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New Year, new start: the changes that I’m pledging to my digital footprint

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Climate change and sustainability are increasingly becoming part of our everyday conversation. However, what doesn’t get discussed much, is our use of technology and the impacts that they have on the world around us. So what can we do as individuals to help make a difference?

Content design and artificial intelligence: friends or enemies?

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You’ve probably heard the scare stories about automation cutting swathes through traditional employment. Artificial intelligence (AI) can now even write news reports – so could content designers who create clear, easy to use information on GOV.UK also find themselves redundant? 

Flood warning finds its voice

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The Environment Agency and Natural Resources Wales are responsible for providing flood warning information to people at risk of flooding in England and Wales. One of the main ways we do this is by sending free automated voice calls. We’ve recently improved this part of the service by switching to Amazon Polly.

First authority in UK to partner with Google Public Alerts

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Over the past year the Environment Agency’s Flood Information Service has been working with Google and their Google Public Alerts system, to create an enhanced flood information platform. We can now proudly say that we are the first UK authority to push flood warnings through Google’s online notification platform.

Nominated to be a Flood and Coast 2019 ‘Digital Dragon’: there’s an honour

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I’m looking forward to being with dragons - no sadly nothing to do with Game of Thrones - but instead, taking part in the Flood and Coast 2019 ‘Digital Dragons' competition. Something of an honour and a privilege I have to say.