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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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Sprint 16: Six things we learnt about the future of government digital

12 February 2016

Rolling out text alerts, sorting out "crap" government IT, cleaning up data, and trying to recruit skilled people when the money's tight — there's plenty going on in the world of government digital, as Matt Foster found at the Government Digital Service's annual gathering.

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Harnessing the private sector to bridge the digital divide

10 February 2016

Bridging the digital divide can transform and empower people and help boost economic growth according to a new study.

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Universal Credit: will a full flowering ever see the light of day?

8 February 2016

Why watchdogs are warning that councils need more time and information to make digital delivery of Universal Credit a success.

News

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BT, Accenture and IBM win European Commission cloud contracts

12 February 2016

The European Commission has signed £26.6m in contracts with several IT service providers in order to bolster its cloud capabilities.

Shaking hands updated

Digital Marketplace touches £1 billion in sales, says Cabinet Office

12 February 2016

Sales through the UK government’s Digital Marketplace have topped £1bn.

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HMRC chief Dame Lin Homer defends record on Google tax collection

12 February 2016

Top leaders from HM Revenue and Customs have told MPs that internet giant Google’s controversial £130m tax deal was evidence of behaviour changing, cross-governmental work of which Whitehall should be proud.

Opinion

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Blockchain and the public sector

11 February 2016

Steve Thorn explores claims that the technology behind crypto-currency Bitcoin can improve transparency and trust between government and its citizens

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Ransomware – what can public bodies do about it?

5 February 2016

In the wake of last week’s ransomware attack on Lincolnshire County Council, Des Ward looks how public bodies should respond.

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Data revolution is our generation's 'Big Bang'

2 February 2016

Environment secretary Liz Truss says digital reform is the 21st Century equivalent of Margaret Thatcher's 1980s financial reforms.

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