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Storm in a tea-cup?

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:40 PM 655 views

I have to admit, I was one of the ‘lefties’ upset by the ‘controls on immigration tea cup’ over the weekend. Maybe I got too upset – some Labour stalwarts said it was a ‘storm in a tea cup’, others…

Dear Labour supporters…

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:39 PM 2,279 views

As a long-time Labour voter who has since joined the Greens, and is still not absolutely certain which way to vote in the General Election, I keep finding myself saying the same thing on Twitter when discussing the election. Rather…

So who’s breaking the internet this time?

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:39 PM 5,240 views

I’m not sure how many times I’ve been told that the internet is under dire threat over the last few years. It sometimes seems as though there’s an apocalypse just around the corner pretty much all the time. Something’s going…

The right be forgotten roadshow – and the power of Google

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:39 PM 2,999 views

I read with interest Professor Luciano Floridi’s report from the first two legs of what the Guardian described as ‘Google’s privacy ethics tour of Europe’. Floridi is Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information at the Oxford Internet Institute, and one of the…

Kids and contributions…

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:39 PM 1,602 views

Aside from the owls, I found little to be happy about in yesterday’s ‘big’ speech by Ed Miliband, and the IPPR report that it accompanied, ‘The Condition of Britain’. A great deal has already been said and written about it…

Yashika, UKIP and us….

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:38 PM 1,634 views

It was sadly poignant that the same day that Yashika Bageerathi was deported, UKIP leader Nigel Farage was trouncing Nick Clegg in a televised debate. The two things may seem unconnected – but they’re not, they’re intrinsically linked. Xenophobia rules…

Care.data and the community…

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:38 PM 815 views

The latest piece of health data news, that, according to the Telegraph, the hospital records of all NHS patients have been sold to insurers, is a body-blow to the care.data scheme, but make no mistake about it, the scheme was…

Privacy isn't selfish

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:38 PM 1,236 views

The importance of privacy is often downplayed. It sometimes seems as though privacy is viewed as something bad, something inherently selfish, something that ‘good’ people don’t need or really want – or at the very least are willing to sacrifice…

A biased, anecdotal post about Romania….

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:38 PM 2,033 views

Before I write the few small things I want to say about Romania, I want to make one thing entirely clear. I’m biased. Biased in favour of Romania. I know the country pretty well – I’m married to a Romanian…

Clare's Law: a simple solution, or more confusion?

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:38 PM 1,193 views

The news this morning that ‘Clare’s Law’, by which according to the BBC ‘enables women to check the police record of a new boyfriend’ will be expanded to cover the whole of England and Wales is one that fills me with unease.…

Dear Rachel Reeves…

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:37 PM 2,306 views

Dear Rachel Reeves Having read the interview with you in the Guardian, I find myself compelled to write a response. I don’t usually do things like this – but I had been feeling so much more positive about Labour since the…

‘Hard working people’ doesn’t work for me…

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:37 PM 1,468 views

There are few expressions that annoy me more than ‘hard working people’ – and few that we hear more in the current political climate. There are so many things wrong with it that it’s hard to know where to start……

Go home, Superman!

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:36 PM 933 views

Would the Home Office dare do this to the Man of Steel? After all, he is an illegal alien. Maybe the Home Office would be more inclined if he looked like this? (For those who do not know, this is…

10 questions about Cameron's 'new' porn-blocking

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:36 PM 749 views

There’s been a bit of a media onslaught from David Cameron about his ‘war on porn’ over the weekend. Some of the messages given out have been very welcome – but some are contradictory and others make very little sense…

Governments, the internet and freedom

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:35 PM 641 views

Current events in Turkey have raised a lot of questions – questions that strike at the very roots of government legitimacy. One of those questions is about how governments deal with the internet. Turkish PM Erdogan has ‘blasted’ twitter and…

Woolwich and the case against the Snoopers' Charter!

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:35 PM 364 views

Some have suggested that Woolwich is a reason to resurrect the Communications Data Bill – the Snoopers’ Charter. Indeed, not only have the usual authoritarian suspects on all sides of the political field – Theresa May for the Tories, Lord…

Terrorism and knee-jerk legislation…

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:35 PM 594 views

The hideous events in Woolwich are already provoking a huge amount of reaction – strong, intense, often very passionate reaction. Understandably so. I don’t want to go into that, for a whole lot of reasons. One reaction, however, I think…

One nation: Unanswered questions

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:34 PM 1,347 views

I’ve just come out of the inaugural event of the LSE’s new Institute of Public Affairs – ‘who owns the ‘One Nation’ and what does it stand for?’ It was a debate of sorts – between Michael Gove and Lord…

What do students want? The dangers of oversimplification…

/ June 29, 2015 at 8:34 PM 769 views

There’s a story doing the rounds this morning about student-staff contact hours at universities. “Survey shows university teaching hours have barely increased as fees rise by £8,000″…says the Guardian. I can see this has already produced a few reactions –…