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Over the next two weeks, the Department of Finance will be making decisions about funding for Ireland's broadband infrastructure projects. The Department is in a cutback state of mind. So this would be a very good time to let your TD and Mr McCreevy know how important it is not to strip funding in this crucial area. You can send a fax to the department at +353 - 0(1) - 678 9936, or send Charlie an email at email@example.com -- I've just been told his official department email address, firstname.lastname@example.org, is bouncing (thanks, Sean!). (You might be inclined to mention that to him as well... I phoned the Finance Dept and was told they know there's a problem and they've "been working on it all day". Hmmm.) You can also call his constituency office at +353 - 0(45) - 876816. My understanding from senior govt sources is that Mr McC. believes technology was the industry of the 90s. Uh-huh. If we don't build internationally competitive broadband networks, this will be a self-fulfilling prophecy -- tech will indeed have been the industry of the 90s that drove a once-strong economy, which will wither away without proper infrastructure investment. Wake up, Finance!
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The real Big Brother: what society keeps its citizens under greater, round the clock surveillance than any other? Russia? Indonesia? North Korea? Why no -- it's Great Britain, according to many measurements (eg -- more closed circuit television cameras per capita surveilling its citizens than anywhere in the world; the most invasive surveillance powers in the west, given to government and law enforcement through the pre-9/11 RIP (Regulation of Investigatory Powers) Act).
A public poll in the UK published Saturday reveals that 58 per cent of Britons don't trust their government to protect their privacy, and 66 per cent are worried about the security of their personal information travelling across the internet (note: plans to extend the provisions of the RIP act would give the police and government officials -- even local authorities -- the right to scrutinise internet and phone records of individuals without a warrant. And of course, the EU now has an appalling Directive to allow pretty much the same thing, though member states may have some leeway in deciding how far to go in implementing it). Some 72 per cent agree that they would trade some privacy to fight terrorism and crime. Yet as former Irish President and UN High Commissioner Ms Mary Robinson has noted, civil and privacy rights are in danger of being overrun following 9/11, as surveillance agencies try to push through powers that I'd certainly see as negating all that democracy is supposed to stand for.
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