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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

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.

Colin Cook, Scottish Government

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. 

Interview

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‘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

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Government signals end to Public Services Network

24 January 2017

The Public Services Network adds unnecessary complications to providing digital services and will be abandoned, according to the Government Digital Service.

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Brexit 'could sink HMRC customs system'

24 January 2017

HMRC's new computer system to monitor customs declarations may be unable to cope with Brexit, according to a Whitehall official.

Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)

DWP launches £80m document management tender

23 January 2017

The Department for Work and Pensions has launched the hunt for a supplier to handle its document management services.

Opinion

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Mapping out transformative public services with a geospatial data hub

17 January 2017

Idriss Mekrez, chief technology officer for the public sector at MarkLogic, sets out the potential geospatial mapping has for the public sector.

Telephony

Local government voice telephony doesn’t have to be a Cinderella service

22 December 2016

Freddy Kanter of Foehn argues that voice communications can make a greater contribution to councils' cost-cutting activities - and that its time in the spotlight has come.

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Transformation strategy delays: Government urgently needs to take digital out of limbo

21 December 2016

That the long-awaited digital strategy has fallen by the wayside is not a surprise, but ministers must move to demonstrate their commitment to digital quickly, writes PublicTechnology's online editor Rebecca Hill. 

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