UK’s proposed Internet surveillence a model for repressive regimes?

This is not the first time I have expressed very deep concern over plans in the UK to monitor Internet and web communications. From the time of my last missive, these plans have evolved into a draft called Protecting the Public in a Changing Communications Environment, that is up for a public consultation in the … Continue reading UK’s proposed Internet surveillence a model for repressive regimes?

The rise of Big Brother in the UK: The problems for the rest of us

Reading an article on mobile phone surveillance in England, I remembered a scene from the film the Bourne Ultimatum where the character Jason Bourne, played by Matt Damon, buys a phone off the counter in London and uses it to communicate securely with a reporter. The reporter eventually gets killed and that sadly seems to … Continue reading The rise of Big Brother in the UK: The problems for the rest of us

The rise of Big Brother in the UK

It's disturbing to read about the intention of the British Government to create a database to record every phone call, e-mail and time spent on the internet by the public as part of "the fight against crime and terrorism". It's this kind of mindless sleepwalking into a surveillance society that reminds me of Orwells 1984. Conrad's The Secret Agent … Continue reading The rise of Big Brother in the UK