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Departmental Internet

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 19 March 2008, Official Report, column 1182W, on the Departmental internet, whether Wikipedia entries have been created or amended by officials in his Department who are not special advisers or communications officials. (199951)

The Department for International Development (DFID) Officials (excluding special advisers and communication officials) have from time to time updated Wikipedia entries, and may also have created entries. In addition to the legitimate benefit that such activities can have in terms of knowledge and information sharing, DFID’s IT policy also allows private use of the web, including Wikipedia, by staff in their own time, provided such activity is in line with the Civil Service Code.