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Out of control

By Dave Birch posted Jul 29 2008 at 9:37 PM

[Dave Birch] Well, I have to say, I didn't expect the reaction that I've been getting to my podcast with Sir Bonar. Only four days after I put it up, it's already on course to be the most-downloaded of our podcast series, thanks in no small measure to getting coverage from the likes of Boing Boing (one of my favourite blogs) referring to the

UK tech-czar's ridiculous, fatuous podcast interview

[From UK tech-czar's ridiculous, fatuous podcast interview -- hilarious gag interview - Boing Boing]

Thanks for all the e-mails, good and bad.

I don't want to use the interview to make any particular points -- it was, after all, just meant to be a special podcast to mark the 100th in the series -- but clearly it has made one point that was not intended, and that is that there's something fundamentally undermining public trust in the government's identity management strategy. I'd argue that its the lack of a clear vision rather the dislike of the current identity cards programme, since (generally speaking) that public are in favour of identity cards. We need a better vision.

These opinions are my own (I think) and are presented solely in my capacity as an interested member of the general public [posted with ecto]

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First, may I say that the podcast was very enjoyable indeed.

Second, I have to agree with the following to an extent, but there is a but:there's something fundamentally undermining public trust in the government's identity management strategy. I'd argue that its the lack of a clear vision rather the dislike of the current identity cards programme, since (generally speaking) that public are in favour of identity cards. We need a better vision.And the but is, I think it is interesting that, as time has gone by, people have become less enamoured of the Government's vision. I wonder if you think people become less enamoured of all visions for identity cards as they develop, or whether it is just the way our Government has handled their vision?

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