Will Digital platforms render politicians unelectable?


In this Computer Weekly article, I offer some thoughts about the real consequences of taking platform-based digital business models into the heart of government.  Platforms dis-intermediate, previous businesses suddenly have no purpose, and people lose their jobs.

A real national debate about digital business models in government will prove uncomfortable for our politicians.… Read more

Government Digital is in danger of losing its way

I attended a really energised round table media debate yesterday morning hosted by Policy Exchange and EMC, looking at how technology can reinvent government.  Some great speakers addressed some very important issues, some of the themes being that we’re not moving fast enough, citizens need to drive Digital as well, and – perhaps most importantly – that we must consider the broader implications of Digital for public service organisations, as a whole – including the way in which peoples’ jobs will be changed as a result.… Read more

Revolutionising Digital Public Service Delivery: A UK Government Perspective

Here’s a working paper written by Alan Brown of Surrey Business School, Jerry Fishenden of Bath Spa University, and myself.  it tries to provide an ‘easy read’ perspective on the past, current, and future picture in ‘government Digital’:

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It identifies architecture, in particular, as in need of some urgent attention in the ‘growing age of agile’…!Read more

Don’t politicise Digital! An appeal before the manifesto season gets underway

Don’t politicise Digital! An appeal before the manifesto season gets underway

Use of open standards and platforms is something that should be supported equally by both political parties.

This blog resulted in an interesting rebuttal from Chi Onwurah, shadow cabinet minister who holds Labour’s digital brief:

No apologies – digital government is politicalRead more

The Future of Local Government Services

Local government business models will eventually look a lot more like Google, with councils at the hub of an ecosystem of different service providers assembling standard services around residents like building blocks. That’s what LB Hounslow’s Director of Transformation Anthony Kemp, Open standards visionary Mark Foden, and myself told a highly engaged audience at Royal Institute of British Architects last night.… Read more