As the world rushes headlong into taking all manner of devices and systems online, there are few opportunities to sit back and consider the consequences of these decisions.
Australia had one such opportunity this week as a Senate inquiry heard testimony into how everything went wrong during Census night on August 9.
As a multinational giant had its incompetence and fragility exposed — and an almost AU$10 million contract turned into AU$30 million in remediation — a discussion could have been had around outsourcing, getting value for money from taxpayer funds, consistent chipping away of the public sector, privacy implications, and whether an online Census is even a good idea at all.
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ORIGINAL SOURCE: ZDnet
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