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Net neutrality: a FAQ

Posted by Kevin on May 11, 2014

What is net neutrality? Net neutrality (aka the open internet) is the principle that no one internet user should be given preferential treatment over any other internet user. From a finite bandwidth resource, if one user gets more, another user must necessarily get less. Net neutrality holds that this is discrimination that must not be […]

Care.data, pseudonymised data and the ICO

Posted by Kevin on April 29, 2014

I find the ICO’s response to Dr Neil Bhatia’s request for clarification on care.data and the Data Protection Act (DPA) to be very strange. Care.data is the name for NHS England’s program to centralise all GP patient health records together with all hospital visit records in one big data warehouse available to researchers. While originally […]

AV and the NSA: is the anti-virus industry in bed with the NSA – why do CIPAV, FinFisher and DaVinci still defeat AV?

Posted by Kevin on April 29, 2014

September 2013 is the month in which the extent of direct government hacking – as opposed to traffic surveillance – became known. 4 September – WikiLeaks releases Spy Files 3, demonstrating increasing use of third-party hacking tools, such as FinFisher. 6 September – Bruce Schneier writes in the Guardian The NSA also devotes considerable resources […]

Has big business won; has net neutrality died in America?

Posted by Kevin on April 28, 2014

After being a long-term supporter of net neutrality, the American Federal Communication Commission (FCC) has taken an axe to it. The current chairman Tom Wheeler is proposing to allow broadband providers to charge larger providers larger fees. This mirrors the view of Digital Agenda commissioner Neelie Kroes in Europe. Both claim that it will not […]