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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 […]

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 […]

The Islamic State’s Propaganda Network and the Forty-Nine Dollar Challenge

Posted by Richard Smith on November 4, 2014

A couple of weeks ago, this happened, in Iceland: ISNIC – Internet á Íslandi hf., which manages the registry for the .is country code, was forced to shut down a website on grounds of its content for the first time in the company’s history last night because terrorist organization Islamic State (IS) was using the […]

Arguments as circular as the GCHQ building

Posted by Kevin on October 28, 2014

A complaint by Privacy International against the six undersea fibre optic cable companies, including BT and Vodafone, that facilitate GCHQ’s mass surveillance practices has been rejected by the UK agency charged with ensuring corporate compliance with human rights obligations, after the companies refused to reveal the extent of their cooperation with GCHQ. Let’s see if […]

The privatization of the City of London Police?

Posted by Kevin on October 19, 2014

Another streaming site has been taken down by the City of London Police: frombar.com. My only problem with this is the endorsements displayed at the bottom of the seized site’s new home page. It’s perfectly clear that the City of London Police has become the private police force of the entertainment industry — and when […]

Change.org does itself no favours

Posted by Kevin on October 18, 2014

“Kevin — There’s a new petition trending on Change.org, and we think you might be interested in signing it.” Over the years I have signed numerous petitions on change.org. Typical would be things like ‘save the bees’; ‘stop Monsanto’; ‘stop the Communications Data Bill’; and ‘charge Tony Blair with war crimes’. So naturally I checked. […]

CETA + TTIP = North Atlantic Federation

Posted by Kevin on September 25, 2014

CETA, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the EU, has been finalised. It is expected to be formally announced this Friday, 26 September 2014. The President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso will meet the Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper in Ottawa on Friday 26 September. The EU-Canada Summit will […]

Europol: walking like a chicken

Posted by Kevin on July 25, 2014

A new EU police taskforce, already some time in the making, is set to launch a six month trial on September 1. Known as the Joint Cybercrime Action Taskforce (J-CAT) its purpose is to tackle international cross-border cybercrime. Back in May, a Europol announcement said the taskforce “will focus on cross-border cybercrime investigations against botnets, […]

Sexting: stupid, not criminal

Posted by Kevin on July 23, 2014

A young girl under the age of 18 has been cautioned by Nottinghamshire police for distributing an indecent picture of a child. The picture was a photo of her own breasts that she sent to her boyfriend; and she was a child because she was under 18 years of age. When the couple broke up, […]