Never waste a good crisis! Definitely a sound political maxim and probably the reason why Neelie Kroes, European Commissioner in charge of the Digital Agenda, has been rattling her cloudy sabre again.
Since the Coalition government took power in the UK in 2010, there’s been a new swear word in Whitehall ICT circles – oligopoly. Now the Office of Fair Trading is poking its nose in. This should be fun.
The biggest ever open trade agreement between the US and Europe is looming. Meanwhile the European Commission wants to see the US buck up its ideas on various digital market fronts. Time for some more diplomacy in action?
The Think G-Cloud conference in London last week was the last public outing of Denise McDonagh as G-Cloud Programme Director. She took the chance to look back at achievements to date for the UK public sector’s national cloud computing strategy.
Think G-Cloud was an eye opening event that sends warnings to the big SIs and which opens the door to opportunity for the smaller suppliers prepared to be agile and flexible. Check out the video playlist.
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?
How safe is UK legislators’ data in light of PRISM? A conversation with Joan Miller, Director of Parliamentary ICT Service suggests that it is very safe.
Today’s Think G-Cloud conference in London provides a timely reminder of why the new direction of digital government is so essential to prevent further monstrosities like the NHS’s grand IT nightmare.
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.
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?
An Information Economy for the UK? Yes please Prime Minister – but what is there that is actually new in the lastest strategy document to emerge from Britain’s digitally-friendly government?
The BBC’s Digital Media Initiative (DMI) may have been officially killed off, but it’s proving to be the digital transformation project that won’t lie down dead.
The Chinese government is supporting investment in cloud and mobile infrastructure to overcome the country’s bandwidth and capacity constraints. Smart cities and other civil projects are bidding for funds but grassroots usage may drive future adoption.