About Freedom on the Net FreePartly FreeNot Free Freedom on the Net is a Freedom House project consisting of cutting-edge analysis, fact-based advocacy, and on-the-ground capacity building. The hallmark of our analysis is the annual Freedom on the Net report. It features a ranked, country-by-country assessment of online freedom, a global overview of the latest developments, as well as in depth country reports. The key trends and emerging threats highlighted in reports are then used in national and international advocacy campaigns by Freedom House. Our findings are also used by activists worldwide in working for local change, by international development agencies in designing programs and determining aid recipients, by tech companies for business intelligence and risk assessment, by journalists who cover internet rights, and by scholars and experts.
Government AI Readiness Index — Oxford Insights The Government AI Readiness Index is a quantitative toolkit designed to provide an overview of any government’s readiness to use AI. The Index incorporates a wide range of data, from desk research on the presence of AI strategies, to Crunchbase statistics on AI startups, to UN indices, and distills it into a single number. This facilitates global comparisons, as well as the ability to track a government’s progress in this area over time. Like all indexes, however, it does not capture the full complexity of the picture on the ground. Ghana’s relatively low score, for example, does not acknowledge developments such as Google recently choosing to open the first AI research facility in Africa there.
Mélodie - Using behavioural insights to create a Covid-19 text service for the NHS Almost 2 million people in England have received daily SMS texts from the NHS warning them of the risks of coronavirus. Recipients of these messages have included: people who stand the highest risk of complications should they catch Covid-19 e.g. those who have significant respiratory conditions; and anyone who identifies as having symptoms via NHS 111 online. People living with underlying conditions received messages supporting them to isolate for 12 weeks. People who develop the symptoms of coronavirus have the option to receive 7-14 days of text messages to help them through that particularly challenging period alone or as a household. These different groups have received customised text messages informed by behavioural science with advice on what they and members of their household need to do to stay safe.
PP- Avril 2020 - Digital Professional Stream - stratégie de cheminement professionnel axé sur la technologie numérique Australie) As part of the Government’s reform agenda, we’re helping develop an Australian Public Service (APS) professions model to address current and future digital capability needs. Launch of the Digital Professional Stream Strategy The Digital Transformation Agency (DTA), together with the Australian Public Service Commission (APSC), is pleased to launch the Digital Professional Stream. The DTA is responsible for the Digital Professional Stream, with CEO Randall Brugeaud appointed as Head of Profession. Mr Brugeaud and other senior APS leaders will head individual professions, with the APS Commissioner, Mr Peter Woolcott, as the overall Head of Professions. Australian Public Service Commissioner Peter Woolcott AO, and DTA CEO Randall Brugeaud launch the new APS Digital Professional Stream Strategy, 30 April 2020.
Global Cities Index But foreign direct investment is only a piece of the puzzle. The Chinese government’s exceptionally restrictive Internet regulations primarily impact global players and have resulted in China developing its own tech industry with a home court advantage. As a result, the aforementioned Tencent, as well as e-commerce juggernaut Alibaba and search engine Baidu, have been able to flourish. Additionally, the country has bolstered its workforce with efforts aimed at educating its own citizens and attracting outside talent. At the same time, public and private funds are flowing into the start-up ecosystems in these top-tier cities, making entrepreneurship a new and viable career path while teeing up the next generation of Chinese business success stories. David - Policy innovation - what, why and how? - Policy Lab It’s coming up to a year since I joined the Policy Lab team, after five years in policy and strategy roles across the Civil Service. I wanted to share some reflections on policy innovation - what I’ve learned, why it matters, and how policymakers can start to get to grips with it - especially given its relevance in the context of COVID-19. This blog is mainly aimed at policymaker colleagues, but I hope it has resonance more widely. What do I mean by 'policy innovation'? It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the amount of ‘innovation’ jargon out there. So let’s go back to basics.
PP- sept 2020 - Estonie - Acces aux services publics grace à L'IA: What is Kratt? A Vision and Concept for Artificial Intelligence in Estonia Extract from Artificial Intelligence for Estonia Kratts = AI in Estonia In Estonian mythology, a Kratt is a magical creature. Essentially, Kratt was a servant built from hay or old household items. Global Innovation Index The Global Innovation Index (GII) 2019 ranks and breaks down the innovation performance of 129 countries and economies around the world. The GII 2019 special theme analyzes the medical innovation landscape of the next decade, looking at how technological and non-technological medical innovation will transform the delivery of healthcare worldwide. Download report
Nouvelle - Digital inclusion of disabled people needs traction Disabled people continue to be disadvantaged by their limited ability to engage with digital and online services, according to a new report — Digital inclusion user insights — Disabled people. The Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) estimates that around 20% of all New Zealanders are digitally excluded, meaning they do not have the skills or access needed to participate in the online world. For disabled people — one of the most vulnerable communities — this research highlights how the experience of engaging with digital services could be leaving disabled people behind, increasing the number of people who cannot easily and confidently use the internet and online services. The report highlights issues that have impacted disabled people’s ability to easily and confidently use the internet, and digital services.COVID-19 has exacerbated some of these issues and yet also produced an environment where new insights to improve digital inclusion can be embraced and used. The findings are:
European Innovation Scoreboard - Innovative Performance in European Countries European innovation scoreboard 2019 The 2019 edition of the scoreboard highlights that the EU's innovation performance continues to improve. Compared to last year, innovation performance improved for 24 EU countries and the growth rate of lower-performing countries compared to higher-performing countries has accelerated. Since 2011, the EU's average innovation performance has increased by 8.8 percentage points. A multi-dimensional framework to evaluate the innovation potential of digital public services This report presents the main findings of a study conducted by KPMG under supervision of JRC and DIGIT as part of the “Innovative Public Services” (IPS) Action of the ISA² Programme. The main outcome of the research is an original multi-dimensional framework for evaluating the interoperability readiness of digital public services. The framework was conceptualised and tested in the context of desk and field research on available evidence to support European Public Administrations willing to embrace new digital technologies and deliver innovative public services according to the four layers of the European Interoperability Framework (EIF) and in alignment with the user centricity principles defined in the Tallinn Declaration (2017).
The Global Energy Innovation Index: National Contributions to the Global Clean Energy Innovation System Since 2015, 24 nations and the EU have joined “Mission Innovation,” pledging to double public investments in energy RD&D and collaborate on key innovation challenges. This report seeks to provide accountability for these commitments and lay the foundation for more ambitious measures. To sustain global prosperity and expand energy access while meeting the challenge of climate change, energy must become more reliable, more affordable, and cleaner. Fossil fuel combustion, the primary source of climate-warming emissions, still supplies about 80 percent of global energy needs—and total consumption is rising. These emissions must either be captured or eliminated in the coming years if the worst consequences of climate change are to be averted. If dramatic emissions cuts cannot be achieved without raising energy costs or degrading performance, the energy transition will fall short.