Technology

Almost two million children in the UK do not have access to a laptop, desktop computer or tablet at home, with warnings that the digital divide will lead to more inequality and further damage children’s education. The Children’s Commissioner Anne Longfield wants pupils who do not have access to remote learning equipment, to be designated “vulnerable” and be “offered a...

Schools and companies tell staff to turn off NHS Covid-19 app...

Teachers have been told to turn off or delete the NHS Covid-19 app by some school bosses worried about disruption and staff shortages. It follows reports that pharmaceuticals giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and a fuel supplier company in Hull told their...

NHS contact tracing app due as Covid-19 rules prove more divisive than Brexit

Coronavirus rules and restrictions are proving even more divisive than Brexit in Britain, according to a poll of 10,000 people carried out across the UK. Demos has found that animosity...

TikTok’s new HQ in UK at risk as talks with government breakdown

Tiktok’s plans to base its international headquarters in the UK are in doubt after the Chinese social-media giant pulled back from talks with the government. ByteDance – the parent company...

Huawei stripped from UK’s 5G network

The UK’s culture secretary has announced that Chinese company Huawei will be stripped completely from the UK’s 5G network by 2027 – just six months after the government confirmed...
NHS contact tracing app

NHS contact tracing app – Amnesty raises privacy concerns at NI Executive

With the NHS contact tracing app pilot scheme well underway on the Isle of Wight, civil liberty groups remain concerned about privacy violations. Although uptake may be as low as 20 per cent, the...

An app to end lockdown? Pilot study starts on island

The health secretary has announced the launch of a contact tracing app for the coronavirus to help the country “get back on its feet.” Matt Hancock said there has been “huge enthusiasm” for the pilot...

Coronavirus: UK death rate passes 20,000; key worker tests run out

Key worker tests for coronavirus have run out for a second day running as the government announced the UK’s official death toll from the disease passed 20,000. The latest figures report a total 20,319 deaths...

Government sees off Tory backbench revolt on Huawei – for now

Boris Johnson has avoided his first Commons defeat after Conservative backbenchers rebelled against their government’s decision to allow Huawei a role in the UK’s 5G network. The prime minister’s 80 strong majority was cut to...

China offers to build HS2 in just 5 years for tens of billions less

The UK government is in discussions with a Chinese company who have offered to build England’s HS2 rail link for “tens of billions” less than the forecast £106 billion - and in just five...