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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

‘We speak civil service, but we speak private sector too’ – JSaRC head Angela Essel on government’s ‘bilingual’ approach to national security

21 February 2020

The Home Office’s Joint Security and Resilience Centre helps government work with industry to meet the UK’s security challenges. We talk to new head Angela Essel about why ‘heated discussions’ between civil servants and commercial secondees has created mutual respect and understanding

Why government is ‘failing’ on AI openness

17 February 2020

The body dedicated to upholding ethical standards across the public sector has published a major report examining how to ensure those standards are not threatened by AI and automation

Qualified success – how apprentices are making a big impact at HMRC

5 February 2020

About one in 10 of the department’s workforce are apprentices, and its development programmes allows HMRC to attract new talent in technology and other areas, while giving new skills to long-standing employees, according to director general of customer services Angela MacDonald

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

NHS consults on scheme to unite public and private healthcare data

21 February 2020

Exercise launched following conclusion of Paterson Review

Foreign Office picks Deloitte for £250k project to develop cybersecurity strategy

21 February 2020

Auditor giant wins contract to assist department in assessing cyber needs and priorities

HMRC chief gives thumbs up to five-year cloud migration programme

20 February 2020

Assessment of long-term tech overhaul concludes that scheme is on track and represents good value

Opinion

Government tech consultants need to be more like Mary Poppins

30 January 2020

Too many public sector entities have become dependent on consultants who have outstayed their welcome, according to Romy Hughes of Brightman

Local government transformation needs leadership support and understanding

22 January 2020

If councils wish to make their digital ambitions a reality, senior managers need to familiarise themselves with digital ways of working and the role they should play, believes Alex Yedigaroff of dxw

Data must be treated as a national asset

10 January 2020

An information monopoly is a danger that must be taken seriously, argues Simon Hansford of UKCloud

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