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I didn’t seek election to roll forward Labour’s surveillance state

Via Government web surveillance: ‘Expensive, impractical, totalitarian’ – Telegraph: The Government’s plan to make Internet Service Providers capture personal communications data is nothing new. It was brought up under the last Labour government as the “Intercept Modernisation Programme” and received heavy criticism from the Tory party in opposition. The article concentrates on the practicalities of recording people’s internet activity. For a more philosophical point of view about why it shouldn’t be attempted, see Sam Bowman’s Our road to serfdom. Meanwhile, […]

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Steve Baker, MP: “The People are the World’s Influencers” | Global Thinkers

Via Global Thinkers, an interview on social networks: Q: Being connected: There is a surprising power in social networks. They seem to shape our lives one way or another. How do you view this trend? A: I’m deeply encouraged by people’s desire to associate with one another more broadly and more deeply. Society is the dynamic process of human cooperation and, today, this process is often catalysed by electronic networks which have no boundaries. In a sense, we have created positive […]

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The Internet and the campaign

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Recently, I had a good discussion about online campaigning with Graham at Mendip Media. It was an excellent cross-check for what we have been planning in Wycombe. Anyone who underestimates the significance of the web in the campaign for 2010 is missing a trick. Since 2005, the Internet has evolved into something more than a series of brochures for companies and products. It is now a valuable mine of information for voters and would-be-voters. For example, through this site, you can […]

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Cuil – The World’s Biggest Search Engine

From a team including ex-Google staff, an alternative search engine: Rather than rely on superficial popularity metrics, Cuil searches for and ranks pages based on their content and relevance. When we find a page with your keywords, we stay on that page and analyze the rest of its content, its concepts, their inter-relationships and the page’s coherency. via Cuil – The World’s Biggest Search Engine. Cuil seems to update less frequently than Google, and we all tend to like what […]

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Spy chiefs fear Chinese cyber attack – Times Online

INTELLIGENCE chiefs have warned that China may have gained the capability to shut down Britain by crippling its telecoms and utilities. They have told ministers of their fears that equipment installed by Huawei, the Chinese telecoms giant, in BT’s new communications network could be used to halt critical services such as power, food and water supplies. The warnings coincide with growing cyberwarfare attacks on Britain by foreign governments, particularly Russia and China. via Spy chiefs fear Chinese cyber attack – […]

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