Cloud, Data, Analytics and AI Newsletter | AI Council Announcement

I hope you find this month's update a helpful overview of the most recent news and upcoming opportunities from our programme.

Over the last month we’ve been busy hosting various events and workshops, including a joint session with the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation (CDEI) on online targeting, meeting with the Office for AI to provide feedback on their draft AI public procurement guidelines and workbook and a joint event with techUK’s Justice and Emergency Services programme, bringing together police stakeholders and technology providers to discuss digital ethics in policing.

I’d also like to take the opportunity to say a big thank you to those that contributed to techUK’s AI campaign week. We received almost 40 blog contributions over four days! As part of the campaign week we also recorded a techUK podcast focusing on the growing opportunities and benefits of AI and the next steps needed to ensure that the UK remains at the forefront of the AI and data revolution. Guest interviewees include, 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. You can take a listen to the podcast here.

This month I’ll be focusing on techUK’s response to the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation’s Call for Evidence in relation to their two projects on online targeting and bias in algorithmic decision-making. If members have any specific feedback or evidence that you’d like highlighted in our response. Please get in touch ( asap.

Finally, we’re gearing up for London Tech Week which is taking place in less than two weeks! For a full list of the events and activities that techUK has got planned take a look here.

If you have any further questions about any aspect of our programme, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

techUK Cloud, Data Analytics and AI News 


techUK welcomes AI Council members announcement
techUK responds to the joint statement from Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport and the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy announcing the members of the AI Council.

Doteveryone report highlights tech workers ethical awareness
We recently saw the publication of a new report by Doteveryone on People, Power and Technology: The Tech Workers’ View.

NAO publishes public sector cloud guidance
The National Audit Office has produced a guide for audit committees regarding the adoption of cloud services.

APPG on Data Analytics launch new Trust, Transparency and Tech report
The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Data Analytics and Policy Connect have launched a joint report on 'Trust, Transparency and Technology.'

techUK's AI Week
Check out the techUK AI week landing page, with easy access to all of the published news, views and guest insights on the growing opportunities and benefits of AI for both the UK economy and society.

The techUK podcast - Remaining at the forefront of the AI revolution
Katherine Mayes, techUK's Programme Manager for Cloud, Data Analytics and AI presents this month's techUK AI podcast.

5G Campaign Week #The5GFuture
Check out the techUK 5G campaign week landing page, with easy access to all of the published news, views and guest insights on the deployment of 5G and the advantages for individuals, businesses and vertical markets in the UK.

Congratulations to techUK members recognised at UK Cloud Awards 2019
Congratulations to all techUK companies that were nominated, shortlisted and won awards at this year's UK Cloud Awards.

Apply for Global ICT Excellence Awards 2019
techUK is pleased to seek applications to be nominated for the 2019 Global ICT Excellence Awards.

How the ICO’s Sandbox can help make your innovative idea a reality
Guest blog: Chris Taylor, Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), introduces a new Sandbox service designed to support organisations which are developing innovative products and services using personal data.

Other news and comments


Tech under attack: San Francisco bans facial recognition - GlobeTrender

New internet regulator to target cloud giants - New Statesman Tech

U.S.-China talks show progress on cloud computing - U.S. Chamber official - Reuters

3 reasons you should pay attention to the OECD AI principles - The Hill

Upcoming events


10-14 June - London Tech Week

techUK's London Tech Week activities
Here you can find the full list of techUK's activities as part of London Tech Week.

10-12 JuneCogX 2019
Across 12 stages, CogX 2019 will deliver 400 hours of content and explore a huge range of topics from the rise of digital beings and effective computing to how other emerging technologies such as DNA gene editing, autonomous transportation, blockchain, IoT, VR and AR are reshaping the way we move, learn and work. CogX 2019 will welcome a global audience of 15,000 guests to Kings Cross and bring to life over 200,000 square feet of public space, hosting 500 speakers from across industry, academia, government and technology to cover a range of topics on 12 stages. For discount codes for techUK members, please contact Jake Wall.

11 June - CogX 19: Digital ethics and the world of work
This panel, which is taking place on the Future of Work & Education stage at CogX 2019, will focus on what digital ethics means for employees and the world of work. The panel of industry and business leaders, chaired by Antony Walker, Deputy CEO at techUK, will discuss the ethical questions and concerns being raised in the workplace by the development and adoption of new technologies and how these can be addressed.

11 June - techUK Supercharging the North Drinks Reception at CogX 19
Join techUK for a networking drinks reception being held at the IBM Pavilion at the CogX Expo. This event will bring together tech leaders and key stakeholders from the North of England with CogX attendees from around the world. The event will kick off with an introduction from Antony Walker, Deputy CEO techUK and Jacqueline Davey, Vice President Enterprise Industry & Commercial Business, UK & Ireland, IBM.

11 June - Leaders In Tech Summit: Panel - Emerging technologies: How are they changing how we do business today, and what are the implications for tomorrow?
See techUK's Sue Daley on the Panel at the 'Emerging Technologies: How are they changing how we do business today, and what are the implications for tomorrow?' Presentation.

11 June - Alconics Awards 2019
The prestigious global AIconics Awards are back with a Royal twist to celebrate the best in Artificial Intelligence for business. The awards bring together emerging start-ups to Silicon Valley royalty alike (plus the corporates/VCs/ethical innovators) for the most prestigious event in enterprise AI.

12 June - AI Summit 2019, London
The AI Summit, hosted during London Tech Week 2019, offers the opportunity to engage with world leading organisations, hear from the brightest minds and gleam exclusive insights into pioneering AI projects from all corners of industry, like never before. This year The AI Summit will welcome more speakers than ever before with over 70 CxOs and global AI visionaries who will cover everything from business strategy to technical skills across 15 dedicated theatres!

12 June - AI and the NHS: Forging a healthy future
techUK and DeepMind are hosting an evening event bringing together industry and policymakers in AI and health. This event will assess the landscape for AI and health tech investment in the UK and discuss how we forge a healthy future for AI and the NHS. The panel will be chaired by techUK’s Associate Director for Technology and Innovation, Sue Daley.

Other Events

19 June - Attributing Carbon to the Cloud Roundtable
This members’ only roundtable will examine how we can keep track of carbon emissions when we outsource activity to the cloud. Customers are seeking more transparency on carbon associated with the cloud services they procure. This may be because they wish to report scope 3 emissions or because they need to provide robust evidence that outsourcing activities are sustainable.

techUK has already produced a draft outline document in this area and we will use the information from this discussion to develop a complete briefing paper.

If you wish to attend this roundtable, please contact Emma Fryer or Jake Wall.

20 July - AI Tech North 2019
AI Tech North 2019 is the first AI conference of its kind in the North. It's a platform to bring like-minded professionals, leaders and enthusiasts together with a common interest in artificial intelligence. The event hosts 18 technical tracks spanning across various AI technologies, along with five strategic keynote sessions focusing on how to innovate, how to use AI, how to be ethical, and how to overcome disruption, with the aim of helping organisations, communities, technologists and enthusiasts to collaborate and exchange ideas, strategise and devise the innovations of tomorrow.

  • Katherine Mayes

    Katherine Mayes

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

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