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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

Digital minister: ‘I’m one up from a Luddite – but I am grasping this enthusiastically’

15 June 2022

PublicTechnology met with the recently appointed Heather Wheeler, who reveals that overcoming difficulties with tech has been ‘an absolute joy’ – although she still appears to have some challenges with unfortunate remarks

Great expectations: Government unveils new digital and data strategy

9 June 2022

A new three-year plan sets out ambitious objectives for departments’ use of tech, including a commitment to improve scores of the biggest citizen services. PublicTechnology gets the lowdown from civil service chief operating officer Alex Chisholm.

Technology vs ideology: what will define the future of government work?

7 June 2022

A recent PublicTechology webinar discussion saw an expert panel examine the major issues that will shape how civil servants work for years to come

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 Covid app update expands symptom checklist and softens guidance for English users

28 June 2022

Latest version of software removes suggestion users may have coronavirus and countdown clock – except for Welsh users, who are still told to isolated and get tested

‘Drones are of great interest to the Army – as both a threat and an opportunity’

28 June 2022

Minister claims that military is keeping tabs on potential battlefield uses of unmanned aerial technologies

Highways agency adds ex-Facebook bigwig to boardroom line-up

28 June 2022

Social network’s former regional leader Diego Oliva appointed to non-executive post

Opinion

Is the UK ready for the future of compute?

17 June 2022

The government’s upcoming review should consider ways to increase the country’s computing capacity, believes Laura Foster of techUK

Social value: public sector must demand more – and tech suppliers need to deliver

8 June 2022

SMEs and other providers should embrace the new mandates for IT firms to demonstrate social value, according to Alex Jackson of dxw

The time is now for private network adoption

23 May 2022

New forms of infrastructure can help improve public services, according to Sophie James of techUK

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