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Is it time to ditch Digital Government?

Is it time to ditch Digital Government?

Eddie Copeland, Policy Exchange’s Head of Technology Policy, responds to Nesta’s Stian Westlake’s blog calling for innovation policymakers ‘to be less boring’. Eddie argues that using the term ‘digital government’ creates the perception that digital government policies are somewhat removed from the rest of the public service reform agenda.

Not in the data business? Expect to be out of business within a decade

Not in the data business? Expect to be out of business within a decade

Eddie Copeland, Head of Policy Exchange’s Technology Policy Unit, argues that all companies are going to have to become – in part – data companies if they are to survive. If the government is keen on the future success of the economy, Eddie says, they will need to start shouting louder about the need to beef up the data aspects of business.

Where should government start with Big Data?

Where should government start with Big Data?

Eddie Copeland, Head of Policy Exchange’s Technology Policy Unit, argues that, when it comes to Big Data, it’s not the technique that matters, nor the process, but the outcome. Eddie looks at the changes that government will need to make to take full advantage of Big Data and deliver tangible outcomes that really matter.

Three things the next government must do with tech & data

Three things the next government must do with tech & data

Eddie Copeland, Head of Policy Exchange’s Technology Policy Unit, explores how smarter use of technology and data could help public sector organisations deliver front-line services in the face of further funding cuts after the next election. Eddie sets out how, though the main three political parties are all taking greater interest in digitally-enabled reform, digital government remains a niche interest.

Are there votes in digital policy?

Are there votes in digital policy?

Eddie Copeland, Policy Exchange’s Head of Technology Policy sets out how the need for greater efficiency and to “catch up” with public expectations of service has seen a sharp rise in interest in using technology to transform the public sector. Eddie reviews where each of the political parties stand on digital government, and argues that whatever the shape of the next government, technology offers a genuine means to deliver more and better with less.

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.

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RT @DomWalsh13 Good @lizzzburden piece, ft a quote from my @Policy_Exchange colleague Stephen Booth on the value of EU rollovers: “In a world where there’s increasing economic nationalism, the value of locking in existing market access shouldn’t be taken for granted.” telegraph.co.uk/busi…