Overview of today's IT efficiency announcements: data access and online services

After years in the wilderness, technology really has become a bit of a buzzword in government.
Today’s Putting the Frontline First report provides technical answers to the all important question of how to improve services while cutting costs.
The government wants everything to go online – all public transactions, including benefits, tax returns and changing your address. By 2014, it expects nearly all services to be available via the internet.
And next year it’s making a huge amount of public data available for free. It hopes all those enterprising techie types floating around the web will be able to make use of the data sets, trawling the information to produce things like iPhone apps and web-based services.
Sir Tim Berners-Lee was commissioned by the government to produce a single access point for all this data, and reckons this access will be good for the UK economy.

All the information can be found at the following
The Putting the Frontline First report
The transcript of Gordon Brown’s speech launching the report
Our story on the unprecedented access to data
Our story on putting all services online
Our overview story detailing how the government expects to save £3bn via these efficiencies

Also have a look at the Twitter streams of the champion for Digital Inclusion Martha Lane-Fox, Andrew Stott the Director of Digital Engagement, and the Cabinet Office

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Bit stupid of the government not to realise how poor the internet connections are in half the country... especially rural areas who are still on dial up, despite the assurances of the telcos and quangos that everyone gets broadband. They will rely on everyone using the digital tech and half of us can't. Shame they didn't check first. And a 2 meg USC won't make it any better, especially if BT is funded by government to use BET to patch up the obsolete copper. We need fibre to the home. of everyone.