Written by Lucy Wakeford, Head of Online, DigitalAgenda
The 4th Annual DigitalAgenda Impact Awards took place virtually last week, and once again highlighted the latest champions of Tech for Good across the UK.
The DigitalAgenda Impact Awards celebrate technological innovations that improve people’s lives and the world around us.
Now in their fourth year, the awards were open to any UK-operating business, government department or non-profit using digital products or services for positive social impact. The 36 finalists were chosen out of 400 nominees from across the UK who are leading the way in digital transformation in all sectors.
Written by Lorri Allport, Specialist Midwife for IT, United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS
As well as rolling out Attend Anywhere to ante-natal clinics, we are extending the service into the family liaison room. This room was specially set up for couples to meet up with a midwife to talk over events that may have been troubling or upsetting, such as an emergency caesarean or an unexpected intervention such as forceps delivery.
We can now offer a secure space through video to deliver this same service, which can help people better understand what has happened to them.
There is no doubt that…
Written by Maddie Grounds , Features writer for the Immigration Advice Service
2020 has bombarded the world with the biggest and most socioeconomically destructive challenge of the 21 stcentury. As the UK battles these unprecedented struggles against the spread of the Coronavirus, NHS staff were hit hard by intense medical pressure, catalysing the chaos already prevalent from the scarcity of filled healthcare vacancies prior to the pandemic. …
Written by Joe Massey, Research and Engagement, Doteveryone
For our Better Redress project we’ve looked at what the public needs when things go wrong online and prototyped the Online Resolution Service. It’s a clear and easily accessible place where individuals can seek redress for online harms they may have experienced — from phishing to online abuse to cyberbullying — in the form of complaints, compensation, and remedies. It aims to help right the power imbalance between tech companies and individuals by empowering people to hold them to account when their digital rights have been breached.
Written by Nick Wenban-Smith , General Counsel and Head of Stakeholder Relations, Nominet
The internet may have become something of lifeline for lockdown, but we mustn’t overlook the risks that such an increase in use poses to some of the most vulnerable in our society. The Internet Watch Foundation, which works to keep the internet free of child sexual abuse materials (CSAM), has released a warning that, due to school closures in response to the Covid-19 outbreak, they feared an increase in youngsters being groomed online and coerced into creating CSAM. …
Written by Aly Rahim, World Bank
With the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, 193 nations around the world pledged to “endeavor to reach the furthest behind first” so that “no one will be left behind”.
Governments often face barriers reaching the most vulnerable populations. Remoteness, low- literacy rates, lack of electricity and connectivity, and traditional gender norms and biases can limit the hardest to reach communities from accessing information and opportunities.
Nonetheless, mobile phones, the internet, and new innovative digital technologies have created unprecedented opportunities to leapfrog current constraints.
“Technology doesn’t have to be as sophisticated as…
Written by Michaela Eschbach, Managing Director, Founders4Schools
As a mother and a businesswoman I am a passionate advocate for helping young people to reach their potential in life. I have over 6 years of experience in the careers education sector and I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about what effects the COVID-19 crisis will have on Founders4Schools, and indeed the longer term employment prospects of young people. There are infinite imponderables in this but the best way out of any situation is forwards so we at Founders4Schools have taken two big decisions that will help to smooth the way…
Written by Frank Shen, Vice President of PACD, Western Europe, for Huawei Technologies
Throughout human history, from the weaving machines of the industrial revolution to the smartphone, mechanization has prompted concerns that technology will make people redundant or alter society in unsettling ways. Today’s greatest fears, from loss of employment to the end of civilisation, centre on robots, digitisation, and artificial intelligence. More recently, some have even tried to link 5G and the spread of the coronavirus. …
Written by Mark Hodgson, Chief Business Officer, Cervest
Here in the UK, we consumers generally enjoy easy and predictable access to an extensive range of food. We expect to select the food we want every time we visit the supermarket or shop online, in the form we want it in, and at the price we believe acceptable. We assume predictability is reality.
That is thanks to our food production and consumption system which is designed through economic and increasingly political and social intervention measures to satisfy the appetites and desires of the UK population. Meanwhile, it sustains the livelihoods of…
Written by Adam Leach, SVP of Corporate Strategy, Nominet
It’s easy to see nature and technology as contradictory elements of today’s society; one represents a symbolic — or literal — escape from the other. However, in our innovative, digital world, technology can in fact provide a vital service to the natural one, supporting the charitable organisations tasked with keeping it safe for the generations to come.
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