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London to get first ever Chief Digital Officer

The new CDO will work with the Mayor’s Office, the Mayor’s Smart London Board, local authorities and the technology sector 

Digital technology at the heart of London life
Digital technology at the heart of London life

This month sees Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London begin the search to find London’s first ever Chief Digital Officer (CDO).


The Mayor wants London to be a world leader in smart city stakes, with digital technology right at its heart, making the capital an even better place to live, work and invest.


London is widely regarded as Europe’s leading technology hub. There are now more than 40,000 digital technology companies in the capital, employing approximately 250,000 people. More than a third of these businesses have been set up in the last five years and it is forecast that a further 12,500 will have been created by 2025.


Fulfilling a manifesto commitment, the new CDO will be tasked with ensuring that London’s reputation for technological innovation is used to transform the way that public services are delivered in London, making them more accessible, efficient, and better suited to the needs of Londoners.


London is already a world leader in the use of digital and smart technology to improve public services and city life. Examples range from ticketing and contactless technology on the transport network, to the London Datastore – a free and open resource where anyone can access vast amounts of data relating to the city, including tech start-ups that have used open data to create new apps.


Mayor Khan said: “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.

“I want to take the digital transformation of our public services to the next level, so we can improve the ways in which we plan and deliver public services for Londoners.


“I am delighted to begin my search for a Chief Digital Officer, so we can make London an even smarter smart city and use our incredible technological abilities to the best effect.”


The new CDO will work with the Mayor’s Office, the Mayor’s Smart London Board, local authorities and the technology sector to encourage collaboration and adoption of common standards around data and service transformation, to drive the development of smart-city technology, and to build London’s reputation as the city that the world looks to for leadership in urban innovation.


The CDO will also work with the Smart London Board and City Hall to develop and subsequently deliver a new Smart London Strategy that will open up London to innovation through smart technologies and programmes.

In addition, they will anticipate the impacts of new disruptive and transformative technologies and ensure timely responses from the GLA group both in terms of policy and action, and promote and support the implementation of the Mayor’s digital inclusion and cyber-security policies.


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