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Government starts search for boss of new Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation

The government has kick-started a search for a boss of its recently launched Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation. Speaking at the World Economic Forum yesterday, PM Theresa May offered more details about the £9 million centre, which she suggested would help turn the UK into a hotspot for technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning. May said that the ... Read More »

Oracle extends police presence with Cloud Suite deployment in West Midlands

The West Midlands Police (WMP) service has deployed a suite of Oracle Cloud applications, as part of modernisation efforts to increase the efficiency of its services across multiple departments. The work was completed with Accenture, which says that the project ‘is one of the first implementations of cloud technology by a public safety agency in the UK.’ Since deploying the ... Read More »

Reporter who revealed that India’s biometric identity database was busted to facing police investigation

A journalist who revealed that information about more than one billion Indians in a government identity database could be bought online for less than £6 is facing criminal action. Rachna Khaira’s name has been included in a complaint from the country’s government, according to The Guardian, but journalists and newspaper organisations have slammed this saying it is “unfair, unjustified and a direct ... Read More »

HM Courts and Tribunals Service seeks £90k digital programme director

HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) is seeking a digital programme director and is willing to pay up to £90k for the right candidate. The new director will presumably take over the role currently occupied by former Channel 4 chief information officer (CIO) Kevin Gallagher. Computing has asked HMCTS whether this is the case and will update the story accordingly.  ... Read More »

UK government preparing "radical" self-driving car rules

The government is looking to implement a radical, new rule that would enable British drivers to let their cars park automatically. Government officials are working on a radical set of rules that would overhaul British roads and legalise the use of self-driving cars on British roads by 2021 – but which may also water down rules against drivers using electronic ... Read More »

Government launches £170 million competition to open new "institutes of technology"

The UK government has launched a £170 million competition to establish new institutes of technology intended to provide the higher level technical skills that employers need.  Employers, educational organisations and training providers are now able to apply for a share of the £170 million scheme, which is intended to close the digital skills gap. Applications opened on Friday. the scheme is specifically targeting employers, ... Read More »

GDPR is not an IT project, warns expert panel

Compliance with the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is not a project for IT to run, but a board-level issue for the business to own. That’s the opinion of a panel of experts speaking at Computing‘s recent Enterprise Security and Risk Management Summit. “GDPR means multiple things to us,” said Erik Vynckier, board member at financial services firm Firesters ... Read More »

DWP offers £105,000 for head of error, fraud and debt digital service

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 »

Government is considering bringing earlier IR35 tax reforms to private sector, at contractors’ expense

Less than a year after the disastrous changes to IR35 public sector tax avoidance regulations, Chancellor Philip Hammond may turn his attention to the private sector in the Autumn Budget next week, according to Treasury leaks. The earlier IR35 adjustments were intended to crack down on ‘disguised employees’: people operating as full-time workers but paid as freelanceers to avoid National ... Read More »

Met provides cyber pros with new forensic analysis tool

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 »

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