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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

Are confusing bid notices leading to ‘bad outcomes’ for government digital projects?

12 January 2018

Research from digital specialist dxw finds that suppliers on key digital framework find most opportunity notices lack clarity on customer needs, desired outcomes, and budget

Reform digital head on the potential AI backlash and why service design is ‘not just about the citizen’

10 January 2018

PublicTechnology talks to the think tank’s digital and data specialist Eleonora Harwich about how AI could help eradicate disparity in the quality of healthcare and why GDS needs to focus more on the needs of its colleagues in Whitehall

 

The art of designing a rational service for irrational taxpayers

8 January 2018

Dacorum Borough Council in Hertfordshire has redesigned its council tax service to better work with ‘the quirks of how we actually think’. Gill Hitchcock finds out more

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

Stockport to set up alliance of local bodies to tackle digital exclusion

19 January 2018

Local council commits £120,000 set-up funding

Government urges police to transform ‘for the digital age’

18 January 2018

Policing minister pledges that Home Office will help forces invest in technology initiatives that enable officers to spend more time on the front line

V&A museum mulls outsourced data-protection officer model ahead of GDPR

18 January 2018

Art-and-design museum claims GDPR audit is well underway as it seeks market input on possible DPO-as-a-service implementation

Opinion

The government needs a department for data

3 January 2018

Whitehall siloes should be broken by creating a centralised body to collate and oversee the use of data, believes Johan Hogsander of Transform

 

The key public-sector technology trends to look out for in 2018

23 December 2017

PublicTechnology editor Sam Trendall picks out three topics that may define the year ahead

The government should be a role model on IT reuse

18 December 2017

Remanufactured computers could provide 95% of the performance of a new PC at a fraction of the cost to the environment; it is time for the civil service to set an examples, argues professor Mark Jolly of Cranfield University

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