Data, Tech Policy

Has technology rendered open standards unnecessary?

3 Sep , 2015  

Has technology rendered open standards unnecessary

Interesting things happen when the price of a technology approaches zero. It makes possible new products and services, changes consumer behaviour and renders old problems and priorities obsolete. Take, for example, the plummeting cost of computer memory, which – combined with the internet and world wide web – has given us things like email, cloud […]

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Tech Policy

5 points of focus for the ‘next phase’ of GDS

27 Aug , 2015  

What future for GDS - Digital Government

As the dust settles following the announcement of several high-profile departures from the Government Digital Service (GDS) – not least of its Head, Mike Bracken – it’s worth taking a moment to reflect on what should come next. Matt Hancock, Minister for the Cabinet Office, has assured that GDS will remain in place, saying: “[W]e […]

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Tech Policy

What are the Policy Challenges of Driverless Cars?

19 Aug , 2015  

Eddie Copeland Driverless cars

It was Jeremy Clarkson who offered one of the most memorable cautionary notes about the future of driverless cars. To paraphrase Amazon’s new TV star, “You have to remember that however sophisticated driverless cars get, somewhere there’s a guy called Keith tinkering under the bonnet thinking he can fix it himself.” Whatever the risks presented […]

Tech Policy

The Future of Digital Government: What’s Worked? What’s Not? What’s Next?

3 Jul , 2015   Video

On Monday 29 June 2015, I chaired an event for Policy Exchange on the theme: ‘The Future of Digital Government: What’s worked? What’s not? What’s next?’. Panellists included: Head of the Government Digital Service, Mike Bracken; Members of Parliament Chi Onwurah and Matt Warman; Steven Cox, Executive Director Public Sector, Fujitsu UK&I; and Laura Citron, […]

Data, Tech Policy

If London wants to be a smart city it must first learn how to use data

12 Jun , 2015  

Eddie Copeland Big Data Big Apple

Here I explain the key messages behind my first report for the Capital City Foundation: Big Data in the Big Apple: The lessons London can learn from New York’s data-driven approach to smart cities. This article first appeared in Computer Weekly on 9 June. One thing baffles me about the UK’s approach to smart cities: […]

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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.

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