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Written on 18 Feb 2019

New Statesman: Why the “government” in govtech must be more than just a client

Dr Tanya Filer has written a new opinion piece on GovTech for NS Tech in the New Statesman.

The piece follows on from the publication of her report Thinking About GovTech for the Bennett Institute.

She writes: “…narrowly defining government only as the client of the GovTech industry risks doing anything but starting afresh. It may instead amplify the historical problems that have accreted around big, unchecked government IT contracts globally, in which procurers signed contracts and companies were left to get on with it.”

“For GovTech to deliver accountability and efficiency gains, governments must play a more robust and multifaceted role in the emergent ecosystem: as client, yes – but also as skilled procurer, project overseer, and enabler of genuine competition.”

Read the full article on NS Tech.