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  • Cabinet Minister says Twitter and Facebook crucial to MPs
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    Cabinet Minister says Twitter and Facebook crucial to MPs

    By 16 September 2011

    MP David Willetts, the Minister of State for University and Science, highlighted both the importance and the dangers of the social web when he spoke exclusively to Pocket-lint at an event in East London's Tech City. Implying that some of his colleagues...

  • Barack Obama launches presidential campaign through YouTube
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    Barack Obama launches presidential campaign through YouTube

    By 4 April 2011

    Where once a US presidential campaign would have kicked off with poster or a series of TV adverts, Barack Obama's camp has used the Internet and, specifically, YouTube to launch his bid for re-election. While the US election is not due to take place until...

  • Obama worried technology can affect democracy
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    Obama worried technology can affect democracy

    By 10 May 2010

    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
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    BBC website seeing "unprecedented" traffic

    By 7 May 2010

    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
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    Pirate Party fails to score electoral success

    By 7 May 2010

    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
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    The technology behind the opinion polls

    By 5 May 2010

    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
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    Lib Dems pledge to bin Digital Economy Bill

    By 16 April 2010

    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
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    Twitter soars, Facebook breaks in first leader debate

    By 16 April 2010

    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
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    TalkTalk "will never surrender" over DEB

    By 12 April 2010

    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
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    Hacker's mother to stand against Jack Straw

    By 12 April 2010

    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
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    Digital Election 2010 - following the UK General Election online

    By 6 April 2010

    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
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    Ordnance Survey maps to be issued free

    By 18 November 2009

    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...

  • UPDATE: Russia has not banned Modern Warfare 2
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    UPDATE: Russia has not banned Modern Warfare 2

    By 16 November 2009

    Russia has reacted with anger to the infamous "No Russian" level in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, by banning it outright and recalling all copies. In the level, you infiltrate a Russian terrorist's gang while they undertake a massacre at a Moscow airport....

  • MP Tom Watson forms gamers' pressure group
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    MP Tom Watson forms gamers' pressure group

    By 9 November 2009

    UK Labour MP Tom Watson has formed a political pressure group called "Gamers' Voice", designed to "discuss how UK video gamers can find their voice in newspapers and government". The MP announced the creation of the group, which currently manifests itself...

  • James Dyson becomes Conservative's technology tsar
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    James Dyson becomes Conservative's technology tsar

    By 5 October 2009

    The Conservative party in the UK has appointed Sir James Dyson to become the party's technology tsar as Cameron and his party fight back in the media stakes against Labour's Alan Sugar. According to the Tories, the taskforce will set out a clear vision...

  • Microsoft bans "embargoed" countries from Windows Live
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    Microsoft bans "embargoed" countries from Windows Live

    By 22 May 2009

    Microsoft has banned a short list of countries from using its Windows Live services. Users in Cuba, Syria, Iran, Sudan and North Korea have suddenly discovered themselves coming up against "Error 810003c1". Perusing Microsoft's support website reveals...

  • Government intros "Twitter tsar"
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    Government intros "Twitter tsar"

    By 18 May 2009

    The Cabinet Office has hired a "director of digital engagement", on a salary of what's reported as "up to" £160,000. The job has gone to Andrew Stott, described by the Telegraph as one of the government's most experienced press officers and the government's...

  • WEBSITE OF THE DAY - politicalcompass.org
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    WEBSITE OF THE DAY - politicalcompass.org

    By 12 July 2006

    Today’s website of the day is politicalcompass.org a website that will tell you where you stand politically. Obviously, that’s a somewhat oversimplified statement and to be honest, these, days, nobody really cares whether you hang to the left or to...