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On May 1st, 2019, the initial meeting of the UCL Digital Ethics Forum was held. GovTech Lab’s Dr. Zeynep Engin directed this initiative, with GovTech Lab’s Prof. Philip Treleaven, Dr. Catherine Mulligan (CTO) and Dr. Emre Kazim all in attendance and participating. The...read more
In this blog, Dr. Emre Kazim offers the second part of his commentary on the House of Lords ‘Regulating in a Digital World’ report. The first blog can be found here. Building upon a set of principles, for digital regulation, the House of Lords report then turns to the...read more
Dr. Catherine Mulligan reports on her attendance at the Nordic-Baltic Security Summit (Estonia, April 2019)
I recently attended the Nordic-Baltic Security Summit in Tallinn, where I presented on two areas that I have been working on for a very long time - Data Supply Chains, blockchain and the security implications of both. I have been growing quite concerned about data...read more
GovTech Lab KTC functions as a discussion forum that brings together key stakeholders from government, academia, business and industry. These stakeholders can thereby align cross-sector interests and practices around the ongoing digital transformation. With a view to facilitating this, GovTech Lab KTC engages experimental projects that drive policy and regulation, research and innovation, and public understanding and uptake of emerging data science technologies. Importantly, the forum maintains an eye towards the potential impact on future service demands and public sector operations.
GovTech Lab functions as a central hub for enhancing and re-skilling the knowledge and expertise of an existing workforce through formal executive training programmes and tailored briefing sessions. Such educational programs may be in the form of executive briefings, policy implications, seminars, tutorials and short courses. These are offered to parliamentarians, senior civil servants and special advisors. We are also developing specialised undergraduate and postgraduate programmes to train a new generation of GovTech professionals and researchers to meet the future skills demands of the sector globally and in relation to government.
GovTech Lab showcases the latest activities, research, and innovations of new digital technologies in relation to government. Here the latest developments of the GovTech Lab network – comprised of leading UK academic research groups, and professional experts from government and industry – is presented. Given the strength of the network, GovTech Lab is able to mobilise a sizable student talent pool, which works towards building proof-of-concept systems to design future digital systems. We run projects at all scales ranging from specific use cases to systems and products addressing the needs of the global digital infrastructures.
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (AI)
AI technologies provide computers with the ability to make decisions and learn without explicit programming. AI has already been observed with respect to intelligent personal assistants, and autonomous vehicles. Concerning public services, AI technologies are envisioned in many areas such as, comprehensive digital government services, providing intelligent virtual assistants, automating payments from and to citizens and gathering public opinion to drive policy.
The technological elements of Blockchain, originally conceived for Bitcoin, are recognised as having far-reaching potential for government. Core Technologies are: i. Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) — a decentralized database of transactions secured by cryptographic sealing. And, ii. Smart Contracts — rules, which attempt to codify transactions such that the records managed by the distributed ledger are authoritative with respect to the underlying legal agreements they represent.
INTERNET OF THINGS (IoT)
The IoT provides a unique opportunity to interconnect and dynamically manage public infrastructure. Any device with an on/off switch will have an identifier, communicate and be managed by ‘intelligent’ software. ‘Smart Cities’ are envisioned, where informatics and technologies are used to improve the efficiency of services. ICT will enable officials to interact directly with the community and city infrastructure, monitoring how the city is evolving in real time.
PREDICTIVE & BEHAVIOURAL ANALYTICS
A subset of Big Data is Behavioural/Predictive analytics. These focus on providing insight into the actions of people, uncovering hidden patterns and unknown correlations, helping to make informed decisions. Behavioural Analytics centres on understanding how consumers act, and are likely to act in the future. Predictive Analytics extracts information from historical and real-time datasets to determine patterns and predict future outcomes.