15 November 2006

We, the Undersigned...

Here's a slightly hopeful development. On the 10 Downing Street Web page (Tony Blair's official cyberhome), there's a new facility: e-petitions - kudos to Number 10 for adding this. Especially since the most popular petition is currently the following:

We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to create a new exception to copyright law that gives individuals the right to create a private copy of copyrighted materials for their own personal use, including back-ups, archiving and shifting format.

So, if you're a Brit, do sign; the cynic in me says it's not going to make the blindest bit of difference, but hey, it's worth a try. (Via Michael Geist's Blog.)

Update: The petition against ID Cards is also soaring away: you know what you need to do, O Britons!


Anonymous said...

The solutions to climate change though seem to have a low priority.
You can not petition the PM to make the Millennium Dome a centre of global environmental managemnet.
The petition must have been checked so there is nothing wrong with the factual content, so it gets refused on the solutions to climate change are a commercial endorsement.
Or a raw nerve has been touched.

Glyn Moody said...

Although I'm always happy to spot a conspiracy when I can, I think that is probably just a case of being hyper-cautious in the early days of this scheme. Maybe later on they would allow it.

Roger Thomas said...

Is this conspiracy with the petition or with the Dome? If you read the rejected petition there is no problem with the content ie it is factually correct.
Most of what you read and hear in the media about climate change is a waste of time or illusion.
The governments consultants wanted to back this idea as financially it had the highest revenue generation and cost/benefit analysis.
It was also very IT driven. Tim Henstock who was the expert witness at the SE Asia Tsunami inquest said it was not possible to have an early warning system.
Not true the proposal for the dome had one. Full environmental monitoring, assessment, and communication. If you were on a Thailand beach you would have had an alert to your mobile, similar with websites.
Only this year did I manage to get the competition citeria, on them the environment centre should have won.
I have talked to some quite respected journalists and they have told me 'important' stories don't get covered. Lots of people in government and in the general public know what was going on. The media don't really want to report complex and important issues. In some way its also the fault of the journalists, they don't want to tackle stories they can't conceive themselves. It like the broad sheets say they don't want a story on it as their journalists are experts. If they were so good why didn't they enter the competition and make the dome work properly? If they had been in the competition they would have known what was going on. Its like climate change most in the press is gibberish. Fortunately I sent 2 pieces of my work to a main London literary agent and he was back in touch in 20 minutes wanting a synopsis for a book. At least then there will be some quality truth about climate change and possibly how the solutions to the problem were swopped for a venue/casino, I think he may have made enquiries re some of the broadsheets, this time taking a serious indepth article.
Remember the cost of that decision is about £250 billion so far. Importantly it is also lives and species lost and being 5 years behind where we should be in resolving global ecological life support system collapse and it's symptoms such as climate change.