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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

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 – to average citizen – is at best […]


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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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Three things the next government must do with tech & data

8 Jan , 2015  

3 asks for digital government - Eddie Copeland

Just days into the New Year and the starting gun for campaigning for the next election has already been fired. While the outcome in May is still far from certain, one thing seems sure: the economy and the future of public services will be at the heart of debate. As the parties slug it out […]

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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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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 […]