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EU spaffs €131m on making gov digi services 'talk' to each other

Sick of filling out online forms in triplicate for basic government services? So are EU officials. The EU is to spend €131m to make eGovernment services in different countries “talk” to each other. Ministers from member states, led by the Luxembourg presidency, and MEPs on Wednesday agreed to extend funding to the ISA² ( …
Jennifer Baker, 18 Sep 2015
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Euro Commission wants to pick your brains on telcos and net access

The European Commission on Friday launched two vast public consultations on internet speed and quality. The so-called 360° review of telecoms and internet rules is open until December 7 and is seeking input from users, organisations, public bodies and businesses. The telecoms questionnaire looks at network, service and …
Jennifer Baker, 14 Sep 2015

Online gov services are mostly time-wasting duplicates, says EU

Sick of repeating the same information every time you need the authorities to help you out? So is the European Commission. According to a new study on eGovernment services, users are still asked to fill in forms with information already available to bureaucrats more than half the time. And if you’re on the move it gets worse …
Jennifer Baker, 24 Jun 2015
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German chancellor DECLARES WAR on crap rural Wi-Fi

CeBIT 2015 German Chancellor Angela Merkel used the opening of CeBIT to present her 10-point plan to revive Germany’s digital economy. However despite some rhetoric about “Industry 4.0”, the 10 points are instead a rather uninspired collection of the same old ideas that every man and his goat trots out. “The competition is large, the …
Jennifer Baker, 18 Mar 2015

Denmark tops European tech table, two other Scandis right behind

The European Commission has published its league table of digital countries and the Best of Europe’s tech world is, you guessed it, Denmark! Sweden, the Netherlands and Finland make up the remaining top four, proving that Scandis really do do IT better. But in a not-too-shabby performance, the UK is jostling for attention at …
Jennifer Baker, 25 Feb 2015
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Europe UNDER ATTACK in simulated cyber security test

European banks teamed up with information security agencies and governments to run a DDoS cyber-attack preparedness exercise today. Cyber Europe 2012, a simulated cyber security attack involving 300 cyber security professionals, is being co-ordinated by European Union security agency ENISA. It's the second exercise of its type, …
John Leyden, 04 Oct 2012
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European Commission: Cloud will save us from economic doom

The European Commission is to create cloud computing standards across its 27 member states to spur customer adoption and boost local economies. Cloud has already been hyped to death in the commercial world and now the EC is adding to the marketing bluster. It said in its new strategy document – "Unleashing the potential of …
Paul Kunert, 27 Sep 2012
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Use eGovernment to lower costs, says EU Commission

European governments must make greater use of the internet in the way they work or risk increasing the cost of doing business and alienating the young, the European Commission has said. The Commission has launched a plan and some pilot projects aimed at encouraging governments across the trading bloc to make more use of …
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EU ministers agree e-government aims

European ministers have signed a declaration outlining policies to deliver 'smarter' online public services by 2015. At the fifth Ministerial eGovernment Conference in Malmö in Sweden on 19 and 20 November 2009, EU ministers agreed measures to make e-government more accessible, interactive and customised. The aims over the …
Kable, 23 Nov 2009
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Microsoft UK NTO leaves to spend more time with IT policy

Is it something in the air? Microsoft UK national technology officer Jerry Fishenden is jumping ship to spend more time with his family, his doctoral research and UK technology policy. Fishenden has worked for Microsoft since 1997, and has held the NTO post since 2004, along with being a Senior Visiting Fellow at the London …
John Lettice, 03 Jun 2009
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EC report warns governments on e-trust

An EC-funded report has found that governments across Europe need to address the issue of trust in technology systems used by public authorities and warns that high-tech ID cards are not a panacea. ECOTEC Research and Consulting, in association with the Tavistock Institute, carried out the research on behalf of the Commission' …
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Nov 2007
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European Commission debates eID

The European Commission is considering the feasibility of an interoperable electronic identity (eID) system across Europe. The eID system is expected to help reduce the administrative burden on mobile workers and travellers in the EU. It will also simplify cross border business transactions, company registrations, or payment of …
Kablenet, 06 Mar 2007

Blair's petition website suffers too much love

Updated: Ten Downing street has had to stop showing signatories on its "E-Petitions" site - not this time because of daft petitions but apparently because it was overloaded with people protesting against software patents. The petition calling on Prime Minister Tony Blair to "make software patents clearly unenforceable" seems to have …
John Oates, 04 Jan 2007

EC boosts open source

The European Commission has taken steps to promote the use of open source systems and software in the public sector. It has selected a consortium led by Unisys Belgium to create and manage the Open Source Observatory and Repository (OSOR), the company announced. Other members of the consortium are the Maastricht Economic …
Kablenet, 12 Oct 2006
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Diebold voting systems critically flawed

Michael Shamos remembers that the call came late at night, during the last week of April. The call - from election watchdog - described a critical vulnerability in Diebold Election Systems' touchscreen voting systems that could allow any person with access to a voting terminal the ability to completely …
Robert Lemos, 14 May 2006
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Councillor barred for slating IT dept

A Chichester councillor was so rude to IT staff that he was suspended from his elected office, an official report revealed yesterday. The local government Adjudication Panel, which hears cases of misconduct brought against local government officials by ethics officers, published the reasons behind its decision to suspend …
Mark Ballard, 12 May 2006
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Council website usage on the up

A survey of local authority websites across the UK shows that for 2005, visits rose by 40 per cent compared with the same period the previous year. The survey is the third of its kind and shows that take-up is on an upward trend ahead of the national drive to boost greater awareness of government websites. Socitm Insight, the …
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Which? finds low awareness of DTV

New figures show significant numbers of the British public are unaware the switchover to digital TV will be taking place. A survey by consumer watchdog, Which?, said four in ten Britons do not know that the analogue signal will be switched off sometime between 2008 and 2012. Also, only seven per cent of respondents knew what …
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NHS modernisation: 'Too much, too fast'

The pace of modernisation is too fast, according to a new survey of NHS doctors. Figures released by BMA News, the membership newspaper of the British Medical Association shows that 85 per cent of doctors are "alarmed by the pace of reform in the NHS". In fact, nearly three-quarters of respondents believe that changes including …
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Bradford procurement slammed

Bradford Metropolitan District Council has been criticised for the way it mismanaged the procurement of a key Asset Management Project (AMP). Local authority watchdog the Audit Commission has published a damning report highlighting weaknesses in the way the authority sought to find a partner to manage its assets portfolio, a …
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You open? We're Certified!

An initiative to inform council IT buying decisions is launched today. The new scheme entitled Certified Open aims to assess the degree of "openness" of a suppliers' products, services and staff. Certified Open logo Certified Open will be launched with a kitemark that will make is easier for buyers to identify "open" companies …
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First Minister of blogging

David Miliband has prompted a heated debate by becoming the first government minister to launch his own blog. It is hosted by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, where Miliband is Communities and Local Government Minister. Miliband says the aim of the blog is to "help bridge the gap – the growing and potentially dangerous …
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London boroughs not sold on

London boroughs must do more to boost the number of smaller businesses selling goods and services to local councils. The conclusion comes from a detailed review conducted by Harrow Council in conjunction with the London Centre of Excellence into local authority "selling to the council" web pages. The report finds that while …

Government ID Card claims deflated

Biometric data employed for identification purposes could be misused and lead to "function creep", the European Data Protection Supervisor has warned. In a comment this week, the EDPS, who monitors the use of public data, said the ease with which biometric information, such as fingerprints, could be shared with other databases …
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Rochdale outsources IT in £200m deal

Rochdale Council has confirmed that two private sector partners are to take on the management of its services in a deal worth £200m. In collaboration with support services group Mouchel Parkman and technology firm Agilysis, the authority has established a new company, the Impact Partnership, to take on the running of some of …
Tracey Cooper, 14 Mar 2006
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LearnDirect 'could do better'

The company established by the government to deliver e-learning is making some progress, but is still failing to reach groups with the lowest skills levels, according to MPs. A report by the Commons Public Accounts Committee found the Learndirect service, operated by Ufi, has in seven years provided courses to 1.7m people, two- …
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Lords fights back on compulsory IDs

Tories in the House of Lords are hoping to throw out the Labour government's proposals for compulsory ID cards this afternoon - in part by pointing to Labour's manifesto commitments. Originally, the proposed ID card was to be voluntary, but new plans mean that anyone applying for a new passport from 2008 will also get an ID …
John Oates, 06 Mar 2006
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Yahoo! boosts Freedom of Information awareness

The UK's Cabinet Office is using paid-for search engine placements to promote public awareness of the Freedom of Information Act. Directgov, the government’s central internet portal, has been using Yahoo!’s Overture sponsored links service to direct web users to its FOIA page. The government has revealed that it pays 10p per …
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Improvements to council websites 'slowing'

Local authority internet services are showing signs of improvement, though the overall level of progress is slowing, a major survey reveals. The eighth annual Socitm Insight survey of local authority websites - Better Connected 2006 - also concluded that general improvements in the functionality of council websites is being …
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£179m council outsourcing costs disputed

A row has broken out over the cost of outsourcing council services from London to Scotland. The GMB union claims that it will cost Westminster residents an estimated £179m and 400 job losses if proposals made by the local authority's outsourcing partner Vertex to relocate some council functions to Scotland were allowed to go …
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Slow start for Choose and Book

Take-up of the NHS' Choose and Book system by GPs is off to an extremely slow start. A report by the membership magazine of the British Medical Association, BMA News says only 67,820 referrals have been made by GPs in England out of an estimated yearly total of 10 million. The figures are from data collected by the Department …
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DCA outlines local election pilots

The government has chosen 16 local authorities to experiment with new ways of voting in the forthcoming local elections. Constitutional affairs secretary Lord Falconer this week announced a series of pilots as part of the government’s ongoing efforts to modernise the electoral system. Falconer said the emphasis of the pilots …
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Global 'blogathon' marks Safer Internet Day

The European Commission is putting the potential dangers of using the web under the spotlight by naming today "Safer Internet Day". Insafe, the EU's network for safer internet use, today launched a global "blogathon" to draw attention to the legal, ethical and safety issues associated with the internet. A wide range of …
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Harmless Watmore to get rubber stamped

Consultation over the government IT strategy was rumoured last month to have been a little lacklustre. Was nobody interested in having their say on such a contentious subject as mending the public sector's broken record on IT? Three months after consultation opened and just a day before it closes, there are signs that responses …
Mark Ballard, 02 Feb 2006
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MPs hit out at Tax Credit Scheme

A new House of Commons Public Administration Committee report heaps further criticism on the much maligned Tax Credit Scheme. This report follows the one published by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration in June last year, which was critical of the administrative practices, which "marred" an otherwise well- …

Government scrambles Intellect code

Trade body Intellect is failing in its efforts to regulate public sector IT suppliers because it lacks the vital support of government customers. Instead of trusting suppliers to do a good job, government has taken matters in its own hands and used a more severe approach to making them behave responsibly. The result is that …
Mark Ballard, 25 Jan 2006
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Swindon goes large on outsourcing

Swindon Borough Council is planning to outsource its back office services in a deal that could be worth up £500m. The Wiltshire authority is inviting tenders for a contract of between 10 and 15 years, with a proposed option to extend for a further five to 10 years. The annual value of the tender is expected to be worth £20m a …
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Blair under fire on ID cards

Tony Blair’s plans for a national identity card scheme could end up as being a "monument to the failure of big government", David Cameron has warned. In PM's questions yesterday, the Tory leader attacked the proposed scheme as new research came to light suggesting it could cost more than £14bn to run. Cameron asked the Prime …
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Police to hold vehicle licence data for two years

Police are able to hold vehicle licence plate data for up to two years, the Government has confirmed. In response to a Parliamentary question last week, Home Office Minister Paul Goggins said data collected through Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technologies could be retained for up to two years for "justified …
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Local Directgov goes live

Yesterday saw the official launch of the Local Directgov programme. Led by the London Borough of Brent and London Connects, and supported by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, the new initiative will provide web surfers with links to local authority resources when searching for information through the main UK public …
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MPs demand wireless internet

MPs have called for new wireless internet technology to be installed in the House of Commons in a critical report from the cross-party administration committee. The report looked at facilities provided for new MPs entering Parliament following last year’s General Election. It found that "IT-literate" members who were not …
Ian Cuddy, 12 Jan 2006

Cost and confidentiality concerns undermine NHS IT plan

Support is dwindling among medical practitioners for the multi-billion pound modernisation of the NHS’ IT systems, a major new study shows. A survey of doctors by research firm Medix between December and January 2006 found that only one per cent of respondents thought implementation of the NHS' National Programme for IT (NPfIT …

Becta reviews UK schools for Microsoft 'lock-in'

The government agency leading implementation of the Department for Education and Skills' e-strategy has launched two reviews of schools' use of ICT. The British Educational Communications and Technology Agency (Becta) last week announced a value for money review of Microsoft's educational licensing programme, and a second …

Public sector could save billions through shared services

The government could save up to £40bn over the next decade by sharing services across public sector human resources and finance functions, researchers claims. The BuyIT Best Practice Network, which has been working with the government on take-up of shared services, makes the estimate in a best practice guide published this week …
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UK government wastes billions, MPs warn

Efforts to improve efficiency and value for money across government are being undermined by poor project management and leadership skills, MPs have warned. A hard-hitting report by the cross-party House of Commons' Public Accounts Committee (PAC) this week said government departments are wasting billions of pounds of public …

SCC wins HMRC contract

The Pan-European technology integrator and service provider, SCC has been awarded a contract by HM Customs and Revenue (HMRC) it was announced today. The four-year contract potentially worth up to £560m will be used to support the central government department's eGovernment and efficiency targets. The contract will cover the …
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LSE clarifies ID Card cost claims

The London School of Economics (LSE) has issued a statement clarifying its position on its National ID card research. The announcement follows press reports that project costs could go as high as £40bn. The LSE says that its original estimate of a £19.2bn high watermark stands and no other figure should be attributed to them. …

Home Office 'confident' of ID card costs

The Home Office has published an extract of the independent report which assessed the costing estimates of the National ID card scheme as "robust and appropriate." Charles Clarke used this report to underline the basis for the cost estimates of £30 for a stand alone ID card and £93 for a passport and ID card package that was …

Hounslow outsources revenue and benefits

The London Borough of Hounslow has this week awarded an outsourcing contract worth £50m. The council appointed BPO service provider Liberata on a 10-year contract to manage a host of Hounslow’s back office functions including the administration and payment of housing and council tax benefits, council tax and national non- …
Team Register, 28 Oct 2005
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Info Commissioner criticises ID Cards Bill

The Information Commissioner believes the measures set out in the National Identify Cards Bill go "well beyond" the requirements to set up a secure, reliable and trustworthy ID card system. In a statement published on the organisation's website, to the Bill that was passed by Parliament on 18 October, Richard Thomas, the …