Tories crowdsource opinion on government's IT plans

The Conservative Party is using crowdsourcing methods to get feedback on a leaked draft government IT report.

The Conservative Party is using crowdsourcing methods to get feedback on a leaked draft government IT report.

The IT strategy surfaced last week, containing the government's technology plans for the next 10 years. The report is designed to support the goals detailed in the government's Digital Britain and Operational Efficiency Programmes.

The Conservative Party has put the report on the site makeitbetter.org.uk. It says: "The government hopes this report will prove that they can make efficiency savings to deal with the spiraling debt crisis, and can finally get to grips with the systemic failures in public sector IT procurement over the past decade. As you will see, the report achieves none of these things."

The Conservatives have asked members of the public to comment on each section of the report, which is split into different parts with a commenting facility underneath.

The party said: "Rather than the traditional closed approach to policy making that this report typifies, we want to throw open the process and allow people to contribute their ideas on how policy should be designed. In the post-bureaucratic age, we believe crowdsourcing and collaborative design can help us to make better policies - and we think this approach should begin now."

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