Welcome to the latest FS Fives – FutureScot’s lunchtime round-up of Scottish digital news.
First up, lawyers for Scottish car owners caught up in the Volkswagen emissions scandal are preparing to challenge the car firm in court before the end of the year if it continues to refuse compensation. Patrick McGuire, a partner at Thompsons Solicitors, which is representing more than 250 motorists in Scotland whose vehicles were fitted with the ‘defeat device’ software to cheat emissions tests, said the firm was now in the process of whittling down a handful of test cases in a bid to end what he described as a “Mexican stand-off” with the manufacturer over damages.
Pick a board member
Next, technologies industry body ScotlandIS is seeking votes to help choose the next group of board members. Voting is restricted to ScotlandIS members only (one set of votes per member company). Complete a survey to help choose the candidates you would like to see on the ScotlandIS board
Teaching girls to take risks
Increasing the number of women at senior levels in technology is not just about changing institutional biases, says Reshma Saujani, it’s also about encouraging women to be more courageous and bold. As the founder of Girls Who Code, which provides computer-science education to young women in America, Reshma believes in teaching them that lesson young. She thinks that girls in particular must be taught to be brave and take risks. Reshma thinks this “bravery deficit” accounts for women’s underrepresentation in STEM fields “and pretty much everywhere you look.”
Marty on Robohub
Our favourite robot, Marty, is featured today by Robohub, a non-profit online communication platform that brings together experts in robotics research, start-ups, business and education around the world.
And finally…this Christmas, millions of people are going to be unwrapping presents that are connected; why the Ashley Madison hack should make everyone worry.