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Tag Archives: privacy
Privacy and the political good.
What is missing from the debate on privacy, in general, and the debate over state surveillance, in particular, is the question of the political good either defended or promoted by constraining surveillance and protecting privacy. What is the political good … Continue reading
Posted in censorship, corruption, privacy, strategy Tagged Edward Snowden, Freedom of speech, National Security Agency, privacy, Security, state, Surveillance, United States Comments Off on Privacy and the political good.
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
Posted in Government, philosophy, privacy, transparency, war Tagged Barack Obama, Edward Snowden, National security, National Security Agency, NSA, Politics, privacy, Surveillance, United States Comments Off on My response to the NSA public consultation
The NSA surveillance state and the illusion of privacy
The news of the NSA surveillance programme has been met with strong criticism in Europe. The European governments have publicly expressed their concerns about the invasion of privacy and its effect on US-EU relations. The statements, though well meant, ring … Continue reading
Posted in censorship, Government, privacy, statesmanship, transparency, war Tagged current-events, Databases, human-rights, Politics, privacy, Surveillance state, United States 4 Comments
Write a letter if you want to defeat the NSA surveillance state
In reading the title, you may be expecting me to suggest that you write a letter to your government representative to protest the NSA’s surveillance. Instead, I want to suggest something radical: write a letter and not use email. If you want … Continue reading
To have privacy you must kill God
I was commenting on Paul Bernal’s excellent blog on privacy, and the title of this blog came to me. I was arguing, on the blog, with Bruce Shneier and I realized there was a connection, perhaps spurious, in political philosophical … Continue reading
Posted in censorship, privacy, transparency Tagged Christianity, God, human-rights, Middle Ages, Politics, privacy, Private sphere, religion, Security, society 4 Comments
Does the UK have an ecology of transparency?
Seth Kreimer developed the term “ecology of transparency”. He was looking at a way to explain the interaction of actors and organisational contexts to explain transparency within the United States. Although his work is focused on the United States, I … Continue reading
Posted in censorship, FOIA, Government, privacy, transparency Tagged Civil service, Freedom of Information Act, government, Official Secrets Act, privacy 10 Comments
Why can’t I copy money? Is that censorship?: Thoughts on framing SOPA and PIPA
I have been fascinated by the SOPA and PIPA debate because it shows the power of framing an argument. Depending on how you frame an argument, you can set the parameters for how it will be discussed and ultimately how … Continue reading
Posted in censorship, Government, intellectual property rights, privacy Tagged copyright, internet, pipa, privacy, sopa 4 Comments
A modest defence of regulators: the case of the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)
Since the phone hacking scandal began, the ICO has been under pressure over the handling of related investigations. In particular, he has faced criticism over the handling of Operation Motorman. Since the Levenson enquiry began, the criticisms have increased. The … Continue reading
Posted in FOIA, Government, privacy, transparency, Uncategorized Tagged local government, News of the World phone hacking affair, political judo, privacy 8 Comments