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UK Government to invest in data exchange tech to combat food waste and illegal wildlife trade

  • Pioneering digital technologies such as artificial intelligence could be used to crack down on global challenges as part of a world-first “data trust” programme to be piloted in the UK.

    More than £700,000 is being invested by the UK government to help to rectify issues environmentally such as wildlife poaching and food waste mountains. The funding will assist with designing frameworks required to exchange data between organisations in a safe, fair and ethical way. It aims to set up data exchange between organisations with raw data and those with expertise to process it to tackle major issues globally.

    “As a world-leader in emerging technologies, the UK is best placed to foster these opportunities. The new policies announced today, backed by new funding, will encourage industry to deliver technological innovation to address issues as diverse as animal poaching, food waste and loneliness”, positively commented, Jeremy Wright, Digital Secretary.

    Organisations that will benefit from this funding include WILDLABS Tech Hub and WRAP. The partnership between leading conservation charities, WILDLABS Tech Hub and technology experts will hopefully reduce the level of illegal trade of wildlife by sharing image data which will in turn assist border control around the world in identifying illegal animal products from their smartphones.

    “From cutting food waste to tacking illegal wildlife crime, our innovators are working to harness the huge potential of data and artificial intelligence to solve international challenges”, stated, Greg Clark, Business Secretary.

    This announcement is the next step to the work the government has already put in place supporting the usage of technology for social good. This objective aims to bring together the private, charity and public sectors to embrace technological advances which will ultimately improve people’s lives and the country’s productivity.

    Source: Digital Revolution Press Release 

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