Your GDPR roadmap? Here’s a highway code

Socitm-blog-protocol-policy-GDPR

By Sue Lal (pictured, inset), Client Director at Protocol Policy Systems, a Socitm partner company

Have you read Socitm’s latest Insight briefing on the new European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)?

It’s particularly notable as in last year, ten per cent (216) of all reported data security incidents came from local government; second only behind the health sector with 876 reported incidents.1

Continue reading “Your GDPR roadmap? Here’s a highway code”

Your GDPR roadmap? Here’s a highway code

LCIOC latest: GDS, Verify, NHS digital services

Socitm-lcioc-blog-march2017

By SA Mathieson, freelance analyst, journalist and editor of Socitm In Our View magazine

The Government Digital Service (GDS) is extending its local work by running pilots with local services using GOV.UK Verify, as well as conducting research into how to better support local service delivery. This was the message to the Local CIO Council (LCIOC) at its 16 March meeting in London.

Continue reading “LCIOC latest: GDS, Verify, NHS digital services”

LCIOC latest: GDS, Verify, NHS digital services

Some thoughts about the Government Transformation Strategy 2017-2020

andy-h-blog-3mar17-govt0stgy

By Dr Andy Hopkirk, Socitm Head of Research

We are four years on from the first Government Digital Service’s Government Digital Strategy of November 2012 and we now have GDS’s Government Transformation Strategy 20172020 just published (9 Feb 2017, http://bit.ly/2lnh1qV). What’s the difference between just more digital and transformation? And what does it look like meaning for Socitm members who are mostly in organisations outside Whitehall?

Continue reading “Some thoughts about the Government Transformation Strategy 2017-2020”

Some thoughts about the Government Transformation Strategy 2017-2020

Accessibility – Better Connected turns up the volume

 

socitm-bc-accessibility-blog

By Vicky Sargent, Director, Better Connected Programme

The Better Connected programme is putting website accessibility under new levels of scrutiny.

People with disabilities account for around 15 per cent of the UK population, and for many of them, access to websites is vital. Accessibility should therefore be built into the design of websites as well as all third party software used to manage services, forms, and documents presented via websites. Website text, videos, and imagery must also be made accessible to all, including those using assistive technologies like text-to-speech screen readers or magnification software.

Continue reading “Accessibility – Better Connected turns up the volume”

Accessibility – Better Connected turns up the volume

Digital transformation means making a difference

socitm-blog-ng-digital-transformation

By Nicola Graham, Socitm Vice President and Head of ICT at Aberdeenshire Council

It was perhaps when my teenage son returned home and could not stop talking about how the new technology at his school was going to make doing his schoolwork ‘amazing’, that I realised what making a difference really means.

Being a lively and curious 14 year old, he is arguably a natural with tech, and more scrutinising of it as a result – certainly more so than is typical of my generation. And in his excitement, I couldn’t help but smile. Not only at his enthusiasm, but at the irony of how his mum, in the job he describes as ‘boring’, helped bring about that new school technology.

Continue reading “Digital transformation means making a difference”

Digital transformation means making a difference

Local CIO Council: local authorities should join up public sector security

cyber-attack-steve-mathieson-blog

By SA Mathieson, freelance analyst, journalist and editor of Socitm In Our View magazine

Local authorities should get on with securing the UK’s public sector IT rather than waiting for central government, according to speakers at the Local Public Service CIO Council (LCIOC) on 8 December in London.

Continue reading “Local CIO Council: local authorities should join up public sector security”

Local CIO Council: local authorities should join up public sector security

Health and social care – making the digital connections

socitm-jc-blog-healthcare

By Jos Creese, Socitm Associate Director and independent consultant. Originally published 8 November 2016, on LinkedIn.

This year the government announced that £4.2 billion will be spent on bringing the NHS into the digital age – paper free, kite-marked apps, digital records, click and collect prescriptions, free Wi-Fi in hospitals and citizen access to personal records which we can control and edit. The reality is far removed from this ambition, and the track record is littered with failed national programmes, such as Care.Data.

Continue reading “Health and social care – making the digital connections”

Health and social care – making the digital connections