Tag Archives: Department of Defence

Drip Drips 18 December 2009

Wrung from the day’s rags:

  1. Silo but Deadly, an article about IT in the financial services sector, and it’s potential contribution to the creditopalypse. Global IT spend in the financial services sector is USD503 billion. However:  “IT systems have led to a “deskilling of the risk process”, says SteveO’Sullivan of Accenture, a consultancy. At one end of the credit chain, bank employees were not given the proper incentives to review on-screen loan-application forms (a big British bank once had a surprising number of “astronauts” applying for loans because the job description was the first choice on a pull-down menu, says a former employee). At the other end, computer-generated risk numbers gave executives a false sense of security.” Bad workmen blaming their tools?
  2. The US Department of Defence’s Information Assurance framework is comprised of and contains reference to 195 policy documents, most of which you can now view through this glorious misuse of the portable document format. Sir Humphrey would be very at home. (Via Jeff Carr)
  3. Filipo Spagnoli continues his interesting series of iconic human rights violations with the killing of Neda Agha during anti-government protests in Tehran earlier this year. The harrowing video of her death has been left on YouTube. More archival footage of her killing and the follow up on The Hub.
  4. OpenDemocracy interviews Ludmila Alexeyeva of the Moscow Helsinki Group about the origins of the human rights movement in Russia: “The Chronicle of Current Events first appeared in 1968, by which time we were already bursting with material. It was only then that we realised we’d become a movement. Until then we thought that we were just a circle of friends who were worried because people close to us had been sentenced. Everything happened smoothly and imperceptibly.” That’s sometimes how it happens.