Technology Policy

The policy implications of the NHS’s covid-19 contact tracing app

Digital contact tracing looks set to dominate the political agenda for the coming weeks, if not months. Without a vaccine, and in the absence of widespread population immunity, the only methods to stop the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 are those of standard epidemic control such as case isolation, physical distancing, contact tracing and increasing hygiene measures.

Space dawn

Britain’s industry-led space policy “model” has been a resounding success. But can it survive the fierce competition of the new space race?

The UK has made significant progress developing its approach to space, including the passage of the recent Space Bill and announcement of the Space Strategy, argues Policy Exchange’s Senior Research Fellow for Defence Gabriel Elefteriu. Discussing the event held at Policy Exchange to explore these issues, Gabriel argues that more will be required if the UK is to fully take advantage of the opportunities offered by this new frontier.

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Time to teach the tech nation

Policy Exchange’s Economics, Science and Tech Research Fellow, Jos Henson, argues that to ensure the UK makes the most of its thriving tech sector, we must invest in digital education and skills.

What to expect from public sector digital transformation in 2016

Eddie Copeland, Policy Exchange’s Head of Technology Policy, reflects back on the key developments on the public sector digital transformation and sets out his predictions for 2016.

Mike Flowers interview

Eddie Copeland, Policy Exchange’s Head of Technology Policy, interviews Mike Flowers, the founding director of New York’s Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics, about his experiences of applying data analytics to urban environments.

People who liked Nudge also liked Digital Nudge

Eddie Copeland, Policy Exchange’s Head of Technology Policy, shows how digital tools offer a powerful channel for policymakers to use and enhance nudge techniques and how, in turn, nudge prompts offer the potential to increase the effectiveness of digital government projects.

Digital nudge and the peak demand problem of public services

Eddie Copeland, Policy Exchange’s Head of Technology Policy, explains how the use of digital nudge to spread out citizens’ consumption of public services over time could save significant levels of government money.

Has technology rendered open standards unnecessary?

Eddie Copeland, Policy Exchange’s Head of Technology Policy, questions whether the declining costs of technology will soon make it more economical to employ systems that can translate data between different databases than it would be for government to adopt open standards.

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The Future of Intelligence: The potential and the risks of artificial intelligence

Michael Osborne and Stuart Russell, both speakers at our recent event The Future of Intelligence, provide a breakdown of their thoughts on the potential and risks that the greater use of artificial intelligence will bring.

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

Following a series of high-profile departures at the Government Digital Service, Policy Exchange’s Head of Technology Eddie Copeland sets out where the GDS should go next. Eddie calls for the GDS to be focus on maintaining standards for front-end government IT; improving user experience; leading on open standards and best practice; and improve government IT procurement.

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The Smart State

The Smart State

The UK should become a global hub for ‘GovTech’, with digital technology offering the chance to transform the relationship between the state and the citizen, and create a more efficient, responsive and innovative state, says a new Policy Exchange report The Smart State.

Batteries for Electric Cars: A case study in industrial strategy

Batteries for Electric Cars: A case study in industrial strategy

Can the UK lead the world in the development and production of batteries for electric cars? This is the stated aim of the government’s support programme for the battery sector. Yet, in the light of the current state of the UK battery sector and the strength of international competition, world leadership in car batteries is almost certainly unattainable. If the demand for electric cars grows as fast as many forecasters expect, investment in battery production should be financed by the private sector, argues Sir Geoffrey Owen, Policy Exchange’s Head of Industrial Policy and a former editor of the Financial Times, in a new paper Batteries for Electric Cars: A case study in industrial strategy.

Global Britain, Global Solutions: How British R&D can transform international development

Global Britain, Global Solutions: How British R&D can transform international development

This new Policy Exchange report, published today — written by Economic and Social Policy Research Fellow, Jonathan Dupont — recommends that the UK should double the proportion of its international aid budget spent on research and development, in order to solve the most pressing global challenges and support the Government’s Industrial Strategy. George Freeman MP, Chair of the Conservative Policy Forum, has written a Foreword for the report.

Latest Blogs

Mike Flowers interview

Mike Flowers interview

Eddie Copeland, Policy Exchange’s Head of Technology Policy, interviews Mike Flowers, the founding director of New York’s Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics, about his experiences of applying data analytics to urban environments.

People who liked Nudge also liked Digital Nudge

People who liked Nudge also liked Digital Nudge

Eddie Copeland, Policy Exchange’s Head of Technology Policy, shows how digital tools offer a powerful channel for policymakers to use and enhance nudge techniques and how, in turn, nudge prompts offer the potential to increase the effectiveness of digital government projects.

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London boroughs back common standards-led data approach

London boroughs back common standards-led data approach

Comments made by Eddie Copeland, Policy Exchange’s Head of Technology Policy, at a recent workshop event are covered by Government Computing. Eddie argued that due to the isolated way in which local government IT has organically developed, councils are a long way from being able to adopt open standards and share services.

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