June 18, 2014  2:29 PM

Inject some Britishness into your life

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app, government, iPhone, politics, travel, twitter

April 3, 2009  2:28 PM

Councils wise up to the many benefits of Facebook

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crime, government

Soon your braggings about your day-to-day activities on Facebook could be read with interest by benefit fraud investigators.

Councils are reportedly using the social networking website to catch fraudsters.

Downtime hopes they have a close look at that bloke from RBS who was...

March 20, 2009  4:25 PM

German TV licence authority flogging a dead scholar

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Finance, government

The BBC licence fee is a source of much ire. Downtime found an entire website devoted to those who do not have a television complaining about the harassment they have been subjected to from the licensing authority.

But Germany's licence fee...

March 9, 2009  9:36 AM

Mandelson wows China with gift of a memory stick

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government, online

In days of yore, ministers plenipotentiary - the blokes charged with getting a good trade deal for our side - went armed with expensive gifts or products (such as opium) calculated to stun the locals into greedy stupefaction.

This morning the Department of Business revealed that its...

January 27, 2009  3:37 PM

I spy with my little eye… your profile on Facebook

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Apparently it is becoming increasingly difficult to recruit spies because of social networking sites such as Facebook and Linkedin.

Traditionally the secret services could recruit people for covert operations who would be difficult to track by enemy forces. But because people are...

December 19, 2008  8:50 AM

MPs’ concerns over sensitive data seem a little misplaced

ComputerWeeklyStaff Profile: ComputerWeeklyStaff
government, politics, Security

It was nice to see politicians question the security of confidential information on the Commons computer system. Following the Damian Green leak affair, MPs have been...

December 4, 2008  3:49 PM

Melvin Clark of Liberia offers way out of recession

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crime, government

Despite the assiduous attentions of Computer Weekly's panoply of anti-malware tools, a rogue phishing offer got through to Downtime's -computer.

Melvin Clark of Liberia, currently resident in the Gambia, tells us he...

December 3, 2008  3:48 PM

Internet leak reveals government’s VAT flip-flop

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government, online

The government has taken the bold decision to cut VAT, judging that a 2% reduction in the price of goods will prompt Britain's unemployed homeless populace of the financial Armageddon into a shopping

October 27, 2008  12:29 PM

Home Office promises media windfall through credit crunch

ComputerWeeklyStaff Profile: ComputerWeeklyStaff
government, National news, politics

Not content with having far more data than it can competently handle, the government is proposing gathering all citizens'...

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October 10, 2008  3:18 PM

Profiteers bank on government intervention

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Banks are having a tough time of it. Not only can they not offer crippling mortgages to people with little or no chance of repaying their debt, but now they are also having to

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