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Brian Runciman

Head of Content at BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT

Swindon, United Kingdom

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Head of Content at BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, Brian has been writing on computing issues for nearly 20 years.

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Company Type: Company
Business Unit: Marketing
Media Experience: 17 years

Areas of Expertise

AI 31.56
Management 30.50
Digital Disruption 30.62
Digital Transformation 30.36
Social 33.20
Leadership 30.48
Healthtech 33.50
Big Data 30.58
Cybersecurity 31.14
Design Thinking 30.88
Emerging Technology 30.36
Innovation 30.30
Mobility 31.59
Govtech 31.15
Culture 31.90
Future of Work 31.76
HR 31.04
Health and Safety 30.07
Privacy 30.58

Industry Experience

Media

Publications

62 Article/Blogs
Raheem Sterling and ethnicity in UK IT
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January 18, 2019
BCS has published a draft version of the second part of its definitive four-part series of evidence-based reports exploring equality and diversity in the IT workforce. Can you help us build a picture of the experiences of people from ethnic minorities in UK IT?.

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Tags: Future of Work

The rise of Neurodiversity networks - and why it’s a good thing
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November 29, 2018
When I mentioned I was going to a roundtable discussion about neurodiversity in the workplace – the reaction was mixed, writes BCS’s Claire Penketh.

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Tags: Healthtech, Health and Safety

DevOps in practice
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November 28, 2018
Businesses, particularly those of medium or larger size, have never been under more pressure to evolve through technology-enabled change and have never been at greater threat of disruption, increasingly from unexpected directions.

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Tags: Management

What do you see?
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October 29, 2018
Not all disabilities are visible. There’s been several awareness weeks recently, looking at, for instance, invisible disabilities, which covers conditions like dyslexia, ADHD and Asperger syndrome (high functioning autism), through to Irlen Syndrome (a problem with the brain's ability to process v

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Turing Bombe moves home and lives again
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October 08, 2018
Job Up! Bombe breaks Enigma again at its new home at The National Museum of Computing

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Tags: Innovation

BCS Women received award nomination
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October 02, 2018
Sarah Burnett and the BCSWomen’s AI Accelerator programme receives a nomination for the prestigious EQUALS in Tech Awards.

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Launch of BCS School Curriculum and Assessment Committee
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September 18, 2018
The Royal Society Report After the Reboot: Computing Education in UK Schools expressed clear concern about the qualifications landscape for computing, especially at Key Stage 4, and recommended that Ofqual and the government should work urgently with the learned societies in computing, awarding bodi

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Latest results for the IT sector - we could do better
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August 30, 2018
Results season is upon us again and over the past week the internet has been awash with analysis and commentary arising from the publication of 2018 GCE/GCSE outcomes for England, Wales and Northern Ireland by the JCQ (Joint Council for Qualifications).

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IT recruitment agency survey feedback
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August 14, 2018
Julian Fletcher MBCS, a consulting technical architect for the Government Digital Service, presents his finds from a IT recruitment survey he ran independently.

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Council meeting - July 2018
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August 07, 2018
At the July Council meeting each year, the Council members are invited to review and comment on the Group Business Plan and Budget Overview 2018-2019.

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Analysing diversity in the UK’s IT workforce
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August 01, 2018
We recently witnessed a major social event bringing together people from all walks of life in the pursuance and celebration of a shared dream - and no I’m not referring here to England winning the word cup - but instead, the annual Pride in London LGBT+ parade - an event involving around 500 group

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BCS Workforce Data
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August 01, 2018
Just over two years ago, the UK public gave the go ahead for Brexit. With less than a year to go before the big event, in this post, we take a brief look at the effect that this monumental decision has had upon the characteristics of the IT workforce in the UK. To explore the story, we’ll be using

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Data protection officers (DPO) & GDPR
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July 27, 2018
Recently I was retained as an external data protection officer (DPO) for a medium sized organisation, with offices and employees in the UK, USA, and mainland Europe.

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Tags: Cybersecurity, Privacy

Ethical dimensions
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July 10, 2018
Chris Rees is BCS President for 2018. Brian Runciman MBCS spoke to him about his aims for the year.

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Satellites, big data and intelligence
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June 28, 2018
Dr. Jonathan Henderson, from User Services Directorate of Information Services at the University of Edinburgh, reports on a seminar he attended recently regarding satellites, big data and intelligence.

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ECHSCP: BCS Award-winning IT project 40 years on
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June 27, 2018
Former members of ECHSCP (Exeter Community Health Service Computer Project) gathered recently for a 40th anniversary reunion. Remembering the challenges of electronic patient records and reminiscing about the strong esprit de corps created by rising to the challenges together, many friendships were

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Council meeting - May 2018
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June 14, 2018
It's that time of year when we welcome our newly-elected members to Council. I recently held an induction session with them ahead of our main Council meeting.

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Using the apprenticeship levy to fill the digital skills gap
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April 27, 2018
Mark Samuels, Harvey Nash, takes a look at how apprenticeships can bring in new talent to fill the current IT skills gap, and how businesses can benefit from the associated apprenticeship levy.

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Up-skilling IT professionals for the constant cybersecurity battle
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April 27, 2018
Mark Samuels, Harvey Nash looks at the skills or capability gap in relation to cyber threat.

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UK IT Industry Awards - Could this be your year?
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April 26, 2018
It's been an outstanding few months for Rob Dance, RockIT's CEO. Not only was he recently crowned as the IOD Wales's Young Director of the Year, but in October, RockIT was awarded the Fast Growth 50 award for sustainable growth, setting a new internal record of five consecutive years of growth. The

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Rise of the Earthbots - Can Green AI solve the climate problem?
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March 19, 2018
Hardly a day goes by when we don't see an article on how we are likely to miss the Paris targets for climate emissions reductions. With 2020 just around the corner, the milestone for bending the curve on greenhouse gas emissions seems harder and harder to achieve. Indications of what might lie in st

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Reunion for all members of ECHSCP
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March 02, 2018
Do you remember working on an electronic patient record system in Exeter in the 1970s? If so, our project leader, Jack Sparrow, invites you to join him for a 40th anniversary celebration of the Exeter Community Health Service Computer Project to be held in Exeter this June.

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Council commences 2018
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February 28, 2018
Council meetings often cover formal items such as electing the next BCS President or changes to BCS’ regulations. January’s meeting was different. It was much more informal and had several items for discussion and debate.

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AI 101
ITNOW/BCS and OUP
February 14, 2018
AI from scratch

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Tags: AI, Management

The practical applicability of AI
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February 06, 2018
Carl Austin, Chief Technology Officer at BJSS, explains why businesses need to get up to speed with artificial intelligence, sooner rather than later.

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The kids are alright (aren
BCS
February 01, 2018
The list of potential dangers for our children as they navigate the complexities of digital life, and its crossover and connections with ‘real’ life, are long. How can we help them? How can we engage them in the conversation? BCS held a roundtable to discuss this as part of the launch of Project PEEL, designed to give young people a voice on self-identity.

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Tags: Social, Culture

The Jurassic Park problem
BCS
February 01, 2018
In BCS’s member-sourced ‘ideas for good’ campaign, Dave Brooks channels Jeff Goldblum’s character from Jurassic Park. He says, with the Institute’s stated goal of making IT good for society in mind,‘we need to ask why. We, as a society, are so interested in what we “can” do with tech that we forget to think about what we “should” do. This is a philosophical and ethical question, but also speaks to strategic alignment and use of resources.’

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Tags: Digital Disruption, Social, Sustainability, Leadership

Peoplecare 2018
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January 17, 2018
BIO IT Manager, David Lightfoot MBCS explains why it is ‘peoplecare’, above all of management’s functions, that is most important in building a successful company.

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Computing is too important to be left to men
BCS
January 02, 2018
Or rather, computing is too important to miss everyone else out. This is a BCS report into diversity in UK IT.

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Tags: Social, Management, Leadership

BCS at New Scientist Live
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October 16, 2017
For four days at the end of September, writes Richard Lester, BCS was at ‘New Scientist Live’ in London, flying the flag for the IT and digital stars across science, technology and engineering - the people who make modern life possible and future dreams a reality.

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The tech behind 'The Panama Papers' could help your business
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August 30, 2017
Neo Technology’s CEO Emil Eifrem discusses the unique technology that helped make The Panama Papers exposé possible, and how it could help your business ‘follow the money’.

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The rise of big data
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August 25, 2017
Senior business analyst, Vijay Nair discusses use-cases of big data and the architecture around it, as well as providing a brief review of using big data in connection with artificial intelligence, internet of things and RFID technologies.

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Where next for computing in secondary education in England?
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July 14, 2017
As you read this, teachers are transforming computing education in secondary schools right across England. The progress they have made is just short of miraculous, testament to their professionalism and commitment, writes Bill Mitchell, Director, BCS Academy of Computing.

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Birth of BCS
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May 26, 2017
Among the horn-rimmed spectacles and grey haberdashery of post-war Britain rose a technological phoenix. Following on from the wartime computing pioneers that the world didn’t really even find out about until the 2000s, 1957 saw the birth of BCS.

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5G - turn on the radio
BCS
May 24, 2017
The potential of 5G

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Tags: Emerging Technology, Innovation, Mobility

MI6 Careers: The IT pro who came in from the cold
BCS
May 01, 2017
Few organisations have been as obsessively portrayed in book and film as MI6, and official acknowledgement of its existence was only made in 1994. Brian Runciman MBCS discussed the career options in the organisation with a senior MI6 technical specialist.

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Tags: Social

The Cognitive Era - an overview of cognitive computing
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March 22, 2017
Dr Guru Banavar, VP of Cognitive Computing at IBM Research, gave the 2017 Turing Lecture. Justin Richards MBCS summarises some of the main points...

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Celebrating digital transformation
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March 14, 2017
The Paperless Awards 2017 recognise organisations that are making IT good for society through innovative programmes designed to transform and enhance the public sector.

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Brexit as catalyst
ITNOW/BCS and OUP
November 15, 2016
October 2016 saw BCS running its latest IT Impact event ‘Shining the light on post-Brexit Britain’. It emerged that, if anything, the opportunities and issues which have arisen from the recent vote to leave the European Union are those the UK should be addressing anyway.

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Tags: Digital Disruption, Digital Transformation

Digital for mental health
BCS
November 01, 2016
Youth has the worst access of any group to mental health services in the UK. Yet there are literally thousands of resources in the digital world alone for mental health. What’s the problem?

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Tags: Healthtech, Social

How to keep UK IT great
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October 17, 2016
Investing in our education system and in capability are the keys to ensuring Brexit means a bright future, says Bill Mitchell - Director of Education at BCS

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Being a start-up in post Brexit UK
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October 06, 2016
What challenges will the UK’s renegotiation of it place in Europe present to entrepreneurs? The BCS editorial team asks Ben Shorrock, Digital Tech Sector Specialist for Invest Bristol & Bath

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Health and Technology: How can data save lives?
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October 04, 2016
Labour’s Annual Conference takes place every autumn and is one of largest and most high profile political events in Europe. The 2016 conference took place in Liverpool.

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Understanding NHS digital strategy
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September 28, 2016
Following the recent submission of the Wachter report, Martin Cooper AMBCS looks at digital health’s past, present and future.

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How to keep UK IT great
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September 28, 2016
BCS, its members and its expert groups are all contributing to the creation of a vibrant post-Brexit IT future.

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NHS: Paperless by next decade?
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September 27, 2016
BCS Multimedia Editor Justin Richards takes a pragmatic look at the mechanisms underpinning Jeremy Hunt’s desire for a paperless NHS by the end of this decade.

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Transforming the data deluge into business value
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September 23, 2016
Tata Consultancy Services explores why leveraging effective data management is key to creating value in a data-driven economy.

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The recipe for start-up success
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September 07, 2016
Ben Shorrock, Digital Tech Sector Specialist for Invest Bristol & Bath, tells Justin Richards MBCS why successful start-ups don’t just happen by accident.

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Pokemon Go and the rise of augmented reality
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July 21, 2016
Speaking at the World Mobile Conference in Barcelona, in February this year, Mark Zuckerberg commented ‘We’re making a long term bet that immersive, virtual and augmented reality will become part of people’s daily lives’ and his prediction is coming to fruition.

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The IT industry and the rise of women in politics
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July 19, 2016
Sarah Burnett, Vice President at Everest Group, and BCSWomen Deputy Chair, looks at what the IT industry could learn from the rise of women in UK politics.

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Personal data and insurance
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July 08, 2016
BCS recently interviewed Lisa Woodall, Head of Strategy, Architecture and Governance at Zurich Insurance, on one of the Institute’s key challenges - personal data.

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IT contractors: undervalued and under attack
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June 27, 2016
The UK has always thrived as an international trading nation and global leader in science and engineering. As we leave the EU we need to ensure we have the right support in place for our science and engineering education and research ecosystem if we are to continue to succeed in a global economy.

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UK Computer Science and Engineering post Brexit
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June 24, 2016
The UK has always thrived as an international trading nation and global leader in science and engineering. As we leave the EU we need to ensure we have the right support in place for our science and engineering education and research ecosystem if we are to continue to succeed in a global economy.

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Wanted: Outstanding computer science teachers
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June 15, 2016
Thinking of changing your career and have an interest in computing? Or just want to help inspire the next generation of computer scientists?

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Frog in a pan
BCS
June 01, 2016
A BCS workshop saw a group of experts and thinkers meeting under Chatham House rules, to take a first run at one of the Institute’s four challenges: personal data.

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Tags: Big Data, Cybersecurity, Design Thinking

Sharing successes and plans
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May 16, 2016
Dr Philip Scott, Chair, BCS Health Programme Committee, reports from the recent e-Health week that BCS co-sponsors.

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Internet of things
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April 07, 2016
An article in the Times on the 9th March, (also the day of BCS's AGM), served as a reminder of why our mission to ‘Make IT good for society’ is so important.

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BCS Response: Investigatory powers
BCS/OUP
February 16, 2016
The December 2015 BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, response to the Parliamentary Joint Committee’s call for evidence on the draft Investigatory Powers Bill.

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Tags: Cybersecurity, Govtech, Social

University Partners Double Reach of CAS Network of Teaching Excellence
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January 18, 2016
The Network of Teaching Excellence in Computer Science (NoE) is a national community of professional practice. This community is a partnership between schools, universities, IT employers and professional bodies. It is run by the Computing At School group (CAS), which itself if part of BCS. Thanks to

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2016 tech trends for IT leaders
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January 13, 2016
Jos Creese, President of BCS looks at the tech trends CIOs should watch in 2016 - and offers some predictions and warnings.

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Voluntary code: guidance for sharing data
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January 08, 2016
Collecting, storing and distributing digital data is significantly easier and cheaper now than ever before, in line with predictions from Moore, Kryder and Gilder. Organisations are incentivised to collect large volumes of data with the hope of unleashing new business opportunities or maybe even new

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So, what is the future of the IT team?
BCS/OUP
August 14, 2015
Introduction to a discussion on the end of the IT team as we know.

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Leadership, Social

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What do you see?
BCS
October 22, 2018
Not all disabilities are visible. There’s been several awareness weeks recently, looking at, for instance, invisible disabilities, which covers conditions like dyslexia, ADHD and Asperger syndrome (high functioning autism), through to Irlen Syndrome (a problem with the brain's ability to process visual information). It all brought to my mind the increasing awareness in the UK of things like neuro-diversity.

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Tags: Culture, Future of Work, HR

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Interview with Cecilie Waagner Falkenstrom
BCS
November 01, 2017
Brian Runciman, BCS Head of Content talks to Cecilie Waagner Falkenstrom, winner of The Lumen Prize 2017, BCS Artificial Intelligence Award for Digital Art, about her creation - ‘Frank’, an ARTificial intelligence.

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Tags: AI, Social

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