Tech Policy

What should digital government look like in the local government sector?

16 Jul , 2014  

What should digital government look like in local government sector - Eddie Copeland

Of the thirty-three recommendations in Policy Exchange’s recent Technology Manifesto, two have elicited the greatest reaction. One was our call for the UK to have the world’s highest rate of basic digital skills by 2020. The other was for the establishment of a Local GDS, an idea first outlined in detail by Richard Copley. Much […]


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Silicon Cities: what do the UK’s tech clusters need from Government?

2 Jun , 2014  

Silicon Cities - Eddie Copeland

This article first appeared on TechCityInsider on 29 May 2014. The British government has not been immune from admiring glances towards Silicon Valley, nor coy about its aspirations to emulate the region’s success. At a speech marking the launch of Google Campus in March 2012, George Osborne unequivocally stated his ambition for the UK technology […]

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Tech Policy

EU Right To Be Forgotten threatens innovation and the free and open Internet

13 May , 2014  

Google right to be forgotten - Eddie Copeland

The government has pushed hard to promote Britain as the best place in Europe to start a technology business. It has endorsed the many digital start-ups based in Tech City, and is keen to develop technology and digital industries around the UK. It is right to do so. The internet accounts for a greater percentage […]

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What role will technology play in parties’ manifestos for 2015?

9 May , 2014  

Digital Democracy - Eddie Copeland

What role will technology play in parties’ manifestos for 2015? That’s the question I’ll be putting to Nadhim Zahawi (Member of the No. 10 Policy Board), Chi Onwurah (Shadow Cabinet Office Minister) and Dr Julian Huppert (Member for Cambridge) at an event on 4th June at Google Campus. The answer matters: From education to healthcare, […]


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Why Government should aim for everyone to have at least basic digital skills by 2020

29 Apr , 2014  

Basic Digital Skills - Eddie Copeland

This article was first published by the Yorkshire Post. It has become something of a cliché to say that the internet has transformed the world. But that’s only because it’s true. Email, social media and apps are changing the way people communicate with friends, family and colleagues. New e-commerce models are creating businesses that five […]

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Digital Government: The gap between vision and reality

24 Apr , 2014  

Digital Government - Eddie Copeland

This blog was written for Open Forum Events‘ upcoming conference: Digital Public Services: Simpler. Quicker. More Engaging. Much has been promised about technology’s ability to radically transform government and public service delivery. Harnessing smart tech is meant to offer the chance to make government leaner, more responsive and more personalised to the needs of individual […]


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Why we need a more strategic approach to open data

23 Apr , 2014  

A strategic approach to open data - Eddie Copeland

As the world celebrates 25 years since Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s invention of the World Wide Web, two events have shown the potential of his other great passion – open data. On Sunday, I was a judge at Rewired State’s National Hack the Government weekend. On Thursday, I shared a panel to discuss open data in […]


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What’s wrong with Care.Data?

28 Feb , 2014 - Eddie Copeland

It’s been a tough few weeks for The roll out of the initiative – which aims to combine GP and hospital records in the national Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) databases – has been postponed for a second time for six months. Doctors have reported being confused about the respective demands of […]

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Tech Policy

Schools need all the support they can get to deliver the Computing curriculum

11 Dec , 2013  

computing in schools - Eddie Copeland

On 25 November I joined a group of teachers, industry leaders, academics and politicians in a Guardian roundtable discussion on the future of Computer Science teaching in schools. The aim was to look at the government’s ambitious agenda to have primary and secondary schools teaching Computer Science (ComSci) from September 2014, and to understand the […]


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UK tech start-ups are doing well. Now let’s help them become big businesses

13 Nov , 2013  

Growing tech companies - Eddie Copeland

It was pleasing to hear David Cameron use his Lord Mayor’s Banquet speech to reiterate the need to support UK start-ups. He cited progress in “opening up government procurement to start-ups, spending hundreds of millions to stimulate venture capital investment and getting behind technology clusters wherever they start to emerge”, all of which are to […]

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International Relations

Challenges faced by EU Citizenship policy

18 Apr , 2013  

EU flag

‘Citizenship of the Union is hereby established.  Every person holding the nationality of a Member State shall be a citizen of the Union.’ (Article 2, Treaty of Maastricht, 1992). It was with this short – and apparently simple – statement that Citizenship of the European Union (EU) was first formally established by the Treaty on […]