DL Annual Lecture

12th February 2014 | The Houses of Parliament

Mobile First – future looming implications for society, education and government

The third Digital Leaders Annual Lecture  took place on February 12th 2014 in the Houses of Parliament from 17:30-20:00. Hosted by Andrew Miller MP, Chair of the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee, and delivered by Chris Locke, Managing Director of GSMA Mobile for Development.

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With over 20 years direct experience in the internet and mobile industries, Chris Locke set out his vision of the future, supported by evidence and examples drawn from developed and developing markets, to demonstrate that while mobile has already begun to transform our lives – the full extent of this social and economic revolution is impatiently waiting in the wings.

As mobile devices and tablets become the primary medium for access to information, content and services – what are the newfound opportunities and challenges which arise in the fields of education, health, public service delivery and economic development? How can we maximise the empowerment of new social and economic groups through enhanced access to health and education resources as well as digital government and financial services? How do we adapt to an environment where individuals and businesses are increasingly able to participate in the global information economy from anywhere on the planet at the time of their choosing? As mobile devices become the first and often only way that younger generation users and citizens in emerging markets get online – how do we determine the kinds of platforms and services which will adequately satisfy this rising demand?

The Annual Lecture concluded with a Panel Discussion with Mike Bracken, Stephen King and Andrew Miller MP and Q & A with the audience.  Following this there was a well earned drink and a chance to network with guests and speakers. Lecture Programme; 17:30 -Arrival 18:00 – Lecture begins 18:45 – Panel Discussion and Q & A 19:30 – Networking Drink 20:00 – Close


Chris Locke, Managing Director of GSMA Mobile for Development

Chris Locke - 091010Chris Locke is the Managing Director of GSMA Mobile for Development.  GSMA Mobile for Development works with the mobile industry globally to build services that have a development impact for the poorest people in the world.  It helps take critical mobile services such as health, farmer, money & learning tools to scale to help countries develop at a nation-wide level. Chris has spent the past 15 years working in the mobile and internet industries, for companies such as the Virgin Group, Three, AOL and T-Mobile. Previous to his industry career he was the Xerox Lecturer in Electronic Communication and Publishing at University College London, and has maintained strong links to the research community, including being the editor of “Thumbculture: The Meaning of Mobile Phones in Society”, an anthology of research considering the global social effect of mobile technology.

Mike Bracken CBE, Executive Director of Digital, Cabinet Office

Mike Bracken is the Executive Director of Digital in the Cabinet Office, which sits at the centre of Government and aims to make Government work better. Mike joined in July 2011, and spent the first several months in Government creating the Government Digital Service (GDS). The GDS includes GOV.UK, the digital transformation programme, the Identity Assurance programme, and the Data and Performance platform for public services.  In addition, the GDS has developed the Government digital strategy, and works as part of the Efficiency and Reform Group to reform public services. Prior to joining the Cabinet Office, Mike worked as the Director of Digital Development at Guardian News & Media.

Stephen King, partner at Omidyar Network

stephen_kingStephen King is a partner at Omidyar Network, Stephen brings exceptional experience in applying media and technology to create positive social impact.  Stephen leads the global Government Transparency initiative and a portfolio that includes a broad range of national and global organizations.  Many are innovators in the use of technology to help make governments more responsive and aid citizens in holding their governments to account.  The portfolio includes:  Sunlight FoundationGlobal VoicesFundación Ciudadano Inteligente, mySocietyNew CitizenJanaagraha and Ushahidi, among others. Prior to Omidyar Network, Stephen served as the chief executive of BBC Media Action, where he led a period of sustained growth that included building programs in more than 40 countries in the developing world. Stephen helped establish the organization’s international reputation as one of the largest and most successful organizations using media and communications to improve the lives of the world’s poor and promote better governance and transparency worldwide. Prior to the BBC, Stephen held executive positions at several non-profit organizations based in the United Kingdom and the developing world. Stephen is based in London and is a board member of Ushahidi, Global Voices, and mySociety. He holds an MA in Oriental and African studies from the University of London.

Andrew Miller MP

Andrew Miller is the Labour Member of Parliament for Ellesmere Port and Neston, and is also Chair of the Science and Technology Select Committee; Chair of the Parliamentary & Scientific Committee; Vice-Chair of the Parliamentary Internet, Communications and Technology Forum (PICTFOR) and a Member of the Liaison Committee.  Between 1992 and 2001 he was also a member of the House of Commons Information Committee and has served on many other parliamentary committees. Mr Miller began his career as a technician in geology at the Portsmouth Polytechnic, where he developed an XRF and XRD laboratory.  He then moved into industrial relations and was an official for the Manufacturing, Science and Finance Union where he represented many scientists and engineers working in leading companies from 1977 until he was elected to Parliament in 1992. Mr Miller is the author of: ‘Information and Communication Technology Tools for Better Government‘ a paper commissioned by the Cabinet Office Minister in preparation for the Modernising Government White Paper in 1998. Mr Miller also presents widely on Information Technology, E-working and E-Government.