“We want users to have modern, flexible technology services that are at least as good as those that they use at home,” said GDS in a recent report, echoing government CTO Liam Maxwell’s comments at Think Cloud For Government in March.
“These services will also be cheaper than the services currently in place,” added GDS.
However, the same report, a quarterly review of the government’s digital progress, revealed that some civil servants have no Internet access at work.
Those who do have online access often encounter filters that prevent them from using social media and free productivity tools like Google Docs and Trello.
GDS claims that it is working to stop these barriers as they create a significant problem when it comes to building a digital government.
However, an unnamed civil servant spoke to a UK IT publication and claimed that gaining unblocked access is a very difficult process and working across Departments is “almost impossible.”