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  • Excellent interview with Greg …

    April 15th, 2012

    Excellent interview with Greg Hadfield on all issues around open data and its future with cities http://t.co/Zi9Lw2cd

    UK nuclear programme is at ris…

    April 9th, 2012

    UK nuclear programme is at risk in Moody’s credit alert http://t.co/Wxy87IgC via @MailOnline – utility debt is now energy security issue

    Tell Boris Johnson – London Borough Crime Totals are already on UKCrimeStats

    April 4th, 2012

    Posted: April 2nd, tadalafil 2012  Author:   No Comments »

    They say that imitation is the greatest form of flattery.  So I was mildly amused today to pick up the Evening Standard to find that Boris Johnson’s crime manifesto today pledged to do something we already offer for free !

    According to the Evening Standard in the Crime Fighting part of Boris Johnson’s overall plan, buy cialis he would “Publish monthly crime figures and police numbers for every borough“. Well, you can see monthly crime numbers by borough here and if they do go ahead and publish Borough Force numbers on a monthly basis, we could put that in easily too. Let’s hope they don’t do down the road of yet another tax-funded website like police.uk.

    Another part of the manifesto that did concern me was the pledge to “Develop (a) smartphone crime reporting app“. Why would they spend taxpayers money developing that when they could release the data and developers could not only compete with each other to do a better job, but do it for free at no cost to the taxpayer?

    I’m all for our politicians taking an open-minded closer look at what technology can do against crime and inefficiency. But I’d rather not have to keep pointing out that the role of government is to release the data, not develop it and crowd out private sector job creation and tax revenue.

    Meanwhile, unless I’m mistaken, Ken Livingstone’s programme meanwhile appears to be devoid of any technology solution.

    So on this admittedly very narrow point, I’m not sure who’s better or worse !

    Article source: http://www.ukcrimestats.com/blog/2012/04/02/tell-boris-johnson-london-borough-crime-totals-are-already-on-ukcrimestats/

    I’m hiring on @Elance! Do you …

    April 4th, 2012

    I’m hiring on @Elance! Do you know anyone who can get this #job done? https://t.co/AQqoBPUE