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Tech States

Tech States is the Institute's video and podcast interview series featuring leading digital policymakers and public policy professionals.

Episode 2: Dr. Jolly Wong

Policymakers must "maintain a dialogue with science and technology experts".

Dr. Jolly Wong is Chief Technology Officer of the Hong Kong Police Force (HKP), and a policy fellow at the Centre for Science and Policy at the University of Cambridge. At HKP, Jolly oversees the formulation and execution of policies and strategies concerning information and communications technology. In this episode of Tech States, Jolly discusses a variety of topics including the policing of protest, surveillance technologies, biases in training data and the importance of social media for contemporary police work.

Episode 1: Russell Davies

"If you make the machine work incredibly effectively, what are the checks and balances to stop people abusing that?" 

Russell Davies is former Director of Strategy for the UK Government Digital Service (GDS), which is widely considered a global pioneer in digital government. In this episode, Russell discusses the founding days of GDS, the challenges to public sector technology reform, institutional memory-building, and the future of digital government in cities and states across the world.


About Tech States

Tech States sets out to explore the complex, exciting and at times concerning relationship between government, politics, and digital and new technologies.

In what ways are states engaging digital technologies as instruments of government? How do these uses enhance democracy or put it under pressure? What role should the state play in regulating how citizens and businesses develop and use digital and new technologies? Tech States sets out to tackle these and related questions.

In our conversations, we hope to contribute to better understanding of the challenges and opportunities that digital technologies pose to statecraft; to encourage critical reflection among varied stakeholders; and to strengthen the relationship between the practice of public policy and research on the digital state.

For further information on Tech States, please contact Dr. Tanya Filer: tf239@cam.ac.uk. Tech States forms part of the broader Digital State programme.