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Sale of postcode database was ‘a mistake’, say MPs

Royal Mail
Public Accounts Committee says Postcode Address File was included in sale of Royal Mail to "boost the share price at flotation"
18 Mar 2014

Is a restricted Internet our 21st century Prohibition? It’s starting in Britain

Rafael Laguna, CEO of Open-Xchange, argues that we can't afford to stand by and allow internet freedom to be restricted by government
21 Feb 2014

A quarter of government ICT procurement to involve SMEs by 2015

Francis Maude makes case for smaller businesses to take a bigger role in handling government ICT contracts
27 Jun 2013

G8 leaders sign up to Open Data Charter

All government data to be published openly by default by the end of 2015
19 Jun 2013

Britain can 'lead the world' on public sector data

Shakespeare Review pushes economic benefits of letting public sector data free
16 May 2013

Obama signs executive order promoting use of open data

Policy designed to foster innovation, especially among start-ups
10 May 2013

Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Francis Maude welcome new OGP members

Eight new countries join scheme designed to promote transparency in government data
25 Apr 2013

Ordnance Survey issues £2m tender for IT services

UK national mapping agency on the hunt for agile software development partner
21 Feb 2013

Government net snooping rises again

Google reveals 21,389 user data requests were made my governments in second half of 2012
24 Jan 2013

Reddit co-founder Aaron Swartz dies at 26

Creator of RSS and co-founder of Reddit found hanged in his home
13 Jan 2013

Government to spend £8m to increase benefits of open data for businesses

Up to £25,000 up for grabs to encourage start-ups to take up opportunities arising from open data
12 Dec 2012

Google: 'Government surveillance is on the rise'

But requests for data access in the UK fell slightly in the six months to July 2012
14 Nov 2012

Special report: 2012 and the war for data

The past few months have seen worrying developments for those who value their privacy and expect personal data to be handled with a degree of circumspection. So is the fight for the right to be forgotten a lost cause?
05 Sep 2012

Public accounts committee slams public sector organisations over open data

Publishing raw data 'not enough' says PAC chair Margaret Hodge
01 Aug 2012

Lambeth Council to publish all data it holds online

Only confidential information to be exempt, says Lambeth’s leader Steve Reed
12 Jul 2012

Open Data white paper promises to create 'information marketplace for entrepreneurs and businesses'

More sharing will promote 'effective, personalised, 21st century democracy' says minister
28 Jun 2012

At the helm of government ICT: interview with Andy Nelson

In today’s information-sharing age, can being CIO of such a huge IT user as the British government really be a part-time job? Sooraj Shah spoke to the man himself, Andy Nelson, to find out
06 Jun 2012

ICO begins consultation on the release of anonymous data

Public privacy rights must be safeguarded, says Information Commissioner
31 May 2012

Government launches Open Data Institute (updated)

Huge opportunity to drive innovation via open data – but does the government truly understand the distinctions between 'open' and private?
22 May 2012

Francis Maude promises to release more government data

Cabinet Office Minister has pledged to open up more data to the public in a bid to make government more transparent
19 Apr 2012

Analysis: Is the government's open data drive in danger of stalling?

The Coalition’s open data agenda has been widely welcomed, but some supporters believe more steps need to be taken to ensure its ambitions are realised
21 Mar 2012

CBI claims EU data protection laws will stifle innovation

Business lobbying group claims reforms will threaten business models that rely on information sharing to generate revenue
16 Mar 2012

Maude claims Britain is 'leading the world' in open data

Minister for the Cabinet Office says that releasing public data is driving economic growth
14 Mar 2012

Government launches phase two of

New site will be live for six weeks to test a shared publishing system across government departments
29 Feb 2012