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We’re asking the wrong questions about Smart Cities

We’re asking the wrong questions about Smart Cities

Eddie Copeland, Policy Exchange’s Head of Technology Policy, argues that politicians are mistaken in their belief that the concept of a ‘smart’ city is simply one that is as technologically advanced as possible. Cities are not collections of buildings and infrastructure but communities of people: they will be ‘smart’ only to the extent that the people within them have the information they need to improve their lives and the intelligence and insight to act upon it.

What happened to patient choice?

What happened to patient choice?

Thomas Cawston, Policy Exchange’s Head of Health, reviews the Coalition’s record on providing patient choice in the health service. Thomas finds a mixed set of results on patient choice and argues that policymakers need to actively manage the extent to which patients are being offered a choice in care services.

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.

New Schools under Labour

New Schools under Labour

Natasha Porter, Policy Exchange’s Deputy Head of Education, welcomes Labour’s ongoing commitment to new schools as part of overall school improvement in coastal and former mining areas, but urges Labour to allow new parent schools to be set up there even if there isn’t a shortage of places.

Six ways the police need to change

Six ways the police need to change

Glyn Gaskarth, Policy Exchange’s Head of Crime & Justice, sets out 6 ways in which the police need to change to maintain their effectiveness against a background of austerity. He proposes changes to the police estate, a greater focus on crime prevention, embracing new technology and increased collaboration with other emergency services.

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