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Cyber-Rights & Cyber-Liberties (UK)

http://www.cyber-rights.org

This is the site of a non-profit civil liberties organisation; it is run by Yaman Akdeniz of the Centre for Criminal Justice Studies at the University of Leeds. All aspects of internet law, censorship and control, free speech and privacy are covered in articles or in jumplinks to other relevant sites and university departments, home and abroad. Cases and precedents are detailed for internet legal issues.

While the subject-matter decrees that this site can hardly be described as light entertainment, it certainly isn’t boring; living in a computerised world we are all affected in some degree by whatever legislation is passed on these subjects.

One issue at present is the proposal to create a “trusted third party” in whose hands would be the keys to undo all data encryption. In other words, you may continue to have private correspondence — as long as the government can read it whenever they please. If you can’t trust the government, why should you trust its agent? On the other hand, you may be one of the “I’ve got nothing to hide!” brigade, in which case the idea of being constantly under surveilance and monitored — all for your own good, of course — probably turns you on. Or worse. And don’t imagine it cannot happen — vorsprung durch technik, as they say!

The best time to object to the infringement of freedom is before a law is passed, and all too much is done nowadays without the public — or indeed most politicians — being aware of its full implications. As a comprehensive guide as to what is happening, and what is in the pipeline, this well-assembled website is to be highly recommended.

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