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Government Digital Service  - In November the Government Digital Strategy set out a shared vision for digital by default government; our digital services must be so straightforward and convenient people prefer to use them. This strategy committed government departments to 14 actions and was written by Digital Leaders representing every central government department.

It was praised at the time, I believe rightly, for both its ambition and its bias towards action. Tim O’Reilly, the open source leader who coined the terms Government as a Platform and Web 2.0 declared: “This is the new bible for anyone working in open government”.

There are many government strategies now lying gathering dust which promised much but delivered little. Often this is due to a lack of ambition, the result of unactionable statements and risk aversion. Not so here.

Today, 18 government departments have published their own digital strategies. They have set the bar high.