What Are You Adding?
Clara Barnett of the UK’s Government Digital Service was the inspiration for the DLD Munich 2020 motto, “What Are You Adding?” She opened the conference with an analysis of the current state of the digital world. When discussing exactly what technology companies are and could be adding, Clara Barnett suggested three angles of assessment. Firstly, adding for what? Secondly, adding for whom? And lastly, power.
Although technology has the power to transform and disrupt, it also comes with its respective challenges. “If we are really going to turn things around, we must be ready to ask ourselves: whose voices are we including, amplifying?” Clara Barnet said. “As we set mission statements, design platforms, we need to consciously think of the world we want to create.”
Government Digital Service (UK)
Clara Barnett is Head of Strategy & Governance with the UK’s Government Digital Service (GDS), working on digital and technology transformation across the wider public sector, devolved administrations and internationally. GDS is part of the Cabinet Office and leads the UK government’s digital function, helping departments to transform government to meet user needs.