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London Assembly seeking applicants for capital’s first chief digital officer

London Assembly has this week opened applications for the first chief digital officer in the capital.

The digital officer will work in the Mayor’s Office convening GLA officials, the Smart London Board, local authorities and technology sectors to encourage collaboration and the adoption of common standards around data and service transformation.

A successful candidate needs to be someone with a good knowledge of how technology can be used and developed to make local government and public services run more efficiently and fully utilise the benefits of technology.

They will also be a “powerful advocate for technology” who can communicate well to influence a wide range of stakeholders and managers in different levels of the public service structure.

The job advert states: “London is a world-leading hub for digital technology, data science and urban innovation. These technologies have the potential to transform the way that Londoners and visitors experience our city.

“So much has been achieved already – from smart ticketing and contactless technology in our transport network, to the London Datastore.

“But there is so much more we can do to transform the ways in which we plan, discuss and deliver public services and government for Londoners – making them more accessible, efficient, and better suited to the needs of our complex and diverse city.”

Applications close on Tuesday 23 May.

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