Information Economy

If you have ever been online, watched a movie or taken a medicine you have been a user of information. Today information in the form of software, databases and innovations is becoming more important than ever before. Information is becoming main thing we make, trade and use.

This is a new world being built on “bits”. Its virtual nature makes it different from the physical world of bread and land and cars which can only have one user at a time. By contrast, information can be used by many at the same time. The implications of this are huge. It makes a world of open information both possible and desirable — that is a world in which all public information can be openly and freely used, shared and built on.

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Writings & projects

Writings and Essays

Talk in Essex

I will be hosted by the Public Service Reform Unit and the University of Essex, at their event Innovation Talks - Big Data versus Big Brother on the 13th of July. How do we make the best use of technology and data without losing sight of people? I will be focusing on on the impact that data can have on our decision-making and how we can create data systems to support the public sector and build the communities and capabilities to use that insight to drive change.

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Talk in Geneva

I will be hosted as the opening lecturer at Open Geneva Hackathons on the 11th of May in Geneva, Switzerland. How can we build a sustainable digital information age? And why should we do it? I will demonstrate how democratising information offers solutions to a number of essential issues linked to our digital evolution. What will our role as human beings be with the increasing importance of artificial intelligence? How can we preserve freedom in a world of Googles and Facebooks?

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Talk at re:publica

I will be speaking at Republica on the 9th of May in Berlin, Germany. I will be talking about the digital revolution, and its ability to lead to either information democracies or information empires. The choice is a political one, a choice between open and closed. Either making information open and freely accessible to all, or, closing it off and having it owned and controlled by the few. This choice matters everywhere from inequality to freedom.

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