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Q&A: Talking compliance with Aurelie Stutz, Head of Data Protection at Royal Mencap Society

Aurelie Stutz developed her interest in data protection in the third & social care sectors. She is now Head of Data Protection at Mencap where she applies an informal and creative approach to data protection compliance. At Cloud & Cyber Security Expo London, Aurelie will detail how this approach ensures Mencap’s front-line workers can easily comply with data protection requirements


Who watches the watchmen? Why Europe is right to ban facial recognition

The potential five-year ban on facial recognition technology in public areas by the European Commission and the condemnation by civil liberties groups of the introduction of facial recognition by the Met Police in the UK is not surprising. The health of our democracy demands trust, and the tech trust deficit is not closing. Too often, there is retroactive regret that not enough was done to prevent something from happening.


If organisations want to capture AI’s benefits, they need to get to work

“No company competes today by its access to electricity, and no company will compete by its access to AI.” That’s the prediction of Daniel Hulme, AI expert, lecturer and CEO at AI firm Satalia. 

For Daniel, today’s organisations are at a critical fork in the road. Successful companies will harness the power of AI and other emerging technologies to create more sustainable, purpose-driven companies. On the other hand, those who fail to use technology to adapt will exacerbate the “misery-inducing organisational design” that pushes skilled staff out the door.


Q&A: AI in Banking, with Clara Durodie — Executive Chair, Cognitive Finance Group

Clara Durodie’s company, Cognitive Finance Group, is spearheading the intelligent and ethical use of AI in the finance and banking sector. The Big Data & AI World speaker talks us through her life, ambitions, and the pervasive problem of AI ignorance…


CDO Interview: Do AI unto others as you would have AI done unto you

Like many new technologies, Artificial Intelligence (AI) brings us countless potential benefits while introducing a whole raft of new dangers. Dr Juergen Rahmel, Chief Digital Officer at HSBC Germany and an AI researcher, argues that a coherent approach to ethics is needed in this fast-expanding field. “It comes down to the decision: of all that we could do, what is it that we should do?”

At root, implementing ethical governance of AI is no different to businesses promising not to pollute rivers or use child labour. It is about “conducting business not only in an individually profitable manner, but also following a holistic approach which serves the collective.” Rahmel, who will be speaking at Big Data & AI World in London this March, focuses on ethical governance for AI at HSBC. What has he learnt?


Web browser Brave is leading the fight against surveillance capitalism

“Everyone is being heavily surveilled and profiled,” warns Dr Johnny Ryan, Chief Policy Officer at Brave, a new privacy-focused web browser. “Information about what you’re reading, watching and listening to online is being broadcast out to hundreds of thousands of companies; this happens hundreds of billions of times a day, everywhere.” It is, in Ryan’s words, “the biggest date breach that we’ve ever experienced.”

Although awareness of tech companies’ data gathering has grown in recent years – especially with the 2018 introduction of GDPR – many consumers still struggle to know what’s happening with their data and who they can trust with it. Ryan – who will deliver a keynote at the Cloud Expo Europe Main Stage this March – says Brave is the answer to this problem.


CDO Q&A: Simon Asplen-Taylor, Rank Group
Ahead of his appearance at Big Data & AI World in March, Rank Group's Simon Asplen-Taylor discusses the evolution of the CDO and why building a case for data must begin in the boardroom How has the role of the CDO evolved over the last decade? The CDO role existed, but not in title, ten... Read More

5G, Hong Kong International airport and the importance of moving fast in a digital world

In a recent article, I wrote about the amazing customer experiences to be had in airports such as Changi and ways to enable that customer experience. Here, I propose to extend my stopover by looking at what goes on landside, rather than airside, and how one carrier is leading the way in using the latest digital tools to reimagine operations. 

Just as Changi embodies how airport operators are reworking the customer experience, Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) is a template for how smart use of data, communications and infrastructure can reinvent the back-end processes that enable passengers to move swiftly from point A to B.


Data-informed decision making — 10 skills you can’t do without

“Making good business decisions is a critical part of every executive’s job and is vital to every company’s well-being.” So says McKinsey and Co, in an article on the importance of decision-making. It’s undeniable that being able to take action rapidly is the difference between success and failure in today’s markets – consider how many once-leading businesses have atrophied as their ability to make the right decisions has diminished.

Yet knowing what to do is hard, doubly so when you consider the amount of information we are all assailed with on a day-to-day basis. How can anyone make definitive decisions when faced with so many choices, so much data?


Tech and construction: not so strange bedfellows

On the face of it, there is little to unite the construction and tech sectors. Superficially at least, the construction sector provides a classic example of ‘waterfall management’: strict plans are formed at the outset of a project, and resources are fixed in place, even though the finished product might be three years away. It is a right-first-time, zero defects sector with detailed dependency scheduling. The tech sector, by contrast, is known for its not-afraid-to-fail, agile mindset, eschewing scheduling for creativity. Tech and construction, then, would certainly appear to be strange bedfellows. Times are changing. The proliferation of Building Information Management platforms on construction sites up and down the country neatly demonstrates that tech really can be embedded into the foundations of a building, and by extension, the construction sector. But how do we further embed the two, often conflicting, cultures?


Juggling your data storage? How to balance your storage needs without dropping the ball

Everyday data continues to grow, showing no signs of slowing down. All of this must be stored, managed and analysed presenting key challenges for businesses.  Krishna Subramanian, COO at Komprise explores the approaches to data management. The reality of data growth is staggering. As more technology is being created and areas such as IoT are expanding rapidly, the amount of data that is being produced is increasing exponentially. IDC predicts that the Global Datasphere will grow from 33 Zettabytes (ZB) in 2018 to 175 ZB by 2025.


How technology is changing the economics of sustainability

The latest extinction rebellion highlighted an increasingly urgent appetite from the public to tackle climate change and ensure greater sustainability.

Brands are no exception to the story. Environmentally-aware consumers don’t just want to make the world a better place; a recent survey from Futerra found the majority (96 percent) feel their behaviour and purchasing choices can fuel real change. These consumers recognise they have a social responsibility to reduce their carbon footprint and this is dictating their purchasing decisions.



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