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A strategy to make the UK a “global champion of data” has been set out, putting it at the heart of the country’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.
The National Data Strategy includes five priority missions the Government must take to capitalise on the opportunities data offers, including unlocking the value of data across the economy, securing a pro-growth and trusted data regime, transforming government’s use of data to drive efficiency and improve public services, ensuring the security and resilience of the infrastructure on which data relies and championing the international flow of data.
Less than a quarter of IT experts believe the UK’s coronavirus contact tracing app will be effective, according to a survey.
Just under half (45 percent) said they were undecided about it, while almost a third (32 percent) believe the tool will not be useful in helping to contain Covid-19.
“The blockchain revolution in government has not lived up to expectations yet.” That’s according to government digital transformation expert Miquel Estapé. Estapé is Vice-President of Government Digital Innovation at The Association of Corporate Governance Practitioners and Deputy CEO of the Open Government of Catalonia Consortium.
The digital transformation expert devotes much of his life to researching how emerging technologies can be harnessed to deliver improved and more innovative public services. Over the last few years, no emerging technology has caught the public sector’s (and wider society’s) imagination quite like blockchain. It has subsequently become a key research focus for Estapé, and will be the subject of his session at Blockchain Technology World in London this March.
The Government is to appoint broadcasting regulator Ofcom as a new internet watchdog, with the ability to fine social media companies that do not protect users from harmful content. Culture Secretary Baroness Nicky Morgan and Home Secretary Priti Patel said Ofcom’s existing position as a regulator made it suitable to enforce rules to keep the internet safe.
Six companies are to share £170,000 of government funding to help tackle the global climate emergency using artificial intelligence (AI). The applicants have been chosen to develop AI-enabled technology through the Can Do Innovation Challenge Fund, managed by Scottish Enterprise. Four Glasgow-based firms (Arceptive, Industrial Systems and Control, Integrated Environmental Solutions, and Trade in Space) will split the Scottish Government cash with two Edinburgh businesses (Space Intelligence and Topolytics).