UK government hints at U-turn on Huawei role in 5G technology | Technology

The government may be close to announcing a U-turn on its controversial decision to allow Huawei to supply 5G technology, the culture secretary has hinted by saying US sanctions appear likely to affect the Chinese company. Oliver Dowden told members of a special defence select committee scrutinising Huawei that an Continue Reading

Give 1m UK children reliable broadband or risk harming their education, MPs say | Technology

The government must urgently ensure that more than 1 million children have reliable internet access at home or risk irreparable harm to their education, a cross-party group of MPs and former ministers has said. Tony Blair is among a number of prominent figures, including a Tory grandee, to back calls Continue Reading

Boris Johnson’s polarising statue tweets are pure Trump | Jonathan Freedland | Opinion- Tempemail

When Boris Johnson starts copying Donald Trump’s signature move – taking sides in a culture war by firing off a string of tweets – you know that America’s global domination remains so complete it can turn even one of the country’s most grotesque defects into a cultural export. In fact, Continue Reading

UK could class loot boxes as gambling to protect children | Games

Loot boxes – a controversial element of video games – could be reclassified as gambling products over concern they are training children to gamble. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport will this week launch a call for evidence on the increasingly common feature of games such as the Continue Reading

AI firm that worked with Vote Leave wins new coronavirus contract | Technology

An artificial intelligence firm hired to work on the Vote Leave campaign may analyse social media data, utility bills and credit rating scores as part of a £400,000 contract to help the government deal with the coronavirus pandemic. The company, Faculty, was awarded the contract by the Ministry of Housing, Communities Continue Reading

Cyber security review may spell end for Huawei 5G deal | Technology

The Tempemail Cyber Security Centre in the UK is expected to conclude that US sanctions against Huawei will make it impossible to use the Chinese company’s technology as planned for 5G networks. The emergency review, announced on Sunday, is designed to pave the way for Downing Street to push for Continue Reading

‘Truth twisters’: rogue civil service tweet causes storm | Politics- Tempemail

It was a sentiment perhaps shared by at least some people who had watched Boris Johnson’s press conference, but not necessarily what you might expect from the official account of the civil service. “Arrogant and offensive,” read the tweet from the @UKCivilService Twitter account, which has just over 250,000 followers. Continue Reading

UK may ditch NHS contact-tracing app for Apple and Google model | Technology

The government has left open the prospect of ditching its own contact-tracing app in favour of the “decentralised” model favoured by Apple and Google after it was revealed that a feasibility study into such a change is under way. After repeated warnings that the UK will be an outlier if Continue Reading

The lockdown in our minds will be the last restriction to be lifted | Rafael Behr | Opinion- Tempemail

Watching old movies, it is easy to be shocked by all the gratuitous touching. By “old” I mean anything recorded before March 2020, when people were still squeezing past each other to get to the bar, exchanging grimy coins and passing drinks back with their dirty bare hands. Did we Continue Reading