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Ukraine and its role as a flashpoint

Ukraine and its role as a flashpoint

Over the last month, Russia and NATO have been rattling their sabres over the future of the Ukraine. The bellicosity of the language is very worrying and working out a position from first principles of peace, democracy, human rights and justice seems quite hard; I have made some notes and found some links to help me work it out.

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Rewilding Britain

Rewilding Britain

i wrote a blog article, which was a news piece on the reintroduction of bison to the UK, in Kent of all places. Last week, India Bourke wrote an article in the New Statesman, called “Why rewilding isn’t just for toffs“. She argues, that, “Small-scale farmers can play their part in conservation – Monty Don risks putting them off.” The article talks about set-aside subsidy and Monty Don’s criticism of such programmes. This piqued my interest; here are my notes.

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The right to national self-determination

The right to national self-determination

While doing some thinking as part of my work on AEIP, I wondered where the “right of national self-determination” came from. It is not defined in the UN Charter, the UNDHR or the European Convention although on thinking about it, these were all written by Nation States and so they would not be keen to concede such rights. It may also be partly caused by the liberal antipathy to social rights, such as the right to freedom from poverty. For more see below/overleaf. …

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Copyright law and streaming

Copyright law and streaming

Kevin Brennan MP, introduced a private member’s bill earlier this year to establish the right to ‘equitable’ remuneration for musicians and composers for use of their material on streaming platforms. It would seem that this is an attempt to implement a series of recommendations from the DCMS Select Committee. (I think the bill will fail to leave the Commons as most private member’s bill do.) See below/overleaf for more notes and links.

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The EU’s data strategy

The EU’s data strategy

Just come off an IAPP webinar called, “The EU’s Strategy for Data: What the DSA, DMA, DGA mean for privacy”. These stand for Digital Services/Market/Governance Acts. I wonder if this the EU’s equivalence of the UK’s Data: A new direction. Much of the seminar, or the bit I stayed for was does this conflict with the GDPR. The answer is probably; it will certainly increase the cost of compliance.  I have written a couple of times here and on my linkedin blog that I believe the Commission has always been more aligned with business need and the needs of the security services where as the Parliament and the A29WP and its successor the EDPSB have been more pro-citizen. Both are concerned about the market dominance of the US datenkraken, but that boat has probably sailed. Here are my noted and links. …