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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

Serious Fraud Office uses artificial intelligence to crack real crimes

22 June 2018

Chief technology officer Ben Denison discusses how the organisation is using technology to get on top of increasingly vast and complex cases of bribery, fraud, and corruption

‘It can really bring to life the work we do’ – how the DWP got social media savvy

19 June 2018

Digital engagement leaders tell PublicTechnology about the department’s use of Twitter and LinkedIn to interact with citizens and potential and current employees

Liam Maxwell: ‘Transformation is nothing to do with tech – it is about a change of business model’

15 June 2018

Government's national technology adviser discusses why getting digital reforms through the machinery of government may require some help from Jason Bourne

 

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

Jersey kicks off major restructure to create ‘modern, agile, and digital public service’

22 June 2018

Island’s local authority recruits for a range of leaders to fulfil transformation plan

Boston to allow autonomous vehicle tests across city

22 June 2018

Local company authorised to conduct trials on all roads throughout the largest city in Massachusetts

GDS Service Manual adds guidance to help departments ‘make the case for building the right thing’

21 June 2018

New section on measuring benefits on agile projects added to document that helps government create services that comply with GDS standards

Opinion

Why peer support, not a grand vision, is the key to shared services

6 June 2018

Richard Blanford of Fordway believes there is scope for much more growth in shared services if local authorities focus on working with each other

The public sector must be transparent on data use to gain citizens’ trust

30 May 2018

While GDPR is right to provide individuals with greater control over how their information is used, the benefits of sharing data should not be overlooked, believes Rose Lasko-Skinner of Reform

We all have something to hide – and the government must let us

21 May 2018

The public sector needs to be careful it does not fall foul of citizens’ growing disquiet about how their data is used and by whom, according to PublicTechnology editor Sam Trendall

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