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Editorial

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

How the University of Leeds is using digital to ‘break down the barriers’ between teachers and students

20 February 2018

The institution’s director of digital learning professor Neil Morris tells PublicTechnology about the range of online courses the university now offers to learners worldwide, as well as how technology is changing the classroom experience

Crown Hosting CEO: ‘We have taken away all the cloud excuses’

14 February 2018

PublicTechnology talks to Steve Hall about the framework’s achievements so far, its ambitions for its last year, and the secret to a successful public-private joint venture  

Interview: government chief security officer Campbell McCafferty on his mission to make government ‘the hardest target it can be’

12 February 2018

First-ever holder of GCSO post discusses how to remove barriers, break down siloes, and ‘deliver much more consistency’ in security strategy

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

Public-sector AI code of conduct published

21 February 2018

Nesta creates 10-strong list of principles it believes should define how government uses artificial intelligence and algorithms

Ex-DWP perm sec Devereux says digitisation got in the way of Universal Credit policy revamp

21 February 2018

Departing departmental chief claims that programme to reform welfare while driving services online should have ‘had a twin-track strategy from the start’

NHSmail to integrate with Office 365 to aid health-service data-sharing

20 February 2018

NHS Digital announces plan to integrate health-service email tool with Microsoft SaaS suite

Opinion

Can digital ever replace a handshake?

21 February 2018

A recent remote meeting has left Arden University’s Dr Ben Silverstone asking if videoconferencing is an example of technology progressing more quickly than our ability to adapt to it

Does the UK need an IoT regulator?

15 February 2018

Marco Hogewoning of RIPE NCC examines what the government can do to ensure the internet of things sector has the right regulations and standards

Ensuring cybersecurity is vital for a driverless future

9 February 2018

Erik Silfversten and Nathan Ryan of RAND Europe discuss why built-in cybersecurity is as important a safety concern as any for manufacturers and legislators involved in the autonomous-vehicle space

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