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Farmers shut out of online services by new identity scheme

Issues do not bode well for government plans for over 400,000 people to be using identity assurance by March read more »

Hungary ditches Internet tax plans after protests

While scrapped for now, plans for an Internet tax could be back on the table next year read more »

FCC's Wheeler said to mull hybrid approach to net neutrality

Special access deals between broadband and content companies would be allowed read more »

Republican gains in Congress would have limited impact on big tech issues

Predicted Republican majorities in the House and Senate may not lead to big changes in net neutrality and other issues read more »

HMRC to expand risk and intelligence data arm

HMRC uses SAS analytics software, Aspire case-load management system and Detica’s visualisation software to create its huge profiling network to catch tax-dodgers read more »

Harriet Harman attacks government record on broadband connectivity

Deputy Labour leader says digital economy minister Ed Vaizey is 'coasting' and 'in denial' over mobile and broadband projects read more »

Government promises to reform digital framework after it fails to reach sales target

Reform required as contract has achieved just 28 percent of its £40 million sales target in first nine months read more »

China: Facebook not banned, but must follow the rules

A top Chinese official clarified his stance on the social media network read more »

Government to offer free wifi across 1,000 public buildings

Libraries, museums and transport hubs to become wifi hotspots read more »

Visualizations may shape smarter city development

How data is displayed can affect who helps make decisions, experts said read more »

FTC: Operator of dating sites lured customers with fake profiles

JDI Dating used computer-generated profiles to contact customers looking for dates read more »

‘I am accountable’ over HMRC Aspire replacement, Maxwell tells MPs

HMRC expects to save at least £200 million a year by replacing ICT outsourcing contract in 2017 read more »

Government to beef up prompt payment to suppliers

Initiative part of wider efforts to encourage more SMEs to work with the public sector read more »

Home Office to waste up to £1 billion on border systems, say MPs

Both e-Borders and Immigration Case Work systems canned at huge cost with little to show for it read more »

Universal Credit IT write-offs will reach £500m, claims Hodge

Public Accounts Committee chair said existing systems are ‘not fit for purpose’ and ‘simply cannot cope’ read more »

Hackers reportedly target unclassified White House network

The hackers are said to be working for the Russian government, according to a news report read more »

Study blames backbone business deals for broadband congestion

Broadband providers say M-Lab study can't pinpoint the exact causes, however read more »

FTC: AT&T promised unlimited data, but throttled mobile customers

Mobile customers who exceeded a monthly data cap had their connections slowed by as much as 90 percent, the agency says read more »

Government fuels the UK's weather obsession with £97m supercomputer

It will help to more actively predict the UK weather read more »

Government seeks suppliers for £300 million education ICT tender

Framework to replace Becta 2010 agreement as main vehicle for ICT managed services for schools read more »


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