I will just add my comments sent around the workplace here with this link within the context of a soon to be released IP Policy which opens up government agency information (where appropriate) by default.
The following story (NYT) on IPad apps for UK prime minister suggests a new trend where public sector will be mined for information to be delivered by private sector commerce to the decision makers within a competitive market place -- i.e., those companies which can find and deliver relevant material and services will be purchased and employed etc. 
Basically, if a quality information flow can be achieved which is greater than the public sector bureaucracy then, in theory, the decision makers who are elected representatives of the people can get in front of the public sector systems designed to control them.
On Fri, Nov 30, 2012 at 1:25 PM, Russell C <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Yes, and I was 'boo-d' off stage some time back here for suggesting the iPad app potential for interfacing with governance trends etc. (Sorry Trevor, low hanging fruit! ... ;-)p
Such is Mr. Cameron’s devotion that he ordered the creation of an iPad app that would allow him to monitor the British economy. 
I agree, an interesting story but its weakness is captured in this comment below imo.
Less a driver’s dashboard, it is more a window out of which a passenger can observe the national scenery speeding past. Government might be given the illusion of hand-held, one-stop manageability, but no actual managing is going on.
This takes the usual, limited and incorrect view that all actions must exist on and through the ICT device.
It operates within a broader human environment.
Relevant information in the hands of decision makers (or better questions being asked by them) will naturally drive action down/out through a whole host of policy channels already in place and serviced by humans and machines such as 'Yes, Minister' adjuncts and hand held telephone devices. 
When are we going to see some broader based discussion on the issues of higher variety governing lower variety rather than whether it is an Apple IPad or a Samsung smartphone in a politician's hand or Cybersyn chair? 

On Fri, Nov 30, 2012 at 12:56 PM, Stuart Umpleby <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

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From: Gabriel Ramirez Mendez <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Thu, Nov 29, 2012 at 11:29 PM
Subject: This article in The New York Times: "The No. 10 Dashboard and Cybernetics"

Friends and colleagues,

In this address you'll find an interesting article on real e-Government:

Stafford Beer's professional problem was to think fifty years ahead of his times. When I worked with him in Uruguay, in 1987, I thought he was twenty years ahead, but now I think he was 50 years ahead.

I still remember him telling me: "I want Sanguinetti to be the first president to speak to a computer"

All the best


Stuart A. Umpleby, Research Program in Social and Organizational Learning
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