Messaging service, Whatsapp, owned by Facebook, is suing an Israeli company that it claims was behind a cyberattack that installed spyware on users’ phones. The attack targeted human rights defenders, journalists, political dissidents, diplomats and government officials. More than a dozen pro-democracy activists, journalists and academics have spoken out after WhatsApp privately warned them they had allegedly…

Facebook has recently announced the launch of its own cryptocurrency.  Its aims are to push into the global world of the financial services industry. Facebook’s new digital currency is similar to bitcoin.  Cryptocurrency uses blockchain technology, a “ledger,” or list,  which permits the activity records to be checked and stored securely. People keep their cryptocurrency in…

Recent estimates suggest that millions of us are at risk of retiring on pensions incomes far less than the current national living wage. People earning the average wage of £27,500 run the risk of retiring on a pension of far less than £15,000, the equivalent of the current national living wage. Pensions providers have been…

Official figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show the economy shrank by 0.4% in April. Caused by a “dramatic” fall in car production and an easing of stockpiling by manufacturers. The contraction meant growth for the three months to April slowed to 0.3%. Factory shutdowns designed to cope with disruption from a March…

Data on over 33,000 British startups will now be available through Tech Nation and Dealroom’s new database. The entrepreneur’s scale up network and proprietary global database, respectively, have come together to create Data Commons for UK Tech, an innovative national database designed to deliver the type of information required by investors and entrepreneurs to facilitate growth….

Last week SpaceX launched 60 Starlink telecommunication satellites. the first major launch of its ambitious plan to launch a fleet of up to 12,000 satellites.  The goal? to eventually create ultra-fast internet services around the world. Sightings around the world of the satellites trailing across the night sky were posted online. One Dutch UFO website was inundated…

This is the title of a report by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, otherwise known as UNESCO. “I’d blush if I could,” was named after a response Siri utters when receiving certain sexually explicit commands, The report explores the effects of bias in AI research and product development and the potential long-term…

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) together with consumers’ association Which? held a roundtable meeting with leading representatives from the Internet of Things (IoT) sector, along with manufacturers and retailers last month. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the cyber security of consumer smart products.  Chaired by Margot James MP,…

Tech Nation, set up by David Cameron’s government to empower ambitious tech entrepreneurs to grow faster through knowledge and connections and to build a UK economy fit for the next generation has issued its report on ‘Tech for Social Good.’ Social impact of disruptive technologies. Around the world, there is growing concerns about the social…

A new 5-year review on inequality launched by the Institue for Fiscal Studies (IFS) and independent think tank the Nuffield Foundation will be chaired by Professor Sir Angus Deaton, economist and Nobel Laureate. Inequality has risen in the UK. Britain has seen a rise in inequality that is second only to the US in the…

Newcastle is hosting the North East Digital Festival. A new publication will be launched at the Festival. ‘ One Region. One Sector. One Statement’.   The new document was published and led by Generator. Generator was Established over 25 years ago and has grown to be the leading music sector development agency in the UK and…

An Oxford University study has found that parental concerns over social networking and tech are misplaced. In a recent study, they concluded that the amount of time teenagers spend on social media has a tiny impact on their life satisfaction. Social Networking Does Not Hurt Teenagers. .The major study involved 12,672 youngsters aged between 10-…

The Bank of England’s (BoE) quarterly report England raised its UK growth forecast for this year. In part because the outlook for the global economy is a bit brighter. Modest growth in services sector. As the threat of a no deal Brexit lessened, data from the country’s dominant services sector showed modest growth. Consequently, The…

In 2018 the UK tech sector saw more VC investment last year than anywhere else in Europe.  £6.3 billion worth of funding from investors.  2018 was also a great year for tech exits.  Sales, IPOs and mergers were worth over £30 billion. London was Europe’s top destination. Its nearest rival Berlin only reached half the…

Tech Nation has released its “first of a kind research report.” “We have found that the UK is a global centre for socially responsible technology innovation. ‘Tech for social good’ companies were worth £2.3 billion in 2018. With a turnover of £732 million – larger than the amount generated by the manufacture of consumer electronics in…

 Over 5.75 million employees in the UK earn less than the real Living Wage. There are now nearly 5,000 accredited Living Wage Employers in the UK. However, only 185 are in the tech sector. These organisations are leading the way in responsible pay by ensuring all direct and regular third-party staff receive the real Living Wage of…