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Five must-read stories from the intersection of tech, business and politics

From the Home Office shelving its “racist” visa algorithm to Microsoft’s proposed TikTok deal, here are the key developments from the week so far

Government tech market set to weather economic storm, says Gartner

The global government technology market will prove more resilient than the wider enterprise IT sector in the months ahead, according to a new forecast from Gartner.

Hackers are charging millions to cover up GDPR breaches

Cyber-criminal gangs are charging businesses millions of pounds to cover up hacks that could lead to major breaches under GDPR, security researchers have told NS Tech.

Home Office to shelve “racist” visa algorithm

The Home Office is set to shelve an allegedly racist visa algorithm following a landmark legal challenge by human rights campaigners.

Microsoft’s TikTok buyout excludes UK

Microsoft’s bid to buy a significant part of TikTok’s international operations includes the app’s presence in every Five Eyes nation other than the UK, it emerged over the weekend.

The biggest govtech deals of the week

In partnership with GlobalData, we’ve drilled down into the most valuable tenders and awards from the last seven days. Here’s what we found this week.