Archive: Digital government and public services

Cat among the government IT pigeons

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.


Driving Digital Europe on Kroes control

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?

Think G-Cloud: McDonagh’s deliberations

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.

Who says UK Government tech has to suck?

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.

Digital Dublin – a principled city

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?

Digital economies driven by global open data

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.

Driving digital Down Under

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?

The BBC and the digital walking dead

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.

Government paces cloud development in China

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.