Category Archives: database state

The Four Horsemen of our rights Apocalypse

Sam and I have been having a conversation, and this article (posted originally on disruptiveproactivity.com) was one of the results: The worst excesses of care.data’s mandate to collect and exploit your medical records are coming back, and the scheme’s descendants … Continue reading

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medConfidential

It’s been about a year since my last post here but I have been gainfully occupied, coordinating medConfidential along with Terri Dowty and Sam Smith. If you want to keep up with the latest, please follow: @EinsteinsAttic (me) or @medConfidential … Continue reading

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Terri’s and my talk on the National Pupil Database at the Open Data Institute

Here is the PowerPoint presentation for the lunchtime lecture we gave at ODI on Scribd and here is the audio on SoundCloud – the sound is quite faint, so I did an amplified version which you can download here (27MB … Continue reading

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Response to Geoff Mulgan’s “Will open data be a damp squib?”

Geoff’s piece, Will open data be a damp squib? prompted me to comment. At length. And wander around a bit. So for what it’s worth… An alternate view: the ‘value’ of open data is a function of its impact in … Continue reading

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The ID scheme rides again… *sigh*

A copy of the comment I left on the slides to Cabinet Office / Government Digital Service’s recent ‘SPRINT 13’ conference, Workshop 2 on “Electoral Registration Transformation”: Please provide a human-readable transcript! The following is just gobbledegook, e.g. ‘5. Electoral … Continue reading

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