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Mansfield funding free wifi project through “crowdfunding”

A project to provide the town centre of Mansfield in Nottinghamshire with free wifi is on track to meet its target fund after setting out to be “crowdfunded”, according to an E-Government Bulletin report. The “Make Mansfield Your HotSpot” project has been developed by Mansfield Business Improvement District, a partnership between the council and the […]

Whitehall still struggling with openness

Courtesy of a news report today on governmental lists of open source alternatives to proprietary software on EU public sector open source news website Joinup, the chief scribe duly downloaded and read the Open Source Software Options for Government publication (pdf), which forms the basis for a Joinup case study. A quick glance through the […]

We’re in Bristol24/7

Regular readers will be aware that Bristol Wireless is deeply concerned about the implications of the Government’s proposed Communications Data Bill (news passim). Yesterday the secretary (aka the chief scribe. Ed.) has had the article below posted on local news website on Bristol24/7. In June of this year, the Government published its draft Communications Data […]

Snooper’s Charter gets thumbs down

The Joint Committee of MPs and Lords today published its report into the draft Communications Data Bill, otherwise dubbed the Snooper’s Charter. The Committee has spent six months scrutinising the proposals, receiving a substantial amount of oral and written evidence. The final report is available from the Joint Committee website. As predicted yesterday (news passim), […]

“I had that there wifi in the cab once!”

London’s classic black cabs will be able to offer free wifi access to passengers in the New Year after Transport for London (TfL) approved a project run by Tech City start-up EyeTease Media to provide in-vehicle connectivity according to technology news website V3. The system, called CabWifi, will allow passengers 15 minutes of free wireless […]

Snooper’s Charter – rumours that Parliament is not impressed

IT news website The Register reports today that the joint parliamentary committee scrutinising the government’s draft Communications Data Bill – also known as the Snooper’s Charter (news passim) – will publish its report tomorrow. It is believed that most of the committee’s members felt the Home Office had failed to make a convincing case for […]

Public transport wifi news

Courtesy of Mr Treasurer’s Twitter feed, we’ve just come across the following small item of good news news for rail travellers. UK train operator Greater Anglia is working with The Cloud to introduce free Wi-Fi at 100 stations. — Railway Gazette (@railwaygazette) November 26, 2012 Greater Anglia provides rail services in the East of England […]

ORG local training sessions announced

Regular readers will know that Bristol Wireless takes a dim view of the government’s draft Communications Data Bill, also known as the Snooper’s Charter (news passim). Consequently, we were pleased to hear that the Open Rights Group is organising a series of workshops around the UK so supporters can help to tell people across the […]

ORG launches membership drive

The following email has been received today in the lab from the privacy and anti-censorship campaigners, the Open Rights Group (ORG): Hi all, As I mentioned in my previous email ORG are launching a big drive for new members. The plan is to launch our campaign to fund a Legal Officer on Thursday 1st of […]

Sirius open sources Welsh school

Open source services provider Sirius Corporation has revealed today it has been working with Powys County Council to introduce a combination of Open Source and proprietary software at the newly refurbished Ysgol Maesydderwen secondary school in Ystradgynlais, near Swansea. The project, which has been funded by the council, involved the installation of a complete infrastructure […]

Snooper’s Charter – 19,000 emails against

Some time ago we wrote to our local MP, Dawn Primarolo, about the Government’s proposed Draft Communications Bill, aka Snooper’s Charter (news passim), and we’re still awaiting the courtesy of a reply (or even an acknowledgement), Dawn! However, that’s by the by and there are other matters of greater import to report on the Snooper’s […]

Nominet consults on shorter .uk domain

If you own or are thinking of getting a domain name ending in .uk, this consultation could be of interest to you. Nominet, the organisation that controls the .uk domain, is holding a three month consultation about the potential introduction of a new service known as, which would be specifically designed for businesses which […]

Goodbye, hello

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

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 […]

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 […]