Half of UK firms hit by cyber breach, DCMS figures show

The Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) has urged companies to protect themselves against cyber crime after statistics have found nearly half of all UK businesses suffered a cyber breach or attack in the past 12 months.

Smart bandages to monitor wound healing to be trialled

Swansea University's Institute of Life Science is leading research into the trial of bandages which use real-time 5G technology to monitor how a wound is healing and help doctors keep track of patient’s activity levels.

Oxford trials innovative new city mapping

Oxford City Council is to trial a new street mapping project that could transform services across the city.

Birmingham City Council awarded for new website

Birmingham City Council has been awarded official Honouree status in the 2017 Webby Awards, the leading international award honouring excellence on the internet.

Slough and Maidenhead the latest Gigabit Cities

UK infrastructure provider CityFibre are set to transform the digital connectivity in Slough and Maidenhead as they gain Gigabit City status.

Third unaware of broadband price increases

Broadband prices rise by an average 43 per cent when fixed term deals end, with many customers unaware of the increase in cost.

Electoral Commission enlists Snapchat app to encourage young voters

The Electoral Commission has partnered up with social media app Snapchat in an attempt to prompt young voters to register for the local government elections.

City of London invests in public WiFi

The City of London Corporation has today announced a deal to deliver a free, public access WiFi network, offering internet access anywhere within the Square Mile.

59 per cent of population experience issues with broadband, survey finds

A new Which? survey has found that 59 per cent of households (16 million people) across England experienced some kind of problem with their home internet connection in the last year.

IPSA mistakenly publishes MPs’ confidential data

The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) has confirmed confidential personal information about 3,000 MPs' staff and their salaries has been mistakenly published online.

CCGs launch online services for elderly patients

Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire CCGs have been awarded £272,000 to set up an online video technology service linking GPs with their elderly patients, in a bid to save £1 million.

Weston General Hospital launches app for ‘paperless’ communication

Nursing staff at Weston General Hospital are switching to smartphone-based technology to replace the current paper-based systems.

CMA highlights benefits of digital comparison tools

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has published a paper on its market study into digital comparison tools (DCTs), exploring the tools’ increasing use in helping people decide what to buy.

Encrypted messaging services should not allow terrorists to hide, Rudd says

Home Secretary Amber Rudd has said that encrypted messaging services such as WhatsApp should not offer terrorists a place to hide.

Proposals to make council webcasting compulsory

The Welsh government has announced new proposals to make council webcasting of meetings compulsory.

PAC calls for more action on improving CCS

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has advised that the government can make substantial savings from buying common goods and services centrally, but that the results of the its latest attempt to do so have been ‘disappointing’.

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