Has technology rendered open standards unnecessary?

Has technology rendered open standards unnecessary?

Interesting things happen when the price of a technology approaches zero. It makes possible new products and services, changes consumer behaviour and renders old problems and priorities obsolete. Take, for example, the plummeting cost of computer memory, which –...
5 points of focus for the ‘next phase’ of GDS

5 points of focus for the ‘next phase’ of GDS

As the dust settles following the announcement of several high-profile departures from the Government Digital Service (GDS) – not least of its Head, Mike Bracken – it’s worth taking a moment to reflect on what should come next. Matt Hancock, Minister for the Cabinet...
What are the policy challenges of driverless cars?

What are the policy challenges of driverless cars?

It was Jeremy Clarkson who offered one of the most memorable cautionary notes about the future of driverless cars. To paraphrase Amazon’s new TV star, “You have to remember that however sophisticated driverless cars get, somewhere there’s a guy called Keith tinkering...
What if public services could be more like Amazon’s?

What if public services could be more like Amazon’s?

For all the advances we have seen during the course of the last parliament in the development of better online transactions, they are not ‘user-centric’ but ‘users-centric’ (plural). They are designed so that anyone, anywhere will find them simple, quick and...