We’ve had another fantastic year at Public Digital. There’s loads to talk about, but I’m going to start with the 2 themes that have run through most of our work for the year: affiliates and international development.
A week or so ago, you might have seen some of the Public Digital team getting excited on Twitter following the publication of a blog post by our friend Natasha Clarke, Chief Digital Officer for the province of Nova Scotia. There’s good reason for our excitement: Natasha was announcing the newly-created Nova Scotia Digital Service (NSDS).
Inevitably, governments can’t always give their citizens what they want, but it is increasingly unforgivable that they cannot give citizens what they need. Along with handwritten letters and video rental, citizen perceptions of government as stable and reliable have fallen victim to the modern era. In a world in which trust has declined and remains low, governments are finding that the status quo no longer suffices: people are less tolerant of slow-moving bureaucracy, defective technology and wasted taxpayer money.
Here it is, fresh from the printer: the latest edition of our periodical, Signals. This one is all about digital transformation in international development, reflecting Public Digital’s growing work in that area.
Today we're announcing 13 new members of the Public Digital affiliates network, bringing the total number of affiliates to 35.