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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

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

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

Exclusive: Digital Outcomes and Specialists 3 adds almost 1,000 suppliers

28 September 2018

Supplier list seen by PublicTechnology shows close to 3,000 firms have gained a place on the new iteration of the government digital services framework. Find out who made the cut

Digital Marketplace SME sales data shows clouds in the silver lining

27 September 2018

Chris Farthing of Advice Cloud digs beneath the headline numbers to find both good news and cause for concern for government’s SME suppliers

Cybersecurity

Diversity in cybersecurity projects offered £600k in government funding

9 October 2018

Bids open for the second iteration of the Cyber Skills Immediate Impact Fund – including a specific funding track for penetration testing jobs in the West Midlands

How can the public sector manage cyberthreats?

4 October 2018

In the wake of last year's WannaCry ransomware attack and a range of high-profile threats since then, PublicTechnology and Trend Micro invited a panel of experts to discuss how the public sector can build resilience and protect itself. Geoffrey Lyons reports. 

Data

'If none of our ideas fail, we are not being ambitious enough' - inside government's data science revolution

9 October 2018

Tom Smith, managing director of the ONS Data Science Campus, tells PublicTechnology how and why he wants to 'move the needle' for the use of data across the public sector

Geospatial Commission’s first tranche of investment commits £5m to opening up government data

8 October 2018

Newly created government entity begins two-year remit with funding dedicated to release location data held by six public agencies 

Number of GOV.UK domains rises for first time since launch

3 October 2018

Figure goes back past 3,000 as parish councils continue to embrace digital – but we bid farewell to secureyourfertiliser.gov.uk

Mobile

HMRC picked out as Whitehall paragon of smart working

1 October 2018

Report from think tank Reform praises initiatives such as equipping large numbers of the department’s workforce with tablet computers

 

Airwave to get three-year extension as government resets Emergency Services Network project

21 September 2018

New services to be rolled out incrementally as Motorola Solutions agrees to continue support outgoing platform

Brent Council offers ‘drone pilot apprenticeship’

20 September 2018

Chosen candidate will ultimately ‘promote the use of drone services within the council’

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.

Tech

West Midlands selected for £50m 5G testbed

5 September 2018

Connected ambulances, live streaming CCTV and driverless cars all part of initial plans  

GDS Verify chief Harrison to move back to DWP

23 August 2018

Director of service design and assurance leaving post but – contrary to media reports – Kevin Cunnington understood to be remaining in place