Essays

Making government as a platform real

A couple of weeks after leaving the UK Government Digital Service (GDS) back in October 2015, I attended the Code for America summit in California. I gave a talk about some work I'd led during my final months in government, work that explored what it would be like to live in a truly digital nation, with new digital institutions. What follows is the gist of what I said that day. I've updated it for clarity, and added some links that I...
IADB

Making transformation last

Last year, we spent some time working with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), a multilateral organisation owned by 48 different countries. Earlier this month, they published a report we wrote called How to Achieve and Sustain Digital Transformation. 2018 is a big year for elections in Latin America. The region’s three giants - Brazil, Colombia and Mexico - are either going to the polls, or will do soon. With that in mind, the IDB asked us to summarise what...
Thinking aloud

A summer reading list for Internet-era CTOs

While guest editing last week’s issue of our newsletter, I posted a summer reading list for Internet-era CTOs. It seemed to go down well with newsletter readers, so we thought it might be nice to re-post it on the blog today. Things were a little quieter in the PD office this week, now that the school summer holidays have started. On the assumption that you’ll have some time to sit somewhere comfortable and read a book this summer, here’s the reading list. Books (There’s...