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The Control Culture

The Control Culture

        A selection of articles that illustrate the pre-occupation of governments with monitoring and controlling their citizens. This post re-instated 03/2017 after being, somewhat mysteriously, deleted from the blog – yet again. Apparently there are some who do not believe in the freedom of the press. 2017 […]

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03/03/2017 at 13:12Control Culture Life&Liberty

Cyber security tips for journalists (The List)

Cyber security tips for journalists (The List)

Updated 15/07/2015. This page is an attempt to compile some of the online resources available to help journalists improve their online security. Thanks to NUJ Brussels for the original, at: http://www.nujcec.org/brussels/index.php/faqs/more-faqs/cyber-security-tips-journalists-the-list/ Need to take online security seriously That journalists need to think about such matters is not in doubt – […]

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Journalist? Secure your communications – or pay a high price

Journalist? Secure your communications – or pay a high price

Deep Web for Journalists, by Alan Pearce – a review Journalists typically see digital tools such as the laptop and smartphone as essential parts of the work armoury, even some occasionally wonder about the level of compromise involved in their use. Yet even a cursory perusal of Alan Pearce’s new […]

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Thunderbirds are go – StingRays a no-no

Thunderbirds are go – StingRays a no-no

StingRays should be manta-ray shaped – and bright green in colour Brussels, 16/03/2015. I’ve often wondered about that box at the top of the local telephone pole. For those who remember the TV series, the immortal line “Thunderbirds are go” always accompanied the launch of the rescue team on their […]

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EP – existing European data protection rights have to be more effective

EP – existing European data protection rights have to be more effective

        10/02/2015. “The EU has to make existing European data protection rights more effective in practice, and to allow citizens to more easily exercise their rights, at a time when we all run our entire lives with our smartphones”, says newly appointed European Data Protection Supervisor Giovanni […]

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Big Data versus EU fundamental rights – two bruisers square up

Big Data versus EU fundamental rights – two bruisers square up

      09 December 2014. Brussels’ 5th Annual European Data Protection & Privacy Conference today was notable more for what was not said rather than its explicit content. I happened to say the name Edward Snowden a few times in conversation, and each mention was met with a short […]

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MEPs refer EU/Canada air passenger data (PNR) to EU Court of Justice

MEPs refer EU/Canada air passenger data (PNR) to EU Court of Justice

MEPs in the European Parliament on 25/11/2014 referred the EU/Canada agreement on the exchange of Passenger Name Records (PNR) to the European Court of Justice (ECJ). MEPs have asked that the PNR agreement be given a preliminary check by the Court before the Parliament’s final vote, given the questions over […]

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GCHQ needs to face the new political reality – to justify its very existence

GCHQ needs to face the new political reality – to justify its very existence

Brussels, 10 November 2014. So the new head of GCHQ thinks US technology companies are becoming “the command and control networks of choice” for terrorists (Guardian, 03 November 2014). Mr Hannigan’s ideas are so out of touch with present-day political reality that it is difficult to know what to say. […]

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The mockery that is British government today the 15th July

The mockery that is British government today the 15th July

Update, 24/07/2014: Liberty lodging legal challenge against new UK data retention #DRIP laws 15 July 2014. It’s 7 pm UK time, the British government is rushing controversial intelligence proposals through Parliament in just 3 days, and what do we have on the BBC and C4 evening news? Which Ministers come […]

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15/07/2014 at 18:07Control Culture nsa NUJ Snowden UK

Vodafone gives insight into law-enforcement disclosure in Group Sustainability Report

Vodafone gives insight into law-enforcement disclosure in Group Sustainability Report

UK mobile operator Vodafone has published an insight into law enforcement disclosure as part of its annual Group Sustainability Report.

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