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Digital Britain: The Interim Report – Government outlines plans for UK’s digital transition

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Digital Britain: The Interim Report – Government outlines plans for UK’s digital transition

014/09, 29 January 2009
Joint DCMS/BERR press release

The Government has today published a plan to secure Britain’s place at the forefront of the global digital economy. The interim report contains more than 20 recommendations, including specific proposals on:

* next generation networks
* universal access to broadband
* the creation of a second public service provider of scale
* the modernisation of wireless radio spectrum holdings
* a digital future for radio
* a new deal for digital content rights
* enhancing the digital delivery of public services

The Digital Britain Report underlines the importance of the communications sector, its crucial contribution to the economy and its role in building Britain’s industrial future.

Business Secretary, Peter Mandelson said:

‘This report sets out a strategy for building a knowledge economy where our most valuable assets are the skills and innovation that underpin our digital industries. This is absolutely vital if Britain is to benefit fully from some of the greatest economic opportunities on offer this century.’

Culture Secretary Andy Burnham said:

‘Britain has always led the world in content creation – with the best music, films and TV – and it is vital that we carry forward this strength into the digital age. This is a significant Report for the creative industries, taking steps to establish workable systems of copyright in an online age and to preserve choice of public service content. But it is only the beginning of the process and we need to work hard in the coming months to secure workable solutions.’

The 22-point action plan outlines a programme of work with commitments to:

* upgrade and modernise wired, wireless and broadcast infrastructure;
* secure a dynamic investment climate for UK digital content and services;
* provide a range of high quality UK made public service content;
* ensure fairness and access, with universal availability and promotion of skills and media literacy; and
* develop the infrastructure, skills and take-up to enable widespread online delivery of public services.

In addition to specific commitments, the Interim Report outlines Britain’s progress in building a digital market-place, while also setting priorities for industry engagement ahead of the publication of the final Digital Britain Report, due before the summer.

Stephen Carter the Minister for Communications, Technology and Broadcasting said:

‘The innovation, creativity and vitality of our communications industries rightly demand clarity from Government on its role and a framework for the future.’

He added:

‘Delivering Digital Britain will depend upon a smart industry, working with a committed Government to produce lasting solutions.’


Notes to editors

1. The Interim Digital Britain Report is available on the DCMS website.
2. Further details on The Digital Britain Report are available on the DCMS website.
3. The Interim Report’s 22 actions are below:

Privacy-protecting search engine ignores IP addresses

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Privacy-protecting search engine ignores IP addresses: “A Dutch search engine has become the first to operate without recording the address of the computer used to make the search. Ixquick said it had taken the move to protect users’ privacy.”

(Via OUT-LAW News.)

Carter pledges file sharing snoop laws

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Carter pledges file sharing snoop laws: “

And broadband for all

Digital Britain Lord Carter’s interim report Digital Britain promises legislation to force ISPs to identify people using file sharing software, more promotion for DAB radio and a weakening of BT’s universal service obligations.…

(Via The Register – Public Sector.)

EU – Statement by Vice-President Jacques Barrot on the occasion of Data Protection Day

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

EU – Statement by Vice-President Jacques Barrot on the occasion of Data Protection Day: “(RAPID)
Data protection laws are in place throughout the European Union to ensure that personal data is handled under very clear conditions and to give EU citizens the right to challenge any mishandling of their data. But without awareness, effective protection is impossible. Legal rights and protection regimes are only effective if people know that they exist and know how to use them. Data Protection Day is an excellent opportunity to raise such awareness in Europe and worldwide.”

(Via QuickLinks Update.)

Blogger can’t sue over comment, rules High Court

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Blogger can’t sue over comment, rules High Court: “

Didn’t like it, shoulda deleted it

A man who was criticised in the comments section of his own blog cannot sue for defamation because he did not delete the comment when he discovered it, the High Court has said. The Court said that the man consented to the comment’s publication.…

(Via The Register – Public Sector.)

Extreme pron vigilantes are after you

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Extreme pron vigilantes are after you: “

Or are they?

Just when you thought it was safe to dip your toe back in the waters of internet smut, along comes a bunch of vigilantes who could be about to make life a great deal more worrying. Or perhaps not – read on and make your own mind up.…

(Via The Register – Public Sector.)

‘Lost’ Most Pirated TV-Show on BitTorrent

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Post from: TorrentFreak

‘Lost’ Most Pirated TV-Show on BitTorrent

24Every week we take a look at the most downloaded TV-Shows on BitTorrent. Lost is traditionally one of the most downloaded TV shows. Last year, it got the honor of being the most pirated show of 2008, and we expect the show to end up high in the 2009 list as well.

The fifth season of Lost just started with two new episodes. Both episodes were downloaded close to two million time in the first week. As always, the vast majority of the people who download the show are located outside the U.S, where it may take up to a year before season 5 will actually air on TV.

The rise of unauthorized downloading of TV-shows is a signal that customers want something that is not available through other channels. It’s more about availability than the fact that it’s free and should be viewed as an opportunity, not a threat. The more restrictions, the more piracy – it’s as simple as that.

The data for the most recent TV episodes are collected by TorrentFreak from a representative sample of BitTorrent sites and is for informational and educational reference only. Thanks to ShowInsider we now also include a list based on the total number of downloads (not only recent episodes) of all shows in the past week.

Top Downloads (Recent Episodes)

January 19 – January 25
Ranking (last week) TV-show
1 (…) Lost
2 (…) House M.D.
3 (1) 24
4 (2) Desperate Housewives
5 (4) Battlestar Galactica
6 (…) Fringe
7 (6) How I Met Your Mother
8 (5) The Big Bang Theory
9 (7) Gossip Girl
10 (8) Grey’s Anatomy

Top Downloads (All Episodes)

January 19 – January 25
Ranking (last week) TV-show
1 (2) Heroes
2 (1) Prison Break
3 (4) Dexter
4 (5) Gossip Girl
5 (16) Lost
6 (9) House M.D.
7 (6) Desperate Housewives
8 (8) Grey’s Anatomy
9 (7) Californication
10 (15) How I Met Your Mother

Google Joins Fight Against BitTorrent Throttling ISPs

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Post from: TorrentFreak

Google Joins Fight Against BitTorrent Throttling ISPs: “

measurement labISPs have been throttling BitTorrent traffic for years, but only recently has this become a hot topic. In collaboration with New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute and the PlanetLab Consortium, Google is helpng ‘the cause’ by launching Measurement Lab (M-Lab), a site that helps users determine if their ISP is interfering with BitTorrent traffic.

Among other tools, M-Lab will run the Glasnost application developed by the Max Planck Institute. Last year, tests performed with the Glasnost tool revealed that Comcast and Cox were actively interfering with the BitTorrent transfers of their subscribers.

The Java applet developed by the Glasnost project uploads and downloads data via BitTorrent for a few seconds, and compares that to your regular download speed. It detects if your ISP is limiting all BitTorrent traffic, or just the flow of data through well known BitTorrent ports. All in all this tool should be able to tell you whether your ISP is messing with BitTorrent traffic or not.

In their quest for Net Neutrality, Google is backing the M-Lab project with 36 servers in 12 locations. Google will also provide network connectivity for the tools hosted on M-Lab. The servers Google has promised will be rolled out over the next few months, while the PlanetLab Consortium manages the tools hosted on the site.

The project aims to reveal the throttling practices of ISPs worldwide and put an end to all the secrecy. ‘Transparency has always been essential to the Internet’s success, and everyone can agree that Internet users deserve to be well-informed about what they’re getting when they sign up for broadband,’ says M-Lab, explaining the ideals behind its website.

Among the other Net Neutrality tools hosted on M-Lab is a diagnostic tool which allows user to test their connection speed and receive sophisticated diagnosis of any slowdowns. More tools will be added soon, Google powered.