The Bright Initiative has stepped up its support for the UK’s National Data Strategy (NDS) with two new major partnerships.
Already part of the NDS Forum, which the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) established to drive the Strategy forward, the Bright Initiative is now set to provide industry-leading expertise, insight and data-collection capabilities in support of work looking at skills and ethics.
Significantly, the Bright Initiative has joined the Data Skills Taskforce. Backed by the UK government, the Taskforce brings together figures from industry, the public sector, academia and others to share knowledge and develop innovative solutions to meeting the UK’s data science and AI skills needs. As a member of the Taskforce, the Bright Initiative will play a vital role in ensuring that action is taken to guarantee the skilled workforce needed to meet the NDS' aim of establishing the UK as a pioneering data economy.
The Bright Initiative will also work with members of the UK Parliament on an Inquiry looking at issues around ethics and governance with data and AI. The Bright Initiative is to join with cross-party members of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Data Analytics to look in depth at how regulation and policy can keep up with the fast pace of technological change. The Inquiry will gather evidence and carry out research over the coming months towards publishing a report later this year. The Bright Initiative will help guide the process as a member of the inquiry's steering group.
These new partnerships build on the work that the Bright Initiative has done to support the NDS over the past year, which has included facilitating discussions among industry figures and education institutions and advising government officials developing plans to implement the Strategy.