Digital minister: ‘It’s important to the government that the British public has confidence in how we use their data’
In a piece written for PublicTechnology, parliamentary secretary Alex Burghart discusses progress with One Login and the significance of legislative changes
How Oxford University is using data to empower underrepresented groups in entrepreneurship
The question is not whether a diversity of talent exists, but how do we enable all to move...
Government should publish user research for the public good
Departments now possess vast volumes of data on citizens' experiences of digital services and...
Why the government should protect IT spending
IT reseller Insight's public sector chief argues that failing to invest in digital could hurt the government's ability to deliver services
A five-point checklist to make digital transformation a success
Jon Lucas from Hyve Managed Hosting discusses the key considerations for public sector bodies looking to embrace cloud and digitalisation
How the public sector can remove barriers to cloud
James Butler of software and IT services firm Trustmarque examines how to ‘bridge the gap’ between private and public sector adoption
Public facilities should do away with downtime
Ensuring spaces can be booked by the public and other bodies can bring in revenue and create efficiencies, argues Chris Smith of Kajima
Is hybrid IT worth the hassle?
Joe Kim of SolarWinds looks at what government IT pros can expect from hybrid IT, and whether implementing it will provide any benefits
WannaCry NHS attack - busting the myths
Des Ward, information governance director at Innopsis, reflects on the real story behind the WannaCry cyber-attack.
How the Internet of Things poses fresh risks to public sector systems
With the cyber threat shifting its focus to sabotage rather than data theft, many of the defences deployed by public sector organisations will have to be adapted for the new world
Why cyber resilience is the UK's first line of defence
New threats require the sort of joint civilian and military planning that was common in the Cold War – but with a focus on cyber rather than nuclear, says Jennifer Cole of the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)
How councils can use and make the most of data
There is no lack of appetite for data projects – it’s just that the scope of them is so vast, many people don’t know where to begin
General election 2017: Politicians have been silent on data – and unwilling to let councils take the lead
While some councils boast impressive advocates for data analysis, there are strict limits on what they can accomplish without the backing of Westminster – as the election campaign row over social care shows
Turning the tide: how the public sector can win the battle against shadow IT
Tackling shadow IT should be an urgent priority for government in the wake of the WannaCry breach on the NHS, says Julian Cook.
What the doctor ordered
An NHS-wide cloud for sharing diagnostic images and intelligence across the health service could mean huge economies of scale, stronger collaboration, and rapid digitisation, according to Jane Rendall and Fredrik Gustavsson.
Could ID cards help stamp out benefit fraud?
Benefit fraud is worse than ever. Gary Pettengell asks if new technology is helping?
Marginal gains: An incremental approach to transformation
Budget constraints and practicalities might prevent councils from making large-scale changes to their IT systems. But, says Richard Whomes, even the smallest steps to modernisation can make a big impact.
It’s time for all the parties to do political engagement on social media properly
Existing social media platforms aren’t providing effective political engagement, because they weren’t designed to, says David Evans, director of policy and community at the BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.
Overcoming public sector patch paralysis and risk culture
The global ransomware attack has been followed by an outcry about the NHS' reliance on legacy systems. Harry Metcalfe and Lee Maguire of dxw say you can't properly diagnose the problem - or understand an organisation's culture - from the outside, but call for technicians to be empowered to act quickly when...
Local election 2017: Changing council colours might not earn digital any go-faster stripes
Last week’s local elections saw a swing to the Conservatives, with a few successes for Labour in the city mayoral polls. But, if the political landscape has shifted, David Walker says it remains to be seen if local government tech will move beyond business as usual.
‘A symbolic moment has passed’: Prospective city mayors have missed the chance to champion tech
In three weeks, voters in Manchester, Birmingham and Liverpool get to choose new mayors, but you’d be hard pushed to find much mention of tech in their manifestos, says David Walker. He asks if there’s a reason for their seemingly half-hearted approach to IT...
NAO offers 'balanced view' of history of digital transformation, but GDS now needs to focus on Brexit
Much will be made of the UK spending watchdog’s recent report on how the Government Digital Service is adapting to its new way of working – but the real test of government digital is more likely to be Brexit, writes the Institute for Government’s Daniel Thornton.
Public sector IT contractors: Focus on value not cost as IR35 hits
At the end of March, the government is facing a brain-drain as contractors leave the public sector rather than be caught out by stricter tax rules. But Eduserv’s Max Elliott-Massouras says the focus should be on the value of contractors – not their cost.
If you make bold decisions, you have to execute them well: Five lessons for getting transformation right
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.