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UK Digital Secretary promotes five-step plan to fight against coronavirus ‘fake news’

The Digital Secretary has urged social media users to do their bit in tackling coronavirus-related “fake news” and backed a five-step plan to fight misinformation. Cabinet minister Oliver Dowden said the public must “remain absolutely vigilant to inaccurate stories” and has recommended online users adopt advice issued by the Centre for Countering Digital (CCDH), a non-profit group researching online hate, in the battle against those peddling falsehoods. Conspiracy theories being shared on social media networks include claims Covid-19 is a biological weapon released by China, while others pin the blame for the deadly virus’ inception on 5G technology masts, according to CCDH findings.


Zoom used by UK Cabinet ministers despite MoD ban over security concerns

Boris Johnson’s Cabinet started using Zoom video conferencing to carry out its meetings just days after Ministry of Defence staff were banned from using it amid security fears. Downing Street published pictures of the Prime Minister using the technology to continue the briefings with senior MPs – where sensitive information like matters of national security are discussed – while observing rules on social distancing to curb the coronavirus outbreak. But MoD staff were told this week the use of Zoom was being suspended with immediate effect while “security implications” were investigated, with users reminded of the need to be “cautious about cyber resilience” in “these exceptional times”.


Video conference call etiquette tips for remote workers 

As more people work from home, here are some pointers on getting video conference calls right. Technology is enabling some people to carry on working from home in order to prevent the spread of Covid-19. But as videos shared on social media have shown, they can end in embarrassment if not done correctly. So here are some tips on holding the most professional conference call possible.


Experts urge gamers to play responsibly to avoid straining internet networks 

An industry expert has suggested that gamers should only play during the evening  Video gamers have been urged to play at “reasonable times” to avoid putting extra strain on internet networks during the coronavirus outbreak. Social distancing measures to curb the spread of the virus has led to large numbers of people working from home… Read More


Funding for digital tool solution launched to support those in isolation

Innovators are being urged to come forward with ways technology could be used to help those in isolation suffering from loneliness and mental health issues. A £500,000 fund has been set up by the Government, looking for solutions that can provide remote social care, optimise the care and volunteer sector, or improve mental health support, such as a tool able to locate and match qualified carers to those in need.



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