WRITTEN ON May 13th, 2005 BY William Heath AND STORED IN Foundation of Trust, Ideal Goverment - project, Identity, What do we want?
What do we want from identity systems? Wouldn’t it be better if…?
The Home Office is to reintroduce its idea of an ID system to underpin the sort of world it wants. Some are in favour. Some raise principled objections. Some are too angry to be coherent. There’s a major political row brewing. But very few people can really get their heads aroud it.
Some people, who like political rows, will say – bring it on.
This is an appeal to people who:
· don’t care for political rows
· are hardcore in their desire to live in an intelligently e-enabled world, built on a foundation of trust
· insist on good public safety measures but reject needless authoritarianism
· insist on respect for human rights and dignity
· hate to see money wasted (whether through incompetence or deliberate fraud)
· and want good, convenient and common-sense public services.
If that’s you, welcome to this on-line brainstorm about what we want from identity systems for an e-enabled world.
Here at Ideal Government ethnographers of bureaucracy come together to say what they want in e-enabled public services. This input can support the LSE’s project with an on-line debate as the Identity Project prepares its final report. We welcome your comments on the LSE interim report which you can find here.
Enterprise Privacy Group (EPG) has already conducted for the LSE a series of expert workshops involving a substantial number of private and public sector organisations. This discussion should build on their recommendations for a more focused, secure and citizen-centred ID system. What EPG and the LSE team needs at this eleventh hour is not a reopening of discussions of principle, but focussed and substantial advice on how best to improve the government’s proposals.
All welcome. Ususal rules apply. Anyone can apply for author password – just mail me. Anyone can comment. Anything offensive or actionable is taken down. We have a couple of weeks perhaps to state our case.
Contrary to what Baroness Scotland has said, there has not been an effective consultation and debate. A few cosy discussion between a partially-informed buyer and a few willing suppliers is no substitute for intelligent engagement between people who really understand the issues in which they are respectively expert.
The LSE Identity Project is an essential contribution to setting out a user requirement of what we want from e-enabled government. Identity systems will produce a big bang in the e-enabled world. Let’s make sure we get the fireworks right.
Moderator, Ideal Government