The OCR exam board has created a new GCSE course in computer science that is designed to “boost essential 21st century computing skills”.

The European Commission has unveiled detailed plans to create a Digital Single Market, which aims to realise €250m of growth by 2024.

Cloud computing is already in use or is being piloted in of the 103 local public service provider organisations responding to the recent Socitm IT Trends survey on cloud computing.

Cabinet office statistics has revealed that G-Cloud sales have reached over £550m marking a strong performance from the platform.

Following the impressive performance of the drones tested at Gatwick airport, the National Counter Terrorism Policing Headquarters, has recommended adopted them for surveillance.

The Cabinet Office has announced Conall Bullock as the new Chief Digital Officer combining three previously separate roles of chief technology officer, chief information officer and chief digital officer.

The government and Ark Data Centres have announced the launch of Crown Hosting Data Centres Limited a data centre joint venture company that will deliver increased efficiency, improved value and transparency of service utilisation across all of the public sector.

A recent study by KPMG has found that the implementation of driverless vehicles in the UK could create 320,000 and add £51 billion to the economy.

The government has unveiled a £40 million plan to improve the Internet of Things (IoT) in the UK.

The government will announce plans to introduce online tax returns, and look to scrap end of year paper tax returns by 2020.

Cabinet Minister Francis Maude has announced a number of new training schemes to enhance the number of people in the cyber security industry.

A survey undertaken by Manpower Employment Outlook has revealed a surprising leap in public sector job optimism, with public sector hiring set to outpace the private sector.

Nigel Clifford has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of the Ordnance Survey (OS). He will take up the post at the £145 million turnover organisation in June and brings extensive experience of international software, telecoms and services including complex joint venture and public sector enterprises.

The European Union’s adoption of cloud computing in the public sector is being held back security issues, according to a report by the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA).

The Department for Communities and Local Government has published its ‘Local Digital Today’ 2014 report which has urged local government to adopt more digital services to deliver a saving of £500 million per year for the next ten years.

The Greening Government ICT 2014, published by the Cabinet Office, provides a progress update for central departments and a number of arms-length bodies against the government green IT maturity model and roadmap.


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