College Principal Sir Nigel Shadbolt, has been named as one of the World’s 100 Most Influential People in Digital Government in a list published this month by Apolitical, the peer-to-peer learning platform for governments. The list was chosen from over 500 candidates from across the globe, all nominated by influential contributors, including experts from the United Nations and OECD.
As well as being the Principal of Jesus College and Professorial Research Fellow at Oxford University’s Department of Computer Science, Sir Nigel was an information adviser to the UK government and contributed to the creation of the data.gov.uk portal. He is also Chairman of the Open Data Institute (ODI), which he co-founded with Sir Tim Berners-Lee, and which works with companies and governments to help build an open, trustworthy data ecosystem. Another ODI alumni on the list is Amanda Smith Head of User-Centred Policy Design at the Ministry of Justice.
Sir Nigel’s inclusion on the Apolitical list comes as he is leading the ambitious Northgate Project to develop the College’s facilities for teaching, learning and research. Part of the new development includes a Digital Hub that will bring the worlds of computer science and analytics together with the arts, humanities and science to transform research and research-based learning at the College. In addition, earlier this year, it was announced that Sir Nigel will lead the development of the new Institute for Ethics in AI, based at the University of Oxford and focused on the ethical implications of Artificial Intelligence. The Institute will be part of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Centre for the Humanities.
Also named in the Apolitical list are Martha Lane Fox, founder of Doteveryone and Member of the House of Lords, who helped create the Government Digital Service, Jacqueline de Rojas, president of techUK and the chair of the Digital Leaders' board and John Sheridan, Digital Director of the UK National Archives.