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.

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.

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.

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.


How onlookers shape technology use : London School of Economics and Political Science

Through the eyes of others: how onlookers shape the use of technology at wor

London School of Economics and Political Science

Published, 5 June 2018

This research paper explores how human behaviour is affected by technology, specifically how our ability to become distracted by technology so easily.

Particularly, It outlines the onlooker effect which causes us to change our technological behaviour according to the social situation we are in.


Online talent platforms : World Employment Confederation - Europe

Online talent platforms, labour market intermediaries and the changing world of work

World Employment Confederation - Europe

Published, May 2018

This report maps the economy of online talent platforms and makes comparisons between them and temporary agency work.

The report covers a broad range of factors including by not limited to the structure and size of online platforms, the regulatory frameworks used to govern them and skills development.

Internet users in the UK: 2018 : Office for National Statistics

Internet users in the UK: 2018

Office for National Statistics

Published, 31 May 2018

The Office for National Statistics releases figures on internet use in the UK by individuals aged 16 years and over.

The report presents estimates for internet use by sex, age, geographical location and disability and shows that 90% of people over the age of 16 were recent internet users in 2018.

Government approach to facial imaging unacceptable : House of Commons Science and Technology Committee

Government approach to facial imaging unacceptable

House of Commons Science and Technology Committee

Published, 25 May 2018

This report, published by the Science and Technology Committee, discusses the Government’s approach to biometrics and forensics.

The report suggests that the Government has an unacceptable approach to deleting images of innocent individuals due to lack of a system to automatically delete such images and those individuals not knowing that they have the right to request that an image of them is deleted. The report also highlights the ethical issues surrounding the use of facial images.

DESI 2018 : European Commission

Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) 2018

European Commission

Published, 18 May 2018

This fact sheet describes what the Digital Economy and Social Index is, how Member States perform against the five aspects included in the index, how EU states compare to other countries, and what has changed since 2017. It also provides information on the DESI methodology, including where the data comes from, how the scores are calculated and how EU countries are clustered.

Protecting digital consumers : OECD

Toolkit for protecting digital consumers


Published, 16 May 2018

The OECD has produced this toolkit for G20 leaders to ensure their citizens are able to safely and securely conduct online transactions. This includes an overview of how e-commerce has changed over the last 25 years, six principles to guide e-commerce policies and the required regulations to put these principles into action.


2018 Corporate Accountability Index : Ranking Digital Rights

2018 Corporate Accountability Index

Ranking Digital Rights

Published, 25 April 2018

This report ranks companies in the mobile, telecommunications and internet sector using 35 indicators within three categories: Governance, Freedom of Expression and Privacy.

Although there have been improvements in disclosures made by the 22 companies evaluated since last year, the report highlights that it is still not clear to users how their personal data is used by companies such as Facebook, Google and Twitter or how they safeguard personal information.

National Crime Agency publishes 2018 analysis of serious and organised crime threats : National Crime Agency

National Crime Agency publishes 2018 analysis of serious and organised crime

National Crime Agency

Published, May 2018

The NCA publishes its Report on The National Strategic Assessment of Serious and Organised Crime 2018.

The report highlights the significant use of technology in organised crime and indicates that technology such as the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence and autonomous systems will continue to act as enablers for those involved in serious crime.

Trends in Online Child Sexual Exploitation : Internet Watch Foundation

Trends in Online Child Sexual Exploitation: Examining the Distribution of Captures of Live-streamed Child Sexual Abuse

Internet Watch Foundation

Published, 15 May 2018

This report from the Internet Watch Foundation shows that children are being groomed, coerced and blackmailed into live-streaming their own sexual abuse over webcams, tablets and mobile phones.

Over 90% of the identified material were of children aged 13 and under, 28% were aged 10 or under. The report also found a large degree of material being re-hosted to third-party websites.

Launch of DATA.GOV.IE Version 3.0 : European Data Portal

Launch of DATA.GOV.IE Version 3.0

European Data Portal

Published, 15 May 2018

The third version of the national data portal, which publishes Irish Public Sector data, is launched in Ireland.

The updates to the national Open Data portal have improved user experience and have made the system more responsive, with greater security than earlier versions.

12 Questions for the Future of Europe : European Commission

12 Questions for the Future of Europe: Commission Launches Online Citizens' Consultation

European Commission

Published, 9 May 2018

The European Commission launches an online survey consisting of 12 questions drafted by a group of citizens to enable them to decide what should be asked of their fellow citizens.

The survey is part of a wider discussion on the Future of Europe with the aim of allowing citizens to be at the centre of debates about the direction that the European Union takes as it moves forwards.

Adults’ media use and attitudes : Ofcom

Adults’ media use and attitudes


Published, 30 April 2018

This Ofcom report describes the need for more critical skills in the way that adults engage with online content and other media.

This report details changing online and media usage habits such as the increase in negative experiences online and the amount of time adults spend online, which creates a growing requirement for skills to make critical judgement about media content.

Using alternative data to understand violent crime : Observatory

Using alternative data to understand violent crime


Published 30, April 2018

When it comes to dealing with crime, it seems as though everyone has an opinion about what needs to be done. But crime statistics are an area where governments are not moving with the times: official statistics for crimes are typically generated through reports to police, as they have been for more than a century in the UK.

This means that there is not a full picture of crime, which in turn means efforts to prevent or reduce crime might be misdirected. But there are ways to improve understanding of where and when crimes occur through combining existing, routinely collected data from other public services and even further afield.

This new analysis piece from the Observatory explores how alternative data can be used to better understand violent crime.

Blockchain for Social Impact : Stanford Graduate School of Business

Blockchain for Social Impact

Stanford Graduate School of Business

Published, 12 April 2018

193 organisations or initiatives using blockchain were analysed as part of a study by Stanford University’s Centre for Social Innovation.

The report highlights potential benefits of using blockchain to drive social impact such as individuals without formal documents being able to create digital identities.

Notes from the AI frontier : McKinsey & Company

Notes from the AI frontier: Applications and value of deep learning

McKinsey & Company

Published, April 2018

The wide-reaching use and potential economic impact of advanced AI techniques are discussed in this report by McKinsey.

The report analyses 400 use cases that cover 19 industry sectors and highlights the possible value of AI for each sector, as well as the limitations and barriers to uptake of AI.

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.