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BT, Accenture and IBM win European Commission cloud contracts

12 February 2016

The European Commission has signed £26.6m in contracts with several IT service providers in order to bolster its cloud capabilities.

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HMRC chief Dame Lin Homer defends record on Google tax collection

12 February 2016

Top leaders from HM Revenue and Customs have told MPs that internet giant Google’s controversial £130m tax deal was evidence of behaviour changing, cross-governmental work of which Whitehall...

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Lane-Fox takes new government digital advisory role

12 February 2016

A group of private sector experts has been appointed to advise the Government Digital Service (GDS), with former digital tsar Martha Lane-Fox returning to advise government.

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Local government outsourcing spending increases by nearly a quarter

11 February 2016

The local government outsourcing market saw significant growth in 2015, with the total value of contracts signed by local authorities up 23% year-on-year,...

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Framework aimed at boosting Smart City connectivity

11 February 2016

Public sector bodies could be set to benefit from a proposed £40m framework to deliver equipment to enable Smart City initiatives.

Government Digital Service calls in "hackers" to test its platform

10 February 2016

The UK government has hosted a “hack day” to get developers to test out new Government-as-a-Platform components it has been working on over the last few months.

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Bromley council picks BT to deliver desktop and datacentre services

10 February 2016

Bromley Council has awarded a contract worth £9m to BT that will see the telecoms firm deliver desktop services to 2,000 Bromley staff.

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Sprint 16: Six things we learnt about the future of government digital

12 February 2016

Rolling out text alerts, sorting out "crap" government IT, cleaning up data, and trying to recruit skilled people when the money's tight — there's plenty going on in the world of government digital, as Matt Foster found at the Government Digital Service's annual gathering.

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Harnessing the private sector to bridge the digital divide

10 February 2016

Bridging the digital divide can transform and empower people and help boost economic growth according to a new study.

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Universal Credit: will a full flowering ever see the light of day?

8 February 2016

Why watchdogs are warning that councils need more time and information to make digital delivery of Universal Credit a success.

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European rules 'must not be allowed to stifle internet of things'

7 January 2016

Understanding the potential of the new, connected environment is essential, say digital technology experts.

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Bringing joined up youth services to life in Southend

17 December 2015

Gareth Richards explains how the ability to share information more simply is delivering dramatic time savings for youth services teams in Southend and helping staff to make more informed decisions.

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Blockchain and the public sector

11 February 2016

Steve Thorn explores claims that the technology behind crypto-currency Bitcoin can improve transparency and trust between government and its citizens

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Ransomware – what can public bodies do about it?

5 February 2016

In the wake of last week’s ransomware attack on Lincolnshire County Council, Des Ward looks how public bodies should respond.

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Data revolution is our generation's 'Big Bang'

2 February 2016

Environment secretary Liz Truss says digital reform is the 21st Century equivalent of Margaret Thatcher's 1980s financial reforms.

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Putting blockchain in perspective for government organisations

26 January 2016

Blockchain technology holds promise but won't succeed if it is applied to old, failed or impossible ideas, says Jeni Tennison.