Publications in Technology Policy

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14 August 2014 | Silicon Cities: Supporting the development of tech clusters outside London and the South East of England

By Eddie Copeland, Cameron Scott

  • 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.

  • 04 June 2014 | Technology Manifesto

    By Eddie Copeland, Cameron Scott, Sarah Fink

  • 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.

  • 02 September 2013 | Smaller, Better, Faster, Stronger: Remaking government for the digital age

    By Chris Yiu, Sarah Fink, Foreword by Rohan Silva

  • Smaller, Better, Faster, Stronger shows how government could save as much as £70 billion by 2020 if it adopted plans to eliminate paper and digitise its activities, work smarter with fewer staff in Whitehall, shop around for the best procurement deals, and accelerate the use of data and analytics.

  • 07 January 2013 | The Superfast and the Furious: Priorities for the future of UK broadband policy

    By Chris Yiu, Sarah Fink

  • The Superfast and the Furious argues that politicians have become overly focused on broadband speeds. Instead the government should focus on helping the 10.8 million people not online and do more to help small businesses make the most of the opportunities presented by the internet.

  • 21 September 2012 | Bits and Billions: A blueprint for high-impact digital entrepreneurship in the UK

    By Chris Yiu

  • The UK has enormous potential to be a world-leader in the high-tech and digital economy, but it is tough for start-ups to find enough coders, designers and other highly skilled staff. Bits and Billions looks to the United States, especially California which is home to nearly half of the top 100 digital start-ups in the world, for lessons for UK policymakers.

  • 19 September 2012 | Simple Things, Done Well: Making practical progress on digital engagement and inclusion

    By Sarah Fink

  • Simple Things, Done Well shows how a "digital-by-default" government can both reach those older people who do not normally use the internet and provide support for young people looking for work and education opportunities.

  • 03 July 2012 | The Big Data Opportunity: Making government faster, smarter and more personal

    By Chris Yiu

  • The Big Data Opportunity shows that better use of data, technology and analytics could help the government save money by improving efficiency rather than reducing service levels. Applying cutting-edge data and analytics in the UK public sector could generate potential savings of up to £16–£33 billion a year.

  • 15 March 2012 | Financing Innovation: Supporting early stage, aspirational and growing businesses

    By Chris Yiu

  • Financing Innovation argues that the government should concentrate efforts on removing barriers for innovative small businesses by allowing them to bypass all the current complexity on charges, reliefs, rates and exemptions and instead deal with a simple flat tax.

  • 06 March 2012 | A Right to Data: Fulfilling the promise of open public data in the UK

    By Chris Yiu, Foreword by Tim Kelsey

  • 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.