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Trump offers to help ZTE ‘get back into business’

President Donald Trump has promised to help beleaguered Chinese smartphone and networking equipment maker ZTE after the company was subjected to an embargo barring US companies from doing business with it.  In a surprise tweet posted on Sunday, Trump promised to help ZTE “get back into business, fast” after his administration slapped it with a seven-year trade ban that prevents US companies from ... Read More »

UK Government unveils £1 billion AI sector deal

The UK Government has unveiled an artificial intelligence deal worth £1 billion, which is backed by 50 leading tech firms and nearly £300 million of private investment. Announced by Business Secretary Greg Clark and Digital Secretary Matt Hancock, the deal is a combined effort between the government and industry. It comes as the government recently implemented the Industrial Strategy and ... Read More »

Mike Bracken slams government decision to shift data policy-making from GDS to DCMS

Mike Bracken, the IT leader often cited as the mastermind behind the extension of public services online, spearheading government’s so-called digital revolution, has slammed the decision to move the data policy and governance functions of the Government Digital Service (GDS) to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). The announcement, was made in a written statement to Parliament ... Read More »

Eighty per cent of councils still primarily rely on on-premise IT because of ‘legacy IT hangover’

Four fifths of councils are still relying primarily on on-premise IT, despite an increase of cloud services used in local government. Socitm, the society for IT and digital leaders in government, and Eduserv, the not-for-profit technology partner for public and third-sector organisations, found in a report that although two thirds of councils are using cloud computing, the rate of cloud ... Read More »

Sierra Leone uses blockchain-based voting system for presidential election

Sierra Leone has become one of the world’s first countries to deploy and use a blockchain-based voting system in recent elections. The country’s citizens are currently voting to replace President Ernest Bai Koroma, who has been in power for a decade. The first round took place on 7 March. The second round of voting will take place at the end of the month ... Read More »

Government to review driving laws in preparation for autonomous vehicles

Driven by Data in association with IBM The channel looks at how software-defined storage is an enabler of multi-cloud, AI, IoT, and arguably plays a pivotal role in digital transformation. Security Spotlight in association with Malwarebytes The channel looks at all things security, including all the news, analyses, opinion and research into these new, yet clear and present, dangers. Read More »

Police to trial mobile fingerprinting on the street in initiative slammed by Liberty

Frontline police officers are trialling new mobile fingerprinting technology that will enable them to identify suspects within minutes as part of plans to save police time and slash costs – but the plans publicised over the weekend have been blasted by civil liberties group Liberty. Police across the country will be given access to a smartphone app and handheld scanner ... Read More »

Government-led Cyber Discovery programme gets 20,000 student sign ups in just six weeks

Data Insight in association with IBM The channel looks at how storage software is fuelling the future of IT, as we explore analytics, insight, virtualisation and other hot topics storage plays a vital role in defining. Security Spotlight in association with Malwarebytes The channel looks at all things security, including all the news, analyses, opinion and research into these new, yet ... Read More »

ICO targets UKIP in use of political data investigation

Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham has announced that the ICO is targeting UKIP, among other organisations, in its formal investigation into the use of data analytics for political purposes. Denham describes the investigation as being “designed to examine how personal information was analysed to target people as part of political campaigning and have been particularly focused on the EU Referendum campaign.” ... Read More »

Britain’s undersea internet links can be attacked

Enemy states and terrorists could have a catastrophic effect on the UK’s technology infrastructure by targeting its undersea fibre optic data cables, a new report has found. Many of the world’s internet capables and networks are based on the seabed, connecting countries and governments globally. And damage to them is pretty common. After all, it’s easy for ships to drag ... Read More »

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