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The future of radio may well be digital, but it won't survive on DAB

Radio in the UK passed a significant milestone on 17 May. For the first time, more than half of Brits now access radio digitally. According to Radio Joint Audience Research (RAJAR), the figures have risen from 49.9 per cent in the last quarter of 2017 to 50.9 in the first three months of 2018. Passing the 50 per cent digital …
Nigel Whitfield, 22 May 2018

Brit ministers jet off on a trade mission to tout our digital exports...

In a desperate attempt to improve our international trade prospects, UK digital minister Matt Hancock has jetted off on a "cyber trade mission" to "tap huge markets in Singapore and promote UK fintech sector in Tokyo." Meanwhile British culture secretary Karen Bradley will travel to Finland and Sweden, where she will "set out …
Kat Hall, 18 Sep 2017
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UK taxmen slammed for tech glitches rampant on child benefits website

The UK government's new website intended to provide financial support for parents has been slammed for experiencing ongoing "technical" problems and outages, leaving parents unable to apply for tax-free support. Treasury Committee chair Nicky Morgan has called for answers from HMRC over the performance of the HMRC-run …
Kat Hall, 4 Aug 2017
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Blighty's Department for Culture, Media & Sport gets 'digital' rebrand

The Ministry of Fun - aka the UK government's Department formerly known as Culture, Media & Sport - has received a "digital" rebrand today, making it DDCMS for short. As with job titles, The Register has a theory that the more words required to describe what a department does, the less meaningful it actually is. Contrast, for …
Kat Hall, 3 Jul 2017

A minister for GDS? Don't talk digital pony

Comment The appointment of UK digital minister Caroline Nokes yesterday was met with some sniggering when it was revealed she was formerly the chief executive of the National Pony Society. Her posh-girl credentials could not have appeared more obvious if she’d ridden into the Government Digital Service wielding a hockey stick while …
Kat Hall, 28 Jun 2017

Two leading ladies of Europe warn that internet regulation is coming

The two most powerful women in Europe still have their eyes firmly on internet regulation. Fresh from her failure in the UK general election, still-prime minister Theresa May used her first public address announcing a new coalition government to stress that she will continue her self-declared "cracking down on the ideology of …
Kieren McCarthy, 12 Jun 2017
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Round-filed 'paperless' projects: Barriers remain to Blighty's Digital NHS

It was hard to hear UK health secretary Jeremy Hunt’s recent backtracking over his plans for a paperless NHS by 2018, without wondering to what extent digital health documents have contributed to global forest depletion over the last decades. To some extent all tech programmes in the NHS are still overshadowed by the …
Kat Hall, 17 Feb 2017
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Calls for UK.gov's tax digitisation plans to be put on the back burner

The UK government's tax digitisation plan could be delayed by at least a year after the Treasury Committee exposed "serious shortcomings" with the programme. In 2015 Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs (HMRC) was awarded £1.3bn of digital investment over four years, which it said would yield £1bn in extra tax revenue after 2020 by …
Kat Hall, 16 Jan 2017
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Tech committee slams UK.gov for dithering over digital strategy

The Science and Technology Committee has today slammed the UK government for dragging its feet in releasing a digital strategy, now more than a year late. In a letter to digital minister Matt Hancock, the chairman of the Science and Technology Committee, Stephen Metcalfe, said he was "disappointed" by the "continued absence of …
Kat Hall, 13 Jan 2017
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Contracts trading personal data for digital content: Rights to remedy, redress required

Opinion Consumers should not have had to actively provide their personal data in return for digital content to be supplied to them to benefit from consumer protection rights relating to the supply of that content, a committee of MEPs has said. A new directive on contracts for the supply of digital content was proposed by the European …
OUT-LAW.COM, 18 Nov 2016
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Mind the GaaP: UK.gov needs to get a grip on digital

Analysis The UK government’s digital strategy is among the many things Brexit has put a lit match to, and, amid the current EU exit plan bunfighting, it’s unlikely to top any “Right, what the hell do we do now?” lists. Faced with the fallout from Brexit on IT systems, Whitehall technocrats will no doubt want to erect – or dust off – an …
Kat Hall, 5 Jul 2016
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Professor slams digital efforts of 'website-obsessed' government

A professor of digital governance has slammed Whitehall's IT 'transformation' efforts to date, blaming an obsession with websites for obstructing any real digitally-enabled revamps. Vishanth Weerakkody, who works at Brunel University, said: "Digital technology undoubtedly has huge potential to contribute to the functions of …
Kat Hall, 22 Jun 2016

Confused by crypto? Here's what that password hashing stuff means in English

Cryptography is dead hard. But being conversant in the key aspects of cryptography – to the extent that you could even explain some of it to colleagues and management – puts you one step ahead of most. Here are five things that'll make you sound like you know what you're talking about. 1. Digital certificates The most common …
Dave Cartwright, 25 Mar 2016
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She's coming... the Chief Data Officer

The chief data officer is on the rise. The number of CDOs appointed by major organisations rose from 400 in 2014 to 1,000 in 2015, according to Gartner. By 2019, 90 per cent will have a CDO, the analyst says. Their rapid emergence raises important questions about the role and position of the CDO in organisations. More …
Mark Samuels, 17 Mar 2016
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UK digital minister asks for input on strategy, lauds 'sharing economy' biz success

The Minister for Culture, Media and Sport* Ed Vaizey today opened a consultation seeking ideas for gov.uk's next digital strategy over the next five years. Vaizey said that over the previous five years "digital fever exploded from the cluster in east London, and has spread to every part of the country, making the UK truly a ‘ …
Kat Hall, 29 Dec 2015
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HMRC bets the farm on digital. What could possibly go wrong?

Comment HMRC has promised to throw £1.3bn at its creaking IT to transform itself into the most "digitally advanced" tax administration in the world. By doing so, it also hopes to save significant piles of cash and offset major cuts. But for many, this whole venture represents a major gamble. To much fanfare the department announced …
Kat Hall, 15 Dec 2015
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HMRC aims for fully digital tax system by 2020. Yeah, whatever

HMRC has fleshed out its ambitions to make its tax system fully digital by 2020, which will include nothing short of the "end of the tax return for millions of taxpayers". The department has said that by 2016, every individual and small business will have access to their own secure digital tax account, similar to an online …
Kat Hall, 14 Dec 2015
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Mobile bank upstart Tandem scores regulatory thumbs-up

Banking startup Tandem has been cleared to offer digital financial services in the UK. Tandem’s founders are pitching their bank as something that’s digital and mobile, and will challenge the high-street banking status quo. It joins a growing list of startups with a small number of staff and who are promising traditional bank …
Gavin Clarke, 1 Dec 2015

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