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Destruction of Snowden evidence ‘sinister’ says Amnesty

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Amnesty International has labelled the government’s decision to force the Guardian to destroy hard drives containing information obtained from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden a “sinister turn of events”. Read the full story

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Government to review Google after piracy complaints

The government is reviewing Google’s pledge to downgrade filesharing domains in search results after entertainment groups complained that the internet giant was refusing to tackle the issue. Read the full story

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Plans to pipe TV through the internet recommended by Lords

The House of Lords has told the government that it should consider drawing up plans to pipe the nation’s television through the internet – leaving the airwaves for other uses like mobile phones. Read the full story

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Mandelson defends Labour during Leveson grilling

There was no “Faustian pact” between Rupert Murdoch and Tony Blair, claimed Peter Mandelson yesterday as he gave evidence to the Leveson Inquiry. Read the full story

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Hunt’s adviser steps down amid BSkyB controversy

Adam Smith, chief adviser to the culture secretary Jeremy Hunt, has resigned and admitted that his actions “at times went too far”. Read the full story

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Firm legal foundation needed for online surveillance

The government’s plans to monitor peoples’ social media activity needs clear legal guidelines to avoid the “chilling effect” of state surveillance. Read the full story

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Freedom of Information Act attacked by civil servants

Changes to the Freedom of Information Act, often used by journalists to obtain information from public bodies, are being considered after a report – published by the Ministry of Justice – declared that it costs too much to maintain, as well as reduces trust in authorities. Read the full story

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Labour MPs lock horns over Call of Duty’s ‘violence’

Labour MP Keith Vaz has tabled an early day motion attacking the videogame Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, calling for the British Board of Film Classification to take “further precautions” when allowing a game to be sold. Read the full story

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“Before we all sink into a slough of digital dystopian despair, it might be worth considering this: is this a sign of the strength, not weakness, of revelatory journalism in the digital age?”


Charlie Beckett, director of POLIS at the London School of Economics, reacts to news that the UK government forced the Guardian into destroying hard drives that contained information leaked by Edward Snowden.


(Source: POLIS)

 

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