People power vs CCTV: first Stoke, then the world

We spend a lot of time criticising governments and institutions for their shoddy and dangerous handling of sensitive privacy and civil liberties concerns. Rightly so, we believe — it’s imperative that powerful figures are held to account. We also believe that it’s...

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More info on MoD mischief

If you saw yesterday’s post about the MoD’s outrageous attempts to suppress Toby Harnden’s book Dead Men Risen, you may well be curious to read the passages that they would have had him delete. Fortunately, he’s printing a number of them in the Daily...

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Afghanistan: truth leaks out

If you’ve been reading this blog regularly, you may have noticed a paucity of posts over the past week or so — a result of the esteemed author’s temporary unavailability for duty. Fortunately, we’re now in a position to resume normal service … and what...

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What does ‘freedom’ really mean to the coalition?

We realise we’ve been banging on about the Freedom Bill a lot over the past couple of weeks. When a bill arrives with such fanfare, however, and such an influence on our lives, it tends to catch our attention. Especially so, since the more we look at it, the more the bill reveals...

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Facial recognition, CCTV in taxis, and hummingbirds that take photos

It seems that CCTV technology is advancing more quickly than the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition can make half-hearted attempts to regulate it. If we sound cynical, please forgive us. No sooner has the Freedom Bill made its appearance — and been demonstrated to contain...

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Will the Freedom Bill actually increase our freedom?

It’s beginning to happen. Gears are grinding, levers are pumping, and the Freedom Bill is making its way slowly and steadily towards becoming law. The Daily Mail reports that the forthcoming code governing CCTV use will constitute a Blow for Big Brother Britain. In truth, it does...

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