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2016 Socitm spring conference

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.

Socitm conference: GLA outlines work on ‘private’ datastore for councils

22 April 2016

The Greater London Authority is working on a secure, private version of its London Datastore that will allow boroughs to share sensitive information to help improve services.

Collaboration

Half of councils fail to provide a good online service for social care support

17 May 2017

Charity Independent Age says Socitm survey results - which show a lack of easy-to-access information on care for older people - are ‘concerning’

Implied consent ‘not an appropriate legal basis’ for sharing 1.6 million patient records with DeepMind

16 May 2017

Leaked letter from government's national data guardian Fiona Caldicott says patient records were being used to test and develop Streams app - not for direct care

University of Surrey bags £1.1m to trial blockchain for healthcare, voting and digital archives

8 May 2017

Project plans include using distributed ledger technology to give healthcare workers secure access to biometric data from wearables

Fraud, Risk and Governance

Former civil service head Bob Kerslake: ‘Pretty much every department is at risk’ of cyber attack

16 May 2017

Government should look ‘very seriously’ at investing more in both cyber security and training, as investigation - and finger-pointing - over WannaCry continue

NHS cyber attack a 'wake-up call' for government

15 May 2017

Governments must start taking cyber security as seriously as physical military security, according to Microsoft’s president, in the wake of the attack which affected the NHS on Friday.

FOI complaints to data protection watchdog increase by 5%

12 May 2017

Information Commissioner’s Office annual report shows that local government generated the most complaints

Cloud

G-Cloud 9 supplier list revealed

22 May 2017

The new iteration of G-Cloud launches today, with changes intended to make it easier to find relevant services – view the list of 2,847 suppliers making it onto the framework.

NHS cyber attack forces week-long council email block

22 May 2017

A council was forced to block all emails from the public and external organisations for a week following the NHS cyber attack, it has emerged

GDS seeks more Verify developers in latest bid to get service working at scale

9 May 2017

Advert for team of six with a £600,000 budget comes as former privacy adviser calls for a total review and reset of the government’s identity assurance services

Contracts

Election 2017: How could an industrial strategy affect public services?

23 May 2017

Theresa May’s fledgling post-Brexit industrial strategy seeks to use government purchasing power to boost UK business if the Conservatives remain in power. Colin Marrs looks at historical precedents and future pointers.

G-Cloud 9 supplier list revealed

22 May 2017

The new iteration of G-Cloud launches today, with changes intended to make it easier to find relevant services – view the list of 2,847 suppliers making it onto the framework.

Tipping point: Agile procurement is in a precarious position as waterfall looms large

22 May 2017

Government procurement has reached a fork in the road, says FutureGov founder Dominic Campbell. Will it continue on the path to agile, and start buying services based on trust and fairness, or pivot back to waterfall?

Cybersecurity

NHS cyber attack forces week-long council email block

22 May 2017

A council was forced to block all emails from the public and external organisations for a week following the NHS cyber attack, it has emerged

ICT industry demands cybersecurity boost

19 May 2017

Government must triple the funding for securing its online services, according to industry body TechUK in the wake of last week’s cyberattack which affected the NHS.

Overcoming public sector patch paralysis and risk culture

17 May 2017

The global ransomware attack has been followed by an outcry about the NHS' reliance on legacy systems. Harry Metcalfe and Lee Maguire of dxw say you can't properly diagnose the problem - or understand an organisation's culture - from the outside, but call for...

Data

Overcoming public sector patch paralysis and risk culture

17 May 2017

The global ransomware attack has been followed by an outcry about the NHS' reliance on legacy systems. Harry Metcalfe and Lee Maguire of dxw say you can't properly diagnose the problem - or understand an organisation's culture - from the outside, but call for...

UPDATED: General election 2017: Manifesto round-up

17 May 2017

After the Tories released their manifesto,PublicTechnology takes a look at the three main parties' plans for digital and technology ahead of next month's general election.

Half of councils fail to provide a good online service for social care support

17 May 2017

Charity Independent Age says Socitm survey results - which show a lack of easy-to-access information on care for older people - are ‘concerning’

Leadership

Social media used as key tool in wake of terrorist attack

23 May 2017

Public services in Manchester used social media platforms throughout the night to keep the public informed about the Manchester bombing.

Interview: Hackney’s Matthew Cain on changing councils, chatbots and local government Verify

19 May 2017

Hackney’s head of digital Matthew Cain talks to Gill Hitchcock about redesigning parking permits, prototyping a chatbot and exposing staff to external good practice.

Mobile

Vodafone to cut off pager network in decision that could unsettle NHS workers

11 May 2017

Company ditches plan to sell business after competition watchdog announces investigation - a move that will see the healthcare staff that rely on the tech left with no choice of network

Chancellor to jettison Making Tax Digital plans from Finance Bill

25 April 2017

Wash-up period sees government compromise to rush crucial tax legislation through House of Commons today

Open Source

Socitm’s advanced accessibility test passed by 134 councils

16 May 2017

IT association says results of second stage of website accessibility test indicate ‘ongoing challenge’ for councils

Vodafone to cut off pager network in decision that could unsettle NHS workers

11 May 2017

Company ditches plan to sell business after competition watchdog announces investigation - a move that will see the healthcare staff that rely on the tech left with no choice of network

DWP’s Mayank Prakash nominated for Digital Leader of the year award

10 May 2017

This year's DL100 shortlist sees Defra’s fishing licence service competing with DWP’s Check Your State Pension and Scottish government’s CivTech initiatives for digital public service innovation of the year

Policy

Election 2017: How could an industrial strategy affect public services?

23 May 2017

Theresa May’s fledgling post-Brexit industrial strategy seeks to use government purchasing power to boost UK business if the Conservatives remain in power. Colin Marrs looks at historical precedents and future pointers.

Tipping point: Agile procurement is in a precarious position as waterfall looms large

22 May 2017

Government procurement has reached a fork in the road, says FutureGov founder Dominic Campbell. Will it continue on the path to agile, and start buying services based on trust and fairness, or pivot back to waterfall?

ICT industry demands cybersecurity boost

19 May 2017

Government must triple the funding for securing its online services, according to industry body TechUK in the wake of last week’s cyberattack which affected the NHS.

PSN

‘Tragedy in waiting’: Government slammed over potential six-month gap in emergency service communications

21 April 2017

Plan to update emergency services communications network dealt another blow as scathing Public Accounts Committee report warns of “potentially catastrophic” impact on public safety

Government bodies still need to be PSN compliant, says GDS

17 March 2017

Public sector organisations have been told they still have to meet the common Public Sector Network assurance standards while work is carried out to move away from the network.

Councils could save £500m a year through common platform components, says GDS

6 March 2017

Individual councils could save up to £80m on IT spend alone over the next decade by adopting common platforms like GOV.UK Verify, according to government estimates. 

Digital Transformation

Tipping point: Agile procurement is in a precarious position as waterfall looms large

22 May 2017

Government procurement has reached a fork in the road, says FutureGov founder Dominic Campbell. Will it continue on the path to agile, and start buying services based on trust and fairness, or pivot back to waterfall?

Interview: Hackney’s Matthew Cain on changing councils, chatbots and local government Verify

19 May 2017

Hackney’s head of digital Matthew Cain talks to Gill Hitchcock about redesigning parking permits, prototyping a chatbot and exposing staff to external good practice.

Tech

Election 2017: How could an industrial strategy affect public services?

23 May 2017

Theresa May’s fledgling post-Brexit industrial strategy seeks to use government purchasing power to boost UK business if the Conservatives remain in power. Colin Marrs looks at historical precedents and future pointers.

G-Cloud 9 supplier list revealed

22 May 2017

The new iteration of G-Cloud launches today, with changes intended to make it easier to find relevant services – view the list of 2,847 suppliers making it onto the framework.