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Victorian regulators in a digital economy

Regulators need to focus on computer code, analysing and understanding software, as much as visible business practices

For our digital economy to be trusted and take flight, we need independent assurance that the best software engineering practices are being applied and that the makers of the next generation devices and business models are not quietly gaming the system and skewing markets. It's time to bring our Victorian regulators into the 21st century, writes Jerry Fishenden. read more

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Internet of Thieves - Government must take a lead in Internet of Things security

It's time governments helped us regain control of our personal data

For the Internet of Things to succeed, we need enlightened, entrepreneurial states to intervene, encouraging and fostering significantly better business models designed for the Internet age and underpinned by secure, trustworthy technology that let us easily maintain and control our personal data, enabling us to choose with whom we wish to share it. read more

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Frictionless public services - Getting rid of government websites

The benchmark of truly digital public services will be the obsolescence of government websites

Getting rid of government websites - the true benchmark of how well governments are genuinely moving into the digital age is not the growing use of online forms and websites,but the eradication of the frictional, emotional and social costs associated with poorly designed services, writes Jerry Fishenden read more

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Securing digital public services

Government must resist calls to weaken cyber security if it is to continue protecting the most vulnerable and at risk in our digital society

Security needs to be a priority when designing digital public services - try parroting the glib sound bite "Nothing to hide, nothing to fear" to a battered spouse, abused child, witness to a serious crime, or undercover law enforcement official, writes Jerry Fishenden. read more

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Service design thinking

The real challenge is not technology - but to move from a bureaucracy-centric culture to a service-oriented one

The real challenge in government has never been the technology, writes Jerry Fishenden, but how to move successfully from a bureaucracy-centric culture to a service-oriented one. read more

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Data-enabled service design

If personal 'data sharing' is the answer, we're asking the wrong question

It's time to refine and implement the digital-era data access model to support better, data-driven service design and help transform broken organisational structures and processes, writes Jerry Fishenden. read more

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Of lipstick and pigs in government

The obsession with websites has become to digital government as paper forms were to analogue government

As a new, beta Government Digital Service emerges phoenix-like from the alpha of old, it is the rebalance of focus on the pig rather than just the lipstick that will help meaningfully transform public services, writes Jerry Fishenden. read more

Intelligent Automation: Reinventing the possible

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Intelligent Automation: Reinventing the possible

Artificial intelligence, Big Data and robotics combined with an empowered workforce can transform the way we live and work.

Organisations will survive and thrive, largely one their ability to deploy and integrate the building blocks of intelligent automation - Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, the Internet of Things and the emergence of the API economy.

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Re-establishing trust in technology

Without improved design and engineering it's hard to see how we can restore trust in technology

The UK is well placed to combine our world-leading skills in computer science and technology with our tradition of democratic rights and values. Research investment needs to be redirected into the development of better-engineered technology that has privacy, security and usability designed-in at every level. read more

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The post-election challenge

We need a relentless refocus on frontline workers and improved services – an outside-in citizen perspective

Just as earlier technology-enabled change displaced many roles – such as those of the holer, coupler, rubbler and rover – so too many current organisations retain jobs and processes that are increasingly obsolete hangovers from the pre-digital era read more

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