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June 29, 2011  8:30 AM

How Gov aimed to exploit personal data trade

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Data sharing, database state, dwp, Government IT, ID cards, IDv2.0, privacy

The £3bn trade in tip-offs about people caught in car accidents has exposed the seedy side of the personal data market. Seedier still are draft government plans to cash in on this bonanza when it ought to be sticking to the Tory manifesto promise to give people a right to call the shots over...

April 21, 2011  12:13 PM

Police data hub raises doubts over open source policy

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Data sharing, database state, Government IT, local government, Outsourcing, politics, Project management, standardization of Government IT

A landmark software deal that exemplifies key elements of the government's public sector reform programme may have exposed shortcomings in open source policy and plans for an IT-enabled Big Society.

The deal involves the National Police Improvement Agency (NPIA)...


March 4, 2011  8:00 AM

Open standards policy gets thumbs up and let down

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Data sharing, G-Cloud, Government IT, politics, standardization of Government IT, transparency and accountability

The government's open standards policy is being hailed by free software campaigners as an example to other European countries, but on condition the Cabinet Office can actually implement it - a condition that carries no guarantee.

The Cabinet Office...

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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 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


January 12, 2011  8:17 AM

Advisers foretold ID’s doom

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Data sharing, database state, government and PR, Government IT, ID cards, IT and security, poor communications, privacy, project failures, transparency and accountability

The Identity Card Scheme offers a lesson in the infeasibility of IT systems held to political ransom. The cost of failure was too high for the Labour government. So the Home Office pressed on Quixotically with the system, despite never overcoming its critical weaknesses.

The picture...


November 17, 2010  3:34 PM

Open data sop or not

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Data sharing, freedom of information, Government IT, local government, politics, standardization of Government IT, transparency and accountability, £6bn Tory savings

If all public information is public and anyone can do what they like with it then...

"You don't need us," concluded one local authority executive at Socitm's 2010 conference in Brighton last month.

Is the public sector really sowing the seeds of its own demise with the...


November 1, 2010  9:20 PM

Papers please!

mballard2 Profile: mballard2
Data sharing, database state, Government IT, ID cards, IT and security, politics, privacy, £6bn Tory savings

The House of Lords has been scrapping Identity Cards this last fortnight. Sort of.

It's not simply a matter of "scrap the ID scheme", as the coalition government promised. It's like one of those...


October 22, 2010  3:07 PM

ID v2.0 – the ConDem Pitch

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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...


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