But how do we address existing challenges while also innovating in an ethical and trustworthy way? The Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation (CDEI) published an analysis on the use of data in local government during the COVID-19 pandemic. The report draws on findings from a forum attended by local authorities across the country, in which they explored changes to data use during the pandemic and discussed barriers to data-driven innovation, as well as new research into public attitudes towards local data use.
Throughout the pandemic, the CDEI has been working in partnership with local authorities, including Bristol City Council and Great Manchester Combined Authority, to help them maximise the benefits of data and data-driven tech by building trustworthy governance that earns the confidence of citizens over the long-term. Join Eddie Copeland, Director at the London Office of Technology and Innovation and Member on the CDEI advisory board, in a conversation on smarter cities and responsible local data sharing with Phillipa Nazari (Assistant Director for Information Governance and DPO at the Greater Manchester Combined Authority) and Justine Gangneux (Research Associate at the Urban Big Data Centre, University of Glasgow), with a focus on how local authorities can strengthen their approach to data governance to enable responsible innovation.