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2016 Socitm spring conference

Mobile responsive council websites on the increase, finds survey – but quality declines

12 June 2017

Web and digital managers must engage service managers to create ‘properly digital’ services, not just put a service online, says Socitm review team

Why we should be more afraid of the cultural chasm than the digital skills gap

24 August 2016

The public sector might know what core digital skills it is short of, but its across-the-board capacity to embrace change is the key problem, according to​ Mel Ross of transformation consultancy Adapt2Digital.

Digital transformation needs a little more talk and much more action

13 July 2016

A straw poll session at this year’s Socitm Spring Conference revealed some uncomfortable insights on the state of digital transformation across the UK public sector. Mel Ross looks at what’s to be done.

Collaboration

Why the public sector should work more closely with charities

6 December 2017

Vodafone's Mick Wayman opines that better co-operation with the non-profit sector could help save money and improve service levels

GDS readies new centralised design platform for GOV.UK services

31 October 2017

New offering, which is entering beta testing, will combine elements of current platforms such as the Service Manual and GOV.UK Elements

Fraud, Risk and Governance

DWP digital project to manage debts of up to 15 million citizens

16 February 2018

Department plans ‘modernisation’ of its work to collect more than £1bn owed to the government each year

Whitehall signs up to avoid all-male tech shortlists

31 January 2018

All government departments will sign the Tech Talent Charter, including a pledge to submit anonymised diversity data

 

GDPR

Information Commissioner’s Office gets green light to pay staff more as GDPR challenge looms

6 February 2018

Head of the watchdog, Elizabeth Denham, says ICO will be expected to do “more of everything” as strict new data compliance law comes down the track

Bursting the bubble – the ethics of political campaigning in an algorithmic age

24 January 2018

The ICO’s investigation into the use of data and analytics in campaigning is likely to prompt the creation of a new code of conduct for political parties, according to information commissioner Elizabeth Denham

Cloud

Crown Hosting CEO: ‘We have taken away all the cloud excuses’

14 February 2018

PublicTechnology talks to Steve Hall about the framework’s achievements so far, its ambitions for its last year, and the secret to a successful public-private joint venture  

‘This does not feel like a good thing’ - G-Cloud suppliers see opportunity and alarm in framework’s extension

5 December 2017

Providers ambivalent as CCS and GDS head into a crucial period - one that will bring a potential £1.5bn opportunity, but lots of uncertainty too

 

Data

Top-tier data-processing fees rise sixfold to £2,900 in new ICO funding structure

24 February 2018

Large organisations that process personal data will see their annual subsidy contribution rise from £500

GDS to ramp up programme to encourage Whitehall data-literacy

23 February 2018

Courses set to be added to GDS Academy this year, after successful completion of pilot training scheme

EU data-protection agreement need not compromise Brexit trade deals – techUK CEO

19 February 2018

Trade body leader Julian David writes to international trade secretary Liam Fox to argue that the UK must adhere to data-protection rules to remain a tech-industry leader

PSN

What the doctor ordered

1 June 2017

An NHS-wide cloud for sharing diagnostic images and intelligence across the health service could mean huge economies of scale, stronger collaboration, and rapid digitisation, according to Jane Rendall and Fredrik Gustavsson.

Transformation

NHS calls for more developers to get involved in apps library

22 February 2018

More external assessors likely to be appointed as health service looks to become foremost provider of digital health tools

MPs tell government to invest in Defra IT systems to minimise Brexit disruption to imports and exports

22 February 2018

Environment select committee also calls on department to publish ‘sector-by-sector analysis of the impact of Brexit’

Tech

CCS chief executive Harrison to leave Whitehall

15 February 2018

Head of government buying agency will exit in July to take post with Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply

West Yorkshire Police to roll out mobile scanners for on-the-spot fingerprint checks

13 February 2018

Devices are designed to check against national criminal and immigration databases and return results in under a minute

Liverpool CCG plans telehealth pilot with hospital consultants

9 February 2018

As part of a mission to grow its use of healthcare technology, the city will trial the expansion of telehealth referrals in secondary as well as primary care