techUK Cloud, Data, Analytics and AI Newsletter | December update

Welcome to techUK’s final 2018 edition of the Cloud, Data Analytics and AI newsletter. I hope you find this month’s update a helpful overview of the most recent news and events from our programme.

Last month, Sue travelled to Canada for the Canada-UK Colloquium on AI to discuss the public policy implications of the AI revolution, both at the individual and societal levels. Joined by other representatives from the UK, including Sana Khareghani from the Office for AI and Jeni Tennison from the Open Data Institute (ODI), special attention was paid to science and AI, implications for the labour market and social inequality, legal liability, new regulations, and ethical considerations.

Closer to home, we hosted techUK’s Cloud 2020 - Are we there yet? event to determine which of the issues from techUK’s Cloud 2020 report is key to keeping the UK at the forefront of cloud adoption and optimisation. In the New Year we will be producing a Cloud 2020 report to reflect the key discussion points and takeaways from the event.

Last week we held techUK’s annual Digital Ethics Summit. The day was packed full of inspirational keynote presentations and interesting panel discussions which will inform our digital ethics programme of work in 2019.  If you were unable to attend, I’d encourage you to take a look at our event insight and video recordings from the day.  

This week we have also seen the launch of a new public consultation by the European Commission’s AI High Level Expert Group on their proposed draft AI Ethics Guidelines. If you’re interested in feeding in your thoughts on the consultation, please do not hesitate to get in contact with me this week or early January. The deadline for all responses is Friday 18 January.

Finally, as we draw to the end of the year, I’d like to say a huge thank you for all your support and contributions to the Cloud, DA and AI programme over the past year. Have a lovely Christmas break and we look forward to continuing to work with you in 2019!

Season Greetings!


Katherine Mayes    
Programme Manager, Cloud Computing, Data Analytics and AI 


techUK Cloud, Data Analytics and AI News

Digital Ethics Summit - Making ethics relevant to all in 2019

Take a look at the highlights from techUK's Digital Ethics Summit held at County Hall on Wednesday 12 December.

Recorded event sessions from the Digital Ethics Summit

In case you missed it, all event sessions were recorded in their entirety and are available to view now.

Summary of Data Ownership event discussion

A paper summarising the rich and diverse discussion at techUK's joint seminar with the British Academy and Royal Society which explored the concept of data ownership and some of the recent changes in the data governance landscape.

Promoting the innovative and ethical use of data in the age of AI

Guest blog by Riccardo Masucci, Global Director of Privacy Policy, Intel Corporation. Digital Ethics Sponsor Intel provides an insight into promoting the innovative and ethical use of data in the age of AI.

ICO publishes no deal guidance on data transfers

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has published additional guidance for businesses about the impact on data transfers in the event of the UK leaving the EU with no deal in March 2019. The guidance follows a planned amendment to the Data Protection No Deal Technical Notice published by the Government.

Artificial Intelligence in recruitment: data protection implications

Guest blog by Richard Brown and Val Dougan, CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP exploring the data protection implications in AI recruitment projects.

AI as an enabler in healthcare

Guest blog by Andy Powell, CTO at Eduserv as part of our #CounciloftheFuture campaign week looking to at AI in healthcare providing more scalable and faster services, while also saving on budget and time.

Other News and Comments

UK pledges greater use of Artificial Intelligence to repel military threats (BBC News)

AI and drones turn an eye towards UK's energy infrastructure (The Guardian)

Businesses struggle to make the most of data analytics due to skills shortage (Information Age)

UK government commits to opening up data in bid to push adoption of AI (Computer Weekly)

Government funds trial of artificial intelligence to help with breast cancer screenings (The Telegraph)

India to create more than one million cloud computing jobs by 2022 (Cloud Computing News)

Upcoming Events

10 January - Children’s services transformation innovation workshop

We will be bringing together local government and tech industry representatives for a problem-led interactive workshop on how we could work together to develop a shared approach to the challenges facing children services and to deliver innovative solutions. This follows a previous roundtable on these issues, which highlighted the need for a focus on solutions and the role emerging technology and data can play. We already have over 15 councils from across the UK signed-up, and they include Councillors, Head of and Directors of Services, so we do hope you can join the conversation too.

22 January  Brit-twin: towards a national digital twin

techUK will bring 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. Hear from those who develop and use digital twins for various physical infrastructure assets as they share their experiences of real world applications and use cases. This session will lay the foundation for understanding what a digital twin is, and how it applies data and digital technologies to provide real-time insights that can assist in planning, predicting and understanding various types of infrastructure assets.

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