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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Data, Idea on a Page, Tech Policy

10 Questions to ask when using AI in public sector algorithmic decision making

18 Sep , 2018  

IOAP - Questions to ask when using AI in public sector algorithmic decision making - Eddie Copeland

I’ve previously posted ideas for what might feature in a code of standards on this subject. Based on lots of your feedback, I turned that code into 20 questions, which I hoped might be more helpful to practitioners. I’ve previously blogged on why I think it’s necessary to ask any new questions at all. But I should have realised that […]

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Tech Policy

10 Big Lessons on Government Innovation

10 Apr , 2018  

Government Innovation Lessons

Last week I spent some time reflecting on the lessons I feel I’ve learned from my Nesta colleagues, and from observing our activities in the field of government innovation. Below are ten that stand out to me. Which of them resonate with you? What would be on your list of lessons for governments and the […]


Data, Tech Policy

10 principles for public sector use of algorithmic decision making

21 Feb , 2018  

Public sector use of AI

The rise of government AI A growing number of governments and public sector organisations are adopting artificial intelligence tools and techniques to assist with their activities. This ranges from traffic light management systems that speed emergency crews through congested city streets, to chatbots that intelligently answer queries on government websites. The application of AI that seems likely to cause […]


Data, Tech Policy

InformationDaily.TV working lunch interview on smart cities and IoT

20 Feb , 2018  

Eddie Copeland CLGTV

On 20th February I look part in this interview with InformationDaily.TV’s Connected Local Government Working Lunch programme. I was joined by Andy Bates of the Global Cyber Alliance in talking to Joe Tibbetts about smart places and IoT. Find me on Twitter

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Tech Policy

Interview: The cloud and digital government

22 Jan , 2018  


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

Does the UK need a cohesive smart city strategy?

20 Dec , 2017  


This article was written for, and first appeared in, Public Sector Executive. For years the UK has had a slightly dysfunctional relationship with the term ‘smart city’. Much has been promised about how new technologies will positively transform our urban spaces. Becoming ‘smarter’ seems like an inherently good thing for cities to aspire to. But […]

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Tech Policy

How councils can develop a mindset for data

9 Sep , 2017  

Mindset for data

The following short article was written for the Local Government Chronicle. In recent years, a growing number of councils have been experimenting with using data to improve their services and decision making. What do we know about what it takes to succeed? Many other articles cover the mechanics of using data. Here, I want to […]

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Data, Tech Policy

Central government: give councils a fighting chance to innovate

13 Aug , 2017  


In a recent podcast interview, former No. 10 adviser, Steve Hilton, lamented that David Cameron never delivered a speech laying out to the public the need for experimentation in policy, and to accept that some initiatives might fail. I agree with Hilton’s sentiment: we need precisely that conversation. Politics and policymaking cannot and must not […]

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