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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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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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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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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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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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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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, […]

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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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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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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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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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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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