Zencity acquires Elucd, bolstering efforts to understand citizen sentiment

StateUp 21 member Zencity has just announced its acquisition of US-based polling and data analysis startup Elucd. Here’s what you need to know. What’s interesting about Zencity? Tel Aviv-based Zencity enables data-driven decision-making for local government through access to residents’ online feedback. The startup gathers data from sources including social media, local news channels, emails, CRMs, Google analytics, and 311 (non-emergency …

Logically’s new platform uses AI to combat mis- and disinformation at scale

StateUp 21 member Logically just launched a new threat intelligence platform that can identify, analyse and disarm harmful online misinformation at scale. Here’s what you need to know. What’s interesting about Logically? Logically was set up to combat online misinformation and disinformation across a variety of online media. Logically’s media intelligence, credibility assessment, veracity assessment, and social network intelligence capabilities …

Edgybees secures $9.5m funding

StateUp 21 member Edgybees just raised $9.5 million USD. Here’s what you need to know about them. What’s interesting about Edgybees? Edgybees began life as a gaming company that used AR to create realistic graphics.  It subsequently began using drones and automated video analytics to capture live feeds of disaster situations overlaid with geo-information, including maps, building layouts, points of …

Biden-Harris Win Could Bolster Digital Government

by Tanya Filer After an arduous campaign, the Democrats have won the US presidential election. The win may be a boon for digital government in the US. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris has been a long-time technology advocate in the Senate and California judiciary. Based on her track record, we anticipate a renewed emphasis on digitalisation of the state, and technology …

Bridging the Gap Between Government and Technology

“The question about trust or confidence in technology is one of the most important questions of our time,” says the University of Oxford’s Ciaran Martin. Speaking as part of a Digital Translators event co-hosted by StateUp and University of Cambridge’s Centre for Science and Policy, he suggested that technology as a matter of public discourse is presently poorly understood. Rather …

StateUp at OECD E-Leaders Annual Meeting 2020

Dr. Tanya Filer, Founder and Director of StateUp delivered the keynote presentation at the OECD’s E-Leaders 2020 conference. Tanya discussed how to build a digitally-enabled state during the closing plenary session. She was joined by Siim Sikkut, Chair of the E-Leaders Working Party and Government CIO of Estonia; Elsa Pilichowski, Director, Public Governance at the OECD; Barbara Ubaldi, Digital Government …

Digital Minilateralism: New research from University of Cambridge

The scale of the Covid-19 pandemic has underlined the need for policymakers facing similar, and globally entwined, challenges to be able to learn quickly from peers what has worked – or not – elsewhere. Yet little is understood about how lessons are learned and ideas shared in relation to government technology uptake, use and governance. New research at the Bennett …