Archive for the ‘politics’ Category

Wage Slaves

26Jul17

I recently had the good fortune of meeting Katz Kiely and learning about the Behavioural Enterprise Engagement Platform (BEEP) that she’s building. After that meeting I listened to Katz’s ‘Change for the Better‘ presentation, which provided some inspiring food for thought. Katz’s point is that so much human potential is locked away by the way […]


In my last post ‘The Surveillance Party‘ I wrote about how the UK Labour Party used their ersatz SIGINT operation to exclude me from their leadership election process. I was told ‘You posted inappropriate comments on social media on 5 July 2016’, so let’s take a look at my tweets and see what might have […]


TL;DR The UK Labour Party has been running an ersatz signals intelligence (SIGINT) operation to identify and exclude members and supporters that they don’t want voting in their leadership election; people who under some sort of criteria are identified as enemies of the party. This should be terrifying, as the difference between enemy of the […]


TL;DR The UK ‘snoopers charter’ is back in the form of the Investigatory Powers Bill (IPB [pdf]). As with previous efforts it’s not just trying to provide a more robust legal framework for ongoing spying, but also trying to extend spying powers to other agencies. The police might see this as a way to solve crime more […]


Dear Mr Soames, Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill I’m pretty sure you’ll toe the party line on this one, but if I don’t write to you then you don’t know about objection from (at least one of) your constituents. I am outraged by this legislation being pushed through in the manner that it is. […]


I don’t need to write extensively here about the dangers of regulatory capture by corporate interests. Larry Lessig already wrote ‘One Way Forward‘, and he does a far better job than I ever could. My friend Robert Dunne recently made an astute observation in the wake of the PRISM scandal: Access to material from the […]


There has been a LOT of noise over the past week about David Cameron’s proposals to have default on web filters for UK ISPs (which seems to be happening despite it not being part of official government policy, and entirely outside of any legislative framework). Claire Perry (Conservative MP for Devizes) has been leading the […]


Our elected (and unelected) officials keep getting caught with their hands in the till by investigative journalists. The proposed remedy for this is to establish a register for lobbyists. A plan that the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) seems to be eagerly embracing (when it’s not saying that the plan needs to be even […]


Drones

12Jul12

Barely a week goes by these days without me seeing something about a cool home built drone project on sites like Hack a Day, and a couple of weeks ago the Open Source Hardware Users Group (OSHUG) had a meeting dedicated to drones. I really liked the idea of using Kinect as a controller for […]


I greatly fear that tomorrow, Tue 6 Apr 2010, will go down in history as the day democracy died. I am of course writing once again about the Digital Economy Bill [1] in the UK, and its big brother ACTA. Pieces of legislation penned by the lobbyists for media distribution companies and about to be […]