Category Archives: IT

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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reforming government technology and the #CIO100

This has been a busy and significant week for government’s reform of technology, and its role in improving our public services. On Tuesday, the UK government’s Chief Technology Officer, Liam Maxwell, posted a blog on Rebalancing technology across government. He … Continue reading

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IT, tax avoidance and the total cost of ownership

The recent interest in “off payroll” taxation of individuals looks like it’s about to be trumped by the much more significant issue of “offshore” company taxation. The Sunday Times ran a piece last weekend stating that: “Apple and Google are avoiding … Continue reading

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“enterprise” IT – out of touch and increasingly irrelevant?

So okay … I know it’s been asked before, but it’s not going to stop me asking it again anyway: is the traditional ‘enterprise’ IT department dead? And, if not, why not? What on earth is its purpose? My recent … Continue reading

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