How to Build Your Own “Spotify Model”
At the end of the day, use the Spotify model as an inspiration for what’s possible when you spend time and attention developing your own operating system — not as a model for what your own system may end up looking like. Design, test, and evolve your own model as inclusively as possible. Don’t do a big-bang change towards a new static target operating model, but instead build the muscle for continuous participatory change.
business  model  organisation  agile 
20 hours ago
Proxeus wants to be the WordPress of blockchain
Can blockchain technology fix the soul sucking tedium and cost of back-and-forth bureaucracy? The Swiss team behind a blockchain-based platform, called Proxeus, believes it can — and that that will be just the tip of what decentralization brings down the pipe, once components such as crypto identities become an accepted (and legal) standard.
blockchain 
21 hours ago
CDO for Scottish Local Government Digital Office, Martyn Wallace - Creating shareable platforms for local government
Successful digital transformation in the public sector requires a significant shift in mind set from all employees to generate the best possible return for citizens. Councils also need to work together to generate ideas and platforms, which can then be shared across local government.
digital  localgov  scotland 
21 hours ago
The Right Way to Build an Online Community
These products have come to be called ‘social media,’ but that’s not what Flickr was. Flickr was an online community. The reason they started calling it social media is because you can sell media. You can sell column inches, you can sell broadcast hours, you can advertise against it. But Flickr was not social media. Flickr was an online community.
flickr  community 
yesterday
Chat is Google’s next big fix for Android’s messaging mess
A top-tier Android phone can cost upwards of a thousand dollars, and for that money, you’ll get some amazing features. It will have a stellar screen, top-flight camera, gobs of storage, and an absolutely atrocious texting experience.
google  android  messaging 
yesterday
Smart London Camp 2018
Yesterday [Rob Miller] joined a large group of people whose idea of the best way to spend a beautiful sunny Saturday was to gather together in London’s City Hall and discuss ideas for ways that London can get the most out of the opportunities that ‘smart city’ developments offer.
london  smart  digital  government 
yesterday
Introducing the three C’s of Responsible Technology
Responsible Technology considers the social impact it creates and seeks to understand and minimise its potential unintended consequences.
culture  internet 
3 days ago
Do you need a blockchain?
Blockchain technology is set to have a profound impact on a wide variety of industries, ranging from capital markets to the music business. While some use cases may seem obvious, the technology is still surrounded by its fair share of hype and uncertainty. As a manager, how should you approach the subject, and when should you put your money where your mouth is and actively aim to implement blockchain technology?
blockchain 
3 days ago
Defining digital standards for the NHS
With the particular needs of healthcare users and NHS having a strong, trusted brand, we’re noticing more and more that we need to go beyond the GDS standard and define our own universal method.
digital  health  standards 
3 days ago
Can government stop losing its mind?
Can government remember? Is it condemned to repeat mistakes? Or does it remember too much and so see too many reasons why anything new is bound to fail?
data  government 
4 days ago
The wellsprings of UK digital reform part 1 – the backstory
While there are some great pockets of work taking place to deliver better public services, the UK government’s overall attempts at technology-enabled, or “e-government” or “digital”, reform appear to be struggling to achieve and sustain the benefits promised at the pace and scale originally foreseen. And not for the first time – this has been a repeating cycle of optimism and disillusionment since the mid-1990s. So why is this?
digital  government 
4 days ago
Service patterns could be big! (actually .. small)
There’s a knotty systemic and cost problem with local authorities and other public service organisations delivering essentially the same core services in different parts of the country. We all recognise that we are often doing the same thing, but we are stuck doing it slightly differently from each other. The wise understand that standardisation (as we currently imagine the path to it) is impossible and undesirable, but it’s still true that we have unwittingly created a costly ‘bespoking’ market that commercial providers of one sort and another exploit.
digital  design 
6 days ago
From USENET to Facebook: The second time as farce
Facebook repeats the pattern of USENET, this time as farce. As a no-holds-barred Wild West sort of social network, USENET was filled with everything we rightly complain about today.
facebook  usenet  communities 
6 days ago
OLPC’s $100 laptop was going to change the world — then it all went wrong
By the time OLPC officially launched in 2007, the “green machine” — once a breakout star of the 21st-century educational technology scene — was a symbol of tech industry hubris, a one-size-fits-all American solution to complex global problems. But more than a decade later, the project’s legacy is more complicated than a simple cautionary tale. Its laptops are still rolling off production lines, and a new model is expected later this year.
history  hardware 
6 days ago
Blogging is most certainly not dead
Social media is as compelling as ever, but people are increasingly souring on the surveillance state Skinner boxes like Facebook and Twitter. Decentralized media like blogs and newsletters are looking better and better these days…
blogs 
6 days ago
Broken words and why they matter
Digital – as a word – is broken. We have slapped it onto the front of two many old world applications in an attempt to normalise and ‘make safe’ new concepts that at this point saying something is digital is a bit like saying water is wet
digital  transformation 
8 days ago
#LocalDigitalSkills – making digital inclusion happen, together
... we want there to be Local Digital Skills Partnerships all over the country.
digitalinclusion  skills 
10 days ago
Kick-off for the essex.gov.uk project
To help us understand the ‘as is’ in more detail we’ve gathered insights from available data and call centre staff, tested how easy it is for users to find things on the site and identified some key gaps in understanding around the importance of designing for user need, measurement and accessibility.
web  digital  localgov 
11 days ago
10 steps for digital success [from] Hertfordshire County Council
You want people to use your digital service.

You want best value for money when you buy or build new digital services.

Here are 10 steps to success.
digital  localgov 
11 days ago
The blockchain primer that George Washington would understand
Fundamentally the most important part of blockchains is not algorithms, nor cloud servers, nor user interfaces — it’s people. More specifically: it’s about accountability between people.
blockchain 
11 days ago
Choosing your cake and eating it
When it comes to technology choice, safe-bet right answers of the datacentre era can be two orders of magnitude wrong for containerised microservices — in cash.
cloud  soa 
5 weeks ago
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