Council to re-use old IT - a social inclusion exemplar

A council has ended a contract for the disposal of its used computers and plans to make the machines available to local residents, particularly the disadvantaged.

Shouldn’t all organisations/IT decision-makers be doing this?

All credit to Stephen Hilton who is leading Bristol City Council’s social inclusion work. He gave details of the council’s plans at a social inclusion panel at the G2010 government IT conference.

Full article on ComputerWeekly.com

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I was always told (as an NHS IT person) that giving condemned kit away would render us open to legal action if the kit then malfunctioned (like bursting into flames and burning the recipient's house down or, in the case of laptops, doing something similar to the recipient's groin.) I'd be interested to know how this issue is being circumvented in Bristol.

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