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[News] British Government Embraces Free Software (AGPL) for ConsultationXML

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ConsultationXML is now Open Source

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| We’re terribly, fantastically pleased to announce that after a bit of 
| wrangling, Steph Gray and I are able to release ConsultationXML as open 
| source software under the GNU Affero license. The recent report on open 
| source software in Government hinted that departments ought to try to release 
| source code for the software they commission, and we’re delighted to be (we 
| think!) the first to do so.     



The great British open-source arms race

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| Politicians of all stripes seem to be espousing open source, but that bluster
| must be turned into action — and soon, says Mark Taylor.
| First, shadow chancellor George Osborne advocates open source. Now minister
| for digital engagement Tom Watson promises to use more open-source software,
| if circumstances permit. The UK public sector just got interesting again.


Tories demand publication of Trading Funds review, back free data principles

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| The Conservative Party is demanding that the government publishes the Trading
| Funds Review, while also giving its backing to the concept of free data -
| although it hasn’t quite gone as far as backing the entire principles of the
| Free Our Data campaign.


Why protesters are now stalkers

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| One of the most heartbreaking articles I have ever read was a response column
| published recently in the Guardian. Edward Countryman explained that he was
| writing on behalf of his wife, Evonne Powell-Von Heussen, "who could not bear
| to face" the unintended consequences of the thing she had created.


Filming an illegal event is… illegal?

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| Will recording or filming of events which are considered illegal in law now
| itself be considered illegal? This is what the Home Affairs Ministry seems to
| propose to amendments of the Films Act.


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.

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