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Kevin Cunnington reveals his ‘cunning plan’ for future of GDS

21 October 2016

The government is to create an official profession for digital, data and technology within the civil service that will set pay scales based on competency, the Government Digital Service leader has...

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MoD latest department to lose digital leader

19 October 2016

Mike Stone, the chief information officer at the Ministry of Defence, is to leave the civil service at the end of the financial year. 

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UK cyber security centre promises to boost local government focus

19 October 2016

The National Cyber Security Centre has committed to improving collaboration with councils and producing better guidance for local government.

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Bromley extends Liberata deal to 2020

19 October 2016

Bromley council has extended its contract with Liberata until March 2020, at a potential value of £22m.

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Former ambassador to Israel named UK’s first director general for digital and media

19 October 2016

The government has created a new director general position for digital and media in a bid to boost the UK’s digital economy, appointing former British ambassador to Israel Matthew Gould to the...

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ONS appoints leader for data science campus

18 October 2016

The Office for National Statistics has named Tom Smith, the co-founder of an Oxford data science spin-out company, the managing director of its new data science campus.

GDS reveals draft legal documents for Digital Outcomes and Specialists 2

18 October 2016

The second iteration of Digital Outcomes and Specialists will open for applications on 1 November, as the Government Digital Service publishes the draft legal documents for applications...

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Bulk data collection by intelligence agencies breached human rights law

18 October 2016

Seventeen years of mass collection of citizens’ personal data by the UK’s security agencies has been ruled unlawful by the investigatory powers tribunal.

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Government claims open data successes

17 October 2016

The government has hailed its work to create data registers as a major milestone in its move towards improving transparency, as set out in its action plan on open government....


Lessons from Seoul: How eGovernment can drive citizen engagement

14 October 2016

Scott Moore, business analyst for the Scottish Improvement Service, won a Socitm scholarship to research digital public service trend in Seoul during the summer. Here he looks back on he learnt during his summer investigating the city’s digital transformation.

Chan Cheow Hoe, Singapore GovTech

Cracking the ‘us versus them’ mentality: Singapore’s GovTech CIO on digital services for the masses

7 October 2016

This week saw the official launch of the Singapore’s dedicated government tech agency GovTech. Rebecca Hill spoke to the organisation’s chief information officer Chan Cheow Hoe about the issues facing government digital services and how his team is addressing them.

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‘It’s cheaper, democratic and what users want’: Why councils need to think about accessibility

6 October 2016

RNIB inclusion guru Steve Tyler tells Gill Hitchcock that it makes sense for councils to build accessibility into their digital services. 

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User need and integrated, intuitive systems: How Newham is digitising social care

8 September 2016

Newham’s digital delivery could show the way for other councils to make social services more efficient. Gill Hitchcock finds out why.

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Expert verdict: Corbyn helps put digital on the map but manifesto lacks ambition

2 September 2016

The digital democracy manifesto launched by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn earlier this week has failed to gain the approval of those working in public sector technology.

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The Pokemon Go effect: How councils are tapping into augmented and virtual reality

1 September 2016

Sooraj Shah looks at the benefits of AR and VR, and asks whether councils should be spending taxpayers’ money on the emerging technologies so soon.


Latest healthcare network could transform NHS services - but more comuncation is needed

20 October 2016

Gareth Ricketts, the health sector lead for Updata, says the new health and social care network has the potential to transform NHS services for the future - but first there needs to be more communication of the change.

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How charities can learn from the Government Digital Service

23 September 2016

Digital technology offer charities a wealth of options. But Tris Lumley of think-tank New Philanthropy Capital says that they should heed advice from the Government Digital Service and take user-centric approach to transformation.

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Open and shut case: Should digital government be using open standards, open source or low-code?

22 September 2016

Jane Roberts strategy director at Toplevel and asks whether more clarity is needed to stop departments from tying themselves in knots over what kind of ‘open’ to use.

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Arvato public sector chief: Councils must tap into big data to fill empty homes

21 September 2016

Debra Maxwell, chief executive officer for customer relationship management and public sector at Arvato, looks at how big data can help local authorities bring in more revenue.

David Walker

Wachter review of NHS IT is 'based on an heroic assumption'

19 September 2016

Bob Wachter’s recommendations for digitising the NHS are measured, realistic and long-term, but could still fail without doctors’ buy-in, argues David Walker.

Gary James, LHAC

Informed, inspired care: Lessons from Lincolnshire

19 September 2016

Lincolnshire Health and Care’s Gary James explains how the county’s new integrated Care Portal system aims to transform healthcare for an ageing and widely dispersed population.