UK Liberty

The Times on mylifemyid

Posted in ID Cards by ukliberty on September 27, 2008

The Times:

Trust Britain’s youth to be characteristically ungrateful. The Government goes to all the effort of making a website for 16 to 25- year-olds to express their views on identity cards, and all they get in return is a solid mixture of scorn, sneering and scepticism smattered across their fancy new forums.

In a bid to get the country’s youngsters on board the controversial scheme, the Home Office has launched, where 16 to 25 year olds “can have their say about identity issues in the UK.”

But anyone browsing the discussions on the site would be hard pushed to find a single positive comment, with contributors branding the controversial scheme as “creepy,” “dirty” and “illegal” and the website itself as an “online propaganda machine”. …

A commenter:

I’m an Admin on mylifemyid & a Director of Virtual Surveys, who are running it.

Your article is silent on the merits of the approach. Normal research is a very closed, command and control process. This is highly inclusive & open. Surely this is a move in the right direction?

Ray Poynter, Nottingham, UK

Fair point, but it seems naive to think that the Home Office is as honest and willing as Ray.


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