Public Sector IT:

October, 2010


October 28, 2010  2:19 PM

Transparency arranged in secret

mballard2 Profile: mballard2
CIOs, freedom of information, Government IT, politics, transparency and accountability, £6bn Tory savings

Fancy that. Francis Maude's open data revolution is being conducted in secret. That's fine. Everyone knows power can be handed to the people only once the battle is won on their behalf.

The stakes are too high and all that. We trust in the meantime that the revolutionary council will...

October 22, 2010  3:07 PM

ID v2.0 – the ConDem Pitch

mballard2 Profile: mballard2
Data sharing, database state, Government IT, ID cards, IT and security, local government, privacy

Want to know how the Identity Scheme will look under the ConDems?

Mydex, the company providing the technology for the government pilots* spelled...


October 22, 2010  9:28 AM

Council CRM to console Osborne’s unemployed

mballard2 Profile: mballard2
CIOs, G-Cloud, Government IT, local government, Outsourcing, politics, £6bn Tory savings

Never before has IT has played such an important role in budgetary affairs as in austerity Britain.

How else could we hope to sack a million workers, ask those few still with jobs to do thrice as much, and then watch everyone very closely for the first signs...


October 18, 2010  5:29 PM

ID cards are dead, long live ID

mballard2 Profile: mballard2
Data sharing, database state, Government IT, ID cards, local government

As the government acts to scrap the identity card scheme, it has already begun work on a replacement.

Or working with a replacement, as the case may be. Because the alternative to megalomaniacal Labour's flagship Big Brother project is not a government project at all. It is...


October 14, 2010  8:40 AM

Moronic networks bolster local CIOs

mballard2 Profile: mballard2
CIOs, freedom of information, G-Cloud, Government IT, local government, politics, social inclusion, standardization of Government IT, transparency and accountability, £6bn Tory savings

Since the Big Society is the logical consequence of the networked society, it follows also that local government CIOs are among the best placed to make it happen.

That may be like giving Dilbert the keys to the city. But the big society will only work if local computing infrastructure...


October 11, 2010  10:03 AM

How Bristol made a fudge from open source

mballard2 Profile: mballard2
CIOs, local government, Technology

Editor's note: Computer Weekly's public sector IT blog is back, with a new blogger - this is the first entry by Mark Ballard, an experienced writer with a history of great scoops on public sector IT, who will be filing his insights regularly during a time when public sector technology is...


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