Silicon.com: Devil’s Advocate: In Support of Open Standards

“As I wrote last week, Ian Watmore sees government as if it were
a conglomerate in the commercial sector, with himself as CIO. There
look to be serious drawbacks to this view. Moreover, the potential
advantages appear to be largely ignored.

“The Inland Revenue has moved a long way to provide modern IT
support to people who deal with it, which means almost everybody.
Last week, I received the CD produced by the revenue for employers
operating PAYE, which, again, means every organisation that employs

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