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A Guardian Technology campaign for free public access to data about the UK and its citizens

Advance notice: Mike Cross talking to BCS on April 2 in London

Just in case you’ve got a slot in your diary: Michael Cross, the co-founder of the Free Our Data campaign, will be talking at the British Computer Society’s Geospatial Specialist Group on Wednesday April 2 at 6.20pm in London.

As the page says, “Michael will be explaining the rationale behind, and taking questions about, the sometimes controversial campaign, now in its third year.”

Better to be sometimes controversial than always bland, though, that’s what we say.

The page says that “NB This event is free, but registration is required. If you would like to attend this event please register by sending an email to”. It’s not clear if you need to be a member of the BCS or its Geospatial Specialist Group to come along – but presumably the registration email will tell you.

We suspect that Mike will talk a little about the strength of the official reports that have all, so far, backed more or less the campaign’s standpoint; none has demonstrated that the wider economy would lose out by adopting our system.

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