Articles about Local Government

Citizens denied chance to vote in local-government IT cockup

Failures in local government IT systems have threatened the legitimacy of some of today's parliamentary elections by denying large numbers of citizens a chance to vote. The scandal so far appears to be concentrated around the constituencies within Hackney London Borough Council, where voters, in their hundreds, are being …

Unsurprising report: UK local govt sites remain totally crap

Although tech is often characterised as a fast-paced industry, in local government IT change happens at more glacial speeds, at least according to a report on the councils' websites. A study by public sector organisation the Society of Information Technology Management (SOCITM) found local authority websites have "failed to …
Kat Hall, 12 Feb 2015

A quarter of public sector IT workers have never used the cloud

Almost a quarter of UK public sector IT workers are convinced they’ve never actually used the cloud, leaving a big fluffy question mark over Whitehall’s efforts to drag its technology estate into the 21st century. Research, conducted for collaboration software specialist Huddle, also showed that workers in central and local …
Team Register, 09 Jul 2015
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British spooks wave through Samsung S6 mobes for UK govt bods

Samsung's new handsets have been given the seal of approval from the information assurance arm of Britain's intelligence agency. The South Korean tech multinational reckoned that the certification was the first of its kind to be dished out to a mobile vendor in Blighty. Samsung's Galaxy S6 and S6 edge models were granted the …
Team Register, 20 Jul 2015
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In-house social media struggles in local government

Two Australian local government organisations have found that adding an internal social media tool creates one communications tool too many, and have abandoned trials of enterprise social network Yammer as a result of their experiences. Amanda Callbutt, formerly of the IT support office at the Local Government Association (LGA) …
Simon Sharwood, 02 May 2012
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Lib Dem manifesto: Spook slapdown, ban on teen-repelling Mosquitos

Election 2015 The Liberal Democrats published their election manifesto today, promising stronger protections for freedom of speech and claiming to be the party pushing back against mass state surveillance. While many of the tech promises echoed those of the two bigger parties, the main difference for the Lib Dems appears to be a pushback on …
Kat Hall, 15 Apr 2015
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Legalising London's bed-hopping economy is POINTLESS

Exclusive There is no evidence to support claims that London residents have been fined for using sites such as Airbnb, despite moves by the government to push through headline-grabbing "sharing economy" legislation, El Reg can reveal. Last month, the government announced it would introduce an amendment to allow London residents to use …
Kat Hall, 12 Mar 2015

Fort Lauderdale websites DDoSed after Anonymous threats over feeding ban

Municipal websites in Fort Lauderdale, Florida suffered a distributed denial of service attack on Monday after Anonymous promised to disrupt the city's activities following the passing of local laws outlawing the feeding of homeless people. The attack occurred on Monday afternoon and led to massive congestion of the websites of …
Iain Thomson, 03 Dec 2014
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Local gov buying group inks £50m software framework

The Pro5 buying consortium has confirmed that 12 suppliers have made it onto the next generation software and services framework agreement. The framework is worth tens of millions over a 36-month period. The procurement group includes the Central Buying Consortium as well as purchasing organisations for the North-east, Eastern …
Paul Kunert, 16 Apr 2012
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Capita gobbles Berks-based mobility specialist Pervasive

Biz wireless networks integrator and mobility managed services player Pervasive Ltd is the latest organisation to be crunched up by Capita's acquisition mill, The Channel can reveal. The Berkshire-based company, which trades as Pervasive Networks and Beovax Computer Services, will sit within Capita’s IT Services division run by …
Paul Kunert, 26 May 2015
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Turnbull: Box-huggers are holding back cloud

Dimension Data has announced it will soon offer a government-only cloud hosted in Australia's capital city, Canberra. The new facility will be another node of the firm's currently-14-strong network of Managed Cloud Platforms (MCPs), but won't be open to the general public. Instead, it's been tweaked to handle Australian …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Nov 2014

Hewlett-Packard paid £1.7bn by UK.gov in 2 years – report

Hewlett-Packard is the single largest supplier of services to the British government, according to a new report. Meg Whitman’s PC and server company made in excess of £1.7bn off HMG in 2012 and 2013, the Institute for Government says. The group, however, warns that “some” of its figures are not accurate. According to the …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Jun 2014
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Wannabe Murdochs crash Ofcom's local telly party

Ofcom's consultation on Local TV has now closed, and the responses offer a slightly worrying insight into what to expect from the new tiny telly stations. The UK government is completely committed to launching local broadcast television in White Space frequencies. Ofcom is therefore obliged to define what that means and how it …
Bill Ray, 21 Mar 2012
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Charlotte, NC thinks it has won the Google Fiber lottery

Officials in Charlotte, North Carolina believe they will be the next to enjoy Google Fiber. Multiple reports from local media show that city officials plan to meet with the Chocolate Factory later this week on what is expected to be an announcement that the Google broadband service is coming to Charlotte. The company has yet to …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Jan 2015
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UK urged to stop bigging up startups, feed 'growing' firms

The UK must stop obsessing over startups and instead channel its resources into growing companies, a wide-ranging report has said. Britain now starts more companies per head than the US, but has a lower proportion of businesses gradually scaling up to become large companies, compared with the US and other nations, said the …
Kat Hall, 18 Nov 2014
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Cabinet Office agrees GCSx local council access terms

The Cabinet Office has reached an agreement with local government organisations about security standards for connection to its GCSx network. The Society of IT Management (Socitm), which helped negotiate the terms, said that the agreement included cost reductions in connecting to the Government Secure Extranet (GCSx). It also …
Kable, 20 Sep 2010
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Call Gordon Freeman! Apple to build $2bn 'data command center' – BLACK MESA?

Arizona state and local government officials were beaming on Monday over news that Apple has decided to locate its latest "global data command center" in the state. "It's one of the largest investments ever in Apple history," Arizona governor Doug Ducey said of the $2bn project in a press conference on Monday. "It means a 1.3 …
Neil McAllister, 02 Feb 2015
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Yes, but what are your plans if a DRAGON attacks?

Brits are very concerned about the potential for life-threatening incidents involving dragon attacks, asteroid crashes and ghostly manifestations and they want their local council to do something about it, if their FoI requests are anything to go by. A dragon in Game of Thrones England’s Local Government Association has …

Bad news, IT bods: UK's tech outsourcing up 15% last year

IT outsourcing contracts agreed in 2014 totalled £3.44bn in value, with nearly a third of that value accounted for by deals struck in the energy and utilities sector. Those deals were worth £1.05bn and accounted for most of the 187 per cent year-on-year rise in the sector on £373 million spent on all outsourcing deals in the …
OUT-LAW.COM, 16 Feb 2015
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India backs off RIM, starts on local operators

India's government has given up pestering RIM and is now asking the country's network operators to provide lawful intercept capability, despite their inability to do so. Having demanded that Research In Motion provide access to BlackBerry communications, and seen several deadlines pass without the issue resolved, the Wall Street …
Bill Ray, 18 Feb 2011
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Government slashes consultancy spending

Public sector spending on consultants fell sharply last year, according to a report from the Management Consultancies Association (MCA). It says that in 2010 the public sector spent 15 per cent less on consultants than it had in the previous year – although the MCA declined to disclose the total, saying it was confidential to …

Wanna slice of £6bn? Set up an IT supplier and apply to the UK.gov

The tender for the UK government's colossal IT supply framework, worth up to £6bn over four years, has finally landed on the desks of would-be suppliers – months after it was first expected. UK.gov procurement body Crown Commercial Services has dispatched copies of the Computer Equipment and Supplies (CES) tender, initially …
Paul Kunert, 20 May 2014
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Government agrees terms with cloud supplier

A cloud computing service provider has claimed an agreement with a central government working group to make it the first supplier in the field to deal with government as a single customer. Huddle said it has developed common terms and conditions and a pricing model for all of its business with government in agreement with a …
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Thousands of 'lost data' reports mean we should ARM the ICO, says infosec bod

Infosec 2015 Thefts and losses of computers and laptops often go unreported to data privacy watchdogs and could represent a huge hidden risk for the leak of confidential data, according to new research. The Information Commissioner’s Office received 1,089 data breach reports between March 2014 and March 2015, yet police forces across the UK …
John Leyden, 02 Jun 2015
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Gartner, Gartner, on the wall? Who is the fairest IT backup biz of all?

Gartner geeks have issued another rapturous rectangle, otiose oblong, or even a queer quartet of spell-binding squares to do with enterprise backup software and integrated appliances. Yes, it's magic quadrant time again. There are four clear leaders: EMC, CommVault, IBM, and Symantec, with not a lot to separate them. In the …
Chris Mellor, 09 Jul 2015
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TV rudeboy and Outsourcery boss Linney joins Gov.UK SME panel

The government has enlisted the boss of an SME yet to win any business via G-Cloud to advise on ways to, er, oil the wheels of commerce for other small traders that have similarly found public sector contract success elusive. Dragons' Den star Piers Linney, joint head at AIM-listed, cloudy infrastructure biz Outsourcery, is the …
Paul Kunert, 29 Jul 2014
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Local councils will carry on splurging on IT

Despite the recession Kable believes UK local government ICT budgets will rise to nearly £4bn by 2016. Research by the publisher of GC News says that growth in technology spending will be driven by transformational outsourcing projects, online channels and mobile working. Its Local Government Forecast: Opportunities in …
Kable, 17 Aug 2010

Philippine govt to hacktivists: Please don't hit your shiny new site

The Philippine government has come up with a novel approach to combatting the hacktivist threat: ask any cyber ne’er-do-wells politely but firmly to stay away from their web sites. The call came on Monday at a press briefing to discuss the government’s new open data initiative. Open Data Philippines was launched by president …
Phil Muncaster, 22 Jan 2014
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Come now, don't be beastly to cellphone giants, Supremes tell America's town halls

The US Supreme Court has made it a bit easier for telcos to build cell towers in America. On Wednesday, the court ruled in a majority decision [PDF] that city governments must provide mobile network giants a reasonable amount of time to appeal when deciding on applications to build phone masts. The Supremes said Roswell, …
Shaun Nichols, 16 Jan 2015

Middle England's allotments become metric battlefield

Imperial traditionalists have expressed dismay that allotments will henceforth be measured in metres, thereby ending a 600-year-old system of staking out municipal veg patches in poles. According to the Daily Mail, shocked gardeners have received rent renewal notices from their town halls reclassifying the standard "10 pole" …
Lester Haines, 24 Mar 2014
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Local government IT is great, says local government

Most local authority IT managers reckon e-government programmes will translate into real benefits for citizens, by creating multi-channel access to better quality council services, according to the Society of IT Managers' annual survey of its members. However, some councils report that the focus on national e-government is …
Lucy Sherriff, 02 Dec 2004
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Industry vet rocks up at Phoenix Software

Industry and distribution veteran Johnny Ellis has crossed into reseller land for the first time, rocking up as sales and marketing director at York-based Microsoft enterprise licensing partner Phoenix Software. Ellis, who only exited Arrow Enterprise Computing Solutions at the end of November, will also control the S&M …
Paul Kunert, 05 Dec 2014
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UK.gov: NO MORE tech deals bigger than £100m. Unless we feel like it

Tech titans that grew fat off the public sector purse should take note that IT contracts worth £100m and over are to become a thing of yesteryear - according to the government. This is one of a number of "red lines" that the Cabinet Office published today, in new regulations that are designed to loosen the grip that hefty …
Paul Kunert, 24 Jan 2014
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Government seeks public views on open data, PDC

Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude launched two separate consultations on open data in government and the planned Public Data Corporation (PDC) this morning. UK taxpayers are being asked to comment on the handling of public data by central and local government. The Cabinet Office is seeking views from British citizens on the …
Kelly Fiveash, 04 Aug 2011
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Deckchairs shifted aboard tech liner HP's services biz

An EMEA-wide overhaul dreamed up by HP execs to lift the fortunes of the Enterprise Services division — and cut out costs — will be implemented in time for the fiscal New Year starting next month. Under the new-look biz, ES has consolidated from nine sub-regions into four ‘super’ clusters including North (Benelux and Nordics), …
Paul Kunert, 16 Oct 2014
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Don't be afraid of our e-tool, public sector, CloudStore won't bite

Nearly two years into the CloudStore experiment and the government is still working out ways to motivate more public sector tech procurement heads to actually use the e-tool. As the end of January, a total of £92.6m has been transacted via the web catalogue that now includes an eye-watering 13,000 services from nearly 1,900 …
Paul Kunert, 13 Feb 2014
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Tasmania offered possible pay-to-connect for NBN fibre

NBN Co boss Bill Morrow has told Tasmanians that communities might be able to preserve the fibre rollout – if they're prepared to kick the can for the installation. In an interview with The Mercury, Morrow said the network builder was investigating the possibility of using co-funding models under which “everyone can jointly …
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MPs attack BT's 'monopolistic' grip on gov-subsidised £1.2bn rural broadband rollout

The UK government has completely screwed up the deployment of faster internet connections to Brits living in the countryside because it failed to properly address competition concerns as a result of its awarding all its broadband contracts to BT, politicians concluded today. MPs sitting on the public accounts committee published …
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Apr 2014
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Google: Surge in pressure from govts to DELETE CHUNKS of the web

Governments, judges, cops and politicians are continuing to lobby Google to tear down online material critical of their operations, we're told. Today, the advertising giant said that, in the first six months of 2013, it received 3,846 demands from public officials to remove 24,737 personal blog posts, YouTube videos and other …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Dec 2013

Vietnamese city drinks the smart city kool aid

The Vietnamese city of Danang today took a major step towards becoming the smartest and most technologically advanced city in the nation, with the launch of a comprehensive Information Technology and Communication Infrastructure System. The system includes a Metropolitan Area Network (MAN), city-wide Wi-Fi access capable of …
Phil Muncaster, 21 Aug 2013
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Qld public safety IT&T needs overhaul

A review into Queensland's police and emergency services will have the IT sector cracking open its tendering boilerplates, with a recommendation that the state create common platforms to link police to other agencies. The review, conducted by former Australian Federal Police head Mick Keelty, recommends a compete overhaul of IT …

BORGED! Expat moves from New Zealand to Norway to be acquired by Cisco

eXpat Files This week's expat has two lessons for us. The first concerns life in remote countries beginning with “N” where the mountains and snow are pretty decent. Welcome to Oslo The second thing Kane Archer's tale of moving from New Zealand to Norway and back teaches us is what it's like to be acquired by Cisco. Over to you, Kane. …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Nov 2014
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Stuff the delays! PM chuffed to have BT's superfast broadband in his constituency

Prime Minister David Cameron already enjoys super speedy internet connections at his constituency home in Dean, Oxfordshire, but locals in the village of Alvescot – saddled with a very slow broadband service – have waited a long time for an upgrade. On Friday, BT invited the PM to make doe eyes at one of the telecom giant's …
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Feb 2014
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Lambeth email sting councillor rejoins local Labour group

A Lambeth councillor has been allowed back into the Labour Party following a controversial email sting operation that left him excluded from the party for the last four months. Kingsley Abrams, a veteran Labour councillor in the South London borough, was first accused of leaking confidential papers to a south London newspaper in …
John Leyden, 17 Sep 2010
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Microsoft winning big in local government

Microsoft seems to have been the main beneficiary of the UK government's drive to put council services online. Research from the Society of IT Managers (Socitm) reveals that local authorities are increasingly opting to use Microsoft Windows applications, particularly in new installations. The research also revealed that …
Lucy Sherriff, 19 Aug 2005
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'Honker Union' sniffs 270 hacktivism targets

Infamous Chinese hacktivist group Honker Union has shortlisted a whopping 270 Japanese targets for attack today - the anniversary of the Manchurian Incident, which was the precursor to the Japanese invasion of China. The group singled out Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Prime Minister’s Office and other ministries, …
Phil Muncaster, 18 Sep 2013
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Google puts kibosh on Hong Kong data center plan, says it's too costly

Google has confirmed that it has abandoned plans to build a new data center in Hong Kong, citing the cost and difficulty of acquiring land for the facility. Taj Meadows, a Google communications manager for the Asia-Pacific region, confirmed to the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday that the Hong Kong effort, which it first announced …
Neil McAllister, 10 Dec 2013
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Pavegen: The Company that can't make energy out of crowds tries to make money out of them

A company selling floor tiles which extract tiny, pointless amounts of energy from crowds walking across them is seeking fresh investment through the medium of crowdfunding. The company in question is Pavegen, which we've covered before. The firm is the brainchild of Laurence Kemball-Cook, who describes himself in a press …
Lewis Page, 26 May 2015

Who fancies a billion-quid bonanza? Just flog the Home Office some shiny walkie-talkies

The UK Home Office is touting a mega contract worth up to £1.2bn to build a next-generation comms network for Blighty's brave emergency services. Led by the Crime and Policing Group, under the auspices of the Emergency Services Mobile Communications programme, the new system must provide voice calls and wireless broadband …
Paul Kunert, 23 Apr 2014
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Obama boosts military, 'black' and spook cyber forces

US President Barack Obama wants to increase spending on cyber security in his proposed budget for the fiscal year 2014, which starts in October. Obama said that he wanted to increase the military cyber forces led by the US Cyber Command and bump up funding for cyber security information sharing in the Department of Defense (DoD …