FS Fives: Wednesday, June 1

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

First up, UX Glasgow are co-hosting a special event with JP Morgan as part of a tech innovation week in the city. Although slap bang in the middle of some pretty irresistible Euro2016 fixtures (Norn’ Ireland v Germany anyone?), we shouldn’t let that put you off as the free June 21 event will feature a talk by @duichmckay on the UX of biometrics (the bank has been developing a biometric method for authentication on mobile apps for the last two years). Fellow JP Morgan staffer Aidan Martin will outline the work by the bank’s Glasgow-based ‘Mobile Centre of Excellence’, which employs 55 people developing over a dozen apps for the banks employees and clients.

The Data Lab in Edinburgh has launched its first professional development ‘bootcamp’ with The Data Incubator, a leading US data science training organisation led by Michael Li, a former NASA analyst whose US-based courses are ‘harder to get into than Harvard’. The intensive three-week course in September aims to take employees with some analytical experience and mould them into ‘bona fide’ data scientists. The course will are split into three modules covering an introduction to data science, an introduction to machine learning and visualisation, using programming languages including python and core libraries such as panda, numpy and matplotlib. An early bird 10% discount applies until June 15 but for more information visit here.

“With a global community of 1.6 billion people, we work hard to balance giving people the power to express themselves whilst ensuring we provide a respectful environment. As we make clear in our community standards, there’s no place for hate speech on Facebook. We urge people to use our reporting tools if they find content that they believe violates our standards so we can investigate.” The words of Monika Bickert, Facebook’s head of global policy management in response to a pledge by the company – and Twitter, YouTube and Microsoft – to back a new European Commission code of conduct designed to halt the “spread of illegal hate speech.”

There seems to be a bit of an arms race on at the moment to develop the lowest priced programmable device. Now, the BBC is getting in on the act with its BBC micro:bit – a pocket-sized computer that you can code, customise and control to bring your digital ideas, games and apps to life. The tiny programmable board has been designed as part of an educational initiative for UK kids to learn programming skills and is available to pre-order in the UK at a snip at from £12.99 via via Element14’s website – on you go!

And finally…Is your laptop safe from prying eyes? Security researchers from Duo who tested the world’s leading brands don’t seem to think so. How manufacturers’ love of ‘shovelware’, ‘crapware’, and ‘bloatware’ (junk software to give it its proper name) leaves you vulnerable to attack.