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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

Digital

Why the digital standard must be on every council’s agenda

5 May 2016

West Berkshire’s digital lead Phil Rumens talks about the task of ensuring the new Local Government Digital Service Standard makes an impact. Gill Hitchcock reports.

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Is data protection regulation one more step towards a digital single market?

4 May 2016

MEP and former European commissioner Viviane Reding talks data protection and why economics trumps feminism.

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Outgoing Socitm president Nadira Hussain: “The value of a diverse workforce is clear, but the perception remains that tech is about geeky men in darkened rooms in front of screens”

26 April 2016

Nadira Hussain says local government IT can achieve better outcomes by using the analytical, negotiating and project management skills of women. Gill Hitchcock reports.  

News

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Civil servants voice their doubts on Whitehall's digital transformation

6 May 2016

Fewer than a fifth of civil servants would rate their department's digital capability as "good" despite believing technology is critical to delivering on their plans, according to a new survey of officials.

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NHS grants Google access to 1.6 million patient records

6 May 2016

The NHS has granted search engine giant Google access to over 1.6 million patient records to enable the firm to develop a healthcare early warning app.

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Data blunder leads to £185,000 fine for NHS trust

6 May 2016

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust has been fined £185,000 after the information watchdog said it had “played fast and loose” with personal details of its staff.

Opinion

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G-Cloud's growing pains

29 April 2016

G-Cloud needs to evolve with the market to arrest a recent slump in sales through the framework, says Bhuwan Kaushik.

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Shadow IT: Is the gulf between digital and IT teams creating chaos?

28 April 2016

Managers need to design and implement solutions that meet the needs of staff as well as the end user, says Jane Roberts.

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Smart cities: the next stage

21 April 2016

Smart cities are already starting to become a reality, but the the next challenge is to make the leap to a big open market based on interoperable solutions and common procurement specifications, writes Roberto Viola.

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