Science and technology

Admissions and Life at the School, Science and technology, Security and conflict, Students

Cyberchase team and judges during the challenge

A strong cybersecurity team is multidisciplinary: our experience of the Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge

Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge is a cyber policy competition run by the Atlantic Council for students on both sides of the pond, with an annual competition event dedicated to UK universities and supported by the UK government. This year the competition took place virtually and we were lucky to be […]

Faculty, Health, welfare and well-being, Science and technology

Does lockdown policy influence public behaviour? Combining our government response tracker with Google mobility data

Does lockdown policy influence public behaviour? Combining our government response tracker with Google mobility data

With COVID-19 cases still on the rise globally, and vaccination programmes just getting started, governments who want to address second and third waves of the virus are having to focus on changing public behaviour with ‘lockdown’ policies. But are these policies effectively influencing the behaviour of the public? We have […]

by × 22 February 2021 ×

Science and technology, Staff

Photo by Pietro Jeng on Unsplash

Digital transformation is not a plug-and-play solution

There’s probably not a government on the planet that’s yet to fully realise the value and potential in digital. The opportunity to make services more efficient and grow the economy has pushed digital transformation to the forefront of government reforms. But despite the opportunities — and the ambitions of many […]

by × 17 February 2021 ×

Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law, Science and technology

How to build a ‘digital nation’: Perspectives from Mongolia

How to build a ‘digital nation’: Perspectives from Mongolia

In 2020, the Mongolian government set out its five-year mission to build a ‘digital nation’, harnessing data and technology to facilitate innovation, streamline public services and diversify Mongolia’s mining-reliant economy. In July of that year, I was appointed as the Chairwoman of the Communications and Information Technology Authority of Mongolia […]

by × 08 February 2021 ×

Economic growth and resilience, Governance, cooperation and law, Science and technology

Developing the UK’s digital trade strategy: Insights from our digital trade workshop

Developing the UK’s digital trade strategy: Insights from our digital trade workshop

On 27 January, the Blavatnik School of Government co-hosted a multi-stakeholder workshop on the ‘Implications of digital trade provisions in UK trade agreements’. The workshop, a joint project between Digital Pathways at Oxford and the Global Economic Governance Programme – both research programmes based at the Blavatnik School – and […]

by × 03 February 2021 ×

Faculty, Science and technology

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The ‘tech’tonic plates begin to shift

Russia is back with a bang this month in the great game of cyber competition. The SolarWinds supply chain compromise, which counts among its confirmed victims some of the most important institutions in the US government and one of America’s best cyber security companies, will go down in history as […]

by × 21 December 2020 ×

Faculty, Science and technology

Health workers during the Ebola outbreak in Beni, Democratic Republic of Congo, January 2019. 
Photo: World Bank / Vincent Tremeau

Catalyst for digital regulation: COVID-19 can push developing countries to improve the governance of digital technologies

Countries around the world are adopting increasingly stringent policies to contain the spread of COVID-19, and digital tools have been important allies in governments’ responses to the virus. The internet has of course proved invaluable to fill the void left by social distancing, allowing individuals to continue to work, study, […]

by × 20 April 2020 ×

Science and technology, Students

‘A Look at the Issues’: the Blavatnik School students’ podcast on current public policy matters

‘A Look at the Issues’: the Blavatnik School students’ podcast on current public policy matters

When we started our Master of Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government and met all the students and staff, we could not help but feel overwhelmed by the diversity, the passion, the compassion and the vision that everyone had. What every single individual who studies and works here […]

by × 28 February 2020 ×