Some thoughts about the Government Transformation Strategy 2017-2020

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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?

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Some thoughts about the Government Transformation Strategy 2017-2020

See beyond the ordinary with technology

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By Adrian Hancock, Socitm CEO

I have just been reading a blog about distributed ledger technology, which uses Blockchain as its core platform, and how its real ability to disrupt is not so much about how it enables transactions, but the way in which it builds and embeds trust.

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See beyond the ordinary with technology

Blockchain technology: could it transform digitally-enabled councils?

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By Dr Andy Hopkirk, Socitm Head of Research

As the professional network for digital leaders in local public services, Socitm is at one with those that think there is great potential in blockchain technology, and perhaps even a step change on the road to a truly all-digital, open e-economy.

Blockchains underpin Bitcoin and other digital currencies, the first applications of the concept. These ‘digital crypto-currencies’ are viable alternatives to fiat paper money systems. They can operate without the need for a central bank or any other kind of single authoritative organisation to manage the money system and engender trust in it.

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Blockchain technology: could it transform digitally-enabled councils?

The Power of Empowerment: a unique course for women

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By Chantelle Denny, Socitm Finance Director, who shares her experiences from a one-of-a-kind training programme

At first I was sceptical about attending the Empowering Women in a Digital World (EWDW) course. I don’t for one moment think I know it all, but I have several years’ experience of management and leadership at a senior level, so was this really designed for people like me?

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The Power of Empowerment: a unique course for women