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CyberDen: Cyber entrepreneurs compete in front of ‘Dragons’

Andrew Penpraze

Andrew Penpraze, May 2, 2019 — Digital

Policy Adviser, Cyber Security

In a room at the Scottish Exhibition Centre around 100 delegates gather for something different from the speeches and workshops abound in the CyberUK agenda. The Cyber Den. A competition modelled on BBC’s Dragon’s Den that sees 12 cyber entrepreneurs compete to receive a year’s material support from the NCSC.This is the fourth year that…

A year of Creative Industries success

Tim Davie

, April 26, 2019 — Culture

Creative Industries Council Chair

One year on since the launch of the landmark Creative Industries Sector Deal, excellent progress has been made on the commitments from government and industry to drive the growth of creative businesses across the country. The UK’s creative industries are undoubtedly a real success story, worth over £100 billion per year, employing over two million…

Record Store Day 2019

Tracey Heyworth

, April 13, 2019 — Culture

Music and Copyright Adviser, DCMS

I should probably start by being honest about how I listen to music – I stream. A lot. The convenience, the portability and the huge amount of content is manna from heaven for a music geek like me. I listen while I’m walking, sitting on the train, typing at my desk, reading a book –…

Go Global Africa 2019: shaping the future

Our Go Global Africa 2019 programme came to a close on Thursday night with a fantastic pitching event from the entrepreneurs. Go Global is the first programme to launch across our new international Tech hub network, having run successfully in the UK Israel Tech Hub for the past four years. Sharing ideas and innovationFor the…

English Tourism Week 2019: Changing perceptions with 5G technology

Tim Bowles

, April 1, 2019 — Culture

Mayor of the West of England

Tourism can change the way we think about a place and we are using advanced 5G technology to change and challenge perceptions of tourist attractions around the West of England. Smart Tourism Our 5G Smart Tourism showcase in March used virtual and augmented reality to enhance the visitor experience in Bristol and Bath. For example,…

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

Jeremy Wright

, — 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

International Tech Hub Team

, March 25, 2019 — Digital

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…