Sir Mark Walport, the UK’s chief scientific adviser, has suggested that the government should begin using block chains to help run its monetary and security services, such as tax collection, benefits and issuing passports.
Microsoft has announced it will donate £700m worth of cloud computing resources to organisations it believes to be working for the ‘public good’, such as non-profitable organisations and university research projects.
Research firm Ecorys UK has produced a study by the Departments for Culture, Media and Sport, and Business Innovation and Skills, aimed at better understanding the demand for and supply of digital skills in the UK economy.
Transport Minister Andrew Jones has praised the announcement that contactless travel will be available for all buses by 2022, enabling millions of bus and rail passengers across the UK to be able to pay for their travel quickly and efficiently.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has confirmed it will expand its Universal Credit (UC) digital service tests, with the Treasury set to scrutinise the ‘final business case’ next year before it rolled out across the UK in May.
New technologies that foster smarter, more agile and productive ways of working are in high demand. Particularly across the government and public sector, with cost efficiency, office consolidations and budget cuts abound.