Topic: Technology

How can local authorities use technology and data to deliver better public services and harness social media for better interaction with citizens?

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Minding the gap: the role of councils in tackling digital exclusion

Councils play a vital role in reducing digital exclusion, however, they are dependent on partners to ensure that more people can get online and use digital technology. This briefing explores what is happening to achieve this around the UK.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing
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Wind, nuclear and fossil fuels: the UK’s multi-pronged energy strategy

How will UK homes and businesses receive power over the next 30 years? The government’s energy security strategy – published as fuel bills are soaring – provides a range of answers but also poses some important questions. Our new briefing explains.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing
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Driving the shift to Electric Vehicles

Local governments play an integral role in steering the transition to EVs in Australia. This briefing discusses the role of councillors and council staff in the adoption of electric vehicles in council fleets, the provision of fleet charging infrastructure, and planning policies related to charging infrastructure.

Australia Briefing
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An update on UK Government proposals for the siting of mobile masts

In 2019 the LGIU first posed the question “are mobile masts the size of Nelson’s Column about to appear across the English countryside?” The government has now set out plans for new barrier busting laws to “erase mobile coverage ‘not spots’ in rural areas” and accelerate the rollout of 5G.

England & Wales Briefing

Bundle: Artificial intelligence in education

While the ideas behind Artificial Intelligence (AI) have been around for some time, AI is increasingly is being used to develop public services, including education. This bundle explores the role AI currently plays in the delivery of these public services along with future implications. 

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Artificial Intelligence and the future of learning – the policy implications

The UNESCO policy guidance suggests a fourth industrial revolution may be underway with public services increasingly delivered online and through the use of artificial intelligence. This briefing considers this in relation to education including how humanity can be educated to live in this new future world.

England & Wales Briefing
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The use of Artificial Intelligence in learning – an overview of the projects

The Covid-19 pandemic has caused educators across the world to consider the use of new technologies and alternative ways of teaching and learning. This briefing draws on recent work from UNESCO, including the ‘Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Futures of Learning’ project.

England & Wales Briefing
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Cyber attacks: how might the Ukraine invasion make local government more vulnerable?

The invasion of Ukraine by Russian forces triggered a wave of economic sanctions and moral condemnation worldwide. Councils globally have offered support to Ukrainian counterparts. This briefing contextualises why a wave of cyber attacks is expected in the coming weeks and alerts local government to adopt basic preventive measures as soon as possible.

Global Briefing
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The impact of new technology on transport

This briefing looks at how most developed countries appear to have passed ‘peak car’ level and are now entering an era where new forms of mobility, assisted by new technologies, will fundamentally change the way people get around.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing