Councils awarded £1.3m to digitally improve public services

Almost £1.3 million has been awarded to councils to find solutions for how digital technology can improve services for the public.

£12m bid to boost ultrafast broadband across North of Tyne

The North of Tyne Combined Authority is seeking £12 million from the government to increase ultrafast broadband rollout.

Personal data breached as York council app hacked

City of York Council has stated that its One Planet York app was hacked by someone who found a way to access personal information.

Lack of leadership on cyber, say MPs

MPs warn that the government is not acting with the urgency and forcefulness that the current cyber threat requires.

£1 million to support charities’ digital skills

The government has made £1 million available to support programmes helping charities to improve their digital skills.

Nine social care digitisation projects gain funding

NHS Digital and the LGA have awarded funding to nine social care digitisation projects to create social care of the future.

First six UK cities to get 5G revealed

EE has announced that London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Belfast, Birmingham and Manchester will be the first UK cities to get faster 5G mobile networks.

Hancock targets fax machine transformation in speech

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has set his sights on tackling the world’s largest collection of fax machines within the NHS.

Frameworks needed to monitor artificial intelligence

Justin Trudeau has highlighted the potential risks of AI working against humanity, suggesting that ‘frameworks’ should be considered to stop this from happening.

Machine learning helping Facebook fight online terrorism

Facebook is using machine learning to assess posts that may signal support for ISIS or al-Qaeda.

Instant messaging services ‘vital’ during crisis

New NHS guidance will help doctors, nurses and other health staff use instant messaging safely to co-ordinate patients’ care during emergencies.

Digital map to boost Midlands engine

The Midlands Engine Partnership will use £1.5 million to pioneer cutting-edge technology across the Midlands.

Watershed year for public sector cloud adoption

A new survey has highlighted a dramatic rise in the number of organisations planning to migrate core IT infrastructure to the cloud.

5G capacity could end fixed-line contracts

5G mobile data will be so reliable and fast most homes will no longer need a separate home broadband connection.

Smart infrastructure can make buses more reliable

A new generation of bus projects across the UK are helping to drive people out of their cars and onto public transport.

Glasgow launches Europe's first 'smart canal' scheme

Glasgow City Council has marked the construction of Europe's first ever 'smart canal' scheme, using technology to mitigate flood risk.

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