In November 2015, the Investigatory Powers Bill was published, revealing at last the extent to which our goverment thinks it should have access to all the communications we send over the internet. There will be much talk of how things like WhatsApp and iMessage must allow the government access to messages sent between users, despite… Read More Is Theresa May going to make me a criminal?
Much has been said in the media about the recent attack on TalkTalk, and the worries that many people have about whether or not their bank accounts might be at risk. That’s a legitimate worry, made worse by the confusing information that the company has given, first appearing to suggest that pretty much everything on… Read More Let’s TalkTalk about privacy and censorship
Over on The Register, there’s an interesting article about the Ashley Madison hack, and a fair number of interesting comments. There are also some from people who, one assumes, must be entirely pure of heart and mind. Already, there are numerous reports of people worried about what may happen to them as a result of… Read More You’re next: Ashley Madison, outing and little lists
With David Cameron’s internet censorship – let’s not be coy and use the word ‘filter’ – rolling out in the UK, I thought I’d round up some of the related material that I’ve published here and elsewhere infrequently. I’m also going to point you at an article over on The Register, where I’ve commented a… Read More Dispatches from the War on Sex
This morning’s Telegraph carries a story about David Cameron’s latest venture into the realms of internet censorship. Responding to pressure from a coalition of probably well meaning, though certainly technologically challenged, children’s organisations, Cameron is floating the idea of a porn block on public WiFi services. Update: Also covered on the BBC News site. This… Read More The chilling idiocy of Cameron’s “Good, Clean WiFi”
The “Twitter joke trial” may have finally wound its torturous way to a conclusion, with the winning today of an appeal by Paul Chambers against his conviction, but amidst all the rejoicing, it’s prudent, I think, to sound a more cautious note. At a time when society has, in general, been becoming more liberal in… Read More Online chat in the UK is still not free
Last week’s report from the Mothers’ Union into the ‘sexualisation of children’ proposed a raft of measures to stop the horror of children finding out that people have sex. Some of these, perhaps, might have some merit, but as I mentioned here before in regards to internet censorship, the vast majority of households in the… Read More Digital TV doesn’t need more smut regulation