Category Archives: IT

more work required: on ‘big govt IT’, ‘transactions’ and the future of public service design

I posted online recently some headline stats comparing the relative scale of UK banking transaction volumes with UK government transaction volumes. They sparked a healthy debate about the nature of ‘transactions’ and the complexity of processing required of a transaction … Continue reading

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high level cross-government architecture — 2003 style

I tweeted recently a couple of old IT architectural schematics from 2003. They provide an interesting (historical) perspective on how to bring existing government systems into the world of online services. Following a few requests, I thought I might as … Continue reading

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20 years of “online government” 101. Part 4: approaches to social inclusion

This is part 4 in my occasional blog summarising the past 20 years or so of UK efforts to move government online. The previous parts provided summaries on progress towards a single online presence, a high-level summary of the overall architectural thinking and a … Continue reading

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1999 … summary report on the cross-dept “intelligent forms” project

So, back in 1998, the “intelligent forms” (iForms) project was designed to enable anyone becoming self-employed to complete a single online form instead of 4 separate paper forms, and to submit and sign it using a Nat West smart card. In the … Continue reading

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20 years of “online government” 101. Part 3: approaches to identity

This is part 3 in my occasional blog summarising the past 20 years or so of UK efforts to move government online. The previous parts provided summaries on progress towards a single online presence and a similar high-level summary of the overall … Continue reading

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20 years of “online government” 101. Part 1: progress towards a single online presence (including pictures)

I’m going to bring together in a variety of posts (in no particular order and at random times) a very succinct summary of various aspects of the move towards online public services over the last couple of decades. This draws … Continue reading

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escaping government IT groundhog day

Political interest in using information technology (IT) to improve the UK’s public services shows little sign of abating — but it’s also getting a bit long in the tooth. In my December 2013 CIO column Pantomime villains and heroes I used … Continue reading

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UK Government ID Assurance Principles – consultation and feedback

… time to set out a few personal thoughts on the independent Privacy and Consumer Advisory Group (PCAG) — and our work overseeing and advising the UK government on various items relating to privacy, identity and security. PCAG (which I … Continue reading

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Updated UK Government ID Assurance Principles published

As I mentioned in ID Assurance Principles — an interim update,  the privacy-related principles that will underpin the UK Government’s identity assurance programme for digital public services have continued to be developed — and yesterday, the latest draft was published online. This … Continue reading

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ID Assurance Principles — an interim update

I’ve had many requests for updates on progress with the status of the identity assurance principles intended to underpin the new UK government identity assurance scheme. So I thought I’d post a brief interim update on how things are going … Continue reading

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