Announcement: I’m joining Open Rights Group

A still frame from the film "The Post" showing an old printing press, loaded with type blocks which say "free to publish"

Some personal news: I’m absolutely delighted to be joining Open Rights Group, the UK’s fearless digital rights organisation, as their Policy and Scottish Campaigns Officer.

How to create a world as age appropriate as apple pie

One of the many problems I have with the UK government’s determination to build an “age appropriate” internet that will be the “safest place in the world to be online” is that this goal is entirely subjective and inachievable. It attempts to create internet regulation through undefined emotive rhetoric.

A tweet conversation this morning has spurred me to pour a cup of tea and share this story about what happens when “age appropriate” is allowed to become a subjective and politicised decision, nodded through by authority, about how information should be delivered – and filtered – to the young people who need it the most.

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Check your privacy privilege.

If you are a full time privacy professional in law or academia, understand that one of your fundamental beliefs about online privacy is wrong.

The three tests of internet regulation

Palace of Westminster. Photo by me, Feb 2020

Several years of watching Parliamentary hearings, participating in the shaping of legislation, and observing the politicisation of the fundamental rules of the open web have proven the old axiom: if you regulate the web as if only Facebook and Google exist, the end result will be that only Facebook and Google exist.

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