• Government launches IoT security funding round

    The government has launched a new funding round to support security-by-design in connected internet of things (IoT) products, with a total pot of £400,000 on offer to support industry-led assurance schemes and proposals.

    Launched today by digital minister Matt Warman, the funding scheme will seek to further schemes that demonstrate IoT devices have undergone independent testing – such as is currently available through the BSI – or robust and accredited self-assessment. It said such schemes would be vital in enabling consumers to make security-conscious buying decisions when it came to connected products.

    “We are committed to making the UK the

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  • IT contractors hit by delays in Covid-19 furlough scheme payments from umbrella companies

    The government stands accused of adding to the financial hardship facing IT contractors who have lost work during the Covid-19 pandemic by failing to adequately clarify how the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) works for those employed through umbrella companies.

    Under the terms of the CJRS, employees are eligible to receive 80% of their usual monthly salary, up to £2,500, provided they are furloughed by their employers.

    In situations where a contractor provides their services through an umbrella company, the two entities are considered to have an employee and employer relationship, leading to the assumption that contractors should be eligible

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  • BCS calls for computer coding in scientific research to be more professional

    The BCS has deplored a lack of professionalism in software development in medical science. This, says the society in a new policy paper, has led to a politicisation of modelling in the current Covid-19 health crisis.

    Bill Mitchell, director of policy at BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, said in a statement that accompanied the paper, Professionalising software development in scientific research: “The politicisation of the role of computer coding in epidemiology has made it obvious that our understanding and use of science relies as much on the underlying code as on the underlying research.”

    In a statement to

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  • Max Schrems accuses Ireland of ‘Kafkaesque’ delay in Facebook GDPR investigation

    Privacy campaigner Max Schrems has written to Europe’s data protection regulators demanding action over Ireland’s lack of progress in its investigation into complaints that Facebook is in breach of European privacy law.

    In a letter to European data protection authorities (DPAs), the European Commission and Parliament, Schrems accused the Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) of “Kafkaesque” delays to its investigation into three high-profile complaints made against Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp.

    Facebook Ireland, which has its headquarters in Dublin, employs an estimated 4,000 people both directly and in companies that provide outsourcing services, and benefits from low business tax rates in

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  • Startups face tough decisions as coronavirus hits

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    May-July 2020

    CW Nordics: Startups face tough decisions as coronavirus hits

    Tech startups based in the Nordic region face difficult decisions as the Covid-19 pandemic leads to falling sales and investment. Also read why Swedbank is rebuilding its anti-money laundering systems, and how Nordic fintechs are developing apps to prevent more adults getting into financial difficulty.

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  • It’s good to chat, but who to? The role of chatbots in digital transformation

    Digital transformation, despite being an overused and over-hyped term, describes some of the operational change that some organisations have embarked upon, many had contemplated and planned, but now many more are suddenly having to deliver.

    It is a time when the benefits of streamlining, automating and operationalising IT processes could be significant, but many may not want to take the risk of several radical changes to processes that have in the past worked “OK”.

    While there is a lot of hype around the digital side of transformation, much of the critical effort tends to involve human changes. According to

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