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Digital Divide preventing thousands of Families from receiving Tax Breaks

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...

21 · NOV ·20140

Privacy vs. Security – Finding the Right Balance

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...

13 · NOV ·20140

Moderation is the key

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’. Claimants will have to show they have suffered serious harm to their reputations, or are likely to do so, before they can...

13 · JUN ·20120

Broadband investment – in the city or rural areas?

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...

5 · DEC ·20110

Life, liberty and the pursuit of bandwidth

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. Over the last two decades the world has been gripped by the internet  revolution.  I would argue it’s become more disruptive in international development than the combustion engine, as  in...

6 · JUL ·20110

Scandinavia’s broadband ambitions

A survey recently showed that Scandinavian countries are ranked among the top ten countries in terms of the quality and reach of their networks. On October 16, Finland made Internet services a legal right when it announced that all citizens are legally entitled to a minimum internet connection of 1 Mb/s. This should be ready for July next year. The goal,...

20 · DEC ·20090