Conference programme now available

This year’s conference highlights “Government by Algorithm?” as its main theme, hosting a number of presentations on data-driven government and algorithmic decision-making with implementations ranging from health and crime prevention to crisis management and childcare. The conference, therefore, provides a unique opportunity for networking as the leading international scholars, policy makers, international institutions and private sector organisations from all over the world are participating. Data for Policy 2017 is a truly unique international event not to be missed.

Full conference programme available here


Featured participants include:

Stephen Aldridge CB – Director for Analysis and Data, Department for Communities and Local Government, UK Government
Emanuele Baldacci, Director of Methodology, IT and Corporate Statistical Services, Eurostat
Kenneth Benoit – Head of Department of Methodology, London School of Economics and Political Science
Jon Crowcroft – Marconi Professor  of Computer Systems, University of Cambridge; The Alan Turing Institute
Maria Fasli, Director of the Institute of Analytics and Data Science, University of Essex
Anthony Finklestein – Chief Scientific Advisor for National Security, HM Government
David Hand – Chief Scientific Advisor, Winton Capital Management; Emeritus Professor of Mathematics, Imperial College London
Mariana Kotzeva – Acting Director General of Eurostat, European Commission
Helen Margetts – Director of the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford; The Alan Turing Institute
H. Scott Matthews – Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering & Public Policy,Carnegie Mellon University
Chi Onwurah MP – Member of Parliament for Newcastle upon Tyne Central, Labour Party; Co-chair All Party Parliamentary Group on Finance and Technology
Heather Savory – Director General for Data Capability, Office for National Statistics
Peter Smith – Director of the UK Administrative Data Research Network, University of Southampton
Tom Smith – Managing Director of the Data Science Campus, Office for National Statistics
Philip Treleaven – Director of the UK Financial Computing Centre, University College London
Barbara Ubaldi – Head of the Digital Government and Open Data Unit, OECD
Stefaan Verhulst – Co-Founder of the Government Laboratory (GovLab), New York University
Derek Wyatt – Chairman, Foundation for Information Society Policy
Daniel Zeichner MP – Member of Parliament for Cambridge, Labour Party; Chair, All Party Parliamentary Group on Data Analytics


  • “Government Statistical Services in the Data Analytics age” – Plenary Speech by Mariana Kotzeva, Acting Director General of Eurostat, European Commission
  • “Better Data for Better Policy” – Plenary Speech by Heather Savory, Director General for Data Capability, Office for National Statistics
  • “(Private) Data for (Public) Policy” – Keynote Lecture by Stefaan Verhulst– Co-Founder of the Government Laboratory (GovLab), New York University
  • “Algorithmic Government: Automating public services and supporting civil servants in using Data Science technologies” – Keynote Lecture by Philip Treleaven– Director of the UK Financial Computing Centre, University College London 

Special sessions include:

  • “Building a whole system approach to data capability – collaborative data use and storage in local government as a way to improve service delivery” – organised by Essex County Council
  • “Interpreting the Geneva Conventions in the Age of Cyber Warfare: Critical Challenges in Applying International Humanitarian Law to the Use of Data in the Context of Modern Armed Conflict” – organised by the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative at Harvard University
  • “Infrastructure to support access to data for research” – organised by the Administrative Data Research Network (ADRN)
  • Special session organised by the Government Digital Service (GDS)
  • Special session organised by the Office for National Statistics (ONS)

Organisations represented include: 

European Commission | University of Cambridge | New York University | The Alan Turing Institute |  Harvard University | Jawharlal Nehru University, India | Tel Aviv University, Israel | Stanford University | UNICEF | Greater London Authority | Open Data Institute | Tallinn University, Finland | Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, UK| University of Washington | Ministry of Justice, UK | Nesta | Royal Statistical Society | University of Queensland, Australia | KU Leuven, Belgium | Eurostat | The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) | Department for Communities and Local Government, UK | UN Global Pulse | University of Zurich, Switzerland | Imperial College London | Vodafone | Bank of England | Cancer Research UK | Benefacts, Ireland | Metropolitan Police Service, UK | PricewaterhouseCoopers, UK | Carnegie Mellon University | Essex County Council | Administrative Data Research Network (ADRN) | Cambridge University Press | Hebrew University, Israel | Sage Publications | University of Essex | Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia | All Party Parliamentary Group on Data Analytics (APGDA), UK | Data-Pop Alliance | J-PAL North America |  IP Australia | University of Oxford | Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand | University of Dublin, Ireland | Leiden University, Netherlands | Australian National University | Bocconi University, Italy | Nova School of Business and Economics, Portugal | GlassAI | Intel | The Local Data Company | French Biodiversity Agency | Social Coin | Pulse Lab Jakarta, Indonesia | CognitionX |  Ordnance Survey, UK | National Archives, UK | University of Southern California, USA | University College London

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