Benign dataveillance?, Wine APIs, GOV.UK Notify, Facebook & elections, US Web Design System
🇬🇧 The GOV.UK Notify platform has sent its 1,000,000th letter. Notify is a cross-government platform for sending letters, emails and text messages. To print the letters, it uses an under-utilized print facility run by the UK's driving agency. Wrapping under-utilized resources in an API / service feels like a replicable pattern.
🇮🇳 When government and private platforms collide - Facebook have been accused of sending representatives to a user's home to check their Aadhaar details after 'posting political content'. Details are scarce, but it shows the potential for Facebook's role in elections to get even messier.
🇯🇲 Jamaica's Supreme Court has ruled the country's proposed National Identity System is unconstitutional. The court cited the decision of India's Supreme Court agreeing that "that technology has caused our institutions of governance to face new challenges". The full ruling is here. Interesting that courts are looking to each other.