• UK government ploughs £3m into 5G test facility

    The UK government has announced funding to back a new testing facility aimed at allowing UK businesses to tap into the potential of national 5G and satellite technology.

    The engineering hub, due for completion in 2021, will be built by IT and business consultancy CGI at the Harwell Campus in Oxfordshire and is being backed by more than £3m in government investment.

    It is intended to provide a base for UK researchers and businesses to experiment and offers a facility that can show the benefits of hybrid 5G and satellite communications networks. The hope is that once the technology is

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  • How to modernise identity governance and administration

    Digital identities are at the heart of digital transformation, information security and privacy. Therefore, if organisations have not done so already, no time should be wasted in reviewing their identity governance and administration (IGA) capability, which is at the heart of identity and access management (IAM).

    While most organisations understand the importance of IGA, business cases for new IGA projects may be difficult to make because of past project failures and the resultant reticence of the business to invest further.

    However, by outlining the business benefits and drawing up a plan to avoid and/or mitigate the risks of failure, security

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  • NI police unable to delete data seized unlawfully from journalists for 10 years

    The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) is unable to delete terabytes of highly confidential journalistic material from its computer systems despite a court ruling that the data had been unlawfully seized.

    Officers from the PSNI seized computer records containing highly sensitive files from Northern Ireland journalists Trevor Birney and Barry McCaffrey and their co-workers, after they produced an Emmy-nominated documentary exposing police collusion in sectarian murders.

    Computer Weekly has learned that despite a High Court ruling that the PSNI had unlawfully obtained search warrants against the journalists and the film production company, the police force has said it is

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  • Algorithmic transparency obligations needed in public sector

    The government should force public sector bodies to be more transparent about their use of algorithms that make “life-affecting” decisions about individuals, says a review into algorithmic bias.

    Published by the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation (CDEI), the UK government’s advisory body on the responsible use of artificial intelligence (AI) and other data-driven technologies, the 151-page review proposes a number of measures that government, regulators and industry can put in place to mitigate the risks associated with bias in algorithmic decision-making.

    “It is vital that we work hard now to get this right as adoption of algorithmic decision-making increases,”

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  • UK government ramps up efforts to regulate tech giants

    The government has unveiled plans to establish a new tech regulator under the Competitions and Markets Authority (CMA), to write and enforce a new code of practice on tech giants.

    There has been growing concern in the government and across industry about the unfair advantage the tech giants have.

    In July, the CMA formally created the Digital Markets Taskforce (DMT) to advise the government on whether a new approach is needed to ensure effective competition in digital markets.

    Setting up a new regulator was one of the recommendations of the March 2019 Furman report, Unlocking digital competition. The report

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  • CIO interview: Simon Bateman, Allica Bank

    The UK-wide Covid-19 lockdown in March did not stop challenger bank Allica from launching new services, as the bank’s CIO, Simon Bateman, explains: “When Boris [Johnson] said we had to work from home, we had 60 staff work remotely. We did our first deposit launch and wrote our first commercial loan during lockdown. We have had a considerable amount of inquiries and seen growth in the loan book during lockdown.”

    Bateman has a background in retail banking. His most recent post before Allica Bank was as CIO at Harrods Bank and he has worked as IT head at Aldermore Bank,

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