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Alan Turing Institute secures £3m grant from Gates Foundation

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British AI and data science research group the Alan Turing Institute has received a renewed grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The Alan Turing Institute secured the grant of $4m (£3.1m), to be delivered over the next three years, to fund a project aiming to help countries “address requirements needed to achieve secure, private, and trustworthy digital public infrastructure”, with a focus on digital ID.

The project will look at the risks facing digital infrastructure systems, how to develop trust mechanisms to allow the use of digital ID in cross-border trade, how to improve methods of securely sharing data, how to increase skills to assess the trustworthiness of ID systems and how countries can be supported in understanding cyber risks.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has previously worked with the Alan Turing Institute in this area, having invested $5.1m over the past four years.

“We are excited to continue to work with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to deliver trustworthy digital infrastructure that can support the delivery of tangible benefit across the world, but especially to those in low- and middle-income countries that need it most,” said project co-lead Prof Carsten Maple.

Fellow co-lead Prof Jon Crowcroft said: “In the past four years, we have come to share our understanding of trustworthiness in many dimensions of digital identity. In the next phase of our work, over the course of the next three years, we shall extend this understanding to digital infrastructures in general, and to digital public infrastructures in particular.”

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