MIL-OSI UK: Lords debates digital techology and young people

Source: British House Of Lords News

16 January 2019
Members of the Lords, including the chair of children’s digital rights charity 5Rights and a vice president of Barnardos, will debate the relationship between the use of digital technology and the health and wellbeing of children and young people, in the House of Lords on Thursday 17 January.

This is a general debate. They normally take place on a Thursday in the chamber. During debates, members are able to put their experience to good use, discussing current issues and drawing the government’s attention to concerns.
The debate was proposed by Baroness Kidron (Crossbench), chair of children’s digital rights charity 5Rights.
Members expected to take part include:
Baroness Benjamin (Liberal Democrat), broadcaster and vice president of Barnardos
Lord Griffiths of Burry Port (Labour), Lords opposition spokesperson for digital, culture, media and sport
Earl of Listowel (Crossbench), trustee of child welfare charity The Michael Sieff Foundation
Lord Lucas (Conservative), vice chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Digital Identity
Lord Ashton of Hyde (Conservative), parliamentary under-secretary in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, will respond on behalf of the government.
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MIL-OSI UK: What is the approach to forensic science in other jurisdictions?

Source: British Parliament News

11 January 2019
The House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee continues to hear evidence about the use of forensic science in courts in England and Wales and its contribution to the delivery of justice.

Purpose of session
The Committee will question Dr Sheila Willis, former Director-General of Forensic Science Ireland, the national forensic laboratory of the Republic of Ireland. Dr Willis is currently a guest researcher at the United States of America’s National Institute of Standards Technology.
The Committee will ask what structures are in place in the Republic of Ireland, the U.S. and other countries that enable the most needed research in forensic science. The Committee will also explore approaches that successfully provide a current source of responsive, independent, balanced and accessible analysis of emerging science and technology to those involved in criminal investigations.
Witness
Tuesday 15 January in Committee Room 4A, Palace of Westminster
At 3.25pm
Dr Sheila Willis, Guest Researcher, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Possible questions
Where are the gaps in forensic science research and in the understanding of forensic science evidence given your experiences in various jurisdictions?
The Committee has heard in written and oral evidence about the value of a ‘sterile corridor’ between investigators and the delivery of forensic science. To what degree is this achieved in other jurisdictions and in your view what challenges does having a separation of this nature create, and address?
Are there any lessons from the way the forensic science market operates in other jurisdictions that can learned for England and Wales?
Further information
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MIL-OSI UK: Committee examines evidence on the use of technology within Governments

Source: British Parliament News

03 January 2019
This is the third session for the Committee’s inquiry into Digital Government, and the Committee will explore the status and progress of technologies within Government.

Witnesses
Tuesday 8 January 2019, Committee Room 16, Palace of Westminster
At 10.00 am
Simon Hansford, Co-founder and Chief Executive, UKCloud
Professor Chris Johnson, Member of the Executive Committee, UK Computing Research Committee
Antony Walker, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, techUK
At 11.00 am
Professor Helen Margetts, Programme Director for Public Policy, The Alan Turing Institute
Peter Wells, Head of Policy, Open Data Institute
Daniel Korski, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, PUBLIC
Purpose of the session
Themes for this session include:
technology procurement;
skills;
cyber security;
GovTech;
future technology and innovation, as well as the associated risks and benefits attached to these
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MIL-OSI UK: Senior judges discuss use of forensic science

Source: British Parliament News

13 December 2018
The House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee question senior judges about the use of forensic science in courts in England and Wales and its contribution to the delivery of justice.

Purpose of session
The Committee will ask the witnesses how judges can ensure that the analysis and interpretation of forensic evidence presented in court has a firm scientific basis. The Committee will also ask whether there are effective channels for the communication of advice on science and technology to the judiciary.
Witnesses
Tuesday 18 December in Committee Room 4A, Palace of Westminster
At 4.25pm
Lord Hughes of Ombersley, former Justice of the Supreme Court
His Honour Judge Wall QC, Circuit Judge
Sir Brian Leveson, President of the Queen’s Bench Division and Head of Criminal Justice
Possible questions
What is the level of understanding of forensic science within the Criminal Justice System amongst lawyers, judges and juries?
When a case that relies on forensic evidence comes before you how do you ensure that any expert witness is sufficient qualified to speak about the subject?
Is enough being done to prepare for the increasing role that digital forensics will have in the Criminal Justice System in the future?
Is there a source of responsive and ongoing independent, balanced and accessible analysis of science and technology in relation to legal issues available to the judiciary?
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MIL-OSI UK: Committee to ask senior judges about use of forensic science

Source: British House Of Lords News

13 December 2018
The House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee question senior judges about the use of forensic science in courts in England and Wales and its contribution to the delivery of justice.

Purpose of session
The Committee will ask the witnesses how judges can ensure that the analysis and interpretation of forensic evidence presented in court has a firm scientific basis. The Committee will also ask whether there are effective channels for the communication of advice on science and technology to the judiciary.
Witnesses
Tuesday 18 December in Committee Room 4A, Palace of Westminster
At 4.25pm
Lord Hughes of Ombersley, former Justice of the Supreme Court
His Honour Judge Wall QC, Circuit Judge
Sir Brian Leveson, President of the Queen’s Bench Division and Head of Criminal Justice
Possible questions
What is the level of understanding of forensic science within the Criminal Justice System amongst lawyers, judges and juries?
When a case that relies on forensic evidence comes before you how do you ensure that any expert witness is sufficient qualified to speak about the subject?
Is enough being done to prepare for the increasing role that digital forensics will have in the Criminal Justice System in the future?
Is there a source of responsive and ongoing independent, balanced and accessible analysis of science and technology in relation to legal issues available to the judiciary?
Further information
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MIL-OSI UK: Committee hears evidence on Erasmus and Horizon programmes post-Brexit

Source: British Parliament News

12 December 2018
The EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee takes evidence on Erasmus from Amatey Doku, Vice President (Higher Education), National Union of Students, John Latham, International Projects Manager at Lancashire & Morecambe College, Association of Colleges and Gail Armistead, Associate Director of the Office of Global Engagement at the University of Nottingham, The Russell Group. The Committee will also hear from Professor Andrew Thompson, Executive Chair of the Arts and Humanities Research Council, UK Research and Innovation, on Horizon.

Background
This evidence session will form part of the Sub-Committee’s inquiry into the UK’s future participation in the EU student exchange and university research funding programmes: Erasmus and Horizon. The Draft Withdrawal Agreement commits the UK to participating in the Erasmus+ and Horizon 2020 programmes until the end of their current phases in 2020, but whether and how the UK will associate with their successor programmes after 2021 remains unclear. The first panel will focus on the short and long-term implications of leaving the EU for the UK’s participation in Erasmus, while the second panel will focus on Horizon.
Witnesses
Wednesday 12 December 2018, Committee Room 3, Palace of Westminster
At 10.40am
Amatey Doku, Vice President (Higher Education), National Union of Students
John Latham, International Projects Manager at Lancashire & Morecambe College / Association of Colleges
Gail Armistead, Associate Director of the Office of Global Engagement at the University of Nottingham / The Russell Group
At 11.40am
Professor Andrew Thompson, Executive Chair of the Arts and Humanities Research Council, UK Research and Innovation
Possible questions
Panel 1:
How is the uncertainty caused by Brexit affecting current and prospective UK participants in Erasmus+?
What would be the likely costs and benefits of Association with the 2021-27 Erasmus programme for the UK?
What would be the opportunities and challenges involved in the UK setting up its own international mobility programme? 
Panel 2:
If the UK leaves the EU without a withdrawal agreement, how would the Government’s guarantee to underwrite successful Horizon 2020 funding bids work in practice?
In a ‘no deal’ scenario, is there likely to be a large increase in the number of applications for national funding schemes?
What level of financial contributions would the UK be required to make to secure Association to the Horizon Europe programme?
Further information
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