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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

Computer user

The six types of security threat

25 March 2015

A guide to help local authorities understand the threat from cyber attacks, produced by central government.

Food Standards Agency chicken washing campaign

Social media - don’t be chicken

24 March 2015

How strong support from the leaders of a public service body gave staff the courage to create a successful social media campaign.

Data centre

Onshoring public sector data

19 March 2015

A majority of UK parliamentarians believe that UK public sector data should be securely processed in this country - what do councils need to consider when procuring data storage services?

News

Computer cable

Councils seek supplier for shared ICT services

1 April 2015

A coalition of local authorities is seeking a partner to deliver a comprehensive shared ICT  services in a contract worth up to £20m.

US passport pictured on USA flag

Councils to move websites to US platform

1 April 2015

A group of UK councils are to host their websites on a platform run by the US government – under radical proposals announced today.

Queue

ICT 'key to demand management strategies'

31 March 2015

Council ICT staff should be given a key role in teams attempting to save money by reducing demand, according to a new briefing.

Opinion

Election 2015: Politicians can’t ignore the digital economy

1 April 2015

National and local politicians need to address broadband speeds, digital skills and gender diversity within the ICT sector, says Anthony Sherick.

With little more than a month to go before the general election, and following a fairly non-descript budget announcement last week, it’s clear that come May, it could be anyone’s race to win.

Reuven Harrison, Tufin

Smart cities need smart security solutions

30 March 2015

Local government can expect a rude awakening from dreams of excellence and efficiency promised by the Internet of Things if it skimps on security, warns Reuven Harrison.

Jonathan House, director at PwC

Delivering on digital

27 March 2015

Digital is changing the relationship between the state and the public, a new PwC survey finds most councils are only at the beginning of their evolution.

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