Mega-Scale IT projects in the public sector | Brookings Institution

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This is an excellent read from think-tank, Brookings Institution. Check it out!

via Mega-Scale IT projects in the public sector | Brookings Institution.

The research looks at the US public sector but the findings are generalizable to other countries.

Do you think that the UK’s mega-scale IT public sector projects fit a similar pattern?


Opinion – China develops world’s first facial-recognition ATM – People’s Daily Online – John Gelmini

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Dr Alf brings us a very interesting article about China’s development of a facial recognition enabled ATM machine.

This will bring several benefits to both customers of the banks and to the police and the Chinese Government which are not available to us in the West.

Firstly, it makes it possible to protect the integrity of bank customers by ensuring that criminals and terrorists cannot easily steal someone’s money.

Secondly, if they do manage to steal it via the ATM, it makes them easier to apprehend.

Thirdly, the Government and security services can see patterns which are out of the ordinary and can use what they know to prevent bank runs and track terrorists.

In the West, we have fallen behind, as Dr Alf suggests and we therefore need to catch-up.

John Gelmini