Humanitarian data: Is data the secret ingredient in crisis situations?
Unfortunately, resources are limited even in times of crisis. Many humanitarian aid budgets have either been slashed or are under pressure from governments the world over, and in the context of post-pandemic austerity demand for funding certainly outstrips supply.
Limited supplies, vaccines, and skilled personnel mean that modern humanitarian responses rely on data to make sure they are allocating scarce resources in exactly the right place, to the people who most need them.
These data-based responses must evolve and adapt in real-time as situations can rapidly shift and evolve practically overnight, not to mention the fact that many of the worst impacted areas are under connected, under mapped, or remote.
To discuss these issues as well as some possible solutions, Will McCurdy, content editor of National Technology News, was joined by Hannah Ker and Alan Mills from geospatial charity MapAction.
Born Digital: How is BigTech moulding Generation Z?
Few people would trust an oil company or a car manufacturer to raise their children, yet a small number of for-profit companies have vast influence over what Generation Z, read, watch, and listen to.
In 2019, the Children’s Society warned that children were the unhappiest they had been for almost twenty-five years, attributing this to excessive social media use, increasing loneliness, and turbulent friendships,
As the world population increases, Generation Z is set to be by far largest generation on record. As such, the decisions which these companies make, and the decisions of those who hold them accountable, will have a profound influence on the futures of millions of children.
To discuss these issues as well as some possible solutions, Will McCurdy, content editor, National Technology News was joined by Robert Wigley, chairman of UK Finance, entrepreneur, and author of Born Digital.
Smarter cities: How can the UK make its cities work better for everyone?
By 2050, its estimated that three-quarters of the world’s population will live in cities.
In China alone, hundreds of millions have emigrated to urban centres since the 70’s, as urbanisation continues almost everywhere across the globe.
In the UK, for better or for worse, since the 90’s more and more of the population and the economy has moved towards its cities.
If predominantly young people continue to flood into urban hotspots after the pandemic the country will be forced to tackle issues from traffic congestion to pollution and social issues.
With so much riding on the future of cities, the drive to make them smarter has been the continued focus of much innovation worldwide.
To discuss the challenges, and the opportunities of making cities smarter, Will McCurdy, Content Editor, National Technology News was joined by Phil Beecher, President and Chief Executive at Wi-SUN Alliance.
Transforming tech: how can UK firms collaborate to improve diversity in the sector?
The technology sector has continued to be earmarked as key part of Britain’s economic growth by successive governments, and as an integral part of Britain’s recovery from Covid-19.
The vice chancellor Rishi Sunak recently announced a £375 million fund that will see the government invest in fast-growing UK tech start-ups.
However, participation in the tech sector is not being distributed evenly. Though close to 50 per cent of Britain’s workforce are women, they occupy only 19 per cent of tech roles according to research by TechNation.
In addition, only 19 per cent of tech workers are from a working-class background compared to 33.3 per cent of the nationwide population.
To delve further into these topics and their root causes, as well as some possible solutions to this dilemma Will McCurdy, Content Editor, National Technology News was joined by Debbie Forster, MBE CEO, Tech Talent Charter.