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