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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

GDPR

Interview: Surveillance Camera Commissioner discusses his mission to protect privacy and human rights

10 April 2018

As an ever-greater volume of increasingly sophisticated devices watch us all, PublicTechnology talks to regulator Tony Porter about his office’s role in ensuring surveillance is always used ‘proportionately and sensitively’

GDPR: Five things we will only discover after 25 May

25 March 2018

However well versed the public sector is in the text of the incoming regulation, some questions will not be answered until the law is a living, breathing – and enforcing – entity. With two months until GDPR becomes law, PublicTechnology examines the biggest known unknowns

Cloud

How to ensure cloud does not become the new outsourcing

11 April 2018

Just as with outsourcing before it, cloud will not fix underlying operational complexity, according to Richard Blanford of Fordway

Councils reaching for the cloud, new study shows - but legacy IT keeping them grounded

27 March 2018

Socitm/Eduserv research finds that councils are increasingly shifting to a hybrid of cloud and in-house capacity - but warns that existing deals are limiting progress

Contracts

‘The government was correct not to bail out Carillion’, MPs conclude

17 May 2018

Parliamentary select committees publish report revealing that fallen outsourcer sent a £160m ‘ransom note’ to the government days before its collapse

Interview: Police ICT CEO on his drive for savings and standards

16 May 2018

Recently appointed boss Ian Bell discusses his mission to ‘repair trust’ in the company while helping forces get the most out of technology

Cybersecurity

IR35 reforms have had ‘little impact on projects or vacancy-filling’, says HMRC

19 May 2018

Changes to the legislation made last year – which had been expected to have a big impact on IT contractors – have also brought in £410m in extra revenue, the tax agency claims

Data

We all have something to hide – and the government must let us

21 May 2018

The public sector needs to be careful it does fall foul of citizens’ growing disquiet about how their data is used and by whom, according to PublicTechnology editor Sam Trendall

GDS hunts for head of strategy

18 April 2018

Role comes with remit to spearhead strategic vision and oversee rollout of Government Transformation Strategy

Leadership

Zuckerberg snubs MPs again

16 May 2018

DCMS committee continues to pursue Facebook CEO as chair says ‘we expected detail – we got excuses’

Interview: Police ICT CEO on his drive for savings and standards

16 May 2018

Recently appointed boss Ian Bell discusses his mission to ‘repair trust’ in the company while helping forces get the most out of technology

Mobile

Home Office pledges ‘discussions with tech companies’ after it emerges that Brexit app for EU citizens is not designed to work on iPhone

25 April 2018

Government officials reported to have suggested that those applying for the right to remain in the UK could simply borrow a friend’s Android device

ICO to make ‘clear policy recommendations’ in light of Facebook data probe

9 April 2018

Information commissioner Elizabeth Denham issues update acknowledging changes made by social network but stressing ‘it is too early to say whether they are sufficient under the law’

Policy

We all have something to hide – and the government must let us

21 May 2018

The public sector needs to be careful it does fall foul of citizens’ growing disquiet about how their data is used and by whom, according to PublicTechnology editor Sam Trendall

The library where councils can borrow the building blocks of a ‘Lego’ government

18 May 2018

A number of large local authorities have already signed up to a new library for sharing service-design templates. PublicTechnology finds out more

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

IR35 reforms have had ‘little impact on projects or vacancy-filling’, says HMRC

19 May 2018

Changes to the legislation made last year – which had been expected to have a big impact on IT contractors – have also brought in £410m in extra revenue, the tax agency claims

The library where councils can borrow the building blocks of a ‘Lego’ government

18 May 2018

A number of large local authorities have already signed up to a new library for sharing service-design templates. PublicTechnology finds out more