Cyber resilience of the UK's critical national infrastructure
BCS responded to a government consultation on the cyber resilience of the UK's critical national infrastructure (CNI). We asked the BCS Information Security Specialist Group (ISSG) for their input into the Science, Innovation and Technology Committee's call for a written response.
Capabilities and Trends of Large Language Models: BCS’ response to the House of Lords Communications and Digital Committee’s call for evidence
BCS's position on developing Large Language Models (LLMs) over the next three years is grounded in a cautious yet optimistic outlook. This response builds on BCS’ flagship paper entitled: ‘Helping AI Grow Up Without Pressing Pause’. We acknowledge the incremental evolution of LLMs, characterised by a trend towards smaller, more accessible models that offer personalisation and integration into various applications.
Department for Education call for evidence on generative AI
The recent advances in generative artificial intelligence (AI) tools such as ChatGPT prompted the government to launch a consultation to look at the opportunities and challenges for the education sector. BCS responded in August as our activities include education, training, and public benefit. In summary, we believe it is vital to avoid 'knee-jerk' policymaking, and we welcome the consultation as a first step towards developing a future-facing strategy that exploits the opportunities while managing the risks.
National Engineering Policy Centre on AI Regulation
On behalf of the UK Government’s Office for AI, BCS, worked with the National Engineering Policy Centre to bring together experts in AI from across the UK engineering sector. This roundtable discussion focused on the principles of safety and risk and how the regulatory environment outlined in the UK Government’s White Paper could work in practice and where it might need to be amended.
Artificial Intelligence(AI) regulation – Transforming outcomes for all
A roundtable was held in response to the government’s open consultation: AI regulation: a pro-innovation approach. BCS is a leading voice on AI regulation and standards, education and skills, advocating that the best approach isn’t to pause but to help AI grow responsibly.
BCS responds to the Bank of England/ HM Treasury consultation: The digital pound: A new form of money for households and businesses?
The Bank of England approached BCS to hold a joint BCS members-only webinar on proposals for a Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) – also known as the Digital Pound. Our members concluded that the CBDC should be technically possible and could deliver additional security, speed, and accuracy. However, members felt there was some way to go to make the case that a digital pound was needed - as there are already many ways to pay digitally for goods and services – and more detail was needed as to how those who are digital excluded would be able to access this service
BCS call for Evidence Submission: House of Lords Committee on Education for 11-16-year-olds
Julia Adamson, MD of the BCS Education and Public Benefit, was invited to appear at the House of Lords Select Committee on Education for 11-16-year-olds. Julia highlighted the need for innovative solutions to teach computing, including bringing in industry and the need to broaden and balance the computing curriculum.
BCS works with Digital Poverty Alliance to respond to the House of Lords’ call for evidence on the digital divide
As a member of the Digital Poverty Alliance, BCS – led by Freddie Quek in his capacity as Chair of the Digital Divide Specialist Group – collaborated with the group to respond to the Digital Communications Committee’s recent call for evidence.
Digital in business life 2023
Over the years we have looked at future IT needs in various guises – our end of year research has been called ‘IT in your organisation’, ‘digital leaders’, ‘CIO versus CEO’ and so on. This year we surveyed members who are IT leaders and digital professionals - to help us get a feel for differences in perception between the two groups as we look ahead at 2023.
BCS responds to a call for evidence from the Parliamentary Science and Technology Select Committee on the governance of Artificial Intelligence
This is the BCS submission to the Science and Technology Select Committee call for evidence on the governance of Artificial Intelligence1. The section headings are taken directly from the questions in the call for evidence.
The experiences of black women in the information technology industry
Coding Black Females and BCS have collaborated on this report in order to capture the real experiences of Black women in the tech industry.
Establishing a pro-innovation approach to regulating AI: BCS Response
This paper discusses how government can establish clear, innovation-friendly, and flexible approaches to regulating AI and how the regulatory regime will be able to keep pace with and respond to new and distinct challenges and opportunities posed by AI.
Establishing a pro-innovation approach to regulating AI - BCS briefing
This paper discusses how government can establish clear, innovation-friendly, and flexible approaches to regulating AI.
App security and privacy interventions
BCS response to the DCMS consultation on App security and privacy interventions.
Digital transformation in the NHS
There’s a serious gap between the health sector and other sectors regarding data sharing and interoperability: health and care is far behind as pointed out by the Goldacre review.
UK's digital strategy
BCS briefing on the UK's digital strategy, covering digital foundations, ideas and intellectual property, digital skills and talent, financing digital growth, spreading prosperity and levelling up, and enhancing the UK’s place in the world.
Building a 'clinical satnav' for practitioners and patients
Healthcare must catch up with other sectors: to save more lives we need fully computable knowledge.
BCS state of the nation report
BCS on the Tech Labour Market Spring 2022.
Auditing algorithms: the existing landscape, role of regulators and future outlook
BCS welcomes the recognition of the DRCF regulators that they have an influential role in shaping the algorithmic processing landscape to benefit individuals, consumers, businesses, and society more broadly.
BCS landscape review: Computing qualifications in the UK
The report offers a comprehensive picture of the varying levels of engagement in Computer Science and closely related qualifications and focuses on continuing challenges of participation by young women and securing enough teachers to deliver specialist teaching and learning effectively.
Embedding standards and pathways across the cyber profession by 2025
BCS welcomes the government’s ambition to embed high standards of professional practice and progression pathways across cyber security.
Proposal for legislation to improve the UK’s cyber resilience
The government has decided it needs to step in to address what it sees as the underspending on cyber security in supply chains and ensure that these systems are secure.
Cyber security in the UK in 2022
The UK Government commissioned the 2022 cyber security incentives and regulation review as its previous approach to cyber security, set out in the 2016 Regulation and Incentives Review, was not delivering the necessary improvements to cyber resilience at sufficient pace and scale.
Levelling Up White Paper - Policy briefing
BCS Senior Policy Manager Dan Aldridge has prepared a briefing on the Levelling Up White Paper identifying where it aligns with the current work of BCS and the opportunities within it for the IT and digital sectors and members to contribute.
Data - A new direction
BCS response to a UK government consultation on proposed reforms to the UK’s data protection regime.
Cutting global electronic waste must be a top priority for COP26 - BCS survey
Ending device waste came top of a BCS survey asking BCS members which tech-related actions government and the sector should look to combat to make IT more sustainable.
BCS welcomes the government focus on stimulating innovation, productivity and growth through digital technologies and the need to foster constructive competition.
Digital identity and attributes
A 2021 Cabinet Office report found that more than 9% of UK adults don’t have a valid photo ID, and 2% don’t have any form of ID at all.
BCS response to the Department for Education National Skills Fund Consultation
In this wide-ranging response to a government consultation on the National Skills Fund, the BCS Policy, Education and Learning and Development teams looked at what needs to be done to help adults from all backgrounds access the digital skills training they need.
Britain can set 'gold standard' in ethical artificial intelligence
The UK can lead the world in creating artificial intelligence that cares about humanity - provided more people from non-tech and diverse backgrounds choose to study and work in the field, according to a new BCS report.
Use of artificial intelligence for image analysis in breast cancer screening
BCS response to National Screening Committee’s ‘Use of artificial intelligence for image analysis in breast cancer screening’ consultation.
BCS diversity report 2021: Age
BCS analysis of the latest ONS figures on age representation in IT.
BCS diversity report 2021: Disability
BCS analysis of the latest ONS figures on disability representation in IT.
BCS diversity report 2021: Women in IT
BCS analysis of the latest ONS figures on gender representation in IT.
BCS diversity report 2021: Ethnicity
BCS analysis of the latest ONS figures on ethnicity representation in IT.
Social media must verify users’ ID to end online abuse
Social media should require users to verify their identities, to combat anonymous racism, homophobia and other abuse targeted at minorities and vulnerable groups, according to a poll of the IT industry.
Algorithms, competition and consumer harm
BCS welcomes the CMA invitation for potential collaboration on their algorithms programme. This document details BCS's main observations.
COVID status certification review
In this paper BCS responds to the government’s call-for-evidence on COVID-19 vaccine certification, looking at the technical and ethical challenges of a digital solution.
Virtual festival of digital skills: 2021 the economic road ahead
This report examines the digital skills needed to nurture future resilience across areas such as education, training, healthcare, social care, and that will create a thriving, prosperous economy that helps all of us in every part of the UK.
Anticipated acquisition by NVIDIA of Arm’s Intellectual Property Group business
Joint response by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT and Hermann Hauser, Co-founder, Venture Partner, Amadeus Capital Partners; Co-founder, Arm.
BCS response the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Diversity and Inclusion in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM)
This response specifically looks at the IT sector in terms of gender and ethnicity given the extent of under-representation in the industry.
Post-16 level 2 and below study and qualifications in England
This response covers the consultation question 'Do you agree that we should remove funding approval from the level 2 ICT FSQ and level 2 ICT User qualifications?'
Digital strategy for Scotland
Read our response to the Scottish Government’s Renewing Scotland's full potential in a digital world: a consultation on the Digital Strategy for Scotland.
National data strategy
As explained by the Rt Hon. Oliver Dowden CBE MP the National Data Strategy
is intended to fulfil the “government’s wider ambition for a thriving, fast-growing digital sector in the UK, underpinned by public trust”.
BCS response to the IfATE second funding consultation
The digitalisation of public life during the COVID-19 pandemic presents an unprecedented opportunity to drive a more comprehensive digital agenda encompassing access, literacy, skills, and safety.
AI and your job
This research shows that the opportunity, at least for the present, is for businesses to train their people to work with AI - collaboratively - rather than AI being a source of job loss.
The public don't trust computer algorithms to make decisions about them
BCS survey identifies that over half (53%) of UK adults have no faith in any organisation to use algorithms when making judgements about them.
Digital skills consultation
BCS welcomes the opportunity to submit evidence to the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Digital Skills call for evidence on the impact of COVID-19 and lessons learned for improving digital skills in the future.
How will BCS support the Government's job plan?
BCS wants to use our roles as the professional body for IT, to assist the government in helping people regain employment and benefit from quality training.
The exam question: How do we make algorithms do the right thing?
Algorithms that change people's lives - for example when estimating students' grades - should now meet strict standards of ethics and competence, according to a BCS report.
IT professionals cast doubt on Huawei’s warning that ban will 'move Britain into the digital slow lane’
The majority of IT professionals (53%) do not believe Huawei’s claim that the UK’s decision to ban the tech giant from 5G will 'move Britain into the digital slow lane, push up bills and deepen the digital divide', according to a new survey.
How to level up the economic performance across the UK
BCS response to a request by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy for input to its roundtable.
BCS Insights research 2020
Our BCS Insights 2020 report is informed by BCS research from the last six months. The additional reports feature BCS analysis on the latest ONS figures as well as exclusive member research on AI, diversity and the state of the IT industry in 2020.
BCS diversity report 2020
BCS campaigns for a more diverse workforce in the digital industries. The BCS annual diversity report looks at employment trends.
Contact tracing apps
BCS response to “How can contact tracing apps be managed to assist Government in answering key questions to address the current crisis and enjoy public support?”
IT leaders report
Each year we survey IT leaders to discover what their views are about the rapidly evolving world of tech. This year we found that cyber security is the main issue that keeps senior manager awake at night.
CDEI and BCS study into Ethical Maturity of AI Practice
Mandy Chessell CBE FREng FBCS, Distinguished Engineer and Master Inventor at IBM, discusses a new joint study between CDEI and BCS to develop practical guidance on embedding ethical practice in MSc courses on Machine Learning and Data Science.
Scaling up the Ethical Artificial Intelligence MSc Pipeline
Final report to the Office for AI covering frameworks and models of Industry-funded Masters Courses in Machine Learning and related AI skills.
BCS Insights research 2019
Our BCS Insights 2019 report is informed by BCS research from the last six months. The additional nine reports feature BCS analysis on the latest ONS figures as well as exclusive member research on AI, diversity and the state of the IT industry in 2019.
Consultation response to the DCMS National Data Strategy
BCS is one of the professional engineering institutes providing a collective response to the call for evidence through the new National Engineering Policy Centre, under the auspices of the Royal Academy of Engineering.
Royal Society - After the reboot: computing education in UK schools
BCS contributed to a landmark Royal Society report in 2017 that led to the government setting up of the National Centre for Computing Education, thereby improving the quality of computer science teaching in schools.
Online Harms whitepaper
BCS welcomes and urges the need for effective and reasonable social media regulation, however it is important users and organisations are aware of their respective responsibilities in the use of social media platforms.
Brexit and IT
BCS comments on IT and exiting the European Union.