Topic: Technology

How can local authorities use technology and data to deliver better public services and harness social media for better interaction with citizens?

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What is the future of local government services?

Local government is facing unprecedented challenges. Our civic discourse seems to be in tumult, finances are dire, but people still rely on local public services for so much and this year our policy themes address each of these challenges. Councils have some tough choices ahead. New duties on homelessness and the perennial problem of finding…

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Freedom of Information and open data: Complementary paths to improve local services

Local government organisations around the world are adapting day to day procedures and interactions with citizens due to new expectations and possibilities offered by modern technologies for communications. This briefing will identify three different, but complementary, strategies to modernise the relationship between local government and citizens using these technologies.

Scotland Briefing
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Business, Innovation and Skills Committee Report on the Digital Economy

The (former) Business, Innovation and Skills Committee published a report on the digital economy covering current government support for the digital economy, and issues such as the rise of ‘disruptive’ digital technologies, regulation and consumer protection, intellectual property, digital skills and the implications of Brexit for the UK’s digital industry.

England & Wales Briefing

Smarter Cities: Digital and Data roundtables with Vodafone

LGiU is working with Vodafone to convene a series of regional roundtables. Councils need to be bold in delivering efficiencies and innovation to services. It is clear that data and technology will play a crucial role in the quest to deliver better services for less. The discussions focus on areas of local/regional interest but are broadly…

England & Wales Workstream

Pokémon Goes Local

Maybe you’re already out chasing Charmanders and Pikachus. Maybe you’ve been tutting at the latest craze that keeps people glued to their smart phones. Whether you’re a lover or a hater, you’d have to be living under a rock to avoid hearing about Pokemon Go. Like the mean mom I’ve so often been called, I…

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Information sharing to protect vulnerable children and families – DfE research

Effective information sharing between the agencies which support children, particularly vulnerable children and their families, is seen as an important part of improving safeguaring services. The DfE has published research on effective information sharing and what works best. This is the CSN briefing on the research.

England & Wales Briefing
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UK Open Government National Action Plan 2016-2018

The commitments in this updated Plan which will have the most direct impact on local government are on the future publication of election results and on the Code of Practice for Freedom of Information requests. This briefing considers the background, summarises the plan and comments on these two key issues.

England & Wales Briefing
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Smart cities: too clever for their own good?

With Scotland positioning itself at the forefront of the smart cities revolution, we take a look at how local authorities can ensure that technological innovation is democratic, fair, beneficial, and sustainable throughout their communities.

Scotland Briefing

What song takes you back? Supporting people with dementia.

I’d bet there’s a song that instantly takes you back to a moment in time, a period in your life, a feeling you had sharing the song with someone else. I bet there’s more than one. I bet you could pull together a whole playlist that would take you back to moments of joy and…

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