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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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Empowering women: How Socitm wants to boost IT professionals’ confidence

24 August 2016

This autumn, the next cohort of women will start Socitm’s empowering women in IT programme. Rebecca Hill finds out how the society wants to promote female tech role models as part of PublicTechnology's diversity in tech series.

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Blockchain - don't get carried away by the hype

16 August 2016

Adam Cooper from the Government Digital Service says blockchain technologies are not yet the answer to digital identification solutions.

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Interview: Simon Parker, Redbridge Council’s incoming strategy director, on agile working, data and transformation

5 August 2016

Simon Parker, the outgoing director of the NLGN think tank, reflects on six years in the job and tells Rebecca Hill how he plans to use digital approaches in his move to Redbridge Council 

News

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GDS finalises new rules for government digital projects

24 August 2016

The Government Digital Service has published a revised version of the Technology Code of Practice that departments must use when designing, building or buying digital services.

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New GOV.UK Verify leader plans to focus on improving service for users and moots NHS use

23 August 2016

In her first statement as director of the government’s flagship identity-assurance programme, Jess McEvoy has said the Verify team will prioritise systems to tell users when something goes wrong.

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TfL releases night tube data for app developers

23 August 2016

Transport for London has added data from the night tube – which ran for the first time on Friday – to its Application Program Interface to allow travel apps to use it.

Opinion

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Why we should be more afraid of the cultural chasm than the digital skills gap

24 August 2016

The public sector might know what core digital skills it is short of, but its across-the-board capacity to embrace change is the key problem, according to​ Mel Ross of transformation consultancy Adapt2Digital.

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Home Office Digital developer: Departmental culture is excellent for women

22 August 2016

As PublicTechnology looks at diversity in public sector technology careers, Home Office developer Barbara Cassini reflects on her experiences as a female developer in both public and private sectors, saying that some offices are just better than others.

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Building the Data Foundations for Smart Cities

18 August 2016

The next generation of data storage and processing technologies will be critical to the success of smart cities, says James Norman.

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