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GDS to develop assurance process for Whitehall digital priorities

GDS to develop assurance process for Whitehall digital priorities

The Government Digital Service (GDS) is developing proposals for an ongoing assurance process of Whitehall departments’ digital priorities.

It said the move has originated from a round of assurance exercises to support departments’ bids from funds in last year’s Spending Review. It claimed that these helped to make the case for the allocation of more than £600 million over the next year to deal with legacy technology issues.

Tom Read
Tom Read (pictured), currently chief digital information officer at the Ministry of Justice and soon to become the chief executive of GDS, said: “The sessions had just the right balance of holding departments to account and supporting in a collaborative way. Although we’ve worked hard to highlight the importance of investing in digital, technology and security, the concerted effort from the Cabinet Office has been invaluable.”

GDS said it is now working with colleagues from the digital, data, security and commercial functions around Whitehall to develop the proposals for an ongoing assurance process, which will feed into future Spending Reviews.

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Masergy says two thirds of workers don’t want to return to office

Masergy says two thirds of workers don’t want to return to office

About two-thirds of knowledge workers are happier working from home than they were pre-Covid when they had to commute to their jobs, said Masergy’s VP of Innovation Ray Watson, speaking today at a FierceTelecom virtual event.
Watson said the two-thirds figure comes from Masergy’s own internal surveys of customers and is supported by some surveys from third parties such as Korn Ferry.

Watson said that initially workers wanted to work from home because of concerns about their health and safety. But now that they’ve gotten used to it over the last several months, as many as two-thirds do not want to physically go back to the office. “Now, it has a lot to do with that lost productivity around commuting,” he said. “Also, they’ve learned new work habits based on remote collaboration on Slack, or with Teams, using Zoom or Webex.”

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Covid update Scotland: Leaked video warns civil servants not to book foreign holidays

Covid update Scotland: Leaked video warns civil servants not to book foreign holidays

JASON Leitch has warned civil servants not to book a foreign holiday until 2022, a leaked internal video has revealed.

In the video, which was leaked to The Scotsman, the Scottish Government clinical adviser answers questions from civil servants on various topics relating to Covid-19 vaccines and restrictions. He said Scotland would come out of lockdown “very very slowly”.

The video was published on Monday on the Scottish Government’s internal intranet.

Asked whether people should be booking summer holidays, Professor Leitch said he would advise against it and that freedom of movement restrictions could mean no foreign summer holidays until 2022.

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BT got £106m from £46m contract then won £20m extension on service that overcharged public by £39m

BT got £106m from £46m contract then won £20m extension on service that overcharged public by £39m

BT has been awarded a £20m contract extension, without competition, on a project that has already ballooned in value by 138 per cent.

The telecoms and IT services group has been providing the Northern Ireland Land and Property Services’ infrastructure since 1999, and last week it won a further four-year extension to July 2026.

The £20m deal was awarded for the LandWeb service without asking for bids from other suppliers because the private-sector supplier owns the intellectual rights to the system.

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Digital hoarders: we’ve identified four types – which are you?

Digital hoarders: we’ve identified four types – which are you?

How many emails are in your inbox? If the answer is thousands, or if you often struggle to find a file on your computer among its cluttered hard drive, then you might be classed as a digital hoarder.

In the physical world, hoarding disorder has been recognised as a distinct psychiatric condition among people who accumulate excessive amounts of objects to the point that it prevents them living a normal life. Now, research has begun to recognise that hoarding can be a problem in the digital world, too.

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Proposed new bill for Government to control Telcos and ISPs security measures

Proposed new bill for Government to control Telcos and ISPs security measures

he Telecommunications (Security) Bill, as introduced to Parliament on 24 November 2020, will create new powers for the Secretary of State to make regulations requiring the UK’s providers of public electronic communications networks and services to take specified security measures to protect their networks and services (further to the strengthened overarching security duties set out in the Bill).

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Hackers ‘manipulated’ stolen documents to undermine trust in coronavirus vaccines

Hackers ‘manipulated’ stolen documents to undermine trust in coronavirus vaccines

The hackers who attacked the European Medicines Agency (EMA) last month manipulated some of the stolen data before leaking it on the web.

That’s according to the EMA, which says an ongoing investigation into the data breach suggests the attackers have published some of the stolen data online, including confidential internal emails relating to the evaluation and approval processes for coronavirus vaccines.

It has also been noticed that the perpetrators manipulated some of the emails before publishing them on the web, most likely in an effort to undermine trust about the vaccine approval process.

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One in five firms admit to illegally spying on employees working from home

One in five firms admit to illegally spying on employees working from home

New research has found that a staggering one in five companies has already installed monitoring software to spy on their employees while working from home or plan to do so – often without the workers knowing.

Frances O’Grady, general secretary of the Trades Union Congress, told Metro that the use of worker surveillance technology had surged during the pandemic.

“We know many employers are investing in tech to micro-manage workers and automate decisions about who to hire, and who to let go,” O’Grady said. “Staff must be properly consulted on the use of surveillance at work and protected from unfair management by algorithm. As we emerge from this crisis, technology must be used to make working lives better — not to rob people of their dignity.”

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Government pushes for students to have better mobile data access

Government pushes for students to have better mobile data access

The Minister of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande, held a briefing on Monday, January 18 and requested that mobile networks provide long-term data provisions for students.

During the pandemic, mobile networks supplied students with data but Nzimade stated that government should not have to beg for data during a crisis and that these should be consistently rolled out in future.

He wants to ensure no student falls behind as a result of the pandemic and the uncertainty it continues to bring. He also wants to establish a sustainable, long-term strategy that “ensures the PSET sector does not revert back to pre-COVID status in relation to access online resources by students and lecturers.”

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