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Apr
30
2019

CIPD and PA consulting highlight lack of HR input in automation
#Information Technology #Employment

We are a “long way from the ‘robots will take my job’ anxiety that dominates the media’s image of AI and automation” states Katherine Henley, workforce transformation expert at PA Consulting. ...

Apr
29
2019

Hey that's my content - now YouTube, where's my licence?
#Information Technology #Commercial

You may have heard that the EU Council has voted in favour of the Copyright Directive passed by the EU Parliament. Existing copyright law within the EU is complicated and varies from country to country. ...

Apr
26
2019

Cybercrime, it can happen to anyone.
#Information Technology

The takeaway from the Hiscox Cyber Readiness Report 2019 is that Cybercrime can happen to us all. It’s a real threat that can have crippling effects on businesses in both the short term, as they can lead to the loss of valuable data and resources, and in the long term, as it often results in the breakdown of existing client relationships and the ability to attract new ones. ...

Apr
18
2019

The UK is open for Tech: Start-ups continue to grow despite Brexit
#Information Technology #UK Immigration

The UK continues to focus on attracting the best tech talent to its shores. Since the introduction of the Tier 1 (Exceptional) Talent visa in December 2013, the UK has increased the yearly cap on these visas. Last month and broadened its offer through the introduction of the Start-up and Innovator Visa routes....

Apr
16
2019

Better facial recognition comes at a price
#Information Technology

Facial recognition (“FR”) is rapidly becoming part and parcel of everyday life. Whether to get through passport control or simply to unlock your phone, the technology reads the delicate contours and intricacies of your face to establish identification. Airports market it as a more reliable and efficient means of tracking who enters and exits the country, and Apple says they’re saving you time, better protecting you and the deeply personal information kept on your phone....

Apr
12
2019

Is this AI step too far?
#Information Technology #Employment

It has been revealed that hundreds of UK business are using artificial intelligence to monitor staff activity. Is this an innovative way to analyse productivity or a stressful scrutinisation of individuals’ activity?...

Feb
11
2019

Using technology to save the planet
#Information Technology #Environment

Drax Power Station in North Yorkshire has become the first in Europe to use technology to capture carbon dioxide produced from burning fuel to generate electricity. This has been commended as a huge step forward in the fight to prevent climate change....

Jan
18
2019

Building connections: the Internet of Things and construction
#Information Technology #Construction

There is a lot of talk about the “Internet of Things”, or IoT. But what does that actually mean – and what does that mean for the construction industry...

Jan
08
2019

AI to make our life better? 2019 may be the year!
#Information Technology

The continued increases in AI and blockchain development and advances in hardware have impacted on all areas of life and industry and as we start 2019 one can only imagine what the next decade holds....

Dec
07
2018

Connecting the workers of the world
#Employment #Information Technology

As the High Court has just ruled against the Independent Workers of Great Britain on their judicial review application against the Central Arbitration Committee, which had held that Deliveroo riders were not workers or employees entitled to collective bargaining, this reminds that we are going through a significant period of change. So many more people are now part of the gig economy and the law does not yet recognise they have rights to do things like choose union representation for collective bargaining....

Dec
03
2018

Digital Twin: A Road to the Future?
#Information Technology

Advances in the availability and reliability of Internet of Things (IoT) components mean that digital twins are fast becoming a commercially viable solution....

Dec
03
2018

CITB: Construction’s Digital Future “Depends on the People Who Work in the Industry”
#Construction #Information Technology

In October 2018, the CITB (Construction Industry Training Board) produced a new research report detailing a skills plan for the construction industry (“Unlocking Construction’s Digital Future: A skills plan for industry”). The report investigates the role technology could play in the construction sector....

Dec
03
2018

What it takes to trade globally
#Setting up in the UK #Employment #Information Technology

Whatever the shape of Brexit, or no Brexit, the opportunity to do more business around the wider world has figured large in the national debate, and is still a core issue of concern in the proposed Brexit deal....

Dec
03
2018

Michael Sippitt speaks at Commonwealth HQ in London about future trends in Commonwealth trade
#Information Technology #Environment

The Commonwealth organised a very stimulating event about future trends in Commonwealth trade at Commonwealth HQ in London on 30 November, addressed by expert panels with diverse professional and international experience....

Nov
27
2018

Microplastic Pollution - let’s get tackling with technology
#Information Technology #Environment

Over recent months the issue of plastic pollution, particularly in our oceans, has come to the fore and is recognised as one of the biggest environmental challenges of our time. Who can forget those appalling images of the sea of plastic covering large swathes of our oceans, or seeing marine life tangled, and strangled by plastic....

Nov
22
2018

Can AI be ethical?
#Employment #Information Technology

Most people at work will be more affected by Artificial Intelligence in the future than they realise. ...

Nov
20
2018

Microchips or Micromanagement?
#Information Technology #Employment

According to various media reports[1] a Swedish microchip company called BioHax is in talks with several high-profile legal and financial UK companies to implant employees with microchips....

Nov
14
2018

The Digital Services Tax – a help or a hindrance?
#Information Technology

Chancellor Hammond’s new Digital Services Tax may not be the robust tax-attack on Tech Giants some were hoping for but many believe it’s a tangible step in the right direction. ...

Nov
14
2018

Tech, IPOs and Unicorns: Too much money is a good thing, isn’t it?
#Information Technology #Entrepreneurs & Start-Ups

The tech sector is booming. We live in a time of the mega private business in which the likes of Uber and Airbnb are extending their lives as privately held businesses by delaying public offerings. The venture capital asset class is more buoyant than ever and now includes atypical investors such as hedge and sovereign wealth funds who seek a piece of the action. Governments globally are also trying to attract innovation and tech talent using all manner of inducements, from tax breaks to immigration. So, are we living in the golden age of tech or is the frothy venture capital market a sign of a bubble reminiscent of that which led to the dot com bust of 1999/2000, and why does this matter to entrepreneurs? ...

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