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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Small Pieces Loosely Joined: How smarter use of technology and data can deliver real reform of local government

Small Pieces Loosely Joined: How smarter use of technology and data can deliver real reform of local government

Small Pieces Loosely Joined highlights how billions of pounds of taxpayers’ money is being wasted due to the inability of local councils to share and to use technology and data in the most cost effective way. It sets out how councils can save money by making better use of data through sharing and fraud prevention and by replacing bespoke IT systems with an ‘app store’.

Silicon Cities: Supporting the development of tech clusters outside London and the South East of England

Silicon Cities: Supporting the development of tech clusters outside London and the South East of England

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The technology revolution is failing to reach all parts of Britain. Silicon Cities argues that ‘clusters’ – geographic concentrations of interconnected companies and institutions in a particular field – are the most effective way of boosting the technology sector across the country, and makes a number of recommendations as to how this can be achieved.

Technology Manifesto 2014

Technology Manifesto 2014

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Politicians and policymakers must put technology front and centre of their thinking for the 2015 general election. This manifesto sets out three principal goals: to build the world’s most connected and digitally skilled society; to make Britain the most attractive place outside of Silicon Valley for technology entrepreneurs to start and grow a business; and to make our government the smartest in the world.

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

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.

What are the policy challenges of driverless cars?

What are the policy challenges of driverless cars?

Eddie Copeland, Policy Exchange’s Head of Technology Policy, examines the policy challenges facing the introduction of driverless cars in the UK. Eddie sets out five major benefits the introduction of driverless cars to cities will bring and warns policymakers that, should they want to maximise the impact of the new technology, they need to start thinking about it now.

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

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

In his latest blog, Eddie Copeland, Policy Exchange’s Head of Technology Policy, describes the advances government could make if it personalised public services in the way that Amazon, Tesco ClubCard and Google currently do. Eddie argues that if public services addressed the needs of the individual by joining up data across departments, there would be a significant benefit to citizens.

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