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Budgets rise as IT decision-makers ramp up cyber security spending

Almost half (46%) of organisations surveyed in the TechTarget/ESG 2024 Technology spending intentions study are increasing their IT budget this year. The poll of 1,432 technology decision-makers worldwide found that security is the number one priority for businesses. Almost a fifth (19%) of IT decision-makers plan to increase their IT spending in 2024 by 10%…

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Spring Budget risks funding legally questionable police tech

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has committed £230m to police forces so they can pilot or roll out productivity-boosting technologies, but open questions around the legality of how certain systems are already being used could undermine further investment. In his Spring Budget speech, Hunt said police officers currently waste around eight hours a week on unnecessary admin…

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AWS Public Sector Summit: AI-enabled care homes and using big data to ease biodiversity crisis

A hospice in South Devon is working with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to create an artificial intelligence-enabled (AI) residential care home for people with dementia. Speaking at the AWS Public Sector Summit in London on Tuesday 19 March, Gill Horne, programme director for care services at Rowcroft Hospice, said the UK is in the midst…

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Competition in the cloud: Microsoft’s ‘unfair’ licensing tactics go under the microscope

Microsoft’s hold on the global cloud infrastructure sector is on the rise, with data released in the wake of its most recent set of financial results revealing that it is gaining share at the expense of market leader Amazon Web Services (AWS). According to figures published by Synergy Research Group in early February 2024, Microsoft’s…

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HM Treasury signs AWS hosting environment management deal with Keysource

HM Treasury has signed two three-year deals with datacentre specialist Keysource, including one involving the maintenance of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) environment that hosts the second iteration of the department’s cross-government public spending database. The system, known as the Online System for Central Accounting and Reporting (Oscar II), is used by HM Treasury to…

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NasuniIQ brings visualisation of massive unstructured datasets

Nasuni NAS file storage customers will now be able to visualise multiple petabytes of massively distributed and heterogeneous unstructured data in Grafana-powered dashboards. The functionality, called NasuniIQ, which already ships with the Nasuni File Data Platform, will allow customers to interrogate and visualise data (see image below) held in multiple locations and answer questions about…

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Top 10 technology and ethics stories of 2023

As with 2022, Computer Weekly technology and ethics coverage continued with a focus on working conditions in the tech sector, looking, for example, at the experience of UK Apple workers attempting to unionise and the efforts of digital gig workers who train and maintain today’s much-hyped artificial intelligence (AI) systems. AI itself also took centre…

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Top 10 AI regulation stories of 2023

While the conversation about the best way of regulating artificial intelligence (AI) has been bubbling for years, the release of generative AI (GenAI) models at the end of 2022 prompted more urgent discussion on the need to regulate throughout 2023. In the UK, Parliament launched a number of inquiries into various aspects of the technology,…

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Top 10 IT careers and skills stories of 2023

The technology skills gap is still ongoing, with people not only lacking the technical skills needed for digital roles, but also some of the basic digital skills needed for day-to-day life. Workers were looking for digital skills, but they were also on the hunt for new jobs, as the tech hiring landscape became uncertain in…

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How the UK crime agency repurposed Amazon cloud platform to analyse EncroChat cryptophone data

The UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) repurposed its cloud-based data analytics platform to help identify threats to life in messages sent by suspected criminals over the encrypted EncroChat phone network. After placing a “software implant” on an EncroChat server in Roubaix, investigators from France’s digital crime unit infiltrated the encrypted phone network in April 2020,…

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