Guest post on alpha.gov.uk’s vision for online consultation and policy engagement

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Crowd-sourcing online engagement plans for next week’s Digital Britain final report

<Update> Positive reaction from Computer Weekly to the way we published the DB final report. (Even if the credit was given to DirDigEng!) </update> Next week my department and DCMS will publish the much anticipated Digital Britain (DB) final report. Expectations from the technorati are high and I’m keen to make sure it’s supported by […]


Mission Technology or Helpful Creep?

DIUS and BERR have merged, and so have their websites. Well, not quite. But we’ve done the next best thing – rapidly developed an elegant interim homepage which uses the best of today’s agile web technologies to combine BERR and DIUS content into a single portal. At a cost of next to zero. Steph has […]


Social media job interview questions

I recently recruited someone to work exclusively on social media. It’s a shiny new post of a kind as yet still rare in government (I can only name three others) and a bit different from any vacancy I’ve recruited into before. So my (t)rusty set of interview questions for website managers just wasn’t going to […]


What I think of Andrew Stott, the new Director of Digital Engagement

It turns out I was right. The new Director of Digital Engagement is someone I already kinda know. I’ve met been in the same room as Andrew Stott twice. Once at the most recent government Heads of e-Communications group meeting (next week I will attend my first of these as an actual head of e-comms) […]