Good news, disabled Australians! You’ll soon be getting an app that will implement a welfare compliance regime designed by the people who brought you robo-debt. But don’t worry, it’ll have blockchain. No, this isn’t good news at all. What makes it worse is that it’s clear the government wants to extend technology-driven compliance to all Australians, with an emphasis on cracking down on your mistakes, not theirs. Kathryn Campbell, Secretary of the Department of Social Services, says the long-term plan is to have one app for all Commonwealth government services. “One to rule the world,” she said last month, apparently oblivious to how evil that sounds. Senators are already worried that the disability app, intended to be used by participants in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to claim expenses against their support plan, will go the way of COVIDSafe : Millions of dollars spent on technology that doesn’t really do the job. The intention was to fix a poor web experience, and allow claims to be made from a mobile device. But instead of simply creating a better website, in 2018, the Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) joined forces with CSIRO’s Data61 and the Commonwealth Bank to trial blockchain-based smart… Read full this story
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