Helen Margetts, Professor of Society and the Internet at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, has been named by Apolitical as one of the world’s 100 Most Influential People in Digital Government for 2018.

The list is the first of its kind to show the full international spread of innovative work in the field, celebrating world-beating individuals from every continent. South America, East Asia and smaller European nations emerge among the most dynamic regions. Public servants from all levels of government appear alongside representatives of the private and third sectors and academia. Everyone included has exerted outsize influence on the transition to digital governments, whether through policymaking, research, advocacy or other means.

Helen is a Turing Fellow and Director of the Public Policy Programme at the Alan Turing Institute for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence. She has published over 100 books, articles and policy reports on digital government and politics, including Political Turbulence (2015), which won the W.J.Mackenzie best politics book prize in 2017. She sits on the government’s Digital Economy Council and the Home Office Scientific Advisory Council and is founding editor of the journal Policy and Internet.

The 100 Most Influential People Working in Digital Government were curated from nominations from hundreds of digital government experts from leading organisations, including 14 national
digital services, The Alan Turing Institute, the OECD, the UN, Future Cities Catapult, USAID, and the Open Government Partnership. Apolitical expects the annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in Digital Government to highlight what’s working in digital government, and through the work of those named to provide both a snapshot and a road map for the future of digital policy.

“People working in digital government often go unrecognised by the wider public, yet the work they do is vital as both the opportunities and risks of digital technologies increase” said Apolitical
CEO Robyn Scott. “It’s a been a joy to produce this list recognising the most influential individuals in the field – including some incredible unsung heroes – from around the world.”

Apolitical is a global platform for governments that puts the best solutions at the fingertips of public servants, wherever they are in the world. The platform is used by public servants and policymakers in more than 120 countries to connect with each other and to find original and curated content about what’s working in policymaking around the world including on topics such as digital government and government innovation .