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Digital champion Martha Lane Fox is leading an online review aimed at improving the government's central web portal.

The review will remain open until 3 September 2010 and invites the views of the public on four main areas.

Firstly, how should the government achieve the objectives of using Directgov to publish new information and advice; manage transactions, such as buying a tax disc; provide advice about government policy; and make data more transparent, such as the publication of salary details.

A second question asks what government should do itself, in terms of content, applications and standards, and what would be better done by the wider public sector, businesses, charities and users.

Thirdly, should central government provide a platform for the delivery of digital services by other parts of the public or voluntary sector – for example, local authorities, councils, voluntary and community sector organisations?

The last question covers trends in digital delivery and asks what key trends the government should bear in mind when designing digital services.

Responses to questions can be added to dedicated pages on Directgov (http://directgovreview.readandcomment.com, or emailed privately to directgovreview@betransformative.com.

Lane Fox said the review is independent and that she is seeking general feedback about how Directgov can be "transformed and redirected" to making online delivery of public services more efficient.

"It's not often you get the opportunity to step back and assess how things should be different, so I'm interested in all ideas – particularly the radical and off-the-wall," she said.

This article was originally published at Kable.

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