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DIGIT Tech News Roundup – 3rd of May 2019

Duncan MacRae


weekly news roundup

In this edition of the DIGIT Weekly Roundup, we highlight some of the top-trending tech and business news stories permeating the airwaves in the week beginning 29th of April.

DIGIT’s Top Trending Stories

BT Loweswater Adapt a KioskBT Asks Scottish Communities to Adopt a Phone Box For £1

BT is offering communities across Scotland the chance to adopt their local phone box for just £1 and help to turn them into “something inspirational” for their local area.

More than 740 traditional red boxes are available for adoption across Scotland, and BT will also consider adoption requests to house defibrillators in more modern kiosks. BT is encouraging community groups to seize the opportunity to do something wonderful with phone boxes that have little or no usage.

Some exciting new ventures include conversions to mini-libraries, miniature art museums, cake shops and information centres.

Want to find out more? Read the original article here.

New Law Proposed to Secure IoT Devices

A potential law has been proposed that could help ensure future IoT devices are more secure. The legislation would see the introduction of a new labelling system that would inform consumers on how secure the device is.

Digital Minister Margot James, who launched the legislation, said it would support the UK’s bid to be a “global leader in online safety”.

Initially, the labelling scheme would be voluntary, but eventually, retailers would be prohibited from selling IoT products without the labels.

Want to find out more? Read the original article here.

Skyscanner Digital Xtra FundSkyscanner Increases Contribution to Digital Xtra Fund

Digital Xtra Fund’s grants programme is set to receive a significant boost following a contribution increase from Skyscanner.

The Edinburgh-headquartered tech unicorn has increased its contribution to £32,500 – making it the fund’s largest supporter from the private sector.

Skyscanner’s enhanced support has helped double the 2019 grants programme to £100,000 and support 22 computing activities across the country. Topics covered by the fund encompass robotics, coding, app development and the Internet of Things (IoT).

Want to find out more? Read the original article here.

In Case You Missed It…

Putin Introduces Law to ‘Stabilise’ Russian Internet

In the event that Russia should ever be disconnected from the global infrastructure of the World Wide Web.

Russian president Vladimir Putin has signed a law to stabilise the operation of the Russian internet, dubbed Runet, should the nation ever be disconnected for the World Wide Web.

The final draft of the bill reportedly states that it will ensure that “the Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media will be able to carry out the centralised operation of the general communications network,” in if anything threatens the stable and safe operation of Russian internet on Russian territory.

The law, however, is seen by many as part of a long-term plan by the Russian Government to cut its citizens off from the global internet.

Want to find out more? Read the original article here.

e-votingTouch-screen E-voting Trialled in Local Elections

Voters in Gateshead are testing the e-voting waters in their local elections, getting the chance to vote via ballot box as well as on a touch-screen computer.

Only the ballot paper vote will count, though, with the e-voting serving as an experiment.

Anyone who wants to take part in the trial will record their vote via a touch-screen at the polling booth by entering a passcode issued to them and choosing a candidate. They will then be issued with a paper receipt.

The encrypted votes will be published on the election website where anyone will be able to view the number of votes each candidate received.

Want to find out more? Read the original article here.

Life-saving kidney delivered by drone

A drone has been used to deliver a kidney to surgeons at a US hospital in what is thought to be the first flight of its kind.

A specially-designed drone that was able to maintain and monitor the donor organ was required to successfully complete the transportation.

The 44-year-old recipient from Baltimore, Maryland, had been on the donor waiting list for eight years.

She said: “This whole thing is amazing. Years ago, this was not something that you would think about.”

Want to find out more? Read the original article here.

Duncan MacRae


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