One of the roles any government professing liberal democratic values takes upon itself is to implement measures it considers will lead to a thriving market economy. While there are areas of modern life that some/many will consider cannot be met… Continue Reading
Open Source, Open Standards 2013 Thursday 18 April, London We are pleased to be supporting Open Source, Open Standards 2013, the leading summit exploring how to take full advantage of open technology solutions across the public sector, from delivering innovative… Continue Reading
Select Committee looking at Government procurement The Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) launched an Inquiry into public procurement. We have responded.
Nominet Consultation on a new .uk domain name service In October 2012 Nominet opened a consultation on proposals for a new domain service, including proposals to offer features designed to offer reassurance for end users: verification to check a registrant… Continue Reading
In an interesting piece of newspeak we are told that new versions of Microsoft Outlook won’t allow access to older format documents: As much as we love adding new features to Outlook, for the maintainability of our product we sometimes… Continue Reading
Since 1996 which saw the publication of the Green Paper “Government Direct” the Government has published a new digital strategy almost annually, often supplemented. “Government Direct” not easy to find now but a contemporaneous analysis explains that the three purposes… Continue Reading
Openness not what you say but what you do In July 2012 the government announced to Parliament that it was changing the consultation guidelines. A Minister was quoted by BBC News: The aim is to replace potentially unproductive process with… Continue Reading
We’ve discussed the adverse consequences of arbitrary changes in proprietary software for ordinary users when we learned the the music composition software Sibelius is going into deep freeze. Here’s another example why everyone should want software to be open source.
BBC and Apple – latest Today the BBC Trust is considering our complaint about undue product prominence. It all started on 2 March 2012 when we approached the BBC expressing concern about undue product prominence amounting to advertising. On 20… Continue Reading
Open Data: MIT (Press) agrees with us Next week, so we have been told, Cabinet Office will publish a government definition of what it considers to be an open standard and policy regarding its use in government IT. Over a… Continue Reading