Top 5 GovTech Media Influencers

Edd Elliott

07 October 2019

Searching for news and views on GovTech? The PUBLIC Blog isn’t the only place to look. The fast growing sector is quickly gaining a number of media outlets following dynamic startups transforming government. Whether it be new contracts or high profile fundraises, there is normally somewhere to turn. 

Here is our pick for the Top 5 GovTech Media Influencers. 

Sifted

Young, scaling fast, outrageously brightly coloured – Sifted is the startup of publications covering startups. The online magazine was co-founded by John Thornhill (long-serving Editor at The Financial Times) in 2018 and covers Europe’s technology and public sector innovation landscape. Articles feature opinions and analysis on everything from health to fintech, and contributors have included Revolut’s Nikolay Storonsky and Seedcamp’s Reshma Sohoni. The place to go for fast, insightful opinions on GovTech. 

Acteurs Publics

For the French speaking, Acteurs Publics is the go-to source of public sector news. The sprawling media outlet now features an online magazine, print publication, daily newsletter and online TV channel. The reporting is comprehensive – if you are looking for the latest announcement from a ministry, Acteurs Publics will likely have it first – and the events section highlights many of the key dates in the French GovTech calendar. With more of a focus on the public sector rather than startups, Acteurs Publics may not be best for casting what technology will provide in the future – but for the here and now, it is an effective guide. 

Apolitical

One of government’s greatest challenges when looking to employ innovative solutions is breaking out of its siloes. Put in other words: government isn’t always good at talking to innovators – it often struggles to even know where they are. Apolitical aims to solve this. The community and content platform provides upstream policy advice by connecting policy-makers to academics, entrepreneurs and leading government intrapreneurs pioneering dynamic approaches to common public sector problems. The site now has over tens of thousands of subscribers in over 170 countries.

t3n

Tech magazines are quickly becoming a dime a dozen, but the Hanover-based t3n is a cut above most. The print and online publication covers all things from big tech maneuvering to startup disruption, and although not strictly a ‘GovTech’ focused publication, t3n does have a consistent thread on smart city, digital identity and health tech themes. For community searchers, t3n also hosts a ‘Digital Pioneers’ thread to talk to other startup founders and thinkers, as well as a pretty wide reaching jobs board and events programme. 

NS Tech

The nerdy younger brother of the New Statesman, NS Tech is one of the UK’s most incisive reporters on the interface between tech policy and society. Recent threads have included a series of articles on public sector cyber security and digital identity and the roll out of 5G. NS Tech also publishes the fortnightly ‘GovTech deals’ segment, a regular feature highlighting the juiciest tenders for startups published by government in that two week cycle. Defintely one to subscribe to. 

Want to discover more about the GovTech industry? Come to the GovTech Summit in Paris on 14 Nov 2019 – Get your tickets here!

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