In 2013 the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, formed the Smart London Board, the function of which is to put in place a strategy to ensure digital technology improves London. Formed of some the city’s foremost technology experts, the Board drafted “The Future of Smart” report which offered its recommendations to the Mayor to help fuel innovation and greater efficiency in the Capital.
The Greater London Authority (GLA) has now published a March 2016 update to this original report, where the Smart London Board recommends that the next Mayoral term should see the appointment of Chief Digital Officer for London.
The report says, “The Mayor should…Examine options for enhancing city leadership in data and technology. This could take the form of any or all of the following: a Chief Technology Officer, a Chief Information Officer, or a Chief Digital Officer — with the Chief Digital Officer as the recommended option by the Board.“
The report is available in full via the GLA website here (the information included in this article is featured on page 59).