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I’ll do it, but only if you’ll help


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I spent several years supporting a small university ID card system, which included smartchips. The technology is unstandardised, unreliable and expensive. The justification for the project keeps changing (terrorism, health tourism, immigration, crime), and none of the reasons are sufficiently convincing given the sums of money involved.

The ID card will be a large, public-sector IT project, with changing goalposts and unstandardised technology - it should be ringing alarm bells in anyone who has ever studied software engineering or worked on IT projects. Such a combination is very unlikely to deliver the required goals, or be on time, or keep within budget. On pragmatic grounds alone, I oppose the government's proposals.

I will not register for an ID card.
Rachel Coleman, 12 years ago.

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