Government as a platform

At IP EXPO this week we heard Liam Maxwell, the UK Government’s CTO, discuss the way in which government digital services have been transformed. It’s a pattern which is being studied carefully by local and national governments around the world because it offers potential for huge improvements for users alongside big cost savings. “Revolution not

Should smart cities be sharing cities?

Smart Cities are springing up all over the globe, especially in the southern hemisphere. India is building new cities full of technology to house its ever-growing population. But some commentators are starting to question the premise of smart cities. Technology vs people Julian Agyeman, a professor of urban and environmental policy and planning at Tufts

Social media in the public sector

We’ve written before about the impact on the public sector of the fact that consumers are getting more demanding. We are all more used to being able to research online before buying, engage with our favourite brands and build relationships, and communicate instantly, and this affects how we approach public services, from cities through healthcare to

Cities need data. Big Data.

More than 50% of the world’s population now lives in cities. And to accommodate their growing populations, cities are growing ever larger. But with increasing pressure on budgets, funds for city administration is not growing alongside the population. This means cities need to get smarter in order to meet the needs of their populations. And

Open Data Institute

As part of Global Transparency Week, the Open Data Institute (ODI) held its first annual summit at the end of October 2013. We’ve written previously about the way in which cities are starting to work with open data, so it was interesting to see this initiative on a more global scale. What is the Open Data