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APGDA Newsletter June

APGDA Newsletter June

1st June 2017

Policy Connect Data Analytics June Newsletter


Monday 5th June 2017

Welcome to the newsletter of the Policy Connect Data Analytics group. Read on for more news and updates our latest events...

Data Analytics News

General Election Campaign Draws to a Close

With just 4 days until the general election and the polls showing a tightening battle between the Conservative and Labour parties, the manufacturing sector awaits news of which economic vision of the country we will wake up to on 9th June.Theresa May's party are still expected by most pollsters to return to Westminster with an enlarged majority, whilst her plans to withdraw from the European single market continue to cause consternation in British industry. Whereas Jeremy Corbyn is running on a platform advocating an increase in state intervention on a scale never seen before, and his plan for a shock increase in corporation tax (although to a lower level than under Gordon Brown and the last Labour government) has received wide criticism from businesses large and small. Over the coming months, the Data Analytics group will be organising events to discuss how the election of a new government will impact the 'big data' agenda. Additionally, we have published briefing notes on the Policy Connect website on the topic of the new Digital Economy Act and cyber-security

'WannaCry' Cyber-Attack hit the NHS and Businesses Around the World

Over the past month a major new cyber-attack named WannaCry spread across the world infecting more than 300,000 computers. The virus which encrypted the computer's hard drive and the asked for a ransom to be paid in BitCoins, caused significant disruption in the UK particularly in the NHS. In a more worrying sign for manufacturers the virus caused the closure of Nissan and Renault factories, as well as effecting the Spanish telecoms company Telefonica and the global FedEx network. There is a serious debate that must be had regarding the role of governments around the world in facilitating these attacks, and whether inaction by policymakers left the door open for this virus. However, a larger concern for businesses is how they can protect themselves from the threat, which only looks set to grow - The Manufacturer wrote 4 reasons cyberattackers are targetting your factory. In purely economic terms, companies that can pay larger ransoms than individuals make better targets for criminals, and whilst the economic toll of this attack is still being counted, the tech sector must work today to protect themselves from the threats of tomorrow. The Data Analytics group will be hosting an event to discuss this important topic in the coming months - watch this space.

Dr. Benjamin Klos joins Data Analytics Team

Ben joined the Policy Connect team in April 2017 and his work focuses on the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Data Analytics within the Manufacturing, Design and Innovation group. Ben holds a PhD in Political Economy from Brunel University and has previously worked in a London-based PR agency in addition to his academic research. 

‘I am thrilled to be working on two such innovative and fast-evolving policy areas as data analytics and energy safety. I am particularly excited to be working with Parliamentarians, thought leaders from the private sector, and a dedicated team at Policy Connect’.

Upcoming events...

Big Data and Fintech

Tuesday 20th June, 2-4pm

‘Big Data and FinTech’ will bring together an expert panel of policy-makers and business leaders, including Experian and, to enhance understanding of the potential pitfalls of legislating for such a fast paced and ever changing industry. The event will be chaired by Lord Knight of Weybridge, and additional panellists are to be confirmed.Please click here for further details and to RSVP.

In parliament...



News in brief...


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The APGDA is very grateful for the support of its members:

ACCAARMComparethemarket.comData for Policy ConferenceEssex County CouncilExperianFuzzy LogixInstitute for Environmental AnalyticsOpen Data Institute



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