85 things that might get ME on a DHS watch list…

Reading this article makes me realise how much like a terrorist I actually look… Use Google Maps to find your way around a strange city. If your sense of direction is as good as mine, every city’s a strange city. Even the one you were born in. (Yes, I have used Google Maps to get […]

Cameron’s Big Brother u-turn

One of the big promises Cameron’s Tories made during election campaigning was that they would “roll back the surveillance state”. Unfortunately, the u-turn has arrived – the ConDem coalition has resurrected the much-reviled previous government plan to monitor every phone call, tweet, email, Facebook post and make that information available to “law enforcement” at any […]

BAFTAs 2012

Just waiting for the BAFTAs for this year to come on, and it makes me think a bit. The last 12 months have seen a really strong line up: The Artist, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Help, My Week With Marilyn, Submarine, Tyrannosaur, The Iron Lady, Senna… I just can’t think of any other year, […]

ACTA must be destroyed

As Cory Doctorow over at Boing Boing points out, today is the day to kill ACTA. The UK branch of the Pirate Party is holding demonstrations across the UK against it, and I’m sure many other international Pirate Parties are too. However bad ACTA is right now, it can only get worse. Article 6.4 creates […]

Copyright – considered harmful?

Like almost everyone on the Internet, I seem to have been advocating against SOPA, PIPA and ACTA. It may have done some good against SOPA, but my passionate letter to my local MP about the earlier Digital Economy Act (a mini-SOPA) drew a patronising response that preventing “these people’s illegal acts” was far more important […]