Today was the deadline for submitting written evidence to the UK Parliament’s Science and Technology Committee on Digital Skills. Continuing on the work of the 2014/15 ‘House of Lords Select Committee on Digital Skills‘, the call invited written submissions including the following issues:
- The extent to which there is a digital skills gap and whether the Government’s initiatives are appropriate and sufficient to fill the gap;
- Further measures by Government needed to improve digital literacy;
- How well the current education system addresses the digital skills gap;
- What is being done to equip teachers in the classroom;
- The adequacy of the current ICT provision in schools;
- The work being done by universities and industry to ensure that the computing curriculum is relevant;
- The extent to which there is a digital divide and whether digital exclusion exits in the current workforce;
- The financial impact of the lack of basic digital skills on the economy; and
- The extent of any unconscious bias in the digital/IT sector.
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Continuation from part 1 …
One of the much vaunted features of the IPB by the Home Secretary is the so called ‘double lock’ provided by the requirement that the Judicial Commissioner has to sign off on any warrant in order for it to take effect. So what do we know about the position of the Judicial Commissioner, and how they will be appointed?
Continue reading Analysis of the draft Investigatory Powers Bill (part 2)
The draft Investigatory Powers Bill (IPB) is a proposed new law on surveillance that was presented to parliament in November 2015. The bill is currently before the Joint Committee (i.e. both Houses of Parliament) which is investigating the content of the bill and will report its recommendations to the Houses in February 2016. The first step of the procedure having been a call for written evidence, which had to be submitted by 21 December 2015, as well as public hearings in November, December 2015 and January 2016. Since the IPB has obvious implications for privacy and digital rights, I decided to take a closer look at the Bill (despite it being 299 pages long).
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On Monday 7 December we ran a half-day workshop as part of the POET (Public Outreach Engagement Tool) project. For this workshop we invited Twitter using academics, students and administrative staff (e.g. University communications unit; Library support) to join us for some brainstorming sessions around the features that a tool should have in order to help to optimise the effectiveness of public engagement through Twitter. The outcomes of this workshop will feed directly into the design of a Twitter tool that is currently being developed at Horizon Digital Economy Research.
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For those of us who might not be in the UK, or have too many other things to think about, a brief reminder. Care.Data is the name of the programme in the UK that aims to bring together into a central database the patient data that is currently held distributed through the country at each separate GP surgery.
Continue reading Quiet preparations for a Care.Data re-start?