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September 12, 2011  2:33 PM

Police chiefs get FOI spirit

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freedom of information, transparency and accountability

Time to check down the back of the sofa for the police ICT strategy. First the Home Office said it didn't have the plans. That was after the home secretary announced them. Now police chiefs can't find them either - and after they said they had them.

Lord Wasserman, the strategy's...

August 26, 2011  1:16 PM

Police ICT reforms evade detection

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freedom of information, Government IT, politics, Procurement, spin, transparency and accountability

Home Office plans to make police more accountable will make police ICT less accountable, and at a time when it is becoming in the words of Lord Wasserman, the man behind the reforms, "the key to fighting crime".

Chief police chief Sir Hugh Orde has already made the simplest connection...


August 11, 2011  2:13 PM

Bristol Council open source: the allegations in full

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freedom of information, Government IT, local government, Open Standards & Open Source, SMEs, transparency and accountability

Bristol City Council's failure to deliver on its open source strategy is beginning to make the coalition government's manifesto commitment on open source look incontinent.

The council's own open source strategy is looking ineffectual. Bristol Council cabinet committed to an open source...


July 19, 2011  7:26 AM

G-Cloud goes AWOL

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freedom of information, G-Cloud, Government IT, Outsourcing, transparency and accountability

The coalition government is only applying its transparency programme where the release of information might be convenient.

That explains why Cabinet Office has refused to publish...


July 18, 2011  2:21 PM

Transparency skin deep for IDv2.0

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freedom of information, ID cards, IDv2.0, Sir Humphrey, spin, transparency and accountability

The thing rendered most transparent by the Cabinet Office transparency programme is the transparency programme itself: you can see right through it.

This became apparent when Prime Minister David Cameron dropped his pants over the News International phone hacking scandal. The government...


July 18, 2011  1:58 PM

Cabinet Office refuses disclosure of IDv2.0 plans

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freedom of information, ID cards, IDv2.0, Sir Humphrey, transparency and accountability

So much for the "astonishing speed" with which the Prime Minister David Cameron and his Deputy Nick Clegg said technology was "spreading information" and "decentralising power" when they launched their transparency programme in May 2010. They were going to strengthen the FOI Act. What is really...


March 8, 2011  1:31 PM

Parliament illustrates gov.IT malfunction by example

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freedom of information, G-Cloud, Government IT, project failures, standardization of Government IT, Technology, transparency and accountability

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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 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...


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...


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