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Public Sector Future

Release Date: 06/22/2023

Accessibility Fundamentals—Collaborating for Impact show art Accessibility Fundamentals—Collaborating for Impact

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Rich Corbridge is the Chief Digital and Information Officer for the UK’s Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), the UK’s biggest public service department with 100,000 employees, serving 20 million customers. Rich joins host Olivia Neal to discuss how DWP has been embedding approaches to accessibility, including by partnering with Microsoft to build the accessibility skills of their employees, which in turn helps them to support jobseekers with disabilities to better use technology in gaining and retaining employment in an increasingly digital workplace.  of this...

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A Connected and Citizen-Centered City—Lessons from Brussels show art A Connected and Citizen-Centered City—Lessons from Brussels

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Join host Olivia Neal as she meets Mary Odile Longard, the CEO of i-CITY. Marie Odile shares the approach that she and her team have taken to enable the digital transformation of the City of Brussels. She introduces BRUCE, the new omni-channel platform used by the city, explains the impact of this work on citizens and employees, as well as her lessons for others.  of this episode.   Olivia Neal [host] |    Marie Odile Lognard [guest] |   Learn more about I-CITY and BRUCE on their website:   for more information and transcripts of all...

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Transforming Public Sector Services using Generative AI—Global Case Studies show art Transforming Public Sector Services using Generative AI—Global Case Studies

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Robyn Scott, the CEO and Co-founder of Apolitical joins host Olivia Neal as they discuss the findings of a new report on generative AI in the public sector. Using examples from Japan, Canada and Portugal, they explore the potential for generative AI to transform government operations. Robyn shares the lessons other public sector organizations can learn from these leading examples, and the ‘balance towards optimism’ of public servants.  of this episode.   Olivia Neal [host] |    Robyn Scott [guest] |   Read the report:   for more information...

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Digital Transformation in Defense—A Conversation with General Bob Brown show art Digital Transformation in Defense—A Conversation with General Bob Brown

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In this episode, guest host AT Ball interviews General Bob Brown, President of Association of the United States Army (AUSA), exploring the evolving role of digital tech in defense. The conversation emphasizes the impact of technologies like AI, cloud solutions, and collaboration across sectors. General Brown highlights the need for talent development and education, emphasizing AUSA's role in navigating the shift to a more digitally-driven military landscape. The episode provides valuable perspectives on the intersection of technology, security, and collaboration in the defense sector, offering...

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Leveling the cybersecurity playing field with AI, Machine Learning, and Cloud show art Leveling the cybersecurity playing field with AI, Machine Learning, and Cloud

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Jonathan Cassar, the Chief Technology Officer and Head of Information Security at the Malta Information Technology Agency (MITA), provides insights into global cybersecurity trends and their implications for the public sector. He discusses strategies to bolster cybersecurity in government and critical infrastructure, approaches to tackling the cybersecurity talent shortage, the integration of human expertise with technology to combat threats effectively, and best practices for automating security operations in government. Olivia Neal [host] |    for more information and...

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Modernizing National Approaches to Cybersecurity show art Modernizing National Approaches to Cybersecurity

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Sami Khoury is the Head of the Canadian Government’s Centre for Cyber Security. As Canada’s technical authority on cyber security, the team use their expertise to keep safe the information and systems that Canadians rely on, to protect and defend the country’s cyber assets and to lead Canada’s federal response to cybersecurity events.  Olivia Neal [host] |    for more information and transcripts of all episodes  Discover and follow other Microsoft podcasts at  

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Cybersecurity in an AI-Driven Landscape show art Cybersecurity in an AI-Driven Landscape

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Cybersecurity stands at the forefront of global concerns in a dynamic realm where technology constantly evolves. Recent advancements in generative AI have opened new avenues for both progress and peril. Guest host Alvaro Vitta and Tom Burt, Microsoft CVP of Customer Security and Trust at Microsoft, delve into the cybersecurity insights gleaned from the 2023 Microsoft Digital Defense Report (MDDR) and the pressing need for collaboration between public sectors and private industries to navigate this evolving landscape effectively. Olivia Neal [host] |   Alvaro Vitta Tom Burt for more...

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India's Journey to Digital Transformation—A Conversation with Dr. Pramod Varma show art India's Journey to Digital Transformation—A Conversation with Dr. Pramod Varma

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India's digital transformation journey has relied on the power of strategic thinking, collaboration, and innovative solutions. Microsoft Digital ID lead Colleen Elliott and Dr. Pramod Varma, an expert in the field of digital public infrastructure and former Chief Architect of India’s Aadhar digital identity program, explore how India overcame significant challenges to pave the way for a thriving digital ecosystem and its digital identity program that has successfully covered more than 1.3 billion people. Click of this episode.  Olivia Neal [host] |   Colleen Elliott...

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Championing Identity for All—Empowerment and Progress in Africa show art Championing Identity for All—Empowerment and Progress in Africa

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Join guest host Colleen Elliott as she engages in a compelling conversation with Dr. Joseph Atick, Executive Chairman of ID4Africa. Together, they delve into the impactful work of ID4Africa, a pioneering movement dedicated to propelling digital identity adoption across the African continent. Explore their insights into the evolving landscape of identity in the age of digital innovation and its promising future. Olivia Neal [host] |   Colleen Elliott [guest host] | Dr. Joseph Atick [guest] | for more information and transcripts of all episodes Discover and follow other...

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Lifelong Learning: Building Digital Skills through Continuing Education show art Lifelong Learning: Building Digital Skills through Continuing Education

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In this episode, host Olivia Neal talks with Dr. Sheila LeBlanc, Associate Vice President for Continuing Education at the University of Calgary. They explore the role of lifelong learning, how demands from students and local businesses are changing, and ways in which using data can improve student success. Olivia Neal [host] |   Dr. Sheila LeBlanc [guest] | for more information and transcripts of all episodes Discover and follow other Microsoft podcasts at

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Washington State is leading the way in using new technologies to engage students and build digital skills. In this episode, host Olivia Neal talks to Superintendent Chris Reykdal to learn how they have adopted programs like ‘Coding in Minecraft’ to build interest and excitement, and to develop the foundations for students’ future success.

Olivia Neal [host] | LinkedIn 

Chris Reykdal [guest] | LinkedIn

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