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September 22, 2011  2:19 PM

DoH deploys flimflam in battle for hearts and minds

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Electronic Care Records, Government IT, NPfIT, Open Standards & Open Source, spin, standardization of Government IT, transparency and accountability

The Department of Health dramatically announced a non-story today, pausing from its negotiations with disfavoured ICT suppliers to publicly condemn - again - the computer systems they supplied under the National Programme for IT.

The department

September 20, 2011  11:46 AM

How FiRe Control burned £494m hole in public finances

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Government IT, Procurement, project failures, Project management, standardization of Government IT

MPs published yet another account of bodge and splurge in government IT today. It was a familiar story. But one that for once had lessons for the coalition government.

The topic of today's autopsy was the stinking carcass left from the last government's IT-led reform of Fire and Rescue...


September 1, 2011  4:01 PM

What secrecy did for European procurement

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Government IT, Open Standards & Open Source, Procurement, standardization of Government IT, transparency and accountability

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August 31, 2011  1:04 PM

Godfather of code-breaking leaves legacy of make do and mend

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Government IT, IT and security, success stories

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August 26, 2011  1:16 PM

Police ICT reforms evade detection

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freedom of information, Government IT, politics, Procurement, spin, transparency and accountability

Home Office plans to make police more accountable will make police ICT less accountable, and at a time when it is becoming in the words of Lord Wasserman, the man behind the reforms, "the key to fighting crime".

Chief police chief Sir Hugh Orde has already made the simplest connection...


August 22, 2011  5:40 PM

Cabinet Office builds open source strategy on proprietary software

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Government IT, Open Standards & Open Source, Procurement, SMEs, standardization of Government IT, standards

The Cabinet Office has chosen a proprietary software system to implement the keystone of its policy to create a level playing field for open source.

Under pressure to fulfil the government's election promise to eradicate systemic bias against open source software, the Cabinet Office...


August 11, 2011  2:13 PM

Bristol Council open source: the allegations in full

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freedom of information, Government IT, local government, Open Standards & Open Source, SMEs, transparency and accountability

Bristol City Council's failure to deliver on its open source strategy is beginning to make the coalition government's manifesto commitment on open source look incontinent.

The council's own open source strategy is looking ineffectual. Bristol Council cabinet committed to an open source...


July 19, 2011  7:26 AM

G-Cloud goes AWOL

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freedom of information, G-Cloud, Government IT, Outsourcing, transparency and accountability

The coalition government is only applying its transparency programme where the release of information might be convenient.

That explains why Cabinet Office has refused to publish...


July 13, 2011  12:23 PM

Bristol restarts open source pilot

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Government IT, local government, Open Standards & Open Source, SMEs, standardization of Government IT, standards

Who can have stepped in to rescue the pioneering open source pilot at Bristol City Council after it collapsed amid alarming allegations that...


July 12, 2011  9:52 AM

Police ICT privatisation kettles coalition strategy

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Government IT, Open Standards & Open Source, Outsourcing

If you were to look up the UK's most senior police chief and the home secretary on the Police National Database you should not be surprised to score a hit. Because their recent speeches on police ICT were well suspect.

They were also completely at odds with what Cabinet Office experts...


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