Tech parents' perspective on the future of work: techUK

Tech parents' perspective on the future of work


Published, 26 July 2018

techUK are carrying out a survey of parents working in the tech sector or in a tech role. The survey aims to understand how they speak to their children about the future world of work. It seeks their views on how children are being prepared for the future of work and their perspective on the current education system.

The survey is short and should take less than 10 minutes to fill out.

Lowering Barriers to 5G Deployment: Broadband Stakeholder Group

Lowering Barriers to 5G Deployment

Broadband Stakeholder Group

Published, 20 July 2018

This report argues that reducing barriers to network deployment is necessary for the UK to become a leader in 5G. The authors identify thirteen barriers ranging from legislative to communication and provide 21 recommendations that are relevant to industry, central government and local authorities.


Open Data in Developing Economies: African Minds

Open Data in Developing Economies

African Minds

Published, 17 July 2018

With the aim of filling a gap in evidence about the potential of open data in developing countries, this report showcases a number of case studies on its use for development. Additionally, it explores key questions around open data such as the impact so far and how it can best be used.

Delivering Digital Skills : Nesta

Delivering Digital Skills


Published 25 April 2018

Nesta has released guidance on preparing the workforce for the digital economy. The report reveals the need to develop digital skills and offers recommendations to build a healthy digital skill ecosystem, highlighting the need for innovative and flexible approaches to learning. The guidance is also supported by ten case studies.

'Technopoly' and what to do about it: Reform, Redress and Regulation: ResPublica

'Technopoly' and what to do about it: Reform, Redress and Regulation


Published, June 2018

Technology and digitalisation have helped to lower business costs, create business opportunities and increase rates of economic growth. Yet, alongside these benefits, the authors of this report warn against the threats that the monopolisation of big tech poses to the consumers.

Among other things, the authors explain how market dominance in technology can lead to loss of innovation, limitation of press freedom, and the squandering of competition. The latter sections of the report offer 10 recommendations for change to help restore the benefits of a technology market.

Skill Shift: Automation and the Future of the Workforce: McKinsey & Company

Skill Shift: Automation and the Future of the Workforce

McKinsey & Company

Published, 2 May 2018

This report by the McKinsey Global Institute explores the impact of technology on the economy and work. It focuses on banking, insurance, energy and mining, healthcare, manufacturing and retail. The report includes a survey of business leaders that reveals the ways in which industries will adapt and shows which skills will be in demand in the future.

Using e-health to support the challenges of an ageing population: The University of Warwick

Using e-health to support the challenges of an ageing population

The University of Warwick

Published, 22 June 2018

This University of Warwick article finds that a lack of in-depth research on how e-health interventions can be deployed to support ageing populations is blocking the effective deployment of these technologies.

The article systematically reviewed available literature on using e-health to support ageing populations and found that little is known regarding system-wide changes required in implementing transformative active ageing interventions.

The AI Growth Capital of Europe : Mayor of London

London: The AI Growth Capital of Europe

Mayor of London

Published, June 2018

The Mayor of London releases a report which highlights London’s strengths to be a European leader in the development of artificial intelligence (AI) technology.

The research finds that London already has more AI companies of other urban hubs in Europe and continues to grow at a faster rate than other companies. London also has a good talent pool, increasingly high levels of investment (including from the national government) and a strong network of expertise in AI ethics.

Understanding the areas of London’s strength in developing AI will help the Mayor of London make strategic decisions about how to best support the AI sector.

City Innovation Brief : Future Cities Catapult

City Innovation Brief

Future Cities Catapult

Published, 15 June 2018

Future Cities Catapult publishes its quarterly digest on the developments related to political, economic, social, technological, legal, and environmental arenas in urban innovation in the UK.

The brief also includes an activity tracker which highlights UK and European funding programmes for work in Advanced Urban Services. The brief includes an article about the ways that digital technologies can help planning authorities in England to be more data-driven, agile, responsive, and reflect citizens’ preferences.

Fake news and critical literacy : National Literacy Trust

Fake news and critical literacy: final report


Published, 11 June 2018

This report presents findings from a study investigating whether children and young people can identify fake news.

The report consists of surveys of primary and secondary school children and teachers, as well as written evidence submitted after an open call. Key findings include 49.9% of children worry that they will not be able to recognise fake news.

Only 2 % of children have the necessary critical literacy skills to identify fake news and 53.5% of teachers have the belief that the national curriculum does not provide children with the necessary skills to spot fake news.

Consultation on the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation : DCMS

Consultation on the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation


Published, 13 June 2018

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport opens a consultation requesting views on the governance and regulation of the use of data and artificial intelligence.

The consultation broadly aims to establish views on the way the Centre for Data Ethics will operate and the areas of work that should be a priority. The consultation closes on 5 September 2018.

Data Ethics Framework : DCMS

Data Ethics Framework


Published, 13 June 2018

The Data Ethics Framework is intended for organisations in the public sector to ensure that the use of data for service design and informing policy is appropriate.

The framework consists of seven data ethics principles, as well as a workbook that allows ethical considerations and decisions to be recorded as a specific project involving data progresses.

Presenting gender pay gap figures to the public : Government Equalities Office

Presenting gender pay gap figures to the public: an online trial

Government Equalities Office

Published, 13 June 2018

This report provides results of a trial that aimed to understand how using alternative methods to present gender pay gap (GPG) figures can affect people’s understanding and attitudes towards the topic.

The online randomised control trial consisted of 2,325 adults who were presented GPG figures in four different ways. The two main measures were people’s attitudes and people’s comprehension and the results are intended to help to develop the Government’s GPG viewing service.

Personal data in transport : Open Data Institute

Personal data in transport: exploring a framework for the future

Open Data Institute

Published, 13 June 2018

This report highlights the benefits of using and sharing journey data for transport systems, as well as individuals and organisations.

Benefits identified in the report include increasing accessibility for people, improving operational efficiency for organisations and addressing systemic issues within the transport sector. In order to achieve these potential benefits, the data should be used ethically and in such a way that would support transport systems.

Smarter London Together : The London Assembly

Smarter London Together

The London Assembly

Published, June 2018

The Smarter London Together roadmap is launched by the Mayor of London which outlines how London can be the world’s smartest city.

The road map encompasses 20 initiatives which are divided into five key areas: creating additional user designed services, developing a new deal for city data, increasing digital skills and leadership, improving collaboration within the city and developing smarter streets and world-class connectivity.

Launch of the Open Data Charter Measurement Guide : European Data Portal

Launch of the Open Data Charter Measurement Guide

European Data Portal

Published, 8 June 2018

This guide, published by the European Data Portal, provides an overview of how the six Open Data Charter Principles are measured and the measurement tools currently available.

The guide is accessible online as a Gitbook or as a printable PDF version and offers the opportunity to make comparisons between the various indictors used in the five largest Open Data measurement initiatives.

Technical note on Data Protection : Department for Exiting the European Union

Technical note on Data Protection

Department for Exiting the European Union

Published, 7 June 2018

This policy paper published by the Department for Exiting the European Union outlines the possibilities for cooperation on Data Protection between the UK and EU in the future.

The paper covers the benefits that could be achieved by a new agreement on data protection between the UK and EU which would not prevent the EU from making changes to its legislation on data protection but would offer greater legal certainty, transparency and cooperation.

Commission proposes EU digital programme : European Commission

Commission proposes €9.2 billion investment in first ever digital programme

European Commission

Published, 6 June 2018

The European Commission has proposed plans to set up a Digital Europe Programme.

The programme will receive €9.2 billion and will aim to strengthen digital transformation and tackle digital challenges in five main areas: supercomputers, AI, cybersecurity and trust, digital skills and use of digital technology across society and the economy.


The impacts of broadband and 5G : The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport

The impacts of mobile broadband and 5

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport

Published, 6 June 2018

This review outlines results from three research areas on the 5G Testbeds and Trials Programme: the impact of mobile broadband on consumer value, productivity and efficiency, the possible macroeconomic impacts of 5G, and the economic impact from selected case studies of areas likely to be affected by 5G.