Public Services in Scotland and the Role of Technology
Wednesday 4th November 2015, 6:30 pm.
Speaker: Jos Creese, BCS President.
Venue: Room 4.31, University of Edinburgh Informatics Forum, 10 Crichton Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9AB.
This event is free of charge and open to all. No registration required - just turn up.
Refreshments and networking from 6:00 pm.
For quite a long time we’ve seen IT change our organisations, and nowhere more than in government, where IT is shaping how modern public services should function in a digital world. More recently, with the immense pressure to cut costs, the opportunity of technology to transform the public sector is arguably the best chance we have to protect critical services such as Health, Social Care and Public Protection.
But the role of IT in the public sector is now arguably even wider than just supporting digital delivery and efficient operations. It is also fundamental to achieving greater social and economic value, and Scotland perhaps more than anywhere in the UK has the opportunity to outclass others, if it does the following things well:
BCS has a part to play in this. As president of BCS my role is to help the Executive Team to deliver our new strategy and to represent and champion members’ interests. But my role is also to use our combined influence to shape the future and ‘make IT good for society’. My talk will be a challenging review of the opportunities for technology in Scotland, challenging assumptions about the role of the State and promoting the role of IT professionals in this reform – in Scotland and beyond.
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