Public Sector IT:

February, 2011


February 25, 2011  6:00 AM

Prime Minister puts weight behind open source software push

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CIOs, Government IT, politics, standardization of Government IT, Technology

The Prime Minister's office has put its weight behind a drive to make the government's open source policy overcome the obstacles that have seen it flounder for the last two years.

Word of Prime Minister Cameron's intervention came as the Cabinet Office unveiled a raft of measures to...

February 22, 2011  12:47 PM

End IT dinosaurs’ reign of terror, MPs told

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G-Cloud, Government IT, project failures, Project management, SMEs, standardization of Government IT, transparency and accountability

Public sector IT was depicted as a scene of prehistoric horror in evidence submitted to the Public Administration Select Committee last week.


February 16, 2011  5:42 PM

Parliament wants to dump Microsoft Silverlight

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freedom of information, Government IT, standardization of Government IT, Technology

Saying you can only watch Parliamentary debates on the internet if you have a computer compatible with Microsoft is like saying you can only enter the House of Lords if you shop on Savile Row.

The Parliamentary Information Communication and Technology Office (PICT) has therefore stalled...


February 16, 2011  12:26 PM

G-Cloud: introducing the neo-database state

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CIOs, Data sharing, database state, G-Cloud, Government IT, ID cards, IT and security, IT legal developments, politics, project failures, Project management, spin, standardization of Government IT, transparency and accountability

Now the Home Office has destroyed its prototype ID database in a publicity stunt, the government is putting the finishing touches to plans that would put the real Identity Scheme databases at the heart of a powerful...


February 14, 2011  12:42 PM

DWP spent £5m on ID database it never built

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Data sharing, database state, freedom of information, Government IT, HMRC, ID cards, project failures

The Department for Work and Pensions spent over £5m on an Identity Cards database so poorly conceived that it was never built.

The department spent three futile years designing the database after the Identity and Passport Service (IPS) commissioned it 2007. It was to be one of two key...


February 2, 2011  5:18 PM

Parliament mulls Hansard for YouTube

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G-Cloud, Government IT, standardization of Government IT, £6bn Tory savings


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February 1, 2011  9:37 AM

DWP ID Plan – read the Restricted report

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Data sharing, database state, Government IT, ID cards, poor communications, project failures, Project management, transparency and accountability

Why would the DWP have supported the hair-brained Home Office plan to commandeer its computer assets for the Identity Card Scheme? Vanity, of course.

You can see what the DWP thought of the plan by reading the


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