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Jeremy Wright: Cutting FOBT stakes to £2 is the right thing to do

Jeremy Wright

, April 1, 2019 — Gambling

Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Today the maximum stakes on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals will be cut from £100 to £2 in bookmakers across the country. This is a significant measure that will help stop extreme losses by vulnerable people and is an important step forward in tackling serious gambling related harm. As has widely been reported, these machines have…

Go Global Africa 2019: Meet the founders

Louise Sheridan

, March 25, 2019 — Digital

Head of International Tech Hub Network

Twenty tech start ups based in South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria are in the UK for a fortnight of intensive workshops, helping them to grow their business, networks and ideas. Find out more about the companies involved in Go Global Africa 2019: Ethredah Chao, Afya-Plan Afya-Plan is creating a digital savings platform for the many…

Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation: Putting the public first

Roger Taylor

, March 20, 2019 — Digital

Chair of the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation

At the heart of the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation’s strategy, published on 20 March, is a commitment to engaging directly with people. To succeed we will need to explore people’s attitudes, expectations and concerns about the use of data and work with them to develop solutions. Putting the public at the centre of…

We must make the online world a safer place

Jeremy Wright

, February 21, 2019 — Digital

Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

For many of us social media is a feature of our lives that we cannot imagine being without.For many more of us doing things online is becoming more common and we are likely to do even more online in the future.It is worth remembering that the main reason online companies like Facebook and Google are…

Celebrating World Radio Day – a trusted friend to billions

Siobhan Kenny

, February 13, 2019 — Digital

CEO, Radiocentre

Today is World Radio Day, a celebration of the medium that brings vital information, entertainment and companionship to billions of people around the world and continues to evolve as a fundamental part of society. In recent years social media, music streaming and podcasts, on-demand TV and video services have all flourished, creating ever more pressure on people’s media…

Using information sharing to help tackle water poverty

Jess Keedy

, January 30, 2019 — Digital

Head of Consumers & Retail Competition, Floods & Water Cluster at Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)

The Water Poverty objective of the Digital Economy Act Part 5 allows the sharing of information between certain persons and organisations to support those living in water poverty. Jess Keedy, Head of Consumers & Retail Competition, Floods & Water Cluster at Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), talks through the potential impacts and…

Safer Internet Day 2019

Will Gardner

, January 29, 2019 — Digital

CEO of Childnet International and a Director of the UK Safer Internet Centre

Safer Internet Day 2019 will be celebrated globally on the 5th February, highlighting the positive uses of technology and exploring the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community. It calls upon young people, parents, carers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies, policymakers, and wider society, to join together…

Data Protection and Brexit – is your organisation prepared?

Margot James

, January 28, 2019 — Digital

Minister for Digital and the Creative Industries

As we prepare to leave the EU one of the key issues that we have been preparing for is data sharing. It’s something that affects businesses and consumers across the country. Although not always top of people’s minds, it’s something that’s vital to consider and plan for.That’s why today, on Data Protection Day, I want…

Design in Britain: powering a new industrial age

Alice Black

, January 10, 2019 — Culture

Director of the Design Museum

Britain is a nation of creators and inventors, builders and makers. From the jet engine to Raspberry PI, James Dyson to Zaha Hadid, British designs have driven industrial revolutions, spurred our economic growth and spread our cultural influence around the world. Design and technologyWe stand today on the cusp of a new industrial age, with…

UK and Japan: The enduring appeal of Peter Rabbit

Stacey McShane

, January 9, 2019 — Culture

General Manager, The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction

Once upon a time Beatrix Potter wrote a story about a naughty rabbit named Peter. Far away in Japan, he was so popular people flew half way around the world to find out more about him and the famous author. Peter Rabbit is a firm favourite in Japanese culture and Beatrix Potter has an enduring…