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absurdity of the microelectronic revolution – the government app

11.08.2012 · Posted in Uncategorized

I’ve just come across the news that soon Government will rely on decision making apps. According to the BBC:

The app, which had the working title of Number 10 Dashboard, was developed by the Cabinet Office’s digital team – and pulls data from hundreds of data sources including Google, Twitter and Facebook. The Cabinet Office confirmed it was “working on a data visualisation dashboard to provide ministers and civil servants with information on key public services as well as other indicators. The dashboard is in working form and is now undergoing further development”.

I wonder whether this will lead into a similar decline of basic navigation skills as did the spread of sat nav devices in cars? What is the political equivalent of driving into a river?

 

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