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Memo to Mark Sedwill: Here's how to reboot government IT

Interview The new Cabinet secretary and head of the British civil service, Mark Sedwill, has a chance to rethink how the UK government does IT. And this means deciding what to do with GDS, the Government Digital Service. Although the kids-in-jeans-in-Whitehall era is now a distant memory, GDS remains, in name at least, the go-to expert …
Andrew Orlowski, 30 Oct 2018
Flatline blip on a medical heart monitor withdraws life support from flagship digital identity system

It's official: the UK state's expensive-but-comatose digital identity system Verify has been taken off life support. Parliament photo by Shutterstock Identity disorder: Does UK govt need Verify more than we do? READ MORE The minister responsible confirmed to Parliament yesterday that it will halt funding for the project …
Andrew Orlowski, 10 Oct 2018
Stone wheel on hillside agencies told to drop fancy tech or risk 'reinventing the wheel'

British government agencies have been warned they risk wasting time and effort trying out new tech projects without central coordination – and can expect a shiny new strategy next year. A report (PDF) commissioned by the Government Digital Service to assess the public sector's use of innovative technologies found various …
Rebecca Hill, 21 Aug 2018
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Oh boy: MPs prepare to probe's digital prowess and tech savvy

The UK government's efforts to improve digital services, boost staff's tech skills and prepare for cyber attacks and the extra burden of Brexit are to be probed by MPs. The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee has launched an inquiry on digital government, which should have tech Whitehall-watchers grabbing for the …
Rebecca Hill, 26 Jul 2018
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'Toxic' Whitehall power culture fingered for GDS's fall from grace

Politicians have been told to help the UK's flailing Government Digital Service gain new momentum by unpicking Whitehall power structures. At an event discussing GDS – Whitehall's experiment in putting tech at the centre of government – in London yesterday, panelists had to admit the service had lost its mojo and was …
Rebecca Hill, 6 Jul 2018

UK Home Office's £885m crim records digi effort: A 'masterclass in incompetence'

The UK government's digitization of its Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) – a system for checking criminal records – is "a masterclass in incompetence," according to a damning report by the government's spending watchdog. In a dossier published today, Parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC) said the modernisation …
Kat Hall, 25 May 2018
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UK's Department of Fun seeks data strategy head – experience not needed

The UK government appears to be under the impression that knowledge of data policy or the tech sector isn't a pre-requisite to become the head of data strategy in its digital department. A job ad for the role – posted by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport last week with a closing date of 22 April (saved for …
Rebecca Hill, 23 Apr 2018
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Cabinet reshuffle leaves UK digital policy and GDS rudderless. And now the news...

Responsibility for broadband delivery in the UK has been handed to Margot James following Matt Hancock's promotion to Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in prime minister Theresa May's reshuffle of the top jobs this week. But amid the Cabinet shake-up, the matter of who controls digital policy remains …
Richard Priday, 10 Jan 2018 lays down rules for cross-Whitehall data slurps

The UK government has offered more detail on how public authorities can pass around the data they hold on citizens – a mere five months after the Digital Economy Act passed into law. The final versions of the codes of practice, which are used to add some meat to the bones of the legislation, are now open for a six-week …
Rebecca Hill, 22 Sep 2017

Ex-GDS man to pluck tech strings at UKCloud

Former director of Common Technology Services at the Government Digital Service, Iain Patterson, has rocked up at UKCloud as chief digital officer. Notably, he's one of the few ex-GDS crew not to have left for the Co-op. In his role, Patterson will review UKCloud's technical platform and operations and product propositions as …
Kat Hall, 11 Jul 2017
FACEPALM leaves data dashboard users' details on publicly accessible site

Users of the UK government’s data dashboard have been asked to change their passwords after their information was made public. According to an email seen by The Register, a file containing the names, emails and hashed passwords for the site was left on a third-party system. “A recent routine security review …
Rebecca Hill, 29 Jun 2017

A minister for GDS? Don't talk digital pony

Comment The appointment of UK digital minister Caroline Nokes yesterday was met with some sniggering when it was revealed she was formerly the chief executive of the National Pony Society. Her posh-girl credentials could not have appeared more obvious if she’d ridden into the Government Digital Service wielding a hockey stick while …
Kat Hall, 28 Jun 2017

Former GDS head Mike Bracken quits Co-op

Former head of the Government Digital Service Mike Bracken has quit his job as chief digital officer at Co-op to work on advising governments. In a blog post Bracken wrote: "It’s been a brilliant two years with a fantastic organisation. As I said when I joined, my focus was to create a Co-op fit for the digital age, based on …
Kat Hall, 27 Jun 2017
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Gov digitisation plans happening too slowly, say IfG policy wonks. Hear that, GDS?

In what might seem like an exercise stating the blindingly obvious, a report by policy wonks at think tank The Institute for Government has found that gov tech transformation is "happening too slowly" and the online identity platform Verify needs some urgently intervention. The report, Improving the management of digital …
Kat Hall, 21 Jun 2017
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Oh the irony: Government Digital Services can't pay staff because of tech problems

Exclusive The UK's Government Digital Service – the Whitehall body responsible for transforming government IT – is having problems paying staff because of, er, technical issues. In an internal email sent within GDS, and seen by The Register, the body said: "We are aware of a number of pay related issues currently within GDS." Last …
Kat Hall, 16 Jun 2017

Phiendish phisher gets phive years in phederal for $2m phlights phraud

A hacker who screwed airlines out of millions of dollars was jailed on Monday for four years and ten months. Eric Donys Simeu, of Cameroon, had pleaded guilty to computer and wire fraud in December. The 32-year-old admitted he used stolen usernames and passwords to access booking systems to buy flights that were resold for …
Iain Thomson, 6 Jun 2017
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Head of's Common Technology Services Iain Patterson steps down

The director of Common Technology Services at Government Digital Service Iain Patterson has stepped down, adding to a growing body count of senior folk to have left since director general Kevin Cunnington took the helm. A Cabinet Office spokesman confirmed Patterson's departure to The Register. "We would like to thank him for …
Kat Hall, 12 May 2017

Don't believe the hype: UK's £455m Government Digital Service lacks a clear role – fresh audit

The track record of the UK's Government Digital Service has come under fire by the National Audit Office, which today said it has “unclear accountabilities". Many are bound to read the watchdog's latest report through the prism of their own confirmation bias. Those who believe that everything was great until former head Mike …
Kat Hall, 30 Mar 2017

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