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TTIP transparency clouded by smoke and mirrors

Posted by Kevin on December 4, 2014

The new European Commissioner for Trade, Cecilia Malmström, spoke to the European Parliament’s International Trade Committee. Her speech was published yesterday. Needless to say, she focused on the Trans-satantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Key to this speech was a promise of transparency (or at least a politician’s definition of transparency). In future, all 751 […]

European privacy regulators clarify right to be forgotten

Posted by Kevin on November 28, 2014

The European Article 29 working party of national data protection regulators has issued guidelines on the European Court’s so-called right to be forgotten ruling, effectively closing some of the loopholes. Perhaps the most important of the opinions is that the ruling applies to all domains available in the EU and not just European domains. Thus, […]

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 […]

Censorship: which is worse – RT or the BBC?

Posted by Kevin on November 10, 2014

Britain is subject to what the Index on Censorship calls ‘censorship by omission’. There can be no doubt over this: see the experiment I conducted in March/April this year here (Britain: a land of censorship by omission) and here (Censorship is alive and well in Britain today). The principle is simple — the government just quietly […]

Christopher Booker: a very dangerous view

Posted by Kevin on November 9, 2014

I have rarely read anything more dangerous. A ‘serious’ journalist (Christopher Booker) writing in a ‘quality’ newspaper (The Telegraph), actually says, The real problem is that we have allowed judges to misuse their powers to interpret the law in ways that were simply never intended. To regain control over our borders we would first need […]

It is outrageous that academic research isn’t freely available

Posted by Kevin on November 9, 2014

Researchers from the universities of Surrey, Southampton and Cambridge have published a paper (as an article in Nature Communications) with details of new academic research likely to lead to much faster computers. The challenge has been to enable light-based processing to eliminate the bottleneck in converting light instructions from optical fibre communications to electrons for […]

Putin bans Apple!

Posted by Kevin on November 6, 2014

Watch for the headlines in the western press over the next few days: Putin retaliates over western sanctions by banning Apple. That’s not quite what is happening. It is true that as things stand Russians will not be able to use iPhones and iPads from 1 January 2015 — but that’s not because Apple has […]

BT shows the cost of failed calls

Posted by Kevin on November 5, 2014

There is a strange dichotomy between business and politics (we’re excluding banks because they ultimately own both business and politics). It is this: business, which is by nature self-seeking, is more democratic than politics; which claims to be for the people but is actually autocratic. A recent example in practice is business’ rejection of government […]