• BT takes Covid-19 hit but claims strong first quarter

    Despite Covid-19, BT claims to have delivered a strong operating performance in the first quarter of its financial year with what it called a “relatively resilient” set of financial results.

    For the quarter ended 30 June 2020, BT Group posted revenue of £5.248bn, down 7% annually, primarily due to the impact of Covid-19, including reduced BT Sport revenue and a reduction in business activity in its enterprise units.

    Reported profit before tax was £561m, down 13%, due to reduced EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation), higher interest expense, and higher depreciation and amortisation charges partly offset by the

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  • Covid-19 lockdowns drive global Q2 surge in cloud infrastructure spending

    The onset of Covid-19 lockdowns by governments around the world has led to a 31% surge in spending on cloud infrastructure services globally during the second quarter of 2020, Canalys research shows.

    According to the market watcher’s quarterly worldwide cloud infrastructure servicer tracker data, spending in this segment hit $34.6bn during Q2, fuelled by the surge in demand for online collaboration, content streaming, remote learning and e-commerce tools caused by the pandemic.

    At the same time, in response to the economic fallout caused by Covid-19, some CIOs have moved to either pause or decelerate their move to the cloud, which

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  • ICO launches guidance on AI and data protection

    The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has published an 80-page guidance document for companies and other organisations about using artificial intelligence (AI) in line with data protection principles.

    The guidance is the culmination of two years research and consultation by Reuben Binns, an associate professor in the department of Computer Science at the University of Oxford, and the ICO’s AI team.

    The guidance covers what the ICO thinks is “best practice for data protection-compliant AI, as well as how we interpret data protection law as it applies to AI systems that process personal data. The guidance is not a statutory

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