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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

Manchester Town Hall

A private eye: Manchester’s CIO on moving to the public sector and improving supplier relationships

30 November 2016

Bob Brown might have left the private sector, but Manchester City Council’s chief information officer is certainly bringing his corporate experience to bear on his first public sector role. Rebecca Hill asked him about his first year in post. 

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Future parliament: How a change of scenery could encourage innovation

16 November 2016

Could parliament’s move out of the 19th Century Palace of Westminster be used to embrace 21st Century technology? Rebecca Hill reports.

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The long run-in: Changing culture, IT and services in East Sussex and Surrey

7 November 2016

East Sussex and Surrey councils first mooted shared services two years ago. Chief information officer Matthew Scott tells Gill Hitchcock about the hurdles the partnership had to overcome during its development, and where it is now.

News

Question mark

Think tank urges government to clarify role of GDS in long-awaited digital strategy

5 December 2016

The government’s digital transformation strategy must identify the trade-offs the Government Digital Service will be expected to make in implementing the work, the Institute for Government has said.

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Cyber security centre tells government domain owners to up email security settings

5 December 2016

Fewer than 5% of public sector domains have adopted more secure standards for emails to reduce phishing, according to the National Cyber Security Centre.

Rob Luke

Information commissioner hires diplomat as deputy policy chief

5 December 2016

The Information Commissioner’s Office has named former British High Commissioner to Malta Rob Luke as its new deputy commissioner for policy.

Opinion

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Whitehall’s digital divide

1 December 2016

The government needs a unified approach to front and back office functions if it wants to make the cost savings digital promises, argues Jane Roberts of TopLevel.

Tom Morton, Communicare247

Scottish social care providers must not wait for the limitations of analogue telecare to appear before adopting digital

21 November 2016

With current approaches to Scotland’s social services labelled unsustainable, and health care similarly under pressure, Tom Morton of Communicare247 urges providers to realise the potential for digital technology now.

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Trump appears to have no position on digital – but are the tech tides against him?

18 November 2016

The digital revolution in US states and cities is not likely to grind to a halt following Trump’s election, but your take on his win will depend on how you view the sands of time, says David Walker.

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