Parliament Street’s technology director Steve George-Hilley today announces a new programme of digital themes the think tank will explore in the New Year. The new initiative is designed to elevate the think tank’s already extensive capabilities as a leading in technology policy development, building on established work around social media, mobility, data security and device theft.
“Tech now sits at the heart of policy development for nearly all areas of public sector service delivery and we want Parliament Street to be at the forefront of policy-making in this natural evolution,” says Steven George-Hilley.
“Parliament Street is committed to working with public sector decision-makers, politicians and technology strategists to showcase and debate the role emerging technologies can play in creating faster, more efficient public services,” added George-Hilley.
The news comes as the government continues to promote its technology manifesto and agenda with a series of key pledges around broadband connectivity, big data and the digitisation programme for the National Health Service (NHS).
Parliament Street has chosen the following issues to explore next year and these include:
Big Data Analytics: How growing volumes of information can be harvested by users for improvements of both internal decision making and external support for citizens. Examples including using data in the health service to share updates on waiting times, resources and performance with patients and allowing a two way communications programme around support to ensure healthcare improves.
Cyber bullying: The rising tide of cyber bullying via sites like Facebook has been overlooked, when such conduct can lead to victims feeling suicidal. This research area will be explored in detail, including examining recent Police data. Parliament Street will consult with leading experts in this space, both legal professionals and counsellors to examine how more robust policies can be built and delivered to prevent such conduct in the future.
Cyber security: National security is at risk, with malicious fraudsters, terrorists and hostile nations using technology to attack Britain’s infrastructure. What is the solution? More encryption technologies, better data security and a commitment to blocking hostile attacks from outside. Cost, capabilities and a strategy will be discussed in one of the most exciting topics on this year’s agenda.
Digital working: Can the public sector save money through reduction of headcount within office spaces? There is an argument that in future town halls could be slimmed down to make way for more flexible working patters, freeing up resources and time as well as introducing automation technologies to speed up processes.
NHS going paperless: It’s not the professionals that are the problem, it’s the processes. This ambition is already running overtime, why? Digital healthcare will enable benefits for millions of users of the national health service and it’s time to ensure it is implemented quickly and effectively.
“We will continue to lead the tech policy agenda by bringing fresh research, thinking and insights into the marketplace,” says Steve George-Hilley.
“Parliament Street has a booming research team, a rapidly expanding membership base and the resources to lead the digital policy making agenda in the UK and beyond,” George-Hilley concluded.