Banking group TSB has introduced a flexible working strategy in response to Covid-19, as it embarks on a major recruitment drive for its new Edinburgh-based tech hub, which will house scores of tech specialists, data scientists, data engineers and data analysts.
The UK property industry has received a major shot in the arm with the free release of over 23 million title extents - land boundaries - in a move which it is claimed will open up the data to much wider use across the public and private sectors.
Google is attempting to shake-off its image as an all-conquering technology giant which steamrollers everything in its path with a new initiative designed to help one million small businesses and charities in the UK stay open during the Covid-19 crisis, by providing training on their online operations.
As the Government struggles to live up to Boris Johnson’s claim that the UK will soon have a "world beating" track and trace system for Covid-19, there is at least one glimmer of hope - Brits say they are willing to set aside their considerable privacy concerns to give up personal information to aid containment of the virus.
The UK is at risk of losing out on the rewards of AI and data-driven technology due to widespread distrust of many of the industry’s practices, which can only be tackled through concerted action from both industry and Government.
Blockchain technologies could play a major role in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic - and aid the global recovery - by tracing interactions with people diagnosed with the disease while preserving their privacy and security.
UK police forces are routinely extracting and storing excessive amounts of personal information from the mobile phones of victims, witnesses and suspects without an appropriate basis in existing data protection law, which could ultimately deter people from reporting crimes.
An alliance of technology firms, business groups and universities has called on the Government to back plans for a £100m "International Centre for AI, Energy and Climate" as part of proposals to put data science at the heart of the UK’s environmental recovery plans.