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Dear all,

Info@UK December edition is now available from the address below.
http://infoatuk.britishcouncil.org
<http://www.britishcouncil.org/infoexch/info@[log in to unmask]>  

Info@UK - is your guide to major UK Information Society developments and
news.  The bulletin is compiled by the Information Management Research
Institute, University of Northumbria on behalf of the British Council and is
designed primarily to meet the information needs of British Council staff.
However we recognise that it will be of interest to a wider audience and are
happy to share Info@UK with you.

This month's contents...

UK NATIONAL DEVELOPMENTS 

        6 billion Blair public sector IT pledge
4
        People's Network latest
4
        Visually impaired access receives Royal Assent
5
        eMail MPs using your TV
5
        More Government services via TV
5
        Launch of SEMLAC
6
        Freedom of Information Act continues
6

INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENTS

        Kofi Annan throws down the gauntlet to Silicon Valley
6
        Latest on the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS)
6
        Bill Gates to donate $21 million to Asia for IT
7
        Latest world news on the digital divide
7

EU DEVELOPMENTS

        UK implementation of the EU Copyright Directive postponed
8

INTERNET RESOURCES

        Firefighter strike contingency web site
8
        New online community for Information Professionals
8
        New Internet Society discussion list
8
        Best of British Web site
8
        British Pathe news archives online
9

NEW PUBLICATIONS

        UK online annual report 2002
9
        Challenge and change in the Information Society
9
        The Digital Factor in Library and Information Services:
International 
        Yearbook of Library and Information Management 2002-2003
10
        Getting best value from content management
10
        Understanding the Psychology of Internet Behaviour: Virtual Worlds,
        Real Lives
10

RESEARCH AND INNOVATION NEWS

        Broadband in local government - a snapshot in 2002
11
        Texting for the blind
11
        W3C consults on new web accessibility guidelines
11
        Report suggests Government web sites need reforming
12
        Digital signatures takes next step
12

CONFERENCES AND SEMINARS

        Online Information 2002
12
        European Union Information on the Web
12
        Fifth International Conference on Asian Digital Libraries ICADL02
13
        BOBCATSSS symposium 2003
13
        CALIBER 2003
13
        World Summit on the Information Society WSIS
14

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

        Subject guide to the Internet - marketing information
14
        Proving the value of library and information services
14
        Electronic copyright: update on legislation
15
        Creating strategic marketing plans to build better public library
services        15
        Internet tools for the advanced searcher
15
        Training for tomorrow
15
        Content Management in the Public Sector
16

APPOINTMENTS

        New Chief Executive of COI
16
        New Director of SLIC and CILIPS
16

...AND FINALLY...

        Vatican Library online
17
        Cyber bullies, black-crust-pie and detention
17
        The online sick
17
        The man who loves books a little too much
17


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