22 February 2008

Why eGov UK is Doomed

Read this and weep:

Directgov welcomes and encourages other websites to link to it as the main UK central government website. By linking to Directgov you are deemed to have signed up to the terms and conditions.

Terms and conditions? For linking to a website??? If this is how little "the main UK central government website" groks the essential nature of the organic, evolving, pullulating Net, no wonder so many government IT projects are such an utter disaster.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Did it ever occurred to you that there are several legal issues ivolved? Copyright and Legal ownership of information, Data protection etc.

glyn moody said...

None of those come into play through simple *linking*; they might if you were copying substantial amounts of text, but that's quite different.