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Editor’s choice of other ICT items of note:

IC’s investigation into the Met’s Gangs Matrix concludes with enforcement action

SCC:  Launch of the online toolbox

Home Office:  New tool developed to tackle online child grooming

How a Dstl project could find the ‘needle in the haystack’ using AI for image search

GDS:  We're redesigning cross-government content learning

AXELOS:  PRINCE2 Agile Foundation: a practical approach to project success

February 13th 2019
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A revolution in AI Technology is already emerging, the UK has the opportunity to lead from the front and integrate AI into Public Sector organisations, transforming the way they operate and deliver services.

The UK Government’s AI Sector Deal outlines in detail the opportunities that AI offers and specifies the importance of strong partnerships between business, academia and government.

The Sector Deal signifies the start of that partnership, the Public Sector AI Summit gives these stakeholders the chance to meet, to learn more about the AI solutions that are available to government and explore in detail what AI can really deliver.

The summit features sessions co-designed with our speakers and delegates to ensure we cover the very latest discussion topics, we will challenge our delegates to get involved, to pose questions, share ideas and learn from colleagues who are already seeing the benefits of AI.

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Editor’s choice of other Health, Social care & Homelessness related items of note:

DHSC:  Public Health England warns travellers of rabies risk

NHS England:  Instant messaging services a “vital part of the NHS toolkit” during a crisis

NHS England:  Cancer screening to be overhauled to improve care & save lives

WAG:  £15m to expand services to support families & help reduce the need for children to enter care

Homeless Link:  Challenges for homeless sector staff providing end of life care

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. 

Against this ambitious 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.

Recent arrivals to the SME Supplier Locator service include:

Zest Marketing Communications Limited

Click here to find out more.

Editor’s choice of other Business / Commercial items of note:

MoD:  £ms awarded to defence firms leading fight for modern battlefield

NIC:  4 market principles ‘in line with making the most of renewables’

DCMS:  Businesses urged to claim £2,500 voucher for broadband boost

Defra:  Review of government’s bovine TB strategy published

WAG:  Sustainable drainage compulsory from next year

WAG:  Regulatory measures to tackle agricultural pollution to be introduced

techUK:  Minimising Risk – Disciplinary Hearings

RLA:  Landlord call for greater support for energy efficiency measures

CCS:  Webinar 27 November - How SMEs can sell to HMRC

CCC: Reforms must prepare the UK countryside for climate change & ensure that our use of land supports reduced emissions

Editor’s choice of other Policy & General items of note:

MoD:  Army start biggest military robot exercise in British history

LGA: Social workers starting new cases for 1,000 children every day

TfL:  Getting more people walking & cycling could help save our high streets

CAB:  Time for action on bailiff regulation as charities reveal rules are broken every minute

HO:  Creating a ‘zero tolerance’ culture for disclosure failings across the criminal justice system

DfE:  Multi-£m investment to support children's early communication skills

WAG:  FM takes steps to transform refuge provision & sexual violence services in Wales

IOPC:  Response to the Home Office consultation about extending the use of stop & search powers

IOPC:  Search guidance reviewed following investigation into police response over missing student

IOPC:  Consultation on new statutory guidance

NO:  Independent study calls for Ombudsman to have greater powers

RUSI:  Social Media & Social Problems: A Complex Link

Free flow of data: EU adopts new rules


 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’:

Researched Links:

Brexit microsite (Information about the Article 50 process and our ‘partnership’ negotiations with the EU)

DExEU:  Progress on the UK’s exit from, and future relationship with, the EU

10DS:  PM statement on Brexit negotiations: 15 November 2018

10DS:  Further statement made by the Prime Minister: 15 November 2018

10DS:  PM’s statement on Brexit: 14 November 2018

10DS:  Readout of PM's meeting with Chief Minister of Gibraltar: 15 November 2018

DIT:  Liam Fox: On the future of Europe

EC: Decisive progress has been made in Brexit negotiations

EC intensifies preparedness work & outlines contingency action plan for a no deal scenario with the UK

ScotGov:  Devolved power curb ’should be repealed’

ScotGov:  Brexit deal

techUK:  Tech sector calls for MPs to back Withdrawal Agreement

Background to techUK's decision to support the Withdrawal Agreement

RLA Government responds to our call for clarity over rights of EU citizens post-Brexit

Open Europe:  How far would the UK go to secure an all-UK customs backstop?

B4B:  Fourteen Reasons Why a UK-EU Customs Union Remains a Terrible Idea 

B4B:  Chequers and Security – Professor Gwythian Prins

B4B:   Legal advice to the Cabinet

B4B:   Letter to the Prime Minister 

B4B:  Imposing a ‘backstop’ on Northern Ireland will infringe the human rights of its citizens

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