Local authorities ‘unprepared’ for 5G roll out

Mobile UK has revealed that fewer than a third of local plans make reference to mobile connectivity.

Vodafone's 5G service to launch in UK in July

Vodafone has become the first firm to confirm a UK switch-on date for its 5G service.

New digital innovation hubs get backing

Plans to transform the way scientists access health data are being backed by £37 million of government investment.

Fibre optic internet for hospitals and GP practices

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has announced plans to upgrade every hospital, GP practice and community care service to full fibre connectivity.

£1.4 million social media hub to tackle online content

Sajid Javid has announced that the new £1.38 million government funded social media hub will be fully operational at the end of May.

Council customer communication questioned

New research has suggested that councils should reconsider their communication strategy in order to cater for customers’ future digital demands.

New proposals to fine websites over harmful content

Government plans have revealed that internet sites could be fined or blocked if they fail to tackle ‘online harms’, including terrorist propaganda.

£1m for innovative digital social care projects

Projects that support innovative uses of digital technology in the design and delivery of adult social care are set to share in new funding.

£70 million to increase security of digital devices

Businesses and consumers will benefit from increased security and protections built into digital devices and online services.

£200,000 facial recognition spend resulted in no arrests

Britain’s largest police force has spent more than £200,000 on controversial facial recognition trials that resulted in no arrests.

Tech to improve Oxford’s roads and promote cycling

Oxfordshire County Council’s Smart City initiative is developing plans for new technology to identify crumbling road surfaces more quickly.

Public rollout begins for NHS App

The NHS App has started its public rollout following successful private testing with more than 3,000 patients across 30 GP practices.

Local authorities trailing in cloud adoption

New analysis of cloud adoption across councils, public bodies, universities and emergency services reveals slow progress and hurdles to climb.

GCHQ establishes all-female cyber training classes

The NCSC has announced plans to set up all-female classes in cyber-skills as part of an attempt to recruit a wider range of experts.

147 cyber attacks in five years in Cumbria

The NHS in Cumbria has been hit by more than 150 cyber attacks in the last five years, with 147 directed at the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust.

Screen time encouraging children’s inactivity

A new report has highlighted how children are increasingly choosing to spend hours indoors and on screens instead of playing outside.

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