I just knew this part was always put there as a joke of the National Innovation and Science Agenda, just to make sure we were all listening. You know the one: WELCOME TO THE IDEAS BOOM (OK, that bit might have been a joke, too).
Government as an exemplar
We will lead by example by making data available to the public and making it easier for startups and innovative small businesses to do business with the government.
Reading into the document, we learn:
Government has consistently lagged behind the private sector in innovation. We must back new way of ‘doing business’ and learn from mistakes.
We will lead by example by becoming more innovative in how we deliver services and make data openly available to the public and make it easier for startups and innovative small businesses to sell technology services to government.
We will place innovation and science at the centre of the Government with a new sub-committee of Cabinet and will establish Innovation and Science Australia as an independent advisory board.
So that does it – a Cabinet sub-committee and new independent advisory board.
I’m just putting it out there: Government as an exemplar is looking like an incredibly sick puppy after the Census debacle.
But more worrying, in my opinion, is the idea that the government will package up your personal information and data you are required to provide to government agencies and make it “OPENLY AVAILABLE” in order to make it easier for start-ups.
Where is Turnbull’s ethical compass on this?
You are forced to provide information to the government – think ATO, Medicare, Centrelink, ABS – and Turnbull has no reservations in reusing this information – which is given with a particular purpose in mind, not for others – and handing it over to hipsters in Surry Hills? Am I the only one who thinks we have a problem, Houston.