Blogs

  • Digital Pulse: how ready are Germans for the digital life?

    New research published by Readie shows that Germans are apprehensive about embracing new technology and sharing economy platforms. Nearly half say they would not sit in a driverless car (46 per cent) or receive brain surgery...
    Kimberley Ballantyne
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  • Digital Pulse: how ready is the UK for the digital life?

    New research published by Readie shows that UK adults believe that the positives provided by the internet outweigh the negatives (78 per cent), but also that the benefits are not shared equally across society. People aged...
    Kimberley Ballantyne
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  • Citizen click: using digital technology to engage people in politics

    Political scientist Peter Mair’s Ruling the Void: The Hollowing of Western Democracy was published in 2013. The book is unfinished. Although Mair carefully assessed the crisis of Western democracy, he died before he could propose any...
    Kimberley Ballantyne
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  • Reprise of the Robots

    Readie’s Valerie Mocker joined BBC World Service Tech Tent presenter Rory Cellan-Jones and Chris Foxx from the BBC Online tech desk to discuss the impact of robots on the workforce. The presenters visited the London Science...
    Kimberley Ballantyne
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  • Readie Policy Summit 2016: Digital, done better

    Digital technology is completely changing the way we live and work and the pace of technological change shows no signs of slowing. What can governments do to create a strong digital economy and ensure Europe is...
    Olivia Chapman
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  • In conversation with… Hal Varian

    Data is transforming the way we interact with the world. Every second more than 54,000 Google searches are conducted, 7,000 some tweets are shared and more than 2 million emails are sent. A surge in search...
    Olivia Chapman
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  • Diane Coyle: Making the most of platforms

    Why doesn’t Europe have home-grown digital platforms on the scale of Google, Uber, Airbnb or Facebook? Could platforms do a better job than the public sector in providing transport or traffic management – and if so,...
    Olivia Chapman
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  • How should we govern the digital economy?

    At Readie’s recent Digital Economy Research Summit, Nesta’s CEO Geoff Mulgan noted that “we’re witnessing an extraordinary series of digital revolutions in our economy”. They’re certainly extraordinary: never before has digital technology attracted such levels of...
    Matthew Davies
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  • What you should know about the platform economy

    “In the past 10 or 15 years, ‘platforms’ and ‘digital platforms’ have become pervasive buzzwords,” says Annabelle Gawer. This is the same person whose MIT professor once said to her “Interesting thesis, but don’t use the...
    Olivia Chapman
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  • The ‘new’ digital economy is not paying off in terms of higher productivity – yet

    Despite rapid digital innovation, booming spending on digital services, and spectacular tech-price declines, the New Digital Economy of mobile, broadband, and cloud has had little visible impact thus far on hard measures of growth, productivity, or profits....
    Olivia Chapman
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  • 60% of policymakers we spoke to want to know how to help startups grow. Do you know what works?

    Europe’s digital economy is changing at an unprecedented rate. According to the European Commission’s recent plans for a digital Europe the “digitisation of products and services will add more than €110 billion of revenue for industry”. Economist...
    Olivia Chapman
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  • Kaja Kallas: The key is to look into the future, rather than be stuck in the past

    Estonia is arguably Europe’s leading digital society. In 2007 it was the first country to allow online voting in a general election and with one of the world’s fastest broadband networks, the country is a hotbed...
    Olivia Chapman
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  • Danish Business Minister Troels Lund Poulsen talks about removing red tape, big data and robots

    Denmark frequently ranks as one of the best places in the world to start a business (Forbes, CopCap). But what’s key to creating a thriving startup country? What policies can make your country an entrepreneur-friendly one? Continuing our blog...
    Olivia Chapman
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  • There’s nothing wrong with Europe’s digital economy that cannot be fixed with what’s right about it

    This week we welcomed leading experts and researchers from across Europe with businesses and policy makers to Readie’s Research Summit 2016. Over two days, we discussed and explored What Drives Europe’s Digital Economy. Making research agile and asking the...
    Olivia Chapman
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  • Understanding the digital economy

    On 22 March 2016, Readie brought together leading experts from across Europe to discuss best ways to uncover emerging technologies, businesses models, hot startups and scaleups. Our guest author Geoff Mulgan, Chief Executive of Nesta, was a speaker....
    Geoff Mulgan
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  • Andrus Ansip, European Commission VP, shares his digital priorities with us

    Europe’s digital economy – everybody is talking about it. But what is actually happening across the region? Which priorities, policies and programmes are our neighbours looking at that you can learn from to make most of...
    Olivia Chapman
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  • European technology as a global leader: a battle for hearts and minds

    On 22 March 2016, Readie is bringing together leading experts from across Europe to discuss the best ways uncover emerging technologies, businesses models and hot startups and scaleups. Our guest author Ivo Spiegel, tech.eu co-founder and...
    Ivo Spigel
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  • Looking for data? 400,000 open datasets you might like

    Data fuels the Digital Economy. In particular Open Data has significant, and untapped, potential. What is Open Data? Open data is data that anyone can access, use or share  (Open Data Institute). Why does Open Data...
    Valerie Mocker
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  • ‘Readie’ for digital

    Why better data matters so much
    Valerie Mocker
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