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

It is the day after the Local Elections and amongst all the post-match analysis the Lib Dems are sounding chipper (just saying).  With so many new Councillors elected, our message to them is don’t be afraid of digital: find out more about what we mean by clicking here. 

On Thursday the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) endorsed the moon-shot challenge to commit to net zero emissions by 2050. This is not just the right thing to do for the planet but a major opportunity for our sector. Digitisation that enables a smarter, cleaner and more energy efficient economy will be vital for getting to net zero. techUK comment here

This week, new research published by Tech London Advocates revealed that 23% of the technology companies they surveyed in London have delayed decisions about investment as a result of the UK’s decision to leave the European Union. This is more evidence of the drag that Brexit is having on one of the most dynamic sectors of the UK economy.  

DCMS escaped any disruption in the mini-reshuffle this week and launched a new consultation on Secure by Design regulations. This builds on the Government’s voluntary Secure by Design Code of Practice for consumer IoT security launched last year, which techUK supported. The Code advocates for stronger cyber security measures to be built into smart products right from the design stage. To find out more click here.  

Finally casting our minds back to last week congratulations to Dr Henry Pearson who has been appointed as the UK’s new Cyber Security Ambassador. Dr Pearson will work closely with UK businesses seeking to secure major international contracts with overseas governments and central banks that are looking to bolster their cyber defences against potential cyber threats. techUK looks forward to working with him to promote the UK’s thriving cyber industry. 

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Huge congratulations to our President Jacqueline de Rojas who this week took home the Asian Women Award for Technology and Digital 2019, truly deserved - an inspirational business leader and role model who has committed her energy to making the sector more diverse and inclusive.

This week also saw the announcement of the TechConnect programme winner. This was a techUK-GDS initiative bringing together 38 early professionals, half from the Digital, Data and Technology (DDaT) Fast Stream and half from tech companies to identify and design digital solutions for public sector challenges. To find out more about the initiative and see which bright idea won click here.

My colleague Giles Derrington was at the Institute for Government speaking on a panel all about Services and Brexit. Despite Services making up the majority of the UK economy the Brexit debate has thus far focused much more on how to ensure continuity of frictionless trade in goods. You can watch the panel discussion here to get a good overview of why services matter.

Finally if you are travelling for the long-weekend, you must download the latest techUK podcast episode exploring the growing opportunities and benefits of AI and the next steps needed to ensure that the UK remains at the forefront of the artificial intelligence and data revolution. Featuring interviews with Tabitha Goldstaub, Co-Founder of CognitionX and Chair of the UK Government’s AI Council, Dr Mobasher Butt, Babylon's Chief Medical Office and Yue Wang, Principal 5G Researcher at Samsung UK it really is a must-listen.

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