Over the last few decades’ new research from the fields of neuroscience and social psychology has shed light onto the working of the human brain and the concept of unconscious bias. Unconscious biases are simply our unintentional people preferences, which are created and maintained by the way our brains work, to sort data quickly and are influenced by our upbringing, the media and our life experiences. The Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion (enei) have worked with employers for some time to understand and mitigate against the impact of unconscious bias in the workplace and in doing so spotted a worrying trend: Unconscious bias against disabled people appeared to be higher than any other social group.
BCS ministerial briefing to new UK government - Health
There will be a general election in 2015. In preparation many bodies have produced manifestos to try to influence government policy in the IT space. Are they asking for the right things? Brian Runciman MBCS reports on some of the manifestos and highlights some BCS reaction from a recent policy meeting.
The Internet of Things (IoT) - Everyday objects increasingly contain embedded technology (e.g. sensors) to communicate, sense and interact with the environment in which they are placed, with humans, and with remote information systems. As more information is produced these objects will interact between themselves with the aim to improve the quality of human life. An example - Your car detects from a tyre sensor that the tread depth will be illegal in around 200 miles and will need replacing in one week’s time based on your driving habits in the last seven days. The car interacts with a system that you have permitted to interact with it, and automatically books an appointment at the local service centre and orders the exact tyre required from the supplier offering the best price.
25 June 2015
Saturday, 25 July 2015
The European Commission is coordinating a public consultation - ‘Equality between women and men in the EU’.
Cyber to the Citizen initiative