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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

How HMRC is working with universities to meet government's ‘big challenge’ of competing for digital skills

12 April 2019

Future talent chief Lisa Rowley talks to PublicTechnology about the growth of the department’s work placement scheme and why, to compete with private sector giants, government needs to ‘get out there and tell our story’

Why Essex council has broken with digital convention

9 April 2019

Jason Kitcat has got rid of digital strategies and teams and introduced in a single function devoted to service change. Gill Hitchcock finds out more.

'We're on the cusp of a transformation' – plotting Police Scotland's tech future

8 April 2019

Assistant chief constable Malcolm Graham discusses how tech can benefit officers and the public

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

GDS expands use of voice recognition

23 April 2019

More than 12,000 pieces of government information can now be accessed via smart speaker

Irish border tech solution more than a decade away, government admits

23 April 2019

Leaked Home Office document reveals that technology will likely not be ready until 2030

What are the world’s most-hacked passwords?

23 April 2019

National Cyber Security Centre research reveals the most commonly breached passwords

Opinion

Breaking down barriers: how to improve SMEs' access to the public sector market

29 March 2019

Research from techUK showed that smaller firms still face major challenges in winning government business. The industry body's head of public sector Henry Rex outlines why SMEs have both cause for concern and reasons to be cheerful

Government can ill afford not to invest in police technology

27 March 2019

Calum Steele of the Scottish Police Federation explains why investment and legislative changes are sorely needed to help support officers’ use of technology

Busting the myth that a computer science degree is required to work in the tech industry

22 March 2019

Kathy Schneider of Sungard Availability Services argues that the technology sector needs to promote the variety of routes people can take into the industry

Q&A