Category Archive: Media

Rant: A new style of online news headline has emerged – and it’ll make you so angry you’ll explode.

By Simon Davies Astute readers will have noted – probably with dismay – the rise of a new genre of online news headline. It’s a style that has the potential to become even more infuriating than the syntactic ambiguity of the “red top” tabloids (e.g. “Headless Body in Topless Bar“). These emergent headlines are maddening …

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A Denmark-based initiative could be the most strategically potent step yet for privacy rights

By Simon Davies COPENHAGEN  Rights campaigners, legal experts, journalists and officials from a range of local professional bodies met yesterday in Copenhagen to map out an innovative Denmark-based initiative aimed at forcing politicians and government officials to speak the truth when they propose intrusive security and policing measures. The event was driven by concerns that …

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Meet the Henry Jackson Society – the US government’s most subversive mouthpiece

 By Simon Davies Anyone concerned about the protection of individual freedoms should be wary of the recent proliferation of neocon “think tanks”, many of which are thinly disguised Trojan Horses that were created to support the views of the more authoritarian wing of government. Even more worrying, some of these outfits actually proclaim a commitment …

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Why we shouldn’t allow government to poison the concept of radicalism

By Simon Davies We should all be on alert whenever government tries to embed a transitive verb into popular language; it usually signals an impending campaign of fear and hatred. The transitive verb of the moment is “radicalized”. The word has, in a very short time, become part of the global political and media vocabulary …

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A new audio chat show brings together privacy’s renowned friends and foe

By Simon Davies The Privacy Surgeon today launches its new audio interview series “The Privacy Channel” in which we explore a range of key issues with some of the world’s most influential leaders of thought and policy. Our aim isn’t just to discuss privacy with defenders and experts, but also to engage with those who …

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This is a “Sliding Doors” moment for the UK – and the future of press freedom is in our hands

By Simon Davies These are horrible times for any “real” investigative journalist in Britain. There’s a faecal odour around the entire profession that is rapidly dragging reporters to the social status of tax collectors or bailiffs. Indeed, tax collectors and bailiffs are worried about this trend. Who could have imagined even a year ago that …

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