The UK’s technology industry is calling for Government support to bail out start-ups which it fears could collapse in the coming months due to the disruption to economic activity caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
As privacy campaigners baulk at UK Government plans to share anonymised mobile phone data to help stem the spread of the coronavirus, it has emerged mobile operators across Europe have already agreed to share their information with Brussels chiefs.
The NHS is ratcheting up its use of patient data as it battles the coronavirus, with reports that it is working with a number of technology companies on a new system to help manage resources in responding to the pandemic.
The data science and tech communities are continuing to join the fight against the spread of coronavirus with the launch of a new symptom tracking app in the UK, designed for all consumers whether they have caught the virus or not.
The coronavirus pandemic is fuelling uncertainty for many business but the rise of working from home is leading to huge growth for firms operating virtual private networks (VPN), with the UK experiencing a 48.1% growth in the use of business VPNs over the past fortnight alone.
Men are not only dominating the tech industry they are actively having a negative impact on their female colleagues, with nearly half (49%) of women experiencing some form of discrimination in the tech workplace, while 20% have resigned from a role in the past because of discrimination or harassment.
The Government has handed out £90 million in funding for three UK "future transport zones" aimed at bringing together academics and experts with businesses and local bodies, to investigate the future of smart and green technology.
Data science and new technology - especially artificial intelligence - are playing a major role in the fight against the coronavirus, and even a possible cure, as the pandemic continues to spread across the world.