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  1. Encryption Is Now a Human Right, According to the United Nations

    Encryption Is Now a Human Right, According to the United Nations
    On May 31st this year the United States Senate had a rare Sunday sitting in which the members voted on the controversial Patriot Act, a piece of legislation that would have extended US spy agencies’ snooping powers. The Act didn’t pass. A separate act, entitled the US Freedom Act was voted through on the same day. This legislation, seen by...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. How To Deal With A Private Parking Ticket

    How To Deal With A Private Parking Ticket
    Most people know someone who has received a private parking ‘fine,’ most typically for over-staying in a private car park. These ‘fines’ tend to come through the post about four weeks after the alleged offence and are made to look as official and intimidating as possible. In many cases, your best course of action is to simply bin the paperwork...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. A Day In The Life Of A Drone Pilot

    A Day In The Life Of A Drone Pilot