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.

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.

WannaCry cyber attack and the NHS : National Audit Office

Investigation: WannaCry cyber attack and the NHS

National Audit Office

Published, 24 April 2018

The National Audit Office releases an updated report on the reasons why NHS data were compromised by hackers through the WannaCry computer virus in May 2017. The investigation covers the period immediately before the attack and several months following.

The report highlights lessons learned from the incident including that relatively simple actions could have protected a number of computer systems and that response plans and communication plans should be put in place now to overcome the challenges faced by any future cyber breaches.

Data for Public Benefit : Carnegie UK Trust

Data for Public Benefit

Carnegie UK Trust

Published, 26 April 2018

Involve, Understanding Patient Data and the Carnegie UK Trust publish a report on the findings of research conducted through workshops on the benefits and risks of sharing data in public and voluntary sectors (such as housing, criminal justice, and health).

The report presents a framework of principles for appropriate instances for data sharing in these sectors and poses questions for sector leaders to determine if data are being shared and protected sufficiently.

Copyright Protection on Digital Platforms : Cyber Data Coalition

Copyright Protection on Digital Platforms: Existing Tools, Good Practice and Limitations

Cyber Data Coalition

Published, 20 April 2018

The French High Council for Literary and Artistic Property (CSPLA) releases an English translation of its 2017 report on the upcoming Article 13 of the EU’s Proposal for a Directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market, which concerns technologies that can detect copyright infringement.

This Article is particularly relevant for platforms like YouTube where a substantial proportion of the content is not uploaded by the copyright owner (particularly music), thereby limiting the revenue and protections of the artist.

The Article outlines the problems with the current approach of taking down content identified as violating copyright and outlines the proposed automated system to provide safeguards for copyright on online platforms.

AI Sector Deal : BEIS

AI Sector Deal


Published, 26 April 2018

The UK government, industry and academic institutions announce nearly £1 billion of funding to support the development of artificial intelligence technologies in the UK.

The investment will realise goals set out in the 2017 review of the UK’s AI sector by building a skilled workforce and increasing access to data through purpose-built infrastructure.