Public sector

Liam Maxwell: Open standards and focus on inter-operability has opened the way to 'government as a platform'

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Maxwell expects continuity of IT even if there is a change of government after the general election in 2015
26 Nov 2014

Vista to buy Advanced Computer Software for £725m

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ACS CEO Vin Murria had told Computing in April that she was keeping potential buyers at bay
25 Nov 2014

Iain Duncan Smith condemns 'utterly negative' response to beleaguered Universal Credit scheme

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Work and pensions secretary insists that Universal Credit benefits programme is on track
25 Nov 2014

Vodafone denies working with government to create network for spying on citizens

Snowden files suggest Cable & Wireless - now part of Vodafone - was heavily involved in spying on citizens
23 Nov 2014

'There's perfectly good stuff going on, but it's not joined up' says chair of Lords Digital Skills Committee after Vaizey grilling

Morgan finds Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy's evidence on ICT, competitiveness and skills in the UK 'constructive, but predictable'
20 Nov 2014

Government CTO Liam Maxwell recruits army of senior IT leaders to manage new contracts

Public sector hiring IT specialists to bring lost IT skills back in-house, says Maxwell
20 Nov 2014

Drones 'used to harass people' and 'for criminal conduct' say police

Lords inquiry hears unmanned flying devices already being used for 'malicious' acts
18 Nov 2014

Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft and others call on US Senate to limit NSA surveillance

Reform Government Surveillence Group urges US legislators to pass USA Freedom Act in open letter
17 Nov 2014

How BroadReach is using analytics to improve healthcare in Africa

Tibco Spotfire-based system enables decision makers to integrate health and census data to identify poorly performing clinics
14 Nov 2014

University of Sunderland looking for new attendance monitoring solution

New system replaces paper-based solution and needs to be UKVI compliant
13 Nov 2014

MoJ’s chief digital officer will only recruit those with a motivation to work in public services

Paul Shetler says MoJ isn't competing with companies that can offer more money as it wants staff that have a real interest in public services
13 Nov 2014

Scottish government aims to establish Digital and Technology Services framework

Estimated value for entire duration of the framework could be between £30m and £75m
12 Nov 2014

Outsourcer Serco pinched by hard-headed public-sector deal-making and loss-making private-sector contracts

Serco blames botched move into private sector outsourcing combined with tougher deal-making by the public sector for big losses
11 Nov 2014

ICO to examine data protection and privacy implications of connected medical devices

ICO interest in medical devices precedes further EU regulation under new Data Protection Directive
10 Nov 2014

Top 10 IT news stories of the week: Microsoft and HMRC look at past errors while smaller database providers look to big future

This week's stop stories, as judged by Computing readers
07 Nov 2014

Germany and Brazil propose UN resolution re-write to condemn 'highly intrusive act' of NSA surveillance

Two countries, both victims of NSA spying, want United Nations to condemn snooping
07 Nov 2014

GCHQ admits to spying on 'legally privileged communications' in sensitive legal cases

Disclosures ordered by the Investigatory Powers Tribunal reveal extent of snooping into communications in cases brought against the state
07 Nov 2014

Was GCHQ's Robert Hannigan right or wrong to call on tech firms to help with terrorism threat?

Two Computing journalists butt heads over whether GCHQ should be assisted, or condemned
06 Nov 2014

Government 'has pimped out its front-end, but it has not changed its legacy engines', claims former HMRC CIO

Reliance on legacy systems will see government departments falter, says Phil Pavitt
05 Nov 2014

Why the Department of Health moved 12,000 users to a private cloud

The Department of Health's Bob Armstrong explains the thinking behind the Atos-led, £74m-plus ‘Open Service’ project
05 Nov 2014

Technology companies 'are in denial' about 'web’s misuse' by terrorists, says GCHQ boss

Companies should support government attempts to monitor the web, argues new GCHQ boss Robert Hannigan
04 Nov 2014

West Yorkshire Police to equip 7,000 officers with Samsung Galaxy Note 3 smartphones

Deployment of mobile devices across the force designed to let police spend more time on the front line
03 Nov 2014

Backbytes: Big Brother is watching what you eat

Apple iBeacons to be used by US Department of Health to harass staff into healthier eating.
01 Nov 2014

'We've saved more than £14bn over the last year,' claims government CTO Liam Maxwell

Government CTO claims multi-billion pound savings as a result of reforms in IT procurement and spending
31 Oct 2014