Better Broadband Scheme extended to 2019

The closing date for applications for the Better Broadband Scheme has now been extended until 31 December 2019.

Worst street for broadband 2,000 times slower than fastest

More than a quarter of UK homes do not have fast enough broadband to cope with a typical family’s internet needs.

Lack of cyber security expertise within the NHS

A new survey of NHS trusts has revealed a large disparity in cyber security skills and spending across the NHS.

Free phone charging at West Midlands bus stations

Bus passengers can now charge their mobile phones for free while waiting for a bus at ten stations in the West Midlands.

£9 million Centre for Cyber Security in Hereford close

Herefordshire County Council is being urged to approve the launch of a new joint venture company to build a new Centre for Cyber Security.

Fax machines to be banned on NHS

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has banned the NHS from buying fax machines and has ordered a complete phase-out by April 2020.

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.