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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

NHSX chief: This is not about tech, or data – it’s about patients

31 March 2020

A year after NHSX was founded, the healthtech organisation’s head Matthew Gould discusses AI, data sharing and privacy in this exclusive interview

Can the Government Transformation Strategy be judged a success?

27 March 2020

The Government Transformation Strategy set out an array of ambitions for a three-year timeframe that has now reached its end. A range of expert commentators discuss whether its aims have been achieved.

Will the UK government use phone tracking to fight pandemic?

24 March 2020

Various other countries are using voluntary or mandatory tracking to follow spread of pandemic, as PM says tech will ‘help us see the disease as it is transmitted’

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

Hancock issues six-month order for NHS to share confidential patient data

3 April 2020

Usual limitations relaxed as organisations across the NHS are told to share data in fight against coronavirus

Open data system launched to help public sector search the world for coronavirus supplies

3 April 2020

Spend Network creates tool allowing departments to search for international suppliers

DWP urged to improve Universal Credit data analytics

3 April 2020

Think tank report claims better use of information could help direct resources

Opinion

Technology in the time of coronavirus

19 March 2020

PublicTechnology editor Sam Trendall on the immense importance of government digital and data professionals, at a time when a lot of things suddenly seem less important than they did just a few days ago

The Sisyphean task of interoperability should be the NHS’s biggest tech priority

5 March 2020

Standards and clear leadership are needed to make progress in this crucial area, according to Tom Russell of techUK

Why have governments struggled to get it right on digital identity?

25 February 2020

With many government-developed services seeing poor uptake, the answer may lie in allowing citizens to ‘bring your own identity’, according to Arthur Mickoleit of Gartner

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