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Darren attends Library consultation in Southmead

Labour-run Bristol City Council saved all of the city’s libraries from closure in 2018 but, given the continued decline in government funding, they have asked for our help to look at innovative ways of running the service in the future. Along with constituents, Darren attended an event at the Greenway Centre in early March to talk about ideas to support Southmead, Westbury, Henleaze, Horfield and Lockleaze libraries.

Darren said:

“There were lots of great ideas about modernising our libraries across Bristol North West at the Greenway Centre with Bristol City Council. There are so many exciting opportunities for creating digital, community hubs as a central point of information, gathering and books! I am pleased to see the council thinking ‘outside the box’ and will do what I can to support this process”.

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You can find out more about the ideas gathering on: www.bristol.gov.uk/libraryideas

 

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Darren speaks on Social Media report

Darren spoke in a debate on the Science and Technology Committee’s Report on Social Media. He is a member of the Committee.

The report, amongst other things, recommended that social media companies must be subject to a legal ‘duty of care’ to young users.

Darren spoke on the need for regulators to have access to relevant data.

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Darren asks Government body chair about Data Ethics

As part of Science and Technology Committee Darren questioned Roger Taylor, Chair, Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation, the Government’s new body to provide thinking and advice on this topic, on their powers and other issues.

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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 questions on Digital Government in Science and Tech Committee

Darren attended a Science and Technology Committee session on Digital Government. The panel he asked questions to was made up of:

Professor Helen Margetts, Programmind Director for Public Policy, Alan Turing Institute

Peter Wells, Head of Policy, Open Data Institute

Daniel Korski, Co-founder and CEO, PUBLIC

The panel were being asked about how future technologies and innovation can impact Government.

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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/