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Goodbye Direct.gov, hello gov.uk

Earlier today, Direct.gov made the following announcement via Twitter. From 17 Oct, GOV.UK will replace Directgov as the best place to find government services & info gov.uk — Directgov (@Directgov) September 14, 2012 The gov.uk site is already up and running, although visitors are currently greeted with the pop-up below.

Buenos Aires becomes Latin America’s technology capital for 2 months

We learn from GNU Solidario, a voluntary organisation that has been delivering health and education with free software since 2005, that the Argentine capital Buenos Aires will be turning into the “technological capital” of Latin America between September and October due to four events covering different aspects of ICT technologies. As this article goes to […]

A letter to Dawn

Earlier today, Bristol Wireless wrote to its local MP, Bristol South’s Dawn Primarolo (affectionately known to Private Eye readers as Red Dawn. Ed.) regarding the coalition Government’s draft Communications Data Bill, aka the “Snoopers’ Charter”, which seems to be more draconian than the previous Labour government’s proposals along similar lines (and rejoicing in the name […]

Our Digital Planet lands in Broadmead

Our Digital Planet is an exhibition showcasing the positive opportunities and developments that have been made possible by the internet. The exhibition is being sponsored by Nominet Trust, the charity established by Nominet (the organisation which administers the .uk domain names. Ed.) and will be in Broadmead – between Boots and Marks and Spencer (map […]

FSFE speaks out on software patents

The Free Software Foundation Europe FSFE) is asking whether lawsuits like Apple vs Samsung will soon take place in Europe if proposals currently on the table for reform of the patent system are adopted. The European Parliament is about to set the future course for Europe’s patent system. On 17th and 18th September, the Legal […]

How not to do an ‘online’ consultation

Yesterday, the last day for responses, Bristol Wireless responded to the Department for Education‘s consultation on internet blocking in the cause of keeping children safe online. The consultation arose from a campaign called ‘Safety Net‘, run by Premier Christian Media and SaferMedia, and supported by the Daily Mail. The campaign, and now the consultation is […]

Bristol City Council information day on ICT procurement

Connecting Bristol recently announced that Bristol City Council will be holding an information day on Tuesday, 4th September 2012 between 9.30 am and 3.30 am at the Colston Hall, Colston Street, Bristol (map). The purpose of the day is to explain the radical changes the council is making to its ICT procurement process, which will […]

Coming soon to Hebden Bridge – Open Source Hardware Camp 2012

The delightful Yorkshire town of Hebden Bridge (think Glastonbury with Yorkshire pudding & gravy. Ed.) plays host this year to the Open Source Hardware Camp 2012 (aka #oshcamp2012) from 9.00 am on Saturday, 15th September 2012 to 4.00 pm on Sunday, 16th September. The event will be held at The Birchcliffe Centre, Birchcliffe Road, Hebden […]

Happy 19th birthday Debian

On August 16, the Debian community will celebrate that epic Linux distro’s 19th birthday since Ian Murdock’s original founding announcement. As is tradition, the Debian communities all around the world will be celebrating it with Debian Birthday parties. A Debian Birthday party is a fun event, globally marking the appreciation and the joy of being […]

Wicipedia Cymru, the world’s largest Welsh language site

When he was over in Wales recently for Monmouthpedia (news passim), the chief scribe had the good fortune to meet Robin Owain, a stalwart of Wicipedia Cymru, the Welsh language version of Wikipedia, the world’s largest open source project. Wicipedia Cymru has a pool of some 200 editors who between them have now amassed (and […]

Bristol University wins special award

We learned today from Bristol247’s news wire that Bristol University has won a special award for its efforts to ‘bring knowledge to all’ through its collaboration with Wikimedia UK, the UK charity that supports the work of Wikipedia and its sister projects. The University second in the Educational Institution of the Year category in recognition […]

Geo Networks and B4RN bring world class broadband to rural UK

Today Geo Networks Ltd (“Geo”), a leading fibre network provider, announced a ground-breaking project with Broadband for the Rural North (B4RN, pronounced barn), a not-for-profit, community-led organisation. Geo will support B4RN in delivering world class internet services to rural areas, such as Lancashire’s the Forest of Bowland and the Lune Valley. Geo will provide vital […]

2 days left to apply for SOCIS

At 11 am UTC on 27th July the shutters come down on registrations for the European Space Agency’s Summer of Code in Space 2012 (SOCIS 2012). SOCIS aims at offering student developers stipends to write code for various space-related open source software projects. Through SOCIS, accepted student applicants are paired with a mentor or mentors […]

CiviCon London 2012 – a reminder and an update

We’ve already blogged about registration opening for CiviCon London 2012 – the forthcoming conference for users and developers of CiviCRM (news passim), the open source customer relationship management system (as used by Bristol Wireless. Ed.). Our old mate Sean Kenny recently blogged about it too, publicising it via Tiwtter earlier today. civicrm.org/blogs/seank/ci… CiviCon2012 London blog […]

First Great Western to launch free wifi on Cotswolds services

Train operator First Great Western (shouldn’t that be “alleged” train operator? Ed.) has announced that it will be trialling free wifi on trains running between London Paddington and the Cotswolds. The wifi will be installed on five Class 180 trains as part of a series of reliability and comfort modifications. FGW’s Managing Director Mark Hopwood […]

Finnish city of Tampere to pilot OpenOffice

Unlike their colleagues in the city of Helsinki’s IT department, who think open source office suites cost too much (news passim), the Finnish city of Tampere is to trail the free and open source OpenOffice productivity suite alongside its regular proprietary suite (probably the one with the annoying paperclip. Ed.), Joinup reports. The pilot follows […]