techUK Policy Pulse | Your weekly update on digital and tech policy

...I’m still sat at my desk in barmy balmy London.

Davos has been packed to the rafters with discussions and announcements on tech. Singapore published their framework on AI – a ‘living document’ that is open for consultation and feedback from industry; our own Chancellor has announced £100 million investment to create 1,000 new PhD places across the UK for the next generation of Artificial Intelligence; and Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, made clear he would be using Japan’s chairmanship of the G20 to look at a framework for worldwide data governance.

The UK’s Business Secretary also announced a new partnership with the World Economic Forum to look at the regulatory governance of technological innovation. The Better Regulation Executive (BRE) will work with the WEF Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution to showcase best practice from the regulatory sandboxes, testbeds and labs developed in the UK and share global learning with the UK Regulators’ Innovation Network.

Meanwhile, back at home the UK Government unveiled it’s Maritime 2050 strategy including plans to develop autonomous vessels and establish the UK as a testbed for innovation. The strategy has been praised by the sector for its long-term vision and innovative spirit.

Also keeping an eye on the future, Tech Nation published its list of the 30 fastest growing tech start ups for its Upscale programme which is now entering its fourth year. The programme helps fast-growing companies navigate the challenges of scaling and is supported by Government.

techUK was pleased to be at the Government ICT conference this week where Oliver Dowden, Minister for Implementation announced the next five GovTech Catalyst challenges. The GovTech Catalyst is a £20 million fund set up to tech innovators tackle public sector problems. You can read more here.

techUK news and events

At the end of last week my colleague was in Warsaw with the Digital Minister, Margot James, to launch techUK and ZIPSEE Digital Poland’s joint paper which outlines the importance of data transfers between the UK and Poland and calls for the continued free flow of data between the UK and Poland post-Brexit. This is part of techUK’s ongoing efforts to raise awareness of the importance of data flows both at home and across Europe in the context of Brexit negotiations. Read the report here.

techUK is committed to ensuring a career in tech is open to all, including those returning to work after a break. This week we launched our revamped ‘Returners Hub’ which we hope will become an invaluable resource for those looking to get back to work. Check out the latest content and all the great schemes out there.

techUK will be launching its Digital Identity paper on 6 February in the House of Lords. If you are interested in going along please get in touch with my colleague Ruth.

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