E-govt plan spells digital signatures

The long-awaited e-government strategy, officially released last week by State Services Minister Trevor Mallard, above, raises the prospect of every member of the public requiring a digital signature.

The long-awaited e-government strategy, officially released last week by State Services Minister Trevor Mallard, above, raises the prospect of every member of the public requiring a digital signature.

It will be needed so that they can authenticate themselves for sensitive transactions on any government system, through any computer or other information access tool. The 20-year-old bugbear of an individual number for each citizen will also be tackled under the strategy, says Mallard.

In the cause of “coordination” there is also the promise, or threat, of a more standard IT systems design and management methodology being imposed on government departments, as the SSC tried to introduce in the early 1980s. This, though, will be sensibly tempered by the strategies of individual departments, says e-government unit boss Brendan Boyle.

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