Tech Policy

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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Is it time to ditch Digital Government?

12 Mar , 2015  

Let's ditch digital government - Eddie Copeland

This blog first appeared on Policy Exchange’s PolicyBytes. 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 […]


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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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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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Three things the next government must do with tech & data

8 Jan , 2015  

3 asks for digital government - Eddie Copeland

This blog first appeared on Policy Exchange’s PolicyBytes. Just days into the New Year and the starting gun for campaigning for the next election has already been fired. While the outcome in May is still far from certain, one thing seems sure: the economy and the future of public services will be at the heart […]

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How to promote social mobility in the Internet age

4 Jan , 2015  

Social Mobility in Internet age - Eddie Copeland

This article was written for the APPG on Inclusive Growth. The conventional wisdom goes that thanks to the internet, opportunities that were once the preserve of the privileged few are now open to all. Education is no longer about who can afford to go to the best schools when everything from Codecademy to Harvard and […]


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The Policy Challenges for Building Smart Cities in the UK

1 Dec , 2014  

Smart Cities UK policy challenges - Eddie Copeland

This blog first appeared on Policy Exchange’s PolicyBytes. Technology has already transformed much of our daily lives. But it has yet to have more than a peripheral effect on public services. That may be about to change. It’s apparent that smart cities have the potential to revolutionise the way that urban environments function. From reducing […]


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Three reasons to welcome the Sharing Economy Review

27 Nov , 2014  

Sharing Economy Review - Eddie Copeland

This blog first appeared on Policy Exchange’s PolicyBytes and was co-authored by Cameron Scott Just eight weeks after the government announced the launch of a review into the sharing economy, the project’s findings have been published in a report: Unlocking the Sharing Economy. Led by Debbie Wosskow, CEO of Love Home Swap, the review was […]

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Tech Policy

Are there votes in digital policy?

17 Nov , 2014  

Are there votes in digital policy - Eddie Copeland

Recent years have witnessed a sharp rise in interest from all three main political parties in using technology to transform the way public services are delivered. This has been driven by two main factors. The first is the pressing need for greater efficiency. Right across the public sector budgets have been frozen or cut. Technology […]

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Why an NHS Kitemark for health apps is good for doctors and patients

14 Nov , 2014  

NHS Kitemark - Eddie Copeland

This blog first appeared on Policy Exchange’s PolicyBytes. This week an NHS kitemark for health-related smartphone apps was announced as one of several new technology initiatives being supported by NHS chiefs in England. Policy Exchange welcomes the move, which is expected to increase doctors’ confidence in prescribing apps as a powerful addition to other forms […]


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Are elected mayors enough to deliver the Northern Powerhouse?

7 Nov , 2014  

Northern Powerhouse - Eddie Copeland

This blog first appeared on Policy Exchange’s PolicyBytes. Plans to create a ‘Northern Powerhouse’ took a significant step forward this week with the announcement that Greater Manchester will gain its own directly elected mayor from 2017. The government has made the introduction of the position a condition of devolving significant powers and budgetary responsibility to […]

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Politicians must stop pretending that more money alone can save the NHS

13 Oct , 2014  

Digital NHS - Eddie Copeland

This blog first appeared on Policy Exchange’s PolicyBytes. One disheartening aspect of this year’s Party conferences was that the main policy debate over the future of healthcare focused on which party would throw more money at the NHS. Other ideas about ways to improve Britain’s creaking health care system seemed thin on the ground. The […]