Category Archives: IT

single sign-on and data sharing

I haven’t seen my old colleague Stefan Brands for a while, but most days I’ll find myself thinking of or mentioning his work – particularly given some of the naivety and poor thinking that still seems to be doing the rounds … Continue reading

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the future shape(s) of the public sector?

The Institute for Government produced a report in 2014, the shape of the Civil Service: remaking the grade.  It looked at the breakdown of the civil service by salary grade and included this interesting visualisation: It illustrates a wide range of organisational shapes in … Continue reading

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Hype, Blockchain – and some Inconvenient Truths

For all the froth and hype about blockchain, you’d think it was going to bring about world peace, and simultaneously solve every problem known to mankind. There’s probably been more tosh written about it over the past year or so … Continue reading

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the problem with “data sharing”

The consultation closed recently on the “Better use of data in government” proposals. It has been some two years in the making and yet seems to be a superficial retread of many of the ideas repeatedly surfaced by civil servants to … Continue reading

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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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