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WRITTEN ON Monday, January 16th, 2012 BY William Heath AND STORED IN Design: user-oriented, Foundation of Trust, Greener government IT

It’s a big and timely question as government and businesses across Europe get ready to spend up to $100bn on smart metering projects. In the UK that means the intended rollout of 53m gas and electricity smart meters to 26m households at a projected cost of £11.7bn. That’s on the same scale as the NHS […]


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WRITTEN ON Thursday, October 14th, 2010 BY William Heath AND STORED IN Data nitwittery, Design: Co-creation, Foundation of Trust, Save Time and Money

More or less the first post on IdealGov over six years ago was on Finland’s register-based census. But now, thanks to all sorts of developments not least this week’s Mydex launch, we can see how the UK in 2012 2011 could do better than the Finns a decade earlier. The non-ideal 2012 [correction: 2011] Census […]


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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 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 Thursday, June 24th, 2010 BY ruthkennedy AND STORED IN Across the Board, Design: Co-creation, Design: user-oriented, Foundation of Trust, What do we want?

Following on from Will’s post below, I’m pleased to say that in places (albeit all rather far from the Westminster media hub) people ARE using the burning platform of the current economic situation as a reason to re-think how they go about doing what they do. There are places where a requirement for a shift […]


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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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WRITTEN ON Friday, January 8th, 2010 BY William Heath AND STORED IN Design: Co-creation, Foundation of Trust, Political engagement

The new Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority has a consultation up on MPs expenses. Do it, people! If we don’t fill it out now and feed back, we can hardly complain if we don’t like how MPs’ expenses work in future. It’s a deceptively simple looking web site which is easy to use but pretty thorough […]


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WRITTEN ON Wednesday, December 30th, 2009 BY William Heath AND STORED IN Design: Co-creation, Foundation of Trust, Save Time and Money, What do we want?

Cripes. HM’s Loyal Opposition has announced – if elected – a £1m prize for an online platform for large-scale crowdsourcing. This almost comes onto the radar of big IT suppliers. It’s massive for smart little NGOs; it would have funded about a decade of early MySociety work. I got it in an email (extract below). […]


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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, December 16th, 2009 BY William Heath AND STORED IN Design: user-oriented, Foundation of Trust, Identity, Uncategorized

At the invitation of IPS and Intellect I gave a Ctrl-Shift talk about the role of the individual in future public services. It’s material that will be familiar to the IdealGov posse, but I was apprehensive because this is a close-knit community very focussed on large contracts and not known for welcoming alternate views. We […]


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