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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

The third sector must play a key role in ‘social digital government’

24 October 2018

Government needs to make sure it is integrating resources from different places in support of common goals, according to Neil McEvoy of Digital Scotland

 

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

Fraud, Risk and Governance

ICO report finds ‘disturbing disregard for voters’ privacy’ in political campaigns

8 November 2018

After an 18-month investigation into use of personal data, information commissioner presents report to parliament

Industry and police must work closer to prevent fraud says techUK

15 October 2018

Increased complexity of cyber crime means police no longer hold all the data they need, says report, and better mechanisms for data sharing are essential

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

ICO report finds ‘disturbing disregard for voters’ privacy’ in political campaigns

8 November 2018

After an 18-month investigation into use of personal data, information commissioner presents report to parliament

Chatbots, free WiFi, and paperless councillors – Waltham Forest’s digital transformation

13 September 2018

Executive and political leadership at the east London council talk to PublicTechnology about their work to lead transformation in a way that benefits the entire borough 

Cloud

Is G-Cloud broken?

6 December 2018

For all its good intentions, the government's flagship digital services framework remains hamstrung by the wrong strategy and technical challenges, believes Romy Hughes of Brightman

How Devo Manc is driving health and social care transformation

7 November 2018

The Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership’s chief digital officer talks PublicTechnology through the organisation’s work to drive standardisation and consistency across the NHS and local government

NHS Scotland to standardise on Office 365 and Windows 10

2 November 2018

Potential five-year deal with Microsoft will see over 100 systems merged into one platform

Contracts

Criminal checks agency concludes that new IT system is ‘not suitable for further rollout’

7 December 2018

Disclosure and Barring Service will relaunch procurement exercise after calling time on IT refresh led by Tata Consultancy Services

Is G-Cloud broken?

6 December 2018

For all its good intentions, the government's flagship digital services framework remains hamstrung by the wrong strategy and technical challenges, believes Romy Hughes of Brightman

Leadership

EU citizens without Android devices could have to travel 250 miles to scan documents for settlement scheme pilot

7 December 2018

EU citizens working in the NHS and higher education sectors can now apply for settled status in the UK – but those with an iPhone could face a long journey if they wish to do so

Mobile

Cambridgeshire’s connectivity mission

5 November 2018

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority is investing £13.6m to boost connectivity. Gill Hitchcock reports on the challenging targets and the delivery team working with suppliers to remove barriers and pave the way for success

Hospital trials app for on-demand porters

30 October 2018

Northwick Park Hospital in north-west London rolls out tablets and smartphones for staff to request porters

Home Office awards £8m biometrics deal to Mastek

26 October 2018

Indian tech services firm adds application development contract to the £5m DevOps and support deal it won earlier this year

Open Source

Scottish Government to explore construction of GOV.UK Pay alternative

3 December 2018

Government to spend £300,000 building prototype of system that could handle both inbound and outbound payments

Hackney looks to boost uptake of council rent service

3 July 2018

Borough looks to mobile optimisation, personal notifications and possible implementation of GOV.UK Pay

Policy

EU citizens without Android devices could have to travel 250 miles to scan documents for settlement scheme pilot

7 December 2018

EU citizens working in the NHS and higher education sectors can now apply for settled status in the UK – but those with an iPhone could face a long journey if they wish to do so

Government going ‘in the wrong direction’ on SME spending goals, MPs find

5 December 2018

BEIS select committee urges the government to act ‘at the earliest opportunity’ to get back on track

Tech

Government bans use of phrase ‘fake news’

23 October 2018

Measures to tackle disinformation online also include new powers for ICO, and partnerships with tech firms to trial automated identification methods

Suffolk online crime reporting doubles

22 October 2018

Website improvements and new digital telephony system contributed to rise, Constabulary says

DVLA seeks digital accessibility endorsement

22 October 2018

Agency aims to comply with  international accessibility standard Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)