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2016 Socitm spring conference

Mobile responsive council websites on the increase, finds survey – but quality declines

12 June 2017

Web and digital managers must engage service managers to create ‘properly digital’ services, not just put a service online, says Socitm review team

Why we should be more afraid of the cultural chasm than the digital skills gap

24 August 2016

The public sector might know what core digital skills it is short of, but its across-the-board capacity to embrace change is the key problem, according to​ Mel Ross of transformation consultancy Adapt2Digital.

Digital transformation needs a little more talk and much more action

13 July 2016

A straw poll session at this year’s Socitm Spring Conference revealed some uncomfortable insights on the state of digital transformation across the UK public sector. Mel Ross looks at what’s to be done.

Collaboration

Why the public sector should work more closely with charities

6 December 2017

Vodafone's Mick Wayman opines that better co-operation with the non-profit sector could help save money and improve service levels

GDS readies new centralised design platform for GOV.UK services

31 October 2017

New offering, which is entering beta testing, will combine elements of current platforms such as the Service Manual and GOV.UK Elements

Fraud, Risk and Governance

Serious Fraud Office uses artificial intelligence to crack real crimes

22 June 2018

Chief technology officer Ben Denison discusses how the organisation is using technology to get on top of increasingly vast and complex cases of bribery, fraud, and corruption

GDPR

The public sector must be transparent on data use to gain citizens’ trust

30 May 2018

While GDPR is right to provide individuals with greater control over how their information is used, the benefits of sharing data should not be overlooked, believes Rose Lasko-Skinner of Reform

Government seeks tech firm to trace every packet of cigarettes sold in the UK

29 May 2018

HMRC seeks to appoint ‘ID issuer’ to comply with EU legislation and tackle £2bn annual tax gap caused by illicit tobacco trade 

GDPR: how did we get here, and what on earth happens next?

25 May 2018

We are now, at last, all living in a GDPR world. PublicTechnology asks what – if anything – that means, and looks back on the journey we took to get here

Cloud

Citizens need rights for algorithm decisions to be explained – and challenged, MPs conclude

23 May 2018

Select committee report calls for algorithms to be added to a ministerial brief, and urges departments to publicly declare where and how they use them

How to ensure cloud does not become the new outsourcing

11 April 2018

Just as with outsourcing before it, cloud will not fix underlying operational complexity, according to Richard Blanford of Fordway

Councils reaching for the cloud, new study shows - but legacy IT keeping them grounded

27 March 2018

Socitm/Eduserv research finds that councils are increasingly shifting to a hybrid of cloud and in-house capacity - but warns that existing deals are limiting progress

Contracts

Boston to allow autonomous vehicle tests across city

22 June 2018

Local company authorised to conduct trials on all roads throughout the largest city in Massachusetts

GDS Service Manual adds guidance to help departments ‘make the case for building the right thing’

21 June 2018

New section on measuring benefits on agile projects added to document that helps government create services that comply with GDS standards

Liam Maxwell: ‘Transformation is nothing to do with tech – it is about a change of business model’

15 June 2018

Government's national technology adviser discusses why getting digital reforms through the machinery of government may require some help from Jason Bourne

 

Data

Serious Fraud Office uses artificial intelligence to crack real crimes

22 June 2018

Chief technology officer Ben Denison discusses how the organisation is using technology to get on top of increasingly vast and complex cases of bribery, fraud, and corruption

Constituents report MP to ICO over alleged data-protection breach in Facebook post

21 June 2018

Data-protection watchdog ‘making enquiries’ after Conservative Gordon Henderson publishes names and partial addresses of local residents who sent him a letter

Mobile

Transport for London BYOD scheme accredits more than 3,500 staff devices

14 June 2018

Report from Parliament Street think tank shows explosion in number of smartphones and tablets registered as part of programme

How Skype is ending isolation for NHS staff in Wales

5 June 2018

After piloting the technology for non-clinical use, Gill Hitchcock reports on how primary care managers in south Wales are looking to overcome confidentiality issues to explore its potential for GP consultations

PSN

What the doctor ordered

1 June 2017

An NHS-wide cloud for sharing diagnostic images and intelligence across the health service could mean huge economies of scale, stronger collaboration, and rapid digitisation, according to Jane Rendall and Fredrik Gustavsson.

Transformation

Serious Fraud Office uses artificial intelligence to crack real crimes

22 June 2018

Chief technology officer Ben Denison discusses how the organisation is using technology to get on top of increasingly vast and complex cases of bribery, fraud, and corruption