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This week at NS Tech: government to discuss EU tech funding, Land Registry and more

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.

What next for science and tech research?

Last week, we took a look at what might happen to science and technology research following the vote to leave the EU.

Tomorrow, the Science and Technology Committee will examine the issue in detail, hearing from experts from the Royal Society, Universities UK and the Wellcome Trust.

That’ll include looking at existing EU programmes that the UK may no longer be able to be involved with, like Horizon 2020, as well as exploring potential future funding models.

Last week, we wondered if the UK might become a haven for tech companies looking for low taxes post-Brexit – now George Osborne has unveiled plans to cut corporation tax.

Land Registry

In the midst of the turmoil in Westminster last week, it looks like plans to privatise the Land Registry are all but dead after facing opposition from backbench Conservatives.

The move to privatise this relatively profitable public database was criticised by open data innovators in evidence given to the government’s consultation on the issue.

Jeni Tennison, deputy chief executive officer and technical director of the Open Data Institute, said there are “wide economic benefits of a strong, open data infrastructure… [and there are] concerns about the economic impact when core data assets aren’t available for everyone to access, use and share”.

Last week, we heard from the co-founder of the Open Data Institute, Sir Nigel Shadbolt, on his hopes and fears post-Brexit.

Internet as a right

On Friday, the United Nations Human Rights Council yet again passed a resolution affirming its belief that access to the internet is a human right.

This time, the resolution specifically concerned countries that block or disrupt internet access to their citizens.

Digital rights campaigners Access Now counted at least 15 shutdowns across the world last year, with a further 20 in the first half of this year alone.

Internet Service Providers Awards

Internet Service Providers aren’t always top of people’s lists as something to celebrate, but Thursday will bring together the best of the best for the ISPAs.

The range of categories has expanded in recent years to welcome things like cloud and VoIP providers.

There’s also a category for ‘superfast’ broadband provider, a term that right now seems to mean different things to industry and government.

Independence Day

Today is Independence Day and no not the one declared by UKIP’s Nigel Farage when the country voted to leave the EU.

US colleagues are no doubt offline for the 4th July holiday so here’s 15 facts to amuse yourself with while you wait for that email back.