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Socitm advocates move away from ‘delusions of transformation’

25 August 2016

Councils need to recognise that real digital transformation goes beyond e-enabling transactions and “get serious” about technology-informed redesign, Socitm has said.

Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)

DWP offers £130,000 for chief data officer

25 August 2016

The Department for Work and Pensions is looking for a chief data officer to join the new chief digital and information officer’s team.

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GDS finalises new rules for government digital projects

24 August 2016

The Government Digital Service has published a revised version of the Technology Code of Practice that departments must use when designing, building or buying digital services.


New GOV.UK Verify leader plans to focus on improving service for users and moots NHS use

23 August 2016

In her first statement as director of the government’s flagship identity-assurance programme, Jess McEvoy has said the Verify team will prioritise systems to tell users when something goes wrong...

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TfL releases night tube data for app developers

23 August 2016

Transport for London has added data from the night tube – which ran for the first time on Friday – to its Application Program Interface to allow travel apps to use it.

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Online visitor visa service goes global

23 August 2016

The Home Office has completed the roll out of its online visitor’s visa service.

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GOV.UK Verify coverage up but younger adults still hard to reach

23 August 2016

A survey has shown that the identities of 79% of people aged over 16 can be verified through the government’s flagship identity-assurance scheme, with coverage worst for those aged 16-24.

Government Digital Service director general Kevin Cunnington

Experts brand talk of GDS’s demise 'premature'

23 August 2016

Commentators have said that the tech community should expect to see a refocusing of the Government Digital Service under its new chief Kevin Cunnington and a recasting of its relationship with...

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GDS sets out plans to tackle online petition fraud

22 August 2016

The Government Digital Service is working to improve its approach to fraud in online petitions following concerns over the validity of almost 80,000 signatures on the petition calling for a second...

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Empowering women: How Socitm wants to boost IT professionals’ confidence

24 August 2016

This autumn, the next cohort of women will start Socitm’s empowering women in IT programme. Rebecca Hill finds out how the society wants to promote female tech role models as part of PublicTechnology's diversity in tech series.

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Blockchain - don't get carried away by the hype

16 August 2016

Adam Cooper from the Government Digital Service says blockchain technologies are not yet the answer to digital identification solutions.

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Interview: Simon Parker, Redbridge Council’s incoming strategy director, on agile working, data and transformation

5 August 2016

Simon Parker, the outgoing director of the NLGN think tank, reflects on six years in the job and tells Rebecca Hill how he plans to use digital approaches in his move to Redbridge Council 

Digital leaders awards

Tenacity and navel-gazing: Wigan’s road to digital success

1 August 2016

Around 18 months ago, senior leaders at Wigan Council decided to take digital seriously. Since then the authority has won multiple awards for its transformation. Rebecca Hill asks Alison McKenzie-Folan, deputy chief executive director for customer transformation, about the journey.

Richard Gregory, Tech North

‘I don’t buy into the idea that Tech City is taking over’: Tech North’s new leader on autonomy, councils and northern humbleness

29 July 2016

What can the body charged with boosting the tech industry in the north of England offer local government? According to its new director Richard Gregory, a lot. Rebecca Hill reports.

Internet of Things

Matching vision with investment: How councils can benefit from IoT

26 July 2016

Council IT chiefs tell Sooraj Shah that, although the Internet of Things has huge potential for local government, it’s still early days for the technology.

Joe Kim

Healthcare IT: How to manage a mammoth network

25 August 2016

Joe Kim, chief technology officer at IT monitoring and management tools developer SolarWinds, looks at the scale of the problem faced by healthcare organisers handling ever-increasing amounts of data and offers five ways they can tackle it.

Mel Ross 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.

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Home Office Digital developer: Departmental culture is excellent for women

22 August 2016

As PublicTechnology looks at diversity in public sector technology careers, Home Office developer Barbara Cassini reflects on her experiences as a female developer in both public and private sectors, saying that some offices are just better than others.

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Building the Data Foundations for Smart Cities

18 August 2016

The next generation of data storage and processing technologies will be critical to the success of smart cities, says James Norman.

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Integrated care systems need integrated security, says medical IT expert

5 August 2016

Chief clinical information officers must be given more powers to tackle the risks of integrated care models to stop them being undermined by security breaches, writes Saif Abed, Imprivata's medical director for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. 


The naysayers are wrong about the future of GDS, says digital inclusion specialist

4 August 2016

The Government Digital Service is evolving not retreating, and its new leader has the chance to complete the cultural shift from confrontation to collaboration, writes Matthew Trimming of entry market company META