UK civil servants use Slack to chat about games, drinking and romance

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UK civil servants use Slack to chat about everything from board games to blockchains

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Board games, whisky and polyamory are just some of the things being discussed by UK civil servants on a government-wide chat system – along with their actual work. Like many organisations (including New Scientist), the UK civil service has embraced Slack as an alternative to email, but the ephemeral nature of the service could make it harder to hold the government to account.

Slack allows organisations to set up multiple chat channels devoted to particular topics. A freedom of information …