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Pickles confirms plan to change electronic agenda rules

26 February 2014

The government has confirmed that it is planning to legislate to allow councillors to be sent agendas for council meetings electronically.

Features

No longer a ‘framework factory’ – inside CCS tech chief’s plans to progress the procurement paradigm

15 December 2017

Procurement agency’s technology category director discusses ongoing work to drive Whitehall transformation programmes and ambitions to expand into new areas

‘It would be ludicrous to make digital policy in a way that wasn’t digital’ – Labour MP's crowdsourced plan for the UK’s technology future

13 December 2017

Shadow digital minister Liam Byrne launches ‘slightly mad experiment’ to help set the party’s digital agenda

The ten key questions – and nine answers – facing the public sector on GDPR

11 December 2017

With less than six months until new data-protection law is introduced, PublicTechnology hears from regulators and data professionals across central and local government about what they see as the major challenges facing them between now and 25 May

Interview

In it for the long-run: Why Luton council signed a 10-year ICT deal

7 March 2017

Luton Borough Council chose to renew its IT contract rather than go with a new provider. The council’s technology lead tells Gill Hitchcock how it shifted to an outcomes-based approach – and why a flexible 10-year contract can still be a good deal.

‘The skill set for any CIO is the same’: Socitm president Geoff Connell on moving from borough to county

11 January 2017

Geoff Connell took up his role of CIO at Norfolk County Council in August last year. Rebecca Hill asks him how he found the change from the London Borough of Newham, and finds out what’s on his to-do list.

News

Foreign Office launches £350m project to connect embassies in 170 countries

15 December 2017

FCO teams up with DFID and British Council to tender for four-year framework to provide networking to 550 sites in the UK and throughout the world

 

Dutch government to trial blockchain-based digital law

15 December 2017

Country’s Ministry of Justice and Security to experiment with online process for informing criminal suspects of relevant laws and options

Scottish Government launches project to build online identity-assurance service

14 December 2017

Holyrood looks to build platform similar to the GDS’s Verify tool

Opinion

How to disaggregate in 18 months

14 December 2017

Mark Hastings of Rainmaker Solutions applauds the Government’s guidance on Whitehall IT disaggregation, but argues that it need not take anywhere near as long as the four years suggested

Why the public sector should work more closely with charities

6 December 2017

Vodafone's Mick Wayman opines that better co-operation with the non-profit sector could help save money and improve service levels

Why some UK local authorities are stuck in in a digital Stone Age

30 November 2017

Ross Harling of Netitude lifts the lid on the findings of a study which shows UK councils are failing to recognise some major opportunities of digitisation

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