Giva Blog Categories : Technology

Giva Salutes: Charity IT Association (CITA), Addressing Nonprofits’ Technical Needs

Charity IT Association (CITA)

In our digital world, it is almost impossible for an organisation to flourish without the proper technology. One licenced charity's focus is making sure the rest of the United Kingdom's charities are smoothly ushered into the modern era. The Charity IT Association (CITA) was launched in early 2015 in response to the growing issue of nonprofits' inefficient digital resources to organise their communication and market their mission. CITA matches a charity in need of advice and support with an independent and experienced volunteer in the information technology field.

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The Baby Monitor Spy: How the Internet of Things (IOT) is Often Unsecure

Internet of Things (IOT) & Security

In 2013, a cyber attacker hijacked a baby monitor to spy on a 2-year-old Texas girl, broadcasting obscenities at the young child, swiveling the camera to watch her flabbergasted parents as they entered and then to insult them as well. Fortunately for the young girl, she slept through the entire incident, but this brings into question the security of the Internet of Things.

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Upcoming CIO Events in the UK for 2017

2017 UK CIO Events

In an effort to assist our UK CIO clients, Giva has compiled a listing of upcoming 2017 conferences and summits. We hope this will be helpful to you!

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Employee Uncertainty Looming for Tech Startups After Brexit

UK Tech Startups, Brexit & People

In the wake of Brexit, the tech industry suffered a significant blow. As a member of the EU, the UK tech world had a resource pool of 500 million citizens. This incredible asset to startups was taken away overnight, and now Britain's ability to keep up with the Goliath that is Silicon Valley has been seemingly diminished.

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New Bio Plant Will Revolutionise UK Household Waste Treatment

REnescience & DONG Energy

Recycling benefits the climate by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and it conserves natural resources such as timber, water and minerals. Yet in 2014, only 44.9% of household waste was recycled, and fell to 44.3% in 2015. Traditional waste handling systems are inefficient, relying on households to sort waste into different bins that are transported to separate locations. The waste cannot be completely separated either.

For instance, paper containers are typically made of a paper exterior, a foil interior, a plastic screw cap, and remnants of whatever substance was inside the containers. At best, households can screw off the plastic cap for recycling and empty the container as much as possible. They cannot separate the paper from the foil.

But with DONG Energy's REnescience technology, enzymes separate waste so that the materials can be recycled. Leftovers and paper are turn into biogas, plastic is re-purposed for new plastic goods, and foil is burned in a waste incinerator to generate energy.

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The Importance of Modernising Business Systems

Modernising Business Systems & Software

Software is the founding pillar of modern day business success. Every company is a tech company, or is implementing technology into their business in order to stay relevant in a world that moves so quickly.

As more and more companies are relying on technology, and most of them relying on cloud services, data security is a critical issue that must be addressed in any business plan. No system is perfect, and IT systems are prone to outages.

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IT Implications of the Brexit Outcome

IT & Brexit

In a historic referendum on 23 June 2016, Britons voted in favour of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union (EU). The so-called Brexit promises independence, sovereignty, and flexibility in making decisions for the nation. It has been causing waves across the globe.

The historic decision has many economic, financial, and sociopolitical ramifications, but what is the potential impact on the tech industry and IT?"

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Cloud Computing on the Rise

Cloud Computing Software as a Service Technologies

Worth approximately £6 billion, the cloud-computing industry is gaining traction in an increasing number of UK-based organisations. Some 84% of UK organisations currently use cloud services as part of their IT strategy, which represents a near doubling of the 48% adoption rate in 2010.

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