"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Saturday, 6 March 2010

The State Of Civil Liberties

EU Security Research: "NeoConOpticon" blog updated:

a) BAE Systems awarded EU contract to develop organised crime database:
No data protection - "almost certainly unlawful"

b) Droning on: more funding for covert EU unmanned aerial vehicle programme:
More covert funding for drones and UAVs

c) Governed by robots: ‘Border Security 2010' and ‘towards e-borders’:
e-borders and robots

EU: European Commission proposal to amend the Frontex Regulation: Proposal for a Regulation amending Council Regulation (EC) No 2007/2004 establishing a European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders of the Member States of the European Union (FRONTEX)

EU: Leaked ACTA draft reveals plans for internet clampdown - ISPs must snoop on subscribers or face being sued by content owners. Leaked Commission note here and leaked section of draft agreement here

More from EU Observer and Statewatch
UPDATE: The excellent Ian Parker-Joseph has interesting news that four MEPs will be presenting a petition to the Parliament relating to ACTA: "In a 7-point statement they call for all ACTA documents to be publicly available, and express opposition to liability for content being forced onto ISPs, and further oppose criminal sanctions for IP infringement." The only possible drawback is that the petition needs the signatures of at least half of the MEPs in order to go ahead.

4 comments:

  1. What a nasty world is being created. Jerusalem in England's green and pleasant land not!

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  2. I wonder how far we'll have to go to stop this shit......we desperately need to get out of the EU or I can foresee civil unrest ahead, to put it mildly.

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  3. Just a thought, but I wonder if this period, this era of reaction to information technology, is liminal?

    I can forsee, without too much trouble, an era where everyone knows everything about us, but that this is characterized by liberation from control, not slavery to it.

    The way this will work is that the issue of privacy, something we hold very dear, will cease to be important. What will take its place is a tacit understanding that people are individuals, with many facets and foibles and sins; but instead of this being censured, as we find now, it will be seen as a mark of a truly free society.

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  4. I'm not sure about that WW - I think it's counter-intuitive to what we see developing around us every day. Why would any govt loosen its hold? They seek only to accrue power (power-knowledge-control) to themselves at the expense of the rest of us. I like your optimism but I'm with Scunnert and Spidey on this one.

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