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September 22, 2011  2:19 PM

DoH deploys flimflam in battle for hearts and minds

mballard2 Profile: mballard2
Electronic Care Records, Government IT, NPfIT, Open Standards & Open Source, spin, standardization of Government IT, transparency and accountability

The Department of Health dramatically announced a non-story today, pausing from its negotiations with disfavoured ICT suppliers to publicly condemn - again - the computer systems they supplied under the National Programme for IT.

The department

August 26, 2011  1:16 PM

Police ICT reforms evade detection

mballard2 Profile: mballard2
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...

July 18, 2011  2:21 PM

Transparency skin deep for IDv2.0

mballard2 Profile: mballard2
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...

March 29, 2011  6:00 AM

Doom clouds gather over parliamentary IT hearing

mballard2 Profile: mballard2
CIOs, Government IT, HMRC, local government, Outsourcing, politics, project failures, SMEs, spin, transparency and accountability

A couple of the great mandarins of government IT got top billing at the Parliamentary inquiry into computing last week. They set a gloomy scene for the government's forthcoming IT strategy, which CW anticipates will be published on Wednesday.

They were upstaged by a bunch of small town...

February 16, 2011  12:26 PM

G-Cloud: introducing the neo-database state

mballard2 Profile: mballard2
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...

January 5, 2011  5:07 PM

Whitehall power brokers pick at Open Sores

mballard2 Profile: mballard2
Government IT, Sir Humphrey, spin, transparency and accountability

Sir Bonar Neville-Kingdom is about as reliable a source as a Libdem election promise or a Tory public service.

The ostensible data sharing tzar has nevertheless published a book of absurd tweets that might help distract you, if but momentarily,...

November 25, 2010  5:31 PM

DirectGov spunks £200m

mballard2 Profile: mballard2
Government IT, politics, project failures, Sir Humphrey, social inclusion, spin, £6bn Tory savings

Has DirectGov really spent £200m producing websites, Jerry Fishenden, LSE fop, former Microsoft suit, and general man about town, asked last year.

Since Fishenden had asked the question via Twitter of Sir Bonar-Neville Kingdom, the ostensible Data Sharing Czar...

February 12, 2010  11:09 AM

One reason Health minister is secretive over paid-for Google ads?

tcollins1 Profile: tcollins1
NPfIT, spin


Three years ago, the then NPfIT minister Caroline Flint condemned a PR company which had placed pay-per-click keyword adverts with Google. The PR company was working for NHS Connecting for Health on improving the image the of NHS IT scheme, NPfIT.

January 11, 2010  12:42 PM

How much do you trust Government press releases?

tcollins1 Profile: tcollins1
NPfIT, politics, project failures, Project management, spin

With the political parties launching their election campaigns, it's worth looking at some of the IT-related claims that have been made in Government press releases. Below is an example.

In 2001, a Department of Health press release said that by March 2005 every adult in the...

January 8, 2010  3:04 PM

NPfIT minister’s to do list?

tcollins1 Profile: tcollins1
NPfIT, spin

A  comment by an anonymous reader sounds authoritative. The comment is in response to the Government's announcement that more than £6bn will have been spent on the NPfIT by the end of...

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