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Edition No. 165

Date:- 28 August 2004

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THE BATTLE FOR DIGITAL MAIL BEGINS

THE next evolutionary step for electronic communication, digital mail, is about to come on to the market. dmail, a British company, has appointed London-based public relations firm Chelgate Limited to prepare the launch and subsequent promotional programmes which will see dmail established as one of the leaders in the emerging digital mail market.

Digital mail is a new alternative to email which can effectively eradicate the problems of spam and viral infection, and provide an exceptionally fast medium for accessing and exchanging large files such as music, images and film. As it can be isolated, digital mail is also a safe and secure platform which can not be penetrated by unwanted visitors or observers.

The market for digital mail is very much in an evolutionary state, with only a very few service providers currently entering, the main one being Google. gmail is currently being beta tested ready for launch later this year or early next.

Developed by Dorset inventor, Peter Jackson, dmail originates from the oil and gas industry:- "We had created a global supply network in the industry which needed a secure messaging system which was instantaneous and able to transfer large files rapidly. I developed what is now called dmail to satisfy those requirements.

Email has now reached a turning point in its short history. People both at work and at home are sick and tired of spam and viruses, and seriously concerned about security and the increasing prevalence of criminal activity on the Internet, especially targeting children. The emergence of digital mail is in effect a response to all those concerns." 


Digital mail differs from email in that it is based upon html text and back-end SQL databases, whereas email supports a myriad of formats and interfaces. Most email accounts have a few megabytes of storage attached, while digital mail accounts will typically include one gigabyte of storage.

Chelgate will be working with dmail to launch the beta service early next month. The account team will be led by Michael Hardware, executive vice-president. He said:- "This will be a demanding assignment where a UK company will attempt to challenge the supremacy of the usual US market leaders. MSN and Yahoo are already reacting to the future competition from digital mail by increasing the storage size available on their email accounts, but this only addresses one benefit of digital mail, the real battle is yet to come."

The right to know

LOCAL democracy thinktank the Local Government Information Unit (LGIU) has launched a new e-publication, entitled Information is Power, explaining the law governing the access to information for the public and elected councillors.

In January 2005, new duties affecting local government come into force, arising from the Freedom of Information Act 2000. The LGIU's guide aims to help councillors, local authority officers and members of the public navigate the maze of laws that exist in England and Wales. It describes the changes that are in train. Information is Power can be downloaded free of charge from http://www.steerbriefing.org.uk/lgiu/Infop.pdf.

Ramani Chelliah, LGIU Policy Officer and author of Information is Power, said:- "Active citizenship and strong local democracy requires access to information to be as open as possible to the public and their elected representatives. 

This area is governed by a complex and changing web of legislation. Information is Power aims to give councillors, council officers and members of the public a concise account of the legislation that exists, including the provisions of the new Freedom of Information Act." 

"A Million People, Running a Million Miles, Raising Millions for Charity"

HEALTH and fitness club operator David Lloyd Leisure has launched a series of mass participation mile runs across the country, aimed at getting ‘a million people, running a million miles, raising millions for charity’.

The mile distance has been chosen for its popularity and accessibility for all levels of fitness, but the ‘David Lloyd Leisure Great Mile Runs’ programme was launched with men and women’s elite races. Pictured is Olympic gold medallist Kelly Holmes, who won the first event in Balmoral in May.

Mile Runs for the public are already planned for Liverpool, Newcastle, Portsmouth, Manchester and Edinburgh. For more info visit www.greatmilerun.org or www.davidlloydleisure.co.uk

BOMB SCARE

YET again parts of Southport centre were were closed off on Monday following a bomb scare at Sainsbury’s on Lord Street thanks to a hoax bomb threat. Merseyside Police were at the scene quickly with around 10 vehicles, and they cleared the area including Sainsbury’s car park on Anchor Street and offices on Post Office Ave, including ours. A police spokesman said:- “Sainsbury’s received a hoax call at 5.05pm from an anonymous caller. Merseyside Police evacuated the premises and surrounding areas as a precaution but no suspicious package was found. The operation was finished by 6.15pm.” 

A police spokesman said:- "This is not a joke. Jokes like this can cost lives. Hoaxes like this can cause a lot of disruption and divert valuable police and other emergency services from areas were lives could be in danger. We would urge anyone who knows who is responsible to contact the police."

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