Power of Information

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 Wednesday, January 27th, 2010 BY William Heath AND STORED IN Online Maps, Power of Information

My short response to the Ordnance Survey data consultation I think the phrase “making public data public” says it all. When a tautology is radical it’s an oblique way of saying we’re in the wrong place. The UK needs vibrant emerging online services built on universally applicable data sets which the taxpayer has paid for […]


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WRITTEN ON Friday, December 18th, 2009 BY William Heath AND STORED IN Across the Board, Design: Co-creation, Design: user-oriented, Foundation of Trust, Government Procurement, Ideal Goverment - project, Ideal government IT strategy, Identity, Pertinent Art, Policies, Political engagement, Power of Information, Save Time and Money, Transformational Government, We told you so...

It’s time to say what we want from government IT. Let’s do this together. Let’s say “wouldn’t it be better if” about how tech affects transparency, costs and the quality of public services and how they affect our lives. @ntouk and I have long since been fed up with what one senior Whitehall official yesterday […]


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WRITTEN ON Wednesday, November 25th, 2009 BY William Heath AND STORED IN Foundation of Trust, Government Procurement, Political engagement, Power of Information

Interesting post on transparency in government by Liam Maxwell on the Conservative local government blog: …Once you have gone through the obvious and straightforward, many of the sustainable cost savings we need to generate come through changing peoples’ behaviour: to become more cost effective, to continually recognise and eliminate even small amounts of waste. That […]


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WRITTEN ON Saturday, November 21st, 2009 BY William Heath AND STORED IN Pertinent Art, Political engagement, Power of Information

Ivo Gormley directed of the cult hit film UsNow which showed how crowdsourced and participative activity is changing life, from couchsurfing through football. It then asks the question what all this means for government. “Goverment is the most slow to change, which is paradoxical because they have the most to gain.”


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WRITTEN ON Wednesday, June 24th, 2009 BY William Heath AND STORED IN Design: Co-creation, Power of Information, Save Time and Money, What do we want?

Nice Tim Berners-Lee note about putting government data online, tweeted by the director of digitla engagement.


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WRITTEN ON Monday, February 2nd, 2009 BY William Heath AND STORED IN Power of Information

The Power of Information task force report is out. And – hurrah – it’s in beta format, so you can comment on it just like it was on Sam’s Commentonthis service. Cool! Set too! I’ve been hard at it all w/e so havent read it yet myself….


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WRITTEN ON Saturday, January 24th, 2009 BY William Heath AND STORED IN Foundation of Trust, Power of Information, What do we want?

Yeah. And this too is much closer to ideal: THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release January 21, 2009 January 21, 2009 MEMORANDUM FOR THE HEADS OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES SUBJECT: Freedom of Information Act A democracy requires accountability, and accountability requires transparency. As Justice Louis Brandeis wrote, “sunlight is […]


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WRITTEN ON Saturday, January 24th, 2009 BY William Heath AND STORED IN Design: Co-creation, Foundation of Trust, Power of Information, What do we want?

This is much more closer to ideal: For Immediate Release January 21, 2009 January 21, 2009 MEMORANDUM FOR THE HEADS OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES SUBJECT: Transparency and Open Government My Administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government. We will work together to ensure the public trust and establish a […]


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WRITTEN ON Saturday, December 6th, 2008 BY William Heath AND STORED IN Foundation of Trust, Power of Information, What do we want?

The ever-vibrant and fertile FIPR lists point out two antithetical news items today: (from the Guardian) Christine Gilbert admitted to failings in Ofsted’s oversight of Haringey council, acknowledging that officials in the local authority where Baby P died were able to “hide behind” false data last year to earn themselves a good rating from inspectors […]


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