21 April 2023
Hello, dear reader! It’s been a while — I hope you’ve been well. Thanks for sticking with me (or forgetting to unsubscribe).
While this newsletter is still taking a break — sorry for any false hope/scaring you it was returning — I’m contributing to a new, pop-up newsletter-blogpost-type thing you might be interested in: Connected by Data’s new Data Policy Digest.
As part of our work to support civil society respond to the Data Protection and Digital Information (No 2) Bill and think about what good data/tech policy looks like in general, we thought it would be useful to keep track of what’s happening — do let my colleague Jonathan know what you think of the Digest or if you’d like to sign up. If it’s the Bill you’re particularly interested in, we have a dedicated resource page for that, too.
(Naturally, there have been various developments in data policy since we published the Digest this morning…)
Away from Connected by Data, some other things I’ve been up to since pausing the newsletter in January:
- At the IfG, we completed our project on data sharing during the pandemic. And we’ve had several Data Bites — a social mobility special, a defence special, a health special, and the first of two justice specials. The next one of those is on 17 May — the next Data Bites is on 3 May.
- At the ODI, I’ve written about The Bill, AI governance and data and the Online Safety Bill, as well as speaking on ‘power and diplomacy: when open data and realpolitik collide’ at OpenUK’s State of Open conference.
- At mySociety, I chaired an event bringing together all those we commissioned as part of the TICTeC Labs programme.
- And I assessed some bids for one of the research councils, went to a Royal Society workshop on The Bill, completed a strategy review for Defend Digital Me, did a webinar on data analysis and visualisation for some civil servants with Apolitical, and did some thinking about ‘data as a service’ for Public Digital.
With Derek and Dave, I’ve also started some monthly nerdy government drinks for people thinking about the future of government. They’re on the third Thursday of the month — get in touch if you’d like to know more.
Have a great weekend
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