Alec Muffett, the convener of the London Meetups, and an ex-colleague of mine at Sun Microsystems has submitted evidence to the the pre-legislative parliamentary consultation, unlike Jimmy Wales he was not summoned to Parliament, but did publish his evidence for as all.
Monthly Archives: September 2012
I started to ‘follow’ Julian Huppert MP, the LibDem MP for Cambridge on Twitter. He was introduced to me by Tom Watson MP, at Orgcon 2010 as a new champion of digital freedom and free speech. I have been following him for a couple of days and while I recognise I need help, because the Labour Party is pretty poor on the subject, in the campaign for digital freedom and to fight alienation in 21st century information economy, Julian, unlike Tommy, John Grogan and Dianne Abbot, all Labour MPs who opposed the DE Act, seems to put his party before the cause.
David Cameron in a speech earlier this year suggested that Government services should be made available via the leading social networks, including Facebook. It’s an interesting and complex problem. The Tories had thought hard about their approach to Government IT and seem to be pursuing the Open Data Platform projects initiated by the previous government and championed by London’s local government. It’s axiomatic that publishing publicly available data in machine readable form is an invitation to innovate, which most of us consider to be a good thing, but handing over identity assurance to the private sector is another thing.
Over the month it has become clear that a grave injustice has been done to a number of GCSE students. These exams are marked by a number of different examining boards and it would seem that advice issued by OFQUAL has led to harsher marking than those marked in January and a number of students not achieving their predicted grades.