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This week at NS Tech: Brexit fallout continues, UN tech hub launch

Every week we scour the headlines to find a few key stories you need to know about in enterprise tech, some upcoming trends and events, and even some funnies for you to take to the water cooler.

George Osborne sets sail to save Britain

The UK chancellor George Osborne is heading across the world to reassure international investors that Brexit does not mean a retreat into “Little Britain”.

He’s first heading to Wall Street this week, followed later in the month by Singapore and China.

Top of his list is investment in nuclear energy and airport runway capacity in London, neither uncontroversial areas.

Next though, he wants research and infrastructure investment in the North of England and the Midlands, which could mean a boost for technology companies setting up here.

That won’t mean a lot right now for the people who are already seeing jobs lost in local industries.

The OECD has set out where it thinks Britain can do well post-Brexit, but that actually means being more open, not less.

Can you stop politicians telling porkies?

Early on in the referendum campaign, NS Tech spotted a small banner in a mobile game that didn’t seem to be telling the whole truth.

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On closer inspection, we found that there is no official body for the regulation of such advertising campaigns. Lol?

Now, more than 150,000 people have signed an online petition calling for the creation of such a role.

The Office for Electoral Integrity would have no easy job, charged with “factually verify the truthfulness of claims made during political campaigns”.

As it’s not an official parliamentary petition, this could mean all those hard-tapped-in email addresses could be of little use. More disappointment for Remainers!

World Food Programme’s new Innovation Accelerator

The UN’s World Food Programme is launching a technology hub in Munich, with the support of the German government, that it believes will help end world hunger faster.

Ideas already in development include a low-energy app called AgriUp that provides farming information to farmers in Guatemala. Another is an interactive nutritional information platform, NutriFami, deployed through internet cafes in rural Colombia.

The revised Sustainable Development Goals for 2030 mandate that faster progress is needed to eradicate hunger.

The figure has dropped by 167 million over the last decade, but 800 million people are still going to bed hungry each night.

Digital Economy Bill

The Digital Economy Bill had its first reading last week, but was pretty unexciting for normal businesses operating in the UK.

The Universal Service Obligation, to bring ‘fast’ 10Mbps internet to everyone will not be directly legislated for, so there will be yet more steps until everyone gets the speeds they need.

Perhaps the most amusing support for this policy came from the Countryside Alliance, which is apparently concerned about rural broadband when it’s not out chasing foxes.

Although new data sharing powers across government are likely necessary for effective and efficient digital services, there are some concerns about how data will be looked after.

Another key point is that the bill has come without the promised Digital Strategy. Ed?