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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 trefor.net (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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Hey, next prime minister, stop looking to big corporates to solve UK tech innovation challenges!

James Firth – Agile young start-ups challenge the incumbents and stop the market from getting lazy. Government innovation bods take note In 2010, part-way through my “career break” as a lobbyist representing UK tech start-ups I ambushed the then green Business Secretary Vince Cable after a lecture he gave (on fiscal stimulus, a lecture he’d […]

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Next week is political week on trefor.net

Technology regulatory issues next week on trefor.net Yo all. Just a quick announcement that next week is political week on trefor.net. I have invited a number of high profile bloggers, academics, activists, MPs and regulatory experts to share their views on what internet and communications related laws they think the next government should be enacting […]

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A quick guide to problems that will arise if we implement further internet surveillance measures

Snoopers Charter revisited The aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo murders has lead to goverment and opposition calling for more internet surveillance. Here are a few points for your consideration. Storing this data will inevitably result in it being hacked, left on a train/taxi on a laptop/memory stick and details of a government minister affair with […]

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ISP traffic management policies

An overview of consumer ISP traffic management policies ISP traffic management in which some types of traffic may be prioritised over others has been the subject of an ongoing debate. This is particularly the case amongst the Internet Telephony Service Provider (ITSP) communities but also elsewhere. NetNeutrality is the issue (look it up) and is […]

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Why are the Major Telcos Afraid of encrypted voip?

A significant disconnect exists between the reality of today’s IP communications and the security concerns and needs of the customer (read encrypted voip). Trefor.net welcomes VoIP Week guest contributor Peter Cox, UM Labs Ltd. Founder and CEO. One of UM Labs’ long-standing customers is using our product to provide encrypted VoIP connections from remote users […]

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Emergency Calls and VoIP

Emergency Calls and VoIP have always been a contentious issue, but the need for ever increasingly innovative and cheaper ways of communicating means the tensions are getting worse than ever. Despite what many of you may think, Regulatory Affairs is fun. Bear with me for a second. This isn’t quite like a train spotter defending a […]

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VoIP Fraud — Technological Conventionality Achieved

VoIP has reached the mainstream. We know because the fraudsters are coming after us. Trefor.net welcomes VoIP Week guest contributor Colin Duffy, CEO of Voipfone and ITSPA Council member. VoIP merges two of the largest industries in the world: Telecommunications ($5.0 trillion) and the Internet ($4.2 trillion). It is big business. Estimates of VoIP market […]

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Namecheap promotes Net Neutrality in USA

Namecheap Net Neutrality video simplifies the message to the man in the street. Net Neutrality as a subject could provide enough posts for a stand alone blog. Probably does somewhere. There are certainly enough posts on the subject on this site including this recent one from Pete Farmer. Was chatting to Matt Russell of  hosting […]

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Consumer Rights and Net Neutrality

Consumer Rights is a far less toxic term than Net Neutrality. I’ve previously written for Trefor.Net on the subject of Net Neutrality and what it means to members of the VoIP community. And I think it’s high time for an update, but this time considering consumer rights. After a promising start the European Union went […]

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The ethics of non geographic numbers and information, connection and/or signposting services

Information, Connection and/or Sign Posting Services (known as “ICSS”, subtly different from the topical ISIS, though many will put them into a similar “scourge” pigeon hole) at their core are simply a number translation service on non geographic numbers overlaid with advertising. The idea is that ICSS providers make it easy for you to locate […]

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What is a Mobile Number?

What is a mobile number – bet you thought you knew! Seems like a simple question doesn’t it? You would be surprised how many people will answer “07”. Just like some schoolgirls on a bus I overheard once, this presumption can have costly consequences. 070 is designated as Personal Numbering – the old follow me services […]

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Superfast Broadband That

…Superfast Broadband That

In moving into a world of affordable cloud-based services and versatile mobile devices, the way in which we consume Internet access and connectivity will rely on ISPs that can provide a solid, consistently fast and reliable service. Trefor.net once again welcomes Zen Internet and ISPA Council Member Gary Hough to the page. Superfast Broadband This…, the first part of Gary’s […]

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