Digitizing Government

We have a book!  Seems to be selling well – and I think is the only policy & practitioner book of its kind at the moment…

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A (free) summary of the book can be downloaded from Computer Weekly here:

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One Response to Digitizing Government

  1. Thanks Mark,

    I dunno. This seems like the kettle calling the pot black. I’ve only read the summary of the book, although I have read reinventing organizations, primarily because the author trusts me (to pay). http://www.reinventingorganizations.com/blog/living-into-the-gift-economy

    I don’t know about calling this an example of the “gift” economy; more a matter of “sharing” the value a bit more equitably.

    But back to your book. You talk about “digitizing government” as though we weren’t meant to consider all the expenditures on this (UK) government’s communications and networks. e.g. Looking at your own network – Janet. The approach to its design is built around the concept of sharing knowledge and technologies between its peers across the UK, and the world.

    So, as an industry silo, Education “Users require a digital identity for each silo which works for that silo or sector”, although they DO federate (services) between other sectors. http://oixuk.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Discovering-the-Needs-for-UK-Identity-Assurance-V21.pdf

    The why, e.g. you can use your eduroam account when moving between silos.ac.uk, and their peers around the world.

    So getting back to the foundation of your pyramid – the credibility set up by identity and assurance, and this UK National.gov’s approach to “verifying” a citizen’s access to services. We know that citizen’s trust governments more than private companies to ensure their privacy. http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/oct/18/guardian-readers-on-privacy-we-trust-government-over-corporations

    We also know that, if we follow the edu sector approach, we need to have local institutions.gov issuing the IDA, so they can share/federate some common services – some between users inside(different) governments’ departments, some between users who fall under/roam between different jurisdictions.

    So don’t you think we should be encouraging our edu sector to do some sharing with their government sector(s)? (not just giving them advice)

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