Feeds

Net Q&A for UK home secretary

Jack offers to handle your queries

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

UK home secretary, Jack Straw, is to face the online electorate tomorrow in an Internet Q&A session courtesy of The Guardian’s news site, newsunlimited.co.uk. The site – there’s a link at the foot of this story – is inviting the UK public to email questions for the country’s second most powerful politician to answer tomorrow at 1:15GMT. “Post early to make sure you don’t miss out” – the site says. But anyone who views such events as democracy in action with the wired world helping to put Jo Public in touch with the powers that be is kidding themselves. This is little more than a publicity coup for The Guardian Online. For a kick-off, the submitted questions will be vetted and edited by newsunlimited staff and/or government spin doctors before the chosen few are answered. Even if one assumes no malice on the part of those with the job of picking the lucky few questions, the time restrictions mean that there will, inevitably, be a selection process. Worse than that, the conspiracy theorists out there may want proof that the home secretary will actually be sat at PC in the newsunlimited offices at the allotted time and that the questions won’t be picked (and answered) in advance by one of his press aides. In which case, it almost seems worthless having readers send in their questions. Perhaps the only way to flush out the truth would be if readers of The Register draft some particularly sticky questions for Jack Straw and file them with newsunlimited. If they get answered then all to the good. An obvious one might be: “Jack, is that really you?” But chances are, there’s an answer for that one at the ready. ® Want to quiz the home secretary? Go here.

Website security in corporate America

More from The Register

next story
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
JINGS! Microsoft Bing called Scots indyref RIGHT!
Redmond sporran metrics get one in the ten ring
Driving with an Apple Watch could land you with a £100 FINE
Bad news for tech-addicted fanbois behind the wheel
Murdoch to Europe: Inflict MORE PAIN on Google, please
'Platform for piracy' must be punished, or it'll kill us in FIVE YEARS
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Found inside ISIS terror chap's laptop: CELINE DION tunes
REPORT: Stash of terrorist material found in Syria Dell box
Sony says year's losses will be FOUR TIMES DEEPER than thought
Losses of more than $2 BILLION loom over troubled Japanese corp
Bono: Apple will sort out monetising music where the labels failed
Remastered so hard it would be difficult or impossible to master it again
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.