Exploring blockchain-based public procurement to reduce corruption

18 Jun 2020
In partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Office of the Inspector General of Colombia (Procuraduría General de Colombia), the World Economic Forum has led a multi-stakeholder team to investigate, design and trial the use of blockchain technology for corruption-prone...

Geospatial Commission plans UK national location data framework

18 Jun 2020
The Geospatial Commission, a body within the UK Cabinet Office, is planning to develop a national location data framework to support future technologies by 2025, UK Authority reports. It chair, Sir Andrew Dilnot, said: “Location data already has a significant impact on our lives. Better location...

Procurement Policy Note – Recovery and Transition from COVID-19

11 Jun 2020
This week the UK Cabinet Office released a Procurement Policy Note (PPN) which sets out information and guidance for public bodies on payment of their suppliers to ensure service continuity during the coronavirus outbreak. It updates and builds on the provisions contained in PPN 02/20 and outlines...

Guidelines for AI procurement

11 Jun 2020
Recognising that AI has the potential to greatly improve public services by reducing costs, enhancing quality and freeing up valuable time, UK.Gov has published a summary of best practice addressing specific challenges of acquiring Artificial Intelligence technologies in government. These new...

UK NHS Shared Business Services launches Cyber Security Services Framework

4 Jun 2020
A new free access cybersecurity framework has been rolled out by the UK’s National Health Service Shared Business Services (NHS SBS) designed to help the health service and the wider public sector with cybersecurity threats, recovery and management. The ‘Cyber Security Services Framework’...

Armed Forces announce launch of first Cyber Regiment in major modernisation

4 Jun 2020
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace today announced a new Cyber Regiment has been launched to protect frontline operations from digital attack as Defence continues its modernisation to combat threats. The Ministry of Defence has launched 13th Signal Regiment, the UK Armed Forces’ first dedicated Cyber...

Could a more dynamic model be used over Central Purchasing Bodies?

28 May 2020
Albert Sanchez-Graells from the University of Bristol – School of Law, has just released his recent paper ‘Public Procurement by Central Purchasing Bodies, Competition and SMEs: Towards a More Dynamic Model?’ He writes that while the creation of central purchasing bodies (CPBs) sought to...

Buying responsible technology in government

28 May 2020
A new report ‘Buying better technology in government,’ has been produced by think tank Doteveryone – which was founded by Martha Lane Fox, the digital entrepreneur who helped set up the UK Government Digital Service (GDS) in 2011. It argues that civil service organisations should improve...