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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

'Being accessible isn't a badge of honour; it's the minimum we should be doing'

20 May 2021

To mark Global Accessibility Awareness Day, PublicTechnology caught up with Craig Abbott from the DWP to discuss how the department incorporates inclusion into its services, and why inaccessibility equates to discrimination

How Covid has revealed public sector transformation’s greatest strengths – and weaknesses

17 May 2021

Discussing the findings of a Dods and SAP Concur report, experts from government and industry reflected on the achievements of the past year, and the areas that have been shown to need the most improvement. PublicTechnology learns more.

Unwrapping government’s £300m Amazon package

7 May 2021

Since a public sector-wide agreement with AWS was introduced six months ago, departments have signed contracts worth hundreds of millions with the cloud firm. PublicTechnology takes a closer look.

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

Information commissioner speaks out against current uses of facial recognition

18 June 2021

Data watchdog says all investigations conducted by her office of live systems have found illegality 

Remote working: Over half of top civil servants concerned about surveillance

18 June 2021

Study finds 57% of leading officials believe their employer might put in place monitoring technology or policies

Commons committee scolds government for failure to address transparency concerns

18 June 2021

PACAC claims its recommendations have not been sufficiently engaged with

Opinion

SMEs have limited trust in government procurement

9 June 2021

An annual survey from techUK shows that significant barriers remain for smaller firms wishing to supply government, according to Henry Rex

Online safety: How police, public sector and tech firms have reached a data-sharing stalemate

21 May 2021

With the Online Safety Bill now published, former police superintendent Iain Donnelly writes for PublicTechnology on the challenges that need to be overcome in order to ensure the law’s efficacy

Ex-NCSC chief Martin asks whether the new cyber strategy will make the UK safer

11 May 2021

Ciaran Martin discusses six tests that can be applied to the incoming national plan for cyber

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