Supporting Citizens To Get Online

"Helping people to get online who cannot afford to is the aim of a new Scottish Government Scheme: – The Connecting Scotland Programme.

Local councils and Third Sector organisations will identify people in their local community who they understand to be unable to get online. It is estimated that 9,000 people will benefit from the scheme."

Your Personal Data Is At Risk From The Government App

"Matthew Ryder QC and Edward Craven from Matrix, along with Ravi Naik solicitor and legal director AWO, a new data rights agency, and Gayatri Sarathy of Blackstone chambers, have been instructed by Open Society Foundation to provide a detailed legal opinion on smartphone contact tracing and other data driven proposals that are part of the Government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic....

What I do know is that the trajectory of mistrust, that is entirely self-inflicted by ministers of very limited competence, will continue and that this app might become a focal point for this concern as people refuse to give up control of their data to the government, whatever the crisis.

The government’s belief that it has a compliant population may be tested, quite soon. Breaking points are never apparent in advance and I might, of course, have got my judgement on sentiment on this wrong. But it only takes small numbers to be vocal on such issues and change can happen. And to refuse this government our data, whatever the reason for it thinking it wants it, is a wholly rational act necessary act when there can be no logic to it having tracking data of the sort that such an app might supply on our every movement and contact."

90% Growth In Turnover In Life Sciences

"From Insider today: ‘Employment in Scotland’s life sciences sector increased by 20% over seven years, according to new figures published by the Scottish Government. That represents a 2.6% year-on-year increase, with turnover growing by 90% in the same period to reach £6.5 billion in 2017. This news puts the sector on track to exceed its strategic target of £8 billion by 2025. From 2010 to 2017, company turnover increased by 90% and gross value added (GVA) by 48%.  This represents a year-on-year growth of 9.6% for company turnover and 5.7% for GVA.’"

Glasgow Is Centre Of Space Technology In UK

"In High Growth Scotland yesterday: A £14.7 million investment in a Glasgow-based satellite company will help create more than 260 jobs in Scotland’s space sector. On a visit to Spire Global, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced the company has received one of the largest funding packages ever provided by Scottish Enterprise. Spire Global builds, tests and operates nanosatellites tracking aviation, maritime and weather patterns. The investment will enable it to move into new 40,000sq ft premises at Glasgow’s Skypark facility and increase its local workforce from 60 to 320 over the next five years...."