UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose


Empowering citizens through data

20 June 2019, 6:30 pm–8:00 pm

Empowering citizens through data

How do we bring the data economy back under democratic control by building alternative digital platforms that give citizens control over their own data? Join our discussion with Rainer Kattel and world-leading practitioners Francesca Bria, Director of The Urban Task Force, and Jaideep Gupte, researcher in urban violence and development.

This event is free.

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Knowledge Centre
British Library
96 Euston Road
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Watch the videoThis event, in partnership with the British Library, is part of the Innovation and the Welfare State series, a dynamic new lecture series that explores how we can deliver public value through innovation. The series brings world-leading thinkers to debate how we can rethink healthcare, green growth, public access to knowledge and new forms of data ownership as part of the 21st-century welfare state.

We will be live-streaming this event via our Facebook page. If you would like to be put on the waiting list for this event, please contact iippcomms@ucl.ac.uk.

About the Speakers

Francesca Bria

Commissioner of Digital Technology and Innovation at City of Barcelona

Francesca Bria is the Commissioner of Digital Technology and Innovation for the City of Barcelona and leads the DECODE project on data sovereignty in Europe. As Senior Programme Lead at innovation foundation Nesta, she led EU D-CENT, the biggest European project on digital democracy and DSI4EU, an EU-wide effort promoting digital social innovation. Francesca was listed in Forbes Magazine’s Top 50 Women in Tech.

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Jaideep Gupte

Principal Investigator on Smart Data for Inclusive Cities

Dr Jaideep Gupte is the Principal Investigator on Smart Data for Inclusive Cities funded by the European Commission. He is Fellow of the Institute of Development Studies, at the University of Sussex, where his research interrogates urban violence and wellbeing. Jaideep is also interested in using GIS/GPS-aided local data to understand material, temporal and political aspects of urban informality.

Rainer Kattel

Deputy Director at UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose

This event is chaired by IIPP Deputy Director Rainer Kattel. Rainer is Professor of Innovation and Public Governance at University College London (UCL). He is a renowned expert on thinking about creativity within public administration, working for the OECD, UNDP and the European Commission. He is a co-author of Innovation Bureaucracies (forthcoming 2019), which will be the first book-length study on the topic.

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