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Darren calls for constituents to support library consultation

Get involved! Dates for your diary:

Labour-run Bristol City Council saved all of the city’s libraries from closure last year but, given the continued decline in government funding, they need our help to look at innovative ways of running the service in the future.

The council are hosting 4 events in Bristol North West to cover the libraries in our patch:

* Greenway Centre, Doncaster Road to talk about Southmead, Westbury, Henleaze, Horfield and Lockleaze libraries on: Wednesday 6 March 10 am to 12 pm or
Saturday 9 March 10 am to 12 pm.

* Shirehampton Public Hall,
Station Road to talk about Henbury, Shirehampton, Avonmouth and Sea Mills libraries on Monday 11 March 7pm to 9pm or Wednesday 13 March 10am to 12pm.

Spaces at these events must be booked in advance online. Reserve a space and find out more about the ideas gathering on:

www.bristol.gov.uk/libraryideas

 

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Darren asks Government about the ethics of autonomous and artificial intelligence defence systems

In a statement about the Government’s Modernising Defence Programme, Darren asked the Secretary of State for Defence about the work he was doing on an international basis to ensure that new defence technologies are used in an ethical way.

 

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MP welcomes news of Channel 4 Creative Hub

Darren Jones, MP for Bristol North West, has welcomed news that Channel 4 will be locating a Creative Hub in Bristol.

Darren Jones MP said:

“It is fantastic to hear Bristol will be the home of Channel 4’s Creative Hub! This is testament to the hard work of the bid team led by Mayor Marvin Rees at Bristol City Council and the city’s ability to lead the way in innovation, tech and creative industries.

Channel 4 will help to build on the city’s thriving television production sector, which has world-renowned factual producers and also has strengths in areas such as animation and digital production.

Locating in Bristol will also enable Channel 4 to work closely in partnership with Cardiff and its production sector – with the opportunity to further accelerate the growth of the creative cluster around South West England and South Wales – and also connect with indies across the West of England.

Bristol also impressed by putting forward exciting proposals to establish new social mobility initiatives to work with diverse communities across the city and bring through new talent into the industry. I can’t wait to help welcome Channel 4 to this great city of ours“.

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Darren seeks clarity over post-Brexit digital economy

Data is vital to the day to day running of Britian’s economy, and so is the flow of data with other countries including other EU member states. With this in mind Darren used a UK Parliamentary European Committee concerning data to seek clarity over post-Brexit arrangments for data flows with other countries.

You can hear his full speech here:

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Darren asks scientists about UK Quantum Technology

Darren attended an evidence session for the Science and Technology Committee’s Quantum Technologies inquiry, which will look at how Quantum Technology development in the UK can be aided.

Quantum technology was picked out as an industrial challenges to be addressed by the Industrial Strategy. The Quantum Tech sector, as a result, will be allocated £20m ‘pioneer funding’. This is on top of existing government support, including the establishment of a National Quantum Technologies Programme in 2013. This programmes translates academic work on quantum into new products and services.

In the first part of the evidence session, two witnesses who have been closely involved in the programme gave evidence. In the second, there was a broader discussion about Quantum Technology development with academics and learned societies with an interest in quantum technologies.

Darren asked the first set of witnesses about international collaboration after Brexit:

 

He asked the second set about the skills, standards and regulations for Quantum Technology:


 

 

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Darren speaks to Bristol Cable about the impact of AI and automation

Darren spoke to the Bristol Cable – Bristol’s independent, cooperatively owned newspaper – about the impact of artificial intelligence and robots on society.

Writing on Facebook about the interview, Darren said that

The impact of AI and automation will be felt – these are issues that will affect all of us. It’s time the government properly engaged and understood the opportunities and risks of the 4th Industrial Revolution.

Burying their heads in the sand won’t protect our data or hundreds of thousands of jobs.

You can read the full interview here: https://thebristolcable.org/2018/06/artificial-intelligence-robots-and-the-future-of-society-interview-with-darren-jones/

 

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Darren welcomes Google and Youtube to Southmead to provide online safety training

Darren welcomed Google and YouTube to Southmead. The companies were there to train teachers and youth workers about online safety and digital citizenship for the young people they work with.

Gaps in young people’s online safety is a significant issue. According to the NSPCC, last year  there were 12,000 calls made to Childline concerning online issues, and one out every four children have experienced something upsetting online. Darren was therefore more than happy to speak at the event, and contribute his thoughts as a technology lawyer and member of the Science and Technology Select Committee.

 

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Darren asks experts about social media and violence

 

The Science and Technology Committee, which Darren is a member of, held public evidence session on social media and its links to violence. This was part of its inquiry on Social Media and screens-use.

The witnesses present were Martin Hewitt, Assistant Commissioner, Metropolitan Police Service, Dr Netta Weinstein, Senior Lecturer, Cardiff University, Beth Murray, Director of Communications and Engagement, Catch 22, Dr Keir Irwin-Rogers, Lecturer, The Open University, and Sheldon Thomas, Consultant on gang and youth violence, Gangsline.

Darren asked the witnesses about the funding for online policing, and who should be responsible for enforcing regulation on the internet.

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Darren is GDPR ready

 

Prior to the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation on 25th May, Darren Jones MP has updated his off and on line Privacy Statements. Darren has also published a Data Protection Policy – GDPR and Personal Data Audit.

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Bristol is the UK’s most productive digital tech city

A report has named Bristol as the city with the most digital tech turnover per worker. According to the report, which was produced by Tech Nation –  – Bristol’s digital tech turnover stands at £320 K per worker.

What’s more, this news means that Bristol’s digital tech industry is having a significant impact, with 26,999 digital tech jobs currently in Bristol.

Commenting on the news, Darren said that this was ‘another record breaking Bristol tech headline’.

You can read more about the report here, in an easy to use format – https://technation.io/insights/report-2018/bristol/