Category Archives: privacy

The harm of censorship is worse than the harm of debt? A response to: Should public libraries block payday loan websites?

On his blog, Adrian Short makes several arguments against internet “censorship” by Councils who block access to payday loan sites on library computers.  Here is the link. Should public libraries block payday loan websites? He says that blocking access to … Continue reading

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Surveillance and the experience of technological sin

Throughout the furore over the NSA revelations, one thing that has remained constant is the way that technology companies and technologists have expressed a certain naiveté over politics. I do not mean that they are unaware of politics. Instead, I … Continue reading

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Surveillance, conformity and censorship: the reality and the myth

We have heard from many writers that when the NSA and GCHQ monitor the web and communications across the web they engage in censorship or the surveillance becomes a form of censorship because it chills the freedom of expression and … Continue reading

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My response to the NSA public consultation

  Background note: In response to the Snowden leaks about the National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance program, a review group was created on August 12, 2013. President Obama directed the establishment of a Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies. Their mission … Continue reading

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Surveillance, Safety and the Rule of Law: Questions and Answers

We have heard many stories about the surveillance state and its power over the individual. We have heard that the United States has abused its position and its power to its advantage. Many people are outraged at what they believe … Continue reading

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Who is pimping Miley Cyrus’s talent?

Miley Cyrus’s “talent” display compel us to ask; “Who profits from what she “sells?” She is the one on the stage so she believes she is in charge, but who benefits the most from her “work”? All artists display their … Continue reading

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When the NSA cannot decrypt, the seeds of the electronic state of nature are planted

When the NSA can no longer decrypt encrypted documents, we will not usher in a new era of liberty or freedom. What we will learn is that our freedom has a dangerous limit. We will wake up to the truth … Continue reading

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An alternative view of how the Terrorism Act may have applied to Mr. Miranda

disclaimer: I am not a lawyer so this is a layman’s reading of the Act. As such, it is a speculative piece of writing.  Please do not take it as a legal interpretation of how the Act works. For a robust … Continue reading

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Why Mr. Miranda may have been held

Update: Since I published this blog at 220am on Monday,  the story has changed. It has been reported that Mr. Miranda was stopped by the British Government on their decision.  Here is how the BBC has reported the story in … Continue reading

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Worrying about the Public-Private Surveillance Partnership: A response

The following is a response to Bruce Schneier’s article The Public-Private Surveillance Partnership. In the article, he argues that the primary business model of the internet is mass surveillance. A public-private partnership makes it happen and to defend it. I … Continue reading

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