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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

Dudley Green in Camden

Digital rooftops: how Camden Council is building connectivity

27 January 2016

Ahead of his speech at the Socitm Spring Conference, Councillor Theo Blackwell explains Camden's blue sky approach to improving access.

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European rules 'must not be allowed to stifle internet of things'

7 January 2016

Understanding the potential of the new, connected environment is essential, say digital technology experts.

Youth

Bringing joined up youth services to life in Southend

17 December 2015

Gareth Richards explains how the ability to share information more simply is delivering dramatic time savings for youth services teams in Southend and helping staff to make more informed decisions.

News

X-Force Q4 2014

Councils 'must play part in national cybersecurity ecosystem'

5 February 2016

Socitm has called on the UK government to include local authorities in the development of the government's National Cybersecurity Strategy.

Email security

Norfolk County Council back online after network outage

5 February 2016

Email systems are back up and running at Norfolk County Council following an outage that prevented some staff from sending and receiving messages. The authority denies hackers were to blame for tech troubles.

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Scottish Government launches digital inclusion initiative

5 February 2016

An initiative aiming to create hundreds of new ‘digital champions’ to help vulnerable people in Scotland get online will be launched next week.

Opinion

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Ransomware – what can public bodies do about it?

5 February 2016

In the wake of last week’s ransomware attack on Lincolnshire County Council, Des Ward looks how public bodies should respond.

Liz Truss MP

Data revolution is our generation's 'Big Bang'

2 February 2016

Environment secretary Liz Truss says digital reform is the 21st Century equivalent of Margaret Thatcher's 1980s financial reforms.

Jane Roberts, is strategy director for public sector digital management firm Toplevel

The toll of transformation – How to reduce digital project costs

28 January 2016

Digital projects need to reduce dependency on specialist digital and programming skills, according to Jane Roberts.

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