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Middle East embraces moves towards a future that’s digital and entrepreneurial

A hi-tech future fuelled by an entrepreneurial and technologically savvy generation underpins the vision of governments across the Middle East as they seek to reduce oil dependency and transform their economies. Challenges persist, not least of a regulatory and political nature, but momentum is gathering. This year is already set to break records for start-ups [...]

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Corporate, Immigration, Technology - 6 days ago

Working with The Machines: 5 key things to consider when dealing with AI

This week saw the announcement of Alan Turing, the father of modern computing and artificial intelligence, as the face of the new £50 note. Computing and artificial intelligence (AI) have come a long way since Turing’s efforts at Bletchley Park. AI is currently used to: power personal assistants; identify and diagnose diseases; improve logistics and transportation; draft [...]

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Data, Intellectual Property, Technology - 2 months ago

Blockchain – the future for Life Sciences?

The hype surrounding blockchain technology shows no sign of slowing down. While much of the attention has considered its impact on the financial sector, there are many other sectors where its use is being explored. One area is healthcare. For example, blockchain could be used in clinical trials to overcome the problems of fraudulent results, [...]

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Blockchain, Technology - 3 months ago

Blockchain implementation: slow but real

Earlier this month, Citigroup boss Mike Corbat, who oversees one of the world’s biggest banks, adopted a cautious tone when asked about blockchain technology path to mainstream adoption.  Corbat was quoted as saying that, “the expectations and the pace of implementation far exceed…what’s there.” The mainstream media jumped on Corbat’s comments and, not for the first [...]

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Blockchain, Corporate, Technology - 7 months ago

A new UK defence to patent infringement? Not quite yet…

In a recent decision in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (Technetix B.V. v Teleste Limited), HHJ Hacon might have opened the door to a new so-called ‘Formstein‘ defence to patent infringement. Admittedly, the judge’s comments were obiter dicta (comments of a non-binding nature) – since the patent in suit was held invalid for want of both novelty [...]

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Intellectual Property, Technology - 7 months ago

Incentivising employees in the age of blockchain

Implementing an appropriate and effective remuneration and incentive policy for management and employees is a key driver for a successful business.  Traditionally, incentive plans have included bonus schemes, share option schemes and other share-based arrangements.  These plans can be used to strategically incentivise certain employee behaviours, though they are not without their drawbacks.  We routinely [...]

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Blockchain, Corporate, Employment, Technology - 10 months ago

Blockchain 101: what is a smart contract?

In our previous articles, we have explored blockchain, cryptocurrencies and ICOs.  This article focusses on the smart contract or, more precisely, the blockchain-based smart contract. What is a smart contract? While they might be called smart contracts they, rather confusingly, are neither smart nor contracts.  The concept was conceived in 1994 by Nick Szabo, who [...]

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Blockchain, Corporate, Technology - 10 months ago

Is the Telecoms Code impeding progress?

Telecommunication technology is rapidly progressing. The government has recently announced plans to facilitate the nationwide rollout of 5G networks, but landlords and operators are locked in a stand-off due to the impact of the new Electronic Telecommunications Code. [...]

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Technology - 11 months ago

Island of AI: Singapore emerges at the new tech frontier

In a recent ranking of the most cited artificial intelligence research papers, which was studded with the likes of MIT and Google, a perhaps surprising name stood out: Nanyang Technological University. In fact, the Singapore university ranked second in the top ten only to Microsoft. [...]

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Cyber, Data, Technology - 11 months ago

Blockchain 101: an introduction

The terms 'cryptocurrency' and 'blockchain' are often used interchangeably by the general population. It is vital that we understand that these terms are very different, however. [...]

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Blockchain, Technology - 1 year ago

When is a vlog an advert?

Paying influencers to market products via their social media channels is a commonly accepted marketing practice. [...]

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Technology - 2 years ago

Brexit: the EU data protection package

The House of Lords EU Home Affairs sub-committee has issued a detailed report reviewing the implications of Brexit for the EU data protection package (comprising the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the Policy and Criminal Justice Directive, the EU-US Privacy Shield and the EU-US Umbrella Agreement).  Whilst the Government has said that it wants to [...]

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Data, Technology - 2 years ago