Year in review: How technology defined 2021’s biggest stories

31 December 2021

Digital and data once again had a starring role in supporting – and, occasionally, hampering – government’s work this year. PublicTechnology looks back at the most significant events.

Why are many more PCR tests coming back void?

20 December 2021

The rate of inconclusive results tripled between summer and autumn, while some patients have reported receiving notice of void results that were then rescinded. PublicTechnology investigates.

How DWP hired 13,500 new work coaches – without meeting a single one

16 November 2021

Faced with a Herculean hiring drive as coronavirus restrictions took hold, the department could not recruit candidates in the usual ways. PublicTechnology finds out it what did instead.

The business case for IT upgrades and a surfeit of sign-ins – five things we learned about the future of digital government

13 October 2021

At techUK’s recent annual public sector tech conference, government’s digital leaders discussed their plans for the months ahead and the challenges they currently face. PublicTechnology listened in.

Cabinet reshuffle: What does it mean for digital government?

22 September 2021

Julia Lopez, the minister responsible for GDS and CDDO, has moved departments – but the digital divisions may now receive more attention from the top of the Cabinet Office

Are your Christmas presents spying on you?

4 January 2022

With many around the country receiving technological gifts, experts from government anti-espionage unit UK NACE explain why smartphones are the ‘perfect eavesdropping devices’

The digital age requires cultural sensitivity

18 October 2021

Even when sat in their living room, government officials working with international partners need to be cognisant and respectful of other cultures, according to experts Matt Minshall and Mark Roberts

‘Cutting edge’ or a ‘security nightmare’? Government anti-espionage unit on the tech behind Bond gadgets

12 October 2021

As No Time To Die smashes box-office records, technical experts from the UK National Authority for Counter-Eavesdropping tell us whether 007’s favourite spy toys are rooted in reality

App-based freedoms and the relentless battle for cybersecurity

3 September 2021

As our movements increasingly depend on using our smartphones to demonstrate status, we need to ensure technology is secure, according to Dr Sarah Morris, of Cranfield University.

The stigma needs to be removed from cyberattacks

13 July 2021

The secrecy and shame associated with cyber incidents needs to be rethought, believes PublicTechnology editor Sam Trendall

How can the government innovation strategy position the UK for success?

30 June 2021

The upcoming government plan should rethink the UK’s R&D system and use public procurement to support innovative companies, according to Neil Ross of techUK