Social enterprise accelerator for tech start-ups Bethnal Green Ventures has been named as one of the first recipients of the government’s Social Incubator Fund.

Current efforts by government to cut down on IT spending, which have resulted in the saving of £316 million, have been praised as “a good start”, according to a report.

A new report has revealed that the UK is falling behind the US in cloud adoption. The report from Redwood Software revealed that 58 per cent of US businesses are already using the Cloud for private data storage, compared to just 35 per cent in the UK. For capacity management, 47 per cent of US businesses are using the cloud, compared to 24 per cent in the UK.

Governments around the world are requesting more information about internet users than ever before, according to statistics released by Google. In the second half of 2012, Google’s latest bi-annual transparency report revealed it received 21,389 requests from government offices for data from about 33,000 individuals’ activities across Google operated websites including YouTube.

The East Midlands Public Services Network (emPSN) is now live. The regional communications network has over 1,000 schools and over 400 Lincolnshire County Council sites connected and, in terms of geographical coverage, is the largest regional PSN to be procured in England. This has been developed based on an existing network used by the East Midlands Broadband Consortium.

The coalition wants to set a standard for digital delivery of public services that other governments around the world will aspire to.

PayPal has won a contract with the UK government to help build and run a secure online identity registration service for people accessing public services.

NHS hospitals will need to have operational electronic patient records working by April 2014 to meet the data flow requirements set by the NHS Commissioning Board and as a milestone towards making the NHS paperless by 2018.

A Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request has revealed that 29% of central Government departments and 7% of local government authorities still do not have strategies in place to restrict the use of public cloud storage services.

The Government has become over-fixated on high-speed broadband when price and reliability matter as much to consumers and the economy, a report from the right-leaning Policy Exchange think tank has argued.

Worldwide IT spending is set to increase by 4.2 percent this year as cloud and mobile technologies push growth globally, according to the latest figures from Gartner.

£8 million of new investment will help public bodies release data so that companies can develop commercial opportunities for that data. The funding runs to 2015 and was announced today by Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude and Business and Skills Minister Matthew Hancock.

Ainderby Steeple, a North Yorkshire village, has become the first in the UK to receive government-funded super-fast broadband.

Coventry's £40million Manufacturing Technology Centre is celebrating a successful first year with news the facility has smashed all its targets – six years earlier than expected.

Government Chief Operating Officer Stephen Kelly today announced the appointment of Liam Maxwell as Government Chief Technology Officer (CTO).

Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude has claimed that the UK is in a stronger position in dealing with cyber threats than a year ago.

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