• Sans Institute issues cyber security advice for parents

    With schools now shut down across the UK because of the Covid-19 coronavirus crisis, the Sans Institute, a cyber security awareness and training body, has published guidance and advice for parents who are suddenly faced with weeks, possibly months, of having their children at home.

    Crucially, although physical school may have ceased for the time being, learning has not, and as education moves out of the classroom and into the home, parents must take further responsibility for keeping their offspring safe online and teaching them about online harms.

    “Learning from home is a new experience both for kids

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  • Dstl launches report on the future of cities

    The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) has launched a report that looks into how cities will evolve in the coming years as a means to support the decision-making of the UK military.

    Global trends in city development are analysed in the research, based on factors such as the influence of technology in cities, as well as climate and demographic changes, economic integration and infrastructure developments.

    The report aims to “bridge the gap” between predictions and the current understanding of cities and build on work on future trends carried out by the Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre’s (DCDC). The previous

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  • UK Coronavirus Bill relaxes restrictions on mass surveillance powers

    The government has outlined new emergency powers to contain the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus, which includes relaxing restrictions on mass state surveillance.

    The measures are expected to be fast-tracked trough Parliament during the 329-page bill’s second reading on Monday, 23 March.

    If passed, the bill would confer regulation-making power on the home secretary to change the warrant-issuing procedures contained within the Investigatory Powers Act (IPA) 2016.

    Under the IPA, a warrant must be signed by the relevant secretary of state and then approved by a judicial commissioner for it to be lawful. Under the new powers, the home secretary

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