The amount of data to be gathered is unlimited

The STFC and the NPL have signed an agreement to bring together their expertise in measuring & testing instruments for satellites

The UK’s space sector is currently worth more than £13.7bn and employs more than 38,000 people, and the services provided under this new agreement are critical to the continued success of this industry.
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STFC:  New agreement strengthens UK space sector

Dstl:  Three...two…one…blast off! Dstl launches £50m Space Programme

UK Space Agency (UKSA): World Space Week: International Partnership Programme (IPP)

UKSA: UK collaboration at the International Astronautical Congress

UKSA: Bids for government funding prove strong interest in LaunchUK

New UK-China agreement to strengthen space education

Funding awarded to help UK science centres increase visitor numbers & engagement with science

UK supporting Arctic project to build the most advanced space weather radar in the world

Dstl scientists tackle growing problem of space junk

UKSA:  Status update for record breaking UK-Algeria CubeSat mission AlSat Nano

£100m boost for UK space sector to ensure UK is equipped to stay ahead of the competition

UK ramps up its satellite testing capabilities with new vacuum chamber

Sentinel-5 Precursor satellite ready for launch

UKSA:  SatelLife competition winners announced

Latest Copernicus launch will improve services for farmers, fishermen & other users of land & sea maps

Government announces boost for UK commercial space sector

RAL Space contribution to next generation Solar Telescope goes in to orbit

Firms asked to show if satellite data can improve rail resilience

Boost for UK satellite technology and data for businesses

Improving farming with satellites: business projects win funding

UK needs a national space programme

Green space: Satellite data transforms environmental protection

Can Earth Observation (EO) transform UK public sector policy delivery?

British firms fly to US to showcase potential for space data

Satellite technology & food supply: apply for business funding

PM announces space partnerships with Southeast Asia

techUK:  The contribution of Space & Satellite industry to the UK economy

New weather satellite goes into orbit

Using Satellites to connect Africa

UK to deliver secure communications with new satellite move


Collaboration is key to the future success of a digital UK public sector and government organisations are fast realising the cost benefits and agility that cloud collaboration provides.

This latest guide explains the 14 Cloud Security Principles defined by the UK government and includes:

  • What the security principles are and what they mean in practice
  • How to implement a robust, evidence-led approach to satisfy each security principle to avoid fines
  • Why Kahootz was one of the first providers to gain Pan-Government IL2 Accreditation (PGA) for cloud collaboration

Click here to access this essential guide to assessing cloud collaboration tool security credentials.

Like plastic bags, England follows their lead

The PM has announced the intention to launch a public consultation on increasing rates of organ donation.  The proposals will include a new opt-out system for organ donation for England.  The consultation will be launched by the end of the year.

In 2016 to 2018 there were 1,169 deceased organ donors and 3,293 transplants in England.  While this was the highest ever rate of organ donation, there are still more people waiting for transplants than there are organs available.  It means some people die before a suitable organ becomes available.

There are particularly long waiting times for those in black & minority ethnic (BAME) communities.  Consent rates for organ donation are also low in these communities, at around 35% compared to 66% in the white population.

Under the current system, anyone wishing to donate their organs has to opt in via the registration & organ donor card scheme run by NHS Blood and Transplant.  A family member can also agree to the donation of organs if the person had not made their wishes known.

The consultation will outline ways to increase rates of organ donation and propose a new approach where every person would be deemed to have given consent unless they choose to opt out.
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Cabinet Office:  Government announces consultation on organ donation opt-out system

WAG:  Families in Wales encouraged to “have the chat” about organ donation wishes

‘Organ donation figures moving in right direction’ – Vaughan Gething

UK first, Welsh organ donation system celebrates first anniversary

Rise in number of lives saved or improved by an organ transplant

ScotGov:  Increasing organ & tissue donation

Increasing organ donation and transplantation

More lives saved by organ transplants

Praise for Grampian Organ Donation Team

New NHS Organ Donor Register launched

A worrying trend

New research from Demos think tank mapping the behaviour & decision-making of young people online identifies a shockingly high incidence of hostile online behaviour towards peers – often linked to having previously experienced abuse on social media.

Significantly, it highlights the strong relationship between offline & online character and morality in young people.
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Demos:  Quarter of young Brits confess to ‘bullying or insulting’ someone online

Capture & report bullies in action

Being ‘orientated differently’ is not a crime and is ‘normal’

Could it be adapted for terrorist propaganda too?

The UK government is investing £600,000 in technology that allows internet companies to identify & remove indecent images of children from websites at an unprecedented rate.

Project Arachnid, which is being developed by the Canadian reporting service CyberTipline, part of the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, can be deployed across websites, forums, chat services & newsgroups to instantaneously detect illegal content, before sending a take-down notice to service providers so they can quickly protect children from further exploitation.

Now firms including social media companies will be able to ‘plug in’ Project Arachnid into their system in order to identify & flag for removal indecent imagery even in ‘closed environments’ that only users and the company can see.
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Home Office to crack down on online child sexual abuse with new cutting-edge technology

They should hide their ‘Faces’ in shame

Fancy a ‘worthwhile’ career challenge?

They know ‘How to’, but many lack judgement/knowledge of the risk & dangers

And here is another area of ‘digital concern’

It’s a big, bad e-world out there, but very enticing for children

SME Supplier Locator update...

UK Government and public sector spend with SME’s is continually on the increase and by 2020, it is the stated intent of Cabinet Office that £1 of every £3 spent on government contracts goes to SME’s. The past 5 years have seen government make a priority of getting money through its supply chain into the hands of SMEs, by both setting targets and introducing new procurement mechanisms.

Against this backdrop, the WiredGov Supplier Locator service has been developed specifically to embrace the SME Agenda and provide the ideal platform for SME’s to promote their services, solutions, accreditation and success stories directly to our ever increasing audience across all government and public sector verticals and Tier 1 suppliers.

Click here to find out more and view this week’s new arrivals to the SME Supplier Locator service. 

Be honest, do you read T&Cs?

The Children’s Commissioner has launched the next step in her drive to give children the power, information and resilience they need to thrive in the digital world.

In ‘Growing Up Digital’ she called for mandatory Digital Citizenship in schools.  The child-friendly guide & teacher resource we have developed with TES and the privacy law firm Schillings will help children to understand what they are signing up to when they use Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat and WhatsApp and be a valuable resource for thousands of teachers across the country.

Children have the right to know what they are signing up to, in clear, simple, easy to understand language so that they can make the most of the fantastic opportunities social media and the internet can bring.
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Children’s Commissioner launches social media giants’ terms & conditions ‘jargon-buster’ to give kids more power in digital world

Teaching packs, including simplified T&Cs

Growing up Digita - Children's Commissioner for England

A timely change in the law
A long-standing barrier to survivors of childhood abuse in Scotland being able to take civil legal action pursuing damages has been abolished.  The commencement of the Limitation (Childhood Abuse) (Scotland) Act 2017 means survivors of child abuse no longer face the ‘time-bar’ that requires personal injury actions for civil damages to be made within three years of the related incident.
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ScotGov:  Legal milestone for child abuse victims

Ministers visit Icelandic children’s house

Civil action in childhood abuse cases

New law to protect children

Child abuse inquiry

Keeping children safe

Support for child abuse survivors

Provides a break from the cyber world too!

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon has welcomed an independent report that praises the work of Cadet Forces across the country.  The benefits outlined in the report include increasing social mobility, contributing directly to the PM’s vision for a ‘shared society’ and helping kids from disadvantaged backgrounds.

MoD:  Cadet Forces increase social mobility and help disadvantaged kids reach potential, report finds
We don’t want to eat ‘plastic’ fish

Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey has set out how the UK is taking action to tackle marine litter and protect oceans from the effects of climate change at the recent ‘Our Ocean’ conference in Malta.

Defra:  UK takes world stage in fight against marine plastic

About Sky Ocean Rescue

Something needs to be done!

The government has invited views on how reward & return schemes for drinks containers could work in England by issuing a call for evidence– (closes on 30 October 2017).

More than 8m tonnes of plastic are discarded into the world’s oceans each year, putting marine wildlife under serious threat.  Up to 80% of this is estimated to have been originally lost or discarded on land before washing out to sea, and plastic bottles are a particular concern - with figures showing just 57% of those sold in the UK in 2016 collected for recycling.
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Defra:  Views sought on reward & return schemes for drinks containers

Simple test gets more accurate
A major NHS England funded study is expected to almost halve the number of invasive procedures by 2020 by improving the accuracy of home-testing kits that detect bowel cancer from invisible amounts of blood.
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NHS England:  Home-testing kits that detect bowel cancer could almost halve invasive examinations by 2020

CRUK:  Follow-up colonoscopy cuts bowel cancer cases in some people

CRUK:  One-off bowel scope cuts cancer risk for at least 17 years

CRUK:  Researchers find key to drug resistant bowel cancer

CRUK:  Men with a high genetic chance of bowel cancer could have lower risk with healthy lifestyles

CRUK:  1 in 5 emergency bowel cancer patients had symptoms before diagnosis

Drive to increase bowel screening participation

New bowel cancer screening test

CRUK:  New pre-surgery technique may make colostomy bags redundant for emergency bowel cancer patients

Be careful and make a timely claim

Continuing NHS Healthcare is a package of care provided free-of-charge by the NHS for people with complex & primarily health-based needs.  This can be provided in a care home or an individual’s own home.

Potential claimants have until October 31st 2017 to register their intent to make a claim for continuing healthcare costs which were incurred between 1 October 2015 and 31 October 2016.

The NHS will provide advice to claimants and will complete all of the work required to review their case free of charge. This is not a legal process and there is no requirement for people to appoint a solicitor. However, if a solicitor is used, these costs cannot be reimbursed.  All claims will be reviewed within six months of the NHS having all the information that it needs.
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WAG:  Deadline approaching for people to claim for their care

Are you an industry leader in health & social care?  We want to hear from you

Nominations are now open for techUK members to join our Health and Social Care Council.

This is an excellent opportunity to shape techUK’s Health & Social Care Programme and work with stakeholders and the wider tech industry to transform the sector.  You will provide leadership on critical policy issues related to health and social care transformation, and help promote engagement between stakeholders and the tech industry.  Apply by 3 November 2017 to help us shape the future of the health and social care technology industry.
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Join techUK’s Health & Social Care Council

A nation of animal lovers?
Animal abusers who commit the most heinous crimes could face up to 5 years in prison under new plans set to be unveiled by Environment Secretary Michael Gove (currently the maximum sentence is 6 months).
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Defra:  Sentences for animal cruelty to increase tenfold to 5 years

RSPCA should step back from prosecutions except in exceptional cases

NIA Committee Supports Greater Penalties to Protect Animal Welfare

Mandatory CCTV in all slaughterhouses under new animal welfare plans

Brexit: farm animal welfare - report published

5% decrease in number of scientific procedures on animals

Welfare insights on slaughter of pregnant animals

New plans to crack down on backstreet puppy breeders

Lesley Griffiths: “Give Socks Not Dogs” and encourage responsible dog ownership this Christmas

FSA welcomes sentencing of slaughterhouse operative

LGA:  Councils warn of illegal puppy trade

Tougher dog breeding licence controls to protect puppies

Electronic training collars for dogs

Cost as well as legislation changing

As the ICO counts down to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) taking effect next May, they wanted to clarify how the fees that data controllers have to pay to the ICO are changing.

ICO fee & registration changes next year
There is no such thing as a free lunch

Fraudsters are posing as officials from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and are cold calling people stating that they are eligible for a Payment Protection Insurance (PPI) claim.

Action Fraud:  Alert: PPI fraudsters claiming to be from the FCA

Entering the 21st century

The DVSA has confirmed that the driving test in England, Scotland & Wales will change from Monday 4 December 2017.  The changes are designed to make sure new drivers have the skills they’ll need to help them through a lifetime of safe driving.

DVSA:  Driving test changes: 4 December 2017
We live in hope!

Broadband shoppers must receive better information about speeds before they commit to a contract, under a range of new protections set out by Ofcom last week.

Broadband is now an essential service for many households & companies, and speed is a vital factor when shopping around for the right deal. But there can be a mismatch between what broadband customers believe they are buying, and what they actually receive.

Ofcom is proposing to enhance its existing Codes of Practice, which commit internet companies who have signed up to them to give customers an estimated range of speeds they are likely to receive, as well as the right to exit their contracts penalty-free if their speed falls below a minimum level.
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Ofcom:  Better information before you buy broadband

Name that hill

Ever wondered what the name of that hill is in the distance?  Or how far away a town is from the spot you are standing in?  Well, all you need is a mobile phone or tablet and Ordnance Survey’s new augmented reality feature will do the rest!

Ordnance Survey:  Augmented reality to help people see beyond the map

 More contributions to the Brexit process

Still a ‘hot topic’, with widely spread views, for those who put fingers to keyboard in order to ‘share their views’:

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Brexit microsite

DExEU:  Davis - Every region must flourish after Brexit

Defra:  Environment Secretary meets Northern Irish industry leaders on the future of UK agriculture

ScotGov:  Ireland has ‘an ally’ in Scotland

ScotGov:  Northern neighbours

WAG:  Economy Secretary speaks to business about challenges of EU Exit

President Juncker on the State of Play of the Digital Single Market

CBI:  Urgent EU data-deal can protect UK businesses worth £240bn


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New on the network
The NHS needs a digitally savvy workforce to ensure its survival

The NHS needs a digitally savvy workforce to ensure its survival
Frontline staff are frustrated they can’t make more use of digital tools and data but a new academy could help by training 300 people

Pregnant in Ireland: 'I had no control and was made to feel ashamed'

Pregnant in Ireland: 'I had no control and was made to feel ashamed'
The eighth amendment does not allow women the right to informed consent or refusal of treatment during pregnancy

Dementia is a terrible word. Why do people still use it?

Dementia is a terrible word. Why do people still use it?
It’s important to get an early diagnosis but the word is offensive and takes power away from people

My seven broken bones inspired my dream career as a radiographer

A three-year-old arrived at A&E with a tummy bug. We couldn't save him
Missing something serious is one of the greatest fears of most doctors

Elsewhere on the Guardian
Brexit won't help the NHS, it will destroy it
Natural health service: wildlife volunteers get mental health boost