Jerry Fishenden

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Dr Jerry Fishenden has been referred to as "one of the UK’s leading authorities in the world of technology",[1][2] and appears regularly in a variety of mainstream media.[3] He is also a frequent guest and keynote speaker on the conference circuit,[4] drawing on his background across both private and public sectors.


In 1984 he graduated with a BSc (Hons) from the City University, London where he also later obtained an MPhil in the application of artificial intelligence techniques to composition. City University identify him as one of their famous alumni.[5] In 2013, he was awarded a PhD in Creative Technologies from De Montfort University's Institute of Creative Technologies.[6]

He is a Co-Founder and Director of the Centre for Technology Policy Research, a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Creative Computing at Bath Spa University,[7] a Visiting Senior Fellow at the London School of Economics Department of Management[8] and a key advisor to the Policy Engagement Network. In November 2010 he was appointed as a specialist adviser to the House of Commons Public Administration Select Committee to assist the Committee with their inquiry into government IT.[9] From 2009–2010, he was appointed as a member of the Scottish Government's expert panel on identity management and privacy,[10][11] and has been an invited speaker at the Cambridge Union Society.[12] He is the Co-Chair of the U.K. Government's Privacy and Consumer Advisory Group.[13]

He has held a variety of the IT industry's most senior positions, including as the UK Government's interim Deputy Chief Technology Officer,[14] Microsoft's lead technology policy and strategy advisor; as Head of Business Systems for the UK’s chief financial services regulator in the City of London; as an Officer of the House of Commons, where he pioneered the Parliamentary data and video network[15] at the Houses of Parliament, as well as putting Parliament on the World Wide Web;[16] and as a Director of IT in the National Health Service.

His blog tackles issues at the intersection of technology and policy. Analysts Redmonk have referred to him as being a ‘trusted advisor’.[17] His Scotsman article on the proposed Identity Card for the UK, which was the first public commentary on the system by a recognised industry figure, opened up constructive debate on an important topic.[18][19][20][21][22][23][24][25][26][27][28][29][30][31][32][33][34]

He is a Fellow with Chartered status of the British Computer Society (FBCS CITP),[35] a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), a Fellow of the Institute for the Management of Information Systems (FIMIS) and a Fellow of the Institution of Analysts and Programmers.[36] He is also a long-time member of the Writers Guild of Great Britain.


  1. ^ "Hitachi Aspire". Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "EuropeComm 2009". 13 August 2009. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  3. ^ See the External Links below for examples
  4. ^ Recent appearances include judging and presenting prizes at the Grid Computing for a Greener Planet Competition, chairing a workshop at the Future of Creative Technologies conference, presenting at the World Hi-Tech Forum in a session looking "Beyond the Internet", presenting and participating in an expert panel discussion at the NHS Confederation Conference on the topic of 'Spotting Key Innovations', speaking at the Oxford Internet Institute on 'Convergence and the Internet', speaking at 'Who do they think we are? Privacy, the State and the Corporation', chaired by the author and journalist Simon Jenkins and with fellow speakers Nick Herbert MP (Shadow Secretary of State for Justice), Henry Porter (novelist and columnist), Simon Davies (Director of Privacy International) and Jill Kirby (Director of the Centre for Policy Studies) and speaking at the launch of 80/20 Thinking
  5. ^ "City University Famous Alumni". Retrieved 13 September 2012. 
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  8. ^ Fishenden "LSE contributors" Check |url= value (help). Retrieved 13 September 2012. 
  9. ^ "House of Commons Select Committee on Public Administration, Minutes of Proceedings, Session 2010–11" (PDF). Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  10. ^ "Scottish Government consults on data privacy to improve public confidence". 23 November 2009. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  11. ^ "Scottish privacy principles could become UK benchmark". Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  12. ^ "Cambridge Union Society 28 January 2016 This House Fears the Large Scale Collection of Personal Data" (PDF). 
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  14. ^ "Dr Jerry Fishenden Deputy Chief Technology Officer at GDS". Retrieved 13 September 2014. 
  15. ^ First Report from the Information Committee, Session 1993–94: The Provision of a Parliamentary Data and Video Network HMSO HC237
  16. ^ LAN about the House, IDPM Journal Vol 5 Issue 4
  17. ^ "Microsoft UK: Earning a place as a national trusted advisor". 31 October 2005. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  18. ^ Matthew Tempest, political correspondent (18 October 2005). "The Guardian 18 October 2005 "MPs expected to approve ID card bill"". The Guardian. UK. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  19. ^ Lettice, John (18 October 2005). "The Register 18 October 2005 "UK ID card a recipe for massive ID fraud, says Microsoft exec"". Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  20. ^ "ZDNet 18 October 2005 "Microsoft exec: ID cards pose security risk"". 18 October 2005. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  21. ^ "Information World Review 18 October 2005 "Microsoft slams UK ID Card database"". Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  22. ^ "Daily Mirror 19 October 2005 "ID Cards Rebellion"". Daily Mirror. UK. 19 October 2005. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  23. ^ "Daily Telegraph 19 October 2005 "MPs expected to back ID cards in final vote"". The Daily Telegraph. UK. 18 October 2005. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  24. ^ Department of the Official Report (Hansard), House of Commons, Westminster (18 October 2005). "Commons Hansard 18 Oct 2005 Column 771". Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  25. ^ Department of the Official Report (Hansard), House of Commons, Westminster (18 October 2005). "Commons Hansard 18 Oct 2005 Column 782". Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  26. ^ "NO2ID News No. 31". Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  27. ^ Department of the Official Report (Hansard), House of Lords, Westminster (31 October 2005). "Lords Hansard 31 Oct 2005 Column 23". Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  28. ^ Department of the Official Report (Hansard), House of Lords, Westminster (15 November 2005). "Lords Hansard 15 Nov 2005 Column 1049". Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  29. ^ "The Sunday Times 30 December 2007 "Beware the state's ID card sharks"". The Times. UK. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  30. ^ Scottish Parliament Official Report 19 November 2008 Col 12501
  31. ^ "Scottish government rejects ID cards". 24 November 2008. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  32. ^ Department of the Official Report (Hansard), House of Commons, Westminster. "Commons Hansard 6 July 2009 Column 797". Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  33. ^ Department of the Official Report (Hansard), House of Lords, Westminster (13 July 2009). "Lords Hansard 13 July 2009 Column 1010". Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  34. ^ "Speech by Dame Pauline Nevilles-Jones, "Is information about me really mine?" June 16, 2009". 16 June 2009. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  35. ^ "British Computer Society". 
  36. ^ "Institution of Analysts and Programmers". 

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