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[News] [SOT] Serious Suppression of Freedom in the UK

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UK Citizens Worked Up About Broad And Vague Obscenity Law

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| I have to admit that I've never quite understood the point of any sort of 
| obscenity laws. Perhaps it's just my inner-libertarian, but why should the 
| government be outlawing what people look at -- especially when it comes to 
| such a subjective standard as "obscenity." Over in the UK, many people are up 
| in arms over a new pornography law that is so broad and so vague that it 
| could outlaw certain Batman comics, among other things.     


Defining the Limits of Digital Britain

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| Most importantly, beyond vague talk of “changing the rules” it says little 
| about redefining *precisely* what people should be allowed to do with that 
| stuff freely – for example, by setting down in law new fair uses such as 
| being able to take back-up copies of any digital content, use in quotations, 
| parody etc.    
| At the moment, most people ignore the letter of the law, because the law is 
| totally outdated, and the law generally turns a blind eye to them doing it, 
| because it would be hard to arrest most of the country's youth, but that's 
| hardly a solution in the long term.    



Tories consider IT contract cap

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| Instead of awarding long-term contracts to large IT companies they could open
| up the procurement process to smaller firms using "open source" software.


Tories Back Open Source Software...They Say

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| Fine words butter no cyber-parsnips, of course, and I'll believe all this
| when I see it. Still, it's a start, and it would be good to see Labour
| finally admitting that its megalomaniacal, monolithic computing projects are
| failures, and adopting the decentralised, distributed approach the Tories are
| advocating here.


Tories consider open source and limit on size of government IT projects

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| Shadow chancellor George Osbourne is considering a report that recommends
| putting a £100m spending cap on government IT contracts and opening up
| procurement to small firms using open source software.


UK Councils to explore Open Source benefits

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| - First-ever UK conference on open source software in local government
| announced - As new US Govt looks at open source, UK called upon to wake up to
| opportunity

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