Author Archives: Paul Thompson

Opinion: Cameron’s false porn panacea

From suggesting that the Blackberry messenger service be shut down during the 2011 riots, to proposing that the food standards agency can monitor your home internet usage It’s clear that Cameron, or those around him, have a limited appreciation of how the internet works.

Yesterday Cameron announced another clanger – default internet filtering for every household in the country, so unless you tell you ISP otherwise, pornographic content would be blocked – or at least some porn, as Cameron was today forced embarrassingly admit that the Sun’s Page 3 topless models wouldn’t be blocked.

So isn’t it a good idea to …

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Opinion: Snoopers Charter about to resurface

Negotiations are currently taking place deep within the coalition that could change our relationship with the internet forever.  The second draft of the Data Communications Bill, or Snoopers Charter is currently being negotiated and if it’s anything like the 1st draft that was rejected in December, it could effectively spell the end of privacy as we know it on the internet.

The Data Communications Data Bill will force internet service providers and other internet businesses to collect and store all of your electronic communications for at least 12 months.  This will include all your emails, websites you’ve visited, Skype calls, social media, telephone calls etc.  …

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Vince Cable scraps Labour plans to block websites, outlines widespread changes to our copyright law

The government’s controversial plans to block unlawful file sharing websites were scrapped today by Vince Cable. Brought in by the last government in the hastily put together Digital Economy Act, the plans to force ISPs to block websites was shown to be unworkable in a detailed report from Ofcom.

The report, withdrawn embarrassingly hours after publication when it emerged that the redacted sections of the report could be read by simply cutting and pasting the document, detailed how website blocking as set out in the DEAct could be easily circumvented, would not be suitable for reducing copyright infringement …

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  • User AvatarJonathan Coulter 6th Dec - 12:47pm
    Thanks Paul Reynolds, I found this a very helpful summary of the situation
  • User AvatarGlenn 6th Dec - 12:45pm
    When the Lib Dems were in the coalition and I used to point this out about Boris on LDV during the London Mayoral elections I...
  • User AvatarJonathan Coulter 6th Dec - 12:29pm
    One of the Mail's leading columnists, Peter Oborne, had a Pauline moment when he switched sides and became Remainer. I would be good if other...
  • User AvatarGlenn 6th Dec - 12:14pm
    The printed press is dying and has been for years. Not many people read newspapers anymore. They're all heading towards going online and there virtually...
  • User Avatarnvelope2003 6th Dec - 12:07pm
    After 2 years of chaos with a hung parliament I do not think many voters would want another one so what option was there ?...
  • User AvatarBarry Lofty 6th Dec - 11:55am
    We should not be making deals with either the Tories or Labour whilst their present leadership's are in control. A plague on both their houses!
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