Category Archives: Snowden

A view from the world of wizards

I greatly enjoyed reading a review of David Aaronovitch’s book   “Party Animals: My Family and Other Communists” in which the critic picked up on the metaphor of Muggles from the famous Harry Potter series. Both of Aaronovitch’s parents were … Continue reading

Posted in Apple, Default settings, E-commerce, Facebook, ICANN, Internet governance, Regulation, Self-regulation, Snowden

A New Year wish for big data

Studies carried out into the life stories of men convicted of offences  linked to child abuse images, grooming  or even direct contact offending against children have shown there are no common characteristics which can reliably be said to act as … Continue reading

Posted in Amazon, CEOP, Child abuse images, Default settings, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Mobile phones, Pornography, Privacy, Regulation, Self-regulation, Snowden

A geek’s view of the world

I was at an event recently that was governed by Chatham House rules. For this reason I cannot name the individual concerned but he is an uber geek, with very strong ties to the Internet Engineering Task Force. The topic of … Continue reading

Posted in Default settings, ICANN, Internet governance, Self-regulation, Snowden

“The State of the Net”

  Last week I attended the “State of the Net” conference in not-so-snow-bound Washington DC. It’s the first one of these  now annual events I have been to and I would definitely like to go again. There was a stunning … Continue reading

Posted in Consent, Default settings, E-commerce, ICANN, Internet governance, Privacy, Regulation, Self-regulation, Snowden | 1 Comment

A different way of looking at things

  A little while ago I attended  an extremely interesting symposium at the University of Aberystwyth. There were only a handful of people there whom I had met before. This was for the very good reason that, in the main, … Continue reading

Posted in Internet governance, Regulation, Self-regulation, Snowden, Uncategorized

Parallels from the world of football

Many years ago a major problem developed in England around the game of professional football, or “soccer” as it is known by some. Gangs of men, mainly younger men in their late teens or early twenties, started going to matches … Continue reading

Posted in Default settings, Internet governance, Privacy, Regulation, Self-regulation, Snowden

A bad day for the TOR network

The onion router, often referred to simply as “TOR”, has many legitimate uses but the way in which it seems to have become core to so many unsavoury, dangerous and illegal online activities is giving lots of us reasons to … Continue reading

Posted in Child abuse images, Internet governance, Privacy, Regulation, Self-regulation, Snowden