Plans to increase ethical use of data in the public sector

As part of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s plans to boost the UK’s data capability, measures will be considered to increase the UK’s leading role in the ethical use of data in the public sector.

A new Data Ethics Framework has been launched to make sure the UK Government sets the highest global standards for how public servants should use data appropriately and provide first-rate evidence for policy and service design. The scheme is the only effort by a national government to discuss the considerations public servants should make when using data to inform policy and service design.

Major businesses, including Ocado, Amazon, Rolls Royce and McKinsey & Quantum Black, have backed an industry and government collaboration to develop the next generation of artificial intelligence experts in the UK, with Roger Taylor set to chair the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation.

Alongside measures to increase the UK’s leading role in the ethical use of data in the public sector, the package includes new plans to develop a National Data Strategy to unlock the power of data in the UK, £350,000 to help Internet of Things (IoT) innovators and the emerging technology sector and the establishment of a new Digital Skills Partnership in the South West to build a thriving digital economy in the region.

Digital Secretary Matt Hancock said: “We’re already recognised as the number one country in the developed world in readiness for AI and we are working flat out to keep hold of that crown. With Roger Taylor at the helm of our new Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation, plans to train the top-tier tech experts of tomorrow and a commitment to develop a new National Data Strategy, we will continue to be Europe’s digital dynamo and the place to start and grow a digital business.”

Roger Taylor, new chair of the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation, said: “I am delighted to be appointed as the first Chair of the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation. I’m looking forward to setting up the Centre and working with the board to ensure that powerful data-driven technologies are deployed in the interests of society. The Centre has an ambitious and important role to play in making sure we harness the full benefits of data and artificial intelligence and I am pleased to play a central role in shaping its work during this early and critical phase.”

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