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Digital by design

22.02.18: Steve Skelton, head of policy at Stockport Council, outlines the local authority’s distinctly different approach to digital transformation. Stockport is changing. We’re reinvigorating our town centre through strong partnerships...

Councils face 37 cyber-attacks a minute – but over half of breaches go unreported

21.02.18: UK councils have been hit by over 98 million cyber-attacks in the past five years, an investigation has revealed. An investigation by campaign group Big Brother Watch found that the extent of cyber security threats faced by councils amounts to...

ICO forced to take down its website amid cryptocurrency hacker fears

12.02.18: The Information Commissioners Office (ICO) has had to take down its website as a “precautionary measure” against hackers, who have infected hundreds of government computers with a program that mines cryptocurrency. The Student L...

How can cost-conscious organisations benefit from an imaginative provider?

22.01.18: Advertisement feature Rafael Cortes, head of marketing at Foehn, discusses what cloud service providers can do to deliver innovative solutions for their clients. At some time or other, we’ve all met those over-used phrases that h...

Not just shipshape: Bristol is the UK's smartest city

21.12.17: As part of Bristol City Council’s ambition to build a burgeoning and inclusive digital community, Alex Minshull, its city innovation, sustainability and civil protection service manager, runs through the exciting innovations taking place a...

The cyber security strategy, one year on

18.12.17: The UK’s progress in strengthening cyber security measures since the national strategy came out has been encouraging, but more needs to be done to tackle the lingering issue of skills, says Talal Rajab, head of cyber and national security...

Building confidence in the digital world

18.12.17: Cllr Paul Bettison, chairman of the LGA’s Improvement and Innovation Board, outlines what must be done to ensure all levels of government are resilient and safeguarded against the growing threat of cyber-attacks. Businesses and organi...

Digital You

18.12.17: Debbie Brown, director of service reform at Salford City Council, discusses the authority’s major digital ambitions to get everyone – even some of the most socially excluded groups in the region – online. Alice can now Sky...

Does the UK need a cohesive smart city strategy?

18.12.17: Eddie Copeland, director of government innovation at Nesta, argues central government must have clarity of vision to ensure the smart city agenda isn’t heavily focused on technology, but rather on existing urban challenges. For years...

Smart Cambridge makes rapid progress

18.12.17: Dan Clarke, programme manager at Cambridge County Council, explains how Smart Cambridge has evolved since it was established in August 2015 by the local city deal, and reveals what’s coming next. Cambridge has made it into Britain&rsq...

Staff are ‘weakest link’ in cyber security, expert warns

14.12.17: The human error of council employees is a major threat to data security, an expert has warned. Speaking at the National Association of Local Councils’ conference yesterday, Andy Hall, cyber and technology specialist, said that over half o...

NCSC: A new and adventurous agenda

11.12.17: Ciaran Martin, chief executive of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), reflects on the lessons learned during the first year of the government’s new agency. I am proud of what the NCSC (pictured) has done in its first year to pr...

CCS extends G-Cloud 9 until 2019

29.11.17: The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) has confirmed this week that it will extend the G-Cloud 9 framework until May 2019 despite some concerns from suppliers. The government agency said it had not taken the decision lightly, but needed more ti...

A smarter approach to digital transformation

10.11.17: Catherine Bright, Smarter Digital Services (SDS) manager, explains how a partnership of 12 councils across Kent and Surrey are jointly funding a responsive, independent, not-for-profit consultancy to help them to achieve their digital ambitions....

Only six of 33 London councils safe from cyber-attacks

19.10.17: Only six of London’s 33 councils have the appropriate level of cyber protection for emails, it has been revealed. New figures released this week show that a huge majority of local authorities in the capital are at risk of fake online...

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Citizen-centric cities for a better tomorrow

22/02/2018Citizen-centric cities for a better tomorrow

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