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The Digital Citizen: TechUK’s Perspective

TechUK is the body that represents the UK’s ICT industry. Members of TechUK include some of the biggest technology vendors and systems integrators – as well as a growing number of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) keen to get a share of the government spending action.

The UK government has mandated itself to reduce its dependence on a relatively small number of very large technology firms. To an extent G-Cloud is an attempt to allow SMEs to get access to a large number of local authorities and central government departments via a central portal. But G-Cloud is only part of the answer. Many IT products and services are still procured via a traditional route.

It’s for this reason that I was keen to get Naureen Khan’s perspective on this. Naureen is an Associate Director with TechUK, responsible for the body’s relationship with central government.  I asked her about how the tech industry intends to work with government on a transformation agenda – creating better digital engagement with citizens and giving SMEs a better crack of the whip.

 

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Digital Policy United Kingdom

New London ‘Tech in Policy’ Group

I had the opportunity to chat with Connor Sattely just now. Connor is the man behind GovFaces, a new online platform designed to allow interaction between citizens and politicians.

Connor, along with Charlotte Holloway of TechUK, is a key mover and shaker in a new Tech London Advocates working group that plans to “locate and highlight successful examples of tech developed for impacting policy, and create ties between policymakers and tech providers to assist in new tech tools’ implementation.”  

Tech London Advocates has become one of the most vocal forces for London’s technology sector over the last two years.

I’m delighted to announce that Citizen 2015 and Tech London Advocates’ Tech in Policy Group will be working together and sharing resources. We hope to work together to help highlight new technology based services, developed by the private sector, that are aimed at improving government services or impacting parts of the policy process.

In the coming weeks we’ll interview some of the key people in Tech London Advocates and the new Tech in Policy Working Group. We’ll also highlight some of the firms and solutions in the tech for government space.