innovation

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.

 

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.

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.

 

Quantum Technologies : The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

Quantum Technologies: Public Dialogue Repor

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

Published, 31 May 2018

This report from EPSRC aims to understand the public's views and values on quantum technologies.

Seven recommendations were made as a result of this research, such as encouraging debates on how quantum technologies can impact various sectors, e.g. the environment and automation.

 

JRC’s Work Programme for 2018-2019 adopted : European Commission

JRC’s Work Programme for 2018-2019 adopted

European Commission

Published, 03 May 2018

The European Commission has adopted the Joint Research Centre's (JRC) 2018-2019 work programme for the EU's Horizon 2020 programme. Through this, the JRC will create Knowledge and Competence Centers to support the Commission to improve its knowledge management.

Final results and recommendations COHESIFY project : COHESIFY

Final results and recommendations COHESIFY project

COHESIFY

Published, 1 May 2018

This COHESIFY report elaborates on the conclusions of the COHESIFY Horizon 2020 project, which concluded that the image of the EU has deteriorated in the last decade.

The report concluded that citizens’ perceptions of the EU are affected by the scale of funding in the region, the coherence between citizens’ perceptions of development needs and how the funds are deployed, as well as media coverage of EU funding deployment.

Using alternative data to understand violent crime : Observatory

Using alternative data to understand violent crime

Observatory

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.

The automation readiness index : The Economist Intelligence Unit

The automation readiness index: Who is ready for the coming wave of automation?

The Economist Intelligence Unit

Published, 23 April 2018

The Automation Readiness Index seeks to identify ideal policy responses to intelligent automation and to measure how different national policies match these ideals.

The index illustrates the different levels of preparedness among the 25 countries included in the index, as well as showcases potential effects that automation may have.