Music & Theatre, Videos

Siren Song – Guitar Instrumental

16 May , 2015   Video

Here’s a guitar instrumental I wrote about four years ago called Siren Song – finally got around to recording it. Played on my Rees custom guitar going through a Boss GT-8 pedal straight into the desk. Recorded 16 May 2015.

Tech Policy

What if public services could be more like Amazon’s?

14 May , 2015  

personalised public services - Eddie Copeland

For all the advances we have seen during the course of the last parliament in the development of better online transactions, they are not ‘user-centric’ but ‘users-centric’ (plural). They are designed so that anyone, anywhere will find them simple, quick and intuitive. This is huge progress, and a step change from how government operated in […]

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Data

Why some local authorities are missing the point of open data

13 May , 2015  

Why some local authorities are missing the point of open data

This article first appeared on Computer Weekly on 12 May 2015. Dan Hubert was driving into London’s West End to see a show. He circled the roads around the theatre trying to find a parking space. The only one available was on a single yellow line. He looked for a sign showing whether the bay […]

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Tech Policy

What does the election result mean for tech policy?

11 May , 2015  

What next for government policy on tech - Eddie Copeland

For months it was expected that the 2015 general election would be followed by days or even weeks of political uncertainty as parties vied to form a new coalition. Instead – and to the surprise of almost everyone – the outcome was clear. What might be the implications for tech policy? Hello and Goodbye First, […]

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Data, Tech Policy

The role of Data sharing in Public Sector reform: Speech to Socitm Spring Conference 2015

5 May , 2015   Video

This video shows a speech I gave on 3 April at Dexter House, London, for the Socitm Spring Conference 2015. The theme of the talk was the role of data sharing in public sector reform. Much of the content of this speech was based on a report I wrote for Policy Exchange: Small Pieces Loosely […]

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Music & Theatre, Videos

Licensing a musical

3 Apr , 2015   Video

After a two year pause since the show appeared in London, I’m excited to be working towards making Henry VIII The Musical available for licensing from September 2015. The full score, scripts, sound track and backing tracks will be downloadable.

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Tech Policy

Lessons from a failed entrepreneur: How to build a tech cluster

2 Apr , 2015  

London Digital Economy - Eddie Copeland

The following text is taken from my speech to the Policy Forum for London on 2 April 2015. Hi, my name’s Eddie and I’m a failed entrepreneur. If your business fails in the USA I’m told it’s a badge of honour; it’s that mark of credibility that may even help get you funding for your […]

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Tech Policy

We’re asking the wrong questions about Smart Cities

26 Mar , 2015  

Smart cities fallacy - Eddie Copeland

Smart phones. Smart watches. Smart homes. Smart grids. Prefix almost any noun with ‘smart’ and you have yourself a technological revolution. If you believe the hype, almost any problem can be solved or situation made better if only the device is smart enough. Adopting the same language to talk about ‘smart cities’ leads to unintended […]

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Tech Policy

Is it time to ditch Digital Government?

12 Mar , 2015  

Let's ditch digital government - Eddie Copeland

This blog first appeared on Policy Exchange’s PolicyBytes. Stian Westlake, Executive Director of Policy and Research at Nesta, recently posted a blog calling for innovation policymakers ‘to be less boring’. The main thrust of his argument was that innovation policy is littered with technocratic jargon and consultant-speak (looking for a ‘Technology Strategy Board’, anyone?) that […]

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Data

Not in the data business? Expect to be out of business within a decade

27 Feb , 2015  

All businesses are data businesses - Eddie Copeland

The Economist recently ran an article entitled ‘Upsetting the Apple car‘. It argued that, contrary to common Silicon Valley wisdom, it will be automotive manufacturers, not tech companies like Google and Apple that will build the car of the future. It pointed out that car makers, from Ford to Nissan, are constant innovators themselves, are […]

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Data, Tech Policy

How smarter use of tech & data can reform local government

26 Jan , 2015  

Small Pieces Loosely Joined - Eddie Copeland

This article is an overview of the key recommendations from my report for Policy Exchange: ‘Small Pieces Loosely Joined: How smarter use of technology and data can deliver real reform of local government.’ Read the full report: Web version / PDF version. The era of austerity has had a major impact on the UK’s public […]

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