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Six companies to share £170,000 government fund to tackle global climate crisis through AI

Six companies are to share £170,000 of government funding to help tackle the global climate emergency using artificial intelligence (AI). The applicants have been chosen to develop AI-enabled technology through the Can Do Innovation Challenge Fund, managed by Scottish Enterprise. Four Glasgow-based firms (Arceptive, Industrial Systems and Control, Integrated Environmental Solutions, and Trade in Space) will split the Scottish Government cash with two Edinburgh businesses (Space Intelligence and Topolytics).


Home Office pens £100m cloud deal with AWS

The UK Home Office has confirmed it has struck a four-year £100m deal with AWS for its cloud services in a renewal of a pre-existing contract.

An awards notice published on the government’s contract finders website confirms the contract started on 12 December 2019 and will run until 11 December.

A Home Office spokesperson told Computer Weekly that the contract was a “continuation of services” already provided to the department, adding the contract “provides significant savings for the department of a four-year term.”


MPs want more clarity over penalties for improper use of drones and their proposed risk

The Government is being urged to set out plans to integrate drones into society and allay concerns over public safety and privacy. More must be done to understand the risks posed by drones to public safety and privacy, with clearer penalties, the Government has been told by a group of MPs.


Amazon is taking British public “for mugs” says GMB general secretary, as details of AWS deals surface

GMB general secretary says Amazon is taking the British public “for mugs” by landing lucrative government cloud contracts despite tax avoidance concerns A new report from GMB Union has slammed the UK government’s relationship with Amazon after it emerged the company pocketed £11 million from selling cloud services to HMRC last year, over six times… Read More


Government launches investigation into machine learning bias

The investigation will look into the potential for algorithmic bias in public and private sector decision making The potential for bias in machine learning algorithms that could be used in local government and the justice system is to be investigated by a government advisory body. The Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation (CDEI) is to… Read More



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