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Is Google too big to control?

Posted by Kevin on December 3, 2014

Publishers in general look at Google’s massive profits compared to their own and say, “That’s not fair. We produce the copy and get very little; they do nothing but link to it and get huge profits.” Not surprisingly, they want things to change. “Since we own the copyright,” says the argument, “Google should be forced […]

UK government continues its attack on privacy

Posted by Kevin on November 27, 2014

The UK government is continuing to demonize internet companies, almost suggesting that they are the cause of successful terrorist attacks. In a report by the Intelligence Committee into the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby it suggests that Facebook should have detected and reported the single known incidence of one of the murderers showing his hand […]

Is the Age of Consolidation in the security market over?

Posted by Kevin on November 24, 2014

When Symantec recently separated into two companies, one to handle the anti-virus part of the business and the other to handle the Veritas information management side, I wrote a blog for High-Tech Bridge and spoke to its founder and CEO Ilia Kolochenko. Ilia Kolochenko, CEO and founder of security firm High-Tech Bridge, is not surprised […]

TTIP: will a Franco/German alliance save Britain from Cameron?

Posted by Kevin on November 18, 2014

If you had to select four European countries and sum up their national government policy in single sentences, you would not go far wrong with this: Sweden: to support the US at all costs France: to promote France and French best interests at all costs Germany: to maintain German dominance of Europe UK: to curry […]

The incarceration of Julian Assange is a blight on natural justice

Posted by Kevin on November 18, 2014

John Pilger has posted a damning indictment of British (and Swedish) justice: The siege of Julian Assange is a farce. It is well worth reading. But I trust and believe that if the British people would just stop and consider the events without the bullying intonation of politicians like Theresa May, they would insist that […]

Is hacktivism a valid form of political dissent?

Posted by Kevin on November 16, 2014

RedHack, a Turkish left-leaning hacker collective, has posted a video on Vimeo demonstrating what it claims to be the deletion of Türkiye Elektrik İletim A.Ş. (electricity supply) customer accounts to the tune of TRY 1.5 trillion (or more than £400 billion!). This is not an example of Robin Hood. No money has been stolen from […]

Hacking back – should it be a legal right for those under cyberattack?

Posted by Kevin on November 8, 2014

At the beginning of May 2013 the Dutch government proposed a new law that brought fresh impetus to an old idea: law enforcement’s right to hack back. “The controversial proposal[1],” said Dutch cyber rights organization Bits of Freedom[2], “doesn’t only allow the hacking of mobile phones and computers, it extends to spying on users and […]

The right to privacy Vs the right to spy

Posted by Kevin on November 5, 2014

Human rights are hugely misunderstood — there is actually no such thing. We are born with no ‘rights’; we are simply born. The assertion of a right is nothing more than a refusal to accept a negative. It is a denial that some third party should be allowed to prevent something. In this way, a […]

Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)

Posted by Kevin on November 2, 2014

Tracey Brown, managing director of Sense About Science, has this to say about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP): Europe’s approach [for example, towards new chemicals] is based on a “precautionary principle”. In a nutshell, that means new products and technologies are guilty until proven innocent. Anti-TTIP campaigners have warned that this principle is […]

Money and Power: the motivations of surveillance

Posted by Kevin on November 2, 2014

When we go shopping, would we accept someone with a notebook following our every footstep and making notes on where we stop at every counter in every shop, what we buy and when? And if we challenged that stalker, would we accept the argument that he is doing it for our own good so that […]