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At 18F, The U.S. Looks to Fail Fast on Government IT Projects Instead of Failing Big

BY Alex Howard | Thursday, April 3 2014

The state of govt IT today: Long lines in Columbia, SC waiting to sign-up for HealthCare.gov

Can a new small office inside the General Services Administration start to revolutionize how the U.S. government does information technology? That's the premise behind 18F. Longtime open government observer Alex Howard offers this in-depth report. Read More

Open Source Government Code Not Just for Muggles

BY Miranda Neubauer | Monday, January 6 2014

It's not just "Muggles" who can benefit from open-source government code. Over the holiday break, the Ministry of Magic from the Harry Potter series got its own website based on the open-source template of GOV.UK. Read More

The British Government's "Twitter Exclusives"

BY Miranda Neubauer | Monday, April 29 2013

As Britain slowly gears up for its 2015 general election, the government of Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron has begun a more aggressive Twitter strategy, the Guardian reported. Read More

National Design Service? Gov.uk Wins Design of the Year Award

BY Miranda Neubauer | Wednesday, April 17 2013

The website of the British Government Digital Service, GOV.UK, last night won the London Design Museum's Design of the Year Award. "The jury unanimously agreed that GOV.UK was the overall winner for Design of the Year 2013 for its well thought out yet understated design, making the user experience faster and easier. The website is regarded as one of the leading government websites in the world," the museum stated in a press release. Read More

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Rethinking Government Services Online

BY David Eaves | Tuesday, November 6 2012

Governments have been talking about how they will deliver services online for over two decades. (Anyone up for some e-government?) The sad truth is, at the national level, few users of online government services believe governments have succeeded - most citizens' experience with government websites are marked with frustration, a sense of loathing, and pretty much the opposite of whatever we imagined e-government would be. But there are three reasons why I waded through not one, but three lengthy UK reports about its vision, and now believe that if you care about government services online or better still, advise a government, there are some things worth knowing about the UK's new Digital Government Strategy. Read More

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Getting it Right: Gov.uk

BY David Eaves | Monday, October 22 2012

For possibly the first time in my life, I’m actually excited about a national government website. It would appear that in the United Kingdom, the designers, the developers and the content creators of a government have finally beaten the managers. And the result? Not only is it stunning, but it actually stands to be compared against the websites that citizens regularly use. Citizens will compare government websites not to one another but to sites like Google or Facebook, and Gov.uk easily stands up to that comparison. Read More

New Version of GOV.UK Released

BY Miranda Neubauer | Tuesday, July 3 2012

The British Government Digital Service has released an updated version of its beta GOV.UK site, which first launched in January. Read More