• UK ‘future tech’ development gets government funding boost

    The UK government is extending its Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund through a £65m cash injection that will be used to accelerate development of “future technologies”.

    According to science minister Amanda Solloway, the funding will create high-skilled jobs, increase productivity and grow the economy as the UK recovers from the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.

    “This new funding will strengthen the UK’s global status in a range of areas, including battery technologies for electric vehicles and robotics, helping us develop innovative solutions to some of our biggest global challenges and creating jobs in rewarding careers right across the country,” she said.


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  • Law Commission proposes greater protections for victims of online abuse

    The Law Commission has set out proposals for how criminal law can be changed to better deal with offensive online communications, including abusive messages, “cyber flashing”, pile-on harassment and the deliberate sending of false information.

    According to the Law Commission, an independent statutory body created to review the law of England and Wales, existing communications laws have failed keep pace with changes in how we communicate.

    This includes the Malicious Communications Act 1988 (MCA 88) and the Communications Act 2003 (CA 03), which the Law Commission claims “over-criminalises in some situations, and under‑criminalises in others”.

    “As the internet and social

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