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Why analogue still matters

It appears to be one of the best kept technology secrets in Scotland. In a town on the west coast, engineers are building a new internet. It promises “freedom of expression, control of personal data, private and secure communications, and a whole new economy”. Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide

Web, is an admirer, has met the man behind it, and believes it can co-exist with his own attempt to wrest control of the existing internet from big corporations and governments. Tere are some in Scotland’s tech community

who know of David Irvine and his colleagues, who are creating the SAFE Network. But mention this to people who you think ought to know something ground-breaking is happening here and there is a surprising ignorance. David is speaking at FutureScot’s annual conference, Digital Scotland in Glasgow on 30 May (see p7).


4 Digital Cities&Regions 5 Turing’s tartanmakeover 7 Building the newinternet 8 Interviewwith Linnar Viik 10 SQA and Cyber Scotland 12 Keeping pacewith tech 13 Backing forHIE digital 15 DataDriven Innovation 16 Critical take on the Tay 18 Cover story: Joe Tree 20 Data science and cancer 22 Business views on Brexit 23 Delivering on digital 24 Looking ahead to 2050 25 Registers of Scotland 27 Scottish Futures Trust 29 CSIC on BIMe-learning 30 LeicaGeosystems 32 Tribunal’s network ruling 33 LawSociety of Scotland 34 Comment: AlistairHann

Our interview is with Linnar Viik, the co-founder

of the e-Governance Academy in Tallinn, Estonia. Linnar, who is also speaking at Digital Scotland next month, articulates a refreshing counter argument to the widely-held belief that for countries to achieve digital transformation of public services they should copy those who have achieved that goal. For example, Estonia. As has been said,

e-government fan boys enthuse over Estonia’s digital transformation. Yet, Linnar believes: “Successful implementation of a digital solution depends on a lot on factors which are analogue not digital; that is, cultural, social, economic, regulatory, and institutional” (see p8). Another must read, our cover story; Joe Tree’s

candid account of building a global platform from Scotland, only to see it fall into liquidation. “I discovered the striking parallels between a startup failing and a close relative dying,” he writes (see p18).


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EVENTS “Too often we see

governments blindly copy from each other…we are preaching diversity” Linnar Viik

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