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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Tech Policy

Interview: The cloud and digital government

22 Jan , 2018  

cloud-talk

On 22 January 2018 I was interviewed by Russell Poole (RP), Managing Director of Equinix UK, about the role cloud computing may play in government innovation. The interview first appeared on the Equinix Blog. RP: What has been the challenge for public sector organisations when it comes to cloud adoption? EC: The era of austerity […]

Data, Tech Policy

How do organisations innovate?

5 Jul , 2017  

How to Innovate

On 5 July 2017 I gave the following informal talk to the UK energy regulator, Ofgem, on the subject “How to Innovate”. I used the session to share some of the thinking that Nesta applies when helping organisations to bring great ideas to life. The talk explores how organisations can approach making smarter use of […]

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Tech Policy

Why government innovation starts with people, not technology

25 Jun , 2017  

Government Innovation Smarter use of People

When it comes to Nesta’s work on government innovation, one of the core challenges that occupies our thoughts is how to help governments and the wider public sector respond to rising demand for services in the face of ever tighter budgets. We tend to think about potential solutions in terms of three core approaches: making […]

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Data, Videos

5 Lessons from piloting the London Office of Data Analytics

29 May , 2017   Video

Eddie Copeland Public Speaker

On 25 May 2017 I gave this keynote at the Strata Data Conference at London’s ExCel centre, to share lessons from the London Office of Data Analytics (LODA) pilot. The video above (and on YouTube) shows the first five minutes of the presentation. To view the full speech, you can sign up for a free […]

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Tech Policy

The UK Digital Strategy: big ambitions, small details

13 Apr , 2017  

What next for government policy on tech - Eddie Copeland

On 1st March the Government finally published its much-anticipated UK Digital Strategy. Its aim is to “create a world-leading digital economy that works for everyone”. That’s ambitious stuff. What should we make of its provisions for the public sector? On digital government, there are some noticeable and pleasing changes in language that address some of […]

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Tech Policy

Busting the hype cycle: 5 questions to ask about any new technology

27 Mar , 2017  

Wooden Robot

Anyone who has anything to do with the world of technology will be familiar with the hype cycle – first developed by Gartner. A new technology emerges. Experts tout it as the solution to all problems. Commentators buy into the excitement and echo it until it becomes common wisdom. It fails to meet those inflated […]

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Tech Policy

Government as a Platform – technology, data or business model?

29 Sep , 2016  

Government as Lego

What exactly is Government as a Platform (GaaP) and does it have a future? This was the topic I was asked to address during a speech at the Oxford Internet Institute’s Platform Society conference on 22 September 2016. In my talk, which you can listen to via SoundCloud, I argue that the term might be […]

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Data, Tech Policy

3 Steps to Save Local Digital Government

22 Mar , 2016  

Local Digital Government

We’ve cracked the easy stuff – now for the hard part… It was a graph that first provoked my interest in local government digital reform. Flicking through the pages of an LGA report on council funding, it suddenly appeared: two lines – one showing funding, the other expenditure – starting together in 2010 and quickly […]

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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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