RIP, Caspar Bowden, tireless, brilliant, effective UK privacy warrior

I met Caspar in 2001 while working for EFF; he was working for the Foundation for Internet Policy Research, which tirelessly lobbied the Lords and Parliament on the new surveillance powers that the Blair government wanted to bring in. Read the rest

Fantasy Sports: dungeon crawl ends in epic, eldritch basketball game

In Fantasy Sports No. 1, a berzerker adventurer and his spellslinging, underappreciated apprentice go on a dungeon crawl that takes them into an eldritch game of basketball -- for the highest stakes imaginable.
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Why I'm leaving London

My family is moving to Los Angeles in two weeks. Many Londoners understand intuitively why we're going.

BBC's list of pages de-indexed through Europe's "right to be forgotten"

Under a crazy, ineffectual EU court ruling, people can petition Google and its rivals to de-index news articles from their European search-results. Read the rest

CNN mistakes a Pride Parade flag covered in dildos for the ISIS flag

A CNN reporter filed an "exclusive" story about a person carrying an "ISIS flag" at yesterday's Pride Parade in London. Read the rest

How the UK Prime Minister's office gets around Freedom of Information requests

Weeks before the 2005 Freedom of Information Act came into effect, Tony Blair's government instituted a policy of automatically purging all calendar items and emails after three months. Read the rest

UK High Court's insane ruling: ripping CDs is illegal again

The Court interpreted the even loonier European Copyright Directive to say that the government couldn't legalise CD ripping without imposing a levy on the public. Read the rest

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A tempting offer

Spotted outside Fix Coffee on Whitecross Street in London. Read the rest

UK Stingray surveillance: you can't know why we're spying on you

The UK has at least 20 operating Stingrays -- fake mobile phone towers that record the movements of whole populations -- used without any paper-trail, and configured to listen in on conversations. Read the rest

UK schools using spyware to monitor students' ideology

The software monitors students' communications looking for "extremist" language like "jihobbyist," "YODO" (you only die once), and "jihadi bride." Read the rest

Poverty is a tax on cognition

In an outstanding lecture at the London School of Economics, Macarthur "genius award" recipient Sendhil Mullainathan explains his research on the psychology of scarcity, a subject that he's also written an excellent book about. Read the rest

Amazon will finally start paying tax in the UK

The company will abandon the pretense that its UK sales are consummated in Luxembourg and that the money floats in a state of taxless grace in the middle of the Irish Sea. Read the rest

@Theresamaybot: a twitterbot that puts you under suspicion and won't say why

A bot inspired by UK Home Secretary Theresa May's pledge to bring back the systems of unaccountable mass surveillance that the EU forced the UK to abandon. Read the rest

Don't come to your court-date in a lime-green Batman costume

Honestly, it should go without saying. Read the rest

David Cameron announces a new age of intolerance

Having won a majority in the UK general election, David Cameron has pledged to end the "tolerance" of the UK government, where "as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone." Read the rest

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