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Happy 10th Birthday E-Government

So the concept of e-government is 10 years old this month.  An article in the Guardian points out that a blink-and-you-could-miss-it section in a paper called "Modernising Government" highlighted the beginning of citizen-centred, joined-up e-government.  10 years eh.  Doesn't time fly.

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  •  :  I'm a big fan of being able to do my 'personal admin' at 3am if I choose and I have signposted many a library customer to girect.gov and helped them to use it. Hurray! BUT, I am terribly concerned about the alterations to the Data Protection Act which are about to be sneaked through in the innocuously named Coroners and Justice Bill. So concerned, in fact, that I set aside my usual apathy and went to Cambridge to attend the Convention on Modern Liberty on Saturday. You can read the Bill online but it's a whacking great document. The gist is that rather than access to data (such as mobile phone and email logs, or local authority databases) being restricted to criminal investigations, the government will be able to file an 'information sharing request' and collect any data set for any reason. An amusing example (as I understand it) would be that the government would have ability to ask a library authority to hand over all the data from its Library Management System on all customers who had read Orwell's Nineteen Eighty Four... simply because the government had made it policy to find this information out. Boo!

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