The government's deputy CIO has been named as the UK's first director of digital engagement.
Stott, a Cambridge graduate with a degree in mathematics and law who
has been deputy CIO since September 2004, started his new job yesterday
— championing digital engagement and promoting the use of web 2.0
technologies across government. One of his first tasks was to create a
Twitter account for the role: @DirDigEng.
digital engagement job has been created to drive the government's
'Power of Information Agenda', which looks at how Whitehall can make
better use of digital technologies to engage with citizens, promote
policy debate and provide online access to information.
will therefore be responsible for implementing the Power of Information
Taskforce recommendations, including training government
communications staff in "the basics of social media and a modern web
presence", and creating an online repository "where public information
can be stored and maintained". The full list of the Taskforce's 25
final recommendations can be found here.
government believes boosting civil servants' use of internal digital
tools will improve cross-government co-ordination and collaboration and
ultimately lead to better policy development and service delivery.
role also involves chairing the government's Knowledge Council and
working with the National Archives to drive the Information Matters
strategy for knowledge and information management. The role also carries a pay
scale of between £81,000 and £160,000, according to a spokeswoman from
the Cabinet Office.
As deputy government CIO, Stott
already had director-level responsibility within the Cabinet Office for
the Power of Information work from its inception. He was also a member
of the Minister for Digital Engagement Tom Watson's Power of
Information Taskforce. The Cabinet Office spokeswoman confirmed some of
Stott's former duties will be carried over to the new role such as
responsibility for the civil service website.
the appointment was announced yesterday by 'tweet' via the Cabinet
Office's twitter feed: "Twitter exclusive: Andrew Stott will be first
Director of Digital Engagement".
Commenting on the
appointment, Watson said in a statement: "I am delighted that Andrew
Stott will be leading on these vital programmes for government. His
personal involvement in the development of the strategy and his
Whitehall experience will be complemented by the new external high
level advisory panel which will succeed the Taskforce.
we will transform the way that government engages with citizens through
the internet and free up government data, so that people can use public
services more effectively."
A spokeswoman for the Cabinet Office said the government will now be starting the selection process to find a new deputy CIO.