The government of Argentina has just announced a new digital driving licence, replacing paper and plastic cards with a digital document stored securely on users’ smartphones. The service was created, from scratch, in just 65 days.
It's hard to say exactly when a government becomes “digital.” You could try looking at the UN’s e-Government survey, perhaps, or examining the health of your flagship technology projects. If you are a policymaker, you know it’s working when your job changes. And if your job isn’t changing, the chances are you are getting in the way of the development of digital government.
Starting today, we’re building a global network of affiliates who can help us work in more places, more of the time.
We welcomed a very special guest to the PD office last week: Henri Verdier, the new French Ambassador for Digital Affairs. The mere fact that France even has an Ambassador for Digital Affairs says a lot about how seriously they’re taking public sector digital transformation.
Over the Christmas break I was invited to join Radio 4’s Today Programme to talk a bit about technology in the public sector. This is a remix of that interview.