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Data dilemma

The government wants the UK to lead in data ethics and innovation. But putting one body in charge of both looks like a mistake, says Ehsan Masood.

When it comes to the business of big data, the UK government is trumpeting its ambitions for world domination. Fully driverless cars are promised for 2021, for example, and the number of computer science teachers will treble. That’s not to mention existing initiatives such as the 100,000 Genomes Project and the Alan Turing Institute.

To cap it all, a planned Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation, unveiled in January by prime minister Theresa May at the World Economic Forum in Davos, is going to make the UK a world leader in data ethics, too.

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