Webinar:

NS Tech live discussion: the coronavirus crisis and the government’s tech response

Sponsored by: NS Tech

Focused on:

  • Coronavirus
  • Technology

Date: 3 June

32

Time: 12-1PM BST

Join NS Tech and some of the UK’s leading government tech experts for a live discussion on how technology can be deployed responsibly to aid the response to the crisis

The coronavirus crisis has transformed every aspect of government and the wider public sector, from the delivery of healthcare and education to the provision of welfare and state subsidies. But if there is one element of certainty during this crisis, it is that technology underpins the UK’s response.

Projects that would normally have taken years to deliver have instead been spun up in a matter of weeks, and departments that have operated from grand Whitehall buildings for more than a century are now being run remotely from hundreds of villages, towns and cities across the country. But the speed at which tech initiatives have been established has given rise to concerns about mission creep, accountability and data privacy.

On Wednesday 3 July, between 12 and 1pm, NS Tech will bring together technology experts and figures who have served at the highest levels of government for a live discussion on how technology can aid the UK’s response to the crisis, without threatening civil liberties or the institutions it is designed to support.

NS Tech editor Oscar Williams will be joined by Philip Rycroft, the former permanent secretary of the Department for Exiting the European Union, Tanya Filer, the founder of StateUp and the leader of the Digital State Project at the Bennett Institute for Public Policy at the University of Cambridge and Jerry Fishenden, a technologist, author and former government deputy chief technology officer.

Presented by

Oscar Williams,

NS Tech editor

Philip Rycroft,

Former permanent secretary of the Department for Exiting the European Union, specialist partner with Flint Global

Tanya Filer,

Founder of StateUp and the leader of the Digital State Project at the Bennett Institute for Public Policy at the University of Cambridge

Jerry Fishenden,

Technologist, author and former government deputy chief technology officer

Key Learning Objectives

  • How is the government using technology to guide and support its response to the coronavirus crisis?
  • How can new tech initiatives be delivered at speed while ensuring accountability and oversight?
  • What steps can be put in place to prevent mission creep and ensure sure that projects established during the crisis do not have unintended consequences?

Audience

  • This webinar will be targeted to anyone interested in the ways the UK government is using technology to guide its response to the coronavirus crisis.