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This week we commemorated the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings with services honouring those who sacrificed happening across the country and in Europe.  techUK would like to pay tribute to the men and women who drove the remarkable technological innovations that were so fundamental to the success of the Normandy landings.

Today, Theresa May steps down as leader of the Conservative party, officially firing the starting gun for the leadership contest. MPs now have a little over two weeks to whittle down the crowded field to two contenders for party members to choose from. techUK has written to all candidates calling on them to champion innovation and back the UK’s digital sector. You can read the letter in full here.

Looking back to the start of the week the ICO, in partnership with the Alan Turing Institute, published their interim report on AI explainability, pithily named: Project ExplAIn. The findings of the interim report are based on research, roundtables and citizen juries, you can read a summary of the findings here.

The G20 Summit and associated ministerial meetings kick off this Saturday in Japan. With Trade and Digital high on the agenda our CEO Julian David is hosting a high-level roundtable with ITI, JEITA and Digital Europe on Digital Ethics and the free flow of data. Our own Digital Minister, Margot James will be participating, showing the UK as a leader in this space.

This week, Tech Nation and Dealroom launched an innovative national database designed to deliver the type of information required by investors and entrepreneurs to facilitate growth including information on businesses, founders, VC funds and much more. You can have a look at the ‘Data commons for UK tech’ here and even add information to it.

Keep your eyes peeled on Wednesday for a very exciting new initiative from techUK…check at for the latest!

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On Monday techUK will be kicking off a busy London Tech Week by hosting with partners from NHSX, DHSC, The Department for International Trade, the AHSN Network and DigitalHealth. London an event looking at how we supercharge the healthtech economy. Whilst the event is now sold out you will be able to live stream it here.  

That event kicks off a very busy London Tech Week for techUK – you can find out exactly what we are up to here. Also to keep updated with the latest follow us at @techUK and if you see us – say hi!

If you make it through London Tech Week then be sure to join us on Monday 17 June for the launch of our Blockchain White Paper which will showcase techUK’s members' blockchain use with case studies and detailing some of the challenges to overcome to fully embrace DLT’s potential. Find out more and sign up here.

Amidst all this excitement don’t forget that tickets to our Annual Dinner are now on sale. Secure your seat at the glitziest night in the UK’s tech calendar where we’ll be hosting the Secretary of State for Digital, Jeremy Wright and other senior Government stakeholders.

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    Vinous Ali

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