Councils’ cyber security is disjointed and under-resourced

A new report has highlighted a disparate and fragmented approach to cyber security among local authorities in the UK.

Mobile connectivity programme targets rural areas

People in rural Scotland, Wales and the North East of England are set to enjoy huge improvements in mobile coverage.

Just half of local authorities employ a chief digital officer

Less than half of UK local authorities currently employ a chief digital officer responsible for overseeing the organisation’s digital transformation.

Tackle the UK’s increasing digital divide, say academics

Academics from the University of Manchester have called for urgent actions to be taken to tackle the increasing digital divide in the UK.

Blueprint established to secure smart cities

The NCSC is offering local and national authorities expert guidance to protect their citizens by making their smart cities resilient to cyber attacks.

Data remains an issue for public sector, finds survey

 A survey finds an overwhelming desire within the public sector to harness innovative technology that is hampered by lack of certainty over data residency. 

Self-driving vehicles on UK roads this year

The Department for Transport has announced that motorists could see self-driving vehicles on British roads for the first time later this year.

Connecting Scotland investment exceeds £48m

Investment in the Connecting Scotland programme has now been increased to more than £48 million.

First areas for £5bn ‘Project Gigabit’ revealed

More than one million hard to reach homes and businesses will have next generation gigabit broadband built to them.

Scotland sets out ‘world leading’ digital plans

An ambition to achieve ‘world leading’ levels of digital inclusion is at the heart of plans to equip Scotland for further technological transformation.

£500m package to boost rural mobile coverage

The government can proceed with a £500 million investment to provide all corners of the UK with better mobile connectivity.

Liverpool City Region signs new digital partnership

A new £30 million partnership is set to help make the Liverpool City Region the most digitally connected area in the UK.

2020 saw public sector attitude to digital change

Socitm has reported that the public sector successfully embraced the development of digital practices in the face of the coronavirus pandemic last year.

Pandemic has accelerated use of data at local level

The Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation has published new analysis on the use of data in local government during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, and London Councils have launched a new taskforce to tackle digital exclusion in the city and source new and upcycled electronic devices for children learning remotely, as well as adults working from home.