Posts by Andrew E

  • Hard News: Snowden and New Zealand,

    One possibility that should be considered is how agencies define 'collection'.

    The plain English sense of the word, gathering and storing for future retrieval, is not necessarily the meaning of the word as used by these agencies.

    They define 'collection' as when a human being looks at material that's been vacuumed up by automated systems. See this piece by the EFF.

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  • Speaker: TPP: Error Correction,

    And I'll ingest more caffeine, so I don't miss the sarcasm in future... :-)

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  • Speaker: TPP: Error Correction,

    If they have nothing to hide, surely they have nothing to fear. That's the excuse that governments are using to apply more surveillance to civil society - it's just as validly applied to them.

    I agree with you about the secrecy, Mark, but 'nothing to hide, nothing to fear' is not a valid argument in relation to the surveillance. The point is that governments should be accountable to their people, not the other way around. And that in order to have a legitimately representative democracy, the public needs the information disclosed to them in order that they can give (or withhold) informed consent to any deal reached.

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  • Hard News: Mandela,

    I was at that concert at Wembley, and it was very moving to see the man - even in the distance - for whom I'd been on so many protests, and pickets outside of the South African embassy in London. I also remember how Mrs T and her cohorts had described him and the ANC as terrorists, and how fiercely they resisted sanctions.

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  • OnPoint: The Gift that Keeps on Making…,

    I'm not so sure about that. Quite a few workplaces use web filtering software such as Web Marshal. My (possibly incorrect) understanding of that tool is that it does intercept employees https connections to web mail or online banking sites using man-in-the-middle type certificate fraud. Given what we've learnt about the NSA weakening security standards and software, I would not be at all surprised to find such software enabling agencies to monitor workplace Internet usage.

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  • OnPoint: The Gift that Keeps on Making…,

    Readers interested in this subject might also be interested in Bruce Schneier's guide to staying secure in The Guardian.

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  • Hard News: A GCSB Roundup,

    The sound on the recording is f-ing awful. It's a disgrace that there isn't a proper, high-quality recording and transmission of select committee sessions. UK Select Committees have had this for years. Is NZ democracy really run on the smell of an oily rag?

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  • Hard News: The Music for Occasions,

    Depending on the circumstances (aside from death), Arvo Part's Cantus in Memoriam for Benjamin Britten always sends a shiver down my spine.

    When my sister was a naughty teenager she suggested she'd like Prince's Darling Nikki at hers. I'd like to think she's moved on from that now...

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  • Hard News: The frustrating politics of…,

    The government in Uruguay is proposing to legalise cannabis, but by the look of it, customers of state-owned sellers would need to be on a database.

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  • Hard News: If wishing made it so ..., in reply to Richard Aston,

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    Its one thing to have a target and quite another to have an plan to get to achieve that target . Can't see the plan here

    Exactly. And while public management academics such as Bill Ryan at VUW are quietly optimistic (PDF) about Better Public Services, the critical part, as ever, is implementation. And in that regard, this is a slightly cheeky view of 'the plan', as far as I can see:

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