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May 15, 2012  3:20 PM

Sackings mount over DWP data leaks

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dwp, Government IT, IT and security, local government, privacy

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May 3, 2012  8:12 PM

Software industry reclaims open standards debate

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Government IT, Open Standards & Open Source, Procurement, standards

Software heavyweights filled the first meeting of the UK's extended public consultation on open standards last Friday, closing down telecoms patent advocates whose arguments had threatened to derail government policy.

Deputy government CIO Liam Maxwell had the night before


April 26, 2012  1:34 PM

FOI shows bureaucratic bungle behind open standards u-turn

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Government IT, Open Standards & Open Source, politics, standards, transparency and accountability

Standards institutions persisted in their opposition to the UK's open standards policy after Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude reassured them their fears about it were unfounded, according to letters released to Computer Weekly under Freedom of Information.

The revelation raises...


April 24, 2012  4:49 PM

Labour IT mandarins make comeback bid for global transformation

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Government IT, Open Standards & Open Source, politics, standardization of Government IT, standards, transparency and accountability

The last Labour government's "Transformational Government" project has been rebirthed in California as a plan for world-wide reform of seismic proportions.

Four leading emissaries of the initiative teamed up in London this month to argue against the UK's open standards policy and have...


March 30, 2012  2:10 PM

UK saves 5 quid on Oracle

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Government IT, Procurement, transparency and accountability

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March 6, 2012  12:30 PM

Open source helicopters trivialize Europe’s ODF troubles

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Government IT, Open Standards & Open Source, standards

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February 13, 2012  12:08 PM

Questions over open standards lobbyists

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Government IT, Open Standards & Open Source, Procurement

The power of large software corporations is demonstrated by the immense trouble an elected government has when it attempts to act in a way that doesn't put their interests before the public good.

That's been the UK experience this last year since the Cabinet Office


January 27, 2012  12:24 PM

Cosy cloud coterie snuggles into top nob govIT jobs

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G-Cloud, Government IT, Outsourcing, project failures, SMEs, South West One

Mmmmmits snug at the top. Especially if you're Julian David, IBM's top UK salesman, who last week was picked to be Director General of Intellect, the ICT oligopoly's trade association.

It's only three years since David bagged the


January 12, 2012  4:03 PM

Hope shines through crack in lid of open standards coffin

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Government IT, Open Standards & Open Source, Procurement, standards

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January 6, 2012  4:38 PM

Microsoft hustled UK retreat on open standards, says leaked report

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Government IT, Open Standards & Open Source, Procurement

The British government withdrew its open standards policy after lobbying from Microsoft, it has been revealed in a Cabinet Office brief leaked to Computer Weekly.

The Department of Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) also formerly opposed the policy before Cabinet Office


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