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Digital Divide preventing thousands of Families from receiving Tax Breaks

Posted by Dan Pope on Nov 21, 2014 9:03:32 AM

Here at Fluidata we often write about the issues the digital divide causes here in the UK, including SMEs failing to compete on the open market and house prices decreasing in rural areas. However, a recent report has highlighted yet another problem caused by the digital divide as thousands of families may soon be unable to claim child tax breaks due to the fact that they do not have access to the Internet.

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Topic Internet Service Providers digital divide government News Service Exchange Platform

Privacy vs. Security – Finding the Right Balance

Posted by Dan Pope on Nov 13, 2014 2:32:11 PM

There is an old saying when it comes to information: knowledge is power. This is why the UK government is currently locked in a battle with Internet Service Providers (ISPs) over the amount of information they should legally be allowed to have access to, especially when it comes to those suspected of being involved in illegal activity. Over the past few months there have been numerous stories concerning terrorist groups across the world using the Internet to plan attacks as well as recruit new members, which is why the government wants greater access to users’ information.

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Topic Internet Service Providers Mimecast Email Security Gateway government News Privacy Security

Moderation is the key

Posted by Dan Pope on Jun 13, 2012 12:01:32 PM

The House of Commons debated the Defamation Bill yesterday; discussing wide sweeping reforms of the libel laws that could see internet service providers (ISPs) given greater protection from being sued in return for helping to identify so-called ‘internet trolls’.

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Topic Defamation Bill House of Commons ISP Libel government News

Broadband investment – in the city or rural areas?

Posted by Dan Pope on Dec 5, 2011 10:12:16 AM

The UK are currently ranked 25th in the world in terms of broadband speed, according to reports, with the average speed at 6.8 Mb/s. George Osborne has recently announced that cities will be rolling out higher broadband coverage with an estimate £5bn spend to improve the infrastructure. This investment will see superfast speeds of between 80-100 Mb/s. However critics have argued that the money would be better spent on boosting speeds in rural areas – an investment that would help reach the government’s target of having everyone in the UK receiving at least 2 Mb/s, and the best broadband in Europe by 2015.

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Topic george osborne government News rural networks UK

Life, liberty and the pursuit of bandwidth

Posted by Dan Pope on Jul 6, 2011 8:00:57 AM

Ok, so I stole the title from an unrelated blog I read the other day; I thought it was rather funny, as well as apt for what I want to discuss.

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Topic BDUK BT FTTC London FTTP government News Paddington Tesco South Korea

Scandinavia’s broadband ambitions

Posted by Dan Pope on Dec 20, 2009 11:37:11 AM

A survey recently showed that Scandinavian countries are ranked among the top ten countries in terms of the quality and reach of their networks.

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Topic broadand government News Scandinavia