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[News] Human Rights of British Citizens Compromised

  • Subject: [News] Human Rights of British Citizens Compromised
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 30 Sep 2009 13:44:16 +0100
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[Proprietary systems obey those restrictions with
digital 'manners' (kill switches), DRM, back doors, surveillance, etc.]

Restraining Orders

,----[ Quote ]
| Today, an important shift in the balance of power 
| between the individual and the state will take place.  
| More people should know about it.
| Section 12 of the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims 
| Act 2004 comes into force.  The section amends section 
| 5 the Protection of Harassment Act 1997 â the section 
| that provides for restraining orders.


Thanks for Keeping us in the Picture

,----[ Quote ]
| Although e-petitions don't often accomplish much (the 
| apology for Alan Turing being a notable exception), 
| they do have the virtue of forcing the UK government to 
| say something. In response to this:
|    âWe the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to 
|    remove new restrictions on photography in public 
|    places.â


Gordon Brown's back door to compulsory ID cards

,----[ Quote ]
| Something the PM forgot to mention: if you apply for a 
| passport, or renew one, you will be registered on the 
| national identity database


UK Government Admits Traffic Accident Figures Miscounted

,----[ Quote ]
| The report admits that traffic calming devices designed 
| to force motorists to reduce their speed in some cases 
| caused accidents. Speed bumps and chicanes killed six 
| motorists and caused 176 accidents, according to DfT 
| figures (page 44).



Re: A balance of freedoms

,----[ Quote ]
| Something that many fail to understand is the fact that proprietary software
| is designed to divide society. Think about how this relates to Skype. The
| masters over Skype say, "Come use our Skype software, it is very convenient
| and it will let you do X, Y and Z. However, you must agree to this set of
| conditions before you are allowed to install and use Skype onto your
| computer". Basically, the set of conditions are intended for the masters of
| Skype to maintain complete control over their software. As a result of when
| you choose to accept the conditions, you would also choose to give up your
| freedom.


Putting freedom back in software

,----[ Quote ]
| The father of the free software movement descended into a packed room at
| Concordia Monday explaining to 125 people why freedom is just as important in
| software as it is in the rest of life.
| Richard Stallman, founder of the Free Software Foundation and lead architect
| of the GNU Project â which developed part of the GNU/Linux operating system â
| stressed that there is an ethical requirement to use software that is âfree
| as in freedom, not as in beer.â

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