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UK.gov cloud is 'biggest breakthrough' - UK.gov cloud CIO

CCWF2012 The UK public sector's IT bazaar Cloudstore sold about £500,000 of services between February and April this year, government CIO Andy Nelson said. Speaking at the Cloud Computing World Forum, Nelson said the launch of the G-Cloud and Cloudstore, from which government departments can purchase technology, was the “biggest single …
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'Facebook ads are very boring and not very imaginative'

Quotw This was the week when investor interest hit ever higher feverish pitches as (not sure if you heard about this or not) Facebook prepares to go public. The temperature rise was enough for the issue to get oversubscribed, giving the social network the room to raise its valuation even more: to a mind-boggling, eye-watering, pants …
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Civil servants cough up more lost BlackBerrys

Further evidence of civil servants' apparent inability to hold onto their BlackBerrys emerged yesterday as ministers' revealed further losses of the smart devices. Gareth Thomas MP has been conducting a crusade to expose Whitehall losses of IT kit. Yesterday, it was the Scotland Office and Department of Communities and Local …
Joe Fay, 2 Nov 2011
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Home Office appoints Brokenshire as security minister

James Brokenshire has taken over as the UK's security and counter-terrorism minister following the resignation of Baroness Neville-Jones on Monday. Brokenshire, a former banker and Conservative MP since 2005, was previously parliamentary under secretary for crime reduction before receiving his promotion this week. The crime …
John Leyden, 12 May 2011
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UK security minister steps down

UK security and counter-terrorism minister Baroness Neville-Jones steps down after a year in the job. The former chairman of the British Joint Intelligence Committee is leaving at "her own request" in order to work in the private sector. The peer will retain a role liaising between government and business as special …
John Leyden, 11 May 2011
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UK opposes EU plans for '28th regime' for contract law

There is no need to reform European consumer contract law and no evidence to suggest that the European Commission's preferred solution would work, the UK Government has said. The government has rejected EU plans to harmonise the laws governing consumer contracts and had rejected the very basis of reform, which is that the …
OUT-LAW.COM, 15 Feb 2011
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Maude: Gov contracts 'made my eyes water'

Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude has said he was shocked by things he found when renegotiating government contracts over the summer. Speaking at the government's Open Data conference on 19 November 2010, he told the audience that in the past departments have signed inefficient deals because senior ministers "have not …
Kable, 19 Nov 2010
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UK.gov unmoved by Internet Explorer 6 security concerns

Google and the NHS may soon be ditching support for Internet Explorer 6, but that hasn’t stopped UK government officials from declaring the browser doesn’t give them cause for concern, unlike their French and German counterparts. On Friday Google - which was recently the victim of a high-profile attack from hackers understood …
Kelly Fiveash, 1 Feb 2010
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Microsoft tells UK schools: buy our software, save money

Bett Microsoft's UK education chief insisted yesterday that schools would continue to lap up its software despite tightening budgets and a likely change of government - and education policy - in the next few months. In an interview with The Register at the Bett (British Educational Training and Technology) event in London, the …
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Jan 2010
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Data.gov.uk opens beta site for developers

The Cabinet Office has opened a pilot website making government data more widely available. The department, which revealed its plans on a digital engagement blog post earlier this month, has set up a beta version of www.data.gov.uk for developers to test the potential for re-using information. A Cabinet Office spokesperson …
Kable, 23 Oct 2009
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UK.gov prostitution proposals caught with pants down

Comment Government proposals on prostitution and "trafficking" hit the rocks this week, as an in-depth investigation revealed a distinct lack of evidence for a supposed evidence-based policy. This is a seriously unwelcome development, as these sections of the Policing Bill currently being debated in the Lords have already attracted …
Jane Fae , 22 Oct 2009
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UK.gov's G Cloud may have security silver lining

Information security experts have said the government can take advantage of the G Cloud project to improve practices in the field. John Colley, European managing director for ISC2, the certification body for information security professionals, and Professor Howard Schmidt, president and chief executive officer of the …
Kable, 20 Oct 2009
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UK.gov appeals for developers to mashup 1,000 datasets

UK.gov is calling on developers to consult the Cabinet Office on its prototype website that will open some government datasets to the public. It wants the developer community to get involved in shaping what apps, data sources and features the website should contain. “With over 1,000 existing data sets, from seven departments …
Kelly Fiveash, 1 Oct 2009
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UK.gov's Jobs Search site needs some work

Updated Those of you unaware of all that the government's Directgov website can do for you, with regard to improving your skills and finding a new job, are going to be staying that way, for the time being at least. According to the government, Jobseeker.direct.gov.uk is designed to let you "search for jobs, training, career …
Joe Fay, 27 Jul 2009
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Whitehall credit card abuse and payment fraud costs £4m

Financial losses in UK government rose last year despite a decreased number of incidents, according to official Treasury figures. Losses of £4.28m from 761 cases of internal fraud or theft were reported by 25 Whitehall departments during the year ending 31 march 2008. This compares to 1,067 cases costing £3.86m in the …
John Leyden, 5 Nov 2008
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Home Office acts to kick out Iceland's hate preachers

Just weeks after the UK government used the 2001 Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act to seize all of the IOUs in British branches of Icelandic banks, tough-talking Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has made it clear that Britain will no longer be a safe haven for terror preachers from Iceland. Or indeed from Norway or Liechtenstein …
John Lettice, 28 Oct 2008
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Byron Review's internet enforcer goes into action

The UK government is today launching the UK Council for Child Internet Safety with support from BT, Microsoft, Facebook and over 100 other organisations and companies. The talking shop will deliver a "Child Internet Safety Strategy" to the Prime Minister early next year. It will also work to improve public awareness of issues …
John Oates, 29 Sep 2008
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Net Suicide Bill would breathe life into government censorship

Government moves to reduce the availability of suicide sites on the internet may herald a new era of online censorship in the UK. Last week, Justice Minister Maria Eagle announced a review of the law on suicide. Citing the usual suspect – "public concern" – she said: "Protecting vulnerable and young people must be a priority …
Jane Fae , 24 Sep 2008

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