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Education Secretary Gove: Tim Berners-Lee 'created the INTERNET'

Facebook, Microsoft, IBM and BT have been signed up by the Education Secretary Michael Gove - who thinks Tim Berners Lee is the "creator of the internet" - to offer industry insights into the type of computer science skills British school kids need to be equipped with for the workplace. A £20,000 scholarship was also announced …
Kelly Fiveash, 19 Oct 2012
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Are MPs smarter than 5-year-olds? We'll soon find out at coding school – Berners-Lee

The inventor of the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee, has urged British MPs to learn how to code - in what could arguably be seen as his most ambitious call to action yet. Speaking at The Guardian's Every Second Counts Forum he said coding skills would equip MPs with the ability to legislate more effectively on technology. “ …
Kat Hall, 17 Nov 2014

Michael Gove: C'mon kids, quit sexting – send love poems instead

Education Secretary Michael Gove has apparently come over all gooey and romantic by plugging a new app called Love Book that was created by one of his wife's close friends. The Tory MP is urging teenagers to stop the practice of sending naughty messages to each other – the phenomenon known as sexting – and urged them to exchange …
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Sep 2013
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UK.gov recruiting 400 crack CompSci experts to go into teaching

The UK government is planning to use a network of 400 "master teachers" of computer science to train up other teachers and deliver a new tech curriculum in English schools. The sensei will be "right at the top of their computer science game", the education secretary Michael Gove said in a speech at the Bett Learning Technology …

UK.gov data sell-off row: HMRC denies claims it'll flog YOUR private info

Comment "There is no question of HMRC selling data." That's the promise from Whitehall, which is floating the idea of "sharing" sensitive taxpayer information with private businesses. It's the latest in a series of attempts from the Tory-led coalition to turn public and not-so-public data into a moneyspinner for UK PLC. A period of …
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Apr 2014
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Give porno danger classes to Brit kids as young as FIVE - parents

Schoolteachers should warn British children as young as five about the "dangers" of finding pornography online, say families. The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) asked parents to suggest what schools should be doing to protect kids from smutty websites: nearly half (42 per cent) of 1,009 respondents believed …
Kelly Fiveash, 20 May 2013

Best Start Schools 'superhead' quits amid probe into tech contracts

The man dubbed a "superhead" in charge of five London schools has resigned months after being suspended as Hackney Council continues to probe the distribution of tech contracts. This comes after Hackney Learning Trust voiced "concerns" about the computer contracts in the schools as well as Best Start Schools federation chief …
Paul Kunert, 22 Nov 2013

Blighty's schools shake on new 3-year deal with Microsoft

The Department for Education claims a three-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Microsoft will save schools £10m on licensing over the next three years, in part by "factoring freeware" into the deal. The agreement began 1 January and runs until the end of 2015 giving schools across the UK the option to buy Microsoft …
Paul Kunert, 11 Jan 2013
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UK.gov STILL wants to tout pupil data - don't use the word 'product'

At the end of 2012, Education Secretary Michael Gove told Parliament that he wanted "to share extracts of data held in the National Pupil Database for a wider range of purposes than possible in order to maximise the value of this rich dataset". Ultimately, the government wants the private sector to tout "tools and services which …
Kelly Fiveash, 20 May 2013
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UK plant bakes its millionth Raspberry Pi

Comment A Sony-owned factory in South Wales has now punched out more than a million Raspberry Pi board computers. This is laudable, but it shouldn’t be taken as a sign that Britain is going to ride to economic recovery on the back of a new generation of young programmers. The Raspberry Pi is a fortysomething’s wet dream of early 1980s …
Tony Smith, 08 Oct 2013
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Headmaster calls cops, tries to dash pupil's uni dreams - over a BLOG

An irate headteacher reported one of his pupils to the police and tried to scupper the youngster's chances of getting into university after reading a blog post that slammed his school. Jacques Szemalikowski, headmaster of Hampstead School in North London, refused to allow 19-year-old Kinnan Zaloom to come and collect his A-level …
Jasper Hamill, 06 Sep 2013
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New UK curriculum ramps up lessons in SPAAAACE

British children will be taught more about the solar system and evolution in an overhaul of the primary school curriculum proposed yesterday by Education Secretary Michael Gove. Gove reckons his new draft lesson plan will "restore rigour" to classrooms by bumping up the amount of stuff kids have to learn: in science that will …
Anna Leach, 12 Jun 2012
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Scotland considers dishing out more iPads to schoolkids

The Scottish government has announced plans to "explore" the option of rolling out more mobile devices to education institutions in the country. Education Secretary Michael Russell revealed the plans on a visit to a primary school in Edinburgh, which is already using technology such as iPads. He said that the government will …

SIM card hacker: Bug is either 'a backdoor, gross negligence, or both'

QuotW This was the week that Karsten Nohl, the security researcher who found a way to hack into SIM cards with a single text, told El Reg that he was upset that the mobile industry seemed so unconcerned about the vulnerabilities he had reported. He told El Reg: We thought our story was one of white-hat hacking preventing criminal …
Jasper Hamill, 27 Sep 2013
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DfE probed over Gmail use for official business

Education Secretary Michael Gove was under fire this morning after it was revealed that his department used private email systems for official business that – it is claimed – included sensitive information. Officials at the Information Commissioner's Office have written to the Department for Education (DfE) asking for more …
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Sep 2011
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Cameron: A nod's not as good as a wink to a Murdoch blind bat

Prime Minister David Cameron has dismissed as "nonsense" claims that suggest a "nod and wink" arrangement had been struck between his Conservative Party and Rupert Murdoch's British newspaper business News International. The PM, speaking at the Leveson Inquiry into the relationships between politicians and media owners, added …
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Jun 2012

Psst: Heard the one about the National Pupil Database? Thought not

Analysis The Tories were big fans - in opposition - of labelling the then-Labour government a "database state" as it lumbered from one ID card disaster to another. But now that the Conservative Party is heading towards the mid-term point of its coalition with the Lib Dems, the notion of hoarding ever-more information about British …
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Nov 2012
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UK.gov: ICT in schools ain't dead, it's just resting

The UK government denied today that it was dropping IT entirely from the national curriculum while adding that tech contracts would be more bite-sized and flexible at some point soon. Back in January Education Secretary Michael Gove said he was axing the current ICT classes and getting folks together for one of those well-loved …
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Kids should be making software, not just using it - Gove

Education Secretary Michael Gove today proposed killing off Blighty's ICT curriculum in September to give it a thorough reboot. Launching a consultation into his plans, Gove suggested that from the start of the next academic year, schools should be able to teach what they want in computer classes. The Tory minister recommended …
Anna Leach, 11 Jan 2012
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Report reveals patchy ICT provision in schools

The standard of technology provision in schools varies widely, despite spending of £487m on ICT equipment and services last year, according to the findings of independent review commissioned by the education secretary Michael Gove. Sebastian James, group operations director at Dixons Retail, was commissioned to lead the review …
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Where do all the Free Schools go?

Video Education Secretary Michael Gove faces many obstacles (and many opponents) to his plan to let parents, charities and educational experts open and manage new Free Schools in their local areas. There are many hurdles for Free School advocates to overcome too - funding, for example. But even before you get to that stage, how do …
Phil Mitchell, 10 Jun 2011
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Everything Everywhere flexes 4G muscles at Ofcom, rivals

Everything Everywhere switched on another 4G trial network yesterday, proving that it has the radio spectrum and the political support to deploy the high-speed mobile broadband standard in Blighty - if only the pesky regulator would let it. The Cumbrian network was switched on by Education Secretary Michael Gove with local MP …
Bill Ray, 03 May 2012
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UK.gov's axing of school building plan 'unlawful'

The government's decision to dump England's school building programme has been overthrown in the High Court, with a judge describing education Secretary Michael Gove's plans as "unlawful". Mr Justice Holman said today that the coalition's actions to end the scheme in July 2010 were "an abuse of power", reported the BBC. The …
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Feb 2011

UK.gov: You didn't trust us with your ID, so we gave it to private biz

2012 review Earlier this year your correspondent was standing tantalisingly close to Matt Smith in the ACTUAL TARDIS - long story, not gonna Facebook it, never gonna tweet it. However, many Brits are happy to noisily ricochet chunks of their private lives across any number of websites and systems, in a year in which the British government …
Kelly Fiveash, 29 Dec 2012
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Civil servants touted ID cards to friends, family as flop loomed

Civil servants were asked to encourage their family and friends to sign up for a now-defunct ID cards amid Whitehall fears the scheme would flop, confidential documents have revealed. The documents, reported today by the Daily Telegraph following a Freedom of Information Act request, show how senior officials were urged to act …
Team Register, 31 Dec 2010
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Baying mob turns on miniskirted Brazilian uni student

A Brazilian university student has become a national cause célèbre after footage demonstrating just why it's a bad idea to wear a miniskirt to lectures surfaced online. Geisy Arruda, 20, was subjected to a torrent of abuse from a baying mob of fellow students last month at Sao Paulo's Bandeirante University, aka Uniban. So bad …
Lester Haines, 09 Nov 2009
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Molesworth and the New Latin

Stob 'In his speech [...] the Education Secretary Michael Gove appeared to accept in its entirety the argument that ICT had become little more than training in office skills and something far more rigorous was required [...] While Alex Hope's slogan "coding is the new Latin" did not appeal to some, it must have appealed to the …
Verity Stob, 27 Feb 2012
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Unlimited CRB checks may fall away

The end of nanny state checking is imminent. Or is it? Last week, Coalition Equalities Minister and Liberal Democrat MP Lynne Featherstone treated local constituents to an intriguing insight into her own and presumably Coalition thinking, on just how far the state should intrude into child-care arrangements. Writing in her …
Jane Fae Ozimek, 11 Oct 2010
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Philippines declare war on cyberlingo

The government of the Philippines has declared "all out war" on what it considers a major threat to the purity of English - the "jejemon" invasion of social networks and mobe text messaging. According to this in-depth report from Oz, the word jejemon is a fusion of 'jeje' (a variant of SMS "hehe"), and the suffix "mon", culled …
Lester Haines, 16 Jun 2010
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Gov retreats on vetting database but ain't climbing down

Government tinkering with the eligibility rules for the new Vetting and Barring Scheme may satisfy some critics – but the black hole of logic at the heart of the scheme has not been addressed. This weekend saw the long-awaited report back from Sir Roger Singleton, Chairman of the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA), tasked …
Jane Fae Ozimek, 14 Dec 2009
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Antarctica frozen out of internet revolution

North America and Europe still dominate the internet, despite Asia's economic furnaces in China and India. Research by clumsily-named geolocation outfit IPligence found the US racked up more than 55 per cent of total global IP addresses. Europe tails it with about 21 per cent, while Asia, by far the biggest and most populous …
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India rejects One Laptop Per Child

India has decided against getting involved in Nicholas Negroponte's One Laptop Per Child scheme - which aims to provide kids in developing countries with a simple $100 machine. The success of the project depends on support, and big orders, from governments. The loss of such a potentially huge, and relatively technically …
John Oates, 26 Jul 2006
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Home Office shifts feet as vetting database looms

With just one month to go before the new vetting database goes live, the public appear finally to be waking up to the threat to civil liberties implied – and they are not happy. Well, Home Office... we did warn you. It was just over a year ago that we did, in fact. Although the scale of the disaster about to hit the buffers is …
Jane Fae Ozimek, 11 Sep 2009

Teachers demand Wi-Fi health investigation

A teacher's union has written to the education secretary to demand an immediate investigation into the possible health effects of Wi-Fi networks. The Professional Association of Teachers say it is concerned that the networks are making pupils behave badly, and could be contributing to poor health of teachers. Wi-Fi is installed …
Lucy Sherriff, 23 Apr 2007
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DfES wants school kids spaced out

The British National Space Centre and the Department for Education and Skills have joined forces to bring real-life space science into the classroom. The BNSC has worked with teachers to develop lesson plans that draw on the science and technology of the Cassini-Huygens mission. The resources, which are available from the BNSC' …
Lucy Sherriff, 17 Dec 2004

One Laptop Per Child gains ground

The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) programme is just one million laptops away from beginning production, as the group confirmed that Brazil, Argentina and Thailand have each placed orders for a million machines, according to DesktopLinux.com. OLPC says it will begin production when it has orders for between five million and 10m …
Lucy Sherriff, 01 Aug 2006
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MPs condemn school fingerprinting

Shadow ministers for the Libdems and Conservatives have condemned schools that fingerprint children. Liberal Democrat shadow education secretary Sarah Teather and Conservative shadow minister for schools Nick Gibb spoke out on Teachers TV. The issue is coming to a head because parents are preparing a case against schools that …
Mark Ballard, 17 Oct 2006
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UK.gov in scrap over school e-register patent

The UK government is embroiled in legal wrangling over the validity of a patent covering an electronic registration system for schools. Far from settling the dispute, a high court ruling on 17 June prompted both sides to claim victory. The continuing dispute, and contradictory advice from the Department for Education and Skills …
Lucy Sherriff, 24 Nov 2004
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Blunkett hands in cards after prints found on visa

David Blunkett, UK Home Secretary and prime mover behind the British ID card scheme, resigned this evening after further revelations concerning the residency application of his lover's nanny. Emails seen by Sir Alan Budd's enquiry made it clear that - contrary to Home Office denials - the letter to the nanny warning of a …
John Lettice, 15 Dec 2004
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Cambridge gets its MiTs on £70m

The government is to spend £70 million over the next five years on a link-up between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MiT) and Cambridge University. The two techie powerhouses will form a joint institute aimed at encouraging UK entrepreneurs. The joint venture will also develop higher education courses and attempt to …
Kieren McCarthy, 09 Nov 1999
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Blair launches National Grid for Learning

The prime minister of this country has announced that £700 million is to be invested in hardware and software as the government honours its election pledge to create a National Grid for Learning. Due to be spent over the next three years, the cash will be used primarily to supply schools with the necessary hardware to link them …
Tim Richardson, 06 Nov 1998
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ID cards protect civil liberties – Blair

The Prime Minster has given his strongest support yet for the introductiuon of identity cards in UK. In what was billed as a make-or-break speech at the Labour Party conference in Bournemouth today, Tony Blair presented ID cards as a way of guarding against bogus asylum claims. "In a world of mass migration, with cheaper …
John Leyden, 30 Sep 2003
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MPs investigate school fingerprinting

Opposition MPs have begun investigating the use of biometric scanners in UK schools and the use of funds that might otherwise be spent buying books and learning materials to buy the systems. Foremost in written parliamentary questions tabled by Conservative and Liberal Democrat MPs was the question of fingerprint scanners being …
Mark Ballard, 20 Jan 2007
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UK parents to get online check of 8m child workers records

The UK Government today announces plans for a massive data, security and privacy own goal, in the shape of the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Bill. The Bill, which is intended to widen and centralise the vetting of people working with children (approximately 8 million individuals), will allow (indeed, compel) employers, …
John Lettice, 01 Mar 2006
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Biometric gear to be deployed in hospitals and GPs' surgeries

Biometric reading technology is to be installed in all UK hospitals and doctor's surgeries, Home Office minister Hazel Blears told Bloomberg earlier today. This will make healthcare conditional on eligibility, and potentially put the government on a collision course with doctors and healthcare workers, who are likely to resist …
John Lettice, 29 Sep 2004
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The Tory leadership election on the Net

Updated with results Today, as you probably know, is the third round of voting for the Conservative Party's leadership election. By roughly 6pm this evening, the choice should be whittled down to just two by MPs and then the Conservative party at large will get to decide who will lead them to failure in the next general election. Update At 5.32pm, …
Kieren McCarthy, 17 Jul 2001
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Winners named in £300m Laptops for Teachers gig

The British Educational Communications and Technology Agency (Becta) has named 28 new suppliers for its Laptops for Teachers scheme. This is simply the first hurdle: the dealers and system builders have sailed through value for money, build quality, battery life and financial solvency tests to join 10 incumbent suppliers. Now …
Drew Cullen, 17 Jun 2003
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Criminal record checks could hit over 14 million people

Analysis If we had suggested, ten years ago, that one day soon, the government would draw up a list of prescribed occupations: that they would build a database of millions of people who would need to register for those occupations; and that a committee of Public Safety would be set up with power of absolute veto over every individual on …
Jane Fae Ozimek, 14 Jul 2008
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Clarke's x-ray specs - police swoops, detectors for schools

Education secretary Charles Clarke today joined in the law and order bidding wars by confirming that he was considering using x-ray weapons detectors in schools, and encouraging schools to invite the police to mount surprise raids on their premises. The Register wishes to thank Clarke for his prompt confirmation of our …
John Lettice, 21 Nov 2004

My head hurts and I want $800 million

An American doctor has taken a $800 million lawsuit out against Motorola claiming its mobile phone was the cause of his brain cancer. Chris Newman was diagnosed with a malignant tumour behind his right ear in 1998. Between 1992 and 1998 he used his mobile regularly to keep in touch with patients. It should prove an interesting …
Kieren McCarthy, 03 Aug 2000