Author Archives: markthompson1

Searching for the signal of Open Standards amid the growing noise of Agile

I argue not that Agile is a ‘bad thing’; far from it.  Agile behaviours in general are an essential part of any software practice.  Rather, I contend that Agile is not the answer in itself: we absolutely need more focus … Continue reading

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Revolutionising Digital Public Service Delivery: A UK Government Perspective

Here’s a working paper written by Alan Brown of Surrey Business School, Jerry Fishenden of Bath Spa University, and myself.  it tries to provide an ‘easy read’ perspective on the past, current, and future picture in ‘government Digital’: IEEEComputer-egov-DigitalPublicServiceDelivery-FINAL2.2[1]

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Government Digital is in danger of losing its way

I attended a really energised round table media debate this morning hosted by Policy Exchange and EMC, looking at how technology can reinvent government.  Some great speakers addressed some very important issues, some of the themes being that we’re not … Continue reading

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Don’t politicise Digital! An appeal before the manifesto season gets underway Use of open standards and platforms is something that should be supported equally by both political parties

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The Future of Local Government Services

Local government business models will eventually look a lot more like Google, with councils at the hub of an ecosystem of different service providers assembling standard services around residents like building blocks. That’s what LB Hounslow’s Director of Transformation Anthony … Continue reading

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Labour and Tories: Digital Manifesto thoughts from the Party Conferences Great progress, much further to go: some observations about each party’s positions on Digital government from the recent party conferences

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Digital Government: Why Gartner is writing nonsense

I read something very worrying today: a post by Andrea DiMaio – a “Vice President and distinguished analyst in Gartner Research”, who argues that “digital government is little else than making e-government work”. Andrea is so wrong, and apparently ill-informed, … Continue reading

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