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People's Plan for Digital

Labour's shadow digital minister, Liam Byrne, has launched a "People's Plan for Digital" website, which he said is aimed to help design "the most advanced digital society in the world".

The online plan is a collaborative effort in which the public and industry can add and debate their ideas on how to improve digital across the UK.

The site, launched earlier this week, is already flush with ideas, including allowing young people to delete content about themselves online, universal superfast broadband access and open standards for NHS interoperability.

anyone who accesses the site can create a profile, allowing them to share thoughts, comment and debate other people's ideas, making an interactive plan to build "the world's most advanced digital society".

Sign up here

BCS Debate: Internet of Things raises questions on transparency
October 2014

Smart fridges, driverless cars, remote patient monitoring - the Internet of Things (IoT) sounds futuristic, but its already happening - and brings with it exciting benefits and opportunities as well as new challenges and concerns - according to a recent video debate hosted by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.  Read more. 

BCSWomen collect international award in recognition of their work
October 2014

BCSWomen, part of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, has won a GEM Tech 2014 Award for Promoting Women in ICT Sector - initiatives aimed at attracting, retaining and promoting women within the ICT sector and into decision-making positions (private and public sector).  Read more. 

UK needs a leader on data protection
October 2014

Responding to Shadow Media Minister Helen Goodman's article on data protection, BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, calls for the UK Government to set out a compelling vision that technology companies can respond to.  Read more. 

Healthtech Startup School- Autumn 2014
September 2014

Building Capability, Contacts and Cut-through for Entrepreneurs
In spring 2014 BCS and techUK launched the first Healthtech Startup School (HSS) and following its success we are delighted to announce its return for Autumn 2014.  Read more.

BCS calls on parties to understand the implications of the Internet of Things
September 2014

With the UK government announcing that it will spend an extra £45m on developing "internet of things" technology, BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT is calling for a discussion of the future impact of the internet of things; the inherent challenges and risks, and issues of governance.  Read more

Everywoman in Technology Awards 2015
September 2014

BCS is proud to be sponsoring the 2015 Everywoman in Technology Awards.  Read more.

Accessible Technology Charter adds new signatories
September 2014

The Accessible Technology Charter continues to gather new signatures, with BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT and the Greater London Authority both expressing their commitment to make accessibility an integral part of their ICT strategy.  Read more.

BCS calls for informed public debate on fast tracking of DRIP
15 July 2014

In light of the Government’s recent announcement regarding the fast tracking of the new Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill (DRIP), BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, has said it would like to see wider informed public debate on the important issue of the use of information as a tool in fighting criminal activity in general and terrorism in particular.  Read more.

BCS announces new Group CEO
July 2014

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, has today announced that Paul Fletcher will take up the role of Group Chief Executive Officer from 1 September following the retirement at the end of June of David Clarke MBE, current Group CEO. Paul will join the Institute from RM plc where he is Group Managing Director, Education Technology.  Read more.

"Computing is a life skill" say new computing teachers ready to inspire children
June 2014

Today, 50 trainee teachers who received the first computing scholarships are celebrating the end of their teacher training courses and looking forward to the start of their new careers in schools around the UK. The scholarship scheme is administered by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, in partnership with the Department for Education, with the aim of helping to meet the growing need for computing teachers. Read more.

Ladies and gentlemen... these are the real figures
June 2014

Whilst many of the headline figures for 2014’s report are still negative there are some points of optimism in the thorny issue of gender diversity in IT. E-skills and BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT have updated their scorecard for gender representation in the IT industry - a robust and rigorous exposition of an issue that still surprises in the 21st century. Brian Runciman MBCS reports.  Read more.

Volunteer ambassadors needed
23 May 2014

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT is now looking to recruit volunteer Ambassadors to help roll out the next phase of the Unconscious Bias training programme countrywide to the Branch and Specialist group Committees. The programme started initially in 2012 and ran through 2013.  Read more.

BCS signs up to Your Life campaign to attract more women to the IT profession
7 May 2014

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, is working in partnership with educators, industry and government to boost female participation in technology and engineering.  Read more.

BCS encourages businesses to get to grips with security issues
1 May 2014

As a business do you know where your data is going when you use cloud services? A new report, ‘Aspects of Identity yearbook 2013-2014’, published by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, looks at the issues that businesses across the globe face when it comes to identity governance.  Read more.

BCS launches initiative to help people keep safe online
16 January 2014

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, launced a new initiative - Cyber to the Citizen - to help people understand how to keep themselves safe online. The initiative is in conjunction with Get Safe Online. Read more.

BCS & EEMA UK Thought Leadership Seminar
How is eID enabling Business Growth?
28 November 2013

This lively and sometimes controversial seminar focused on practical guidance from key representatives from government, suppliers and users who are looking to take advantage of secure and accredited identity and participate in an open forum.  Read more 

HC2014 now open for registration
21 November 2013

Safer hospitals, patient engagement and mobile technologies are just some of the topics that will feature at HC2014, the UK’s longest running IT healthcare event. The conference will focus on a number of themes in relation to the call for paperless NHS by 2018. The event, which will take place at Manchester Central 19-20 March, is now open for delegate registration.  Read more.

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BCS Security calls for volunteers
15 November 2013

BCS Security is calling on BCS members to volunteer for their newest initiative - Cyber to the Citizen which will be launched on 16 January 2014. Read more

Feedback to Parliament and Internet Conference
31 October 2013

Louise Bennett, BCS Security Community of Expertise, attended the Parliament and Internet Conference. The following are the main messages from UN IGF 2013 that the BCS delegation would like to bring to the attention of UK legislators concerning Internet Governance. Read more

Government, business and public must tackle cybercrime together
30 September 2013

Home Office and Cabinet Office ministers agreed with the need to involve business and the public in tackling the existing and growing threat of cybercrime in a Conservative conference fringe meeting yesterday. Read more

Is Cybercrime our Biggest Emerging Threat?
25 September 2013

Senior Labour MPs Chi Onwurah, Keith Vaz and Stella Creasy joined security consultant Dr Michael Westmacott representing BCS, to discuss the growing threat of cybercrime at a Labour conference fringe event. Read more

Everywoman awards 2014
24 September 2013

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT is encouraging entrants to apply for The FDM everywoman in Technology Awards 2014 which are now open for nominations. Read more

Engineering Diversity Concordat
12 September 2013

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, has signed up to the Engineering Diversity Concordat committing to address the gender, ethnicity and disability gap affecting the profession. Read more

BCS and PICTFOR host a Digital by Default panel discussion
11 September 2013

BCS Membership Director own David Evans joined a top notch panel, co-hosted by BCS and PICTFOR (the Parliamentary Internet, Communications and Technology Forum, an Associate Parliamentary Group) to discuss the government’s Digital by Default agenda. Read more

BCS challenges parties to tackle cybercrime
11 September 2013

To examine the growing risks posed, BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, is hosting fringe events at both the Labour and Conservative autumn party conferences entitled “Cybercrime: Our biggest emerging threat?” Read more

BCS calls for HC2014 papers
20 August 2013

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, is calling for papers for HC2014, the UK’s national health IT conference and exhibition, presented by BCS and HIMSS. The event will take place on 19-20 March 2014, at Manchester Central. Read more

BCS believes education is key to e-crime
31 July 2013

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, believes that the £850M promised by the Government for tackling e-crime should be focused on basic education and training of the public as a whole and not simply on "developing and maintaining cutting edge capabilities". The move comes in light of the recent publication of the Home Affairs Committee report on e-crime. Read more