Minister for the Cabinet Office Matt Hancock has announced funding of over £10 million to create a world-class data science hub in Wales.

Powys County Council in Wales has announced that Llandrindod Well has become the first town in Wales to install an open access Wi-Fi system.

The Scottish Borders Council has signed a £92 million digital services contract with CGI.

Robert Hannigan, the head of the UK Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), has called for greater co-operation between tech companies and the government over issues posed by encryption.

According to a survey conducted by the Institute of Directors (IoD), over two thirds of businesses fail to report cyber attacks to the police.

The Cabinet Office has launched a new consultation into the sharing and use of data across public sector organisations.

According to the BBC, a Home Office source has claimed that revised plans setting out the extent of powers for UK police and security agencies to monitor people’s communication and internet usage are due to be published.

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner in Staffordshire has signed a £100 million contract to upgrade its IT systems.

Swansea Bay City Region has announced its plans to create an ‘internet coast’ in south west Wales to drive the digital future of energy, technology and healthcare, as part of its £500 million city deal plan.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has said it wishes to become ‘digital by default’ following the delivery of its multi-channel digital services strategy.

Local authorities have cut spending on CCTV by 46.6 per cent on average over the last three years, according to a report from Big Brother Watch.

The Cabinet Office has backed BT to launch a competition aimed to promote the role of SMEs in the development of smart cities.

As part of the lead up to National Apprenticeship Week, BT has announced it will offer 1,400 new apprenticeship and graduate roles, in cyber security and software development.

A report published by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) has called upon councils to improve planning in the technology sector to spur growth and prevent incidences where digital benefits are concentrated to particular areas.

The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) has partnered up with the Communication-Electronic Security Group to develop a new agreement, enabling the public sector to buy CESG Certified Cyber Security Consultancy services.

Five councils from different parts of the UK are set to save more than £50 million via a first of its kind procurement deal.


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