Anti-terror Computer Network 'in Disarray'
Work on a computer network designed by the UK Government to combat terror threats has stalled indefinitely, say reports. The breakdown of the system is due to technical problems and internal arguments over funding and management, according to e-mail publication, E-Government Bulletin. It will be seen as a blow to the government’s anti-terrorism strategy at a time when fears of a terror attack in Britain are at their highest. The Hazmod computer system was conceived as an internet-based emergency planning service, allowing emergency services and government departments to co-ordinate responses to a major disaster or terrorist attack. Developed by the Cabinet Office’s Civil Contingency Secretariat, it was originally due to go live in March 2002. Local government planners involved in the project have told E-Government Bulletin that the project was “a disaster” from the start, slow and difficult to use. Others have expressed disappointment that the system has not gone forward as planned. Full Story