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February 15, 2017  3:26 PM

HMRC ID vs Gov.uk Verify – what’s the difference, and why it matters

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Cabinet office, Digital government, GDS, HMRC, Identity assurance, Identity management, Verify

The long-term row between HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) and the Government Digital Service (GDS) over online identity assurance broke into the...

February 14, 2017  12:13 PM

GDS, HMRC and Verify: so much for cross-government digital collaboration

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Cabinet office, Digital government, GDS, HMRC, Identity assurance, Verify

Less than a week after Cabinet Office minister Ben Gummer announced the new government transformation strategy, its central premise is already in question after HM...


February 10, 2017  11:39 AM

Government digital strategy ticks the boxes – but real transformation needs more radical ambition

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Cabinet office, Digital government, Digital strategy, Digital transformation, GDS

The long wait for the new government digital strategy may have caused frustration in some places, but clearly within the Cabinet Office the extensive delays have...


January 27, 2017  12:56 PM

A successful industrial strategy for UK tech depends on people, not politics

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Digital economy, Digital government, Education, IT innovation, IT skills, IT training, Stem

The mere existence of an industrial strategy for the UK – especially one that prioritises science, technology and innovation - is a hugely positive step for everyone in IT. But it’s...


December 1, 2016  3:07 PM

It’s no use complaining about IT-illiterate MPs – the tech community needs to step into politics

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
"Digital Economy Bill", Data privacy, Data sharing, Digital government, Investigatory, regulation, Surveillance

Twice in the past week, the UK government has passed legislation despite overwhelming concerns from the technology community. The Digital Economy Bill – a mostly sensible attempt...


November 21, 2016  2:39 PM

What’s going on at DWP Digital?

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Digital government, dwp, Government IT, IT budget, It spending, Project management

Dear readers, I'd like to ask for your opinion. Let me tell you a story. In late October, I was approached by a whistleblower in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). This individual, who understandably requested anonymity, claimed that


November 15, 2016  1:13 PM

No surprises, few measurable targets, but one big challenge for the new government digital strategy

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Digital government, Digital strategy, Digital transformation, GDS, Government IT

After another summer of turmoil at the Government Digital Service (GDS), with


October 31, 2016  4:23 PM

The clampdown on IT contractors in Whitehall is another risk for digital government progress

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Digital government, Government IT, IR35, IT contractors, IT jobs, IT skills

IT contractors working in government are under pressure like never before over their tax status, and many people in Whitehall IT fear that a clampdown on the use of temporary staff could lead to a damaging exodus of vital digital skills. HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is closely scrutinising...


October 24, 2016  12:08 PM

GDS under Kevin Cunnington (so far) – different, and yet the same

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
CIO, Digital government, dwp, GDS, IT Strategy, Whitehall

Computer Weekly’s first opportunity to meet with Kevin Cunnington, the new director general of the Government Digital Service (GDS) answered a lot of questions –...


October 21, 2016  10:55 AM

A welcome change of tone from government over FTTP broadband

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
"Digital UK", "Theresa May", Brexit, Broadband, BT, Digital economy, Digital government, fttc, FTTP, telecoms

As citizens of the UK try to decipher the new thinking and emerging rhetoric of a post-Brexit-vote government and a new Prime Minister, for us in tech there is already a welcome change of tone in one vital area. For six years, we were constantly told by


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