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THE ntouk ARCHIVES: Jerry Fishenden's ARCHIVED technology policy blog

This site is a parked archive of the NTOUK blog site from 2004 to March 2011.
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making IT real

In my CIO column this month I look at whether the opportunity is being taken to enable IT to help manage budget cuts and improve public services, or whether it's an opportunity missed.

You can read the column in full here.

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CIO column - The new, local reformation

In my CIO column this month I look at whether the age of austerity presents the best opportunity for IT to support real improvements in our local public services.

You can read the column in full here.

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Parliamentary inquiry into the effective use of IT by Government

I mentioned earlier in December that I had been appointed as a specialist adviser to the House of Commons' Public Administration Select Committee (PASC), to assist with an upcoming inquiry into Government IT.

Well, PASC has now published full details of the inquiry, entitled "Good Governance: the effective use of IT":

"The Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) today launches an inquiry into the way in which Government develops and implements technology policy.

The inquiry will examine the Government's overall strategy for information technology (IT) including how it identifies business needs, the effectiveness of governance arrangements, and procurement policy and practice.

PASC is inviting written evidence on issues relating to this inquiry. Full details are set out in the accompanying issues and questions paper.

PASC expects to start evidence sessions on the inquiry in the new year."

The issues and questions paper is online here (PDF). Please note the deadline for submissions, which is 21st January 2011.

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forget WikiLeaks - the real issue is poor US Govt infosec

All of the noisy media and political attention surrounding WikiLeaks is missing the point. It's the poor track record of US government information security that we should be focused on. These latest leaks from US government computer systems imply a catalogue of failures across multiple levels - risk management, access control, confidentiality and cryptography, to name a few.

You can read my full blog on this issue over here on the LSE British politics and policy blog.

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CIO column - re-aligning Whitehall IT from the top

In my column in CIO this month, I take a look at the tired old canard that CIOs are not sufficiently aligned with their organisations.

The current economic climate provides a clear opportunity for Whitehall CIOs to dispell this myth once and for all. And for the public sector to obtain far better value from IT in the design and delivery of our public services.

I believe a mix of better technology policy input on Whitehall departmental boards - achieved by having CIOs promoted to those Boards in order to contribute significant public and technology policy value - combined with revised remuneration packages (that reward by outcomes rather than inputs), could be just what we need ....

You can read the column in full here.

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