Industry Innovations: Experimenting in public with AWS

A conversation with AWS’ Coral Kennett. Cloud computing unlocked digital experimentation. That sounds like a broad statement, but the advent of on-demand, pay-what-you-use computing resources fundamentally altered how we buy and use information technology. Instead of applying for a budget for servers, waiting for them to arrive, installing them, we can now spin up computing …

FWDThinking Episode 16: Digital Trust for Places and Routines

Alistair Croll in conversation with Jackie Lu. All opinions expressed in these episodes are personal and do not reflect the opinions of the organizations for which our guests work. DTPR is one of the most exciting ideas I’ve heard about in a long time. The standard, Digital Trust for Places and Routines, makes the invisible …

FWDThinking Episode 15: The intersection of tech and society

Alistair Croll in conversation with Martha Lane Fox. All opinions expressed in these episodes are personal and do not reflect the opinions of the organizations for which our guests work. Martha Lane Fox has quite the history in technology. After a career in tech startups, she founded Doteveryone to tackle the widening digital divide between …

FWDThinking Episode 14: In conversation with Laure Lucchesi

Laure Lucchesi on government innovation and open data. All opinions expressed in these episodes are personal and do not reflect the opinions of the organizations for which our guests work. How does government innovate? For this episode of FWDThinking, I sat down with Laure Lucchesi, director of France’s Etalab. In her role as Chief Data …

FWDThinking Episode 13: The Nerd Peace Corps has grown up

In conversation with Code for America’s Amanda Renteria and Code for Canada’s Dorothy Eng. All opinions expressed in these episodes are personal and do not reflect the opinions of the organizations for which our guests work. We often talk about the “private” and “public” sector to separate the activities of free enterprise from those of …

Unpacking the 2021 Digital Government Survey

Since we launched FWD50 in 2017, we’ve run an annual survey of public servants worldwide to capture their thoughts on the challenges, needs, and opportunities around digital government and public sector innovation. Who answered the survey? This year, we received roughly 100 responses. Roughly half were from Federal governments, primarily in Canada: The top roles …