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Net neutrality is dead — the EU and US have already decided

Posted by Kevin on December 22, 2014

On Friday, Gizmodo reported, FCC Mysteriously Lost Hundreds of Thousands Net Neutrality Comments: As the Sony hack makes internet regulation a top priority, startling new revelations about how the FCC handled public comments on net neutrality just came in. New analysis of the data the FCC recently released about the process shows that the agency […]

Time to reject GCHQ and rebuild a Free Albion

Posted by Kevin on December 18, 2014

One of my favourite companies is F-Secure. F-Secure is a company that hasn’t just sat back and said, ‘Oh, how terrible – governments are spying on us.’ F-Secure is fighting back by developing the technology that makes it more difficult for governments to spy on people. I recently asked F-Secure’s Sean Sullivan why his company […]

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 […]