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DWP minister: Government ‘carefully considering’ wider blockchain benefits trial

28 March 2017

House of Lords told small-scale trial using blockchain technology to help benefits claimants manage spending had...

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ONS launches Data Science Campus

27 March 2017

The Office for National Statistics has today launched its Data Science Campus in Newport, Wales, to make better use of data and develop the statistical information it provides.

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Bridging digital skills gap could cost government £244m a year, says NAO

27 March 2017

The UK’s spending watchdog has said that there is a need for “greater urgency” in the government’s plans to tackle skills shortages in the civil service.

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Departments unwilling to accept Cabinet Office authority to centralise purchasing, suggest MPs

24 March 2017

The creation of the Crown Commercial Service was poorly executed and slow take up of centralised purchasing by departments means it only manages one-fifth of the spending it was expected to, a...

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Camden seeks new uses for open data

24 March 2017

London Borough of Camden yesterday ran a hackathon to help it uncover new ways of using its open data platform.

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Canada plans GDS-style digital unit

23 March 2017

Canada’s 2017 Budget has indicated that the government will set up a digital unit similar to central digital services in the UK and US.

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GDS to retire four ‘mainstream’ formats

23 March 2017

The Government Digital Service has said it will retire four formats, including video and programmes, as part of work to migrate its disparate publishing applications to its new single publishing...

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Scottish digital strategy set out plans for assurance, training and common platforms

22 March 2017

The Scottish government will implement a “tough” assurance process for digital projects, mandate the use of common technologies and offer training to make sure civil servants “get digital”.

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GOV.UK education taxonomy enters beta as work begins on environment content

22 March 2017

The Government Digital Service’s GOV.UK taxonomy has entered beta for education content, with plans to develop branches for environment and transport content next.

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Interview: Conservative peer Chris Holmes calls for a considered but can-do attitude from government on blockchain

27 March 2017

Two sides to the BitCoin? Conservative peer Chris Holmes talks to Rebecca Hill about being positive about blockchain’s potential for public services without seeing it as a ‘wonder drug’.

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A digital front door: Cornwall council’s plan to make up for underinvestment and a failed supplier partnership

23 March 2017

At the start of the year, Cornwall Council’s cabinet approved an £18m digital improvement plan that aims to fix years of IT underinvestment. Gill Hitchcock reports.

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Interview: GDS leader Kevin Cunnington on 'self-help groups', spend controls and cold water swimming

16 March 2017

After a tumultuous first six months as director general of the Government Digital Service, Kevin Cunnington has finally got the long-awaited Transformation Strategy off his desk and is looking forward to an office move. He tells Rebecca Hill about Whitehall “self-help groups”, reforms to spend controls and cold water swimming.

Local councils ‘should be at the forefront’ of national cyber security

24 January 2017

This time last year Lincolnshire’s IT systems were taken out for five days after a cyber attack. The council’s information management lead Richard Wills tells Gill Hitchcock why councils are a target and how good communications can keep systems safe.

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Interview: Colin Cook, Scottish Government acting director of digital

23 January 2017

Colin Cook, the Scottish Government's acting director of digital, says that the devolution of powers from Westminster presents opportunities to build digital-first services.

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Political upheaval, Blockchain and data protection: What does 2017 have in store for tech?

23 December 2016

As the New Year approaches, PublicTechnology takes a look at what we might expect in the world of digital government in 2017. 

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Public sector IT contractors: Focus on value not cost as IR35 hits

22 March 2017

At the end of March, the government is facing a brain-drain as contractors leave the public sector rather than be caught out by stricter tax rules. But Eduserv’s Max Elliott-Massouras says the focus should be on the value of contractors – not their cost.

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If you make bold decisions, you have to execute them well: Five lessons for getting transformation right

20 March 2017

Aingaran Pillai, CEO and founder of open source software company Zaizi, says that governments need to make bold decisions on digital - but make sure they're executed properly. He offers his top five tips for digital staff here.

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Keeping tabs on transformation: Why tracking progress will be crucial for success

2 March 2017

A lack of benchmarking data on digital transformation programmes in government makes it hard to evaluate success at a time when it has ever been more important, says Jane Roberts, strategy director at TopLevel. 

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Algorithms in decision-making inquiry: Stephanie Mathisen on challenging MPs to investigate accountability

28 February 2017

The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee is to investigate the use of algorithms in decision-making, an inquiry chosen as part of the committee’s crowd-sourcing project. Stephanie Mathisen, campaigns and policy officer at Sense about Science, who pitched the idea to the MPs, explains why the field needs more scrutiny.

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How can government raise its tech game? The digital tools transforming democracy for today and tomorrow

23 February 2017

The UK’s model of governance seems impervious to radical technological change, but elsewhere in the world, countries are getting digital democracy right, says Theo Bass, a researcher at innovation foundation Nesta and author of a report looking at the tools governments have at their fingertips.

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Government transformation strategy misses the opportunity to transform the wider public sector

14 February 2017

The government’s transformation strategy seems to be more about re-packaged principles when it needed to demonstrate how a revolution could be achieved in practice, says independent digital analyst Jos Creese.