PAC calls for more action on improving CCS

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has advised that the government can make substantial savings from buying common goods and services centrally, but that the results of the its latest attempt to do so have been ‘disappointing’.

DfT announces laptop ban for certain flights

The UK and US have announced new carry-on restrictions banning large electronic devices on certain passenger flight, with US media reporting that s

Councils must embrace smart technology

A new report has argued that councils must become more creative and collaborative in their use of technology in order to plan for future problems.

Quarter of councils don’t have data protection officer

A survey by the ICO has revealed that a quarter of councils are yet to appoint a data protection officer.

Internet lessons to help pupils thrive online

The Lords Communications Committee has said that children learning internet safety is as important as learning to read and write.

A report, published in Health Technology, examining the deal between London’s Royal Free Hospital and DeepMind has raised concern that there are serious ‘inadequacies’ with the agreement.

Wales council wards among top 10 with slowest download speeds, figures show

Figures from the House of Commons library have shown that seven out of 10 of the council wards with the slowest download speeds are in Wales.

Councils should show how they are utilising CCTV

The National Surveillance Camera Strategy has called on councils to share information about how they are using surveillance camera systems.

Leicester City Council signs new software agreement to transform operations

Leicester City Council, has partnered with enterprise software provider TechnologyOne to modernise IT and transform business operations.

Welsh NHS investigates data breach

The Welsh NHS has launched an investigation after the details of thousands of medical staff were stolen from private contractor Landauer, which processes data on behalf of the Welsh NHS.

DCMS welcomes response to cyber security apprenticeship scheme

The Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) has announced almost 1,250 people have applied for 23 cyber security apprentice roles in three-week application period.

Police IT scheme collapse loses £200m

An Audit Scotland report has urged Police Scotland to reassess its IT needs after the collapse of a multi-million pound computer project.

Technology funding boost in Budget

Chancellor Philip Hammond has presented the 2017 Spring Budget, with the announcement of an additional funding for 5G technology.

Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council has signed a contract with Capita One to improve integration between its computer systems and simplify data sharing across children’s services.

New research published by Big Brother Watch has issued criticism for local authorities over their use of body-worn cameras.

10 per cent of councils to cut comms team

A survey has revealed that one on every ten councils are planning to reduce staff numbers in their communications teams this year.

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