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Gillian Docherty: what ethical issues will data encounter over the next 10 years?

In July, Jeremy Wright MP, the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport issued the government’s new Data Ethics Framework, part of their National Data Strategy. This new ethics framework aims to lay out best practices for the use of data in the public sector and was a welcome update to an existing policy. Upon publication of the framework, Wright said, “Ethics and innovation are not mutually exclusive. Thinking carefully about how we use our data can help us be better at innovating when we use it.”

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Phd student Eli Sheppard from Heriot Watt Edinburgh Centre for Robotoics plays with Nikita, a childlike humanoid robot that has been in development for more than 10 years.

Why data will make Edinburgh a better place to live

In the 18th century, Edinburgh became known as the birthplace of the Scottish Enlightenment, when the city became a hotbed of pioneering intellectual thought and scientific breakthroughs.

Around 300 years later, the Scottish capital is now leading the way in data-driven innovation which experts say is contributing towards a fourth Industrial Revolution – one built on digital skills and technology.

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Can Edinburgh become data capital of Europe?

Can Edinburgh become data capital of Europe?

With three universities and a plethora of tech start-ups, Edinburgh was found to be the UK’s fastest-growing tech hub in 2017 by the respected Stack Overflow report, which tracks the movements of developers and their employers.

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Edinburgh's new research lab will study ways to protect against hacking using blockchain tech. Picture: contributed

Blockchain lab launches in Edinburgh

The Scottish capital has become home to Europe’s first blockchain research facility, thanks to a six-figure collaboration between Edinburgh Napier University and a Hong Kong-headquartered technology company.

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