The records of 800,000 people were affected by an error that meant their wishes about the use of their organs after death were wrongly recorded.

And they want to put everything about us onto computer databases do they?

3 thoughts on “Government IT”

  1. Once had a flicker of interest in voting Tory just because they said they’d stop public-sector computerisation,not,for my part, out of any concern for civil liberties but to stop waste and halt the gradual take- over by tekkies.
    I once worked in a public sector organisation (I use the term loosely) where every customer had to fill in a card before being accepted.They then transferred all this information onto computer using armies of short-contract workers ,but fortunately kept the cards.
    (For some reason all customers were assigned three different numbers for various services they might access.Naturally the customers were denied access if they had forgotten any “relevant” number.)
    Staff could access customer info by computer but there was only one per 10 workers.
    It was easier to go up to the bare dusty room where all the cards were kept in boxes on tables in alphabetical order : the info was more reliable;it was handwritten ; more to the point it had a customer signature.Loads of people could access the boxes of cards at the same moment because they’d be looking for customers by name at different points of the alphabet.
    Eventually this outfit had a full organisational/existential / audit crisis over customer numbers despite full computerisation.Jobs were lost; mostly in management so the workers’ unions took a very philosophical view.
    The future is file cards IMO. With photographs stuck on,perfect.

  2. Brian, follower of Deornoth

    “future is file cards”

    They’ll have just as many mistakes in them, though. Garbage in, garbage out.

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