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Labour's Jeremy Corbyn wants high speed broadband for all. Wow, original idea there

UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said the party will not win elections using strategies from the past, as he promised to "democratise the internet" in his Digital Manifesto today. During the unveiling of the manifesto this morning, Corbyn said the party should build on the campaign social media tactics of Democratic …
Kat Hall, 30 Aug 2016

What keeps former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani awake at night?

Sketch So, what, if anything, keeps former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani awake at night? Actually, he told a BlackBerry event today, there is this one thing. “You gotta always worry about a nation with an insane leader,” he told startled attendees. Well, Rudy. It’s funny you should say that. Giuliani had flown overnight from …
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Jul 2016
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Here's how to SMS spam Liberal voters and get away with it

It's easy to spam voters with text messages and get away with it. If you wanted to swing voters ahead of a federal election, as the Australian Labor Party is alleged to have done in a message claiming a rival Liberal Coalition Government would privatise the nation's healthcare provider Medicare, you wouldn't send a text …
Darren Pauli, 4 Jul 2016

Costa Rica launches investigation after reports hackers ‘rigged’ 2014 election

Costa Rica is to investigate whether hackers interfered with its 2014 elections. The investigation comes days after jailed hacker Andres Sepulveda claimed he had used black propaganda and other tactics in order to influence many electoral contests across Latin America over a run of eight years for 2005 until 2013. Sepulveda …
John Leyden, 8 Apr 2016
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Oz Greens crypto anti-backdoor motion shot down by major parties

Australia's major political parties have slapped down a motion by the Australian Greens Senator Scott Ludlam to acknowledge the need for strong encryption. The conservative Turnbull Government and Labor opposition rejected the motion put forward in the Senate this week by the technology-savvy communications spokesman. Ludlam' …
Darren Pauli, 25 Feb 2016

Lawrence Lessig's White House tilt hits crowdfunding goal

Law professor and internet luminary Lawrence Lessig will run for the US Presidency after hitting his US$1million crowdfunding goal. Lessig announced his conditional candidacy, and a platform to take money out of US politics, in early August. A week later, Wikipedian Jimbo Wales clambered aboard the bandwagon. Both admitted …

Spanish developers strike gold with ‘Mr Mayor’ dodgy dealings gaming app

A bunch of young Spanish app developers have stumbled onto an unlikely hit after taking a pop at shady political shenanigans. With more than 100,000 downloads, the "Corrupt Mayor" game from MeigaLabs (with the aim to collect as much money as possible through illegal activities) has become a minor sensation. Founded last year …
Jennifer Baker, 12 Aug 2015
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Facebook echo chamber: Or, the British media and the election

Comment Given that the election results are nearly all in it's going to be some few femtoseconds before Guardian writer Polly Toynbee starts claiming that it's the right wing media that woefully misinformed the British public and that's why the forces of all that's good and proper didn't win. Given that that's not actually how the …
Tim Worstall, 8 May 2015

Facebook 'fesses up to running an ideological echo chamber

Science has published research conducted by two Facebook staffers and one academic from the University of Michigan on “Exposure to ideologically diverse news and opinion on Facebook.” The research seeks to explore “speculation around the creation of 'echo chambers' (in which individuals are exposed only to information from …

Colombian hacker who spied on gov-rebel peace talks jailed for 10 years

A Colombian hacker has been incarcerated for 10 years for spying on the local government’s peace talks with Marxist rebels, among other offences, Fox News Latino reports. Andrés Sepúlveda received the harsh sentence even after he admitted snooping on both sides during government negotiations with the Revolutionary Armed Forces …
John Leyden, 17 Apr 2015
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Pirate Party leads Icelandic voting intentions poll

Icelandic research outfit MMR's bi-monthly polling has found The Pirate Party is currently the nation's most popular political party. Founded in 2012, Píratar currently has three members in Iceland's Parliament and one on Reykjavik City's council. The party's platform emphasises direct democracy, government transparency at …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Mar 2015
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MP resigns as security committee chair amid 'cash-for-access' claims

Former foreign secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind is stepping down as chair of the UK Parliament’s influential security committee in the wake of "cash for access" allegations. In a statement, Rifkind said he intends to remain a member of the Intelligence and Security Committee but will step down as chairman. The ISC, which overseas …
John Leyden, 24 Feb 2015
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The Extreme Centre, Rise of the Super Furry Animals and The Kind Worth Killing

Page File El Reg bookworm Mark Diston looks at the latest from the literary world. Tariq Ali dons his polemicist hat in support of the disenfranchised electorate. Ric Rawlins charts the success of one of the most celebrated bands to emerge from Wales, and Peter Swanson clocks up his second crime-thriller novel. The Extreme Centre: A …
Mark Diston, 21 Feb 2015
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It's not easy being Green. But WHY insist we knit our own ties?

Worstall @ the Weekend Following on from last week's approbation of one Green Party policy, it is possibly time for me to get off my chest an issue over the policy general of said greenery luvvies that really, really, bugs me. Specifically, it is this idea that we should rely upon markets less and do more things "for ourselves". As I'll explain, …
Tim Worstall, 15 Feb 2015
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Forget Hillary, HP's ex CARLY FIORINA 'wants to be next US Prez'

Carly Fiorina – the former HP chief executive who presided over the firm's $24.2bn merger with Compaq – is mulling a run for the US presidency in 2016, Washington insiders claim. The Washington Post reported on Wednesday that Fiorina has been recruiting campaign staffers and holding private meetings with potential donors, and …
Neil McAllister, 26 Nov 2014
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Whistleblower behind PM's daughter scholarship leak must wait for fate

Freya Newman, the Sydney student who pled guilty to illegally using login credentials to leak documents about a scholarship awarded to the daughter of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, won't learn her fate until November 25th. Magistrate Theresa O'Sullivan was due to sentence Newman at a packed Sydney court house at noon …
Darren Pauli, 23 Oct 2014

Student pleads guilty to Frances Abbott 'secret' scholarship leak

Sydney student Freya Newman has pled guilty to illegally using a colleagues' login credentials to access and leak documents about a scholarship awarded to the daughter of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Newman was charged with unauthorised access to restricted data after she accessed a email system owned by the …
Darren Pauli, 18 Sep 2014
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Dozens of COPS cuffed in Turkish Prime Minister's wiretap probe

Twenty-five more cops were arrested in Turkey on Tuesday amid a widening probe into wiretaps on the country's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and other key officials. The arrests were made during nationwide raids in cities including Istanbul and Izmir for an investigation into allegations of unauthorized spying, AFP …
John Leyden, 19 Aug 2014

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