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July 3, 2020

Five key stories from the intersection of technology, business and politics

By Julian Turner

The long read: Mark Denney had spent 22 years in the banking industry when, last November, he decided to leave his job as CIO of Barclays’ corporate division and join the British tax agency, HMRC.

Although the decision to take on an interim chief digital and information officer position followed a period of careful consideration, Denney could hardly have predicted that just four months into his new role, he would be tasked with handling one of the most significant challenges in the agency’s 171-year history.

Read our exclusive profile of HMRC’s outgoing tech chief here.

Government bets £400m on bankrupt satellite company

The government has spent $500m (£400m) on a 45% stake in bankrupt satellite company OneWeb, Laurie Clarke reports.

How the global financial crisis prepared Fordway for the pandemic

Sooraj Shah speaks to Fordway chief executive Richard Blanford, who credits the last recession for his company’s resilience during the current crisis.

DWP wasted £10m on failed IT projects last year

The Department for Work and Pensions had to write off more than £10m of taxpayer money on failed IT projects in the past year, Laurie Clarke reports.

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