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Why Government should aim for everyone to have at least basic digital skills by 2020

29 Apr , 2014  

Basic Digital Skills - Eddie Copeland

This article was first published by the Yorkshire Post. It has become something of a cliché to say that the internet has transformed the world. But that’s only because it’s true. Email, social media and apps are changing the way people communicate with friends, family and colleagues. New e-commerce models are creating businesses that five […]

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Digital Government: The gap between vision and reality

24 Apr , 2014  

Digital Government - Eddie Copeland

This blog was written for Open Forum Events‘ upcoming conference: Digital Public Services: Simpler. Quicker. More Engaging. Much has been promised about technology’s ability to radically transform government and public service delivery. Harnessing smart tech is meant to offer the chance to make government leaner, more responsive and more personalised to the needs of individual […]

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Why we need a more strategic approach to open data

23 Apr , 2014  

A strategic approach to open data - Eddie Copeland

As the world celebrates 25 years since Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s invention of the World Wide Web, two events have shown the potential of his other great passion – open data. On Sunday, I was a judge at Rewired State’s National Hack the Government weekend. On Thursday, I shared a panel to discuss open data in […]

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What’s wrong with Care.Data?

28 Feb , 2014  

care.data - Eddie Copeland

It’s been a tough few weeks for care.data. The roll out of the initiative – which aims to combine GP and hospital records in the national Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) databases – has been postponed for a second time for six months. Doctors have reported being confused about the respective demands of […]

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Schools need all the support they can get to deliver the Computing curriculum

11 Dec , 2013  

computing in schools - Eddie Copeland

On 25 November I joined a group of teachers, industry leaders, academics and politicians in a Guardian roundtable discussion on the future of Computer Science teaching in schools. The aim was to look at the government’s ambitious agenda to have primary and secondary schools teaching Computer Science (ComSci) from September 2014, and to understand the […]

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UK tech start-ups are doing well. Now let’s help them become big businesses

13 Nov , 2013  

Growing tech companies - Eddie Copeland

It was pleasing to hear David Cameron use his Lord Mayor’s Banquet speech to reiterate the need to support UK start-ups. He cited progress in “opening up government procurement to start-ups, spending hundreds of millions to stimulate venture capital investment and getting behind technology clusters wherever they start to emerge”, all of which are to […]

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