When IT Meets Politics:

July, 2010


July 30, 2010  5:49 PM

Is government about to be transformed?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Cabinet office, CCTA, ERG, Janet, NEN, OGC, OJEU, REIP

The Cabinet Office draft structural reform plan is curiously unambitious in some areas (for example the £6 billion savings targets set for the Efficiency and Reform Group) and  centralist in...

July 23, 2010  8:31 AM

The need to rebuild identity integrity and democratic accountability

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Identity governance

I have just read the report of the Association of Electoral Administrators on the future of electoral administration in the UK. We may be about to have a long overdue referendum on the choice between "first past the post" and...


July 9, 2010  10:23 PM

Task the British Broadband Corporation to deliver the Universal Service Commitment.

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BBC

Next week the Minister will invite "industry" to make suggestions on how it can help  Broadband Delivery UK, our newest Quango, to deliver the Universal Service Commitment. Two nights ago I was discussing the fate of past DTI/BIS...


July 5, 2010  12:16 PM

What is driving the evolution of ID policy?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
ID cards, No2ID

David Moss (No2ID) has just done an interesting posting to my entry on the Return of the Jedi. His assumption appears to be that because...


July 2, 2010  9:50 AM

The power of a good spoof: “Dear Minister, I am in the process of renewing my passport”

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
ID cards

In early 2008 I asked some-one with whom I have worked for many years, who was angry about the failure of Government to join up its data sources while pressing ahead with ID cards, to do a paper that would encapsulate his concerns.

He demurred. He had held a...


July 1, 2010  9:06 AM

The return of the Jedi: the transformational government team reassembles

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
citizen-centric, Jedi

The Cabinet Office has announced that Ian Watmore is to be Chief Operating Officer of the Efficiency and Reform Group, with Permanent Secretary status. Yesterday I was told that it was OK to talk again...


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