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[News] LibDems and Tories Speak About Free Software in the UK

  • Subject: [News] LibDems and Tories Speak About Free Software in the UK
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 15 Apr 2010 08:20:53 +0100
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Nick Clegg: LibDems would scrap ID cards, biometric passports and child database

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| We will take a totally different approach. 
| We will end the disasters with a full review 
| of government IT procurement, looking, for 
| example, at the potential for cloud 
| computing to save money, and at more use of 
| open source software too.


Lib Dems promise to invest in tech start-ups

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| The Liberal Democrat culture spokesman Don 
| Foster has outlined his party's policies on 
| strengthening the digital economy, using 
| open source in government IT and protecting 
| consumer data, among other issues.


SMEs and open source players championed in Tory manifesto

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| The Conservative Party hopes to get more SMEs 
| and open source specialists involved in public 
| sector IT provision by publishing Â10,000-plus 
| tender documents online.



Open Source Gets Political

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| As an election looms in the UK, copyright,
| intellectual property and Open Source, are
| making an appearance on the political stage,
| both at home and internationally.
| The government has been forced to make a
| number of significant changes to Lord
| Mandelsonâs much-criticised Digital Economy
| Bill. In response to a petition, the Prime
| Minister has dropped Mandelsonâs plans for a
| controversial âthree strikesâ rule forcing
| ISPs to permanently disconnect those
| repeatedly accused of illegal file sharing by
| copyright holders.
| Amongst a long list of grievances with the
| proposed bill, critics had pointed out the
| potential human rights implications of
| cutting-off households, particularly school
| children, from the Internet, based on the
| behaviour of one individual using a shared
| connection. However, in a statement on the
| Number 10 website, the government did not
| rule out forcing ISPs to enforce bandwidth
| restrictions, download limits and temporary
| account suspensions onto customers accused of
| breeching copyright.
| [...]
| Meanwhile, Shaddow Chancellor George Osborne
| has reiterated previous pledges to âcreate a
| level playing field for open source IT in
| government procurementâ. The Toriesâ new
| manifesto also promises to publish more
| information on all government contracts and
| tendering opportunities, as well as spending
| by QUANGOs and Local Government, in a bid to
| âopen up government procurement to more
| SMEs.â


Web inventor calls for government data transparency

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| Countries should be judged on their
| willingness to open up public data to their
| citizens, the inventor of the world wide web
| has told the BBC.


Tories pat small biz heads in open source IT procurement pledge

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| Echoing the current Labour government's
| "commitment" to open source and open
| standards, the Tories sang from the same
| hymn book by declaring they would "create a
| level playing field for open source IT in
| government procurement".
| [...]
| The manifesto added that a Tory government
| would immediately halt planned IT
| procurement projects, to evaulate proposals
| and "ensure that small businesses and open
| source IT providers are not locked out of
| the bidding process".


Greens criticise London gov't open source

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| London authorities have not done enough to
| make good on a central government
| commitment to use more open source,
| according to the Green Party.


Cameron: Give the UK's health records to Google

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| David Cameron has repeated his pledge to cancel the ContactPoint database and
| the ID card scheme if the Tories win the next election.


Tories admit to Wiki-alteration

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| The Tories have admitted a member of staff altered a Wikipedia entry on the
| artist Titian after a row between Gordon Brown and David Cameron.

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