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Former FutureGov editor launches public sector website GovInsider backed by Clarion Events

GovInsider A new publication has launched in Singapore covering public sector news across the region.

Called GovInsider, the website launches as a free platform targeting public officials with content on government, healthcare, education, energy and utilities.

The site is backed by UK-based global events firm Clarion, and the editor of the publication is Joshua Chambers, the former editor of FutureGov, who is joined by former FutureGov reporter Medha Basu among the editorial staff. The publisher is Richard Ireland, the MD of Clarion Events Asia.

“We believe that public officials can solve the big problems of the next decade,” writes Chambers in the ‘about us’ section of the site. “They can mitigate climate change; improve education; increase living standards; support great startups; assist an ageing population; keep citizens safe; fund vaccines; find new efficiencies and much, much more. These solutions will only come about if government officials innovate and test new approaches.”

Sections of the site include connected government, smart government and innovation. GovInsider has an event planned for the end of this month in Sydney, and two slated for next year.

Chambers left now-defunct FutureGov along with the rest of the team last year after the title’s owner, Alphabet Media, closed under the weight of debt to suppliers and former staff.

GovInsider goes up against OpenGov, a public sector tech brand launched by two former FutureGov sales executives Mohit Sagar and Ellen Quek at the start of the year.

Sagar and Quek, who acquired the digital assets of FutureGov in September, are among a number of former staff to be pursuing the founder of Alphabet Media James Smith in court over unpaid debt.

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