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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.

The Year of Code may have got off to a bumpy start but the new focus on computer skills is both very welcome and essential

The Year of Code may have got off to a bumpy start but the new focus on computer skills is both very welcome and essential

With 2014 being the government’s ‘Year of Code’ Sarah Fink, Policy Exchange’s Digital Government Research Fellow, looks at the steps being taken by the government to improve computer science teaching in schools. Sarah welcome the new emphasis on computer science teaching, but emphasises the need for the curriculum to keep pace with the rate of technological change and for the curriculum to be about more than just programming.

It should be compulsory for people to save for later life, if we’re to defuse the pensions timebomb

It should be compulsory for people to save for later life, if we’re to defuse the pensions timebomb

James Barty, Policy Exchange’s Senior Consultant for Financial Policy, sets out his new report Help to Save. The report highlights the pensions time bomb the UK has found itself holding, with the average pension pot less than a sixth of what it needs to be. James calls for overall pension contributions to rise from 8% to 12%, government-issued annuity type bonds and removing the ability to opt out of auto-enrolment pensions.

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