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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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Empowering women: How Socitm wants to boost IT professionals’ confidence

24 August 2016

This autumn, the next cohort of women will start Socitm’s empowering women in IT programme. Rebecca Hill finds out how the society wants to promote female tech role models as part of PublicTechnology's diversity in tech series.

Computer user

Blockchain - don't get carried away by the hype

16 August 2016

Adam Cooper from the Government Digital Service says blockchain technologies are not yet the answer to digital identification solutions.

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Interview: Simon Parker, Redbridge Council’s incoming strategy director, on agile working, data and transformation

5 August 2016

Simon Parker, the outgoing director of the NLGN think tank, reflects on six years in the job and tells Rebecca Hill how he plans to use digital approaches in his move to Redbridge Council 

News

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Yeovil NHS trust moves to unified heathcare information system

26 August 2016

Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has gone live with its single healthcare information system, which it says will generate benefits worth around £27.5m.

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Scottish government offers funding for innovative cyber security solutions

26 August 2016

A Scottish government pilot scheme aiming to boost innovation in the public sector is offering £15,000 for a developer with a cyber security idea that could be used by government, and has singled out blockchain as of particular interest.

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Blue light services told to increase procurement collaboration

25 August 2016

The government has urged police, fire and rescue forces to boost collaboration on procurement as data published yesterday shows more could be done to cut costs.

Opinion

Joe Kim

Healthcare IT: How to manage a mammoth network

25 August 2016

Joe Kim, chief technology officer at IT monitoring and management tools developer SolarWinds, looks at the scale of the problem faced by healthcare organisers handling ever-increasing amounts of data and offers five ways they can tackle it.

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Why we should be more afraid of the cultural chasm than the digital skills gap

24 August 2016

The public sector might know what core digital skills it is short of, but its across-the-board capacity to embrace change is the key problem, according to​ Mel Ross of transformation consultancy Adapt2Digital.

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Home Office Digital developer: Departmental culture is excellent for women

22 August 2016

As PublicTechnology looks at diversity in public sector technology careers, Home Office developer Barbara Cassini reflects on her experiences as a female developer in both public and private sectors, saying that some offices are just better than others.

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