, schools are usually located in underserved areas outside the reach of network infrastructure, meaning teachers have limited access to online educational resources. The <a href="" target="_blank">iKnowledge</a> project, led by Avanti Communcations, installs <a href="" target="_blank">high speed broadband connectivity</a> to 250 schools across Tanzania, to ensure teachers are provided with digital skill training and educational resources that can be used in student classrooms with 100% coverage across Tanzania.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>The World</strong></span></p> <p>Although more than half of the population worldwide now lives in cities, there is still the remaining half living in rural areas. In addition, some developing regions today still have the majority of their population living in rural areas with a lack of digital connectivity. Innovative designs such as Google’s Project Loon and Facebook’s Free Basics are looking to solve this issue on a global scale.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Project Loon</a> is a network high altitude balloons floating in the stratosphere, designed to extend Internet connectivity to people in rural and remote areas worldwide. Each balloon can provide internet connectivity to a ground area of about forty square kilometers in diameter using LTE.</p> <p>Project Loon partners with telecommunications companies to share cellular spectrum into rural and remote areas so that people everywhere will be able to access the Internet directly from their phones and other LTE-enabled devices. The balloons relay wireless traffic from cell phones and other devices back to the global Internet using high-speed links operating in the ISM 5.8 GHz band. Each balloon has a coverage area of 5000 square kilometers. Currently the Loon project has been <a href="" target="_blank">tested in New Zealand</a> but will become very efficient when it comes to <a href="" target="_blank">providing services in calamity struck areas</a>.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Free Basics</a> by Facebook provides people access to valuable services on their mobile phones in locations where internet access may be less affordable. Over 85% of the world lives in areas with current mobile coverage, but data is expensive and problematic for people to justify when they haven’t experienced the benefits of the internet. By <a href="" target="_blank">partnering with Mobile Operators</a>, a selection of websites are accessible for free without any data charges and keep individuals up to date on news, employment, health, education and local information. Free Basics is currently available in 63 countries including Europe, Africa &amp; Middle East, Asia Pacific and Latin America and will continue to expand to more countries across the world.</p> <p>Poor or lack of connectivity within countries continues to be a huge concern in the modern world. Ultimately, we should invest and enable individuals all over the world to have access to connectivity and to open up opportunities for those who do not have the chance to. Within the UK, techUK welcomes the Government’s commitment to improve connectivity and to build a world-class digital infrastructure to develop a world-leading digital economy.</p> <hr /> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> Babcock calls for small businesses to join them at Innovation Zone Fri, 06 Apr 2018 10:29:04 +0100 Dan Patefield(techUK) Babcock International, is offering start-ups and small businesses the unique opportunity to showcase their latest innovations at the Undersea Defence Technology (UDT) conference. <p>Babcock International, is offering start-ups and small businesses the unique opportunity to showcase their latest innovations at the Undersea Defence Technology (UDT) conference and exhibition in Glasgow in June 2018.</p> <p>The Babcock Innovation Zone, a bespoke exhibition space, will be available for enterprising businesses to promote their contemporary technologies, innovations and industry solutions at the international event and interested parties are being asked to register their interest in participating.</p> <p>Babcock through a common interest with UDT is providing a platform into the undersea defence market for pioneering industry contributors. The Babcock Innovation Zone is the ideal platform for collaborations from business and academia working on the latest technology, or small companies with a new product or service, to present their bespoke solutions to delegates.</p> <p>The organisers are looking to provide a stage for systems integrators, service providers and small enterprises in a way that has not been done before. At the heart of the Babcock Innovation Zone is an ethos to allow the smallest of companies into a uniquely competitive market – where many innovative and cutting-edge solutions can be difficult to uncover otherwise.</p> <p>Jon Hall, Managing Director of Technology at Babcock said: “We are looking for both UK and International businesses to get in touch and join us at the Babcock Innovation Zone. Technology and innovation is at the heart of Babcock’s business and underpins everything that we do. We are providing a platform for UK and International companies to demonstrate the ingenuity that we see emerging from small businesses. We are pleased to partner with UDT Global and look forward to enthusing and enthralling delegates in equal measure through this unique opportunity.”</p> <p>Babcock possesses a long history in the design, build, assembly and support of naval and commercial platforms and equipment, including submarines and surface ships, and continues to demonstrate a unique understanding of defence requirements and the wider community. The Babcock Innovation Zone will be present throughout UDT 2018 from 26-28 June 2018.</p> <p>If you are interested in finding out more about the opportunity to join the Babcock Innovation Zone, or to register your interest please visit:</p> <p>Academic Institutions are invited to apply for representation in the Poster Display area by completing the form at: by 13 April 2018.</p> techUK Input to Environmental Audit Committee Inquiry into heatwaves Fri, 06 Apr 2018 08:52:21 +0100 Lucas Banach (techUK) techUK provided input on the resilience of our core data centre infrastructure to heatwaves. <p>Please click below to download the document.</p> techUK Input to Environmental Audit Committee Inquiry into heatwaves Fri, 06 Apr 2018 07:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync techUK provided input on the resilience of our core data centre infrastructure to heatwaves. <p>Please see below to download the document.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> UK SPF - Cluster 4: Future WRC Agenda Items - Meeting Notes Wed, 04 Apr 2018 09:32:43 +0100 Sophie Weston(techUK) Presentations from the UK Spectrum Policy Forum Cluster 4: Future WRC Agenda Items workshop held on Thursday 29 March 2018. <p><strong>Date:</strong> Thursday 29 March 2018<br /><strong>Time:</strong> 10:00 - 13:00 (registration from 09:30)<br /><strong>Venue:</strong> techUK, 10 St Bride Street, London, EC4A 4AD<br /><strong>Chair:</strong> Barry Lewis, UK SPF Cluster 4 Chair</p> <p>Presentations from the UK Spectrum Policy Forum Cluster 4: Future WRC Agenda Items workshop held on Thursday 29 March 2018.</p> <p><em>Presentations are embedded to allow better access via mobile and tablet, they can also be downloaded at the bottom of the page.</em></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Agenda</strong></span></p> <p><strong>Introduction and Welcome</strong><br />Barry Lewis, SPF Cluster 4 Chair</p> <p><iframe src="//" frameborder="0" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" scrolling="no" width="595" height="485" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" style="border: 1px solid #CCC; border-width: 1px; margin-bottom: 5px; max-width: 100%;"></iframe></p> <div style="margin-bottom: 5px;"><strong> <a href="//" target="_blank" title="Cluster 4 - International Spectrum Activities ">Cluster 4 - International Spectrum Activities </a> </strong> from <strong><a href="" target="_blank">techUK</a></strong></div> <p><strong>WRC Situation and progress – UK perspective &amp;&nbsp;WRC-23 Prep. Future Agenda Items</strong><br />Steve Talbot, Head of International Spectrum Policy, Ofcom</p> <p><iframe src="//" frameborder="0" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" scrolling="no" width="595" height="485" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" style="border: 1px solid #CCC; border-width: 1px; margin-bottom: 5px; max-width: 100%;"></iframe></p> <div style="margin-bottom: 5px;"><strong> <a href="//" target="_blank" title="Ofcom - WRC Situation and Progress - UK Perspective">Ofcom - WRC Situation and Progress - UK Perspective</a> </strong> from <strong><a href="" target="_blank">techUK</a></strong></div> <p><strong>WRC-19 AI 1.5 ESIMs and 9.1.1 2GHz IMT</strong><br />Paul Deedman, Director, Spectrum Regulation, Inmarsat</p> <p><iframe src="//" frameborder="0" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" scrolling="no" width="595" height="485" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" style="border: 1px solid #CCC; border-width: 1px; margin-bottom: 5px; max-width: 100%;"></iframe></p> <div style="margin-bottom: 5px;"><strong> <a href="//" target="_blank" title="Inmarsat - WRC-19 AI 1.5 ESIMs and 9.1.1 2GHz IMT">Inmarsat - WRC-19 AI 1.5 ESIMs and 9.1.1 2GHz IMT</a> </strong> from <strong><a href="" target="_blank">techUK</a></strong></div> <p><strong>WRC-19 AI 1.15 – THz Fixed/Mobile services</strong><br />Debora Gentina, ETSI ISG mWT WI#8 Rapporteur, Huawei Technologies</p> <p><iframe src="//" frameborder="0" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" scrolling="no" width="595" height="485" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" style="border: 1px solid #CCC; border-width: 1px; margin-bottom: 5px; max-width: 100%;"></iframe></p> <div style="margin-bottom: 5px;"><strong> <a href="//" target="_blank" title="Huawei - Towards THz Bands">Huawei - Towards THz Bands</a> </strong> from <strong><a href="" target="_blank">techUK</a></strong></div> <p><strong>Discussion and Wrap Up</strong></p> <hr /> <p>More information about the <a href="" target="_blank">UK Spectrum Policy Forum</a> is available here.</p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> techUK Digital Marketplace Update Tue, 03 Apr 2018 13:42:10 +0100 Rob Driver(techUK) techUK Digital Marketplace update. What is next for G- Cloud and DOS3? <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="images/assets/Digital_Marketplace_picture.jpg" alt="Digital Marketplace picture" width="626" height="274" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" /></p> <p><strong><em>Rob Driver, techUK’s Head of Public Sector discussing the future of the Digital Marketplace with Niall Quinn, Tech Director at Crown Commercial Service and Nicky Stewart, Commercial Director at UKCloud</em></strong></p> <p>Last month techUK hosted a Digital Marketplace meet up with Niall Quinn, Director for Technology at the Crown Crown Commercial Service, and Nicky Stewart, Commercial Director at UKCloud. The meetup brought together people from across the tech community and public sector to swap stories, experiences and ideas. There was a lively discussion on a range of topics including how digital and cloud services should be enabling public sector digital transformation to deliver world class services to citizens. Following on from this meetup, techUK has organised a <a href="">G- Cloud 10 market briefing</a>&nbsp;on the 10 April.</p> <p><strong>What is next for the Digital Marketplace?</strong></p> <p>Niall Quinn gave an overview of the key developments for the Digital Marketplace over the next twelve months. A key area of focus was the announcement that a new version of the G-Cloud procurement framework will open for bids in April 2018, allowing new companies to join the framework, while also giving current suppliers the opportunity to update their service offer and pricing. The future of the Digital Outcomes and Specialists Framework was also discussed, following announcements that CCS plans to open <a href="">Digital Outcomes and Specialists 3</a> for bids in July, with an anticipated go-live date in September.</p> <p>An overview was also provided on how the Digital Marketplace has overhauled the public sector procurement landscape, harnessing the expertise of innovative companies and giving thousands of SMEs the opportunity to supply to government for the first time. He outlined how the current priority for CCS and the Government Digital Service is to make the platform and processes more commercial, more flexible and better tailored to the needs of users - both buyers and suppliers.</p> <p><strong>The supplier’s perspective</strong></p> <p>Nicky Stewart gave an overview of UKCloud’s experience with G- Cloud and the Digital Marketplace and explored how suppliers such as UKCloud can be fundamental to the government’s digital transformation program, and highlighted how the Digital Marketplace can support companies to grow quickly through offering improved access to the public sector market. It was highlighted that many GovTech SMEs have benefited from the Digital Marketplace and G-Cloud in particular - but only when there has been strategic and meaningful consultation and engagement with suppliers leading to an improved buyer and supplier journey.</p> <p>Rob Driver, Head of Public Sector at techUK commented:</p> <p><em>For the UK Government to deliver its ambitious vision of being world-leading in the next wave of digital government transformation it must embrace the full diversity and strengths of UK tech suppliers, and innovative procurement vehicles such as the Digital Marketplace will be fundamental to achieving this vision. The announcement of the G-Cloud 10 Framework should be welcomed as it allows new innovative providers to work with government, enables new services to be provided and is an opportunity to engage with the wider public sector to make use of the framework. I would encourage any current G- Cloud suppliers, or those interested in being on the framework to attend our <a href="">G- Cloud 10 Briefing </a>on the 10 April!”</em></p> <p><strong>Further Information</strong></p> <p><a href="">G- Cloud 10 Announced</a></p> <p><a href="">G- Cloud 10 Market Briefing</a></p> <p><a href="insights/reports/item/12186-procuring-the-smarter-state">Procuring the Smarter State report&nbsp;</a></p> SPF Cluster 3: Economic and Social Value - Meeting Notes Tue, 03 Apr 2018 13:01:08 +0100 Skye MacLeod (techUK) This meeting reviewed the previous reports on economic and social value, and considered the scope for assessment of value between now and 2025. <p style="text-align: left;"><em>Presentations from the UK Spectrum Policy Forum Cluster 3 meeting on Economic and Social Value of Spectrum.</em><br /><em>Presentations are embedded to allow better access via mobile and tablet, they can also be downloaded at the bottom of the page.</em></p> <p>The UK Spectrum Strategy (2014) set out a vision of doubling the annual contribution of the use of spectrum to the economy by 2025. The last major study commissioned by government on the impact of spectrum on the UK economy was published in 2012. There was further work on taking social value into account in 2015. This Cluster meeting will review the previous reports and the ambition and consider the scope for assessment of value between now and 2025. In particular, changes that have occurred and possible future changes and their impact on value.</p> <p><strong>Introduction</strong><br />Tony Lavender, Plum Consulting</p> <p><strong>Overview of Analysys Mason 2012 study on the value of spectrum to the UK economy (2012 report)</strong><br />Philip Bates, Analysys Mason</p> <p><iframe src="//" frameborder="0" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" scrolling="no" width="595" height="485" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" style="border: 1px solid #cccccc; margin-bottom: 5px; max-width: 100%; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"></iframe></p> <div style="margin-bottom: 5px;"><strong> <a href="//" target="_blank" title="Philip bates - Analysys Mason - spectrum policy forum 29 march 2018">Philip bates - Analysys Mason - spectrum policy forum 29 march 2018</a> </strong> from <strong><a href="" target="_blank">techUK</a></strong></div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Taking account of social value in spectrum allocations</strong><br />Tony Lavender, Plum Consulting</p> <p><iframe src="//" frameborder="0" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" scrolling="no" width="595" height="485" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" style="border: 1px solid #cccccc; margin-bottom: 5px; max-width: 100%; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"></iframe></p> <div style="margin-bottom: 5px;"><strong> <a href="//" target="_blank" title="Tony lavender - Plum Consulting - incorporating social value into spectrum allocation decisions">Tony lavender - Plum Consulting - incorporating social value into spectrum allocation decisions</a> </strong> from <strong><a href="" target="_blank">techUK</a></strong></div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Panel discussion</strong><br />Steve Jones, Avanti<br />William Webb, Webb Search<br />Mike Wilkinson, Independent<br /><img src="images/assets/Panel_Discussion_C3_29_March.jpg" alt="Panel Discussion C3 29 March" width="600" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" /></p> <p>Concluding Remarks</p> <hr /> <p>More information about the <a href="about/uk-spectrum-policy-forum" target="_blank">UK Spectrum Policy Forum</a> is available here.</p> SPF Cluster 3: Economic and Social Value - Meeting Notes Tue, 03 Apr 2018 11:09:20 +0100 CRM Sync This SPF Cluster 3 meeting reviewed the previous reports on economic and social value, and considered the scope for assessment of value between now and 2025. Meeting slides available. <p>Presentations from the UK Spectrum Policy Forum Cluster 3 meeting on Economic and Social Value of Spectrum.&nbsp;<br><em>Presentations are embedded to allow better access via mobile and tablet, they can also be downloaded at the bottom of the page.</em></p> <p>The UK Spectrum Strategy (2014) set out a vision of doubling the annual contribution of the use of spectrum to the economy by 2025. The last major study commissioned by government on the impact of spectrum on the UK economy was published in 2012. There was further work on taking social value into account in 2015. This Cluster meeting will review the previous reports and the ambition and consider the scope for assessment of value between now and 2025. In particular, changes that have occurred and possible future changes and their impact on value.</p> <p><strong>Introduction</strong>&nbsp;<br> Tony Lavender, Plum Consulting</p> <p><strong>Overview of Analysys Mason 2012 study on the value of spectrum to the UK economy (</strong><strong>2012 report)</strong><br> Philip Bates, Analysys Mason</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe frameborder="0" height="485" scrolling="no" src="//" style="border:1px solid #CCC; border-width:1px; margin-bottom:5px; max-width: 100%;" width="595"></iframe></p> <div><strong><a href="//" target="_blank" title="Philip bates - Analysys Mason - spectrum policy forum 29 march 2018">Philip bates - Analysys Mason - spectrum policy forum 29 march 2018</a> </strong> from <strong><a href="" target="_blank">techUK</a></strong></div> <p><strong>Taking account of social value in spectrum allocations</strong>&nbsp;<br> Tony Lavender, Plum Consulting</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe frameborder="0" height="485" scrolling="no" src="//" style="border:1px solid #CCC; border-width:1px; margin-bottom:5px; max-width: 100%;" width="595"></iframe></p> <div><strong><a href="//" target="_blank" title="Tony lavender - Plum Consulting - incorporating social value into spectrum allocation decisions">Tony lavender - Plum Consulting - incorporating social value into spectrum allocation decisions</a> </strong> from <strong><a href="" target="_blank">techUK</a></strong></div> <p><strong>Panel discussion&nbsp;</strong><br> Steve Jones, Avanti&nbsp;<br> William Webb, Webb Search<br> Mike Wilkinson, Independent</p> <p><img alt="" src="" style="height:338px; width:600px"></p> <p>Concluding Remarks</p> <hr><p>More information about the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">UK Spectrum Policy Forum</a>&nbsp;is available here.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> Time to move fast and fix things... Tue, 03 Apr 2018 08:45:48 +0100 Harri Turnbull(techUK) Julian David, CEO, techUK discusses the significance of the scrutiny that tech is seeing from the public at the moment and how this represents a watershed moment for the sector. <p>A sector that prides itself on disruption cannot and should not complain when it is held to account. As a result of important investigative journalism, we now know more about what happens when the murkier fringe of political consultancy meets big data analytics. And we are all more aware of what can happen to the information we share online.</p> <p>Is this a watershed moment for tech? My instinct is probably yes. A deeper level of scepticism now feels baked in to the way the media, policy makers and the public feel about the sector. However, if we get the response to this moment right there is an opportunity for tech firms to deepen their trustworthiness and for the UK as a whole to be seen as a leader in responsible innovation.</p> <p>That may sound like a stretch given this week’s revelations. But the fact is people and businesses across the tech community are not starting from scratch. Over the last few years there has been intense discussion and real progress on the culture, regulation and ethics of tech.</p> <p>When it comes to culture, many in tech recognise the need to speak and act with more humility. The public and policy makers want to hear less about how tech is disruptive and more about how it can play a constructive role in society. There needs to be less hype around innovations that nobody asked for and more focus on how tech can deliver things that people really want – like a more productive health service that can spend less on administration and more on providing care. Moreover, as we enter a new age of intelligent machines, there is deep interest across the sector in how we can put the principle of ‘human flourishing’ at the heart of responsible digital innovation.</p> <p>Tech firms do not operate in a regulatory Wild West and nor do they want to. New European data protection rules agreed two years ago in Brussels will enter into effect in May this year. This new legislation will introduce much stricter rules around the use of personal data bringing data protection law up to date with the way in which data is used in the modern digital economy. The definition of personal data will be significantly expanded and the re-use of data for new purposes will require fresh explicit consent. The bar for what constitutes ‘valid consent’ will be set much higher requiring it to be “specific, informed and unambiguous”. Companies will have to make it as easy to withdraw consent as it is to give it. Failure to comply will risk significant fines – up to 4% of global turnover. These will be enforced by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). Their role will be critical to ensuring a level playing field and techUK has called for proper resourcing of the Office and for salaries that can compete with the private sector to ensure they have the very best talent.</p> <p>The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is undoubtedly tough but UK tech firms have not been advocating to dump these rules after Brexit. Quite the opposite, techUK has championed the need for the UK to maintain these high standards of data protection after it leaves the EU. And as technology continues to develop there will be new regulatory challenges ahead. But there is a growing consensus as we look to new technologies like AI that regulation isn’t enough. Companies are increasingly thinking about going beyond regulation and implementing new ethical frameworks and tools to guide their decision making. There is a deep discussion happening right now about the role of ethics in tech and this role is being led by individuals in the sector who want to drive change from the inside.</p> <p>Only last year techUK organised a Data Ethics Summit bringing together businesses, government and regulators such as the ICO to discuss how practical tools can be developed to support ethical decision making around digital innovation. It was techUK who clapped the loudest when the Government announced the establishment of the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation – a development we have long called for.</p> <p>It is the very existence of the grass roots debate on ethics that marks out why tech won’t be the ‘new tobacco’. Tech has the capacity and the creativity to learn, correct and move forward. So yes, this has been an interesting few weeks but tech has never stood still. Our job is to continue to build with confidence the culture, regulation and ethics we need to ensure technology remains a force for good.</p> <p><em>This piece was orginally published in the <a href="">The Times</a>.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Guest Blog: Bupa announces 2018 startup accelerator programme Thu, 29 Mar 2018 13:22:37 +0100 CRM Sync Bupa has launched its 2018 Bupa B Table accelerator programme, inviting startups and small businesses to partner with the company to tackle key customer challenges in aged care. <p>Now in its second year, the Bupa B Table is run by Bupa&rsquo;s Customer Lab, which was established last year to explore new ways of delivering high quality, comprehensive health and care services which meet customer needs, by harnessing digital technology.</p> <p>Bupa B Table offers startups and small businesses the chance to pilot and test their ideas inside a global health and care company. It gives them the opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of the millions of customers Bupa serves worldwide.</p> <p>Successful candidates will be mentored by senior Bupa business leaders and tech experts. They will have access to space in Bupa&rsquo;s offices to develop their ideas, and potential investment opportunities.</p> <p>The Bupa Customer Lab is looking for pitches which deliver innovative solutions to key customer challenges in the following areas:</p> <p>&middot; How might we exploit new technologies and innovative solutions to support and enable the ageing population to live independently for longer, and to allow family members to help?&nbsp;</p> <p>&middot; How might we use innovative solutions to help support Bupa's professional carers as they go about their working day?</p> <p>Commenting on this year&rsquo;s launch, John Moore, Director of Bupa&rsquo;s Customer Lab said:&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;With an increasing ageing population globally, we have an opportunity to help people age healthily. This will mean their years without ill health are increased, and in turn, their time with illness is much shorter &ndash; which is better for the person, their family and healthcare systems.</p> <p>&ldquo;And, as an employer of over 20,000 carers around the world, we want to ensure they are able to do their jobs providing outstanding care to older people, while staying healthy themselves.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;The Bupa B Table programme is a chance for us to work and share our expertise with innovative startups and small businesses to get a new perspective on our own business, and enhance the services we provide to our customers and our people all over the world.&rdquo;</p> <p>Applications are now open and close on 18 April 2018. To apply, or for more information, visit <a href=""></a>.</p> <p><!--EndFragment--></p> The WinTechSeries Awards Thu, 29 Mar 2018 07:36:14 +0100 Claire Leslie (techUK) Built to empower individuals and drive diversity and inclusion, the Series has grown in two years to the UK, Europe, US, and Australia. <blockquote>The Women in Technology World Series is the world's largest event series dedicated to women in tech.</blockquote> <p>Built to empower individuals and drive diversity and inclusion, the Series has grown in two years to the UK, Europe, US, and Australia, with Dublin and Dubai on the horizon.</p> <p>With inspirational speakers, cutting-edge tech knowledge, personal development workshops and more, we equip women with the skills needed to fulfil their potential.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>The WinTechSeries Awards</strong></p> <p>We are celebrating the excellence and success of inspirational women working in the tech industry, and notable groups and individuals championing diversity within the UK sector.</p> <p>Our wide range of categories recognises the diverse individuals within the industry – from young professionals to C-level leaders, disruptive start-ups to leading companies, and internal teams to influential networks.</p> <p>This is your opportunity to showcase your projects, initiatives and efforts to the top businesses and leaders in the industry, as well as make a positive impact in pushing the boundaries for gender diversity within the sector.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href=";utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=WiTSA18-launch-13032018&amp;utm_content=text-top" target="_blank" title="WinTechSeries Awards">For further information and details on how to enter visit the event website</a>.</p> Immersive Technology at the Heart of Creative Industries Sector Deal Wed, 28 Mar 2018 14:54:39 +0100 Craig Melson(techUK) Government and business pledged more than £150m to develop the UK's creative industries including a major investment in virtual and augmented reality. <p>Given the increasing convergence between the culture, creative and digital sectors it is telling and right the cover image adorning the <a href="">Creative Industries Sector Deal published today</a>&nbsp;is someone in a virtual reality headset.&nbsp;Immersive technology is something that the UK can become a global leader at by building on the foundations of thriving games, digital, creative and entertainment sectors, with more and more businesses entering the virtual, augmented and mixed reality market.</p> <p>The Secretary of State recognises immersive technologies can be a success story for UK plc and VR and AR sits perfectly in the DCMS #CultureisDigital programme. PWC forecasts the UK VR entertainment and media market will be worth £801m by 2021, the fastest growing in the EMEA region. Considering this, plus the increasing role of augmented reality in retail, manufacturing, logistics and design as well as VR in training, engineering and literally hundreds of user cases in enterprise and Government, this is a sector that will be worth billions in the coming years.</p> <p>The good news is that the market development will happen anyway without Government support, but the Sector Deal is welcome as this framework will increase investor confidence and show global firms that immersive technology is something Britain takes seriously and is a good place to base immersive tech R&amp;D spending. Furthermore, it also helps develop skills, run completions and will help realise opportunities faster.</p> <p>techUK explored the consumer potential of VR and AR at a <a href="">recent conference with dozens of leading immersive tech SMEs</a> and we will be looking at the emerging enterprise and public-sector applications of immersive technologies throughout the year to understand the challenges and how techUK can help strengthen the market for immersive tech.</p> <p>Key points on immersive tech from the Sector Deal:</p> <ul> <li>Governemnt investment of £33m over 3 years via a new ‘Audience of the Future Challenge', with an additional £25m funding from industry.</li> <li>£16m of this will go on new projects to build VR and AR demonstrators at scale to drive adoption among audiences.</li> <li>£12m R&amp;D funding for three competition; a collaborative competition aimed at making the production of high quality content cheaper, faster and more accessible by driving immersive innovation; a competition to attract private capital into this emerging sector; an early stage design competition to understand the future consumer, delivering vital insight into audience perceptions and behaviours.</li> <li>£10m Industry Centre of Excellence (supported by £5m from the AHRC’s clusters programme) to overcome silos in the key industries, ensuring the UK creative workforce is the most skilled in the world in the use of immersive technologies.</li> <li>Skills programme across the creative industries, including training in digital skills.</li> </ul>