Archive for the 'Politics' Category

Video: Cha-Cha-Changes…

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When you follow the interviews, debates and news on the US presidential election campaigns one word became the most popular latest after Iowa – Changes

How often it’s used and by whom – well we did not realize it until we watch the short clip below…

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Data visualization: Leading surveillance societies around the world

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Since 1997 two NGOs – the US-based Electronic Privacy Information Center and the UK-based Privacy International – have surveyed and assessed the state of surveillance and privacy protection in 47 countries. The annual Privacy & Human Rights Report compiled from their findings has by now become one of the most comprehensive surveys of global privacy and citizen rights.

Their “most recent report” published a few days ago has been created with the help of more than 200 experts from around the world and has grown to 1,100 pages. It shows trends of

…an overall worsening of privacy protection across the world, reflecting an increase in surveillance and a declining performance of privacy safeguards…“, and

…an increasing trend amongst governments to archive data on the geographic, communications and financial records of all their citizens and residents. This trend leads to the conclusion that all citizens, regardless of legal status, are under suspicion…

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Quote of the day: Iraq

I hate Iraq. I wish we had never gone to the place… Winston Churchill, 1926


UK: What went wrong with the Civil Service

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From a letter to the Daily Telegraph responding to the article “Why is the Civil Service a laughing stock?” by Philip Johnston

Sir – After a career of nearly 43 years in Westminster, I can tell Philip Johnston what has gone wrong with the Civil Service.

When I joined, it was a monolithic organisation, staffed by people who cared more for public service than for money, recruited with decent qualifications from an education system that worked, promoted in part by competitive examination, untainted by political bias and undiluted by endless useless management consultants.

Since then, the politicians have destroyed its public-service ethos by transferring so many to profit-making bodies, undermined its career structure by the wholesale importation of “here today, gone tomorrow” interlopers, forced party-political considerations to replace national ones and outsourced vital functions to private companies whose costs are exceeded only by their incompetence…

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Cartoon: So the UN was right about Global Warming…

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Great cartoon by “Jack Ohman” at Washington Post’s “Slate magazine”…

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Employment: ATT starts off-the-shelf “spy-casting” service

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What for long seem to have been a domain for larger organizations (when did you last time read the small print in your employment contract written in”Enron Beelzebub”) – to extent the CCTV camera surveillance from public spaces into the corporate world – now, thanks to ATT, will become available as an off-the-shelf service to any corner-shop in town.

As the “NY Times” today reports ATT is planning to sell a standardized service to enable owners of SMEs to monitor their staff…

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