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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  

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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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London Office of Data Analytics pilot – now for the hard part

3 Feb , 2017  

London Office of Data Analytics

For the past few months, Nesta has been working with the GLA, more than a dozen London boroughs, and data science specialists the ASI to develop an algorithm that predicts which of London’s many thousands of properties are unlicensed HMOs – “Houses in Multiple Occupation”. I outlined the rationale for the project in this interview […]

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Blockchain could power a personal data revolution

15 Dec , 2016  

Blockchain and personal data

Though millions have benefitted from the rise of internet giants like Amazon, Facebook and Google, there is growing unease at the way they – and many companies like them – require or encourage users to give up significant control of their personal information in exchange for services. 2017 will be the year when the blockchain-based […]

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Predictive analytics for the local government sector – Socitm Annual Conference

3 Dec , 2016   Video

In October 2016 I chaired the two day Socitm Annual Conference in Milton Keynes. On day two of the conference, I outlined my views on the role of predictive analytics for the local government sector in the speech shown in this video.

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Working for a Think Tank: how to get a job, be effective and influence policy

14 Oct , 2016  

working for a think tank - book cover

It was late June 2013 and I was in a state of complete panic. Having left a secure and well-paid job in fundraising the previous year, I’d been working on my own start-up business that aimed to build web and data products to help commuters. But having gone through different iterations of various ideas, including […]

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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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UK Offices of Data Analytics – from rhetoric to reality

12 Jun , 2016  

Eddie Copeland Offices of Data Analytics

If you’ve heard me speak at a conference or read one of my blogs, you’ve probably gathered that I’m a big admirer of New York City’s Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics (MODA). At times I may have sounded like a broken record. In my defence, there are good reasons to be excited about the model […]

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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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10 Recommendations for the UK Digital Strategy

10 Jan , 2016  

UK Digital Strategy - Eddie Copeland

In response to the Government’s request for ideas for the UK’s Digital Strategy, I offer the following recommendations for Section 2 – Transforming Government. Data Public sector digital transformation fundamentally depends on making smarter use of data. Therefore: 1 – Data.gov.uk should be converted into a data marketplace where different creators and consumers of data […]

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What to expect from public sector digital transformation in 2016

11 Dec , 2015  

Eddie Copeland Digital Transformation in 2016

A version of this article first appeared on PublicTechnology.net. The arrival of December inevitably prompts reflections on the past year and predictions for the next. So what can be said of the world of public sector digital transformation? Several key developments that took place in 2015 point to what might be expected in 2016. Death […]