Thursday, April 30, 2009

Database tyranny

"You cannot fix society with computers. People fix society, if you let them. That means freeing nurses, teachers, social workers — and their clients — from the relentless tyranny of Whitehall’s cravings for ever more information. A benevolent state must have a human face, not an unblinking screen. Technology can help, but only if it is despatched by those at the front line. It is a perverse truth that in an age where the bottom-up, decentralised, so-called 'network of ends' that is the internet has demonstrated its primacy, the state continues to deploy digital technology from the top down." —Becky Hogge

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