"The BBC's attempts to collate this spending data largely avoided some obstacles placed in the way of alternative research being carried out by other media. ... Local Government Chronicle (LGC) was pursuing a similar survey. But it appears to have asked for what's called Revenue Account information ... DCLG instructed councils not to provide this data, on the grounds that it is intended for future publication by the Office for National Statistics."
Haven't we heard all this before? Amazing this still happens: "Some officials use a software programme such as Photoshop to paste a black patch over secret text, obscuring it but not removing it. When documents are edited in this way, normal home or office software can disclose the obscured text."
"Today the Sunlight Foundation and Federal News Radio reported that the public projects Data.gov, USASpending.gov, Apps.gov/now, IT Dashboard and paymentaccuracy.gov as well as a number of internal government sites including Performance.gov, FedSpace and many of the efforts related the FEDRamp cloud computing cybersecurity effort would be taken offline in coming weeks due to budget cuts by Congress."
"What's next? ... Historical data will be released ... More public agencies will follow ... There will be a right to data ... Open data will move from spending into crime... "
"Sir Gus O'Donnell, cabinet secretary and head of the Home Civil Service, today defended an increase in the number of press officers in government and said the increase was a response to the 1,600 political bloggers in the UK."
"The UK has one of the planet’s more granular postcoding systems, with each of the nation’s 1.8m individual postcodes covering on average 15 houses. In IT terms, that’s a remarkably accurate piece of geocoding data..."
David Miliband: "In accordance with the Information Tribunal's decision of 22 January 2008, I have today released what has been described as John Williams' draft of the September 2002 Iraq weapons of mass destruction dossier."
Simon Dickson: "I haven’t yet seen official confirmation, but I’m reliably informed that Tom Watson is the new minister for e-government, post-reshuffle. ... Tom Watson was famously the first MP to start a blog, back in 2003."
"Gordon Brown's invitation to the Daily Mail editor to investigate access to government documents shows once again that the prime minister keeps his friends close and his enemies closer"
"What became 'brand Madeleine' arose from a combination of brilliant media-handling skills and, for the first time, interactive websites telling editors how much the public craved such a story."
"Some 70% of central government departments do not check that data has been wiped from IT equipment they are disposing of, exposing them to potential security breaches, a report released yesterday by the National Audit Office has found."
Council uses blog for up-to-date flood relief news...
"In her first despatch box appearance in the role, Harriet Harman told MPs on Monday that she and Gordon Brown believe that ministers must make major statements in the Commons before briefing details to the media."