August 2008 Archives

A long-overdue consultation on the great on-line rip-off

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The importance of the Ofcom review on Quality of Service information cannot be under-estimated. 35 years ago, when I had responsibility for the NCC Microsystems Centre - running the flagship awareness prgramme of the day. We tried to intoduce the idea of assessing ease of usability, reliability and quality of service from a user perspective. We failed. So has every attempt since. Hopefully this exercise will be more successful.

Another day, another data loss: Which culture must we change?

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The recent loss of offender data shows how the cultural malaise regarding other people's data pervades the ICT profession, not just government bureaucracies. But the need is to protect people not their data. So which culture is it that we need to change?   

Big Brother Database or Sensible Precaution

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The consultation on the updating of the legislation to require "communications data" to be retained in order to aid possible investigations came shortly after the announcement of proposals to centralise the storage of such data. The result has been a predictable wave of paranoia. Still missing are the risk assessments that would inform rational debate.    

Would you trust identity papers/card from this system?

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I have received a guest blog from "disgusted of Tunbridge Wells" on what happened when he recently tried to renew his passport. I have seen a similar complaints from, for example, a former midwife and child care professional wishing to help organise childrens' activities in local villages near where she has lived and worked for forty year - she has lost count of the number of crminal records bureau checks she has been asked to submit to.

Will xxx.cym be more trusted than xxx.com?

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Tom Brooks, who I have known for more years than either of us cares to remember, has contributed the following guest blog.

 

"Mr Ieuan Wyn Jones, Wales' Minister for the Economics & Transport, announced on Wednesday morning that the Welsh Assembly Government's would be seeking an internet top level domain for the Welsh linguistic and cultural community in the new round of internet expansion. "Proper Internet status for our nation will open up new marketing opportunities and help promote the Wales brand", said the Minister.

DCMS consults on another EU attempt to outlaw the future

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The consultation on the UK implementation of the Audio Visual Media Services Directive has just begun. This aims to outlaw the product placement routines that are becoming integral to be central to funding of new content, "except when these are permitted": the opposite of the tradtional anglo-saxon attitude to legislation.    

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