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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

Election 2019: Which party has most to say on digital, data and technology?

10 December 2019

Examining the language of each party’s manifesto reveals significant differences in the amount and focus of proposals related to technology and data policy – as well as in the wider themes of each document

Conservative manifesto: five tech takeaways

9 December 2019

Rounding up the Tories’ key pledges in the area of digital and data, including a new cybercrime force and tax incentives for investments in cloud computing

Could AR/VR augment the public sector?

6 December 2019

Government has only dabbled with augmented and virtual reality so far, but the technology has a range of potential use cases, according to Jeremy Dalton of Immerse UK and PwC

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

Tech ministers returned with increased majorities

13 December 2019

Simon Hart, Oliver Dowden, and Matt Warman all regain their seats and win more votes than in 2017

CPS consults industry on presentation of electronic evidence in court

13 December 2019

Agency looks for market input ahead of floating potential five-year contract for a supplier to provide roving fleet of AV equipment

Calls to update electoral law for digital age

13 December 2019

Open Knowledge Foundation urges politicians to ‘stop playing fast and loose with the truth’

Opinion

Council collaboration catches on

5 December 2019

Georgina Maratheftis of techUK runs through a busy and productive month of partnerships for the local authority digital and technology sector

The greatest glitch in government

8 November 2019

In 2017, the NHS was the most high-profile victim of an international cyberattack. With the imminent phasing-out of support for Windows 7, Guinevere Poncia asks how government institutions are keeping pace with cyberthreats 

How digitisation helped the DWP make child maintenance easier for separated parents

4 November 2019

Improving its online offering has enabled the department to make life easier for citizens and its own staff. Lead delivery manager Alan Soulsby talks us through the project.

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