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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

UK Government Cyber Security for SMEs

In depth: National Cyber Security Programme

19 June 2015

Tim Gibson assesses government efforts to protect public and private sectors alike from the threat posed by hackers.

Matthew Hancock MP

Profile: Matt Hancock, minister for the Cabinet Office

13 May 2015

Who is the man taking over from Francis Maude in charge of government digital strategy and procurement?

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Joining up the dots

27 April 2015

Josh Chambers looks at global examples for a clue as to how Whitehall can work with local governments to produce true “government as a platform”.

News

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Councils urged to consider social media opinion mining

6 July 2015

Councils should consider procuring sentiment analysis services from the private sector to guage reaction to their digital improvements on social media, according to sector representative body Socitm.

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Evidence call set to inform transformation plan

6 July 2015

Local government organisations are aiming to draw up a new plan for delivering local online services by gathering evidence on councils’ online transactions and identifying new ways of jointly procuring ICT services.

Derry/Londonderry

Council shortens cumbersome URL

3 July 2015

A council has adopted a new URL after deciding that the previous version it had adopted was too unwieldy at 36 characters in length.

Opinion

Andrew Gunn, Bluefin Solutions

Is the public sector ready for devolution?

3 July 2015

Andrew Gunn says that local authorities must not underestimate the technical challenges posed by the government’s drive to hand them more power.

Reaping the fruits of an agile approach

29 June 2015

Agile is not a panacea for all ills, but can help government deliver digital services more efficiently, says Daniel Thornton.

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Clarity needed over Scottish digital plans

26 June 2015

The Scottish Government is still failing to get basic digital contract management right, according to a new report. Gemma Diamond looks at the findings.

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