[LINK] Effect of New Government on ICT in Canberra

Roger Clarke Roger.Clarke at xamax.com.au
Wed Sep 11 15:03:01 AEST 2013

At 8:23 +1000 11/9/13, Tom Worthington wrote:
>Last night Scott Cass-Dunbar, Director, IT Advisory, KPMG, talked on
"Bigger than big data - the real trends reshaping IT in Canberra" at the
Australian Computer Society Canberra Branch meeting.
>Scott looked at the "The Coalition's plan for the digital economy &
>e-Government" (Liberal party of Australia, 2013):
>  ...  the use of the Internet in place of physical delivery of 
>services. This is not just for access in remote areas, but also in 
>cities to replace face-to-face government services.

That's been the dream of every government since the late 1990s.

It always founders on:
-   diseconomies of scale and scope (i.e. it's superficially attractive,
     but economies of scale and scope are quickly overwhelmed by the
-   incompatibilities among agencies
-   different stages of the investment life-cycle in different agencies
-   NIH syndrome, aka inter-agency rivalry
-   fears of monolitic government breaking down the vitally important
     silos which are all that protects data privacy from the State

>The new Government will aim to reduce ICT cost and complexity with
>shared or cloud services. ...

There's ample evidence to show that:
-   agencies have highly varying profiles
-   each agency needs to undertake cost/benefit/risk assessments
     (which aren't called COBRA for nothing), on each application
-   many applications will show limited benefits
-   most will show insufficient benefits to counterbalance the
     disbenefits (such as fit to need, quality of service to staff,
     quality of service to clients), and the heightened risks

>A trial of a secure government cloud for "critical data" by 2014 will be

So is this a tacit admission that data is being transmitted in an 
insecure manner?  That would affect at least commercial-in-confidence 
and personal data, and maybe government-in-confidence data as well.

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