Paul Murphy states that he is “not a technical person”.[From Minister for Digital Inclusion gets Strategic – Convergence Conversation]
Shouldn’t we get someone who is?
Why it is considered acceptable to have senior policy makers who have no technological background? Never mind the two cultures and all that — and Bill Thompson’s stimulating session about this at Opentech 2009 — how can the government make any progress on “Digital Britain” when the decision makers are all PPEs and lawyers? There is a real problem in the fractal world of identity, and the complexity of real identity problems and real identity solutions is far beyond the supposed common sense approach. We do not have one identity in all circumstances, we can prove things about ourselves without proving who we are, and so on. But we have to find ways to communicate this. If we don’t, we’ll end up with nonsense like this:
A new electronic sites law is being reviewed and drafted by the Jordanian Parliament which requires website administrators to provide their site’s passwords to the government’s Printing and Publication Directorate.[From Global Voices Online » Jordan: MPs Drafting a Law which requires Website Passwords]
If we don’t want to end up with systems that are
flawed, contemptuous of individual needs and entirely pointless.[From Henry Porter: The horror of the ID card system | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk]
As I keep saying, I am not harping on about this kind of thing because I am negative. On the contrary. I want a national identity management infrastructure. But I want one that recognises what technology can do, and to achieve that I want to engage with policy makers that can too.
These opinions are my own (I think) and are presented solely in my capacity as an interested member of the general public [posted with ecto]