Power of Information taskforce blog

It’s a relief that the Power of Information taskforce, announced by Tom Watson a couple of months back, has launched a blog. Although apparently running since April, it’s only had a handful of postings… and its about page still lacks some basic information, like who exactly is in it. The initial posts include many references to ‘we’, without ever naming anyone other than the taskforce’s press officer. It also feels a bit strange that we didn’t know about the blog’s existence sooner: I’m grateful to Dave for the tip-off, without which…
On the bright side, it’s running on WordPress :), and it looks like the posts are being written by chairman Richard Allan himself (although you’d only find that out by scouring the RSS code). Comments are open, but moderated: and whilst none are yet showing, I’ve added a couple of thoughts which might stir things up a bit.
I was particularly stirred by an item on Information Architectures, which opens:

Models for presenting information over the internet have often been driven by their ’shiny front ends’. The user-facing website is all important and the supporting data is somehow squeezed into this. Thinking has moved on over recent years…

Maybe I’m reading it wrongly, but that reads like criticism to me. Am I the only one who thinks (a) a ‘front end first’ approach, you might call it ‘user-centric’, is actually a very good thing; and (b) more often than not, the front end is the last element to get any serious consideration in big government projects?

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  1. Thanks for the feedback, Simon. Some answers to your understandable questions….
    I started putting info onto the blog in April but needed to make sure I understood the rules of engagement before making it live so it has only just become public.
    The Task Force membership is being finalised as I write so everyone should be listed on the blog next week.
    I wanted to have an author tag but haven’t figured this out with the template I wanted on the restricted free wordpress.com service. Will add author names into entries if there is no fix.
    Finally, we do want comments with minimal moderation so will accept contributions from all points of view. From experience fully unmoderated is a problem but we will keep the turnaround as fast as possible to get comments up there. Thanks again for yours, Richard.

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