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Obama worried technology can affect democracy

Obama worried technology can affect democracy

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Barack Obama has claimed that, as a result of "iPods and iPads and Xboxes and PlayStations", we are living in an ubiquitous "media environment" where information has become "a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment, rather than a tool of empowerment,... >>

BBC website seeing "unprecedented" traffic

BBC website seeing "unprecedented" traffic

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The BBC has penned a post on its "The Editors" blog saying that the corporation's website has been slammed with massive traffic following the results of the UK's 2010 general election, which has ended up in a precarious hung parliament. The BBC says:... >>

Pirate Party fails to score electoral success

Pirate Party fails to score electoral success

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While the UK wakes up to a hung parliament in the wake of May 2010's general election, many commentators are suggesting that none of the main parties achieved much electoral success. That includes one of Britain's newest and geekiest parties - Pirate... >>

The technology behind the opinion polls

The technology behind the opinion polls

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Whether you believe they're gospel or it's a case of lies, damn lies and statistics, you have to appreciate the power of the opinion poll. They have politicians quaking with fear and can even be the very fuel to make their own predictions come true. So,... >>

Lib Dems pledge to bin Digital Economy Bill

Lib Dems pledge to bin Digital Economy Bill

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Nick Clegg, buoyed by his success in the first of the three TV debates, has been making a few new promises to voters. One of them is that his party's going to be calling for a repeal of the Digital Economy Act (formerly the Digital Economy Bill) and its... >>

Twitter soars, Facebook breaks in first leader debate

Twitter soars, Facebook breaks in first leader debate

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During the course of 15 April's debate between the leaders of the Liberal Democrat, Labour and Conservative parties, the first of its kind in Britain, more than 184,000 tweets were sent. That's almost 30 per second, among 36,483 different tweeters - throwing... >>

TalkTalk "will never surrender" over DEB

TalkTalk "will never surrender" over DEB

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TalkTalk, the loudest voice behind most ISP's general disapproval of the proposals put forward in Labour's unloved Digital Economy Bill, has vowed to continue the fight against the bill, despite it becoming law in the Parliamentary wash-up period.  The... >>

Hacker's mother to stand against Jack Straw

Hacker's mother to stand against Jack Straw

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Pentagon hacker Gary McKinnon's mother, Janis Sharp, has announced that she's going to be standing as an independent candidate in the forthcoming general election, opposing Justice Minister Jack Straw who supported the extradition of her son to the USA.... >>

Digital Election 2010 - following the UK General Election online

Digital Election 2010 - following the UK General Election online

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The UK General Election 2010 has been called. It's 5 years since the last time the whole nation hit the ballot boxes en masse and by our books that makes this time the first truly digital affair. When Blair bowled home to a second term in 2005, Facebook... >>

Ordnance Survey maps to be issued free

Ordnance Survey maps to be issued free

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The government has said that it will "explore ways" of making the Ordnance Survey's maps of the UK freely available on the web from April 2010. Gordon Brown announced the change at an event also attended by web pioneer Tim Berners-Lee who is now the... >>