“I use ‘disruptive’ in both its good and bad connotations. Disruptive scientific and technological progress is not to me inherently good or inherently evil. But its arc is for us to shape. Technology’s progress is furthermore in my judgment unstoppable. But it is quite incorrect that it unfolds inexorably according to its own internal logic and the laws of nature.”
Richard Pope was part of the founding team at the UK Government Digital Service, working as a product manager for the first versions of GOV.UK, which went on to win the Design of the Year award in 2013, and co-authoring the Digital by Default Service Standard, which all UK government digital services must meet. He worked with policy and delivery teams across the UK government redesigning government services in policy areas as diverse as welfare, land registration, and employment.
He was involved in the early days of the UK civic tech scene and has worked across the public and private sector as a technologist and designer. Most recently, he served as COO of IF, a specialist digital rights ethics consultancy.Last Updated: Jun 21, 2019, 12:57pm