October 2008 Archives

Stop whinging and respond to the consultation on "Additional Uses of Patient Data"

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A strong response to the consultation on the "Additional Uses of Patient Data" (e.g. to help planning, research, audit etc) could change the nature of UK debate on data protection and information security . Respond as a patient. Ensure responses from all organisations with which you are involved. Get them to distribute to their employers and members to also reply as patients.

Does e-participation lead to e-democracy or e-dictatorship?

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We are barely a fortnight away from e-Democracy 08 : the best annual opportunity this side of the Atlantic for catching up on the state of e-debate, including how the use of the Internet has transformed political funding in the United States. But can electronic voting be any more  secure or secret than postal voting? And how can we ensure that e-consultations reflect the views of the communities to be consulted rather than the prejudices of those running the consultation or rigging the ballot?   

Data incontinence needs potty training not just e-nappies

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The Economist report on the Future of Information Governance puts debate on the power of information, data protection, surveillance and retention into business context but stops short. We have crossed a watershed.The electronic equivalent of nappies on every end-user system and rubber sheets under every bed of corporate servers may have been very lucrative for suppliers and consultants but is no longer sustainable     

Information promiscuity and Socially Transmitted Democracy

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During one of the plenary sessions at the "Parliament and the Interent Conference" a contributor from the floor said that "Information promiscuity" was a natural reaction to the unholy combination of the surveillance society and data incontinence (losses of personal and other data). That set me thinking.

Recycling personal data as "aid" to Africa

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The current turmoil will lead to redundant corporate workstations and laptops being sold cheap or donated for charitable purposes. Computer Aid cleanses systems to the highest standards, using routines certified by CESG. Others do not - thus providing a source of potential earnings that will more than make up for any drop in cash donations

The power of systematically inaccurate information

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We read much about the insecurity of government databases but little about the consequences of the inaccuracy of that which is secure. Few follow good practice in data validation. Those supplying data often have more interest in consistency than accuracy (lest change raise questions). Too many have a vested interest in systemic inaccuracy. 

Surviving not just the crash but the slump to come

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Whether or not they are correct, the markets are factoring in global slump, not just recession. Karl Flinders has commented on the short actions the Banks were taking before the latest crash. The time has come to go beyond my comments on surviving recession

The Dictatorship of the Blogocracy

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Congress supposedly blocked the initial US economic rescue package because e-mails to them were running 100 to 1 against bailing out the fat cats of Wall Street. Three days later the e-mails were running 100 - 1 the other way. A week later Congress voted for roughly the same package - plus a little extra pork. Who sent the e-mails? How representative were the views expressed in them? What influence did they have?

Who controls the cyberclassroom?

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In my blog yesterday on tracing the supposedly anonymous cyberdogs to their fixed or  mobile kennels I forgot to give a link to teachtoday .This helps the schools community uinderstand what is happening and find resources to help them teach the positive, responsible and safe use of the Internet. It is supported by the main internet, mobile, content and social network players (from AOL to Yahoo, including Bebo,  Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Orange. T-Mobile and Vodafone et al) working in partnership with European Schoolnet.

The end of anonymity: tracking the netdogs to their kennels

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I am just starting to catch up after a party conference season which saw some quite sophisticated discussion on the interplay of politics and IT: from the power, or otherwise, of the blogocracy to the tensions between net freedom and the need to protect the vulnerable.

Co-operation, accountability and funding in On-line Policing

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Possibly the most important point in the press release announcing the new Police Central e-crime Unit is the statement "The unit will also seek support from industry partners". The impact of the Internet was often compared to that of the railways - only more so. The policing of the railways was organised and paid for by the train companies. It still is in the UK.

 

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