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.
2009 nears its end and I for one won’t be sorry to see the back of it. There have been some very enjoyable high points including the Ashes win, the test win this morning, a wedding in my family and Phorm being all but forced out of the UK but overall 2009 will be a year I remember as a year in which far too many people lacked Clue, balls and ethics.
Some might accuse me of being a Grumpy Old Man. According to the series I am now in the age bracket for being a Grumpy so there may be some truth to the suggestion. My response to that is that I’m not grumpy, I’m a realist and some of what I see is less than pleasing, often lacking in Clue, ethics, common sense and the other attributes I used to expect from those in positions of power and influence. Now I just expect self centredness, obsession with protecting the vested interests and the status quo and control freakery trying to interfere in areas where the state has no right to.
I’m not the only one. Guy Aitchison has written his review of the year. It’s well worth reading; it highlights other areas where government and authorities have failed or fell victim to control freakery or halfwittedness.
Interesting story on the PC Pro website this morning.
Virgin Media is writing to customers to tell them it has dropped controversial web advertising service Phorm – even though it hasn’t.
The letter goes on
“After much consideration, Virgin Media decided not signed up [sic] for Phorm because of amongst other things, the Webwise ad monitoring system,”
Read the rest of the story here, including a denial that this is the case from Virgin Media. The full letter is promised in next week’s Micro Mart which goes on sale on 25th June. In the meantime I’ve taken a screengrab of the PC Pro page for future reference.
Begs the question what is going on at Virgin Media these days? When I fired them I got a couple of calls from “customer care” staff trying to spin the pro-Phorm line. They were rebuffed and the callers educated into the whys and wherefores of Phorm from my perspective.
Here’s something I wrote in February. It still holds true today:
My internet activity details are not for sale to anyone. I and others feel the same way and we will continue to hammer home this message: in no way can I recommend Virgin Media to anyone.
I will not contemplate thinking about recommending them until they publicly reject Phorm and other DPI based schemes.