By Max Salsbury
New figures have revealed that fewer than 10% of the students that took a computing course in the last round of A-levels were girls. Excellent news for disgruntled ex-Google employees with feverish theories, but bad news for just about everybody else.
With most of us agreed that computers are going to be quite useful in the future, the UK’s already worrying IT skills shortage is starting to look critical when 50% of the population is apparently turning its back on all things silicon.
Continue reading “How can we encourage more girls into computing?”
By Max Salsbury
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has decided to step things up as we countdown to General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) day (25 May 2018, the day before my birthday).
The Information Commissioner herself, Elizabeth Denham, has begun a series of blogs to separate the ‘fact from the fiction’ surrounding the EU’s vast data protection shakeup.
Continue reading “ICO gets a myth-busting on GDPR”
By Max Salsbury
The government has announced plans to ‘strengthen and update’ the UK’s data protection laws – in a move that will be bad news for firms whose sole purpose is to find out everything about everyone on the planet, but good news for anyone who’s ever embarrassed themselves on the internet at 2am.
Continue reading “Government says you should be forgotten (if you want): new data laws coming soon”
As one of the key events for local government digital leaders, Socitm representatives attended Connected Local Government Live 2017 which covered a wide range of IT and digital-related topics.
Throughout the two days there were lots of thought provoking presentations and discussions on how tech and digital service can transform public services and meet the needs of citizens at a local level.
Here are our top five ‘takeaways’ from the event – you can read more about them in our latest member briefing.
Continue reading “What we learned at Connected Local Government Live 2017”
By Anna Sexton
Two things happened this week that once again stirred my passion for diversity in the workplace and the importance of championing women in technology professions.
Number one: I completed the mobile game Lumino City. I’ll come back to that later.
Continue reading “Biological differences? Deal with it, Damore”
In a unique communications partnership, Socitm and ITN Productions are producing a news and current affairs-style programme exploring the changing digital landscape within public services.
The production will not only look at why collaborative working is more essential than ever, but also why digital transformation should be seen as bringing a step change in cost-effectiveness. The programme will highlight best practice, new technologies and the breakthrough ideas that are having a positive impact on our public services.
Continue reading “ITN Productions programme to put public sector digital transformation in the spotlight”
It’s universally acknowledged that local government faces financial pressures and must change the way it operates to continue delivering high levels of service. Thinking and working differently, organisational collaboration and identifying and standardising best practice are key requirements in achieving this, and are particularly true for IT procurement.
With about £2bn currently spent on IT procurement in local government, including £1bn on sourcing and supporting software applications, any efficiencies that can be made will have a significant role in meeting the financial challenges being faced.
Continue reading “Understanding the changing IT procurement landscape”