Shield or sieve

The Register on whether the EU’s new #GDPR is so much a shield as a sieve, since their are a number of opportunities for national parliaments to weaken it. The IT industry has already considered if Judges & Courts can/should be considered to be an insider attack, now we can add national legislatures; there is little doubt that under the current government, any tuning of the GDPR will be pro-business, pro-spy and anti-privacy, although they are currently busy legalising Plod’s ability to break the Misuse of Computers Act. I also reckon they need something that they don’t care about to use up Parliamentary time after the referendum.

Natter’s going?

Natter’s going?

Natter it would seem is dying. As a last, maybe penultimate change they propose to remove messages from the system after 24 hours. This is too much for me and many others as well. I first took up with Natter because I was attracted to the discipline of the ultra short message; it was three words at the time. I thought I might experiment with anonymity, but choose not to since I had another goal. I sought to use Natter as an ultra-micro blog, and for this I need permanence. I was hoping for RSS or ATOM so I could integrate it into my web spore using Sam Ruby’s planet venus, but it wasn’t to be.

Justice

At the Lewisham Deptford Labour Party meeting last night, there was a score draw, it voted to nominate the right wing slate, except Eddie Izard and voted to condemn the witch hunts and exclusions, and called for the reinstatement of our excluded comrade, Jill Mountford. Personally, I’d like to thank the small “caucus for justice” who switched sides to support Jill and due process.

Power

I am preparing a blog on Labour’s Conference and don’t want to lose the following words: we need to abolish the NPF, reinvigorate our policy making and initiation, enhance the process with word class IT, and this is difficult. Look at Facebook, Digg, Slashdot & Reddit, non of which are great examples, but we need to solve the problems of continuous development, intellectual bandwidth and equity in funding policy development. Under Miliband, we continued as if in Government with shadow ministers spending “Short money” on reviews, taking advice that reinforced their own prejudices; the result was on the whole mediocre and basically flushed down the toilet when the Party leadership took fear at the private polls over the winter of 2014/15.

More on e-voting

More on e-voting

The announcement of the result for the Mayor of London occurred at 12:30 a.m. on Saturday morning; this was about six hours later than expected, 26½ hours after the polls closed and legally a day late. It was also 6 hours after the first GLA member’s result was declared. I hope we find out what the delay was caused by and we should remember the legal fire-drill in 2012 when Boris and the Tories wobbled and thought they might actually lose which raised questions of accuracy. Uniquely in the UK, the London elections are counted by machine[1], I wonder if that was part of the problem since the use of electronic counting & voting systems is controversial around the world.