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Weekly News Round-Up: Open data, Owen Paterson and openness

Information Commissioner: ‘Open data is no substitute for freedom of information’

Information Commissioner Christopher Graham has warned that the open data movement in the UK could lead to ‘open data’ becoming a substitute for ‘freedom of information’.

Speaking at the

Information Commissioner: FoI exemption for private companies is “perverse”

The Information Commissioner, Christopher Graham, joined a panel of experts to discuss the ‘future of transparency’ at City University London last night. The panel discussed FoI requests, the value of openness, and what happens when the need for transparency meets …

Julian Assange reveals GCHQ messages discussing Swedish extradition

Julian Assange reveals GCHQ messages discussing Swedish extradition

Authorities at GCHQ, the government eavesdropping agency, are facing embarrassing revelations about internal correspondence in which Wikileaksfounder Julian Assange is discussed, apparently including speculation that he is being framed by Swedish authorities …

FOI’s warn of risk to UK gas shipments

FOI’s warn of risk to UK gas shipments

New documents obtained by a Greenpeace/Energydesk FOI request have revealed government concerns about the security of gas supplies to the UK.

The news comes as the boss of energy regulator Ofgem warned …

Alaska climate body hasn’t met since 2011, documents show

Alaska climate body hasn’t met since 2011, documents show

Rapid-response taskforce – set up by Sarah Palin to protect state from effects of global warming – last met in March 2011
A rapid-response taskforce, intended to protect Alaska from the …

Army of snitches: HMRC hands out more than £1m to Britons who shopped tax dodgers during financial crisis

Army of snitches: HMRC hands out more than £1m to Britons who shopped tax dodgers during financial crisis

Super-snitches have pocketed more than £1 million for helping catch tax-dodgers since the banking crisis began in 2008, it was revealed today. 

Is George Osborne’s energy stance influenced by Lord Howell, Greenpeace asks

Is George Osborne’s energy stance influenced by Lord Howell, Greenpeace asks

Greenpeace has submitted Freedom of Information Act questions in a bid to discover how many times Lord Howell has met the Chancellor and discussed energy questions. Lord Howell is …

Drop in school sport support blamed on funding cuts

Drop in school sport support blamed on funding cuts

On the eve of an Olympic Games that has promised to “inspire a generation of young people through sport”, research has indicated a 60% drop in the amount of time dedicated …

Libor emails ‘show Bank of England’s efforts to get banks to lower rate’

Libor emails ‘show Bank of England’s efforts to get banks to lower rate’

John Mann, an MP on the Treasury Committee, has released emails showing the Bank of England had concerns about the level of Libor at Barclays, HSBC and …

State funded elderly care declining, Labour figures suggest

State funded elderly care declining, Labour figures suggest.

The number of elderly people in England getting council-funded care has fallen by 11% in the last two years, figures obtained by Labour suggest.

Freedom of Information responses from 121 councils showed …

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