Eddie now works at NESTA as director of their Innovation Lab.
Eddie Copeland joined Policy Exchange in October 2013 as Head of Technology Policy. Eddie was responsible for leading research and creating policy recommendations on how technology can transform UK politics and deliver smarter public services. His particular research interests include digital government, smart cities, the Internet of Things, tech clusters and big data.
Previously Eddie worked as Parliamentary Researcher to Sir Alan Haselhurst, MP; Congressional intern to Congressman Tom Petri and the Office of the Parliamentarians; Project Manager of global IT infrastructure projects at Accenture and Shell; Development Director of The Perse School, Cambridge; and founder of web start-up, Orier Digital. He has a degree in Politics and Philosophy from the University of Bristol, and a Master’s in International Relations from the University of Leicester.
- Smart Devolution
15 January 2016
Smart Devolution proposes that mayors should be required to set up data offices to create smarter, more productive cities. Learning the lessons from New York, the report examines how most cities could access and utilise the vast quantities of data available, to help improve public services, safety and economic growth.
- Big Data in the Big Apple: The lessons London can learn from New York’s data-driven approach to smart cities
08 June 2015
Big Data in the Big Apple argues that the next Mayor of London should replicate New York's success at using analytics by appointing a Data Tsar based in City Hall whose job would be to lead a team of analysts that collects and overlays different data sets held by each of London 33 boroughs as well as the Metropolitan Police and the London Fire Brigade.
- Small Pieces Loosely Joined: How smarter use of technology and data can deliver real reform of local government
26 January 2015
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
13 August 2014
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
03 June 2014
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.
- How to Build a Smart City: Removing the policy barriers to Britain's smart urban future
16 December 2014
Policy Exchange will be hosting a half-day conference to explore the big policy questions that face the UK as it seeks to use technology and data to improve our major urban centres. The conference will include keynote speeches from Michael Flowers, founding director of New York City's Mayor's Office of Data Analytics (MODA), and Deputy London Mayor Kit Malthouse.
- (Conservative Conference) Open Data, Big Data and Privacy
30 September 2014
With Eddie Copeland, Policy Exchange, Rt Hon David Willetts MP, Dominic Campbell, FutureGov, Heather Savory, Leading Open Data Advocate and Martin Tisné, Omidyar Network.
- Using the lessons of Digital Nudge
14 December 2015
Eddie Copeland, Policy Exchange's Head of Technology Policy, is quoted by LocalGov highlighting the need for a 'digital nudge' to help local authorities save money and use fewer resources.
- London boroughs back common standards-led data approach
22 September 2015
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.
- More cities aim to establish start-up clusters
05 June 2015
Eddie Copeland, Policy Exchange's Head of Technology Policy, is quoted in the Financial Times arguing that those tech clusters in the UK that play to local strengths are the ones that will stand a chance of being successful.
- Can mobile technology be a catalyst for inclusive growth?
10 February 2015
The Guardian quotes Eddie Copeland, Head of Policy Exchange's Technology Policy unit, discussing the potential of mobile technology for spreading growth more evenly through society. Eddie argues that the biggest obstacle to exploiting the full potential of mobile is poor education and high costs.
- Council tax could be paid with apps, report suggests
26 January 2015
The Telegraph covers Small Pieces Loosely Joined, Policy Exchange's new report on digital local government. The report shows how using technology and data in a smarter, more collaborative way could save local authorities up to £10bn by 2020.
- Elected mayors would prevent 'brain drain' from north
15 August 2014
Following the publication of the Policy Exchange report Silicon Cities, BBC News covers one of the report's key recommendations - to revive directly elected city mayors. Such mayors would be able to lead economic growth in their areas, including the development of tech clusters.
- North needs to retain its tech graduates, says think-tank
14 August 2014
Policy Exchange's report Silicon Cities is covered by The Financial Times. To boost the technology sector across the country, the report proposes reviving the idea of directly elected Mayors to lead economic growth in their areas including the development of tech clusters.
- Government should offer elderly lessons in the internet to encourage them to 'discover life online'
27 May 2014
Ahead of the release of Policy Exchange's Technology Manifesto, the Independent covers the report's recommendation that the government spend £875m on improving the skills of the 6.2 million people in the UK who lack basic online skills.
- Web skills for elderly could ease loneliness
27 May 2014
The Times trails Policy Exchange's recent recommendation that the government should invest in improving the skills of those with low digital literacy levels, including the elderly. Our Technology Manifesto, which will be published next week, argues that this will help ease loneliness among older people and result in annual savings of £1.7bn as more people move to digital rather than paper-based transactions.
- Eddie Copeland on the Today programme
27 May 2014
Eddie Copeland, Head of Policy Exchange's Technology Policy Unit, appeared on the Today programme to discuss our calls to help 6.2 million people who currently do not have basic digital skills online by 2020. Eddie made the case that one of the benefits of such a programme would be to help tackle loneliness for older people.
- Internet training would cut pensioner loneliness, says think tank
27 May 2014
BBC News covers calls from Policy Exchange's forthcoming Technology Manifesto for £875 million to be spent on training the 6.2 million people without basic digital skills. Such training would help tackle loneliness for older people by helping them stay connected with friends and family.
- Government 'at risk of losing its way' with digital strategy
04 April 2014
Wired covers a recent event by Policy Exchange and EMC on how technology can be used to reinvent government, including quotes from speakers Mark Thompson, Paul Maltby and James Better. The article also cites findings from Policy Exchange's previous report, The Big Data Opportunity, that government could save £33 billion by employing data and technology analytics.
- Get with the program: engaging students in computing
10 December 2013
The Guardian reports comments by Eddie Copeland, Policy Exchange's Head of Digital Government, at their recent roundtable ahead of the introduction of the new computing curriculum in schools. Eddie is quoted saying that teachers will need time to embed knowledge and new skills on top of the extra training they will undergo for the new curriculum.
- What to expect from public sector digital transformation in 2016
11 December 2015
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.
- People who liked Nudge also liked Digital Nudge
25 September 2015
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
12 September 2015
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?
02 September 2015
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.
- 5 points of focus for the ‘next phase’ of GDS
27 August 2015
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?
20 August 2015
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?
14 May 2015
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.
- What does the election result mean for tech policy?
12 May 2015
Eddie Copeland, Head of the Technology Unit at Policy Exchange, considers what effect the election result will have on technology policy in the next five years. Due to an unexpected Conservative majority, Eddie argues the focus is certain to be on the future of the Government Digital Service and the impact an EU referendum could have on Britain's role as the most digital nation in Europe.
- We’re asking the wrong questions about Smart Cities
26 March 2015
Eddie Copeland, Policy Exchange's Head of Technology Policy, argues that politicians are mistaken in their belief that the concept of a 'smart' city is simply one that is as technologically advanced as possible. Cities are not collections of buildings and infrastructure but communities of people: they will be ‘smart’ only to the extent that the people within them have the information they need to improve their lives and the intelligence and insight to act upon it.
- Is it time to ditch Digital Government?
12 March 2015
Eddie Copeland, Policy Exchange's Head of Technology Policy, responds to Nesta's Stian Westlake's blog calling for innovation policymakers ‘to be less boring’. Eddie argues that using the term 'digital government' creates the perception that digital government policies are somewhat removed from the rest of the public service reform agenda.
- Not in the data business? Expect to be out of business within a decade
27 February 2015
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.
- Three things the next government must do with tech & data
08 January 2015
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.
- Are there votes in digital policy?
10 December 2014
Eddie Copeland, Policy Exchange's Head of Technology Policy sets out how the need for greater efficiency and to “catch up” with public expectations of service has seen a sharp rise in interest in using technology to transform the public sector. Eddie reviews where each of the political parties stand on digital government, and argues that whatever the shape of the next government, technology offers a genuine means to deliver more and better with less.
- Three reasons to welcome the Sharing Economy Review
27 November 2014
Policy Exchange's Head of Technology Policy Eddie Copeland and Technology Policy Research Fellow Cameron Scott examine the new Sharing Economy Review. They highlight three welcome themes that the Review picks up on that typically receive less attention: trust and identity, public sector benefits and digital/social inclusion.
- Why an NHS Kitemark for health apps is good for doctors and patients
14 November 2014
Following the NHS's plans to introduce a 'kitemark' for health apps, Eddie Copeland, Policy Exchange's Head of Technology Policy, argues that the commitment to adopting a medically rigorous approach to health apps may help convince patients that technology and data are the friend and not the foe of better healthcare.
- Are elected mayors enough to deliver the Northern Powerhouse?
07 November 2014
Following his appearance at the Northern Futures summit, Eddie Copeland, Policy Exchange's Head of Technology Policy, asks whether elected mayors will be enough to revitalise the North's cities by themselves. Eddie highlights three areas that will need to be addressed alongside mayors to bring about a Northern powerhouse: transport, cooperation and tax.
- Why digital government has more to deliver
12 September 2014
Eddie Copeland, Head of Policy Exchange's Technology Policy Unit, sets out how a fragmentation of data within and between government departments, agencies and local authorities is hindering tech-powered public services from fulfilling its potential. For the real benefits of digital government to be achieved, open standards and common platforms across the public sector that allow data to be shared and analysed must be adopted.
- Why we need a more strategic approach to open data
14 March 2014
Open data has huge potential, says Policy Exchange's Head of Digital Government Eddie Copeland, but there is a danger that the benefits could be lost unless a new approach is taken.
- What’s wrong with care.data?
28 February 2014
Eddie Copeland, Policy Exchange's Head of Digital Government, diagnoses the problems with care.data, the government's attempt to combine GP and hospital records in a new central database. Eddie argues that the initiative is failing to make clear its benefits to individuals and suffers from a lack of trust.
- Our new 'Call for Evidence': How do you build a smart city?
17 January 2014
As Policy Exchange’s Digital Government Unit launches a major piece of research into the policy challenges for the development of smart cities in the UK, Head of Unit Eddie Copeland invites those with expertise and interest in the field to contribute their views, ideas and case-studies.
- Schools need all the support they can get to deliver a world-class Computer Science curriculum
11 December 2013
Eddie Copeland, Head of Digital Government at Policy Exchange welcomes the return of Computer Science onto the school curriculum, adding that it has the potential to enable new and existing industries to flourish, expand and succeed in the global digital economy.
- UK tech start-ups are doing well. Let’s now look towards helping them become big businesses
13 November 2013
Eddie Copeland, Policy Exchange's Head of Digital Government, praises David Cameron for using his speech at the Lord Mayor's Banquet to reiterate the need to support UK start-ups. Eddie sets out a series of policies that government (relaxing visa requirements for skilled migrants and capital gains tax rollover relief for shares) and the private sector (entrepreneurial sabbaticals) can implement in order to boost the UK start-up scene.