Transformational Government

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 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 Thursday, December 10th, 2009 BY William Heath AND STORED IN Bad stuff, Data nitwittery, Identity, Official fibbing/bad stats, Pertinent Art, Political engagement, Save Time and Money, Transformational Government, We told you so...

In a speech yesterday Michael Wills (whom I dont know myself, but he’s Labour member of Parliament for Swindon North, and a Minister of State at the Ministry of Justice) called for a new, more courteous and respectful dialogue over government’s use of personal data. IdealGovernment has wanted this for years. But – as he […]


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WRITTEN ON Monday, December 7th, 2009 BY William Heath AND STORED IN Design: Co-creation, Design: user-oriented, Ideal Goverment - project, Transformational Government, What do we want?

At first glance the new Smarter Government white paper looks pretty refreshing. The stuff on freeing up data is good: ‘Public data’ are ‘government-held non-personal data that are collected or generated in the course of public service delivery’. Our public data principles state that: * Public data will be published in reusable, machine-readable form * […]


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WRITTEN ON Friday, November 27th, 2009 BY William Heath AND STORED IN Across the Board, Design: user-oriented, Foundation of Trust, Political engagement, Save Time and Money, Transformational Government, What do we want?

@NTOUK and @williamheath are heartily fed up with half-baked government IT strategies. Having to read the current proposal is the last straw. Modernising Govt promised the same in 1999. The 2009 draft Government ICT Strategy – New world, new challenges, new opportunities seems oddly detached from the pressing discussions under way about public services renewal. […]


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WRITTEN ON Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009 BY William Heath AND STORED IN Data nitwittery, Foundation of Trust, Identity, Transformational Government, What do we want?

My letter to ONS I’ve been asked (by pacifists and others concerned that the 2011 census is managed by a US defence contractor) what are the legal options for non-participation. I know it’s not a question you’ll welcome, [however] I believe I fully understand the arguments about why it’s safe and a good thing to […]


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WRITTEN ON Tuesday, September 1st, 2009 BY William Heath AND STORED IN Data nitwittery, Foundation of Trust, Identity, Transformational Government, What do we want?

This in from Scotland Public sector organisations should avoid creating large centralised databases of personal information and keep clear audit trails of how identity data is used, under new proposals published today. Leads into their consultation on privacy (see below). The draft privacy principles are worth repeating: # Proving identity or entitlement: people should only […]


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WRITTEN ON Tuesday, August 11th, 2009 BY William Heath AND STORED IN Transformational Government

John Suffolk’s blog isn’t taking comments from me for some reason (nothing personal I’m sure). So I’ll put my latest on his latest here instead: John – delighted to see you pick this up Jerry’s gauntlet with a thorough and reasoned post. You say “This seems hugely simplistic” …but there is a straightforward choice to […]


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WRITTEN ON Wednesday, August 5th, 2009 BY William Heath AND STORED IN Save Time and Money, Transformational Government, We told you so..., What do we want?

Another Jerry Fishenden post crying out for comment from HMG’s blogging CIO John Suffolk. In the killer graph, green line is public sector IT spend, blue line total inputs, and red line is productivity. Click to enlarge:


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WRITTEN ON Monday, July 27th, 2009 BY William Heath AND STORED IN Foundation of Trust, Identity, Transformational Government, What do we want?

Her Majesty’s Government’s CIO discusses on his new blog the 10-year future of the IT industry. He asks us to consider a world where: The concept of desktop disappears…payment comes from infrastructure as a service…things like ERP become a sequence of transactions…the number of data centres will be dramatically reduced… Public and private clouds will […]


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