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4G spectrum bidders to be confirmed as auction begins

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Seven companies have declared intention to bid in two-month process that could generate £3.5bn windfall for TreasuryBritain's mobile phone companies open their war rooms on Monday for the long-awaited 4G spectrum auction, a process that is expected to generate a £3.5bn windfall for the Treasury and could raise a further...
4G spectrum bidders to be confirmed as auction begins

Cracks appear in Osborne's plan to boost mobile phone coverage

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Major network declines to sign up for £150m project, which now looks likely to benefit fraction of rural users originally anticipatedA £150m project championed by George Osborne that promised to bring full mobile phone coverage to millions of rural inhabitants has run into difficulty, because a fraction of that number...
Cracks appear in Osborne's plan to boost mobile phone coverage

Caught snooping: U.K. government staffers

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What a surprise: the U.K. government was forced to reveal under Freedom of Information laws that more than 1,000 civil servants have "snooped" on British citizens' private data. [Read more]...
Caught snooping: U.K. government staffers
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Making an impact: when science and politics collide | Adam Smith | Talking science to power

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The 'impact agenda' is spreading from research councils to the higher education funding council, with increasing demands for strategic goals and public engagementBy the time Professor Alec Jeffreys worked out how to create a unique DNA fingerprint in 1984, he had been prising apart DNA for years to see how...
Making an impact: when science and politics collide | Adam Smith | Talking science to power

From Russia with likes: Kremlin to launch Facebook-style social network

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With the internet genie fully out of the bottle in Russia, Chinese-style attempts at top-down control are doomed. So officials have come with a planThe Kremlin is planning to create its own Facebook-style social network, where users with personal accounts will be able to upload content and discuss the issues...
From Russia with likes: Kremlin to launch Facebook-style social network

Education department 'deleted email exchanges' with Michael Gove adviser

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Emails not automatically considered official record, says spokesman after freedom of information request is grantedStaff at the Department for Education repeatedly destroyed official government correspondence, a freedom of information investigation has found.Around 130 emails to and from the account of special adviser Henry de Zoete were deleted, according to the...
Education department 'deleted email exchanges' with Michael Gove adviser

Under attack: councils must improve their digital security

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2011 was a year of security breaches, and 2012 has already seen a rise in hacking attacks. How can your council prepare?A succession of public reports characterised 2011 as the year of the security breach. The studies showed both public and private sector organisations how decisions made in the world...
Under attack: councils must improve their digital security

How Twitter has revolutionised the Whitehall game

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As Housing Minister Grant Shapps notches up 50,000 followers on Twitter, he says the social network has given him the edge over civil servants....
How Twitter has revolutionised the Whitehall game

Tweetminster launches app for UK political junkies on the go

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Tweetminster, the media platform, has launched a free app for iOS so that people who must be plugged into the latest from the world of politics can do so as they are mobile. The app, which has just been approved by Apple, tracks the links and content most shared between...
Tweetminster launches app for UK political junkies on the go

Jimmy Wales: Wikipedia chief to advise Whitehall on policy

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Exclusive: Jimmy Wales is to become an unpaid British government adviser to help civil servants develop "innovative" new technology as part of "open government"....
Jimmy Wales: Wikipedia chief to advise Whitehall on policy

India launches biometric data project to make every citizen count in official eyes

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Cloud-based database will aid access to government services and bypass corruption in civil service for 1.3 billion citizensCould a semi-Orwellian programme to collect biometric data for 1.3 billion Indians become a key tool to pull people out of poverty and integrate them into the global economy? The world's largest democracy...
India launches biometric data project to make every citizen count in official eyes

Innovation - who would dare oppose it? | Aditya Chakrabortty

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Growth-hungry Britain prizes innovation. But how do colossal TVs or self-sorting smart socks boost our standard of living?Only 83 days left till Christmas so offer a vote of thanks to the folk at Sony, for they have seen off your gift-shopping migraines. I speak, of course, of the XBR-84X900: the...
Innovation - who would dare oppose it? | Aditya Chakrabortty

Why data should be our guiding light on public policy

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With the advent of open data and new, powerful methods for analyzing it, we’re learning a lot that could challenge longstanding beliefs on public policy. Politicians, social workers and other civil servants have always had data, of course; they just never had as much and could never do with it what...
Why data should be our guiding light on public policy

UK government staff caught snooping on citizen data

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Don’t worry about hackers illegally accessing government systems. It turns out government workers and civil servants who are trusted with private citizen data are more likely to access your data illegally.The U.K. government is haemorrhaging data — private and confidential citizen data — from medical records to social security details, and even criminal...
UK government staff caught snooping on citizen data

Civil servants sacked for using social media

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Staff among 116 to be disciplined at Iain Duncan Smith's department for blogging and social networking since 2009Eleven civil servants at Iain Duncan Smith's department for work and pensions have been sacked for using Twitter or Facebook.The 11 sacked officials are among 116 DWP employees to have faced disciplinary action...
Civil servants sacked for using social media

Letters: Britain's unethical development of drones

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The article on drone warfare by Simon Jenkins (Drones are fool's gold: they prolong wars we can't win, 11 January 2013) is perceptive about their counterproductive, illegal and unethical use. We in Scientists for Global Responsibility are especially concerned about this misuse of science and technology to promote and, as Jenkins...
Letters: Britain's unethical development of drones

The Up-Goer Five - a thing you can find on a computer

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Or to put it another way, an online challenge to explain tricky concepts using only the thousand most commonly used wordsMy job is to write stories about interesting people and things. I phone people and meet them and write down what they say. I turn these words into a story...
The Up-Goer Five - a thing you can find on a computer

Wikipedia Boss Jimmy Wales Is Dipping His Toe Into Politics

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Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has taken on an unpaid job as advisor to the British government on how to make policy decisions more transparent, reports The Telegraph. [I]t is expected that Mr Wales will also advise civil servants on how the public can be better engaged through the internet...
Wikipedia Boss Jimmy Wales Is Dipping His Toe Into Politics

General strike paralyses Greece

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Greek transport workers join civil servants in a general strike over austerity measures planned in exchange for international help....
General strike paralyses Greece

Airbnb Faces Amsterdam Ban, Active Hunt For Users By Authorities

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The alternative bed-and-breakfast finding service contravenes local laws in the Netherlands. While Airbnb has already seen a number of surprising legal challenges to its room-finding service in its U.S. home, it's now facing a strict crack-down in Amsterdam. According to TheNextWeb the local authorities have already ruled that an...
Airbnb Faces Amsterdam Ban, Active Hunt For Users By Authorities

He gets it: United States Ambassador Terry Kramer on keeping the Internet pure

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It’s not often that we are afforded a clear and open chance to praise our civil servants here in the United States. Today, however, is such a day. I am pleased to introduce to you Terry Kramer, a United States Ambassador, who is our country’s chief leader on site at...
He gets it: United States Ambassador Terry Kramer on keeping the Internet pure

The Fight Against Copyright Enforcement & The Fight For Civil Liberties Are The Same

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Before the net, if you wanted to send a copy of something that was protected under the copyright monopoly, it was an absolute given that you could do so. You would send that copy in the mail without a single thought of repercussions. You could send copies of drawings, you...
The Fight Against Copyright Enforcement & The Fight For Civil Liberties Are The Same

Washington Post announces a (very leaky) paywall

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The Washington Post will charge for access to its website beginning this summer. The move, which the company announced on Monday, confirms recent rumors and ends the Post’s role as the last major newspaper holding out against paywalls. The Post’s paywall will be a leaky one, allowing readers to view...
Washington Post announces a (very leaky) paywall
UK government breached from the inside, 1,000+ workers disciplined

Microsoft to provide cloud services for city of Chicago in four year deal

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There's a cloud hanging over the second city and it belongs to Microsoft. In a release issued today, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced plans to migrate the city's 30,000 civil servants to a cloud-based solution for email and all desktop applications. Apart from the $400,000 the four-year deal is...
Microsoft to provide cloud services for city of Chicago in four year deal

The Shakespeare review: what's the future of UK open data?

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Stephan Shakespeare, CEO of YouGov, has published his independent review into open government data in the UK. What's he said, what's he missed, and what will it mean?The UK is the world leader on open government data, according to YouGov CEO and Open Data Strategy Board chair Stephan Stern, but...
The Shakespeare review: what's the future of UK open data?

Why Activism Is Necessary, But Isn't Enough To Save Net Liberty

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Politicians had been condescending for years over net liberties. They received instructions on just how evil the net and everything around it was from their civil servants, who in turn were fed the state of the world by lobbyists who were walking the state department halls like children in the...
Why Activism Is Necessary, But Isn't Enough To Save Net Liberty

Probation officers face social media gag as outsourcing row rumbles on

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Justice secretary tells staff they risk disciplinary action if they publicly 'undermine' plan to outsource their work with offendersThe justice secretary, Chris Grayling, has issued instructions that probation officers face the risk of disciplinary action if they publicly criticise on Twitter or other social media his plans to outsource 70%...
Probation officers face social media gag as outsourcing row rumbles on
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