Data, Government Innovation, Tech Policy

New technologies require a new mindset. Are public sector leaders ready?

25 Oct , 2018  

Rubix cube

This article first appeared in the The Times Raconteur Public Sector Technology Report. Being a public sector leader has never been an easy brief. But the last decade has surely tested even the toughest in the industry. With spiralling demand for services, rising expectations and significantly diminished budgets, leaders have faced a constant battle to […]

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Data, Idea on a Page, Tech Policy

10 Questions to ask when using AI in public sector algorithmic decision making

18 Sep , 2018  

IOAP - Questions to ask when using AI in public sector algorithmic decision making - Eddie Copeland

I’ve previously posted ideas for what might feature in a code of standards on this subject. Based on lots of your feedback, I turned that code into 20 questions, which I hoped might be more helpful to practitioners. I’ve previously blogged on why I think it’s necessary to ask any new questions at all. But I should have realised that […]

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Data, Idea on a Page

Can I address this problem / answer this question with data?

9 Sep , 2018  

IOAP - Can I address this problem with data - Eddie Copeland

Each week I publish a diagram, chart or list to explain an idea or concept as simply as possible. I call this series “Idea on a Page”. You can see the latest Idea on a Page and view the back catalogue here. The diagram below highlights four steps that I’ve found it useful to cycle through when […]

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Data

Why data sharing is hard and how to make it easier

2 Sep , 2018  

IOAP - Why data sharing is hard and how to make it easier - Eddie Copeland

Each week I publish a diagram, chart or list to explain an idea or concept as simply as possible. I call this series “Idea on a Page”. You can see the latest Idea on a Page and view the back catalogue here. The diagram below focuses on some of the most common barriers that prevent public sector […]

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Data

Public sector data analytics in four steps

27 May , 2018  

Four statements for data project - ODA Method

Nesta has recently completed the first draft of a Guide to Public Sector Data Analytics. Below is an extract of some of its content. I am indebted to my former colleagues Hilary Simpson and Nevena Dragicevic, whose ideas and wording have significantly informed this article. Public Sector Data Analytics in Four Steps Public sector organisations […]

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Data

From analytics to AI: Where next for government use of data?

29 Mar , 2018  

Datafest

The following article is based on a speech I gave on 22 March 2018 at the DataFest Summit in Edinburgh. For the last five years I’ve been talking to anyone who’d listen about the benefits of public sector organisations making smarter use of their own data. I emphasise the ‘of their own’ part, because the […]

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Data, Tech Policy

10 principles for public sector use of algorithmic decision making

21 Feb , 2018  

Public sector use of AI

The rise of government AI A growing number of governments and public sector organisations are adopting artificial intelligence tools and techniques to assist with their activities. This ranges from traffic light management systems that speed emergency crews through congested city streets, to chatbots that intelligently answer queries on government websites. The application of AI that seems likely to cause […]

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Data, Tech Policy

InformationDaily.TV working lunch interview on smart cities and IoT

20 Feb , 2018  

Eddie Copeland CLGTV

On 20th February I look part in this interview with InformationDaily.TV’s Connected Local Government Working Lunch programme. I was joined by Andy Bates of the Global Cyber Alliance in talking to Joe Tibbetts about smart places and IoT. Find me on Twitter

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Data, Tech Policy

Does the UK need a cohesive smart city strategy?

20 Dec , 2017  

Glasgow

This article was written for, and first appeared in, Public Sector Executive. For years the UK has had a slightly dysfunctional relationship with the term ‘smart city’. Much has been promised about how new technologies will positively transform our urban spaces. Becoming ‘smarter’ seems like an inherently good thing for cities to aspire to. But […]

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Data, Videos

Harnessing Data for Public Sector Innovation

22 Oct , 2017  

Eddie Copeland speaking to European Council of the Regions

On Friday 1 September 2017, I gave a speech on harnessing data for public sector innovation at the 177th meeting of the Bureau of the European Committee of the Regions, in Tallinn, Estonia. In this talk, I use the case study of the London Office of Data Analytics pilot to explain some of the lessons […]

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Data, Tech Policy

Central government: give councils a fighting chance to innovate

13 Aug , 2017  

Experimentation

In a recent podcast interview, former No. 10 adviser, Steve Hilton, lamented that David Cameron never delivered a speech laying out to the public the need for experimentation in policy, and to accept that some initiatives might fail. I agree with Hilton’s sentiment: we need precisely that conversation. Politics and policymaking cannot and must not […]

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