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United States

Life-Like Hologram a Sign of the times Regarding AR/VR

Nov 2, 2020
Kim Kardashian West was given the “most thoughtful gift of a lifetime.” Her husband surprised her with a life-like hologram of her late father, Robert Kardashian, giving her a special happy birthday message. This sentimental production was made possible by Kaledia, a hologram company...

Researchers Confirm Shift in COVID-19 Testing Needed as Country Reopens

Aug 4, 2020
A recent Science Magazine article discusses the radical shift in COVID-19 testing needed to reopen schools and businesses. While the country increased testing throughout the summer, we have not be able to mitigate spread effectively. “Diagnostics experts, public health officials, and...

FDA Approved Suppliers of COVID-19 Testing Kits

May 12, 2020
As the country continues to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, testing remains one of the keys to mitigating the virus and reopening the economy.  The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been rapidly reviewing and approving Emergency Use Authorizations (EUAs) in order to ensure adequate...

Europe

Public buyers urged to prepare for Find a Tender

Dec 3, 2020
UK public sector buyers will be required to publish notices for procurements to the new UK e-notification service Find a Tender (FTS) from 11pm on Dec. 31, 2020. In a Procurement Policy Note (PPN), the Cabinet Office said public sector buyers must use FTS rather than European public procurement...

UK review urges mandatory transparency on use of algorithms in public sector

Dec 3, 2020
The Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation (CDEI), a panel that advises the UK government on artificial intelligence and data-driven technology, has said public bodies should be required to publish information on how the decision to use an algorithm was made, the type of algorithm used, how it was...

UK Government creates £1bn deal to buy direct from major software vendors

Nov 20, 2020
The UK government is creating a £1bn-plus framework to allow organisations across the public sector to buy a comprehensive range of back-office software tools direct from major vendors. The framework, which will be worth an estimated £1.2bn, is due come into effect in April 2021 and will last for...

International

The Sustainable Procurement Pledge turns one

Nov 20, 2020
The Sustainable Procurement Pledge (SPP) is now a year old — it began as a community of like-minded procurement people from industry, academia and third sector who are committed to embedding sustainability into their procurement practices — and its ranks are growing. More than 2000 procurement...

One Planet Network Sustainable Public Procurement Programme

Oct 16, 2020
The One Planet Network Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP) programme is a voluntary global multi-stakeholder partnership in which various parties – governmental, non-governmental, public and private, agree to work together in a systematic way with the aim to promote and accelerate the...

Defence: UK up 44% in number of cybersecurity firms

Oct 8, 2020
Forces.net explains that new data shows the UK has averaged second place in the global defence exporter rankings on a rolling 10-year basis (2010-2019). That makes it the biggest in the world after the US. The data has been released by UK Defence and Security Exports and compiled in conjunction...