Public Spend Forum – Public Procurement Highlights from this Week

Public Spend Forum (PSF) is a public sector procurement global community and market intelligence platform dedicated to improving public procurement and the public sector market. It tackles universal public procurement issues and on its website you will find articles, podcasts, opinion pieces, community notices, discussion trails and news stories. Some are country-specific, others global. It will require a one-off, quick registration to view them. If you feel strongly about making a difference in public sector procurement, please join us – follow the links in the summaries below. And follow us @PSpendForum to hear what we've been up to and what we've got in store.

ProTech Innovation Labs - Enabling Public Procurement Outcomes for Citizens Through Technology

As a continuation of our commitment towards leveraging technology to improve public procurement and IT purchasing, we are excited to announce our next Procurement Technology Symposium, in conjunction with the launch of the ProTech Innovation Labs, on June 6th. Now – this does take place in Los Angeles! But if you are interested, you can join in online and listen to the subjects that matter to you – just  register here. The event will bring together government, academia, technology leaders, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders to showcase technologies and approaches that are disrupting public procurement and the technology buying process. Review the full agenda here.

Algorithms And Decision Making In Public Sector – Report

Increased access to large datasets has spurred massive growth in algorithm use to power decision making in recent years, alongside growing use of machine learning and AI. Investment into the area has burgeoned – an AI sector deal worth almost £1 billion was recently announced between the UK Government and industry. Now the UK Government’s Science and Technology Committee has released a report as the GDPR becomes effective, and in the wake of the recent controversy around Cambridge Analytica. The report acknowledges the huge opportunities that algorithms can bring to public sector decision making (including public purchasing decisions).


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UK MoD Faces £2.9bn Nuclear Funding Gap And Not Enough Skilled Personnel

Rotterdam To Further Embed Responsible Procurement

Innovation Procurement – European Commission Publishes New Guidance

Investment In AI Experts Needed For Future Vision Of MOD

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