ACT The App Association
- New survey data and UK High Court findings have demonstrated the urgent need for action to protect the interests of small UK businesses seeking to innovate IoT technologies. The IoT ecosystem is expected to generate €12.5 billion for the global economy by 2030, with much of this innovation coming from small businesses. The licensing of SEPs is a crucial step in developing new IoT technologies, however a lack of regulation means that small businesses are being denied access to SEPs on fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms. Find our more here.
- In June, Arqit announced their role in an international consortium that delivered the world’s first quantum-safe cross-border electronic trade document transaction. Orchestrated by the International Chamber of Commerce UK and Centre for Digital Trade and Innovation, this successful pilot between the UK and Singapore, supported by the Singapore Government agency the Infocomm Media Development Authority, delivered a verifiable, secure and scalable solution that will make international trade cheaper, simpler, faster and more sustainable. Arqit’s technology was used to place a quantum-secure ‘seal’ around the electronic trade documents, and facilitate their secure transfer across digital platforms, thereby removing friction from trade. Read more here.
BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT
- In May, the BCS Fellows Technical Advisory Group (F-TAG) worked with key member groups such as Law, AI, Software, and the Internet Specialist groups to create a proactive position paper arguing against a ‘pause’ on AI development. The paper was shared government and covered exclusively by Sky News. Read the paper here.
- In June, BCS released an open letter calling for government and industry to recognise AI as ‘a transformational force for good, not an existential threat’. Our statement has so far attracted over 1300 signatures, including from leading thinkers like Anne-Marie Imafidon, CEO of Stemettes, and Philosopher and Professor Luciano Floridi, from the University of Oxford. Read the letter here.
- BCS organised two roundtable discussions for the Office for AI as part of a response to a government White Paper, drawing on the expertise of BCS members and policy contacts. The first was about the impact of the new technology on marginalised communities, which concluded whilst there could be benefits for groups such as ethnic minorities, neurodiverse people and LGBTQ+ people, there were also concerns around inbuilt bias. The second roundtable was held jointly with the National Engineering Policy Centre (NEPC) on managing risk and safety in engineering, how the regulatory environment outlined in the UK Government’s White Paper could work in practice, and where it might need amendments. Its conclusion included concerns about deploying AI prematurely without human oversight.
- BCS CEO Rashik Parmar was widely quoted in the media arguing that IT professionals should have a licence to develop AI. Rashik Parmar, chief executive of BCS, commented after the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) launched a review into the AI market. He said: “I would not want a surgeon to operate on me that didn’t have the right kind of code of ethics, was competent, ethical … And yet we allow IT professionals to build and deploy complex technologies without the same level of professionalism.” Find our more here.
- Julia Adamson, MD of the BCS Education and Public Benefit, was also invited to appear at a House of Lords Select Committee hearing on the challenges and opportunities for computing education. Julia’s points around innovative solutions to teaching the subject, including bringing in industry and the need to broaden and balance the computing curriculum, are part of the formal record. This will also be part of our key manifesto ‘asks’ as we engage with major political parties before the next general election. We followed up this evidence with formal written evidence, now on the committee’s pages. Read the full evidence submission here.
Cloud Industry Forum
- The Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) has appointed Ian Jeffs, Infrastructure Solutions Group Country Manager at Lenovo UK & Ireland as a Director and Chairman to usher in the next phase of Cloud adoption and collaboration in the UK. With his extensive expertise in the technology industry and commitment to driving cloud innovation, Ian is well positioned to work with CIF’s CEO David Terrar to lead them in their mission to promote best practices and standards within the cloud computing industry. Ian re-joined the Lenovo family in 2020 after 12 years and was part of the first team to establish the PC business in the country after its acquisition of ThinkPad from IBM in 2004. With a career spanning 25 years in senior roles in PC and data centre industry, Ian has been successful in creating thriving sales, marketing and channel businesses in large technology organisations including Tech Data, Arrow and IBM.
- CIF has announced a new media partnership with Disruptive Live, a renowned media platform covering the latest advancements in technology and business innovation. This collaboration marks a significant step change in the delivery of high-quality and dynamic content to Cloud industry professionals in the UK and globally. Highlights include the Launch of “Cloud Industry Forum presents TWF!” – a weekly, live-streamed news and interview show. Lasting 15 minutes, the show will provide up-to-the-minute news on cloud computing, followed by a 10-minute interview featuring prominent industry thought leaders. This show promises to keep viewers informed and inspired by the latest trends and insights. A State-of-the-art mixed reality virtual set designed to provide an immersive and visually engaging experience for live-streamed programmes and individual events, it brings the benefits of virtual participation to a global audience. Members and attendees can expect enhanced coverage of CIF events and gain access to exclusive expert interviews and valuable insights.
Digital Regulation Cooperation Forum
- The Digital Regulation Cooperation Forum (DRCF) recently published its Quantum Technologies Insights Paper. What are quantum technologies exactly, how are they different from their ‘classical’ counterparts and what could they potentially achieve? What issues should the DRCF regulators be thinking about now to prepare for a quantum enabled world? This Insights Paper considers these questions, building on contributions and learnings from the DRCF Quantum Symposium held in February 2023. The DRCF aims to contribute to the global conversation by discussing examples of where our existing regulatory remits are already relevant to the nascent world of quantum, and where the voice of DRCF regulators may be important as these technologies develop and mature. Ultimately, the DRCF wants to ensure that the UK can harness the benefits of quantum innovation while protecting consumer and citizen interests. Read the paper here.
Institute of Engineering and Technology
- The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) recently held the first of two ‘Reflect’ events in partnership with RS Grassroots and AFBE. The panel-led session explores how companies can make and commit to positive changes and improved equality, diversity, and inclusion. Hosted by esteemed engineer Yewande Akinola and featuring showcase videos from organisations who are already reaping the benefits of greater EDI, the event is available to watch on demand here.
Information Commissioner’s Office
- The ICO recently published a report on Neurotech. The report predicts the use of technology to monitor neurodata, the information coming directly from the brain and nervous system, will become widespread over the next decade. The report warns that newly emerging neurotechnologies risk discriminating against neurodivergent people if these groups are not put at the heart of their development. The ICO is currently developing guidance around the use of neurodata to help address these risks. Read the full report here.
- OpenUK’s State of Open: The UK in 2023 Phase Two Report, sharing survey output, interviews and thought leadership, was recently published. These were launched on 13 July with an analyst briefing, with our friend Jimmy Wales, Founder of Wikipedia and Chris Yiu, Meta’s Director of Policy speaking to analysts and press alongside myself and Dr Jennifer Barth. This second part of the report brings together UK and International “Open” thought leadership on the place of open source software, open data and open innovation in AI. With the UK’s Turing Institute and Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, the report discusses the place of open in AI along side the Open Source Initiative as they launch their call for papers and consultation on the meaning of Open Source AI. The UK’s place as a leader in AI, Open Source Software and open data leaves it uniquely placed to lead in this space. Read the report here.
- The last of the National Network of Cyber Resilience Centres to be launched was that for London. Philip convenes their Advisory Group. The objective is to provide an umbrella for partnerships to deliver support and services for micro-businesses and sole traders at scale at the same time as addressing the on-line safety, safeguarding, security and resilience needs of London as a both multi-cultural metropolis and the largest financial services, fintech and cybertech hub outside North Americas. To find out more information, or to get involved at the practical or political level, go here.
University College London’s PETRAS National Centre of Excellence
- The Centre recently release a six-part animation video series on real-world scenarios posed by Internet of Things (IoT) cybersecurity for industry sectors, and how PETRAS research is tackling those challenges. Watch it here.
- The Centre has published a systematic literature review: To what extent do public perceptions of connected places affect the security and sustainability of connected places? Read it here.
- The Centre has released a report titled: Emerging Digital Technologies in Patient Care – Dealing with Connected, Intelligent Medical Device Vulnerabilities and Failures in the Healthcare Sector. Read it here.
- The Centre recently released a series of artworks in its publication: Electric Feels: Artistic responses to research exploring human dimensions of digital energy transformation. View them here.