Policy Fellowship for Gaia Marcus

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Gaia Marcus is Head of Data Strategy at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in the UK Government, responsible for delivering a National Data Strategy that will unlock the power of data in the UK economy and government, while building public confidence in its use.

Gaia has spent the majority of her career in the charity sector, specialising in Tech for Good, communities and data strategy. As Data Strategy Lead at Parkinson's UK, she delivered a roadmap for better delivering Parkinson's UK’s key aims – a cure and better services – whilst improving its data maturity, skills and culture. At Centrepoint, she delivered Centrepoint Helpline, the first ever national advice service for young people experiencing or at risk of homelessness, and the UK's first youth homelessness open data source – yhdatabank.com. In her role as Senior Researcher at the RSA, Gaia led research for the Connected Communities programme and the organisation’s social network analysis. 

Gaia holds a BA in History (First Class Honours) from University College London, and an MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights (with Distinction) from the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London.

Objectives.

•Ensure that academic expertise and research drive the framing of the UK National Data Strategy

•Dig deeper into key issues that government needs to better understand in designing the National Data Strategy – some ideas below, but keen to have dialogue on this

•Ensure that the National Data Strategy consultation itself reflects best practice in developing a strategy for such a broad topic at a national scale – e.g. learning from the two-phase public consultation process used to develop Brazil’s Internet Bill of Rights

Questions

  • 1. How do we define the ‘value of data’, if at all? What is government’s role, if any, in setting principles or models with which to measure/quantify/better understand it?
  • 2. How might we take the long view on automation, changes (and threats!) to the workforce, and the role of data in the future of work?
  • 3. What are the effects on society of the Internet giants’ business models – e.g. addiction and the attention economy; radicalising of discourse… and what can/should government’s response be?
  • 4. How national government can or should interface with supranational monopolies?
  • 5. How can we best design effective public consultation on emergent topics (e.g. to consult the public on a national data strategy, we also need to educate them on data)?
  • 6. How might we take the long view: anything ‘round the corner’ that a national data strategy team should be aware of?
  • 30 Apr 2019 19:00

    Overnight Accommodation at Wolfson College

    Wolfson College Barton Rd, Cambridge CB3 9BB

  • 1 May 2019 08:45

    Taxi to CSaP

    Wolfson College (Porters Lodge) Barton Road

    Directions to next meeting: CSaP to arrange taxi to pick up at 08:45.

  • 1 May 2019 09:00 – 09:30

    Meeting with Erica Pramauro, Policy Fellowships Coordinator

    e.pramauro@jbs.cam.ac.uk

    Centre for Science and Policy, 10 Trumpington Street, Cambridge, CB2 1QA
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    Directions to next meeting: 15 minute walk.

  • 1 May 2019 10:00 – 11:00

    Meeting with Professor Diane Coyle, Bennett Professor of Public Policy, Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Cambridge

    dc700@cam.ac.uk

    Bennett Institute Room 223, Alison Richard Building 7 West Road Cambridge CB3 9DT

    Directions to next meeting: 15 minute walk.

  • 1 May 2019 12:30 – 13:30

    Lunch with Professor Frank Kelly

    f.p.kelly@statslab.cam.ac.uk

    Christ's College, St Andrew's Street CB2 3BU (ask at Porters' Lodge)

    Directions to next meeting: CSaP to arrange taxi to pick up at 13:45.

  • 1 May 2019 14:00 – 15:00

    Meeting with Professor Jon Crowcroft, Marconi Professor of Communications Systems, Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge

    jon.crowcroft@cl.cam.ac.uk

    2. How might we take the long view on automation, changes (and threats!) to the workforce, and the role of data in the future of work?

    Computer Lab (William Gates Building), 15 JJ Thomson Avenue, CB3 0FD (ask at Reception)
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    Directions to next meeting: CSaP to arrange taxi to pick up at 15:10.

  • 1 May 2019 16:00 – 17:00

    Meeting with Dr David Cleevely, Chairman, Raspberry Pi

    david.office@cleevely.co.uk

    Centre for Science and Policy 10 Trumpington Street

  • 1 May 2019 19:00

    Overnight Accommodation at Wolfson College

    Wolfson College Barton Rd, Cambridge CB3 9BB

  • 2 May 2019 09:00 – 09:45

    Meeting with Dr Rob Doubleday, Executive Director

    rvld2@cam.ac.uk

    Centre for Science and Policy, 10 Trumpington Street CB2 1QA
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  • 2 May 2019 10:00 – 11:00

    Meeting with Dr Jennifer Cobbe, Coordinator, Trust and Technology Initiative

    jc2106@cam.ac.uk

    Centre for Science and Policy 10 Trumpington Street Cambridge

  • 2 May 2019 11:15 – 12:15

    Meeting with Dr Marcus Tomalin, Project Manager, Giving Voice to Digital Democracies, CRASSH

    mt126@cam.ac.uk

    Office O4 Downing College Regent St, Cambridge CB2 1DQ
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    Directions to next meeting: 15 minute walk.

  • 2 May 2019 12:45 – 13:45

    Meeting with Dr Advait Sarkar, Postdoctoral Researcher, Microsoft Research Cambridge

    advait@microsoft.com

    Microsoft Research 21 Station Rd, Cambridge CB1 2FB

    Directions to next meeting: CSaP to arrange taxi to pick up at 13:45.

  • 2 May 2019 14:00 – 15:00

    Meeting with Professor Jim Norton (will include lunch)

    jim@profjimnorton.com

    Centre for Science and Policy 10 Trumpington Street

    Directions to next meeting: CSaP to arrange taxi to pick up at 15:00.

  • 2 May 2019 15:30 – 16:30

    Meeting with Dr Jan Storgårds, Sector Lead for Digital and Creative Industries, Anglia Ruskin University

    jan.storgards@anglia.ac.uk

    Anglia Ruskin University, Helmore Reception

  • 2 May 2019 19:00

    Overnight Accommodation at Wolfson College

    Wolfson College Barton Rd, Cambridge CB3 9BB

  • 3 May 2019 09:20

    Taxi to RAND

    Wolfson College Barton Road

    Directions to next meeting: CSaP to arrange taxi to pick up at 09:15.

  • 3 May 2019 09:45 – 10:45

    Meeting with Dr Salil Gunashekar, Senior Analyst, RAND Europe and Sarah Parks, Senior Analyst, RAND Europe

    sgunashe@rand.org sparks@rand.org

    RAND Europe Westbrook Centre/Milton Rd, Cambridge CB4 1YG

    Directions to next meeting: CSaP to arrange taxi to pick up at 10:50.

  • 3 May 2019 11:00 – 12:00

    Meeting with Professor Lorna Woods, Director of Research, School of Law, University of Essex

    lmwoods@essex.ac.uk

    3. What are the effects on society of the Internet giants’ business models – e.g. addiction and the attention economy; radicalising of discourse… and what can/should government’s response be?

    4. How national government can or should interface with supranational monopolies?

    Centre for Science and Policy (Phone call)

    Directions to next meeting: CSaP to arrange taxi to pick up at 12:00.

  • 3 May 2019 12:30 – 14:00

    Meeting with Dr Julian Huppert (includes lunch)

    jlh29@cam.ac.uk

    Jesus College, Jesus Lane, Cambridge, CB5 8BL (meet in Julian's room - enter through West Court entrance off Jesus Lane, go up the main staircase to the 1st floor, and his room is straight in front of you to the right of the elevator.
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  • 3 May 2019 14:00 – 15:00

    Meeting with Ann Kristin Glenster, PhD Candidate, Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge

    akg48@cam.ac.uk

    Centre for Science and Policy 10 Trumpington Street

    Directions to next meeting: CSaP to arrange taxi to pick up at 15:10.

  • 3 May 2019 15:30 – 16:30

    Meeting with Alanna Gluck

    alanna.gluck@cdbb.cam.ac.uk

    Maxwell Centre University of Cambridge Cavendish Laboratory JJ Thomson Avenue Cambridge CB3 0HE

    Directions to next meeting: CSaP to arrange taxi to pick up at 16:30.

  • 3 May 2019 16:30 – 17:00

    Taxi to Train Station

    Cambridge Train Station