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Thought Leadership

The policy futurist’s reading list. How speculative fiction can inform better public policy as our society changes and grows in response to new tech
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The policy futurist’s reading list. How speculative fiction can inform better public policy as our society changes and grows in response to new tech

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Sci-fi has offered predictions and inspired many of the technologies we now take for granted. What one person can imagine, another can build. Being able to conceive of the optimistic outcome (and not just what you believe to be the achievable outcome) is the first step to making it happen – in both technology and public policy. 

Ethical AI and government: how guiding machine learning projects with principles will help prevent tech solutions turning into unintended problems
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Ethical AI and government: how guiding machine learning projects with principles will help prevent tech solutions turning into unintended problems

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Artificial intelligence is already being used in unethical ways, both by the world's governments and technology giants. Now is the time to nail down the principles governing AI and machine learning projects. This multipart series begins with a Department of Defence workshop where warfighters, lawyers and philosophers pitched 84 principles for assuring that AIs operating on our behalf remain ethical.

What’s wrong with best practice? How the quest for certainty affects the agility and innovation needed for organisations to thrive
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What’s wrong with best practice? How the quest for certainty affects the agility and innovation needed for organisations to thrive

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We see all around us the evidence that science works. For many years there has been an effort to apply scientific thinking to management. In organisations, managers attempt to define and spread ‘best practice,’ which seems to offer certainty about the correct procedures to follow. Daniel Thornton considers why using terms such as ‘best practice’ is bad practice, and suggests an alternative approach that could help to navigate the complexities of organisational life.

The APS needs to radically and quickly overhaul what 'service delivery' means to them. That should start with genuinely listening to their front-line people
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The APS needs to radically and quickly overhaul what 'service delivery' means to them. That should start with genuinely listening to their front-line people

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Much of the APS needs to lose the attitude that policy is the apex of public administration and service delivery is done by lesser mortals, says Verona Burgess. With change and uncertainty all around the federal bureaucracy, to fulfil the Prime Minister's expectations it will need to quickly learn from state counterparts.

There’s no room for positive spin in the Australian homelessness issue. What’s needed is evidenced-based initiative and action

There’s no room for positive spin in the Australian homelessness issue. What’s needed is evidenced-based initiative and action

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As problems associated with Australia's homelessness crisis exist across the housing spectrum, so too must the solutions. Moving forward, there is an opportunity for the Morrison government to put create a positive spin on the housing and homelessness situation in Australia. And that is through implementing evidence-based solutions across the housing spectrum.