Cloud, Data, Analytics and AI Newsletter

Welcome to techUK’s October edition of the Cloud, Data Analytics and AI newsletter! I hope you find this month’s update a helpful overview of the latest news, events and opportunities to get involved with our programme.

On 3 October, we held a joint event with the British Academy and Royal Society exploring the concept of data ownership and some of the changes in the data governance landscape since the publication of the ‘data management and use: governance in the 21st century’ report. The seminar, which brought together a diverse range of stakeholders, was also attended by Roger Taylor, Chair of the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation, who provided closing remarks on the day.

Thank you to all the members that attended the event and helped to shape our future work in this area. The conversation won’t be stopping there though, on Wednesday 12 December we’ll be continuing the discussion at techUK’s Digital Ethics Summit, where one of the afternoon tracks will focus specifically on data ownership.

As for now, I’m currently on my way to Manchester for tomorrow’s Supercharging the Digital Economy, so looking forward to seeing lots of you there! If you can't make it, you can join in on the event through the YouTube live link.

All the best,


Katherine Mayes
Programme Manager, Cloud, Data Analytics and AI

techUK Cloud, Data, Analytics and AI News

Happy Ada Lovelace Day
techUK is proud to support Ada Lovelace Day as a way to encourage more women to consider pursuing a successful career in the tech industry.

Government pioneers £10m fund for regulators that target public sector
New fund will back projects that will ensure rules and regulations keep pace with technological advances of the future, including the growth of AI and the future of mobility.

Gaps remain in the final group of No Deal Notices
techUK's Deputy CEO, Antony Walker states it is important that all businesses, large and small, properly digest each of these notices. A summary of the Brexit no deal notices can be found at the link above.

techUK Cloud Week
Throughout Cloud Week, techUK members and other industry experts contributed blogs, videos, and podcasts on how UK organisations can realise the benefits and opportunities of cloud, as well as the steps that need to be taken to drive the UK cloud market forward. Catch up on all of this great material by viewing all of the posts at the link above and under the twitter hashtag #whycloud.

Supercharging the Digital Economy campaign week
This campaign week shone a spotlight on the increasing digitisation of our economy and wider society; the benefits that will bring, as well as the challenges and opportunities that exist in different sectors and what digital means for different regions in the UK. These issues will be addressed at the Supercharging the Digital Economy event on 18 October in Manchester.

WTO Public Forum daily diary – day 1, day 2, day 3
Giles Derrington, Head of Policy, reflects on techUK’s successful time at the WTO Public Forum in Geneva and what businesses can take away. The techUK team hosted a panel exploring what the rise of data flows and technologies like additive manufacturing (3D printing) mean for global trade.

Other news and comments

Parkinson's diagnosis set to be sped up by Tencent's AI (BBC)

Rise of robots ‘could see workers enjoy four-day weeks’  (The Guardian)

Economic and social impacts of Google Cloud (Deloitte)

AI could spot Alzheimer's five years before major symptoms appear  (The Telegraph)

The customer experience advantage of artificial intelligence in the cloud  (Forbes)

Make data a cornerstone of your team  (Harvard Business Review)

Which analytics do you really need? (Entrepreneur)

Amazon scraps 'sexist AI' recuritment tool (The Telegraph)

Upcoming events

15 – 20 October – techUK Green Week
Take a look at techUK's campaign week exploring how tech and digital are helping deliver a low carbon and sustainable Britain. Coinciding with Green GB Week, we're showcasing how technology is transforming the environment for good and supporting the transition to a low-carbon economy.

18 October – Supercharging the Digital Economy
Join techUK in Manchester for its annual flagship event exploring the ways digital increasingly underpins the economy. 200 business leaders from industry will hear 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.

1 November – Cloud adoption in the financial services industry
Come along to an in-depth roundtable discussion focusing on the opportunities for financial service organisations adopting and deploying cloud services, the barriers preventing the sector from moving to the cloud and how these can be addressed.

3 December – techUK’s Cloud 2020 vision – Are we there yet?
Check out techUK's follow up debate to our Cloud 2020 paper. In 2016, techUK published its Cloud 2020 Vision for keeping the UK at the forefront of cloud adoption. With 2020 nearly upon us, techUK wants to review what progress has been made and what may still need to be done.

12 December – Digital Ethics Summit
Registration for techUK’s Digital Ethics Summit is now open! Click the link above to register. On the 12 December, techUK will be holding its second annual Digital Ethics Summit. The event will bring together stakeholders to assess the progress made over the last twelve months to build the capacity and capabilities needed to recognise, identify and address digital ethical issues and concerns. We will consider whether the practical action that has been taken is enough and discuss what more may be needed

22 January – Brit-twin: towards a national digital twin
techUK will be bringing together public and private sector, policy makers, decision makers and innovators to forge an understanding of just what might be involved in making the national digital twin a reality, and how the tech sector can help to deliver this ambition, taking it beyond the pilot stage.


  • Sue Daley

    Sue Daley

    Associate Director | Technology & Innovation
    T 020 7331 2055
  • Katherine Mayes

    Katherine Mayes

    Programme Manager | Cloud, Data, Analytics and AI
    T 020 7331 2019

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