If You Have Nothing To Hide… You Still Have Something To Fear

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One of the most pernicious memes is “If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear.” It implies that the only reasons for opposing a law is that you would find yourself guilty under it. The phrases is, I think, a contender for a new form of Godwin’s Rule. Any discussion about laws…

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Helen Goodman MP is "Particularly Stupid"

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I remarked earlier about Helen Goodman MP and her total lack of technical knowledge. An MP being a bit behind the times isn’t the greatest shock – but she’s Labour’s Shadow Minister for Culture, Media, and Sport – that’s a big deal! This year, Claire Perry MP produced an “independent” report into online child protection.…

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The War of The Internet Has Begun

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No one would have believed in the first years of the twenty-first century that the online world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences lesser than man’s and yet as mortal as his own; that as men busied themselves about their various blogs they were scrutinised and studied, perhaps almost as narrowly as a…

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Barefoot Into Cyberspace

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An online acquaintance of mine, Becky Hogge, has released a book! Barefoot Into Cyberspace tells the story of the “hacker scene” over the tumultuous last few years. Yesterday, Becky released a transcript of her interview with Julian Assange – in it he discusses the News of the World hacking, amongst other things. A fascinating interview…

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Protesting the Digital Economy Bill

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On Wednesday, I attended the “Stop Disconnection Demo” to protest the Digital Economy Bill outside parliament. I’ve been on a few protests in my time. Anti-war, anti-nukes, anti-tuition fees and the like. This was one of the most cheerful protests I’ve ever attended. The protesters were friendly and erudite. Passers-by seemed happy to take our…

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ORG Election

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Voting is now open for the Open Rights Group Board of Directors election. I’d be delighted to answer any questions you may have. Post them as a comment here, send me an SMS or an email and I’ll do my best to answer. A quick look over the candidate statements shows that we’re all fairly…

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Open Rights Group – Standing For the Board of Directors

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As you may know, I’m a supporter of the Open Rights Group. They’re the campaigning group dedicated to protecting our online civil liberties. I pay them £5 per month, I think you should join them too. I’m not just putting my money where my mouth is. I’m also standing for the Board of Directors. I…

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