European ministers have signed a declaration outlining policies to deliver 'smarter' online public services by 2015. At the fifth Ministerial eGovernment Conference in Malmö in Sweden on 19 and 20 November 2009, EU ministers agreed measures to make e-government more accessible, interactive and customised. The aims over the next …
And of course
To expand the cross border data sharing and surveillance of EU citizens and subjects in the interests of National Security (whose definition is ever shifting).
Anticipating they will use the very latest Web 2.0 tech in the misguided belief that will work.
Bets on how these improvements will ``naturally'' require everyone to have exactly one goverment issued RFIDed biometric (fingerprints, irisscans, AND DNA, obviously) ID to make sure it's you and not someone else that's looking at all those ``openly available'' government documents? And do anything else online, for that matter. All for your own safety, of course.
Open governmentment, Cannock-style
eGovernment? Facilitate mobility? Enhanced services? Accessible? Interactive? Customised? Wait a minute, this is Project STORK, the subject of John Oates's article the other day, Brussels agrees pan-European ID standard, http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/11/11/europeanwide_id_plan/
That's the Project STORK that has nothing to do with the National Identity Service, although James Hall, Chief Executive of the Identity & Passport Service, Registrar General of England and Wales, and Home Office Director General of Identity Services does happen to be in charge of measuring and promoting the interoperability of all this enhanced eMobility.
But that's just a coincidence.
And just as well, because isn't it the Government Gateway that Project STORK relies on at the UK end? And wasn't it the Government Gateway that had to be shut down when a USB stick with all the logon IDs and all the source code was lost in a pub in Cannock?
Yes, since you ask, it was, http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/09/02/uk_eu_data_menace/
As the present five-year plan, i2010, http://dematerialisedid.com/BCSL/Festival.html, draws to a close and the curtain rises on the next one, how confident, you may also ask, do individuals, civil servants and businesses all over Europe feel about having their data shared via the Government Gateway?
If they've got any sense, not very.
For was it not our very own Prime Minister and Database Administrator Gordon Brown who said:
"It is important to recognise we cannot promise that every single item of information will always be safe because mistakes are made by human beings. Mistakes are made in the transportation, if you like in the communication, of information."
Yes, it was, http://dematerialisedid.com/BCSL/Hall.html