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.



Lessons from Seoul: How eGovernment can drive citizen engagement

14 October 2016

Scott Moore, business analyst for the Scottish Improvement Service, won a Socitm scholarship to research digital public service trend in Seoul during the summer. Here he looks back on he learnt during his summer investigating the city’s digital transformation.

Chan Cheow Hoe, Singapore GovTech

Cracking the ‘us versus them’ mentality: Singapore’s GovTech CIO on digital services for the masses

7 October 2016

This week saw the official launch of the Singapore’s dedicated government tech agency GovTech. Rebecca Hill spoke to the organisation’s chief information officer Chan Cheow Hoe about the issues facing government digital services and how his team is addressing them.

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‘It’s cheaper, democratic and what users want’: Why councils need to think about accessibility

6 October 2016

RNIB inclusion guru Steve Tyler tells Gill Hitchcock that it makes sense for councils to build accessibility into their digital services. 


International team at GDS

GDS plans international user needs research in wake of Brexit

24 October 2016

The Government Digital Service is to carry out research into the needs of GOV.UK’s international users and understand how they might change as the UK negotiates its exit from the European Union. 

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G-Cloud 9 discovery phase finds users often resort to manual processes

21 October 2016

The discovery phase of the next iteration of the cloud procurement platform has found that users struggle with ineffective searches, producing audit trails and difficulty comparing suppliers.

GDS Executive Director Stephen Foreshew-Cain

Co-op Digital team bags another former GDS leader

21 October 2016

Former Government Digital Service chief Stephen Foreshew-Cain is to join the Co-op, where his former boss Mike Bracken went after his own departure from GDS last year.



Latest healthcare network could transform NHS services - but more comuncation is needed

20 October 2016

Gareth Ricketts, the health sector lead for Updata, says the new health and social care network has the potential to transform NHS services for the future - but first there needs to be more communication of the change.

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How charities can learn from the Government Digital Service

23 September 2016

Digital technology offer charities a wealth of options. But Tris Lumley of think-tank New Philanthropy Capital says that they should heed advice from the Government Digital Service and take user-centric approach to transformation.

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Open and shut case: Should digital government be using open standards, open source or low-code?

22 September 2016

Jane Roberts strategy director at Toplevel and asks whether more clarity is needed to stop departments from tying themselves in knots over what kind of ‘open’ to use.