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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

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Harnessing the private sector to bridge the digital divide

10 February 2016

Bridging the digital divide can transform and empower people and help boost economic growth according to a new study.

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Universal Credit: will a full flowering ever see the light of day?

8 February 2016

Why watchdogs are warning that councils need more time and information to make digital delivery of Universal Credit a success.

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Digital rooftops: how Camden Council is building connectivity

27 January 2016

Ahead of his speech at the Socitm Spring Conference, Councillor Theo Blackwell explains Camden's blue sky approach to improving access.

News

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Local government outsourcing spending increases by nearly a quarter

11 February 2016

The local government outsourcing market saw significant growth in 2015, with the total value of contracts signed by local authorities up 23% year-on-year, according to the arvato UK Outsourcing Index

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Framework aimed at boosting Smart City connectivity

11 February 2016

Public sector bodies could be set to benefit from a proposed £40m framework to deliver equipment to enable Smart City initiatives.

Government Digital Service calls in "hackers" to test its platform

10 February 2016

The UK government has hosted a “hack day” to get developers to test out new Government-as-a-Platform components it has been working on over the last few months.

Opinion

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Blockchain and the public sector

11 February 2016

Steve Thorn explores claims that the technology behind crypto-currency Bitcoin can improve transparency and trust between government and its citizens

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Ransomware – what can public bodies do about it?

5 February 2016

In the wake of last week’s ransomware attack on Lincolnshire County Council, Des Ward looks how public bodies should respond.

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Data revolution is our generation's 'Big Bang'

2 February 2016

Environment secretary Liz Truss says digital reform is the 21st Century equivalent of Margaret Thatcher's 1980s financial reforms.

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