Press coverage

Find coverage in the press of Reform's latest work below. 

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The Telegraph, 23 August 2017

Alexander Hitchcock, Senior Researcher, wrote an article in The Telegraph following the publication of Reform's report Bobbies on the net: a police workforce for the digital age. Forty-seven per cent of crime involves a digital element. People are 20 times more likely to be a victim of fraud than robbery, costing businesses £144 billion a year. Police forces need to radically upgrade their crime-fighting capabilities to keep citizens safe including gaining specialist cyber skills, secondments and creating a digital academy.

"Digital technology has changed the face of criminal behaviour. The working patterns of police forces need to follow suit."  

Read the full article here.

Verdict, 11 August 2017

Emilie Sundorph, Researcher at Reform, was quoted in an article by Verdict titled 'Fewer police stations are a problem but distrust between the public and the police is worse'. The article discusses new research by the Mail on Sunday, which found that over 400 police stations across the country have been closed in the last ten years.

The article also references research from a 2012 Reform report which found that around 2 people per hour visit police stations over the hours that they are open, based on Freedom of information requests on police stations in London. Emilie highlights that this shows an inefficiency of resources and is partially attributable to the changing methods of communication of the younger generation.

"People live so much of their lives online now. It’s very important the police keep up to date. And that’s not only about solving crimes that are committed online. Efficiency and being a good police service becomes about what kind of police service you are online". 

Read the full article here

Independent Age, 14 August 2017

Danail Vasilev, Researcher at Reform, wrote an article for Independent Age on the potential of housing assets being used to fund social care. If changes aren't made to social care funding now, costs will continue to rise and will fall hardest on the younger generation. The government needs radical ideas to find a solution. Danail Vasilev argued one option can be using older people's housing wealth as a medium-term option before moving into a pre-funded solution for working-age adults, which would be built up over this period. "

Reforming the social care sector requires hard decisions, but postponing them will only leave everybody worse-off."  

Read the full article here.

UK Authority event, 14 July 2017

On Friday 14 July 2017, UKAuthority held a conference titled 'Rise of the Bots: Can AI help transform public services'. The conference looked at how aritifical intelligence (AI), machine learning, robotic process automation and bots can be used to help transform the business of public sector service delivery. Alexander Hitchcock, Senior Researcher at Reform, delivered a presentation on 'iGovern: AI in public services'. You can find the video below:

Media coverage: Jo Johnson MP speech at Reform

On Thursday 20 July, Reform were delighted to host a speech by the Rt Hon Jo Johnson MP, Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, on delivering value for money for students in higher education. Media coverage of the event included the Daily Mail, Politics Home, FE News, The Times (£), BBC News, and TES

BBC Radio Kent and BBC Radio Sussex, 4 July 2017

Alexander Hitchcock, Senior Researcher, appeared on BBC Radio Kent and BBC Sussex to discuss Reform's recent report on digital borders. He argued that the Government should install new technology at the border, such as e-gates, to increase security and enable quicker access to the UK. Listen to the full episode of BBC Radio Kent here. Listen to the full episode of BBC Sussex here.

Diginomica, 30 June 2017

Eleonora Harwich, Researcher at Reform, was interviewed for Diginomica about the implications of artificial intelligence (AI) for UK public services. AI offers great opportunities for public services, including personalised and proactive services, and assisting public servants to detect and identify social issues and create smart interventions. However, she argues that this can't just be rolled out enmasse across the system. This partly because the quality of available data is not unbiased and complete enough, and because there needs to be much more communication and engagement with the public about what it means, how it would be used and the possible positives and negatives.

"We just have not had a sufficient level of debate with the public on the issues of access, transparency and privacy that using data like this warrants. There’s also difficult ethical questions surrounding the use of algorithms in decision-making. Before we get the machines to make an ever-increasing number of decisions for us, we need to do a lot of thinking ourselves."  

Read the full article here.