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May's internet 'plans'

 

 

 

 

The publication of the Conservative Party's manifesto has revealed the full and chilling expanse of Theresa May's plans for the internet.

To quote the Conservative manifesto "Some people say that it is not for government to regulate when it comes to technology and the internet, we disagree." This statement makes it abundantly clear that in a Conservative government internet censorship would increase beyond even the lengths that we see today. Whilst you can argue the benefits in some aspects of the policy, in particularly the plan to enable anyone to delete their history from when they were under 18, many of them misunderstand how the internet functions and, more importantly, this does not detract from the plain fact that Theresa May plans to "take control of the internet"

Leaked document reveals secret government plan to disrupt encryption

On May 4th, 2017, the Open Rights group released a document detailing government plans to install backdoors enabling them to intercept real-time communications of up to 10,000 people.

By doing so Amber Rudd’s plan to ban end to end encryption will come to reality. This will not only force any company with more than 10,000 users to let government organisations view in real time the communications of any of their users, but by doing so will enable any hacker in the world with the codes to access the "hand-over point", but it gets worse. This hand-over point is chosen by the warrant issuer to ensure real-time access, that will mean that potentially insecure nodes will be used to pass messages onto agents, nodes that can easily be hacked.

While the Pirate Party UK sees the value of reading the messages of suspected criminals, doing so at the almost certain cost of sharing user messages to anyone in the world. This is yet another example of how government ministers misunderstanding basic principles of IT and jumping to solutions, then pushing these proposals through in secret

Jerry Fishenden resigns from Co-chair of the PCAG

Jerry Fishenden, one of the UK's leaders in the world of technology, has resigned from his position as co-chair of the PCAG (Privacy Consumer Advice Group) (Fishenden 2017).

The PCAG was founded in 2006 to ensure that legislation is reasonable and achievable for tech companies before it is debated by MPs. According to the government, the PCAG aims to ensure:

  • Users are in control of their information
  • Information isn’t centralised
  • Users have a choice of who provides services on their behalf

On his blog, (Fishenden 2017) Fishenden states how over recent years his group has been increasingly ignored. He specifically points out part five of the Digital Economy Act which weakens citizens control of their data and makes it easier for public authorities and other organisations to share it (Say, 2017).

Fishenden also makes comment on how he and his group have written multiple letters to the MCO (Minster for the Cabinet Offices). However, since Francis Maude’s departure from the Position, the group has had less and less support.

Declaration of cyberspace

A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace

BY JOHN PERRY BARLOW

Governments of the Industrial World, you weary giants of flesh and steel, I come from Cyberspace, the new home of Mind. On behalf of the future, I ask you of the past to leave us alone. You are not welcome among us. You have no sovereignty where we gather.

We have no elected government, nor are we likely to have one, so I address you with no greater authority than that with which liberty itself always speaks. I declare the global social space we are building to be naturally independent of the tyrannies you seek to impose on us. You have no moral right to rule us nor do you possess any methods of enforcement we have true reason to fear.

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