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|They want your help/views
This week the editorial team highlights press releases, which provide readers with the opportunity to provide vital input for the future development of the ICT industry and its impact on society.
Firstly, a suite of consultations from government seeking to reframe how we manage & handle packaging in the future will have implications for the future management of waste. The consultations which include a root & branch reform of the UK packaging producer responsibility system and a new plastic packaging tax, propose a major departure from the status quo. The deadline for responses is 12 May 2019.
Next the DCMS highlights that the World-first Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation (CDEI) will partner with the Cabinet Office’s Race Disparity Unit to explore potential for bias in crime & justice. Algorithms have huge potential for preventing crime, protecting the public & improving the way services are delivered. But decisions made in these areas are likely to have a significant impact on people’s lives and public trust is essential.
In crime & justice, algorithms could be used to assess the likelihood of re-offending and inform decisions about policing, probation and parole. For example, some police forces have already started to use algorithms to feed into their decision-making - such as the Harm Assessment Risk Tool in Durham which is being used to assist officers in deciding whether an individual is eligible for deferred prosecution based on the future risk of offending.
The CDEI last week set out its priorities in its first Work Programme and Strategy. This also includes plans for it to investigate how data is used to shape online experiences through personalisation and micro-targeting - for example where you search for a product and then adverts for similar products appear later in your browser. This review will explore where, how and why online targeting approaches are used, and their impact on members of the public. The CDEI is launching a series of nationwide workshops to investigate public views on the acceptability of micro-targeting.
Lastly the ICO has published a call for participation; Building the ICO’s auditing framework for Artificial Intelligence. In a Blog, Simon McDougall, Executive Director for Technology Policy & Innovation, invites comment from organisations on the development of an auditing framework for AI.
AI is one of the ICO’s top three strategic priorities and a new team is set to develop the ICO’s first auditing framework for AI. The framework will give us a solid methodology to audit AI applications and ensure we are transparent, fair; and to ensure that the necessary measures to assess & manage data protection risks arising from them are in place.
The framework will also inform future guidance for organisations to support the continuous & innovative use of AI within the law. The guidance will complement existing resources, not least the ICO’s award winning Big Data and AI report.
But we don’t want to work alone. We’d like your input now. We welcome your thoughts on the plans & approach we set out in this post. We will shortly publish another article here to outline the proposed framework structure, its key elements and focus areas.
On this new blog site you will be able to find regular updates on specific AI data protection challenges and on how our thinking in relation to the framework is developing. And we want your feedback. You can leave us a comment or email us direct.
|Editor’s choice of other ICT items of note:
|Will they ever achieve ‘Never Again’
CQC review of the first year of NHS trusts implementing the ‘Learning from Deaths’ national guidance.
In 2016, the CQC looked into how acute, community & mental health trusts investigate & learn from deaths. This resulted in new national guidance. Here we report on our assessments of how NHS trusts are putting it into practice. We set out the findings of our original review in December 2016, when we published Learning, candour and accountability.
Since September 2017, we have been assessing NHS trusts' implementation of national guidance on learning from deaths. This forms part of our new well-led inspections. Now that we have completed most of these inspections, we are setting out what we have found.
Factors that enable good practice
Our findings suggest the factors that help trusts to put the guidance into practice are:
|Editor’s choice of other Health, Social care & Homelessness related items of note:
|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:
Click here to find out more.
|Striking the right balance of rights & obligations is the key
The country’s leading landlord organisation is campaigning to protect the rights of landlords to repossess their properties.
This follows a recent court case in which a landlord’s attempt to regain their property was deemed invalid due to a dispute over a gas safety certificate.After initially being granted an order to repossess the property using Section 21 powers, the tenant successfully appealed on the grounds that they were not provided with a gas safety certificate prior to moving in. The judge in the appeal said that if the gas safety certificate was not served on the tenant before they took up occupation then a Section 21 notice could not be relied on to regain possession, and the situation could not be resolved by serving one after the moving in date. The RLA run courses on Gaining Possession for landlords.
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|There will always be some who need extra help
Chair of the Local Government Association’s Children & Young People Board, Cllr Anntoinette Bramble, responds to the National Evaluation of the Troubled Families Programme.
“Councils have played a pivotal role in making the Troubled Families Programme a success for some of the most vulnerable families, and we urge the Government to continue funding this vital service. This is one of the few remaining sources of early intervention funding for councils, with the Government’s Early Intervention Grant cut by £600 million since 2013”.
|Editor’s choice of other Policy & General items of note:
|EC fines Google €1.49bn for abusive practices in online advertising
|Editorial reminder: Another imposition by the EC; But not just yet!
State of the Union 2018: European Commission proposes to put an end to seasonal clock changes.
‘The EC is proposing to end seasonal clock changes in Europe in 2019, giving Member States the freedom to decide once and for all whether they want to permanently apply summer or wintertime. The legislative proposal seeks to ensure that any changes are made in a coordinated way between neighbouring countries so as to safeguard the proper functioning of the internal market and avoid fragmentation, which could arise if some Member States kept seasonal clock changes arrangements while others discontinued them’.
A reminder to change your clocks next Saturday/Sunday night for what may be the last time if the EC gets its way at some point in the future. And it may all depend on whether we end up with ‘EU’s Vassalage deal’ or ‘WTO Independence’!Given Scottish historical ‘resistance’ to discussions about double summertime one wonders how the SNP would react to the possibility of Westminster making the choice to permanently apply summer- or wintertime as (to be fair) they would be the ones most effected by the change!
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’: