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Is managerial complacency holding back government technology innovation?

April 15, 2014 | The political will but the administrative won't? Are government IT decision makers too complacent about the need for transformational, technology-enabled change? If so, Gartner's got a to do list that needs perusing. Read more [...]

A warning: open data should not be swallowed up by private companies

March 18, 2014 | MPs in the UK have said in a new report that the public should have an 'inherent right' to government data Read more [...]

Israeli-UK digital government pact sets global standard to follow

March 17, 2014 | A pact between the governments of Israel and the UK to work on the development of digital services as part of the so called D8 initiative reminds us of how we can learn from one another, even if the European Commission isn't keen on national efforts. Read more [...]

Open data is putting fear into local government

February 28, 2014 | A UK think tank explains that councils need to focus on delivering a return on investment Read more [...]

Microsoft Office out of office across the UK government?

January 29, 2014 | | One Comment “I want to see a greater range of software used, so civil servants have access to the information they need and can get their work done without having to buy a particular brand of software," says Cabinet Office minister Maude. Read more [...]

Jessica Twentyman meets: Palo Alto’s open data evangelist

January 16, 2014 | | 5 Comments Jessica Twentyman talks to Jonathan Reichental, CIO of the City of Palo Alto, California, about how open data can build better communities - and why he’s taking that message back home to his birthplace of Dublin, Ireland. Read more [...]

Back to 1984 as UK politicians erase history from the internet

November 14, 2013 | We have always been at war with Eurasia. We never promised more open government. We have not said we'd match the previous government's spending commitments. We have not attempted to rewrite uncomfortable realities. Read more [...]

Open government and global thinking

November 4, 2013 | Stirring words from British Prime Minister David Cameron last week as the UK played host to the international Open Government Partnership (OGP) Summit Read more [...]

Ditch digital by default; just go digital – full stop!

September 3, 2013 | Ditch digital by default; just go digital - full stop! Stark advice for the UK government. Read more [...]

Digital health for a divided digital nation

July 12, 2013 | The NHS in the UK is 65 years old. If it is to survive for another 65 years, a digital revolution is needed. But where are the digital skills needed, both within and outside of the health service. Read more [...]

What GMail knows about me and you

July 7, 2013 | | 2 Comments You can now visualize all your connections. these show us patterns of activity between people and those in groups that will be familiar to us. But what does this say about our privacy and what are the implications for business? Read more [...]

Digital Dublin – a principled city

June 22, 2013 | | 3 Comments Dublin's digital ambitions are now formalised in the grandiosely titled Masterplan document. But will the city's digital principles be enough to keep inward investment coming from the tech good and great? Read more [...]

Open necked for open data at the G8

June 19, 2013 | Overshadowed by arguments about Syria and the vexed but all important 'tie or open necked' question for the photo calls, the leaders of the G8 countries did good this week with the signing of the Open Data Charter (ODC). But let's make it stick in practice. Read more [...]

Digital economies driven by global open data

June 18, 2013 | Europe is following the US lead on open data in a digital government age with the European Parliament implementing new rules designed to ensure that non-personal information hoarded by governments can be accessed cheaply and used to make new applications. Read more [...]

Driving digital Down Under

June 17, 2013 | It's clearly a week for dusting down those old digital nation strategies and giving them a lick of paint. Australia's national government - with an eye to forthcoming elections - has beefed up its own policies. But to what effect? Read more [...]

Digital government scores on both sides of The Pond

June 3, 2013 | | One Comment The US government's celebrating the first birthday of its Digital Strategy, while the UK government's crediting its Digital by Default policy for saving £0.5 billion so far. Digital success stories from both sides of the Atlantic? Read more [...]