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England's Care.data Fiasco: Open Government Data Done Wrong

BY Wendy M. Grossman | Monday, April 21 2014

Screengrab from Paul Bernal's parody of the "Downfall" video

Given the power to open up access to public health data in legislation passed in 2012, the governing health authority ordered care.data into being at the end of 2013, and distributed information leaflets in January 2014. Unfortunately, the process has been confused by conflicting promises of protecting personal information and expanding commercial access. The resulting furor, which has seen the program delayed for six months for a rethink, has seriously damaged public trust in how the English National Health Service (NHS) intends to manage the country's medical data. Wendy M. Grossman explains what went wrong. Read More

U.K. Imposes Export Restrictions on Spyware Used by Authoritarian Regimes

BY Lisa Goldman | Friday, September 14 2012

Gamma, the company that exports the surveillance software called FinSpy, will have to adhere to export restrictions according to a new directive issued by the U.K. Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills. The company will be required to seek a license in order to sell the software outside of the EU, following revelations that it had been used by authoritarian regimes to spy on dissidents. Read More

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NGO Project Will Allow Local Gov't to Use Voice Recognition Instead of Transcribers

BY Lisa Goldman | Thursday, September 13 2012

mySociety, the U.K. transparency NGO, is developing software that would allow cash-strapped local governments to keep and transcribe minutes of their meetings using voice-activated technology. Read More

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[OP-ED]: My Government's Commitment to the Surveillance State – the UK Queen's Speech

BY Jon Worth | Monday, May 14 2012

Jon Worth argues that the Queen's Speech, delivered last week, presages a return to the "Big Brother" state in the UK. Read More

Children's Crusade: A Primer on How Britain's Students Are Organising Using Social Media

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, November 29 2010

Students in the United Kingdom are on the march against deep cuts in higher education spending, and their protests are being organized and amplified by what, more and more, seems to be the standard social media tool-kit ... Read More

Online Politics in Britain in 2010: The Left Will Rise?

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, January 4 2010

British writer James Crabtree has weighed in at The New Statesman with an absolutely fascinating prediction for the coming year of English online politics as the country heads into new elections: the balance of power and ... Read More