FS Fives: Thursday, May 19

Welcome to the latest FS Fives – FutureScot’s lunchtime round-up of Scottish digital news.

First up, FanDuel’s Nigel Eccles says that he has learned a lot of lessons from the media blitz the company spent tens of millions of dollars on last year. It brought a lot of unwanted attention, especially from attorneys general, reports the Boston Business Journal. The paper said FanDuel lost a “significant chunk” of their users (up to a quarter by some estimates) because of US states challenging the legality of fantasy sports betting. Eccles told a conference in Boston: “We’ve seen bills introduced in almost 30 states in the last six months. I think whenever we put it out there, people were going to ask the question. The issues were going to happen anyway, but maybe not as quickly as it happened.”

Scotland’s draft service standard for any digital services to be made available through the mygov.scot platform brings together UK and Australian approaches to assessments, and adds principles to the UK standards, reports UK Authority. Scott McLear, communications and engagement manager of the Scottish Government’s digital directorate, has outlined the work in a blogpost that says, while a version of the standard has been published, it is still working on a model regarded as best for the Scottish public sector. The standard will apply to any service running through the central portal for the country’s online public services.

Fancy a CDO role in the Scottish Government? Get your application for the £80,000 a year post of chief digital officer for social security in by midnight tomorrow. The post provides a unique opportunity to have a direct influence on the new powers introduced under the Scotland Act 2016. It is set to be a high-profile and exciting time for digital alignment and delivery support to a range of programmes, with continuing political, public and media interest, says the job spec. The postholder will be the technology leader and digital champion for social security services in Scotland: “As such, you will be responsible for developing the strategic approach to digital services and IT for our new social security powers.”

The mobile phone is the device which defines our generation: mobile technology has changed the way we communicate, access information and consume entertainment. It is hard to consider another invention which has had such a profound impact on human behaviour. Mobile Scotland will bring technologists together to learn, share and discuss, creating a unique opportunity for networking and knowledge exchange. David Low, head of developer advocacy at Skyscanner, is among the many top notch speakers at the conference in Edinburgh on 26 May.

And finallyIf you have a lot of free time on your hands, you may have wondered what would happen if you ran the lyrics of Adele’s “Hello” through several rounds of Google Translate. Ok, Malinda Kathleen Reese’s version has been around a bit, but it’s still fun.