NHS Switches to Apple-Google Model for Contact Tracing App

In a massive u-turn that Guido repeatedly warned would have to come about, the NHS has finally given up on the bug filled, battery draining, and privacy invading, in-house, centralised app it was building, instead opting for the Apple-Google decentralised model Guido has long advocated. Finally. 

Back in May, Guido reported that the NHS “bizarrely rejected the decentralised, secure and intelligently designed Apple-Google contact tracing framework in favour of a centralised approach.” Guido’s experts then comprehensively rebutted the health departments arguments, concluding by saying:

“Why is the NHS trying to develop its own entire infrastructure and app rather than use a system developed by some of the world’s best software engineers at Apple and Google? Why do you think you know better than the people who literally wrote the operating system? We hope the Government has not got it wrong on this IT project this time…

Looks like the trial on the Isle of Wight did not really go well…

Matthew Lesh, the Head of Research at the ASI tells Guido

“We have lost crucial time, but it is welcome that the Government has listened to public concerns to get this important project right. It was always folly for NHSX to try building an app from scratch. Despite assertions, it was never going to work as well or ensure privacy would be protected as the Apple-Google framework.

The decentralised, Apple-Google approach will protect privacy, work across borders, limit battery drain, and effectively work in the background. A more effective app will help protect the NHS and save lives as winter approaches.”

Better late than never…

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Spad Jobs Website Blocked in Number 10

Downing Street’s overzealous cyber-security firewall has puzzled those who work in the building today, as advisers have found Number 10’s own new ‘Spad Jobs‘ recruitment website is prohibited. Does Dom not want SpAds to find out if their own jobs are being advertised?..

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Downing Street Blocked Guido

Yesterday ICTS installed a new cyber-security firewall in Downing Street. As a consequence this was the blank white computer screen which greeted the occupants of Number 10 when they logged on to their favourite source of political news and gossip. A very senior Downing Street source ordered it was fixed immediately…

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Lily Cole Fronts BBC “CEO Secrets” Series After Running Company Into Ground

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Who have the BBC got to front their new “CEO Secrets” series? Model, actor, and “entrepreneur” Lily Cole has been offering her “tips for business success”:

“Believe in what you’re doing and know why you’re doing it, so it’s very hard to run a business, and there’s going to be up and down moments, and in those down moments what pulls you through is, you know, inner conviction of knowing why you’re doing what you’re doing and believing in it.” 

Inspiring stuff.

In other news, Lily’s taxpayer-subsidised social network Impossible.com has reported losses of £256,000 in 2015 and £250,000 in 2014. That’s despite taking a huge £200,000 grant from the Cabinet Office in 2013. The site achieved just 45,000 visitors last month. Please, Lily, tell us your secret…

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Before You Go Incognito…

It’s gone midnight and before readers, er, go incognito, they might be interested to learn the government is going to make it harder. DCMS today launch a public consultation to require porn websites to ensure all their viewers are over 18. The plan is that Jack Dromey et al will have to sign in to an identify provider such as their bank or mobile operator before they open up the “private browsing” section. Sites that do not abide by the new law will face civil action or even be blocked, Chinese-style, which seems unworkable at best and draconian censorship at worst. No technology has been or ever will be invented that can stop teenage boys looking at pictures of naked girls…

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Engineers Move Objects Using ‘The Force’

Star Wars fans will be pleased to hear that they are one step closer to being able to use ‘the force’. The BBC has revealed that a team of engineers have designed a mechanism that can move and hold pea-sized objects from 30cm to 40cm away through the power of “holograms” made of sound waves. The pretty cool video above shows how the holograms manipulate objects, finishing with a “cardboard UFO” circling the speaker grid to show its “tractor beam” capability. A development most interesting it is…

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