Caught up in too many day to day issues, I’ve fallen behind with links to some of my recent articles … so here’s a quick attempt to make amends.
My May CIO column, “Let’s not go Dutch on G-Cloud“, takes a look at how the UK Coalition Government is doing 1 year on, with its strong emphasis on open public data, web services, open standards and the re-use of components. Many substantial challenges remain, including the need to disaggregate commodity requirements from bespoke, adopt horizontal efficiencies across vertical functional silos, and review public policy to simplify overly complicated legislation and processes.
And my June CIO column looks at the wider significance of the AlphaGov project – the latest iteration of the main Government portal. Not in itself an innovation (there have been many attempts since 1999 to create a better web presence for the UK Government’s services), but its approach does indicate a welcome change in cultural attitude – allowing more risk, experimentation and feedback in public.
Last week, Computer Weekly published my thoughts on the Government’s new identity assurance proposals in “Back to the future with government ID plans“. These combine the earlier UK model (from around 2000) of federated identity with more recent thinking around user control over their personal data. The proposals hold great promise – but there is plenty to get right on route, not least the issue of eliminating “hubs”, with their serious privacy and security vulnerabilities. Rebuilding the necessary trust required to make these latest proposals successful will require the underlying technical architecture to match the aspirational policy intent. More on this in the near future.