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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

An evening with the editors – experts debate politics, public sector pay, and party conferences

20 September 2017

Watch extracts from Dods event bringing together a range of Westminster and Whitehall commentators

How Birmingham City Council ditched ‘vanity projects’ and transformed its white-elephant website

20 September 2017

Council’s assistant director of customer services tells PublicTechnology how Europe’s largest local authority asked youthful citizens to help it build an online home that is fit for purpose

Accessibility for all

8 September 2017

Nick Bauer of Gloucestershire County Council writes an account of the authority’s drive to make public transport more accessible for all travellers

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

Think tank calls for urgent review of how blockchain could help – and hinder – police

24 September 2017

The Police Foundation identifies various potential benefits and challenges of distributed-ledger technology

Leeds and Liverpool join Limerick and Las Vegas as signatories to smart-city manifesto

23 September 2017

Global communications industry association gets wide range of public and private entities to sign up to 10-point plan

TfL revokes Uber’s taxi licence in London on claims the company’s software could block regulators and impede law enforcement

22 September 2017

But taxi app hits back and announces intention to appeal immediately

Opinion

The three-step plan to implementing successful e-government

20 September 2017

The UK is a digital government leader, but can still learn from others, argues Richard Whomes of Rocket Software

Government must ensure SME agenda is pragmatic – not dogmatic

18 September 2017

PublicTechnology editor Sam Trendall asks if the tone of the procurement discussion is becoming a little too Orwellian

All-male committee would be harmful to science

14 September 2017

Sarah Main of the Campaign for Science and Engineering urges parliament to recognise its responsibility in serving as a figurehead for scientific debate
 

 

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