With new digital developments taking place within the government and public sector every day, here are our top 5 twitter accounts to follow to stay up-to-date on all of the latest news, services and information.
The GDS twitter account, which currently has over 70 thousand followers, offers updates on the Government Digital Service, which aims to deliver Digital by Default across the government.
You can expect links to GDS blogs, important announcements within the service, updates on digital developments with the government as a whole and much more.
Created in 2011, the GDS designed, built and runs GOV.UK, which is the go-to place for government information and services.
Its current leader, @MTBracken, will be leaving at the end of this month to join the Co-operative group as chief digital officer. He will be replaced by Stephen Foreshaw-Cain.
DCLG have been improving the technology available to staff. Read all about their approach (and early results) here: https://t.co/xCGs8daPHo
— GDS (@gdsteam) September 22, 2015
The Digital Marketplace has been designed to help those transforming the public sector by making it “simpler, clearer and faster” for them to purchase what they need.
This twitter account offers key updates on G-Cloud.
The clarification period closes at 5pm (BST) today. Please send any #GCloud 7 questions via your Digital Marketplace account.
— Digital Marketplace (@GOVUKdigimkt) September 22, 2015
Programme Director at the Government Digital Service, Singleton tends to retweet important digital developments within the government and public sector.
When it was announced that Stephen Foreshaw-Cain had been appointed as the head of the GDS, he wrote in a blog post that Singleton was “one of the original authors of the Government Digital Strategy”.
He added that, as the programme director of ‘Government as a Platform’, Singleton will now lead on Digital Policy and Departmental Engagement in order to align the service “with the needs of departmental plans”.
Here’s a good example of what Singleton retweets:
Why is digital transformation so important for the Civil Service? https://t.co/jXAA4tYP0N
— Sir Jeremy Heywood (@HeadUKCivServ) September 20, 2015
GOV UK Verify
This is the account for GOV.UK Verify, which is the new way to prove who you are when using digital services.
This is a useful account for those interested in the ‘identity assurance programme’ – the part of the GDS responsible for GOV.UK Verify as well as other related products and services.
— GOV UK Verify (@GOVUKverify) September 22, 2015
Previously the GOV.UK Verify Programme Director, Stephen Foreshaw-Cain revealed in a blog post that Chris Ferguson will be “stepping up” to lead the GDS Digital group.
Ferguson is a good source for GDS news, as he regularly retweets important updates and insights. For example:
We’ve published a guide to help government departments implement Open Document Formats: https://t.co/oDT3G5kx4J
— GDS (@gdsteam) September 8, 2015
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