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[News] Freedom Under Major Attack in Britain

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Britain's surveillance culture undermines democracy

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| BRITAIN IS BEGINNING to sharply resemble Orwell's vision of a Big Brother 
| society. While most of us living here have known it for some while, even the 
| doddery old duffers in the House of Lords have now noticed.  


Carnival on Modern Liberty No. 2

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| Tom Griffin (London, OK): Welcome to the second edition of the Carnival on 
| Modern Liberty, chronicling the online debate in the run up to the Convention 
| on Modern Liberty at the end of the month.  
| It's been a week that has highlighted the state's interest in diverse areas 
| of our private lives, especially our online activities. There's good news for 
| file-sharers though, as long as they're not dowloading comics...   


A Tale of Two Consultations

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| I'd like to urge you similarly to comment on Lord Carter’s *interim* report 
| on Digital Britain: if it's “interim”, that suggests it will be iterated, 
| drawing on feedback. But in contrast to the excellent Power of Information 
| Taskforce site, there seems to be no easy way to offer paragraph by paragraph 
| comments on Digital Britain. Instead, many people (like myself) have simply 
| posted an overall view on the report.     


European ID card data is not encrypted

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| None of the data stored on identity cards in the European Union is encrypted, 
| according to a study by the European Network and Information Security Agency. 



UK music Mafia threatens kiddies

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| The campaign tries to convince kids that downloading even one song without 
| paying for it will send Daddy's computer into virus hell, and goes on to 
| point out that, as children are not legally responsible for their own 
| actions, downloading that Bob the Builder live bootleg will almost certainly 
| end up with mummy going to prison.    



How many bricks for 67Bricks?

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| Inigo Surguy, the 67 Bricks Chief Technologist, was appointed Principal UK 
| Expert in Microsoft’s Office Open XML (OOXML) document format by the British 
| Standards Institute technical committee responsible for British and 
| international XML standards.   
| 67Bricks is part of the Microsoft Empower programme.


Final deadline looms in OOXML vote

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| Lobbying has intensified ahead of Saturday, 29 March, the deadline for 
| Microsoft to convince the world that its Office Open XML specification should 
| be accepted as a formal standard.  
| The specification is still short of the two-thirds majority required in a 
| vote of national standards bodies on whether to approve Office Open XML 
| (OOXML) as an International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standard.  

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