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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

Swindon: how a ‘traditional’ council is playing digital catch-up

14 December 2018

Ensuring vulnerable people are not excluded is central to Swindon council’s digital access drive. Gill Hitchcock reports.

Why the NHS needs to ‘take the lead’ on sharing data with the private sector

11 December 2018

A study from Reform finds a haphazard patchwork of data-sharing being led at a local level. The think tank’s director of research Eleonora Harwich tells PublicTechnology why a national strategy is needed

MoJ digital chief: ‘Prisons have been bypassed by the digital revolution – that is our next really big challenge’

5 December 2018

Tom Read, CDIO at the Ministry of Justice, talks to PublicTechnology about how he believes technology and digital services could help turn prisons from a ‘Victorian dungeon to a rehabilitative space’

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

Government reveals plans for £10m real-time roadworks info service

18 December 2018

Service will launch to some local authorities and utilities firms in May 2019

Bristol examines options for revenue and benefits

18 December 2018

Council to look at cloud, on-site and as-a-service options

HM Land Registry explores ‘data enrichment'

17 December 2018

Agency engages with market for potential partners that can take names and addresses and derive additional information

Opinion

How Bolton and Wigan teamed up to tackle their cybersecurity challenges

18 December 2018

Technology chief Dave Pearce explains how the two local authorities are working together to share data, technology, and services

Is G-Cloud broken?

6 December 2018

For all its good intentions, the government's flagship digital services framework remains hamstrung by the wrong strategy and technical challenges, believes Romy Hughes of Brightman

The time is now to bridge the digital divide

28 November 2018

Eliminating digital exclusion would reduce inequality and give the economy a multibillion-pound boost, according to Helen Milner of Good Things Foundation

Q&A