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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

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Is data protection regulation one more step towards a digital single market?

4 May 2016

MEP and former European commissioner Viviane Reding talks data protection and why economics trumps feminism.

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Outgoing Socitm president Nadira Hussain: “The value of a diverse workforce is clear, but the perception remains that tech is about geeky men in darkened rooms in front of screens”

26 April 2016

Nadira Hussain says local government IT can achieve better outcomes by using the analytical, negotiating and project management skills of women. Gill Hitchcock reports.  

Tonino Ciuffini

Interview: Warwickshire county council’s Tonino Ciuffini on the flexibility of cloud

21 April 2016

Warwickshire county council’s head of information assets tells Gill Hitchcock that cloud technologies offer local authorities a range of benefits provided they do their groundwork

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National Audit office to probe Crown Commercial Service

4 May 2016

The National Audit Office is to investigate how effective the government's efforts to centralise procurement through the Crown Commercial Service have been.

Energy and Business Minister Matthew Hancock

Hancock backs open address register

4 May 2016

Moves to create a new open register of property addresses has the ability to improve public services, according to Cabinet Office minister Matt Hancock.

Open curtain

UK maintains open data lead but progress slows

3 May 2016

The UK has maintained its position as the world’s top government on releasing open data, although the rate of progress has slowed.

Opinion

Bhuwan Kaushik at Spectromax

G-Cloud's growing pains

29 April 2016

G-Cloud needs to evolve with the market to arrest a recent slump in sales through the framework, says Bhuwan Kaushik.

Jane Roberts, is strategy director for public sector digital management firm Toplevel

Shadow IT: Is the gulf between digital and IT teams creating chaos?

28 April 2016

Managers need to design and implement solutions that meet the needs of staff as well as the end user, says Jane Roberts.

Roberto Viola

Smart cities: the next stage

21 April 2016

Smart cities are already starting to become a reality, but the the next challenge is to make the leap to a big open market based on interoperable solutions and common procurement specifications, writes Roberto Viola.

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