American readers: Defend your privacy NOW

Two weeks ago I wrote about how Vice President Dick Cheney is pushing for the expansion and permanence of the expiring surveillance law (i.e., that which allows warrantless wiretapping). Congress is now on the brink of a vote on the euphemistically named Protect America Act. Ed Brayton of Dispatches from the Culture Wars reports that … Continue reading

Does it even matter that the Bush Administration gets busted in its BS?

Over the past number of years the Bush Administration has been slapped silly by people who have caught them in their lies (e.g., weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, nuclear development for war in Iran, torture), fear mongering, violations of the Establishment Clause (e.g., millions in faith-based initiatives), breaking international covenants (e.g., regarding torture), suppression … Continue reading

Big Brother 2.0: Microsoft’s Orwellian innovation

Microsoft has submitted a patent application for a new Big Brotheresque software program capable of remotely monitoring a worker’s productivity, competence and physical wellbeing. This takes the monitoring of people at work to a new level, say civil liberties groups, privacy lawyers and the Information Commisioner.