Quantum leap is coming

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A branch of Physics under the name of Quantum is starting to pay dividends. This mysterious science has often been declared as spooky; the truth is that there are unconventional, abstract applications but the only spooks in the system are likely to be the …

Future Responsibilities

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This week I attended an evening session a UCL on Responsible Research & Innovation (RRI). The terminology is current but essentially this is the topic of ethical research – although there was some debate about the origins of the word ‘Responsible’ versus ‘Continual Response’. It …

Closed loop consultation

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There is a new consultation craze gripping the private sector.  Tired, survey-centric online panels are being replaced by online customer communities.  In the last month, I’ve been invited to join two:- M&S Bank > https://www.mysay.yourpointofview.co.uk/ Eurostar Passenger Panel > http://www.eurostarrendezvous.co.uk Obviously the technology is …

UK China Interface

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Xi Jinping is in town, so where do I stand on the UK China relationship? Well, I’ve been fascinated by Chinese government for a little while now –  mainly after my escapade in Beijing last year.  As an advocate for eDemocracy, it’s exciting to think …

Gov.Fail

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Once in a while I see a great civil service job which I think I should go for.  It’s not an easy decision – most jobs are based in London and my consulting life hasn’t been too shabby.  Nevertheless, picking up digital work is …

Aarhus in check

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The Aarhus Convention was signed in 2001 and grants the public rights regarding access to information, public participation and access to justice, in governmental decision-making processes on matters concerning the local, national and transboundary environment. It focuses on interactions between the public and public authorities. …

Open Legislation

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I’ve been in Brussels recently with ECAS talking about open legislation – the idea that the public can comment (online) on draft legal bills.  I’ve been over to China to investigate all of this since they’ve been allowing the public to comment on draft legislation …

What’s new in 2015?

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It seems everybody loves digital solutions. No wonder that government departments are busy making new transactional-style services.  Love them or hate them, there’ll be more in 2015. I’m particularly interested to see what MoJ do but also HMRC who have been quiet for too long.  …

Online dispute resolution

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It looks like ODR is set to beome reality.  I’ve been interested in this for some time, ever sine ROL ran a number of citizen juries online in 2006.  Now we have the MoJ digital team and @PolicyLabUK interested in online mediation. Phil John …