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Bright Initiative: Global data for good Initiative expands support for the UK’s National Data Strategy with new partnerships

Bright Initiative has joined the UK Government-backed Data Skills Taskforce to help tackle the UK’s data skills challenges Initiative also set to begin work with members of the UK Parliament on an inquiry investigating issues around governance and ethics in data and Artificial Intelligence (AI) New collaborations complement ongoing support for UK Government officials

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Why the U.K. Public Sector Should Monitor U.S. Cybersecurity Trends

By Sascha Giese, Head Geek™ at SolarWinds

Like many countries around the world, the U.K. is familiar with following trends that originally emerged in the U.S. It’s a long-standing idea, amplified in recent years by increasing globalisation and the impact of digital transformation on society.

Take cybersecurity, for example, where the U.S. has been at

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Conservative Party fined for inaccurate donation report

The Conservative Party has been fined £17,800 by the Electoral Commission after failing to accurately report a donation and keep a proper accounting record.

The sanction was imposed on the party, following the conclusion of a detailed investigation. The investigation looked at whether any transactions relating to works at 11 Downing Street fell within the

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Open-Source Database Revolution in the Public Sector

By Sascha Giese, Head Geek™ at SolarWinds

For years, it has been broadly accepted that the profile of open-source software as ‘higher risk’ goes against the principles of public sector technology procurement. Being free, not reputedly as safe, and via smaller vendors than the big players, has blinkered this industry to finding solutions which could

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Armour Comms showcases new secure collaborative working solutions with MOD and Bittium at DSEI

DSEI, 14 – 17 September, 2021, ExCeL, London, Stand No: H1-450

Armour Comms will be showcasing several new capabilities of its OFFICIAL-SENSITIVE, NATO approved Armour® Mobile at DSEI, including a technical preview of its secure collaboration solution, Unity by Armour. Other innovations on show will be Armour’s work with the Ministry of Defence

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Readers’ reactions to the Queen’s Speech

Irwin Mitchell: An extremely brief Queens Speech – but does it tell us anything new for planning/environment?

Stuart Tym, Senior Associate in the Planning Team points out to GPSJ the inconsistencies in what was announced today

Baroness Jones spoke to the BBC prior to the Speech with particular concern about the relaxation of planning laws

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Affordable homes: Comment from Arcadis

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick today unveiled a new £12 million boost for affordable homes, in a bid to make it easier for people to get on the housing ladder. The programme represents the highest single funding commitment to affordable housing in a decade.

Commenting on the measures, Peter Hogg, UK Cities Director at Arcadis,

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KNIGHTHOOD FOR COLONEL TOM MOORE

Colonel Tom Moore (left) with General Mark Carleton-Smith, CGS – (photo courtesy of the MoD)

Reporter: Stuart Littleford – News

Hero fundraiser Colonel Tom Moore is to be knighted, following a special nomination from the Prime Minister.

Col Tom, who celebrated his 100th birthday last month, is to be recognised for his extraordinary fundraising

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allpay Launches Event Driven Payment Analytics

Real-Time Payment Notifications provide real-time updates on card acceptance transactions

Payment specialist allpay limited, has launched Event Driven Payment Analytics. Real-time payment notifications now provide instant updates on card acceptance and payment transactions.

Teejay Townsend, card acceptance product manager allpay explains: “We are now offering this new feature to update organisations instantly on payments made

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Landmarc pledge to guarantee recruitment interviews for military veterans

Landmarc MD Mark Neill

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Mark Neill, the Managing Director of Landmarc Support Services (Landmarc) has announced that military veterans will be guaranteed interviews for jobs at Landmarc.

Mark is himself a military veteran and feels passionately that Landmarc should match the recent commitment the Government has made to veterans in guaranteeing

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CIoJ calls on government to provide emergency support for freelance journalists

CIoJ President, Professor Tim Crook

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

The Chartered Institute of Journalists is calling for the emergency government measures to help businesses cope with the COVID-19 crisis to be extended to individual freelance journalists known as ‘sole-traders.’

The Institute says individual freelances are already experiencing substantial cancellation of contracts, assignments and projects and

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Full fibre broadband – balancing private and public investment

By Evan Wienberg, co-founder and CEO of Truespeed

A new year is a time for renewal and resolutions. The UK government’s plans to invest billions in infrastructure transformation in the budget on March 11 and shape up the UK’s digital economy by accelerating the delivery of full fibre broadband across the country are undoubtedly full

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Exclusion of media critics from Downing Street briefings sets dangerous precedent, warns Chartered Institute of Journalists

The Chartered Institute of Journalists has condemned the government’s crass and immature bullying of journalists and warns that it needs to ‘grow up’ and show respect for media freedom.

Institute President, Janice Shillum, says: “Only authoritarian governments snarl at the media and retaliate against criticism with threats and petty restrictions. So it is of immense

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Five Ways Local Authorities Can Integrate Live Chat Into Digital Transformation

For GPSJ by Graham Jarvis – Freelance Business and Technology Journalist

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Gemma Baker

In June 2018 Salford City Council won the Digital Council of the Year and the overall Digital Leader accolades at the prestigious DL100 Awards ceremony during Digital Leaders week. The latter award was drawn from the winners of

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Dynama’s organisational design and resource management software is awarded a place on G-Cloud 10

Dynama – Andrew Carwardine – Managing Director

Dynama is delighted to announce that its organisational design, resource management and workforce optimisation software has been accepted onto the latest iteration of the UK Government’s Digital Marketplace, G-Cloud 10. This coincides with the successful listing of Dynama on AusTender, the Australian Government’s Procurement Information System. Dynama’s

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The Internet is still OK… sometimes

Justin Day, 6point6

The Government Digital Service gave its blessing to using the Internet instead of the Public Services Network in January 2017. But there’s danger in letting the solution define the requirements, says Justin Day of 6point6 Cloud Gateway.

In early 2017, the Government Digital Service (GDS) published a blog called “The Internet

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How to make the most of the apprenticeship levy

How to make the most of the apprenticeship levy

In April 2017, legislation that presented a complete overhaul of how apprenticeship training in the UK is structured and delivered came into effect. The intention of the apprenticeship levy is to increase funding and boost the volume of apprenticeships available within the UK, both in public

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Unifying communications and IT in the cloud can produce great benefits, but take care when sourcing suppliers

Joseph Blass, CEO, WorkPlaceLive

By Joseph Blass, CEO, WorkPlaceLive

Voice over IP, often known as VoIP, may no longer be a new story. Pioneered nearly 20 years ago and made famous by Skype, there are now many providers of this service which allows you to “speak over the internet”, with the quality of the

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GDPR – Humanising Data Protection

Jon Fielding, Managing Director, EMEA Apricorn

By Jon Fielding, Managing Director, EMEA Apricorn

As the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) deadline looms, organisations are scrambling to find all potential vulnerabilities that could lead to sensitive data being lost or exploited. GDPR will ensure all countries comply with the same comprehensive controls over the personal

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The two faces of digital transformation

As the public sector progresses beyond digital implementation to evolution, Idox shares its views on how a people-centred approach to digitisation can help organisations get more from their investments, as well as support the creation of effective end-to-end digital journeys.

The implementation of innovative technology to support smarter working, service transformation, and improved engagement has

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