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The only way is ethics: UK.gov emphasises moral compass amid deluge of data plans

The UK government has released a guide to help civil servants figure out how to use and procure data science tools ethically as public opinion on slurping continues to circle the drain. Amid the Facebook data harvesting scandal and news of yet another high-profile data breach, the government made a raft of announcements aimed …
Rebecca Hill, 14 Jun 2018
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UK's Department of Fun seeks data strategy head – experience not needed

The UK government appears to be under the impression that knowledge of data policy or the tech sector isn't a pre-requisite to become the head of data strategy in its digital department. A job ad for the role – posted by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport last week with a closing date of 22 April (saved for …
Rebecca Hill, 23 Apr 2018
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10Mbps for world+dog, hoots UK.gov, and here is how we're doing it

The government has finally published plans for how everyone in the UK will have a legal right to 10Mbps speeds by 2020 after rejecting a voluntary offer by BT. Under the plans, industry will have to fork out for the universal service obligation (USO), rather than having a publicly funded scheme as previously proposed. Ofcom …
Kat Hall, 28 Mar 2018
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Er, Ofcom, please tell us more about Murdoch's £11.7bn Sky bid

The British government's Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has written to Ofcom asking for extra input before Culture Secretary Karen Bradley decides whether to approve Rupert Murdoch's £11.7bn Sky buyout bid. The DDCMS went to the telecoms regulator "seeking further clarification in relation to representations …
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Ed Vaizey booted to backbench, Hancock booted to DCMS

New UK Prime Minister Theresa May's reshuffle last week resulted in higher pile of bodies than a Game of Thrones wedding. Among a number of big hitters to be axed, including George Osborne, was digital and cultural minister Ed Vaizey. Vaizey had held that position since 2010 and is succeeded by former Cabinet Office minister …
Kat Hall, 18 Jul 2016

UK.gov plans to unveil a new Digital Bill

Exclusive The government wants to introduce a Digital Bill, sources familiar with its plans have revealed to The Register. The timescale would most likely see legislation announced in the Queen’s Speech in May 2017. The Ministry of Fun, the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, is co-ordinating the exploratory work. Nothing has been …
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Jan 2016

Broadband minister: Our voucher scheme for SMEs is a tremendous success

Digital hairdressers and beardy, Web2.0 purveyors of boxes of cereal chomped down on more than 1,000 broadband vouchers that were dished out to small businesses by the UK government. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport crowed on Monday that 55,000 SMEs had got their hands on grants for faster web access costing up to £ …
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Nov 2015
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UK.gov mobile not-spot coverage project set to be completed in the year 2155AD

Exclusive The government has fallen woefully short of its promise to provide mobile coverage to 60,000 homes in "not spot" areas across the UK, having only erected a meagre eight masts in more than two years. Over the last year the Department for Culture, Media and Sport has managed to erect six masts. Those masts built so far typically …
Kat Hall, 18 Sep 2015
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Think beyond the Beeb: Gov consultation is crucial for free telly

Breaking Fad Do you like your free-to-air TV? It looks like a reasonable chunk of spectrum will be saved for terrestrial broadcasting at the WRC–15 meeting later this year, but the battle for Freeview is far from over. Doctor Who in Listen Listen up: it's time to have your say on the BBC A couple of months back, the BBC Trust gave the …
Nigel Whitfield, 31 Jul 2015
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Chill, luvvies. The ‘unsustainable’ BBC Telly Tax stays – for now

Analysis The appointment of backbench Tory heavyweight John Whittingdale MP to head the Ministry of Fun will throw the BBC’s senior management into a state of high anxiety, and have the Beeb's opponents grabbing their crotches in excitement. The minister is responsible for the government’s policy on the BBC. Many Tories view the …
Andrew Orlowski, 11 May 2015
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Ofcom: We got it right, but let’s have a licence consultation anyway

Ofcom has announced a consultation, revisiting the revisiting of the revised fees for the most-used mobile radio spectrum. The conclusion of the consultation document is that Ofcom got it right last August and fees should be increased by 247 per cent. This is a smack in the face for the networks which shook hands with the …
Simon Rockman, 19 Feb 2015

UK.gov pushes for SWIFT ACTION against nuisance calls, threatens £500k fines

The UK government is hoping to force through a change in law to lower the legal threshold on punishments handed out to companies that make nuisance calls and send annoying texts to Brits. A six-week consultation process was announced by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport this morning. Culture Secretary Sajid Javid …
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Oct 2014

Yet another pricey Olympics' exec drafted in by UK.gov - this time for broadband spending

The Tory-led UK government is desperate for success stories with its big IT projects. As Whitehall ministers increasingly confess to big problems with various tech deployments, they keep turning to the private sector - and specifically execs who delivered the London 2012 Olympic Games* - to help rescue troubled schemes. Step …
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Jan 2014

Why UK.gov's £1.2bn fibre broadband rollout is a bumbling FLOP

Analysis The Department of Culture, Media and Sport – also known as the Ministry of Fun – is this morning celebrating what it described as a "bumper day for rural broadband". But the declaration of victory may have come a little prematurely from Maria Miller, the Secretary of State for Fun. The £1.2bn taxpayer-funded Whitehall-led …
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Dec 2013
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Ministry of Fun launches news quiz - and the BBC is in its sights

The Ministry of Fun* wants to know if you're getting the news you need: and the role of social media, Google and the BBC are all up for grabs. The Department of Media, Culture and Sport has launched a consultation (PDF) into media ownership and plurality, defining the latter as "having a diversity of viewpoints available and …
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UK.gov to grab fistful from £150m city broadband pot to pay for digi skills

One of Neil Berkett's final acts as Virgin Media chief was to lobby the government to rethink its broadband spending plans in urban areas - and instead demand that at least some of the £150m set aside by the Treasury be plowed into digital skills for small businesses. The telco, which was recently scooped up by telecoms giant …
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Jun 2013
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UK superfast broadband crew: EC competition bods are holding us up

The UK is accusing the European Commission of holding up its superfast broadband programme with pesky concerns about free market competition. The government has been trying to get its hands on state aid to build the infrastructure necessary to get better broadband to everyone, but unfortunately, with state telco BT pretty much …
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Ministry of Fun builds crack team to juice up bumpkin broadband

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has assembled a crack team of Whitehall and BT bods to speed up the deployment of broadband to rural areas. A pilot scheme will be be tested on bumpkins* in Norfolk after the county chose BT as its preferred bidder for a £41m contract to bring faster net connections to the region. …
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Jan 2013

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