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Commonwealth Connections

Lindsay Pell

, March 16, 2018 — Culture

Senior Producer BBC Scotland

Can you name all fifty-three member countries of The Commonwealth spanning Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe and the Pacific? No? Neither could I before embarking on this wide-ranging Radio 3 series without the help of a map, a quick internet search and the occasional assistance of a magnifying glass for some of the smaller countries. For…

How 5G will give Britain’s cities a £6bn boost

Mark Evans

, March 15, 2018 — Digital

CEO, Telefonica O2 UK

In the past year, the Government signalled its determination to make the UK a world-leader in 5G, the next generation of mobile technology. This is a position I very much welcome and believe that only with the government and industry working together can we fully take advantage of the benefits for consumers.It is clear to…

Preparing the UK for a 5G future

Clare Symonds

, March 10, 2018 — Digital

5G team, DCMS

5G has the potential to revolutionise the way we live, work and travel; from driverless cars to wearable health sensors; to better connecting us with friends and family. We are working hard to make sure that the UK is a world leader in 5G so that we can take early advantage of its potential and…

The tech sector must #PressforProgress

Jacqueline de Rojas

, March 8, 2018 — Digital

President, techUK

International Women’s Day is a time to celebrate the successes we have seen to date, but also an opportunity to highlight how important it is that we must all continue to press for progress. Bringing more women on boardAlthough women represent 47 per cent of the whole UK workforce, they only make up 17 per cent when you look at the technology workforce. That’s shocking – not least when you consider that the…

Secure by Design: creating good guidance

Martin Sadler

, March 7, 2018 — Digital

Chair of DCMS’s Secure by Default Expert Advisory Group

Today will see the publication of a report from DCMS. Part of the report details a Code of Practice – with clear guidance on what we should expect companies to be doing to secure products. It will be the ideal point for many more to join the discussion: whether, and if so when, to regulate,…

Making or selling Internet of Things (IoT) devices?

Peter Brown

, — Digital

Senior Technology Officer, Information Commissioner’s Office

Six reasons you need to be thinking about data protectionWith the demand for connected toys, smartwatches and smart home accessories growing rapidly it’s safe to say the IoT market is booming.At the same time, barely a week goes by without hearing of a connected device that has serious yet basic security flaws, leaving personal data…

Realising the potential of 5G

Ian Smith

, February 16, 2018 — Digital

5G Testbeds & Trials Programme Director, DCMS

The world is becoming increasingly dependent on reliable mobile connectivity, mobile data use has rocketed over the past five years – increasing 74% in 2015. The term “5G” is used to describe the fifth generation of mobile communications technologies and will have capabilities significantly beyond our current connectivity infrastructure. Improving the online experienceMobile networks support…

Points of Light: Celebrating outstanding volunteers across the Commonwealth

Points of Light Team

, February 13, 2018 — Civil Society

https://www.pointsoflight.gov.uk/

The daily Points of Light award recognises outstanding individual volunteers who are making a real change in their communities.In the run-up to April’s Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting taking place in London, volunteers from each of the 53 Commonwealth nations are being thanked and recognised by Her Majesty The Queen as Commonwealth Points of Light.From combating homelessness…

The Terracotta Warriors have arrived

Michael Ellis

, February 9, 2018 — China

Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism

The Terracotta Warriors are one of the world’s most iconic cultural treasures. The underground army of life-sized warriors secretly guarded the tomb of China’s First Emperor, Qin Shi Huang, for over 2,000 years. Now, for the first time in over a decade, they are being displayed in the UK at the World Museum, part of…

Six works marking 6 February

Chantal Condron

, February 6, 2018 — Culture

Government Art Collection Curator, Information & Research (Modern & Contemporary Art)

Government Art Collection Curator Chantal Condron selects six works from the Collection to mark the passing of the Representation of the People Act 100 years ago, when women (over 30) won the right to vote in the UK.Pioneering activist and writer, Mary Wollstonecraft argued for the equality of women and men, and for women’s representation. Her…