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Moving Forward from Digital Economy Bill Passing Last Night

Many others have written and created more than I can right now so here’s a collection of the posts that say what I want to say but better:

I’m sure there will be more as the day goes on.

Finally, comments from me: suffice to say, I am very disappointed with the result and disgusted with Parliament. In particular I’d like to single out Ed Vaisey and his colleague Adam Afriyie for using the debate to score political points and not actually debate the bill. It was an example of the ‘change’ and ‘hope’ the Conservative Party offers. It was repellent. The bill was opposed from all sides of the house and then forced through by a three line whip and a compliant front bench from both the major parties. The stench that has dogged this last parliament just got more foul and does not bode well for the next. We need to seriously examine how our parliament works and how we can improve it. Whipping should be one of the first things we look at.

Huge thanks to all those such as Tom Watson who risked their future by breaking the whip and voted against the bill and actually represented their constituents rather than the interests of large lobbying organisations. It’s hard for MPs to break a three line whip in particular so they should be praised through the roof. Thanks should also go to all of the Liberal Democrats who voted against for whatever reason. The way the ‘game’ is played meant that it looked like they wouldn’t at some points so it was a big relief to see it happen. They have all given us a base that means that…

…the fight continues.

Open rights for all

Today is Open Rights Group’s third birthday. Most of you who read this will know that I care greatly (often to the point of apoplexy) about digital rights and personal privacy. ORG can somehow take all my pent up rage and manages to channel it into civil discourse and lobbying. This is important, both for my stress levels and for the nation as a whole.

As part of the celebrations they have published their 2008 Annual Report and for a slightly more casual approach this blog entry. Please have a read and if you aren’t already a member and have even the vaguest unease at the way our government is encroaching into ownership (and ongoing losses) of our personal data and online lives then give them your support.

Happy Third Birthday ORG!

Published on 2008/11/19 at 18:12 by Toby, tags , , ,

TCSOTD 2007-11-27

Petition to abandon plans to create the Information Sharing Index

Henry Porter: A mass movement is needed to tackle the state’s snoopers
… hint: Open Rights Group is a good place to start

Ben Goldacre on Biometrics

‘Biometrics are not a panacea for data loss’:A letter to the Joint Committee on Human Rights

Innocents fear DNA database errors
… ‘In the past year, more than 100 possible inaccuracies in the documentation of DNA profiles have been discovered, and a further 1,500 administrative mistakes have been logged on the system.’

A Chinese man is suing for divorce after discovering that he is the father of only one of his twins.

Taxpayer may have to pay £170bn for PFI schemes, says Treasury

Miss Mind the Gap sacked
… oh dear, TfL seem to have lost their corporate sense of humour

TCSOTD 2007-11-21

Ebay sale for two CD’s with some sort of database on them
… Ha ha ha ha ha

Merry Mithras

Data lost by HMRC

B3ta’s reaction to the HMRC data loss here

More serious reactions from ORG
and Professor Ross Anderson, which is particularly worth reading.

Facebook is causing a different privacy row
Channel 4 has a take on it too

Spheres of Chaos now free

TCSOTD 2007-06-26

Some in-depth background to that silly girl and her Silver Ring court case
… it’s sad but my first thought when I heard about this was “I wonder what link her family has to the Silver Ring Thing”

US Forth Amendment Rights have been extended to email

The ‘Law Abiding Majority’ doesn’t exist
… “More than six out of 10 people regularly commit crimes against the government, their employers or businesses, research suggests.”
… Ideal Government’s take on it

Department of Health caught editing history to agree with party line
Dr Rant rants

First Vista only game cracked to work on XP

A worthwhile petition: bring back proper physics education

Some good comment on the ORG evoting report

Some lovely satire from Ken MacLeod: ‘Antichrist role ’could hinder’ Blair’s conversion’

Why is not joining the day of silence protest
more info here

TCSOTD 2007-06-20

ORG’s damning report on Electronic Voting has been released
… [14:17] The Register comments on it here

Alan Johnston has been in captivity 100 days

comp.risks 24.70

RPCEmu / Arculator: free Risc PC and Archimedes emulation

‘Go to work on an egg’ ad banned

EMI has DRM free sales boom
… ‘Dump the protection increase the sales’ what a surprise

US crowd beats car passenger to death

Chris Ware designed Cover for Candide

TCSOTD 2007-05-23

Police Chief’s ‘Orwellian’ Fears

Over 100,000 innocent young people now on the National DNA Database

ORG is looking for new Board members

Staff asked to snoop for police

Anger at plans for NHS database of gay men
… [16:42] Tim Worstall nails it

Madeleine’s eye holds vital clue

Result of Daily Mail Hatchet Job on Owen Barder

Traffic Wardens to get video cameras
… Someone clearly has too much money to spend. How long until crimes against traffic wardens increase?
… “The technology will also help wardens in their new role of issuing fixed penalties for anti-social behaviour.” Oh dear me.

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