I am currently a freelancer on topics around technology, digital, data and artificial intelligence. I am motivated by reducing the harm caused by technology and trying to make it benefit everyone.
I spent 20 years working with telecoms businesses and regulators in most European countries before accidentally moving into policy. In 2014 I worked in a voluntary role to organise an independent review of digital government for the UK Labour Party. From 2015-2019 I worked in the policy team at the Open Data Institute (ODI).
Having worked with businesses, governments and civil society in policy and delivery roles I have a grasp of the complexity of how technology impacts society, a knack of making that complexity accessible, and the ability to navigate that complexity to try to create change.
Sample public projects
A discovery project for a service that supports people to participate in genomics healthcare and research for ProjectsbyIF.
Recommendations for how a government can run a data sharing pilot, and how to select between data trusts, data commons and data marketplaces as an approach.
A campaign for a UK open address file, and related geospatial things.
Committee member of the Royal Statistical Society’s Data Ethics & Governance section.
Advisory member of the Digital Catapult’s MI Garage Ethics Committee.
Working with ProjectsbyIF to increase trust in software through design thinking
- research, prototyping, product strategy recommendations and new web presences to increase adoption of sigstore, SLSA and Security Scorecards.
- these are open source projects hosted within the Open Source Security Foundation and are designed to improve software supply chain security.
- sigstore – which helps sign, verify and protect software – is particularly cool and rapidly being integrated into multinational businesses, programming ecosystems, and developer tools like github.
Research on the user experience of PETs, privacy-enhancing technologies.
Recommendations on approaches to algorithmic accountability for a philanthropic funder.
co-chair of the UK Open Government Network working group developing commitments on algorithmic transparency and data ethics for the next National Action Plan. Sadly, the UK Government backslid on its commitments.
A book chapter on the UK’s initial approach to digital contact tracing.
Older work for the Open Data Institute:
- What is data infrastructure?
- The Data Ethics Canvas
- Data trusts, lessons from three pilots
- Data innovation for the UK: research and development
- a map of approaches to data access and sharing, useful for stories
- Using cat data to think and talk about authoritative lists of government data
- Using swearwords to think and talk about how reference data is governed, used and abused
- Open Addresses: an attempt at creating a sustainable not-for-profit organisation that would maintain and publish UK addresses as open data
Making Digital Work for Everyone: an independent review of digital government for the UK Labour Party.