By Max Salsbury
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has appointed the capital’s first ever chief digital officer.
Labour councillor Theo Blackwell will now be in charge of quite a lot of things, such as connectivity, digital inclusion, open data, cyber security, data sharing and going round people’s houses to fix their routers (I made the last one up).
Mr Blackwell, who was formerly Camden Council’s cabinet member for finance, technology and growth, claims that the post represents an ‘amazing opportunity’ to improve public services, make London more open to innovation, and support jobs and investment.
He added: ‘The pace of change over the next decade requires public services to develop a stronger relationship with the tech sector. Our purpose is to fully harness London’s world-class potential to make our public services faster and more reliable at doing things we expect online, but also adaptable enough to overcome the capital’s most complex challenges.’
The new CDO will perhaps preside over a new era of driverless cars, drone deliveries and, who knows, killer robots?
Taking time out from being on the end of bizarre Twitter attacks from the President of the United States, the Mayor said: ‘I am determined to make London the world’s leading ‘smart city’ with digital technology and data at the heart of making our capital a better place to live, work and visit. We already lead in digital technology, data science and innovation and I want us to make full use of this in transforming our public services for Londoners and the millions of visitors to our great city.
‘I am delighted to appoint Theo Blackwell as London’s first chief digital officer, and I know he will use his experience working in the technology sector and developing public services to improve the lives of all Londoners.’