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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

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Harnessing the private sector to bridge the digital divide

10 February 2016

Bridging the digital divide can transform and empower people and help boost economic growth according to a new study.

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Universal Credit: will a full flowering ever see the light of day?

8 February 2016

Why watchdogs are warning that councils need more time and information to make digital delivery of Universal Credit a success.

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Digital rooftops: how Camden Council is building connectivity

27 January 2016

Ahead of his speech at the Socitm Spring Conference, Councillor Theo Blackwell explains Camden's blue sky approach to improving access.

News

Government Digital Service calls in "hackers" to test its platform

10 February 2016

The UK government has hosted a “hack day” to get developers to test out new Government-as-a-Platform components it has been working on over the last few months.

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Bristol City Council inks deal with NEC over “open programmable” cities

10 February 2016

Bristol City Council has launched a partnership with NEC to help speed the progress on creating the world’s first “open programmable city”.

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Bromley council picks BT to deliver desktop and datacentre services

10 February 2016

Bromley Council has awarded a contract worth £9m to BT that will see the telecoms firm deliver desktop services to 2,000 Bromley staff.

Opinion

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Ransomware – what can public bodies do about it?

5 February 2016

In the wake of last week’s ransomware attack on Lincolnshire County Council, Des Ward looks how public bodies should respond.

Liz Truss MP

Data revolution is our generation's 'Big Bang'

2 February 2016

Environment secretary Liz Truss says digital reform is the 21st Century equivalent of Margaret Thatcher's 1980s financial reforms.

Jane Roberts, is strategy director for public sector digital management firm Toplevel

The toll of transformation – How to reduce digital project costs

28 January 2016

Digital projects need to reduce dependency on specialist digital and programming skills, according to Jane Roberts.

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