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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.

GDPR

New investigatory powers commissioner to oversee all forms of government surveillance

5 September 2017

Methods including intercepting phone calls and bulk data collection to fall under the expanded remit of IPCO

 

Brexit and data regulation: what next for data sharing and the GDPR?

4 September 2017

Dods political consultant Andrew McQuillan explores government’s position on data regulation post-Brexit, highlighting potential pitfalls as well as opportunities 

Data issues 'hampering council transformation'

26 June 2017

Nearly a third (28%) of local IT leaders do not think they their organisation is completely ready for impending compliance regulations.

Contracts

How Birmingham City Council ditched ‘vanity projects’ and transformed its white-elephant website

20 September 2017

Council’s assistant director of customer services tells PublicTechnology how Europe’s largest local authority asked youthful citizens to help it build an online home that is fit for purpose

Leadership

The three-step plan to implementing successful e-government

20 September 2017

The UK is a digital government leader, but can still learn from others, argues Richard Whomes of Rocket Software

Police chief admits possibility of working with online vigilantes but says tech firms must do more on child-protection

19 September 2017

Data shows evidence gathered by self-styled paedophile hunters is becoming increasingly prevalent in criminal cases as senior officer admits 'I am not winning that moral argument'

 

Mobile

GDS preps large-scale rollout of GovWifi and predicts it will ‘change the way civil servants work’

20 September 2017

Wireless internet service passes beta assessment and is now available in more than 100 locations across the UK

 

Digital chief lifts lid on how HMRC pulled off the biggest tax change in 70 years without anyone noticing

15 September 2017

Interim CDIO Mike Potter also discusses how the department is leading the way on mobile apps and blockchain, and why he wants a tax service built around life events

NHS app to offer GP appointments and access to medical records

12 September 2017

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt announces plans for England-wide rollout of platform, which will also provide 111 access and repeat prescriptions

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.

‘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