Government

Can Digital Britain be a copper-free zone?

BT engineer installing cables
A government digital communications consultation document raises the prospect of the UK’s copper-based networks being switched off. But is such a drastic move feasible, or even desirable?
25 Sep 2014

Top 10 IT news stories of the week: Scottish independence, Chinese hackers, iPhone 6 issues and Larry Ellison steps aside

Scotland flag
No escape: election fever even influences IT issues
19 Sep 2014

Chinese hackers breached US miltary contractors

Capitol Hill in Washington DC
Senate report suggests 20 acts of Chinese cyber-espionage took place in one year, with poor communication in US government also partly to blame
18 Sep 2014

US government threatened Yahoo with $250,000-per-day fine if it did not hand over user data to NSA

Yahoo took matter to secret court, but failed to reverse government demands
12 Sep 2014

Government struggling to measure benefits of cyber security strategy, says National Audit Office

But Whitehall has made good progress in implementing the programme, particularly among larger businesses
11 Sep 2014

'Staff would just open up Dropbox accounts all over the place' admits US government services CIO

A salutary lesson on shadow IT and why enterprise-grade cloud sharing platforms are a good idea
05 Sep 2014

Universal Credit business case to be signed off 'very shortly', says Iain Duncan Smith

But Labour MPs lay into pensions secretary for repeating answer from two months ago
02 Sep 2014

Medway Council upgrades and virtualises its outdated IT estate

Medway Council shifts to virtual desktops to support its move to more flexible working
29 Aug 2014

Government hires Magnus Falk as its first deputy CTO as Whitehall IT shake-up gathers pace

Former Credit Suisse CIO to take up deputy CTO mantle in Cabinet Office, reporting to Liam Maxwell
28 Aug 2014

FBI probes Russian government links to JPMorgan cyber attacks

State-sponsored response to political situation being 'investigated' by FBI
28 Aug 2014

'Clear room for improvement' for data protection in local authorities, finds ICO

No councils get high assurance rating for data protection in Information Commissioner's Office audit report
27 Aug 2014

Backbytes: Two per cent of electorate register to vote online, government congratulates itself

Digital reform still sees government sending out letters confirming online registration
27 Aug 2014

NSA built 'Google-like' search tool to mine data from 850 billion communications records

Latest Snowden leak reveals how ICREACH is used to give US intelligence agencies access to communications data
26 Aug 2014

Home Office selects Thales for biometric identity project

Two-year £3.8m deal will see Thales deliver Biometric Residency Permits for non-EU nationals
13 Aug 2014

Theft, breaches and ICO warnings: Top 10 IT news stories of the week

CIOs should be watching their backs after a particularly cybercrime-riddled seven days in IT
08 Aug 2014

Chancellor's Bitcoin viability study hopes to 'cement Britain's position' in global finance

Or is the Chancellor George Osborne just trying to look cool?
07 Aug 2014

US Homeland Security contractor victim of 'state-sponsored' cyber attack

Information about government employees may have been stolen by hackers
07 Aug 2014

ICO issues warning to law firms following string of data breaches

ICO issues warning following 15 security breaches at law firms in the past three months
06 Aug 2014

Government plans to link state databases - and share the data with private sector

Cabinet Office 'Data Sharing Policy Team' wants databases linked across government to 'assist growth and prevent crime'
04 Aug 2014

BlackBerry, Apple, Windows 8 and government IT disasters: Top 10 IT news stories of the week

Computing's new weekly summary of the most significant and most-read IT news from the past seven days
01 Aug 2014

Meet the White House’s go-to security expert (who’s never seen a Snowden document)

Sooraj Shah speaks to Rodney Joffe about the state of cyber security and government surveillance, and delves into the history of Neustar, the company he works for
30 Jul 2014

National roaming for mobile: where to turn?

Is the government being serious about a national roaming plan that has left mobile networks flabbergasted? Sooraj Shah finds out
28 Jul 2014

Francis Maude: 'If it can be done online, it should only be done online'

Cabinet Office Minister says online public services should be the only option in order to improve efficiency and save money
24 Jul 2014

Predictive big data analytics in healthcare

John Leonard talks to big data firms Amara and FlyingBinary about applying analytics to healthcare in the US and in the UK's NHS
23 Jul 2014