A central government resource for IT

Parliament should have it's own internal IT sourcing department charged with minimising costs by making systems as common as possible.

Why is it that every new government initiative has its own website, and each of them is completely different?  Surely it must be costing the taxpayer money, and it looks rubbish too. 

It is not beyond the wit of man to run one IT system for all government web sites, and still have them work in the way that is requrired.   Much of it could use open source software. 

I'm not talking about major projects like health databases (don't get me started). This department could have oversight for that, but it's primary use would be to control little projects like this website.

 

(I admit I have no idea if the government has it's own It department.   But if they have, why does every government website look as if it was coded by someone different, and why do none of them work very well?)

 

Why is this idea important?

Parliament should have it's own internal IT sourcing department charged with minimising costs by making systems as common as possible.

Why is it that every new government initiative has its own website, and each of them is completely different?  Surely it must be costing the taxpayer money, and it looks rubbish too. 

It is not beyond the wit of man to run one IT system for all government web sites, and still have them work in the way that is requrired.   Much of it could use open source software. 

I'm not talking about major projects like health databases (don't get me started). This department could have oversight for that, but it's primary use would be to control little projects like this website.

 

(I admit I have no idea if the government has it's own It department.   But if they have, why does every government website look as if it was coded by someone different, and why do none of them work very well?)

 

Controls On Mass Surveillance, e.g. ANPR System

We need legislation to control and limit the use of mass surveillance databases, for example the ANPR database. 

Data held by the police (or any other government body) must be subject to the data protection act: it must be available to the suspect, it must be proved to be appropriate and accurate, and it must be subject to change if innaccurate. 

Entry on these databases must not be made without genuine grounds to suspect criminal activity.  No fishing expiditions.

Police should be subject to prosecution themselves if the data is misused to harrass the innocent.

Why is this idea important?

We need legislation to control and limit the use of mass surveillance databases, for example the ANPR database. 

Data held by the police (or any other government body) must be subject to the data protection act: it must be available to the suspect, it must be proved to be appropriate and accurate, and it must be subject to change if innaccurate. 

Entry on these databases must not be made without genuine grounds to suspect criminal activity.  No fishing expiditions.

Police should be subject to prosecution themselves if the data is misused to harrass the innocent.

Controls on mass surveillance & ANPR system

We need legislation to control and limit the use of mass surveillance databases, for example the ANPR database. 

Data held by the police (or any other government body) must be subject to the data protection act: it must be available to the suspect, it must be proved to be appropriate and accurate, and it must be subject to change if innaccurate. 

Entry on these databases must not be made without genuine grounds to suspect criminal activity.  No fishing expiditions.

Police should be subject to prosecution themselves if the data is misused to harrass the innocent.

Why is this idea important?

We need legislation to control and limit the use of mass surveillance databases, for example the ANPR database. 

Data held by the police (or any other government body) must be subject to the data protection act: it must be available to the suspect, it must be proved to be appropriate and accurate, and it must be subject to change if innaccurate. 

Entry on these databases must not be made without genuine grounds to suspect criminal activity.  No fishing expiditions.

Police should be subject to prosecution themselves if the data is misused to harrass the innocent.