89 per cent of council websites make transition to mobile

According to the latest survey released by Better Connected, 89 per cent of council websites now present a responsive or mobile site when accessed from a smartphone.

Virtual permits to tackle parking fraud

Aberdeen City Council is developing a new parking system which uses virtual permits to tackle fraudulent usage.

Data still being locked away, experts report

Open data leaders are stalling, and even backsliding in their delivery of open data, the Open Data Barometer says.

Relationship between tech and loneliness explored

A new report by Internet of Things UK has argued that digital technologies can help tackle social isolation and loneliness.

techUK launches digital manifesto

techUK has launched its 2017 manifesto that will help the next government create a modern and dynamic digital economy that works for everyone.

Birmingham council to end IT joint venture

Birmingham City Council and Capita have agreed to scrap the Service Birmingham joint venture.

Kent CC launches cyber advise website

Kent County Council has launched a special website to help the county’s businesses tackle the threat of cyber crime.

Digital access to care information improving

The access of information and advice about local care services on local authority websites is witnessing ‘encouraging progress’.

Ealing Council ‘Digital Council’ finalist

Ealing Council has been named as a finalist for Digital Council of the Year at the national Digital Leaders 100 Awards, which recognises the council’s continued work in improving online and digital services to residents.

Microsoft has warned that the cyber-attack on the NHS and wider countries should serve as a ‘wake-up call’ to governments around the world for allowing data to be stored on vulnerable software.

NHS hit by large-scale cyber attack

NHS services across England have been hit by a large-scale cyber attack, with trusts and hospitals in London, Blackburn, Nottingham, Cumbria and Hertfordshire badly affected.

Boost for Scotland's digital tech sector

Following a successful pilot, CivTech, the Scottish government-run accelerator programme, has launched the second stage of its digital programme.

Instagram shuts down IS-linked propaganda outlet

The BBC has reported that a propaganda arm of the so-called Islamic State group (IS) has attempted to set up an account on Instagram, but was quickly shut down by the social media platform.

AI system used to assess risk of reoffending

Police in Durham are set to go live with an artificial intelligence (AI) system or Harm Assessment Risk Tool (Hart), designed to help officers decide whether or not a suspect should be kept in custody.

Facebook publishes tips for spotting fake news, ahead of election

Facebook has increased its campaign against fake news, by publishing adverts in the UK press, containing a list of tips to help the public decide whether a story is genuine.

Leaked documents show plans for live surveillance of web users

A paper allegedly leaked to civil liberties body the Open Rights Group has suggested that the government is considering the ‘live’ surveillance of British web users’ internet communications.