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This site doesn’t usually comment on matters to do with state surveillance of and control of the Internet. Chiefly because the whole notion of “data privacy”, around which most of the public discussion is organised, is a liberal red-herring. However; this is really quite alarming. What is proposed is that Facebook and other social media companies […]

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David Cameron has said: We believe in very clear front doors through legal processes that should help to keep our country safe. [Reported by Reuters] He apparently is concerned about the public being able to communicate using encryption. According to press reports Cameron wants to target commercial providers who build encryption into Web chat products. […]

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This is an excellent article by Josie Appleton. convener of the Manifesto Club, about the new concept of civil society which is developing in Britain: Power to the State ‘Support’ justifies everything. ‘Support’ always involves more power to state officials of one kind or another. It always requires compliance with their demands. The officials are […]

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This paper details the extent of biometric surveillance technology in schools as the state was in 2009. Finger-printing devices for library systems, dinner queues and registration are wide-spread. The (now defunct) quango BECTA (concerned to promote technology in education) chillingly welcomed all this as being more ”efficient”. Biometric Surveillance in Schools Pub: March 2009 (original […]

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This review, by a leading social worker with a background in local authority education, inevitably found that more regulation and monitoring of the as yet relatively unmolested home education sector was needed. Not unusually for the time a few extreme cases of child abuse were used to justify the proposed new powers, whose primary manifestation […]

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