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Spring 2022

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A world held to ransom

By Kevin O'Sullivan

What can we do about cybercrime? It cannot be left to either individual organisations or national governments, says Admiral Michael S. Rogers, former head of the US National Security Agency Governments need to re-evaluate their responses to organisations who are hit by ransomware as current…

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Cybercrime reaches record high in Scotland, new figures show

The number of victims hit by cybercrime in Scotland has reached a record high, according to new figures.…

By Kevin O'Sullivan

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Ministers urged to scrap Covid app relaunch over low usage…

Ministers have been urged to scrap plans to relaunch Scotland's "failing" contact tracing app as it emerged fewer…

By Poppy Watson

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Sustainability of Connecting Scotland programme called into question

There are "real question marks" over the long term sustainability of a Scottish Government initiative to get more…

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Glasgow unveils Scotland’s first local authority digital housing strategy

Glasgow City Council has become the first local authority in Scotland to develop a digital housing strategy. The…

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Award winning culture extends to customer experience

For us at Sopra Steria, employee wellbeing takes centre stage. It is at the very heart of our…

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At the heart of the matter

Reflecting on his early days in medicine, at times with a wry smile, Charles Young talks of clipboards,…

By Kevin O'Sullivan

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Lifetime skills in driving seat for green future

A new national strategy for economic transformation has vowed to put skills and education at the heart of…

By Kevin O'Sullivan

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Waking up to net zero

Gavin Tweedie is in a better position than most to appreciate the benefits that digitisation can offer to…

By Poppy Watson

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Is net zero ambition within reach?

Anticipating the future has never been more important than today. Having foresight is a much-needed business capability that…

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What AI difference a year makes

Amazingly, it's been one year since the publication of Scotland’s AI Strategy. And what a year it has…

By Poppy Watson

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It all adds up at the Bayes Centre

In three-and-a-half years since its opening – and notwithstanding a global pandemic – the Bayes Centre has proved…

By Kevin O'Sullivan

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Scotland’s tech experts outline their predictions for 2022

There are a few things that we like to do as a species at this time of year,…

By Kevin O'Sullivan

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The cyber firm that threw a digital ring of steel…

When it comes to protecting critical national infrastructure, it doesn’t get much more high-profile than the White House.…

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NHS Scotland CEO: ‘Digital approaches are vital to our recovery’

The last two years have been the most challenging that the NHS in Scotland has ever lived through.…

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Groundbreaking technique restores ‘feel’ to surgeons performing robotic surgery

Scottish researchers have been awarded £1.25 million to develop a "groundbreaking" technique to restore surgeons' sense of 'feel'…

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NHS Scotland ‘cannot afford’ to slow down digitisation, says tech…

NHS Scotland “cannot afford to drop the pace” of digital transformation as it emerges from the pandemic, according…

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Digitising medicines management helps focus on the patient

Orion Health has been working with Scottish health boards since 2004, when what is now their Electronic Health…

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Digital solutions can reshape data landscape

Data is at the heart of everything pharmaceutical companies do. From researching and developing new cutting-edge treatments and…

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Expansion of telecare could save Scotland over £1bn by 2030

Extending telecare services to more people could save Scotland's care providers £1.1 billion by the end of the…

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Innovative solutions putting Scotland on the global healthcare map

I firmly believe that Scotland’s ability to develop new solutions for healthcare based around informatics, big data and…

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Talking the same language

Servelec, which was last year acquired by Access UK Ltd, believes in building common solutions to solve healthcare…

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Why organisations must take security seriously

The war might be in Ukraine, but cybercrime sees no borders We have all been left horrified by…

By Kevin O'Sullivan

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Chief executive too fearful to speak out about cyberattack because…

The chief executive of an organisation hit last year by cybercrime has said they are too fearful of…

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Ways to secure your hybrid workforce

Cisco shares five tips to enable resilience everywhere so you can empower work anywhere As the world transitions…

By Poppy Watson

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Getting on the front foot

We live in uncertain times. Our media is awash with tragic images and news from the conflictin Ukraine…

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Why 2022 will be a significant year for digital learning

In 2022 the impact of technology in the classroom shows no sign of abating. The ‘pandemic years’ have…

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Graduate apprenticeships boost talent pipeline

Graduate apprenticeships are helping plug digital skills gaps in Scotland, particularly in the business critical area of cyber…

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Winter 2021

Cover Story

Changing lives in a click

By Kevin O'Sullivan

Founder of Danish IT firm, Netcompany, believes software can give everyone the opportunity of a good life Since the easing of international travel restrictions, André Rogaczewski has been spending an increasing amount of his time in the air. The roving tech boss – who runs…

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SNP Government ‘dragging feet’ on smart ticketing scheme for Scotland

Scottish ministers have come under fire for "dragging their feet" on a single national smartcard for public transport…

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Kate Forbes calls for greater political interest in national digital…

Scotland's finance secretary has called for a greater focus from all political parties on the role of the…

By Kevin O'Sullivan

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Hands-off approach for census

National Records of Scotland will introduce an online option in the delayed audit of the population Scotland’s delayed…

By Kevin O'Sullivan

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Cloud storage opens door to lighter carbon footprints

Research finds AWS infrastructure to be five times more energy efficient than the average European enterprise data centre…

By Poppy Watson

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Search for talent to put future stars centre stage

The hunt for ‘tech scalers’ is on. Mark Logan explains what these suppliers will need to offer new…

By Kevin O'Sullivan

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What Cop26 means for climate tech

Was Glasgow all hot air? Or an important milestone on road to net zero? We look at the…

By Poppy Watson

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Tech startups accelerating net zero

The Net Zero Technology Centre is supporting the clean energy innovators who will be crucial to solving the…

By Poppy Watson

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Harness the momentum for climate change

Adding urgency to innovation, collaboration and change could well be the key to one planet prosperity and to…

By Kevin O'Sullivan

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Nurturing digital talent

There has never been a better time to take digital roles in the public sector Scotland is fast…

By Poppy Watson

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Citizens at heart of reimagined Social Security services

Sopra Steria sets out how it developed a platform for benefit applications The way people apply for their…

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Boosting public IT services

Fujitsu has ambitions to strengthen its relationship with the Scottish Government as a digital transformation partner Now is…

By Poppy Watson

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Collaboration: Let’s move from conversation to action to drive place-based…

Is working together the key to creating thriving and resilient communities in Scotland? Hayden Edwards of BT highlights…

By Kevin O'Sullivan

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One step beyond

Now we’re increasingly connected, the next part of the journey is to maximise the positive impact on people’s…

By Kevin O'Sullivan

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What lessons can Scotland learn from the Danes?

The Danish digital experience shows how standard solutions can speed and ease the transformation of essential services The…

By Poppy Watson

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Former Facebook chief embarks on new Scottish venture

When Varun Nair hopped on a plane from India to Scotland 10 years ago - he never knew…

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Insights you can act on

Using data and emerging technology to improve citizen services and environmental sustainability is helping Scotland on its ‘smart…

By Poppy Watson

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Can risk models tackle Scotland’s drugs crisis?

Innovative ideas are required to lower grim drug death rate Drug-related deaths in Scotland are continuing to spiral…

By Poppy Watson

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Class act puts children at heart of policies

Lessons from data can help reduce impact of climate crisis on youngsters An eye-catching and worrying report at…

By Kevin O'Sullivan

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Work hard for a happy balance

Research reveals ways to help navigate the move from home office to hybrid working while retaining your workforce…

By Kevin O'Sullivan

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Defying the odds

Twenty-five women moving the needle in Scotland’s digital technologies sector The experience of women in tech has shifted…

By Poppy Watson

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Tech to tackle healthcare crisis

Health strategy seeks to connect and empower people in the age of digital care NHS backlogs and capacity…

By Poppy Watson

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Digital options can help deliver better outcomes

Refreshed health and care strategy has latest technology at its heart as Scotland recovers from Covid The refreshed…

By Poppy Watson

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‘It was the worst day in my entire career’

How islands health chief turned to digital in a crisis “Cases went from two, three, four, five… and…

By Poppy Watson

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Rising to the 2045 challenge

SHIL’s call for innovative ideas can help Scottish healthcare take next steps in reducing carbon, costs and improving…

By Kevin O'Sullivan

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Next step for medicines management

The benefits for patients and clinicians will be in expanding the reach of e-prescriptions, says CMM chief executive…

By Kevin O'Sullivan

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One in five hacking incidents targeting healthcare sector, says NCSC

One in five hacking incidents in the last 12 months were targeted against healthcare organisations according to the…

By Kevin O'Sullivan

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Sharing valuable lessons after a cyberattack

Scotland’s environment protection agency is building back better after it was hit by a devastating ransomware incident last…

By Kevin O'Sullivan

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Building a security strategy fit for a new digital era

Prevention is better than cure, which is why it’s vital for organisations to build a proactive security strategy…

By Kevin O'Sullivan

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SBRC launches new ‘Exercise in a Box’ session

The Scottish Business Resilience Centre (SBRC) is helping to combat the rise in cybercrime by offering companies access…

By Poppy Watson

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Ways to secure your hybrid workforce

Cisco shares five tips to enable resilience everywhere so you can empower work anywhere As the world transitions…

By Poppy Watson

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Adopting a secure, sustainable strategy for managing data growth

Much has been written about the accelerated digital transformation in the public sector because of the Covid-19 pandemic.…

By Poppy Watson

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Prison service dials up digital benefits

After Covid prompted the rollout of phones to prisoners, the bosses at Scotland’s jails are looking to unlock…

By Poppy Watson

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Clear case to improve prosecutions

Digital evidence can breathe life back into the criminal justice system and cut backlog, believes one of Scotland’s…

By Kevin O'Sullivan

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Evidence takes a digital-first approach

Scotland’s criminal justice system is being transformed by a management solution from Axon Wherever you are in the…

By Kevin O'Sullivan

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Critical connections on the beat

Smart use of digital technology by Connected Officers can contribute to better outcomes for both police and the…

By Poppy Watson

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Forging the links for digital economic growth

Huawei believes collaboration holds the key to giving individuals and businesses the tools and skills they need to…

By Poppy Watson

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Speeds accelerate as fibre spreads

Scotland’s connectivity will benefit from the investment and innovation which is unlocking the power of full fibre builds,…

By Kevin O'Sullivan

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Removing barriers with 5G

Scotland can be a beacon showcasing the transformational benefits of digital connectivity The rollout of 5G in Scotland…

By Poppy Watson

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A helping hand for telecoms

Infralink brings operators and landlords together to grow network As we recognise and build on the strengths of…

By Poppy Watson

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Fibre optic network gears up for next milestone

Infrastructure which enables super-slick broadband speeds is spreading across Scotland as CityFibre expands When it comes to high-speed…

By Kevin O'Sullivan

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Sal Khan on how his YouTube channel became the biggest…

It has been 16 years since Sal Khan started a YouTube channel from his closet-turned-office in California in…

By Poppy Watson

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Autumn 2021

Cover Story

It might look grey, empty and forlorn. In green data terms it’s ‘a massive opportunity’

By Kevin O'Sullivan

How a former top secret military installation is among locations scouted for a legion of ‘green datacentres’ With underground bunkers, watchtowers and Europe’s longest runway, it’s little wonder why someonline forums describe it as Scotland’s version of Area 51. But the former RAF base Machrihanishin…

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Can Scotland lead a ‘green travel revolution’?

Innovations in climate technology will be vital in the journey to decarbonise the transport network “We will lead…

By Poppy Watson

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Christie’s clarion call can’t wait another decade

Ten years ago, the Christie report set out an inspiring agenda for change that would put people at…

By Poppy Watson

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Council opts not to switch on live facial recognition on…

A local authority is upgrading its CCTV system with a new £1m network of state-of-the-art digital cameras -…

By Kevin O'Sullivan

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Building digital skills in a world beyond Covid

Collaboration tools open up online universe of blended working The need for digital skills in the workplace is…

By Kevin O'Sullivan

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Learning to drive a thriving digital nation

The Scottish Digital Academy is making sure education and talent support the tech ecosystem The Scottish Digital Academy…

By Kevin O'Sullivan

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On the road to cutting emissions

Research at Edinburgh University looks at how net-zero targets for decarbonising vehicles could impact the haulage industry With…

By Poppy Watson

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Firm foundations to unlock digital estate

Data and technology will be key enablers of the enhanced performance of our built environment The United Nations…

By Kevin O'Sullivan

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Forget the elevator, it’s the second pitch that will help…

What you say to industry analysts makes the difference in growth The UK is one of the most…

By Poppy Watson

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£1bn NHS recovery plan – what’s in store for digital?

Following a tech transformation across society over the past 18 months - the SNP Government has put digital…

By Poppy Watson

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Councils turn to tech in face of mental health crisis

Pressure is mounting on the Scottish Government to tackle Covid-related surge As Scots continue to relish the once-taken-for-granted…

By Poppy Watson

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Innovation call aims to help solve Scotland’s £1.7bn frailty problem

With an ageing population, it’s little wonder that frailty presents some big challenges for the long-term sustainability of…

By Kevin O'Sullivan

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Galvanizing a Net Zero nation through technology

Innovation is key to our response to the climate change emergency The climate emergency is real, and we’re…

By Poppy Watson

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The smart piece of net zero jigsaw

Latest energy meters will drive decarbonisation and bring about a digital revolution to home-based services When smart meters…

By Kevin O'Sullivan

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Seizing the opportunities and accelerating the transition

University drives circular economy of the future The severity of the threat posed by climate change and the…

By Poppy Watson

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5G dials up connected future

Enhanced connectivity can support Scotland’s objective to build a net-zero carbon nation Connecting communities using 5G-enabled technologies will…

By Poppy Watson

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The green tech power list

Scottish startups driving digital solutions in the race to net zero   As humankind faces its greatest challenge yet - how to combat the devastating environmental impacts of climate change – the need for…

By Poppy Watson

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International exposure puts green solutions in the picture

Climate tech companies to showcase their innovations at Cop26 A government technology “alliance” founded in Scotland has launched…

By Kevin O'Sullivan

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Businesses have their ‘heads in the sand’ as survey shows…

More than one in four Scottish firms have fallen prey to a cyber attack within the last three…

By Kevin O'Sullivan

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Is digital age in sight for Police Scotland?

Almost a decade since they were first used, the national rollout of body cameras could revolutionise policing The…

By Poppy Watson

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Learn with Linda: how Gaelic storytelling became an online hit…

“I'm not really technically-minded," says Linda Macleod - but this hasn’t stopped the rising TV star from delivering…

By Poppy Watson

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‘It was our Apollo 13 moment’. How one Edinburgh primary…

The world of education is currently undergoing a transformation. Schools - buffeted by the cruel winds of covid…

By Kevin O'Sullivan

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Boom time for tech sector links with the US

SDI helps Scotland buck downward UK trend in inward investment Scotland appears to have bucked the downturn in…

By Kevin O'Sullivan

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Summer 2021

Cover Story

Exclusive: Dark threats to Scotland’s data – hacked credentials are ‘wake up call’ for public sector

By Kevin O'Sullivan

Tens of thousands of email accounts belonging to public sector officials have been found on the dark web following a Futurescot investigation. More than 42,000 “leaked credentials” and “compromised accounts” are listed on underground hacker forums, raising fears about potentially crippling cyberattacks. According to our…

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Scottish coding influencers lead the way

There could be no better campaign for the importance of computing science than a global pandemic. As the…

By Poppy Watson

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Come fly with me – Covid digital vaccination certificate prepares…

When it comes to testing technology on users Deryck Mitchelson turned to an unusual focus group. He asked…

By Kevin O'Sullivan

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The e-school ‘in the right place at the right time’

It’s hard to imagine many teachers would relish the opportunity to lead Scotland’s “most scrutinised school” through a…

By Poppy Watson

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Minister targets support for most vulnerable to close digital divide

Distributing a further 40,000 devices to the people who “most need them” is the top digital priority in…

By Kevin O'Sullivan

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Charting a safe pathway through echo chambers

Globalisation and digitalisation have connected people, cities, countries and continents in ways that vastly increase our individual and…

By Poppy Watson

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How the tech-savvy Estonians delivered education during Covid

When Covid struck last year, schools globally were thrown into disarray - but there is always an exception…

By Poppy Watson

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Opening doors

How a device for every child will change the culture of learning and teaching “I was about eight…

By Poppy Watson

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Why Scotland must ask 100 questions to unlock AI potential

Can you think of a question, which if answered, could transformsociety? Scotland must identify 100 such questions to…

By Poppy Watson

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Data hits all the right notes for creatives

As pandemic restrictions are increasingly eased for most of us, businesses across every sector are looking for creative…

By Poppy Watson

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Online Scottish history resources are helping to lay the ghost…

As a history teacher at Leith Academy in Edinburgh, Jesanna Gooch has worked tirelessly to engage her students’…

By Poppy Watson

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Vast sensor network heralds new data dawn

South-east Scotland is about to pass a major milestone on its journey to becoming a more joined-up region.…

By Poppy Watson

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Working as ‘one team’

I often read in tenders that organisations are “seeking a strategic partnership” – but unfortunately, once the contracts…

By Kevin O'Sullivan

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Taking innovation to the next level

The public sector has been slow to embrace artificial intelligence but there are signs that the appetite for…

By Kevin O'Sullivan

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The rise of ransomware and what to do

The Scottish Business Resilience Centre (SBRC) recently surveyed more than 250 businesses in Scotland about their cyber preparedness…

By Poppy Watson

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Strong connections count

If you trace the roots of the American tech company Cisco, its foundation – and its future success…

By Kevin O'Sullivan

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The 17 digital initiatives helping a health board through the…

A Scottish health board has highlighted the 17 digital initiatives that have helped it respond to the Covid-19…

By Kevin O'Sullivan

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NHS recovery demands bold thinking

After an election campaign where restart and recovery took centre stage, it’s now up to the Scottish Government…

By Poppy Watson

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Did ‘exposed’ data on dark web lead to ransomware attack…

Police and national cyber experts are investigating after a Scottish university – which had thousands of leaked email…

By Kevin O'Sullivan

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‘How you deliver on the strategy is what really counts’

Scotland’s innovation minister has committed to a quarterly review of a new government digital strategy in order to…

By Kevin O'Sullivan

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Building Scotland’s reputation on the world stage for data and…

The Data Lab is helping startups develop cutting-edge tech – fit for the pandemic. It’s been a difficult…

By Kevin O'Sullivan

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‘Major boost’ to digital connectivity and cybersecurity across Tayside

Three projects that will significantly enhance rural broadband and cybersecurity across Tayside while creating new job and enterprise…

By Poppy Watson

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Investing in innovation

Data Driven Entrepreneurship programme supports post-Covid recovery Despite the many unknowns of the Covid pandemic, one thing has…

By Poppy Watson

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