Responsible innovation monthly round up – March

Written by Catherine Makin on 13 Mar, 20
Responsible innovation

A regular update on activities within our responsible innovation theme.

What we’ve been doing:

When we launched our Connecting Bristol strategy last year, Mayor Marvin Rees set the vision for this strategy to “shape Bristol’s transformation into a fair and inclusive city where everyone can benefit from, participate in and contribute to the social and economic benefits of digital technology”.

We see digital inclusion as a foundation of a well-connected and inclusive city. We’ve begun thinking about digital inclusion in a wider context of responsible innovation. This approach aims to keep people at the center of tech development, and ensure our smart cities and digital technology projects embed ethical data practices and equitable use of technologies, alongside digital inclusion, skills and community engagement.

As we begin to explore issues around digital ethics and public trust we’ve started bumping in to all sorts of interesting conversations within our own organisation and outside. It’s reassuring to know we’re not the only ones thinking about and grappling with a host of tough questions and uncomfortable unknowns. If you’re exploring these ideas and have something to share, please get in touch:

What we’ve read:

We’ve been making use of the One Digital Knowledge Hub resources, particularly the guidance on setting up a digital champions programme. We’re using these resources as establish our own internal programme, to support the council’s digital transformation. Our ambition is to increase the digital skills of our workforce and to ultimately help spread digital skills across the city.

What we’re looking forward to:

All Digital Week takes place between 23-29 March across Europe. All Digital week is aimed at empowering individuals and creating a world where everybody can access digital. Sign-up and take part or add events to the map.

At our Homelessness, Housing and the Digital Divide hackathon, Universal Credit was discussed as a particular challenge for people without digital skills. This webinar Using Learn My Way to Support Universal Credit on 26 March 10-11am will guide people through the application process, and recommend which resources to use at each stage, and with people in different situations. Register online.

Finally, a call for organisations across the country to support the 2021 census. The 2021 census will be ‘digital first’. Good Things Foundation is working with the Office of National Statistics to provide a Census Support Service, to help people to complete the census online, particularly those who are digitally and socially excluded, without digital skills or digital access. Expressions of interest must be registered by 27 March. The census is being completed between March and May 2021.

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