E-government bulletin
ISSUE 328, 08 February 2011
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NEWS: Councils Fail To Comply With Electronic Petition Law.

Less than a third of council websites allow residents to submit an electronic petition, despite this having been a legal requirement in England since December 2010, a forthcoming report from the Society of IT Management (Socitm) will find....

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NEWS: Budget Fears To Plague Public Sector IT in 2011.

IT budgets remain the biggest single challenge for public sector IT managers in 2011, according to new research seen exclusively by E-Government Bulletin....

Read full story here, Financial worries set to remain...

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NEWS: Online Crime Maps ‘Imperfect’ But ‘Encouraging’.

The data used to compile a new national website allowing anyone to view online ‘crime maps’ of the UK is ‘imperfect’ but nevertheless of real social value, one analyst has told E-Government Bulletin....

Read full story here, Crime maps grip public interest...

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More Transparent: A draft ‘Code of Recommended Practice for Local Government Data Transparency’ was published yesterday by the Department for Communities and Local Government, setting out principles for data transparency including recommendations to publish information on salaries, voluntary funding, licensing and contracts. The draft code recommends that local authorities develop an inventory of their data and register it on data.gov.uk, the government’s public datastore, to create a single public access point for local government information. The paper is being released as a second phase in the government’s push for local authority transparency, which began last year with a request for all councils to publish data online for all spending data over 500. A public consultation on the draft is taking place, closing on March 14:

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Hub Developments: Following on from the Prime Minister’s announcement in November that a technology business hub will be built in East London on the Olympic Park site, ‘to rival Silicon Valley’ (see E-Government Bulletin issue 323: http://bit.ly/hPRxIE ), US-based technology giant Cisco has announced it will contribute to the development through a five-year project, the British Innovation Gateway (BIG). Cisco will aim to support technology companies in the new hub by building two "innovation centres" to help develop new technology products and solutions; hosting a series of awards to recognise business innovation; and providing mentoring for businesses to accelerate growth:

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Anonymous Helper The use of technologies to anonymise internet traffic - often run by international networks of volunteers - can help citizens of some countries avoid censorship and filtering of communications, a leading technology academic has said. Dr Joss Wright, Research Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute, told the Parliamentary IT Committee (PITCOM) that although it is also possible that such systems could be used to disguise criminal activity, "I think the benefits of these systems justify their existence, and the harm they could do does not justify their removal". The meeting report, ‘Balancing privacy and law enforcement online’, also covers the threat of cybercrime:

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Liz McGettigan

The EGB Masterclass:
Public sector use of social media.

It seems that no self-respecting council or public sector body is now without their Facebook page or Twitter feed. But are they really worth the effort? And if you are one of the ones who has yet to take the plunge, what are the secrets to success? Dan Jellinek talked to Edinburgh City Council Libraries and Information Services Manager and social media pioneer Liz McGettigan (pictured) to find out....

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Maximising public sector social media...

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