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GDS launches data skills initiative

29 April 2016

The Government Digital Service has announced a plan to spread data literacy skills among the general civil service workforce.

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Ministers accept advice to create data ethics council

29 April 2016

The UK government is to set up an independent council to address concerns over privacy and security prompted by the use of big data.

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NAO blasts inefficient IT as obstacle to reducing reoffending rates

28 April 2016

The National Audit Office has blamed the poor use of IT as a key reason for the inability of the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) to reduce reoffending rates.

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River Clyde Housing trials Internet of Things for social housing

28 April 2016

River Clyde Housing is to test the Internet of Things with a new project that will install sensors on a housing estate.

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Tablet use rises for government online processes

28 April 2016

The proportion of people using a tablet to complete government processes online has risen sharply over the past year, according to a survey by communications watchdog Ofcom.

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Government considers blockchain to monitor grant distribution

27 April 2016

The government’s first use of blockchain technology is likely to be for monitoring the distribution of grants, it has announced.

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Open Data Institute voices Land Registry privatisation worries

27 April 2016

Privatising the Land Registry risks "repeating the same mistakes" of previous outsourcing arrangements and could undermine the government's bid to make more data publicly accessible, according to...

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CCS reaches card payments deal

26 April 2016

Government departments now have access to a one-stop shop for buying in credit and debit card processing services, under a new deal negotiated by the Crown Commercial Service.

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HMRC planning £215m transformation projects

26 April 2016

Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs is looking to spend £215m on two digital transformation projects which will enable more mobile working via cloud services.

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Outgoing Socitm president Nadira Hussain: “The value of a diverse workforce is clear, but the perception remains that tech is about geeky men in darkened rooms in front of screens”

26 April 2016

Nadira Hussain says local government IT can achieve better outcomes by using the analytical, negotiating and project management skills of women. Gill Hitchcock reports.  

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Interview: Warwickshire county council’s Tonino Ciuffini on the flexibility of cloud

21 April 2016

Warwickshire county council’s head of information assets tells Gill Hitchcock that cloud technologies offer local authorities a range of benefits provided they do their groundwork

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Government Digital Service - moving past digital?

6 April 2016

GDS has been a game-changer for the UK. But Joshua Chambers asks whether the big fish will survive without finding fresh feeding grounds

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Adur and Worthing’s journey to ‘government as a platform’

4 April 2016

Adur and Worthing councils’ digital lead Paul Brewer explains how a low code platform is enabling him to create efficient systems which span business functions. Gill Hitchcock reports


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Four tips on using digital effectively within government by former Barack Obama adviser

30 March 2016

The internet has given anyone with access to a computer and web connection a platform to share their skills, interests, and views with the world – and for the world to return the favour. But government is not yet making the most of the web’s power to maximise the expertise it can draw upon, according to expert Beth Simone Noveck.

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Roundtable: Getting to grips with Cloud

29 March 2016

Public sector ICT experts gathered to discuss the steps required if cloud is to become a firm fixture in Scotland's public sector

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G-Cloud's growing pains

29 April 2016

G-Cloud needs to evolve with the market to arrest a recent slump in sales through the framework, says Bhuwan Kaushik.

Roberto Viola

Smart cities: the next stage

21 April 2016

Smart cities are already starting to become a reality, but the the next challenge is to make the leap to a big open market based on interoperable solutions and common procurement specifications, writes Roberto Viola.


Education key to digital transformation

19 April 2016

Bringing digital education, research and business together will allow talent, ideas, technologies and investments to bloom, says Willem Jonker.

Does GDS need to rediscover its killer instinct?

GDS needs to focus on digital transformation – not unproven technologies

12 April 2016

The Institute for Government's Emily Andrews says that the Government Digital Service needs to help public bodies swim before they can hunt.

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Better market engagement leads to better procurement

6 April 2016

Customers must engage with industry to better specify and run major ICT procurements and avoid the pitfalls of poorly specified tenders, says Richard Barnes.