Policies

WRITTEN ON Monday, January 10th, 2011 BY William Heath AND STORED IN Policies, Uncategorized, What do we want?

It’s good to see Ian Hargreaves setting out on his independent review of IP with a blog. The focus of my review is to identify any ways in which this IP system may be inhibiting innovation and economic growth, perhaps by making it harder for young internet companies to develop new products and services in […]


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WRITTEN ON Monday, December 20th, 2010 BY William Heath AND STORED IN Policies

The House of Commons Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) is to do an enquiry into the extent to which government IT as “ideal”: “The inquiry will examine the Government’s overall strategy for information technology (IT) including how it identifies business needs, the effectiveness of governance arrangements, and procurement policy and practice.” Chaired by the thoughtful […]


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WRITTEN ON Monday, September 27th, 2010 BY William Heath AND STORED IN Identity, Save Time and Money

Mydex‘ new White Paper out today has a section at the back that sets out the implications of personal data stores such as Mydex for public sector services, identifiers, personalisation and security. The text of that section is below. You can download the whole Mydex White Paper here.


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WRITTEN ON Tuesday, September 21st, 2010 BY William Heath AND STORED IN Design: Co-creation, Design: user-oriented, Foundation of Trust, Identity, Save Time and Money

Does it matter that the Coalition hasn’t published a post-ID-Scheme identity policy yet? I dont think so. It’s no more helpful to obsess about identity than to obsess about privacy. These things are important, but the overriding Coalition priority is to save money. Happily, the urge to save money will usher in the right identity […]


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WRITTEN ON Saturday, September 4th, 2010 BY William Heath AND STORED IN Identity, We told you so...

The whole business of centrally held health records, summary care records shared without informed consent, detailed care records, secondary uses by all and sundry is far from ideal. Wibbi you could just press a big ol’ button and download your health record, in machine readable format, to put in your personal data store or locally […]


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WRITTEN ON Sunday, August 8th, 2010 BY William Heath AND STORED IN Design: Co-creation, Foundation of Trust, Power of Information, Save Time and Money, We told you so...

The closure of ContactPoint and the onset of the Databankendämmerung is – let’s say it again – cause for celebration. It’s also cause for congratulation to those who campaigned long and hard, with negligeable resources, against the brick wall of prevailing wisdom to get rid of it. That’s not to say the underlying problems ContactPoint […]


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WRITTEN ON Sunday, May 30th, 2010 BY William Heath AND STORED IN Ideal Goverment - project, Identity, Pertinent Art

In 2008 I made the rash promise that when the benighted ID Scheme was cancelled I would perform a celebratory “Dance of the Intellectual Pygmies”. Well – here it is. The idea is we can all do it en masse at various celebratory events. Choreography is by Aliya Saleem, filming, editing and captions by Richard […]


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WRITTEN ON Thursday, May 20th, 2010 BY William Heath AND STORED IN Policies, Save Time and Money

As well as the good stuff on civil liberties noted below, the governing coalition’s Progamme for Government (pdf download) has this on government IT procurement: We will take steps to open up government procurement and reduce costs; and we will publish government ICT contracts online. We will create a level playing field for opensource software […]


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WRITTEN ON Monday, March 29th, 2010 BY William Heath AND STORED IN Ideal government IT strategy, Identity, Transformational Government, We told you so...

The #idealgits process now has a supportive champion in Jim Knight, DWP Minister charged with all digital aspects of Smarter Government. Jerry and I had a second meeting (we can’t really say where or with whom) at which it was Jim who led in setting out the case for personal control over personal data. There’s […]


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WRITTEN ON Thursday, March 25th, 2010 BY William Heath AND STORED IN Data nitwittery, Foundation of Trust, Identity

Ive been contacted by a school governor who doesn’t want to see their school bounced into fingerprinting the kids, and wonders what to do. They’ve prepared this draft briefing for a governor’s meeting this weekend. Looks pretty damn good to me. Is it right? Anything to add? Reasons For Not Introducing Fingerprinting To [xyz] School […]


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