UK regulatory posts

snooper's charter 2015

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What price privacy? Snooper’s charter 2015 – round “n” The snooper’s charter debate shouldn’t be about what will be monitored by the government.  We should be discussing exactly what price we are prepared to pay for our security. Considering that any data stored under this edition of the “charter” will eventually be hacked and leak […]

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Off we go again – snoop snoop nnngggggg aaargh

Home Secretary Theresa May wants to look at your browsing history Home Secretary Theresa May will announce plans to give Police the power to view the web browsing history of everyone in the country when she introduces the Government’s new surveillance bill in the House of Commons on Wednesday. You are talking to confused of […]

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UK Calling what does Ofcom new ruleset really mean?

Ofcom new UK calling rules muddy the waters – calls to mobile and 0870/0845 will rise Today is the day that brings changes to the way telephone calls are charged for 084, 087, 09 and 118 numbers. The Ofcom new UK Calling rules are the latest initiative from the UK regulator that claims to make the […]

EC Single Telecoms Package

EC Single Telecoms Package position on roaming charges and Net Neutrality

European Commission plan to end roaming charges and establish net neutrality rules – EC Single Telecoms Package Hot in from the ITSPA (Internet Telephony Service Providers Association) secretariat is this commentary:  Late last night the European Commission, Council and Parliament concluded their final round of negotiations on the Single Telecoms Package. The key parts of this […]

Network Filter bypass solutions

How to get round an ISP’s filter

Network Filter bypass solutions The world is more connected now than ever before, and the change never seems to stop. My first experiences were a remarkable contrast to present-day possibilities. Radio is a constant source of amazement to me. Ever since my first contact across the planet using morse code on 3.5MHz, I have been […]

Anderson Report on Terrorism Legislation

Anderson Report on Terrorism Legislation

Anderson Report on Terrorism Legislation The Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation, David Anderson QC, yesterday published his report into investigatory powers. The Anderson report on terrorism legislation is almost 400 pages long and includes 124 recommendations so you need some stamina to plough through it. Following the report’s publication Home Secretary, Theresa May MP, gave […]

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Snoopers Charter Revisited – here we go again

Gets tedious doesn’t it, this constant battle to introduce defend against the Snooper’s Charter. You will all have seen from the Queen’s Speech (gawd bless ya Ma’am) that the Comms Data Bill (Snooper’s Charter) has been reincarnated into the Investigatory Powers Bill (Snooper’s Charter). Page 64 is what you are looking for. Details yur if you can’t […]

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Global broadband competition stakes heat up

China broadband Picked up this article in Total Telecom.  China plans to spend $327Bn on rolling out ubiquitous broadband by 2020. The slowest performance will be 20Mps with urban connurbations (or however you spel it:) ) of more than 200k people getting 100Megs. I don’t know how that compares with the per head spending in […]

Business Connectivity Market Review

Ofcom Business Connectivity Market Review

Ofcom Business Connectivity Market Review As part of their Business Connectivity Market Review (BCMR), Ofcom published a document last Friday detailing its proposals related to competition in the provision of leased lines. Ofcom are looking at whether BT should grant access to its Dark Fibre network to other ISPs. They also want to consider reducing the […]

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Sharing data in a Digital Single Market

Lyndsey Burton comments on Digital Single Market The European Commission announced details of their plan for a Digital Single Market in Europe. With it, they’ve outlined a “free flow of data” proposal. Unfortunately it’ll be another wait before we know exactly how they’ll do this – a detailed proposal won’t be ready until 2016. A […]

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Digital single market strategy

EU Digital Single Market Strategy The ITSPA secretariat have published a summary of issues that concern the Internet Telephony Service Providers’ industry in last week’s Digital Single Market Strategy. I’m sure much will be written on this subject in the coming months. In the meantime the ITSPA summary is a good little crib sheet of […]

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WebRTC and the mobile reseller opportunity

The WebRTC opportunity for mobile sales dealers So far in the ipcortex WebRTC week we’ve talked a lot about the impact that WebRTC will have on how we might communicate, as well as exploring some of the technical aspects of the technology. One thing that we’ve not really touched upon is the way that WebRTC will […]

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Real Time Campaigning: How will WebRTC and other tech impact elections in 10 years’ time?

What might a WebRTC enabled democracy & election process look like in 10 years’ time? (Or, technically, 12) There’s a lot of pre-election stuff that’s the same every year. The campaigning, the squabbles, the gaffes and the villains: they’re all regular plot lines in Britain’s most depressing pantomime. As we go to the polling stations tomorrow, however, we can […]


Wormholes, WebRTC and the implications of algorithmical analysis

James Batchelor is Founder and Chief Executive at Alertacall, an organisation which uses neat technology to deliver services which increase human contact with people at risk and are used to improve the lives of many thousands of vulnerable people. Prior to that he was involved in the creation several ventures in the internet service provision, internet […]

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Privacy International

25th Anniversary Privacy International Article 12 of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights says ‘No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home, or correspondence.’ This is the message driven home on the front page of human rights charity Privacy International who this year celebrate their 25th anniversary. Executive Director Gus […]

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Ofcom annual plan at a glance

Quick shufty at the Ofcom annual plan for 2015/16 with some comments The Ofcom Annual Plan 2015/16 is available at a glance here. Ofcom has a very wide ranging brief and one does wonder how they get anything done1 but I thought I’d pick out some bits for your attention. Promote effective competition and informed choice: […]

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ITSPA Heroes and Champions Awards

ITSPA Champions are Philip Davies MP and Jon Beardmore. Latvian EU Presidency gets members pick.  net neut Somewhat belated congratulations ot Philip Davies MP and ITSPA Council member Jon Beardmore on their winning of the ITSPA Champions category of the ITSPA Awards, held last Thursday at the Tate Modern. Philip Davies won it for his […]

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Technology Politics Round-up

Just wanted to say thanks to all for their contribution to the technology politics week on (ok one post slipped into this week but it was worth waiting for:)). The week was a great success – we had around 200 social media shares with just short of 3,000 visits. The readership is typically  from […]

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The Politics of Digital

In this broad ranging article, Labour Party member Dave Levy talks digital policy and includes repeal of the Digital Economy Act as one of his reforms for the next parliament. The issues raised by the digitisation and virtualisation of society by the internet can be seen as broken into two classes of issue, citizenship in […]

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Julian Huppert MP proposes that the next government implements an online rights framework of principles

Online rights framework will help safeguard privacy The internet is increasingly key to our daily lives and a crucial part of public policy making with ramifications across all areas. However, too often what we get from politicians is poorly thought through kneejerkery. I’ve seen this myself, on far too many occasions. Just to pick up […]

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Ofcom. It really isn’t an all powerful deity.

Aladdin: You’re a prisoner? Genie: It’s all part and parcel, the whole genie gig. [grows to a gigantic size] Genie: Phenomenal cosmic powers! [shrinks down inside the lamp] Genie: Itty bitty living space! Aside from the comic genus of the late, great, Robin Williams, the Disney classic “Aladdin” reminds me of conversations I often have […]

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No matter who you vote for…

James Blessing discusses technology regulatory issues he sees that should be addressed by the next government. Since we have a potential change of government coming up, it might be useful to see how well the current one has been doing in the telecoms and technology space and where the next one might repeat the same […]

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Enabling better business connectivity by reforming the Electronic Communications Code

Domhnall Dods says the next Government should be looking at Electronic Communications Code reform Thirty years ago we saw the start of a new era in the UK telecommunications market. The Telecoms Act 1984 introduced competition and included the Electronic Communications Code which regulates the relationship between landowners and telecoms network providers.  The primary policy […]

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Cloud Uncertainties

Andrew Cormack of Jisc asks the next government for cloud policy guidance over safe and lawful use of cloud offerings Cloud computing, used appropriately, could benefit many organisations. Cloud services could let businesses deploy robust websites for their customers, provide best-of-breed collaboration tools for their staff or store information in highly secure data centres. Scarce and valuable IT […]

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Internet Policy advice for whoever wins next election

Paul Bernal offers winners of general election advice re government internet policy – how about hiring advisers who know what they are talking about Perhaps the most defining feature of government internet policy – and this means pretty much all governments around the world, and particularly the last two governments here in the UK – is […]

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Help Julian Huppert get re-elected

Julian Huppert crowd funding Julian Huppert is, unsurprisingly, fundraising for his election campaign and has a crowd funding page for donations. Now I, believe it or not, am not a political animal but I do take an interest in matters parliamentary that affect the industry that I work in. Subjects such as the Digital Economy […]

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Reform or go quietly – data protection and government surveillance

Data protection reform – Government should stop promoting industry and government interests at the expense of protecting citizens says Gus Hosein of Privacy International You can tell it is almost election time. All the discussions with anyone in the policy sphere quickly moves on to the ‘next parliament’, and questions arise about who will be the next […]

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