Tech Policy

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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What are the Policy Challenges of Driverless Cars?

19 Aug , 2015  

Eddie Copeland Driverless cars

It was Jeremy Clarkson who offered one of the most memorable cautionary notes about the future of driverless cars. To paraphrase Amazon’s new TV star, “You have to remember that however sophisticated driverless cars get, somewhere there’s a guy called Keith tinkering under the bonnet thinking he can fix it himself.” Whatever the risks presented […]

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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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If London wants to be a smart city it must first learn how to use data

12 Jun , 2015  

Eddie Copeland Big Data Big Apple

Here I explain the key messages behind my first report for the Capital City Foundation: Big Data in the Big Apple: The lessons London can learn from New York’s data-driven approach to smart cities. This article first appeared in Computer Weekly on 9 June. One thing baffles me about the UK’s approach to smart cities: […]

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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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Tech Policy

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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Lessons from a failed entrepreneur: How to build a tech cluster

2 Apr , 2015  

London Digital Economy - Eddie Copeland

The following text is taken from my speech to the Policy Forum for London on 2 April 2015. Hi, my name’s Eddie and I’m a failed entrepreneur. If your business fails in the USA I’m told it’s a badge of honour; it’s that mark of credibility that may even help get you funding for your […]

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We’re asking the wrong questions about Smart Cities

26 Mar , 2015  

Smart cities fallacy - Eddie Copeland

Smart phones. Smart watches. Smart homes. Smart grids. Prefix almost any noun with ‘smart’ and you have yourself a technological revolution. If you believe the hype, almost any problem can be solved or situation made better if only the device is smart enough. Adopting the same language to talk about ‘smart cities’ leads to unintended […]

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Tech Policy

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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Tech Policy

Where should government start with Big Data?

13 Jan , 2015  

Big Data Government - Eddie Copeland

The following article is based on a presentation I gave at London City Hall for WANdisco’s Big Data Breakfast on 13 January 2015. Where a complaint comes from. The value of the property. The building’s square footage. The age of the building. The timeliness of its tax records. Whether its utility bills are in arrears. […]

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