The inception of Data for Policy was as a result of the observation, by academics in the field, that the rapidly emerging and developing digital technologies can be utilised to inform and direct public policy. The central idea was to bring together technologists and those involved in public policy, and thereby facilitate an interdisciplinary forum of discussion.

The inaugural conference was in 2015; since then further conferences have followed –

Data for Policy 2019, London – Digital Trust and Personal Data

Data for Policy 2017, London – Government by Algorithm?

Data for Policy 2016, Cambridge – Frontiers of Data Science for Government: Ideas, Practices, and Projections

Data for Policy 2015, Cambridge – Policy-making in the Big Data Era: Opportunities and Challenges