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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.

Artificial Intelligence: real public engagement : RSA

Artificial Intelligence: real public engagement

RSA

Published, 31 May 2018

This report addresses how citizens should be engaged with the ethics that surrounds artificial intelligence.

The report suggests that for AI to be used in the best interest of society, the individuals who make up society must have a voice and be involved in discussions about its use.

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.

Information based regulation: new roles for regulators : BEIS

Information based regulation: new roles for regulators

BEIS

Published, 29 May 2018

This report investigates how information-based regulation (IRB) is used, as well as its effectiveness, in the areas of food, environment and energy.

Schemes that involve IRB use information to push for behavioural changes in order to achieve policy objectives and this report presents three cases as examples of IRB in the policy areas investigated. It also covers the many roles that regulators have in order to ensure compliance with regulations.

Data Protection Act 2018 Overview : DCMS

Data Protection Act 2018 Overview

DCMS

Published, 25 May 2018

The Department for Digital Culture and Media publishes a fact sheet as an overview of the Data Protection Act 2018.

The fact sheet identifies the aims of the Act and how these will be achieved. It also provides information on what the main features of the Act are which have been subdivided into four categories: General data processing, Law enforcement processing, Intelligence services processing and Regulation and enforcement.

FCO appropriate policy document : Foreign and Commonwealth Office

FCO appropriate policy document: protecting special category and criminal convictions personal data

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Published, 24 May 2018

This policy document outlines how the Foreign and Commonwealth Office will safeguard personal data on criminal convictions as well as special category data.

The document sets out the processes that the Office has established to ensure it complies with the six principles of the General Data Protection Regulation as well as outlining how compliance will be demonstrated.

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.

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.

AIOTI responds to cyber proposal : Alliance for the Internet of Things Innovation

AIOTI position on the EU Cybersecurity Act Proposal

Alliance for the Internet of Things Innovation

Published, 16 May 2018

This report outlines the AIOTI's position on the EU Cybersecurity Act Proposal. It outlines the need for trust, transparency and openness and involvement from a range of stakeholders, including industry.

Protecting digital consumers : OECD

Toolkit for protecting digital consumers

OECD

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.

Algorithms in decision making : House of Commons Science and Technology Committee

Algorithms in decision making

House of Commons Science and Technology Committee

Published, 15 May 2018

This report provides an overview of the themes and challenges related to algorithms and big data faced by the proposed Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation as it is set up.

There is an exploration of how algorithms rely on data sharing and how they could be used for bias and discrimination, how the use of algorithms could be accountable and transparent, and the regulatory environment surrounding algorithms.

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.

Artificial intelligence (AI) in healthcare and research : Nuffield Council on Bioethics

Artificial Intelligence (AI) in healthcare and research

Nuffield Council on Bioethics

Published, May 2018

This report explores how AI is currently being used in healthcare and its potential future uses.

The report identifies AI being used as part of clinical care to detect diseases as well as in patient facing applications such as health assessment apps. It highlights that AI can be used to drive innovation in the healthcare sector but there ethical issues such as safety and transparency which must be considered.

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.

Why a lack of information undermines the UK skills system : Centre for Progressive Policy

The Data Deficit: Why a lack of information undermines the UK skills system

Centre for Progressive Policy

Published, 22 March 2018

This report discusses how the skill’s system in the UK could function more effectively.

There are gaps in information that inhibit the best outcomes and the report identifies four areas that could help to alleviate some of the information failures.