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Week notes #1

4 May 2013

A number of people are starting to put together week notes about what they have been up to over the past 5 days of work. I want to give this a go too, partly so I can look back in a few months time and remind myself what has been achieved. I probably won’t get […]

The internet is fragile

28 January 2013. 2 Comments

At some point in the last few weeks a lot of the things I worked on back in Consumer Focus disappeared from the internet. The sites were turned off and the URLs redirected to the organisation homepage. There is no explanation or notice explaining why you end up on that homepage and you would be […]

Surviving long distance commuting

22 January 2013. 5 Comments

As many of my friends and colleagues will confirm, I spent a large portion of the last 18 months commuting to work. Initially from Cardiff to London, then from Abergavenny to London. Both journeys over 2 hours in each direction. It wasn’t really practical to do this on a daily basis, either from a time […]

Exploring local government services online

14 November 2012

Back in February I wrote about how GOV.UK helps people get from a central government website to services provided in their local area. For each of these services, from paying council tax to reporting a dangerous building, we try and direct the user to the most useful place on their local council website. We do […]

Hello GOV.UK

22 October 2012

Last week we finally launched GOV.UK. On Tuesday afternoon I got to issue the pull request to remove all the beta messages from the site, then a team worked through the early hours of Wednesday morning to redirect as many Directgov and Business Link URLs to GOV.UK as possible*. On Wednesday, the site received over […]

Working towards launch

7 October 2012

As the launch of GOV.UK draws nearer, it would be a mistake to assume that the beta is in it’s final state.  The development and content teams are continuing to make tweaks and changes to the site based on feedback and testing. This will continue both up to and after it becomes the official site […]

Brushing off the cobwebs

29 September 2012

Just over a year ago, I blogged that I was taking a break from CF Labs and joining a project to create a new website for government. Since then lots of things have happened, and many things have changed.  Here is a quick summary: The Government Digital Service (GDS) was created to bring together many […]

Cookies on the gov.uk beta

12 January 2012

Today I’ve written about how we will be using cookies on the gov.uk beta website. An extract is below, and you can read the full entry on the Government Digital Service blog. The use of cookies on websites has become an increasingly hot topic over the past few months. A new EU law – specifically […]

Helping to build a single domain for government

5 September 2011. 3 Comments

Just under two and a half years ago I joined CF Labs – a new team based within Consumer Focus with a remit to build useful online tools and make data more useful and accessible. Over that time, we’ve worked to make product recall information more useful and helped to make it easier to reduce […]

An update on the EU cookie law

27 July 2011

“The law was meant to protect the privacy of people using the Internet. To accomplish this, the EU made over 90% of websites illegal” – Oliver Emberton, silktide. Back in May I wrote about the new EU law on cookies that came into effect this year and will be enforced from May 2012. On Monday, […]

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