EFF Chairman Templeton: Expect More Repression of Rights in 2008 (via audio transcript)

February 26 2008 / by Alvis Brigis / In association with Future Blogger.net
Category: The Web   Year: 2008   Rating: 20

Brad Templeton, Chairman of the Board for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), warns that more censorship and curtailing of our civil liberties looms on the immediate horizon. Judging by the bright company he keeps, including Google’s bright co-founders and other notorious West Coast futurists, this is a man and message worth listening to.

Templeton is a rare bird. He’s a realist, idealist, futurist and comedian all wrapped into one influential persona. Oddly enough, it makes total sense that this jolly man has been chosen as the chief steward of our cherished cyber-liberties. This unique balance of characteristics allows Templeton to grock big business and government motives, visualize the digital playing of tomorrow, go about his stressful job with a smile and, in the end, hold out hope for an ultimately humanizing web.

We were fortunate to catch up with Brad for an in-depth Audio Interview (read the full transcript here), in which he offered some choice predictions concerning the future of the internet and the near-term state of our digitocracy.

When asked to provide a specific forecast for the year 2008, Templeton expressed concern about the slippery slope of digital rights erosion:

Templeton (audio transcript): I’m generally an optimist in the long term, although I am actually a little bit afraid for the short term. I think we’re going to see, unfortunately, a bit more repression in 2008, we’re going to see more efforts to curtail rights, both because of the war on terror, and because of those forces that are pushing for more and more ability to do censorship.

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European Children to Get Control of Their Pre-Generated Data Upon Adulthood

March 21 2008 / by Alvis Brigis / In association with Future Blogger.net
Category: Education   Year: 2008   Rating: 9

A key European government committee has established a set of general privacy guidelines that give children control over their previously generated data upon reaching adulthood.

Earlier this week the Working Party, an independent advisory body on data protection and privacy composed of data protection officials from various European countries, published a comprehensive document that lays out a long list of protocols and recommendations concerning children’s data, particularly the digital information collected over the course of a school career.

The new rules establish that “[i]f the processing of a child’s data began with the consent of their representative, the child concerned may, on attaining majority, revoke the consent. But if he wishes the processing to continue, it seems that the data subject need give explicit consent wherever this is required.”

As more and more data is captured and stored, these regulations are a necessary reaction to the potential for misuse and lay the groundwork for a whole new set of developmental digital rights.

“The rationale of this principle is that a person who has not yet achieved physical and psychological maturity needs more protection than others,” the experts explain about the decision, “Its aim is to improve conditions for the child, and aims to strengthen the child’s right to the development of his or her personality. This principle must be respected by all entities, public or private, which make decisions relating to children.”

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