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Horizon scanning

Authored by William Barker, Martin Ferguson, Diana Rebaza


Illustration from the cover of the Public Sector Digital Trends report. There are illustrations of a line graph (heading downwards); a woman sitting looking at a laptop screen; a man standing, surrounded by a swirling line that twists around his whole body - he's looking a little puzzled; there's a fingerprint with a padlock; and then a monitor with drawings of buildings on.

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Public sector digital trends 2023 - Summary

Public sector digital trends 2023 – Summary (guide)

Socitm’s ‘Digital Trends’ analysis for the public sector. With a strong focus on local public services and councils, our research is based on contributions from the UK and around the world, working in collaboration with Socitm’s partner professional associations and related organisations.

Socitm report - Resilient people, communities and places

St George’s House consultation report

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Examines the role of situational awareness in addressing issues of cyber security and online harms. Reflects on how the use of systems thinking can challenge and help to reset our approach to digital policy making and service design.