Sunday, March 31, 2002

Saw today that John Gotze (who I think does what I do, only in Denmark) has updated his web page design. He's added some kind of frame that doesn't quite work in my browser window - the news frame overlaps some of the text. John's a useful source of what's going on in e-government - and he presents overseas about as much as I do as far as I can tell. One of these days we'll meet, when we're presenting together I suspect.

Saturday, March 30, 2002

Just realised that I can't make the archive work. I'm obviously not technical enough to sort that out...I'll figure it out somehow.
Marvellous interview with John Gage on The Register. I met John this time last year and thought he was great fun - huge intellect, able to jump from subject to subject seemingly knowing almost everything about everything.
e-envoy with money...the USA catches up and goes a bit further (well, gives more $$ anyway). Good news...now, who to put in the top place? Scott? Larry? Bill? Nah, maybe not. Maybe Mark Forman runs it. Still, the senate haven't agreed it yet. Still time for it to get lost.
Great stuff... UK police can now check a driver's insurance and licence status right at the side of the road. So, all we need now is the tax disc sorted and then there could be a full Internet relationship - one click to get your car insured, taxed and on the road with no paperwork needed. I buy my diving insurance that way - all over the web and all the forms by e-mail, why would you do anything different?
I know, I know....Nothing for a couple of weeks. Been away in the USA doing good things. Some stuff to cover over this 4 day weekend so check back Monday and see what April Fool's day brings us...

Sunday, March 10, 2002

Back to that article on Silicon...the one that quoted me as saying "tax is not the [online] killer app". And then added 'Who would have thought?'. Well, fair cop - I did indeed say that, though it's a shame that all the stuff that I put in before and after weren't part of the quote. I talked during the interview about "an inflection point" coming around the end of the year...and I've added to my thoughts on this back on my home web page.
Just love this article, from October 1996 on DaveNet. It's a theme I've had for a while..."Our job is not to foresee the future, but to enable it" (and I stole that quote from 'Riddle of the Sands' by Antoine De St-Exupery). Dave uses "Que Sera Sera" to hit the same theme (only about 5 years earlier than me). This is from the era when the Network Computer was prominent. Whatever happened to that?

Saturday, March 09, 2002

I will be in Saudi Arabia for a few days in April, at Gitex and presenting at the accompanying e-commerce conference.
Computing also picked up on the story and noted our plans to centralize UK government web sites (some of them at least). Steve put in a balanced article that showed he knew what we were trying to do - and why. And then another piece from Computer Weekly.
Some press on ukonline this week, some good, some bad. Some great quotes, some that I'd rather have seen reported the way I said them than the way I didn't. We had Marc Andreessen in town this week and took the opportunity to do some press reviews and presentations. Silicon.com were first to the punch with this and this. I guess with the latter article I don't quite follow the "life portal" bit but I was pleased that Kate saw the potential in ukonline...we'll get shouting louder.

Saturday, March 02, 2002

Big e-government conference going on in The Hague, 11-13 March 2002...E-Government Europe
e-Voting is coming ... money made available for the local council elections in May.
Quite pleased to see ukonline.gov.uk getting some recognition. This is for the "See it Right" award for building a sight that is accessible for visually impaired people. Important stuff and hard to get right.
Interesting piece on the efforts of US e-government. It's from a survey sponsored by EDS, so it has to be caveated at least a bit. But it says 51% of americans have visited government web sites (although that might include all the people who read the Ken Starr report on Clinton of course). It also says that people are worried about security and that is stopping them from using existing services. I'm not sure I buy this and wonder what the question asked. It could have been "Would you use e-government more if there was a guarantee of perfect security?" or "Do you worry about security when you use e-government services?". If it was a list of X things: Privacy, Security, Data Integrity, Usefulness etc and you had to choose that might have been better. I will see if I can get the report. But, what I see in my little world is people (and hundreds of them) quite willing to send confidential tax details to the government via e-mail, hardly an indication of security concerns.