Scottish Parliament bans smartphones from public gallery after protests

New measures brought in as disruptions ‘tended to be filmed and posted on social media’

Diamond retained for second term as UK’s national statistician

Incumbent chief was reappointed following an open competition The government has reappointed Sir Ian Diamond

Artificial intelligence to empower public services, says minister

Michelle Donelan highlights uses of AI in policing and healthcare along with potential to cut

Government seeks national technology adviser

Director general-level role requiring ‘fantastic network’ of contacts in science, technology and digital will pay

ICO to fast-track public interest Freedom of Information complaints

Regulator expects to give up to a fifth of complaints faster treatment Freedom of Information

Cabinet Office to ‘fill gaps’ in vulnerability scanning of technology

New deal covers 13,500 end-user and on-site devices, AWS accounts and public-facing domains  The Cabinet

Police seeks tech to investigate crypto crime

City of London force plans to spend £1.8m on forensics investigation service available to all

CDDO launches Data Maturity Assessment for Government

Departments have committed to carry out assessments based on 97 areas All government departments are

Open transport data to help public plan and pay

Department for Transport publishes catalogue of datasets, following support for open bus and roadwork data

Government high-tech hub in Birmingham garlanded as one of world’s leading workplaces

Government Property Agency facility is the most highly rated public-sector office in the world A

HMRC chief signs off on £200m plan to address areas of ‘greatest risk’ to data protection

Major programme seeks to ensure compliance with UK GDPR and other legislation  The chief executive

EXCL: Work starts on £6m cross-government digital system for civil servants to move between departments

Fujitsu awarded contract to build platform that intends to enable transfers ‘at pace and without

Digital reporting and more local data to tackle anti-social behaviour

Action plan includes digital one-stop shop, expanded crime survey and improved data collection and sharing

Public bodies tighten restrictions on TikTok

App is now formally banned from Scottish Government devices and can no longer be accessed

Tech consulting giant’s three-year public procurement ban lifted after eight months

The UK arm of Bain & Company can once again bid for Whitehall contracts after

DWP data analysis scheme repaying more than £20m a month in pension arrears

Statistics show acceleration in repayments – but £750m of underpayments are still to be addressed

NHS long-term cyber strategy sets out plan to ramp up workforce and ‘defend as one’

Government sets out vision for improving resilience of health and social care sector by the

Courts workers agree to end dispute over IT system troubles

Union’s agreement with HMCTS includes concessions over how cases are inputted and admission of faults
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