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[ NNSquad ] UK conservatives attempting to erase their Internet history

UK conservatives attempting to erase their Internet history

http://j.mp/1bpaKum  (Computer Weekly)

    "The Conservative Party has attempted to erase a 10-year backlog
     of speeches from the internet, including pledges for a new kind
     of transparent politics the prime minister and chancellor made
     when they were campaigning for election.  Prime minister David
     Cameron and chancellor George Osborne campaigned on a promise to
     democratise information held by those in power, so people could
     hold them to account. They wanted to use the internet transform
     politics.  But the Conservative Party has removed the archive
     from its public facing website, erasing records of speeches and
     press releases going back to the year 2000 and up until it was
     elected in May 2010.  It also struck the record of their past
     speeches off internet engines including Google, which had been a
     role model for Cameron and Osborne's "open source politics".  And
     it erased the official record of their speeches from the Internet
     Archive, the public record of the net - with an effect as
     alarming as sending Men in Black to strip history books from a
     public library and burn them in the car park."

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Lauren Weinstein (lauren@vortex.com): http://www.vortex.com/lauren 
Co-Founder: People For Internet Responsibility: http://www.pfir.org/pfir-info
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