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  1. Meet The Man Who Blew The Lid Off FIFA's Dirty Secrets

    Meet The Man Who Blew The Lid Off FIFA's Dirty Secrets
    Tucked away on a hilly farm in the north of England is Andrew Jennings. An old-school investigative journalist, football lover and Scotsman. To pass him in the street, you wouldn’t in a million years assume he was the reason behind the recent FIFA scandal that has rocked the world of football, but for almost 15 years, he’s been quietly, conscientiously...
  2. Spying, Game Theory & The Nation Nobody Expected America To Be Monitoring

    Spying, Game Theory & The Nation Nobody Expected America To Be Monitoring
    Earlier this week (May 23rd 2015), American mathematician and the person upon whom the film A Beautiful Mind is based, John Nash, died in a car crash. Nash innovated the concept of game theory, a now accepted and widely used strategic basis for business, religion and even spying. His risk model underpins everything from the “Mexican standoff” to the “prisoner’s...
  3. What Is The Snoopers Charter And Why Are We Talking About It Again?

    What Is The Snoopers Charter And Why Are We Talking About It Again?
    The Communications Data Bill, otherwise known as the “Snoopers Charter,” is a piece of draft legislation designed to give government all manner of powers to spy on us. Its back on the table for discussion because now the Liberal Democrats are no longer part of the Coalition, the Conservative Government plan to push ahead with its implementation. Home Secretary Theresa...
  4. What To Do When The TV License Inspector Calls

    What To Do When The TV License Inspector Calls
    The rules around TV licensing are old fashioned and more complicated than you might imagine; in some cases you need a license even if you don’t have a tv and in other cases you can have a TV and not need a license. The key to deciding which camp you fall into is whether or not you watch terrestrial content...
  5. 6 Famous People You Didn't Know Were Spies

    6 Famous People You Didn't Know Were Spies
    When the American National Archive declassified 750,000 wartime documents in 2008, a number of prominent celebrities and public figures were outed as former spies. The documentation, previously classified by the Office of Strategic Services, America’s intelligence office during both World Wars and forerunner to the C.I.A, revealed that many of America and Europe’s most prominent names had conducted covert operations...
  6. Anonymous vs Islamic State - The Technology Arms Race Has Begun

    It would have seemed unfathomable just a few short years ago, but terrorist organisations now have social media best practice guides. The sort of thing that, until very recently, was the preserve of digital marketing agencies and ‘lifestyle brands’ concerned with 'influencer engagement' and keeping their content 'on brand' is now being used by the likes of ISIS to evade...
  7. The Hermit Kingdom - 14 Mind Blowing & Terrifying Facts About North Korea

    The Hermit Kingdom - 14 Mind Blowing & Terrifying Facts About North Korea
    The hermit kingdom of North Korea holds a grizzly fascination for many. The stories of spying, prison camps and the disappearing of would-be defectors are grimly compelling, but it is the mundanities of North Korean life that often provide the most interest.   There are no frogs   Before 1995, North Korea had plenty of frogs. After 1995 it had...
  8. A Day In The Life Of A Drone Pilot

    A Day In The Life Of A Drone Pilot
  9. Snowden Leaks - You’ll Never Guess Which Country Has Been Accused Of Spying On Its Neighbours

    Snowden Leaks - You’ll Never Guess Which Country Has Been Accused Of Spying On Its Neighbours
    When you think of countries spying on their neighbours, without wishing to perpetuate stereotypes, you probably think of Russia, China, America maybe and in the old days, East Germany. So it comes as something of a surprise that this otherwise well-behaved, generally quiet little nation has been caught trying to spy on its allies with a mass surveillance programme spanning...
  10. 6 Credit Report Myths Designed To Cost You Money

    6 Credit Report Myths Designed To Cost You Money
    Credit agencies are the ultimate spies. They legally snoop on all of us, swapping the info with others and making us extremely paranoid into the bargain. They give power to unregulated industries, like private parking firms, who use the horror of a ‘bad credit score’ to intimidate us into paying for things we don’t have to. The credit score. It’s...