In the public interest. Modernisation is code for disruption.
Is IT digitisation of government or any organisation a modernisation in reality. When everything is shifted to a centralised (cloud) global control and command systems (IoT). Is this moving forward (evolution) or are we returning to feudal totalitarianism sold as the next digital revolution within the context of ecological collapse? This is the question not asked but it is the card on the table, that I would call the Joker. We can exchange this card for a better card, but it requires critical thinking and really looking through the smart marketing serving up control as freedom, freedom as access, mind control as choice and so on. In government the systems are becoming digitised by US multinational companies accessing government systems and redesigning systems with licencing agreements in contract relationships. How does this protect Australasian sovereignty and citizens from foreign influence? I find this highly concerning.
As privatisation expands, non disclosure becomes the modus operandi. As cyber warfare escalates so does access to private information whereby governments can break encrypted data and call it national security. As governments become private entities they will act like corporations and the public right to know will disappear as a mist under the rising sun of change.
The digital reality is not a ecosystem it is bits and bytes (0,1) binary choices (yes/no) of code that creates the impression of reality and use 3D modelling through special glasses to emulate reality as another world, that appears real. It is confusing the senses and training people to follow the prompts, to tick yes to terms and conditions and ignore choice. To allow breaches of personal privacy but collecting information and selling data and calling this business. The reality beyond the mask of efficiency is full spectrum dominance. It is a business reality (not democratic) that is artificial intelligence (inclusive of those creating IT) that excludes the real human social emotional needs for a fantasy world of fake control, fake choices (algorithms will define) and false stimuli not based on your demand but based on augmented/promoted demand so you buy products. It has nothing to do with freedom of choice, freedoms of liberty and has everything to do with gaining control over the community to maximise profit.
I will post Deloitte in the next blog another major player shape changing our world into a Orwellian image and calling it modernisation and prosperity. It is not the real wealth of nations in my view. It is the road to Serfdom paved with marketed good intentions but creating a infrastructure of enslavement which will be hard to extract ourselves from as we will be locked into the system with no opt out. Optus always comes to mind ‘YES’ I believe that was code for there is no ‘NO’. No means no access. No means non compliance. No means exclusion from the system. I believe in democracy and choice so it clearly will not be for me. I have been locked out and experienced 2.5 years homeless without income as I did not comply. Not because I am rebellious but because I believe in freedom of choice. I believe in the internet serving the public not a commercial venture where the companies fish for customers using shop fronts as webpages where they can spin their stories making it hard for people to check. I do note on some website you can’t find the Board of Directors (governance) and I see it is window dressing. As governments shutdown their shopfronts which were face to face access points with the public, government will become a cyber reality that feels more and more remote. For me remote viewing comes to mind as the reality of life on the net. No real human contact, no real purpose only consumption to benefit the few over the many. This is the conversation we are not having. Yet it is in the public interest.
Canberra seeks vendor fluent in digital transformation to modernise public service
The Australian Public Service Commission is looking for a vendor to train public service staff so they can lead digital transformation within their respective agencies or departments.
The Australian Public Service Commission (APSC) wants to modernise the government’s workforce, heading to market for a the provision of the design and delivery of an “intensive” digital transformation development program for Senior Executive Service (SES) staff within the public service.
The statement of requirement, published Tuesday, explains the vision of the APSC is to create a “flexible, efficient, and high-performing Australian Public Service (APS) that delivers quality outcomes for government, business, and the community”.
The APSC’s Centre for Leadership and Learning has partnered with the Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) to deliver a Building Digital Capability Program the APSC hopes will accelerate its digital transformation agenda.
The program consists of four areas, which includes a training marketplace, talent attraction, talent retention, and a revamped culture.
As a result of the Building Digital Capability Program, the APSC is expecting public service staff to be better skilled to support digital transformation in their respective agencies or departments, which will in turn transform government services.
The Approach to Market (ATM) explains the APSC is seeking to partner with leadership and executive education experts to design, develop, and deliver a “longitudinal, multi-modal, executive leadership program”, with the commission producing Learning Design Standards to guide the design and development of the learning solutions.
According to the ATM, the successful supplier must have the capability and capacity to deliver a program which includes a “variety of modes in accordance with best practice in blended learning”. These modes include immersive and intensive face-to-face delivery, digitally delivered content, social media content, workplace-based learning, webinars, virtual classrooms, self-paced instruction, collaborative forums, and discussion groups with a variety of approaches.
“It is expected that the program will be delivered using agile processes allowing for the program to evolve and improve from cohort to cohort using participant feedback and evaluation results,” the ATM states.
It is an expectation that the chosen supplier will work with the APSC to identify appropriate channels to attract, engage, and retain participants in the program, by developing, as one example, a digital solution that manages the user “journey” from program awareness, through digital delivery of content and ongoing monitoring and reporting.
The supplier will also be required to work with the Centre’s Talent Strategies and Evaluation Team on detailing evaluation and reporting techniques.
The Australian government is implementing a digital transformation agenda to transform the way it delivers services to citizens, business, and other users. The DTA — formerly the Digital Transformation Office — was created to help lead that transformation.
Although kicking off a handful of digital transformation projects earlier in the year, the government outlined its series of initiatives in its Budget 2017-18, intending to modernise and consolidate its systems, as well as train staff members in digital skills.
“A number of Commonwealth agencies are taking advantage of technology and other innovations to provide more productive and efficient ways of working such as establishing flexible working environments, including converting offices to open plan and activity-based working facilities, to enable co-location and improving remote access technology to allow staff to work from anywhere,” the government said in its Budget 2017-18 documents.
The APS upgrade project will see a AU$350 million investment over three years from the government in order to modernise processes and systems.
“This measure, which is fully funded from the additional efficiency dividend applied in the 2016-17 Budget, provides for investments to advance the collection and use of government data in the development of evidence-based policy, including people-centred policy design,” the government explained in May.
“The measure enhances service delivery through the Digital Transformation Agency’s development of whole-of-government platforms, supports the development of digital capability, and further modernises systems to enable greater collaboration across the APS.”
The one year contract with the APSC includes an extension option of either two additional periods of one year each, or additional services at the government’s discretion.
The ATM closes February 2, 2018.
More on digital transformation in government
- ATO called out for not tracking costs in digital transformation program
- NSW Department of Justice transforms back end with ServiceNow
- Government-wide SAP deal expected to save IT coin
- Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission to upgrade software stack
- Victorian Supreme Court to undergo technology overhaul
- The desire to be mobile sent Noosa Shire Council to the cloud
- Audit finds Human Services not tracking Medicare payment costs
- Electoral Commission exploring how technology can simplify voting process
- Australian Bureau of Statistics ditches Cisco for Skype
- ASIC seeks externally managed data analytics service for financial stats
- CASA has AU$9m for someone to handle its digital transformation
- DTA and Human Services give myGov a ‘timely’ makeover