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June 18, 2005

We Make the Papers!

Vicki Woods in the Telegraph:

You can say, "If you've got nothing to hide, you'd got nothing to fear." But there is a bunch of people who fear the National Identity Register Database mightily, and for good reason. They're bloggers. Bloggers understand what databases are, they understand information technology and if they're not tech-head geeks themselves, they know people who are. British bloggers are going crazy about the database.

One blogsite, no2id.com, is trying to get three million refuseniks to sign up to resist registering. Another, talkpolitics.com, has done a mass of work unpicking ways in which the Government can use "foreign keys" (no, I don't know what these are) to unlock your medical records. (They don't quite say they'll never do this.) Tim Worstall, who runs a BritBlog Roundup every week (which means he spends hours looking at websites), has "not yet come across one that is actually putting the case for the scheme. Would anyone want to point me to a UK blog that tries to do so?" Nobody has so far. Resist this, readers. Let freedom ring.

Just in case there are any who actually read the article and then come here for the first time, a few links for you.

The Pledgebank where you can sign up as a refusenik is here. The No2ID site is here. If you find that Gilbert and Sullivan increase the rate at which you can process information then this site is for you.

It is still true that I have not found a single UK based web site making the case for ID Cards or the national database. If you know of one please do let me know so that we can all go and make fun of them engage them in rational debate about their misconceptions.

If you would like to see some of the Britblog Roundups then have a look through this index here.

(I’m pretty sure that it isn’t talkpolitics.com which is being referred to. Maybe .co.uk? Vicki? Could you let us know? And ta for the mention, of course).

Update: Dave’s quite briliant explanation of why ID Cards are a horrendous idea and the precursor to some horrific possibilities is here, here and here. This is a truly bad idea and the more I read about it the more I think that I will take up that option on my Irish citizenship.

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It certainly is a .co.uk and not a .com, but the recognition's welcome anyway.

Posted by: Dave | Jun 18, 2005 8:07:30 AM

I also outght to note that I did come across a blogger - Monjo at http://blog.monjo.com/ who has written in defence of the proposals and does argue his case pretty well, even if I do disagree with him.

He's also markedly a conservative so may be of general interest to you and soome of your other regular readers.

Posted by: Dave | Jun 18, 2005 8:15:34 AM

Trouble is, anyone daft enough to post anything remotely stating approval has just whipped in to the server, and deleted all the bloody posts!

The No2ID site also gives a site which I have used before, which is http://www.writetothem.com/ , dead handy for the occasional moan to the elected!

Posted by: Mike Cunningham | Jun 18, 2005 12:34:45 PM

Dave, I am so sorry - it was your 26 May post on Unlocking the Register that I was impressed by; especially the unpicking of the schedule to the Act rather than the Act itself. Could do little justice in small space, but was hoping the mention of the site would increase sum of human knowledge, etc. Obviously would have helped if I'd namechecked correctly.... (hangs head).

Posted by: Vicki Woods | Jun 18, 2005 1:16:29 PM

Vicki:

It's ok - that post is already the most read article on my blog anyway, and if your readers pick up Tim's link they'll find it easy enough.

Posted by: Dave | Jun 18, 2005 1:31:52 PM

Quick update:

I've added a new article on ID cards today which covers the ground of my other pieces in, hopefully, a bit less technical and more accessible way - having noted Vicki's comment about not quite getting the bit about foreign keys.

Posted by: Dave | Jun 19, 2005 12:30:38 PM