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The net produces some very odd things one way and another

The net produces some very odd things one way and another

A handful of bits and bobs from the news that show the way we live on and through the internet:

25% of people have shopped online when drunk and ended up with unwanted things. These include, fake teeth, a 1930s bathing suit ad a meat pizza bought by a vegetarian!

Broadbandchoices did a survey and found a man who ordered 20 tickets for an Oasis gig at Wembley when he only needed two. It cost over £2000, way more than the £1083 which is the average that a Brit now spends online in a year.

You couldn’t make it up.

Other idiots on the web: Einstein’s New Year Message on Technology, Humanity and Idiots, 1 January 2013


Britain’s website registry, Nominet, has ruled that ‘ordinary people’ have no right to protect their names from being used by others in a critical, satirical or hostile website by other people. Why? Because they ‘are not famous enough!’

So it doesn’t matter how unusual your name, or how common and likely to be confused with others, only fame is a guarantee of special protection.

And that can’t be right, can it?

Another angle: Digital Footprints Can Follow You and Your Job Prospects for a Long Time, 26 March 2013


The government’s proposed Communications Data Bill is coming back to Parliament for approval, albeit a little amended. Nicknamed the ‘snoopers’ charter’, it will permit the police and security services generally access to everybody’s online activity through the records of ISPs.

The debate about civil liberties goes on and on and nobody has yet concluded where is the balance between personal privacy and equipping the authorities with the means to combat terrorism and cybercrime.

Check back on: Personal Data: Government Plans a Rich Harvest, 9 April 2012


Speaking of which, a new ‘fusion cell’ has been established between specialist analysts from GCHQ and MI5 will work together with private sector counterparts to tackle the rapidly growing menace of web compromise to companies.

It will work as part of the Cyber Security Information Sharing Partnership (CISP) set up on 27 March. It will see around 15 specialists working at one time from somewhere in London – nobody is saying where.

They will be ‘pulling together a single, richer intelligence picture of what is going on in cyberspace and the threats attacking the UK’ said a nameless official.

Sounds like the plot for the next James Bond movie is already out there.

Keep tabs on: The Cloud and The Crowd Could Save the Cyberworld from the Cyber Crime Blitz, 27 March 2013


If you’re way off retirement or even thinking about it, you may not get too agitated at the news that over half of the over-65s do not use the internet.

However, with most people living longer and the Government policy of ‘digital by default’ being implemented across all public services, the fact that so many cannot or will not access it all means there will be a digital divide in society.

Older people will therefore become alienated, unable to access services or communicate properly and problems that society experiences now will be compounded.

Some are unable to understand the technology, even using a computer. They do not receive help or training both to start up and to maintain digital activity. Things are ‘updated’ so frequently that people ned to be constantly alert.

It is a problem that government simply must address urgently.

An alternative view: The ‘Net Generation’ v ‘Silver Surfers’ Myth, 16 May 2012

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