Council shortens cumbersome URL

3 July 2015

A council has adopted a new URL after deciding that the previous version it had adopted was too unwieldy at 36 characters in length.


Most citizens ignorant of smart city initiatives

2 July 2015

Traffic congestion is the number one issue that the population believe should be tackled through “smart city” initiatives, according to research.

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Officials admit failure to maximise data

1 July 2015

New research shows central government departments and agencies lag behind the private sector's use of data to improve customer experience.

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Digital Services 2 places provisionally awarded

1 July 2015

Suppliers applying for the delayed Digital Services 2 framework have finally been told whether they are likely to have been successful.

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Local government launches data API

1 July 2015

A wealth of information on local areas is to be made available through a new Application Programmable Interface (API) developed by the Local Government Association.

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Bracken: Channel shift journey has only just begun

30 June 2015

The jury is “still out” on the government’s attempts to get citizens using digital public services by default, Mike Bracken has acknowledged.

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Government to simplify Digital Services framework contracts

30 June 2015

Digital officials are working to slash the length of contracts under the Digital Services framework after estimating current versions take at least six hours to read.

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EU data protection talks resume

26 June 2015

After a year's impasse, the European Council, Parliament and Commission have resumed trilogue discussions on EU data protection reform.

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Erratic 2015 continues for council G-Cloud sales

25 June 2015

Local government sales through G-Cloud nose-dived in May, down almost a third on the April total, according to new figures.

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In depth: National Cyber Security Programme

19 June 2015

Tim Gibson assesses government efforts to protect public and private sectors alike from the threat posed by hackers.

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Profile: Matt Hancock, minister for the Cabinet Office

13 May 2015

Who is the man taking over from Francis Maude in charge of government digital strategy and procurement?

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Joining up the dots

27 April 2015

Josh Chambers looks at global examples for a clue as to how Whitehall can work with local governments to produce true “government as a platform”.

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Game on

13 April 2015

Governments across the world are increasingly using online games to train staff and engage with the public.

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Moving early help forward with technology

2 April 2015

Phil Neal lists the ways technology can help improve early intervention decisions by local authorities.

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The six types of security threat

25 March 2015

A guide to help local authorities understand the threat from cyber attacks, produced by central government.

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Is the public sector ready for devolution?

3 July 2015

Andrew Gunn says that local authorities must not underestimate the technical challenges posed by the government’s drive to hand them more power.

Reaping the fruits of an agile approach

29 June 2015

Agile is not a panacea for all ills, but can help government deliver digital services more efficiently, says Daniel Thornton.

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Clarity needed over Scottish digital plans

26 June 2015

The Scottish Government is still failing to get basic digital contract management right, according to a new report. Gemma Diamond looks at the findings.

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How can data help drive reform?

18 June 2015

Councils need to realise the full potential of their data - and the advantage it gives them - says Adrian Brown.

Harry Metcalfe, managing director at dxw

A fresh approach

5 June 2015

Harry Metcalfe welcomes the fresh approach to the Digital Services framework, but says the devil will be in the detail.