CeBIT 2011 day 2: video round-up

CeBIT 2011 day 2: video round-up

Summary: ZDNet Australia had further executives come to our stand at CeBIT yesterday. They've poured out their wisdom to us on the videos collated in this round-up.

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ZDNet Australia had further executives come to our stand at CeBIT yesterday. They've poured out their wisdom to us on the videos collated in this round-up.

Federal Government CIO Ann Steward and Glenn Archer, Department of Finance and Deregulation's first assistant secretary with the policy and planning division, talked about the government's "tell us once" program, which aims to share citizen information across a number of agencies when users opt in.

Steward stressed that "tell us once" won't involve a central database.

Cudo CEO Billy Tucker talked about the competition between online and bricks-and-mortar retailers, and how the global financial crisis has made using coupons socially allowable.

Outgoing Department of Human Services' IT head John Wadeson talked about consolidating the IT of Human Services agencies and gave his successor some advice.

Anthony Wong, president of the Australian Computer Society, talked to us on day one about firms making sure they understand their business to enable the migration of information to the cloud. He also discussed the issues of having territorial laws, but a global cloud.

Topics: ZDNetLive, Government, Government AU

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  • This "tell us once" program is another appalling instance of politicians’ technological ignorance enabling just as ignorant public service heads to implement yet another incredibly wasteful project. Worse, this project will exacerbate our exposure to privacy breeches and identity fraud. Once you opt in your personal data will be duplicated in an unknown number of separate organisations’ databases. That will amplify the number of people able to access your personal data either with or without proper authority for authorised or unauthorised purposes.

    By comparison, the proposed Project ERNA architecture would hold your personal identity in one genuinely secured place, completely separate from any of your otherwise personal data. Your identity cannot be accessed in conjunction with your personal data other than under some special circumstances and then it is also inside the ERNA4AUS. ORG systems: it is never accessible on the internet for instance, even if accessed via your personal computer or smart phone.
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