James Blessing of the Internet Service Providers Association on the ‘Snooping’ Bill

It’s easy to be critical of legislation that proposes to monitor vast swathes of our internet usage, and we are. It’s less simple, however, to understand exactly what the anticipated ‘snooping’ bill will actually demand of ISPs, and how feasible it will be to...

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Hands off our … umm, social networks.

When the proverbial faeces hits the fan, it’s generally a good idea to spend some time figuring out what we might want to do differently in future. Coming together to clean it up is a good start, and says more about the ‘moral character’ of this country than any...

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Riots are an argument for more civil liberties, not fewer

And so the post-mortem has begun. Now that the initial wave of rioting and looting appears to have subsided, the question of what can be done to prevent a repetition comes to the lips. David Cameron has come up with the, in our eyes rather feeble-minded, idea of restricting the use of...

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Internet privacy: who’s reading your emails?

We’ve become used to thinking of the internet as a space in which new norms of relationship — norms that make more sense than the kind of authoritarianism we’re used to from governments — apply. Norms such as reciprocity, egalitarianism, free speech,...

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