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.

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.

Challenges of AI and data in research : The Alan Turing Institute

Growing the national institute for data science and artificial intelligence

The Alan Turing Institute

Published, 22 May 2018

The Alan Turing Institute publishes report outlining eight research challenges where data science and artificial intelligence could potentially have a disruptive effects. These are primarily within the areas of science society and the economy.

Digital Economy Act regulations : Department for Digital Culture, Media and Sport

Digital Economy Act 2017 Draft Codes of Practice and Regulations

Department for Digital Culture, Media and Sport

Published, 22 May 2018

The UK government have produced draft regulations, code of practice and explanatory material to accompany the 2017 Digital Economy Acts Public Service Delivery chapter. This is to ensure departments and local authorities understand what safeguards are already in place and what they need to follow.

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.


Managing cyber risks : Organization of American States

Managing National Cyber Risk

Organization of American States

Published, 17 May 2018

This white paper aims to support political leaders improve their use of the digital economy whilst minimising the risk of cyber threats. It provides governments with an understanding of cyber risks and how they can effectively assess and evaluate these threats.

Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2018 : DCMS

Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2018


 Published, 25 April 2018

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport publishes a number of reports and infographics showing the number of cyber security breaches experienced by a variety of businesses and charities in 2017.

The findings of the survey and interviews underpinning the report state that as most businesses rely on online services, many have been subjected to a cyber attack in the last 12 months. The report outlines the costs of these breaches as well as some discussion about the training and awareness guidance organisations could better adopt to reduce their risk.

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.

The digital economy, multinational enterprises and international investment policy : OECD

The digital economy, multinational enterprises and international investment policy


Published, 24 April 2018

The OECD publishes a report about the implications of the increased use of digital technologies on international investment activities. Because digital technologies are being quickly adapted by a number of previously non-digital sectors, policy challenges facing specific technologies will multiply not just across those sectors but also across international trading and investment.

The report highlights the likely changes to business models, national security concerns, data ownership, privacy considerations, productivity, and digital infrastructure that will have an effect on how financial investments are made and structured in the future.