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Three reasons to welcome the Sharing Economy Review

Three reasons to welcome the Sharing Economy Review

Policy Exchange’s Head of Technology Policy Eddie Copeland and Technology Policy Research Fellow Cameron Scott examine the new Sharing Economy Review. They highlight three welcome themes that the Review picks up on that typically receive less attention: trust and identity, public sector benefits and digital/social inclusion.

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

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

Following the NHS’s plans to introduce a ‘kitemark’ for health apps, Eddie Copeland, Policy Exchange’s Head of Technology Policy, argues that the commitment to adopting a medically rigorous approach to health apps may help convince patients that technology and data are the friend and not the foe of better healthcare.

Are elected mayors enough to deliver the Northern Powerhouse?

Are elected mayors enough to deliver the Northern Powerhouse?

Following his appearance at the Northern Futures summit, Eddie Copeland, Policy Exchange’s Head of Technology Policy, asks whether elected mayors will be enough to revitalise the North’s cities by themselves. Eddie highlights three areas that will need to be addressed alongside mayors to bring about a Northern powerhouse: transport, cooperation and tax.

We need to talk about data

We need to talk about data

Eddie Copeland, Policy Exchange’s Head of Technology Policy, argues that politicians need to take action to build citizens’ trust in how public and private sector organisations use their data.

Why digital government has more to deliver

Why digital government has more to deliver

Eddie Copeland, Head of Policy Exchange’s Technology Policy Unit, sets out how a fragmentation of data within and between government departments, agencies and local authorities is hindering tech-powered public services from fulfilling its potential. For the real benefits of digital government to be achieved, open standards and common platforms across the public sector that allow data to be shared and analysed must be adopted.

Argentina is flirting with default – and the consequences could be far-reaching

Argentina is flirting with default – and the consequences could be far-reaching

Steve Hughes, Deputy Head of Policy Exchange’s Economic and Social Policy Unit, considers the potentially far-reaching consequences of a second Argentinian sovereign debt default. Steve argues that, as a result of the dispute, the precedent of enforcing equal treatment of creditors as interpreted by the US legal system may now have been set, which may also mean that the IMF has to take a different approach to debt restructuring in the future.

Can doctors prescribe apps instead of medicine?

Can doctors prescribe apps instead of medicine?

Sarah Fink, Policy Exchange’s Technology Policy Research Fellow, examines the potential for embedding digital tools in the NHS. The key to doing so, she argues, is to create an infrastructure beyond simple ratings and reviews that ensure parents, carers and doctors are given confidence in their effectiveness.

The boardroom debate needs to move beyond gender

The boardroom debate needs to move beyond gender

Emily Redding, Financial Policy Research Fellow at Policy Exchange, outlines the main arguments in her report, Board Rules: Improving Corporate Governance. Emily argues that the focus on making boards more gender representative has skewed the debate away from how we can get more people with a diversity of appropriate skills and experience onto boards.

What’s wrong with care.data?

What’s wrong with care.data?

Eddie Copeland, Policy Exchange’s Head of Digital Government, diagnoses the problems with care.data, the government’s attempt to combine GP and hospital records in a new central database. Eddie argues that the initiative is failing to make clear its benefits to individuals and suffers from a lack of trust.

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