Open letter regarding Australia's Open Government National Action Plan. Despite open government's best intentions to prioritise collaboration, government bodies consistently duplicate each other's effort. Collaborating as effectively as open communities is much harder than you'd think. A number of us "open technologists" have drafted a paper describing the challenges government faces, along with our vision for how to address these. It is being presented as part of Australia's updated Open Government National Action Plan. For the technical reader If you are a technologist and agree with this vision, please add your technical credibility by signing in source article's comments section or by emailing <cameron . shorter AT g m a i l . c o M> . Diverse support will help sponsors wanting to back its recommendations. Open Letter This letter is presented on behalf of the citizens, technologists and organisations signed below. When addressing the updated Open Government … [Read more...] about What Could Open Government Learn from Us Open Technology folks?
The British government plans to create a "5G city" as a testbed for the future rollout of 5G phone networks across the UK. But which city? That's up for grabs. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) wants to receive "expressions of interest" from cities that would like to be "the public sector partner" in the project. The deadline is June 5.Industry participation will involve the new UK5G Innovation Network, which was launched on March 26.Some money will be available. The DCMS says that "funding for the project will come from the £200 million assigned so far to develop 5G technologies as part of over £1bn investment in next-generation digital infrastructure." Note: that doesn't say the chosen city will actually get £200 million. That's just how much is held in that particular purse. The largest grant made so far was only £5 million.One potential drawback is that the DCMS would prefer to hear from "large cities below 500,000 population but with … [Read more...] about UK government seeks city to showcase 5G connectivity
The Community and Public Sector Union and the government’s former digital chief have warned that aggressive ICT outsourcing has led to agencies being left at the mercy of external vendors.Outsourcing has left the Australian Public Service (APS) “overly reliant on external vendors and contractors, which has created critical issues with capability and costs,” CPSU policy and research officer Osmond Chui today told a hearing of an inquiry into the digital delivery of government services.Chui said that a second key problem facing the public sector is a historical focus on cost cutting rather than opportunities for strategic ICT reform. “The APS itself is very reliant on external vendors and contractors,” he told the inquiry. As of 2017 the APS employed more than 14,000 ICT personnel, a third of which were contractors, the CPSU official said.“Since 2011-12 there has been a significant shift away from permanent APS staff towards the use of contractors. The … [Read more...] about True cost of government IT outsourcing scrutinised
By Arianna Skibell, E&E NewsMar. 10, 2018 , 7:35 AM Originally published by E&E News. A periodic survey of U.S. federal scientists by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) caused a bit of a kerfuffle at U.S. EPA last month. For the ninth time since 2005, the science advocacy group sent out a survey to more than 63,000 federal scientists across 16 agencies to gather information about what's happening inside the federal government in relation to scientific integrity. Andrew Rosenberg, director of the Center for Science and Democracy at UCS, said his staff reached out to the agencies to let them know the survey was forthcoming: a memo EPA apparently missed. "The unannounced, unauthorized, and perhaps illegal message found below this message was sent to me today," Brian Melzian, an EPA oceanographer in Rhode Island, wrote in a Feb. 12 email to EPA's Computer Security Incident Response Center (CSIRC) and others obtained by UCS. "Because the U.S. EPA employees have NOT … [Read more...] about Email survey of U.S. government scientists, tagged as spam, struggles for traction
Australia’s telcos will be able to bid for 3.6GHz in an auction run by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), with the government announcing today it would push ahead with the sell-off of 125MHz of spectrum in the band. The band includes prime spectrum for the rollout of 5G services (some of which will also rely on the higher frequency mmWave spectrum). Last year the ACMA concluded a consultation on the future of the 3.6GHz band. Auctioning off the spectrum will affect its current users, which include some satellite earth stations and point-to-multipoint users in regional areas, such as wireless Internet service providers (WISPs). The move to sell of the spectrum has drawn particular ire from WISPs. In a submission to the ACMA consultation on the issue, the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association of Australia argued that “that the proposal to clear the band to make way for them [large telcos] is precipitous and unfair and is responding to … [Read more...] about Government prepares to sell off 5G spectrum