• New-build homes in UK to come gigabit-speed ready

    In what it calls a significant step up in its plans to level up the UK and accelerate the nationwide roll-out of world-class broadband with gigabit speeds, the UK government has announced that it will legislate to make sure new-build homes come with gigabit-speed broadband fit for the future.

    In the Queen’s Speech on 19 December 2019, prime minister Boris Johnson’s newly elected government indicated that it would introduce laws to accelerate the delivery of gigabit-capable broadband across the UK. In the sections devoted to how the government wanted to improve the UK’s technological infrastructure and level up access across

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  • Microsoft and Google join forces on Covid-19 dataset

    Microsoft Research and Google Cloud have joined forces as part of an initiative to open up datasets that help researchers combat the Covid-19 novel coronavirus.

    Through the initiative, the Kaggle data science community acquired by Google cloud three years ago, Allen Institute for AI, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI), Georgetown University’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET), Microsoft and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) at the National Institutes of Health have collaborated to release the Covid-19 Open Research Dataset (Cord-19).

    Michael Kratsios, US chief technology officer at The White House, called on the research community to collaborate to combat

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  • NCSC issues secure remote working guidance

    The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has published new guidance to support businesses and individuals transitioning to full-time remote working as part of social distancing and quarantine measures – also known as “flattening the curve”, designed to thwart the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus.

    The NCSC has taken this step in recognition that universal remote working presents cyber security challenges that organisations do not usually have to deal with, and to support its previous warnings that cyber criminal groups are now widely exploiting the coronavirus in phishing, malware and ransomware campaigns.

    “While working from home will not be new

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