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  • How effective are the world's governments at using technology to become more responsive? Technology has revolutionised the way that we do business, but the public sector has traditionally moved more cautiously than the private one. Now, a report from the Centre for Technology Policy Research in the UK has made some recommendations for the use of technology as an enabling mechanism for government.

    The document discusses the concept of open government, which it defines as a government subject to public scrutiny, in which employees work in "smarter, better informed ways". In order to achieve open government, an administration cannot simply tack technology onto existing processes, the report warns. Instead, it suggests changing key processes from the centre outwards.

  • Yesterday I took a 24-hour digital vacation, ostensibly to protect myself from people spoiling the last episode of Lost for me, but really to just take a break.

    It was lovely.

    A break from digital communication, which I try to do now and then, is refreshing. It clears your life of the noise, and allows you to find quiet, to focus on the important, to be at peace.

  • The UK government loves to claim that they aren’t wasting your money. However, the facts prove that this isn’t true. In fact, they are wasting your money on everything from stupid computer blunders to choosing to sell gold at the wrong time. These decisions have wasted £billions. With the general election about to happen, it’s important that we take a look at how the government spends our money and demand better choices in the future.

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