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Hong Kong’s $242m government cloud platform goes live

Daniel Lai, chief information officer for the Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

Just eighteen months after the plan was first proposed, Hong Kong has implemented a government-wide private cloud platform, GovCloud, to support the next generation of e-government services across the public sector.

IBM sued over Prism’s impact on Chinese business

The LSPRF claims IBM knew Prism and its support of CISPA would hurt its business in China, and withheld that from investors

According to a recently published filing with a New York District Court a major shareholder of IBM is suing the company and its chief financial officer Mark Loughridge for misleading investors on the impact of US government surveillance activities on its business in China.

IEEE forms Cloud Computing Innovation Council in India

IEEE says the Cloud Computing Innovation Council will act as a platform for companies, government agencies and others to come together to accelerate cloud innovations

IEEE announced today that it has formed the Cloud Computing Innovation Council in India, which will serve as a think tank focused on developing technological innovations across the cloud-computing in India and other emerging markets.

Australian opposition pushes more aggressive alternative ICT policy

Shadow Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull introduced the Coalition policy at the York Butter Factory in Melbourne this morning

The Australian opposition Coalition today released a new eGovernment and digital economy policy that would see the government move a greater number of internal ICT services to the cloud, offer more cloud services via “heavy user” agencies, and deploy more citizen-facing services online.

UK government launches next procurement round for G-Cloud

GCloud 4 timetable

Government Digital Services (GDS) announced Tuesday that the fourth iteration of the G-Cloud framework, G-Cloud 4, is officially open, meaning suppliers of cloud services can now submit tenders to be included in the government’s cloud initiative.

NASA’s cloud strategy falls short on security, governance

NASA is a pioneer in the cloud space but has recently come under fire for its IT governance and risk management practices

NASA needs to improve the way it handles security and governance as it moves to embrace cloud-based solutions, the US Office of the Inspector General said in a report released Monday afternoon.

US federal cloud spend to remain flat until 2015, IDC predicts

IDC claims the public sector cloud market will grow from $1.7bn in 2014 to $7.7bn in 2014

The proportion of US federal government spending on IT devoted to cloud-based services will reach $1.7bn in 2014, largely remaining flat over the next two years before picking back up in 2015 according to a report released by IDC on Monday.

AUS Attorney-General to give final sign off on private data stored in cloud

The Protective Security Framework builds on the National Cloud Computing Strategy announced in May this year

Just over a month after the release of its cloud computing policy, the Australian government announced a new set of risk assessment guidelines for all public sector organisations looking to store data in the cloud.

UK Government IT procurement investigation may help end supplier oligopoly

The OFT is seeking input from IT services suppliers to shed further light on barriers to market entry

A recently launched UK government investigation into the way public sector organisations procure IT systems and services may help end a long-running oligopoly in government IT procurement, according to Peter Groucutt, managing director of online backup firm Databarracks.

HMRC reduces IT failure rates by 90 per cent with G-Cloud, PSN

The department significantly reduced IT failure rates and energy use by shifting to cloud

HMRC has been able to dramatically reduce failure rates and lost productivity by centralising storage solutions and linking it to the department through the Public Services Network (PSN), the government’s “network of networks,” according to Andrew Bull, the department’s director of delivery and operations in information management services.