Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Identity assurance, GDS and HMRC – the tension mounts

Here in the UK, this month is Identity Assurance Month. This is the month that the Government Digital Service have to deliver.

It's the 8th of the month and there's no news. Will we soon be able to alter our tax codes on-line? The tension is mounting.

Are you starting to wilt?

Here's a little mental stimulation to divert you and keep you going.

Public Administration Matriculation Board


October 2013

120 minutes


Candidates should read the attached source document carefully
before attempting the following questions.


1
Ten years ago, according to the source document, many UK councils/local authorities “welcomed the benefits that online services would bring but equally they mistrusted data security, and feared the ‘big brother’ State”.

The mistrust and the fear still exist and the source document asks “how can councils and their partners allay citizens’ mistrust and fear of Big Brother that have been present for over a decade?”.

Answer the question.
10 marks

2
(a) “The only way is digital ...” – is that true?
1 mark

(b) “The vision of the European Union’s DG Connect is ‘to make every European digital’ ...” – so what?
1 mark

3
UK local authorities “have shifted from ‘doing more with less’ to the reality of ‘less with less’ and becoming ‘smarter’ ... it’s about smarter councils leading smarter places, and giving smarter citizens smarter spaces to shape smarter services with you”.

(a) Explain the connection between Lord Brown of Madingley, “more” and “less”.
2 marks

(b) Beginning with the Hayes Smartmodem, trace the history and success of the word “smart” and its cognates as a marketing device over the past 32 years.
5 marks

(c) First we learn that “individuals will drive local councils’ digital transformation”, then it’s “smarter councils” who will be “leading smarter places”. Who is in the driving seat, the council/local authority or the individual/citizen?
2 marks

4
The more adventurous councils aren’t following Whitehall’s charge towards digital by default – they’ve overtaken it!

(a) In what sense is Whitehall charging towards digital-by-default?
1 mark

(b) The source document is published by Mydex, one of the nation’s eight “identity providers”. As such, Mydex is integral to the Government Digital Service’s Identity Assurance Programme which is in turn integral to digital-by-default. And to midata. Mydex are poking fun at GDS for being overtaken by “the more adventurous councils”. There was no need to do that. Why did they?
1 mark

(c) Will “the [smarter and] more adventurous councils” come to regret their early lead? Will all the stupid timid councils have the last laugh?
1 mark

5
Mydex is providing the super secure Personal Data Store (PDS) for identity verification that will take the [Wombwell] project to the next level and unlock a myriad of services for this previously off-line, ‘cash in hand’ community”.

Is there any such thing as a “super secure personal data store”?
5 marks

6
This can ultimately manage demand out of the service” – what does this mean?
2 marks

7
“How can councils and their partners allay citizens’ mistrust and fear of Big Brother that have been present for over a decade? ... One of the most effective ways is to be more open, and to give control over personal data back to individuals using personal data stores”.

How does storing your personal data on the web, in the cloud, with a third party you've never heard of, give you control over that data?
5 marks

8
(a) “A personal data store allows for automatic personalisation” – what does this mean? Note that the quotation is taken from the start of a paragraph by the end of which people are having to do their own personalisation, it’s stopped being automatic.
2 marks

(b) “It really changes how the future can be” – what doesn’t?
2 marks

9
Five times in the source document people are “empowered” by personal data stores. Or are they? Is power actually being relocated in the apps people will depend on? These apps will process the personal data that has been “permissioned” for sharing. Given that even members of the Zuckerberg family who work for the company can’t understand Facebook’s own permissioning system, what chance do the rest of us stand of understanding Mydex’s system? These apps will not be free – how much will dependency cost personal data store owners? These apps are meant to do the jobs currently done by human beings – are public servants inviting redundancy? What is the difference between downloading an app and downloading a virus?
10 marks

10
Imagine how powerful it would be if by 2020 the 16m people currently off-line or with low on-line skills had developed the digital confidence and trust in digital public services to permission the sharing of their personal data for councils”.

That’s one possible scenario. There are many others.

Briefly describe four more possible scenarios, taking the total to five.

Allocate a probability to each one, giving your reasons.

Under what circumstances would it be logical, businesslike and responsible for either central or local government to spend public money inveigling people and businesses into storing their data with companies they have no reason to trust, on the web, in the cloud, where it will be at the mercy of hackers, GCHQ and the NSA, among others?
20 marks

19 comments:

Education said...

Your site is truly cool and this is an extraordinary moving article and If it's not too much trouble share more like that. Thank You..
Digital Marketing Course in Hyderabad

Knowledge said...

Thank a lot. You have done excellent job. I enjoyed your blog . Nice efforts
Data Science Certification in Hyderabad

Institute said...

Wow, happy to see this awesome post. I hope this think help any newbie for their awesome work and by the way thanks for share this awesomeness, i thought this was a pretty interesting read when it comes to this topic. Thank you..
Artificial Intelligence Course

Emerging Technologies said...

I need to thank you for this very good read and i have bookmarked to check out new things from your post. Thank you very much for sharing such a useful article and will definitely saved and revisit your site.
Data Science Course

Data Analytics Course said...

Excellent Blog! I would like to thank you for the efforts you have made in writing this post. Gained lots of knowledge.
Data Analytics Course

Data Science Courses said...

Awesome article. I enjoyed reading your articles. this can be really a good scan for me. wanting forward to reading new articles. maintain the nice work!
Data Science Courses in Bangalore

Business Analytics said...

I am sure it will help many people. Keep up the good work. It's very compelling and I enjoyed browsing the entire blog.
Business Analytics Course in Bangalore

AI Courses said...

What an incredible message this is. Truly one of the best posts I have ever seen in my life. Wow, keep it up.
AI Courses in Bangalore

Data Science Training in Bangalore said...

I bookmarked your website because this site contains valuable information. I am very satisfied with the quality and the presentation of the articles. Thank you so much for saving great things. I am very grateful for this site.

Data Science Training in Bangalore

Digital Marketing Training in Bangalore said...

I have voiced some of the posts on your website now, and I really like your blogging style. I added it to my list of favorite blogging sites and will be back soon ...

Digital Marketing Training in Bangalore

Artificial Intelligence Training in Bangalore said...

I found Habit to be a transparent site, a social hub that is a conglomerate of buyers and sellers willing to offer digital advice online at a decent cost.

Artificial Intelligence Training in Bangalore

Machine Learning Course in Bangalore said...

The Extraordinary blog went amazed by the content that they have developed in a very descriptive manner. This type of content surely ensures the participants explore themselves. Hope you deliver the same near the future as well. Gratitude to the blogger for the efforts.

Machine Learning Course in Bangalore

EDU said...

Thanks Your post is so cool and this is an extraordinary moving article and If it's not too much trouble share more like that.
Digital Marketing Course in Hyderabad

Data Science Training said...

You have done excellent job Thanks a lot and I enjoyed your blog. Great Post.
Data Science Certification in Hyderabad

Data Analytics Bangalore said...

I feel very grateful that I read this. It is very helpful and very informative and I really learned a lot from it.
Data Analytics Course

AI Courses Bangalore said...

What an incredible message this is. Truly one of the best posts I have ever seen in my life. Wow, keep it up.
AI Courses in Bangalore

Training said...

Great post happy to see this. I thought this was a pretty interesting read when it comes to this topic Information. Thanks..
Artificial Intelligence Course

Data Science Courses said...

I am really enjoying reading your well written articles. I am looking forward to reading new articles. Keep up the good work.
Data Science Courses in Bangalore

Business Analytics said...


I am sure it will help many people. Keep up the good work. It's very compelling and I enjoyed browsing the entire blog.
Business Analytics Course in Bangalore

Post a Comment