When your work ends up like Trotsky

broken search

no searching the site for you!

Today I was working on a bio, and I wanted to include a link to the work I did when I was seconded to CEOP. The document is question was the Social Networking Guidance, published by the Home Office Task Force on Child Protection on the Internet. Snappy name, I know.

As the homeoffice.gov.uk site was never particularly easy to navigate, I searched with my trusty Google. The result I was after lived on police.homeoffice.gov.uk – but clicking on it redirected to the top level of the site, not the deep link.

It turns out that the entire site was archived when the Government switched from Nu Labour to ConDem. You now have to go to an archived version run by the National Archives. Somehow in the move, all the documents published by HOTCSI have gone. They are not archived on the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) website, nor has UKCCIS issued new advice to Industry. The UKCCIS site hides most of its information behind a login page, and to top it all off, the site search is broken.

All of the work carried out by the Home Office Task Force has been tidied away into the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying ‘Beware of the Leopard’. Guidance drawn up – at great, great, length – by civil servants, industry, children’s charities and law enforcement has just disappeared. Social Networking, Search, more general guidance – all gone. Airbrushed away.

Except those tricksy revisionists at the Home Office didn’t count on the DCSF ignoring the memo to erase all trace. You can download the Social document here.

Ah, joined up Government.

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Forty-something gay geek living in Kings Cross with my collection of shiny computers and my fish.
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