Category Archives: IT

UK Government’s single Website since 1994

I tweeted four screenshots a couple of days ago showing the main UK Government Websites since 1994. A few folks have asked for better quality resolution, so here are the best I currently have (if you have better, happy to share … Continue reading

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King Canute, diffusion and the Investigatory Powers Bill

We can all learn something from King Canute. At least he had the humility to know, contrary to popular misconception, that he could not hold back the waves. The same humility is absent however from the Investigatory Powers Bill – which seems to imply … Continue reading

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security, privacy and the Internet of Things

I had the pleasure recently of opening a Cambridge Union Society debate on the topic of “This House Fears The Large Scale Collection Of Personal Data“. This theme is partly what inspired my CIO Column on “The Internet of Thieves“. … Continue reading

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more CIO bits and pieces

Here’s a summary and links to my last few CIO columns of 2015. Looking forward to what 2016 brings. Service design thinking December 2015. The use of technology in government is all too often relegated to simply making business as usual more … Continue reading

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CIO roundup

Here’s a summary, with links to the full pieces, of some of my recent CIO columns: Data-enabled service design October 2015 The chorus of people calling for personal “data sharing” in the public sector seems to grow by the day. … Continue reading

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online citizen accounts

The idea of an online government account where we can see everything in one place has been kicking around since the late 1990s and the “me.gov” all-in-one portal. Despite several generations of government portals over the last 21 years (GIS, … Continue reading

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A (brief) history of UK Government moves towards a platform-based architecture

The vision — 1998 onwards There’s been a long-standing vision to use technology in a way that doesn’t fossilise the old paper-based way of running the public sector — but which enables services to be redesigned and improved. Part of this vision has … Continue reading

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