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2016 Socitm spring conference

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.

Socitm conference: GLA outlines work on ‘private’ datastore for councils

22 April 2016

The Greater London Authority is working on a secure, private version of its London Datastore that will allow boroughs to share sensitive information to help improve services.

Collaboration

Half of councils fail to provide a good online service for social care support

17 May 2017

Charity Independent Age says Socitm survey results - which show a lack of easy-to-access information on care for older people - are ‘concerning’

Implied consent ‘not an appropriate legal basis’ for sharing 1.6 million patient records with DeepMind

16 May 2017

Leaked letter from government's national data guardian Fiona Caldicott says patient records were being used to test and develop Streams app - not for direct care

University of Surrey bags £1.1m to trial blockchain for healthcare, voting and digital archives

8 May 2017

Project plans include using distributed ledger technology to give healthcare workers secure access to biometric data from wearables

Fraud, Risk and Governance

Audit Scotland suggests five principles for digital project success

24 May 2017

Audit Scotland, the independent body responsible for auditing most of Scotland’s public organisations, has released a new report detailing five key principles that public bodies should use to deliver digital projects.

Former civil service head Bob Kerslake: ‘Pretty much every department is at risk’ of cyber attack

16 May 2017

Government should look ‘very seriously’ at investing more in both cyber security and training, as investigation - and finger-pointing - over WannaCry continue

NHS cyber attack a 'wake-up call' for government

15 May 2017

Governments must start taking cyber security as seriously as physical military security, according to Microsoft’s president, in the wake of the attack which affected the NHS on Friday.

Cloud

G-Cloud 9 supplier list revealed

22 May 2017

The new iteration of G-Cloud launches today, with changes intended to make it easier to find relevant services – view the list of 2,847 suppliers making it onto the framework.

NHS cyber attack forces week-long council email block

22 May 2017

A council was forced to block all emails from the public and external organisations for a week following the NHS cyber attack, it has emerged

Contracts

Election 2017: How could an industrial strategy affect public services?

23 May 2017

Theresa May’s fledgling post-Brexit industrial strategy seeks to use government purchasing power to boost UK business if the Conservatives remain in power. Colin Marrs looks at historical precedents and future pointers.

G-Cloud 9 supplier list revealed

22 May 2017

The new iteration of G-Cloud launches today, with changes intended to make it easier to find relevant services – view the list of 2,847 suppliers making it onto the framework.

Tipping point: Agile procurement is in a precarious position as waterfall looms large

22 May 2017

Government procurement has reached a fork in the road, says FutureGov founder Dominic Campbell. Will it continue on the path to agile, and start buying services based on trust and fairness, or pivot back to waterfall?

Cybersecurity

NHS cyber attack forces week-long council email block

22 May 2017

A council was forced to block all emails from the public and external organisations for a week following the NHS cyber attack, it has emerged

ICT industry demands cybersecurity boost

19 May 2017

Government must triple the funding for securing its online services, according to industry body TechUK in the wake of last week’s cyberattack which affected the NHS.

Overcoming public sector patch paralysis and risk culture

17 May 2017

The global ransomware attack has been followed by an outcry about the NHS' reliance on legacy systems. Harry Metcalfe and Lee Maguire of dxw say you can't properly diagnose the problem - or understand an organisation's culture - from the outside, but call for...

Data

Public Health England shake-up brings data focus

25 May 2017

Executive agency announces shift in focus to surveillance, data, evidence, research capability and policy expertise.

UK retains pole position on open data

24 May 2017

World Wide Web Foundation, founded by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, releases the fourth edition of its Open Data Barometer, ranking governments on their use of open data for accountability, innovation and social impact.

Overcoming public sector patch paralysis and risk culture

17 May 2017

The global ransomware attack has been followed by an outcry about the NHS' reliance on legacy systems. Harry Metcalfe and Lee Maguire of dxw say you can't properly diagnose the problem - or understand an organisation's culture - from the outside, but call for...

Leadership

Government IT leaders least likely to get salary boost

25 May 2017

Public sector CIOs may get below average salaries and bonuses, but they’re still among the happiest of IT leaders

It’s time for all the parties to do political engagement on social media properly

25 May 2017

Existing social media platforms aren’t providing effective political engagement, because they weren’t designed to, says David Evans, director of policy and community at the BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.

Audit Scotland suggests five principles for digital project success

24 May 2017

Audit Scotland, the independent body responsible for auditing most of Scotland’s public organisations, has released a new report detailing five key principles that public bodies should use to deliver digital projects.

Mobile

Vodafone to cut off pager network in decision that could unsettle NHS workers

11 May 2017

Company ditches plan to sell business after competition watchdog announces investigation - a move that will see the healthcare staff that rely on the tech left with no choice of network

Chancellor to jettison Making Tax Digital plans from Finance Bill

25 April 2017

Wash-up period sees government compromise to rush crucial tax legislation through House of Commons today

Open Source

Socitm’s advanced accessibility test passed by 134 councils

16 May 2017

IT association says results of second stage of website accessibility test indicate ‘ongoing challenge’ for councils

Vodafone to cut off pager network in decision that could unsettle NHS workers

11 May 2017

Company ditches plan to sell business after competition watchdog announces investigation - a move that will see the healthcare staff that rely on the tech left with no choice of network

DWP’s Mayank Prakash nominated for Digital Leader of the year award

10 May 2017

This year's DL100 shortlist sees Defra’s fishing licence service competing with DWP’s Check Your State Pension and Scottish government’s CivTech initiatives for digital public service innovation of the year

Policy

Public Health England shake-up brings data focus

25 May 2017

Executive agency announces shift in focus to surveillance, data, evidence, research capability and policy expertise.

Government IT leaders least likely to get salary boost

25 May 2017

Public sector CIOs may get below average salaries and bonuses, but they’re still among the happiest of IT leaders

It’s time for all the parties to do political engagement on social media properly

25 May 2017

Existing social media platforms aren’t providing effective political engagement, because they weren’t designed to, says David Evans, director of policy and community at the BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.

PSN

‘Tragedy in waiting’: Government slammed over potential six-month gap in emergency service communications

21 April 2017

Plan to update emergency services communications network dealt another blow as scathing Public Accounts Committee report warns of “potentially catastrophic” impact on public safety

Government bodies still need to be PSN compliant, says GDS

17 March 2017

Public sector organisations have been told they still have to meet the common Public Sector Network assurance standards while work is carried out to move away from the network.

Councils could save £500m a year through common platform components, says GDS

6 March 2017

Individual councils could save up to £80m on IT spend alone over the next decade by adopting common platforms like GOV.UK Verify, according to government estimates. 

Digital Transformation

Public Health England shake-up brings data focus

25 May 2017

Executive agency announces shift in focus to surveillance, data, evidence, research capability and policy expertise.

Tipping point: Agile procurement is in a precarious position as waterfall looms large

22 May 2017

Government procurement has reached a fork in the road, says FutureGov founder Dominic Campbell. Will it continue on the path to agile, and start buying services based on trust and fairness, or pivot back to waterfall?

Tech

It’s time for all the parties to do political engagement on social media properly

25 May 2017

Existing social media platforms aren’t providing effective political engagement, because they weren’t designed to, says David Evans, director of policy and community at the BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.

Audit Scotland suggests five principles for digital project success

24 May 2017

Audit Scotland, the independent body responsible for auditing most of Scotland’s public organisations, has released a new report detailing five key principles that public bodies should use to deliver digital projects.