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Norfolk CC fined £60k for sending files to second-hand shop

21.03.17: A county council has been fined £60,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) after files containing sensitive information about children was left in a cabinet which donated to a second-hand shop. The regulator was aler...

Councils urged to improve data protection practices to comply with GDPR

21.03.17: Many councils have considerable work to do to in order to comply with the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that will come into force in May 2018, a survey conducted by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has revealed. ...

Your G-Cloud experience is as good as the vendor you use

20.03.17: James Passingham, chief technical officer at Foehn, says that with G-Cloud’s increasing popularity and standardised offerings, it’s vital to choose a provider that also delivers expert advice and technical support.  While t...

Government launches strategy to keep UK at cutting edge of digital skills

01.03.17: The government has announced its long-awaited post-Brexit digital strategy designed to ensure the UK remains at the forefront of technology and innovation by supporting schemes to improve the digital skills of the workforce. As part of the...

Digital Marketplace: reaching far and wide in the public sector

01.03.17: Over the next few months, the Government Digital Service (GDS) wants to get a better understanding of how local government and the wider public sector are transforming their services in order to provide the right support at the right time. PSE&r...

The identity crisis of local government

01.03.17: Carl Haggerty, a co-founder of LocalGov Digital and chair of its Steering Group, tells PSE that the only way to harness the true power of technology in the public sector is to fundamentally rethink why local authorities exist in the first place....

Glasgow points the way forward for IoT future

27.02.17: Dr Mark Begbie, business development director at CENSIS, the Scottish Innovation Centre for Sensor and Imaging Systems, explores how Glasgow is leading the way in transforming how we use technology to improve connectivity. Just over 200 yea...

Delivering a global blueprint for smart cities

27.02.17: Richard Elliott, head of policy, partnerships and research at Manchester City Council, and Nick Chrissos, head of innovation and project delivery director at CityVerve, explain how the innovative ‘citizen-centred’ project aims to und...

Bristol: the booming smart city

23.02.17: Barney Smith, CEO at Bristol Is Open, explains how the innovative project can help make cities more liveable and sustainable. Bristol is the eighth largest city in the UK and a popular place to study and work. With a steady influx of people...

Birmingham’s unique approach for redesigning ICT and digital services

20.02.17: Andy Fullard, interim information and technology director at Birmingham City Council, outlines how the local authority’s ambitious new five-year ICT and Digital (ICTD) Strategy will support the way in which local services will be prov...

National Cyber Security Centre ‘nerve centre’ officially opened in London

14.02.17: The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), a wing of intelligence agency GCHQ, was today officially opened by the Queen to act as an “operational nerve centre” in London to protect the country against cyber-attacks. The NCSC was...

Delayed strategy to take ‘whole-government approach’ to digital

13.02.17: The government has revealed its delayed digital transformation strategy which sets out its plan to establish a “whole-government approach” to transformation across the public sector by 2020. Josh Mines reports. The report o...

Aberdeen City Council launches ‘urgent’ investigation after website hack

02.02.17: Aberdeen City Council is currently investigating an incident in which its website was hacked last weekend. On Saturday night (28 January) a group called Team System Dz took control of the homepage of the council’s website for around t...

Cloud phone systems redefine public sector costs

16.01.17: James Passingham, chief technical officer at Foehn, highlights some cost-saving possibilities in the company’s Buyer’s Guide to Cloud Phone Systems for the public sector.  The rise of cloud phone systems  As central f...

Standardising digital transformation across the capital

04.01.17: Previously part of the Government Digital Service (GDS) transformation programme, Natalie Taylor now works at London’s City Hall as senior manager for Digital Transformation. She gives PSE an update on the changes taking place at the Great...

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Why opening up procurement matters to the UK public sector

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Rob Levene, managing director of Bloom, explains why opening up procurement is important to the UK public sector.  Procuring products and services by the UK public sector is big business. The central government procurement budget is estimated to be worth £40bn. So it is no surprise that procurement is a subject that generates a... more >
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Time to embrace change

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The way we work is changing. As a profession, we must be ready to embrace it, writes James Driver on behalf of the Association for Project Manage... more >
Digital Marketplace: reaching far and wide in the public sector

01/03/2017Digital Marketplace: reaching far and wide in the public sector

Over the next few months, the Government Digital Service (GDS) wants to get a better understanding of how local government and the wider public s... more >
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Malcolm Harbour CBE, who wrote Parliament’s first report on innovation in public procurement in 2008 and now chairs the LGA Task and Finish... more >
Glasgow points the way forward for IoT future

27/02/2017Glasgow points the way forward for IoT future

Dr Mark Begbie, business development director at CENSIS, the Scottish Innovation Centre for Sensor and Imaging Systems, explores how Glasgow is l... more >

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