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A Challenge To Ian Livingston: Back Up Your Words With Proof

The BT Corporate website has a section entitled “The Way We Work”. It makes interesting reading. It’s good, solid stuff I’d expect to see from companies determined to show that acting ethically is inherent in everything they do. It’s the kind of stuff I’d expect to see from the Co-Op, an organisation I have come to know and respect over the years.

But this is BT we’re talking about.

The company that has secretly and illegally tested Phorm’s technology on their users. The company that has repeatedly denied the testing until confronted with the evidence. The company that has banned any discussion of Phorm from its support forums.

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Tinfoil Hats Anyone?

The recent revelations exposed by Edward Snowden about the NSA’s PRISM scheme may have shocked many people.  Sadly they did not shock me.  What the NSA decides to do is its own business, but the revelations that GCHQ is engaged in a mass wiretapping scheme of its own show that the UK government is either complicit in a surveillance society or utterly clueless.

William Hague’s claim that “If you are innocent you have nothing to fear” is the kind of thing that comes straight out of 1984, Fahrenheit 451 or other works of that ilk.  Of course, the news that Ian Livingston, the BT CEO and exec who authorised the illegal and secret tests of Phorm’s technology on over 20,000 BT Internet customers is now to work as a government advisor shows that if you’re the right kind of criminal, you can get a job in high places.  The Spectator asks some questions that Mr Hague needed to answer in the House of Commons.

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The Grauniad Lacks Clue on The #DEAct?

The recent report by The Guardian about the Judicial Review into the Digital Economy Act seems to be little more than a whining board for those proponents of the legislation who are annoyed by the prospect of the review.  The comments after the article say as much. This is my brief (ish) summary of how the DEA came into being & how supporters of the legislation are behaving.  I don’t know if The Guardian has forgotten to mention some of the other salient facts or just missed them out for a word limit so here they are.

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UK Voted For Change

It is finished.  An exciting election which gave us some compelling theatre and drove the media speculation machine into overdrive has finally given us a new Prime Minister and a Conservative – Liberal Democrat coalition government.  The control freakery and paranoia of New Labour has been rejected.  Nick Clegg had achieved that which every Liberal, SDP and now Liberal Democrat leader during my life had desired – to have the balance of power in their hands.

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