Glastonbury Festivals – Welcome To Glastonbury Festivals

http://www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk/

Well chaps, I’m due in town in about 16 hours from now. See if we can improve on last year’s performance and perhaps even get in to the festival proper. Apparently we’ve got significant potential customers coming to see the system in action later in the week, so wish me luck…

The “system” (for new readers) is the software which controls the deployment of the perimeter security staff at the Festival. Last year we introduced enrolment and shift logging. This year we’ve added kit issue and shift allocation/planning. That was a bitch. Much more complicated than I anticipated. Hope it works. Nothing like trying it live in the field.

This has to be my favourite activity: Frontline Programming!

However, last year we averaged about 3 hours sleep a day. Hence I’m not anticipating much leisure time. So please don’t be offended if I don’t respond to messages and stumbles. Normal service should be resumed in early July…

EFF Challenges Government’s ‘Back Door Wiretap’ | Electronic Frontier Foundation

http://www.eff.org/press/archives/2009/06/11

slightly misplaced focus for this attack. It’s a bit like trying to argue for the privacy of postcards. If you take no precautions to hide the content, you can’t blame anyone if they see it. What they should be protecting is our right to protect the content with encryptiion and ruling the deliberate attempt to break encryption (or find other ways around it) as a breach of the 4th…

Google cloud told to encrypt itself • The Register

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/06/16/google_and_https/

Like the sound of this, but can anyone tell me if the NSA has a back (or front) door into Google’s server farms? If so then encryption will only protect you from script kiddies and hackers, not the real enemy…

The Times kills off blogger anonymity • The Register

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/06/16/times_blogger_anonymity/

the establishment simply does not understand this medium or the consequences of their actions. Privacy and Anonymity are fundamental requirements in a free online debate. What can be reasonably demanded is ACCOUNTABILITY and the mistake they and others are making is the assumption that you can’t have accountability without breaching privacy and anonymity. That’s one of the major problems that Trusted Surveillance solves…

MPs launch probe of massive net snooping project • The Register

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/06/17/lse_imp/

I thought this one had been kicked into touch. Must have missed something…

Tories research increased net censorship • The Register

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/06/17/tories_iwf/

the most authoritarian of the UK parties is clearly angling to extend web censorship. Fortunately, like their Australian counterparts, they haven’t a ‘king clue what they’re talking about…

Chief constable caves to judges on disk grab • The Register

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/06/17/bates_hard_drives_home/

nice kick in the bollocks for the forces of internal repression. Unfortunately, they’ll still keep their jobs…