David Cameron Trialling Downing Street App That 'Aids Decision Making'

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It's official. PM David Cameron doesn't just use his iPad to play Angry Birds.

The Cabinet Office's tech team are developing an app to aid decision making in Downing Street, according to the Financial Times.

The app, with the catchy working title of "Number 10 Dashboard", will scour the internet for jobs, housing and other data as well as monitoring social network sites such as Twitter and Facebook to keep track of public opinion.

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The new app will be able to tell Cameron what the public thinks of him

A Downing Street source told the BBC: "If you want to provide ministers and officials with information about performance of government, you can look at government data - but you can also look at data from the real world.

"All we're doing is bringing government into line with what leading companies, big and small, have been doing for several years. It's radical for government, but it's not radical for 2012."

The beta version of the app is currently being tested by a small group of people within Number 10 and other senior officials and has a similar design to the new Data.gov website.

The app will draw data from, Adzuna, a London-based company that aggregates data from job vacancy and property websites meaning that the PM will have real-time access data showing employment and housing trends.

"Number 10 Dashboard" should be ready to roll out across government departments next year.

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