The Telegraph: Government ‘blocked’ from accessing Twitter data to help spot terrorist plots

The Telegraph: Government ‘blocked’ from accessing Twitter data to help spot terrorist plots. “Twitter has blocked the Government from accessing data on potential terrorist threats in a move that ministers fear will make the country less safe, industry sources have told The Telegraph. The social media platform has withdrawn access to key streams of information which help the police and MI5 to identify plots, under plans to stop user data being used for ‘surveillance’.”

M Magazine: New Project Brings Major Folk Song Collection to UK

M Magazine: New Project Brings Major Folk Song Collection to UK. “The digitised collection of James Madison Carpenter (pictured above), which has previously only been accessible by visiting the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, will become free to access online for the first time. Carpenter’s work includes a wealth of traditional songs, ballads and folk plays collected from performers in Scotland, England and Wales by the Harvard-trained scholar, mostly in the period from 1929 to 1935.”

British Library: Campaign medals from the India Office collections

British Library: Campaign medals from the India Office collections. “As part of our holdings at the British Library, the India Office collection of medals can now be found on the Explore Archives and Manuscripts online catalogue. The extensive collection includes more than 500 medals, which range from campaign medals, orders of knighthood, as well as decorations. This blog features a few of the eighteenth century medals issued to Indian officers. “

British Library: Unlocking Our Sound Heritage

From the British Library: Unlocking our Sound Heritage. “The British Library is today launching Unlocking Our Sound Heritage, a major preservation and access project which has received a £9.5m National Lottery grant. This builds on the generous support of other donors and funders, meaning that the total project funding of £18.8 million is now in place. The funding will enable the formation of the first ever national network of ten sound preservation centres. This network will now come together with the British Library to save almost half a million rare and unique recordings that are threatened by physical degradation or stored on formats that can no longer be played.”

National Library of Scotland Puts 1923 Transport Road Maps Online

Pointed out by Steve D on Twitter, thanks man! The National Library of Scotland has put a 1923 set of transport road maps online. “This set of Ministry of Transport Road Maps, issued by the Ordnance Survey in 1923, were the first to accurately show the initial numbered roads in Scotland. The roads depicted on this set of maps are the Class I (red) roads showing important routes connecting large population centres or through roads, and the less important Class II (green) roads.”

The Register: Hundreds of millions ‘wasted’ on UK court digitisation scheme

The Register: Hundreds of millions ‘wasted’ on UK court digitisation scheme. “Hundreds of millions of pounds have been wasted on plans to digitise the criminal justice system due to the mismanagement of a key programme that has so far delivered little value to the taxpayer, according to multiple insiders. The Common Platform Programme (CPP) was supposed to be complete by March 2019. However, a spokeswoman from HM Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS) said the programme will not be complete until 2020 at a revised cost of £270m.”

Bloomberg Quint: Google’s U.K. Unit Reveals Tax Charge and Jump in Profits

Bloomberg Quint: Google’s U.K. Unit Reveals Tax Charge and Jump in Profits. “Google’s U.K. business is to pay 25 million pounds ($31.4 million) in U.K. corporation tax, according to its latest results, a year after the company was ordered to hand over 130 million pounds in back taxes to the government.”