Tech Policy

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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Data, Tech Policy

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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Data, Tech Policy

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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Data, Tech Policy

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 – 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 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 […]

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Socitm Speech: Digital Nudge and the Peak Demand Problem in Public Services

30 Nov , 2015   Video

At the Socitm Annual Conference in November 2015, I presented my ideas on Digital Nudge and the Peak Demand Problem in Public services (read the blog here). Interested in how human behaviour is affected by computer screens? I highly recommend The Smarter Screen by Shlomo Benartzi. Find me on Twitter.

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Conservative Conference 2015 | Should cities have to be smart before they are given more powers?

5 Oct , 2015   Video

Video of Policy Exchange Technology Policy event at Conservative Party Conference, Monday 5th October, 11.30am – 12.30pm. Speakers: Lord Holmes of Richmond, Russell Haworth – Chief Executive, Nominet, Gavin Starks – CEO, Open Data Institute, Eddie Copeland – Head of Technology Policy, Policy Exchange, Jonn Elledge – Editor, CityMetric (Chair) Event Theme: The UK’s major […]

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People who liked Nudge also liked Digital Nudge

23 Sep , 2015  

Digital Nudge - Eddie Copeland

Different policy instruments can sometimes achieve more when combined than they can apart. This may be true of behavioural insights (“Nudge”) and digital government. The idea of using behavioural psychology techniques to influence citizens’ decision making is well known in policymaking circles. The concept was outlined by Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein in their 2009 […]

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Digital Nudge and the Peak Demand Problem of Public Services

12 Sep , 2015  

Digital Nudge Peak Demand

The Peak Demand Problem What do public services have in common with the world of energy production and smart meters? The answer may be of interest to government departments seeking to identify budget savings of 25-40% in response calls for £20 billion of Whitehall cuts by 2020. Let me explain. One of the major challenges […]

Data, Tech Policy

Has technology rendered open standards unnecessary?

3 Sep , 2015  

Has technology rendered open standards unnecessary

Interesting things happen when the price of a technology approaches zero. It makes possible new products and services, changes consumer behaviour and renders old problems and priorities obsolete. Take, for example, the plummeting cost of computer memory, which – combined with the internet and world wide web – has given us things like email, cloud […]


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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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