Citizen Fourm's given bias views in survey

In February,
participants in the forum were asked what they thought of the government
sharing data between departments in order to better deliver public services.
Seventy per cent voted in favour, Ben Page, chairman of the Ipsos MORI Social
Research Institute, told The Register. 

After the forum,
participants took home sheets asking them to consider the pros and cons of government
data sharing, as well as other policy matters.

To provoke their
thinking, the sheets gave specific examples of how data sharing was beneficial.
But they made only passing reference to the fact that some people were
“concerned” about the idea, while it made others “worry about
civil liberties”.

Supporting
information consisted of web addresses to a
BBC article
about the Citizen Forum that touched on some of the pros and cons of data
sharing, and a 2003 survey that found that, having considered them in more
detail, 60 per cent of people were concerned about the idea.

Citizens were
also referred to the government's Information
Sharing Vision Statement
, which described in detail why information sharing
was a good idea. (a very poor argument). 

What would the
Citizen's Forum have made of data sharing if they had been made more aware of
the arguments against the idea, or told why the DCA suspected government data
sharing might require the peeling back of laws designed to protect their
liberties?

Unlike the Prime
Minister, the DCA has not conducted its part of the policy review with the
public. It has refused
since September to discuss its deliberations, and did so again this week. 

The
Government still has not explained why it needs to share your personal details,
both here in the
UK and across Europe, and it is suspected to the US.

What
the public need is an online portal that shares Government services, government
information flowing to the public, not the other way around.

 

Say
NO to Datasharing, Say NO to the Database state.

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Ian Parker-Joseph, former Leader of the Libertarian Party UK, who currently heads PDPS Internet Hosting and the Personal Deed Poll Services company, has been an IT industry professional for over 20 years, providing Business Consulting, Programme and Project Management, specialising in the recovery of Projects that have failed in a process driven world. Ian’s experience is not limited to the UK, and he has successfully delivered projects in the Middle East, Africa, US, Russia, Poland, France and Germany. Working within different cultures, Ian has occupied high profile roles within multi-nationals such as Nortel and Cable & Wireless. These experiences have given Ian an excellent insight into world events, and the way that they can shape our own national future. His extensive overseas experiences have made him all too aware of how the UK interacts with its near neighbours, its place in the Commonwealth, and how our nation fits into the wider world. He is determined to rebuild many of the friendships and commercial relationships with other nations that have been sadly neglected over the years, and would like to see greater energy and food security in these countries, for the benefit of all. Ian is a vocal advocate of small government, individual freedom, low taxation and a minimum of regulation. Ian believes deeply and passionately in freedom and independence in all areas of life, and is now bringing his professional experiences to bear in the world of politics.
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