Every organisation needs to be good at technology. That’s why we always tell our clients they need an internet-era CTO. But what does that really mean? What does it look like?
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.
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.
This is riffing on a Twitter thread I started the other day, and echoes comments I made while appearing before the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee, which is conducting an inquiry into digital government. When talking to friends from across Europe, I keep hearing them use the word “govtech”. It’s bothering me because they don’t all mean the same thing, all the time. I think that’s a problem. Most people seem to be using “govtech” to refer to the...