Technologists need to be involved

In order for the Government to understand what is possible with digital technology, it needs to have disinterested practicing technologists involved in its Strategy. Not entrepreneurs, not Silicon Valley or Redmond execs, not CEs of 'professional groups' who are more politicians than practicing technologists. We need practicing technologists here in Aotearoa New Zealand, with an interest in making this a better place rather than in protecting their income streams, who can look behind the slick marketing and generous account management. Vested corporate interests are insidious, and deeply embedded in the current government digital procurement process.

I recommend that different technical communities propose technical advisors who are credible and current in their understanding of available technologies. Those technologists should be engaged on a modest retainer (to cover opportunity costs) to advise government on this Digital Strategy and beyond.

Why the contribution is important

The current Government has precious few actual technologists involved, and as such it is largely influenced by lobbiests for wealthy (mostly foreign multinational) corporations. The evidence of this is rife in the technology procurement choices made throughout goverment systems. At present, it would not be exaggerating to assert that the government of Aotearoa New Zealand is a hostage to a small number of US-based technology corporations.

by DaveLane on November 08, 2021 at 02:38PM

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