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Wales begins digital innovation review



Emphasis on artificial intelligence and automation will include impact on public services

The Welsh Government has announced a review of digital innovation with an emphasis on artificial intelligence and automation.

It will be led by Professor Phil Brown, distinguished research professor at Cardiff University School of Social Sciences, and carried out as part of the Welsh Government’s Economic Action Plan, which was published in December.

The plan recognises the close relationship between automation, artificial intelligence and other forms of digitalisation and identifies how they could transform Wales’ public services, economy and structure of its labour market.

Economy Secretary Ken Skates (pictured) said: “As set out in our recently published Economic Action Plan I am determined to ensure that Wales is in the best possible position to respond to the fourth industrial age and the next phase of digital and data innovation.

“This review will help us ensure we have the evidence base to future proof the skills of our workforce here in Wales but also go beyond that and effectively support new employment opportunities and drive grassroots innovation within businesses and our wider public services.”

The review team will work closely with the Welsh Government’s Digital Group being led by Leader of the House Julie James, examining the opportunities of big data as well as the digital opportunities in public service delivery.

Terms of reference for the review will be published in the coming weeks. An interim report is expected later this year and a final report in the first quarter of 2019.

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