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    I am the owner and managing director of Information Automation Limited (IAL), a company that specialises in research, consultancy and training for the information profession. We are particularly interested in all forms of electronic information resources (e-journals, e-books, etc) and I teach a course in electronic publishing at the Department of Information Studies in Aberystwyth. Drilling down still further(!), my interests centre on the quality and evaluation of electronic information, and in the thinking that underpins activities in library and information science.


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    Wednesday, February 21, 2007

    Petitions to No.10

    In the light of the current news about the Prime Minister sending out a nice letter to all of those who signed the petition against road charging - a letter which explained, presumably, how he valued their views, was impressed by the number of petitioners, BUT that he thought he was right and road charging was pretty likely to go ahead in the fullness of time...

    I also had a letter from the Prime Minister. Mine was in response to the petition I signed: to do with scrapping the idea if ID cards, and - guess what - he explained how he valued my views, was impressed by the number of petitioners, BUT that thought he was right and ID cards were pretty likely to go ahead in the fullness of time.

    I am left with the clear idea that the petitions website is nothing more than a means to collect email addresses of those who disagree with the government so that a targetted mailing can attempt to bring them onside (I hope that's the only reason for collecting them!). Is that practice cynical, or what?

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