• Facebook iOS SDK flaw linked to onset of Spotify app outage blighting Apple device users

    Facebook has confirmed it is investigating a fault within its iOS Software Development Kit (SDK), which is understood to have left iPhone users across Europe unable to access a number of popular apps.

    A brief post on the Facebook for Developers website states the firm is “aware and investigating an increase in errors on the iOS SDK which is causing some apps to crash”.

    The Facebook Software Development Kit (SDK) is known to be relied upon by multiple firms so users can access apps using their Facebook login credentials.

    Concurrently, there are numerous reports on social media from Apple device

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  • NHS North West London boosts analytics use during Covid-19 outbreak

    A collaboration of NHS hospitals and health organisations in London is enhancing the use of data analytics to improve their response to the coronavirus.

    The North West London (NWL) partnership of Clinical Commissioning Groups comprises of more than 30 NHS bodies that provide health and care services across eight boroughs in the capital.

    The collaboration also has more than 400 GP practices, 10 hospitals, and four mental health and community health trusts, and is the largest sustainability and transformation partnership in the country, with data projects being an important part of the ongoing initiatives.

    When Covid-19 struck, the NWL health

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  • Political awareness needed to ethically handle migration data, panel claims

    Using location data to help migrants and refugees fleeing persecution, economic destitution or natural disasters needs to be underpinned by an understanding of the power dynamics at play, according to experts.

    While location and human migration data can sometimes be used to make positive humanitarian interventions, there is a huge risk it can also be used to track and control the movements of oppressed, marginalised, or otherwise vulnerable populations, according to speakers at the Safe Spaces? Location Data and Human Migration event on 3 July.

    The panel was the latest instalment in a series of virtual discussions organised by the

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  • Hyperscale datacentre build-outs hold firm in face of Covid-19

    The Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic is having “little noticeable impact” on the continued growth of the hyperscale cloud datacentre sector, with 26 new server farms going live in the past six months alone.

    That’s according to Synergy Research Group’s latest hyperscale datacentre market tracker data, which tracks the datacentre footprint of 20 of the world’s largest cloud and internet service providers, which includes the likes of Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Twitter and IBM.

    Its data revealed there are currently another 176 facilities on course to be built in the coming months, as demand for enterprise cloud and consumer-grade internet services

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  • Need to secure industrial IoT more acute than ever

    The need to address the threat posed by malicious actors exploiting the internet of things (IoT) to attack critical industrial infrastructure is becoming an increasingly urgent one, according to the Foresight review of cyber security for the Industrial IoT report published by charitable organisation the Lloyd’s Register Foundation.

    The report dives into the inherent risks surrounding the industrial IoT as it becomes a core part of network infrastructures across multiple critical sectors, such as energy, transport, the built environment, physical infrastructure and manufacturing, noting that the IoT exacerbates many of the security challenges that have existed for a long

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  • DWP publishes digital delivery results and cost of IT blunders

    The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has released several updates relating to IT projects and spend in its annual report and accounts, which includes thousands of changes to digital services as a response to the Covid-19 outbreak, as well as write-offs relating to IT projects surpassing £10m.

    One of the failed projects relates to the DWP’s health transformation programme, which cost £4.8m of taxpayer money. The programme relates to a decision made in May 2018 to build a contingency IT solution to support Personal Independence Payment assessments if the system being built by the programme was not available

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