The fourth industrial age is driven by technology, particularly software and algorithms. More and more employees are effectively managed by software, software drives key productivity increases, and algorithms automate workflow and decision making. How should the government promote, enable, and regulate the role of open source in this revolution? Chi Onwurah explores how open source is helping to deliver the industrial landscape we want.
Chi Onwurah is a British member of Parliament representing Newcastle upon Tyne Central and is also shadow minister for industrial strategy, science, and innovation. From September 2015 to October 2016, Chi was shadow minister for the digital economy and was previously shadow cabinet office minister leading on cybersecurity, social entrepreneurship, civil contingency, open government, and transparency, shadow minister for innovation, science, and digital infrastructure, where she worked closely with the science and business community, with industry on broadband issues, and on the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill.
Prior to Chi’s election to Parliament in May 2010, she worked as head of Telecom’s technology at the UK regulator Ofcom, focusing on the implications for competition and regulation of the services and technologies associated with next-generation networks. Prior to Ofcom, Chi was a partner in Hammatan Ventures, a US technology consultancy, developing the GSM markets in Nigeria and South Africa, director of market development with Teligent, a global wireless local loop operator, and director of product strategy at GTS. She has also worked for Cable & Wireless and Nortel as an engineer, project, and product manager in the UK and France. Chi continues to encourage women in STEM. She is a chartered engineer with a BEng in electrical engineering from Imperial College London and an MBA from Manchester Business School. Chi was born in Wallsend and attended Kenton Comprehensive School in Newcastle, where she was elected the school’s “MP” in mock elections at age 17.
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