UK gov urged to protect human right to review AI decisions
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artificial intelligence (AI)

UK gov urged to protect human right to review AI decisions

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, is calling on the government not to remove Article 22 ‘while AI is still in its infancy'
13 Oct 2021
NCSC CEO warns ransomware presents "most immediate danger" to the UK
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ransomware

NCSC CEO warns ransomware presents "most immediate danger" to the UK

Lindy Cameron named Russia as the main culprit behind the UK’s ransomware woes
12 Oct 2021
Is Australia becoming a surveillance state?
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privacy

Is Australia becoming a surveillance state?

With new powers granted to law enforcement agencies in Australia, we examine what this could mean for digital rights in the country
11 Oct 2021
UKRI will educate tech sector to defend against cyber threats
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Policy & legislation

UKRI will educate tech sector to defend against cyber threats

Businesses will be able to benefit from a series of events, workshops, and hands-on experience organised by Digital Catapult
11 Oct 2021
UK's National Cyber Force will be based in Samlesbury
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cyber warfare

UK's National Cyber Force will be based in Samlesbury

The hub will bring “thousands" of highly skilled jobs and expertise to the North West of England
4 Oct 2021
HMRC begins IR35 compliance checks 
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Policy & legislation

HMRC begins IR35 compliance checks 

The banking and finance, and oil and gas sectors are the first to be targeted
28 Sep 2021
Broadband customers will soon be able to switch provider in just one day
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broadband

Broadband customers will soon be able to switch provider in just one day

Ofcom's 'One Touch Switch' rules aim to minimise awkward interactions with customer support
28 Sep 2021
Cisco and AMD help modernise defence industry IT infrastructure
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servers

Cisco and AMD help modernise defence industry IT infrastructure

The new technology helps defence departments cut down on power consumption and licensing costs
27 Sep 2021
Fibre misuse is “coming back to bite” broadband industry
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broadband

Fibre misuse is “coming back to bite” broadband industry

GigaHead exec has called on Ofcom to highlight the benefits of full-fibre broadband
22 Sep 2021
MoD data breach ‘put lives of Afghan interpreters at risk’
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data breaches

MoD data breach ‘put lives of Afghan interpreters at risk’

The blunder exposed the email addresses of 250 interpreters seeking relocation
21 Sep 2021
India antitrust probe finds Google abused Android dominance
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Google Android

India antitrust probe finds Google abused Android dominance

The ruling comes just days after South Korean regulators fined Google £130 million for the same offence
20 Sep 2021
Adoption of Bitcoin as legal currency sparks protests in El Salvador
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cryptocurrencies

Adoption of Bitcoin as legal currency sparks protests in El Salvador

Protestors claim the currency could destabilise the economy and is being used to distract from wider issues
16 Sep 2021
Nadine Dorries appointed digital secretary in government reshuffle
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public sector

Nadine Dorries appointed digital secretary in government reshuffle

The former mental health minister replaces Oliver Dowden only days after he announced major GDPR reforms
16 Sep 2021
UK gov's Future Fund invests in more than 150 startups
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startups

UK gov's Future Fund invests in more than 150 startups

The initiative was launched in May 2020 to help startups weather the economic storms of the coronavirus pandemic
14 Sep 2021
Irish data regulator fails to resolve 98% of big tech GDPR cases
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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Irish data regulator fails to resolve 98% of big tech GDPR cases

Campaigners accuse the Irish DPC of being the ‘bottleneck’ for GDPR enforcement with 160 unresolved complaints
13 Sep 2021
DCMS lifts the lid on UK GDPR reforms, including ICO restructure
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data protection

DCMS lifts the lid on UK GDPR reforms, including ICO restructure

The government hopes to clarify ambiguities in the law and give businesses peace of mind when processing personal data
10 Sep 2021
Gaming ban would stifle interest in STEM, warns BCS
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Policy & legislation

Gaming ban would stifle interest in STEM, warns BCS

The warning comes after China banned online gamers under 18 from playing on weekdays
9 Sep 2021
UK street lamps and bus shelters to boost 5G rollout in £4 million trial
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5G

UK street lamps and bus shelters to boost 5G rollout in £4 million trial

The government is looking to create digital asset management platforms to allow councils to easily share infrastructure data with network operators
9 Sep 2021
Amazon, Microsoft won $50m in military contracts after Google's Project Maven exit, report
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public sector

Amazon, Microsoft won $50m in military contracts after Google's Project Maven exit, report

The two tech giants reportedly took on contracts that helped the military to identify objects from drone footage
9 Sep 2021
Ofcom launches review of UK's net neutrality rules post-Brexit
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Policy & legislation

Ofcom launches review of UK's net neutrality rules post-Brexit

BT has said the time is right for the regulator to be reviewing the framework introduced in 2015
8 Sep 2021
Estonia is making its internal government testbed free to use
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public sector

Estonia is making its internal government testbed free to use

One of the world’s most digitally advanced governments is opening up its tech stack, expertise, and live-testing environment
7 Sep 2021
EU may consider enforcing seven-year smartphone lifespan
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Mobile Phones

EU may consider enforcing seven-year smartphone lifespan

The German government is lobbying the European Commission to go further than its current tech repairability proposals
6 Sep 2021
Irish police seize Conti domains used in HSE ransomware attack
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ransomware

Irish police seize Conti domains used in HSE ransomware attack

The Garda’s cyber crime unit confirmed that it had disrupted the hacking gang's IT infrastructure
6 Sep 2021