Computer Weekly 6 December 2011: Read this week’s issue of the UK’s leading technology publication, featuring news on open data, cyber security and our social media awards

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In this week's Computer Weekly, we examine the economic benefits of plans to release more government data for wider re-use by software developers - a programme led by web creator Tim Berners-Lee. We announce the winners of our Social Media Awards; hear what the IT industry thinks of the new UK cyber security strategy; and our Buyer's Guide to outsourcing looks at the importance of good governance.

Public data could boost the economy but whose information is it anyway?

The government's release of a tranche of public data-sets, managed by the newly created Open Data Institute, has been welcomed by industry. But what does it mean for citizens and businesses?

Council invests 15m GBP in IT to cut costs

Essex County Council CIO David Wilde explains how he hopes to make annual savings from better technology.

Social Media Awards - the winners

Computer Weekly's search for the best use of social media in IT is finally over. After hundreds of nominations and thousands of votes, we now have the winners.

Cybersecurity strategy lacks detail

Industry insiders have welcomed many aspects of the government's latest UK cybersecurity strategy, but some claim it lacks detail about how it will achieve and measure the success of its goals.

Opinion: A touch of SaaS - feeling the benefits for mobility

As the mobile workforce grows, so workers are demanding faster and more reliable access to their applications on the move. Cloud computing is one solution that allows organizations to maintain this flexible, mobile workforce, writes Alan Bowling, chairman of the UK & Ireland SAP User Group.

Buyer's Guide to outsourcing: Part two - The role of governance in outsourcing

While organisations continuously develop and refine their outsourcing capabilities, many still struggle to get the business results they desire from outsourcing.

Putting skills to work for business

As businesses endure the tough economic climate relying on technology to provide efficiencies and cost savings, many are calling on academia is to turn out IT-literate graduates with a grasp of business.

The dangers of technology ubiquity

The growing presence of mobile technology and internet-connected devices will present new threats and increase the challenges for IT security managers.

This issue is sponsored by: Gartner UK Ltd, Kell Systems, APC by Schneider Electric, Dell Compellent and EMC.

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