• November 28, 2018
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Weekly briefing: 100 Most Influential Young People in Government; public service Q&A

Our weekly rundown of what's working in policy

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100 Future Leaders: The World’s Most Influential Young People in Government. Drawing on hundreds of nominations, Apolitical recognises the trailblazers who have made a mark early in their careers — from policymakers exerting influence on the world stage to civil servants quietly transforming the face of local government.

You won the election. Now, here’s how to go from candidate to policymaker. Invest in critical skills like data literacy and agility, engage with citizens and avoid costly failures — these are a few of the seven actions winners should take as they transition to public office.

Public servants around the world are looking for answers to the same questions. That’s why Apolitical is introducing a new Q&A feature that gives them the chance to learn from their peers. Send us your burning questions, and we’ll crowdsource answers from our 140-country network.

Missed appointments cost government — can behavioural science help? Hospitals, job centres, rehabilitation programs and other public services hemorrhage money due to poor attendance. Here’s how putting citizens at the centre of design could save governments billions.

From research labs to data training, this is how to bring evidence into policy. Policymakers are relying on Google to find out what policies work due to a lack of evidence infrastructure, a new report reveals. Here are six steps governments can take to change that.

An unrivalled open data experiment is transforming France. A focus on making data public and accessible, fostering experimentation in municipalities and attracting top technologists to the public sector has turned France into a model for digital governance.


How can public servants harness digital technologies to engage citizens? Find out in an online conversation with cross-sector experts on December 3 at 4 pm GMT.

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Technology Frontiers

Ohio is letting businesses pay their taxes in bitcoin. As of this week, they can pay everything from employee to cigarette sales taxes using the cryptocurrency. The state will eventually allow individuals to pay in bitcoin, too.
(The Wall Street Journal)

Artificial intelligence is helping the UK stop violent crime before it happens. Police are using AI and data to assess the risk of someone committing gun or knife crime, then offering them preemptive interventions like counselling. It’s the first project of its kind, but experts warn that predicting crime raises ethical concerns.
(New Scientist)

Washington, DC has made GitHub the authoritative digital source for laws. It stores the digital versions of its enacted laws on the website, which is used by software developers to share and collaborate. Changes are fed directly into the district’s legal code.

Evolving Cities

Japan may pay citizens $27,000 to move out of Tokyo. It’s part of a plan to lure residents from the capital — where one in every three people in Japan live — and into underpopulated areas. Local governments are also attracting new residents by offering tax cuts and relocation subsidies.


“More public servants in France are understanding that government is turning into a software editor: we are either writing code or buying code to provide public services” — Mohammed Adnene Trojette, deputy secretary general of France’s public sector audit authority

Health and Ageing

Sales tax will fund mental health treatment in Denver. The 0.25% tax — which 68% of citizens voted for — will raise an estimated $45 million per year for therapy, treatment centres and education programs. Colorado has the ninth highest suicide rate in the US.

Gender Equality

Tunisia’s cabinet approved a long-contested gender-equal inheritance law. Current laws restrict women to half what men are entitled to. If the bill is ratified by parliament, Tunisia will become the first Arab country to allow all women to inherit the same amount as men.
(Middle East Monitor)

And finally

In Nepal, citizens vote for least corrupt public official. Integrity Idol, a reality TV show that started in Nepal but has since spread to countries from Pakistan to Liberia, aims to change the way people perceive public servants by showcasing their honesty and accountability.


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