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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A Right to Data: Fulfilling the promise of open public data in the UK

A Right to Data: Fulfilling the promise of open public data in the UK

A Right to Data says that all non-personal data held by the public sector should be made available to the public for free. Opening up public data so that it can be linked, analysed and made useful could provide a huge economic and social boost, with some estimates suggesting that the upside for the economy could run into the billions of pounds.

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Not in the data business? Expect to be out of business within a decade

Not in the data business? Expect to be out of business within a decade

Eddie Copeland, Head of Policy Exchange’s Technology Policy Unit, argues that all companies are going to have to become – in part – data companies if they are to survive. If the government is keen on the future success of the economy, Eddie says, they will need to start shouting louder about the need to beef up the data aspects of business.

Where should government start with Big Data?

Where should government start with Big Data?

Eddie Copeland, Head of Policy Exchange’s Technology Policy Unit, argues that, when it comes to Big Data, it’s not the technique that matters, nor the process, but the outcome. Eddie looks at the changes that government will need to make to take full advantage of Big Data and deliver tangible outcomes that really matter.

Three things the next government must do with tech & data

Three things the next government must do with tech & data

Eddie Copeland, Head of Policy Exchange’s Technology Policy Unit, explores how smarter use of technology and data could help public sector organisations deliver front-line services in the face of further funding cuts after the next election. Eddie sets out how, though the main three political parties are all taking greater interest in digitally-enabled reform, digital government remains a niche interest.

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