A Double Dose of Debate at May's RANT Forum

You lucky, lucky people. Not only is RANT gearing up for its second annual day-long conference in a couple of weeks (details here – and sign up soon, it’s nearly full), but this month’s regular RANT Forum offers a double helping of information-security plain-talking, as two experienced and respected professionals tackle a different hot-button topic. […]

So How Was It for You? Reliving RANTCon via Twitter

It was “emotional, controversial, and highly entertaining,” declared RANT Events founder Simon Hember at the close of yesterday’s second annual RANT Conference. And while he would say good things about his own event, the genuine delight that infused his valedictory address was very clearly genuine. Translating the chat-over-a-pint atmosphere of the long-running RANT Forum format […]

Moneysupermaket, GCHQ, and Our Perplexing Attitude to Privacy

GCHQ’s homepage, today. The reason for mentioning the UK’s signals-intelligence agency may not be immediately clear, but bear with me… The announcement last week of annual financial results for a price-comparison website might not appear to have anything to do with signals-intelligence or national security. But a plan unveiled to accompany Moneysupermarket.com’s 2013 results – […]

The big snooping debate

After announcing that it is considering introducing a new bill that will give the GCHQ unprecedented powers to monitor people’s emails, texts, social media content, phone calls and web browsing history – in real time – the government has had to defend itself from a barrage of condemnation. Critics of the proposed legislation, which may […]