Robot

Half of British citizens think government will use robots in the next decade

22 March 2017

A survey has revealed that the British public can see robots speeding up some public services – but that they doubt robots will be better decision-makers than humans.

Home Office, Marsham Street

Home Office seeks big data specialists for project worth up to £8m

21 March 2017

The Home Office is advertising for specialist big data teams to support digital, data and technology programmes in its immigration IT portfolio.

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NHS Digital extends scheme to boost digital health skills

21 March 2017

NHS Digital is to run 20 local projects funding to help people improve their digital health skills as part of its widening digital participation scheme.

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Councils told to embrace ‘radical outcomes’ of smart technology

21 March 2017

Councils should be in the “driving seat” of technological change, but need to rethink the role they play in their locality and invest in long-term planning, a report has said.

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Data on tablet purchases reveals DWP as Whitehall’s biggest spender

20 March 2017

Figures released to parliament confirm departments’ spending on paper is falling - but some still spend more than £2m a year

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Government bodies still need to be PSN compliant, says GDS

17 March 2017

Public sector organisations have been told they still have to meet the common Public Sector Network assurance standards while work is carried out to move away from the network.

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Crown Hosting Service moves to CCS to gain specialist procurement talent

17 March 2017

The number of public sector bodies using the Crown Hosting Framework for data centres is set to increase, as the Crown Commercial Service takes over responsibility for the service.

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Procurement teams ‘need more digital know-how’

17 March 2017

The government needs to distribute digital expertise to procurement teams across Whitehall if it is to succeed in efforts to increase innovation in public services, a conference has heard.

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Interview: GDS leader Kevin Cunnington on 'self-help groups', spend controls and cold water swimming

16 March 2017

After a tumultuous first six months as director general of the Government Digital Service, Kevin Cunnington has finally got the long-awaited Transformation Strategy off his desk and is looking forward to an office move. He tells Rebecca Hill about Whitehall “self-help groups”, reforms to spend controls and cold water swimming.

Local councils ‘should be at the forefront’ of national cyber security

24 January 2017

This time last year Lincolnshire’s IT systems were taken out for five days after a cyber attack. The council’s information management lead Richard Wills tells Gill Hitchcock why councils are a target and how good communications can keep systems safe.

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Interview: Colin Cook, Scottish Government acting director of digital

23 January 2017

Colin Cook, the Scottish Government's acting director of digital, says that the devolution of powers from Westminster presents opportunities to build digital-first services.

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Political upheaval, Blockchain and data protection: What does 2017 have in store for tech?

23 December 2016

As the New Year approaches, PublicTechnology takes a look at what we might expect in the world of digital government in 2017. 

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GDS boss Cunnington reveals biggest challenge of 2017 - and his penchant for festive beer

14 December 2016

The Government Digital Service's director general Kevin Cunnington has offered PublicTechnology's sister publication Civil Service World an insight into his goals for next year, taken a look back on 2016 - and spilled the beans on his favourite Christmas gift - as part of CSW's annual permanent secretary round up.

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Making waves: How Greenwich council is embracing innovative technologies

9 December 2016

The Royal Borough of Greenwich is best known for its nautical history, but the council’s digital team is now setting its course for super-fast connectivity and cutting-edge technologies. Gill Hitchcock reports.  

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If you make bold decisions, you have to execute them well: Five lessons for getting transformation right

20 March 2017

Aingaran Pillai, CEO and founder of open source software company Zaizi, says that governments need to make bold decisions on digital - but make sure they're executed properly. He offers his top five tips for digital staff here.

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Keeping tabs on transformation: Why tracking progress will be crucial for success

2 March 2017

A lack of benchmarking data on digital transformation programmes in government makes it hard to evaluate success at a time when it has ever been more important, says Jane Roberts, strategy director at TopLevel. 

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Algorithms in decision-making inquiry: Stephanie Mathisen on challenging MPs to investigate accountability

28 February 2017

The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee is to investigate the use of algorithms in decision-making, an inquiry chosen as part of the committee’s crowd-sourcing project. Stephanie Mathisen, campaigns and policy officer at Sense about Science, who pitched the idea to the MPs, explains why the field needs more scrutiny.

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How can government raise its tech game? The digital tools transforming democracy for today and tomorrow

23 February 2017

The UK’s model of governance seems impervious to radical technological change, but elsewhere in the world, countries are getting digital democracy right, says Theo Bass, a researcher at innovation foundation Nesta and author of a report looking at the tools governments have at their fingertips.

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Government transformation strategy misses the opportunity to transform the wider public sector

14 February 2017

The government’s transformation strategy seems to be more about re-packaged principles when it needed to demonstrate how a revolution could be achieved in practice, says independent digital analyst Jos Creese. 

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Senior buy-in and real incentives 'urgently needed' to make transformation strategy a success

14 February 2017

The government's transformation strategy needs buy-in from the political top brass to drive the radical culture change that underpins the plan, writes PublicTechnology editor Rebecca Hill.