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 […]

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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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Does the UK need a cohesive smart city strategy?

20 Dec , 2017  

Glasgow

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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Central government: give councils a fighting chance to innovate

13 Aug , 2017  

Experimentation

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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Eight ideas for tackling peak demand in public services

28 Jul , 2017  

Electricity Pylons

The peak demand problem How can government and public sector organisations operate with fewer resources and at lower cost while maintaining the same level of service?  Inspiration for one potential answer comes from the world of electricity production.  One of the major challenges for power generation is that demand for electricity is not steady. Instead […]

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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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What’s the future of personal data on the internet?

24 May , 2017  

Future of Personal Data

On 23 May 2017 I took part in this BBC Click Radio episode to talk about Nesta’s participation in a European Commission funded programme called Decode. The aim of Decode is to put individuals in control of whether they keep their personal data private or share it for the public good. The Project Coordinator Francesca […]

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