The world as we knew it is gone and with it the big bad expensive ways of delivering government. Now is the time for change. For new delivery models but equally new ways of designing our public services, fit for the future not held back by the past.
Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz is hardly ever without his iPad. Being a nosy journalist, I started obsessing on what he was working on. Finally, I decided to ask – on video. Here’s what I learned about digital governance, Northampton style.
It was of course utterly predictable to anyone with an ounce of common sense that endorsing the ‘right to be forgotten’ would see an immediate rush to rewrite history by assorted ne’er-do-wells of varying political and criminal dispositions.
The White House is backing changes to the law, including the currently stalled-in-Congress Electronic Privacy Communications Act, which would offer protection for email and other data stored in the cloud.
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.
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.
“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.
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.