Articles by: Stephen O'Grady

Elections, Europe

No, Brexit was not “hacked”

No, Brexit was not “hacked”

The Public Administration and Consitutional Affairs Committee of the House of Commons today released a report on lessons learned from the EU referendum. Immediately, the press has seized upon a couple of paragraphs to do with cyber-security, to re-animate the old stories about the referendum being ‘hacked’. In particular, the […]

by × April 13, 2017 ×

Law & Order, Liberty

Dear Amber Rudd; there are no “necessary hashtags”

Dear Amber Rudd; there are no “necessary hashtags”

The most disturbing aspect of the Home Secretary’s howlingly incompetent maunderings on Sunday’s Andrew Marr show wasn’t her view of encryption. Although the idea of banning of compromising strong crypto is disturbing, it is vanishingly unlikely that it will come to pass. Whenever similar ideas have been floated in the […]

by × March 30, 2017 ×

Liberty

Why Amber Rudd is wrong to seek to keep Britain in the European Arrest Warrant

Why Amber Rudd is wrong to seek to keep Britain in the European Arrest Warrant

Giving an answer to a question in Parliament on Monday, the Home Secretary stated that she sees it as a priority for the UK to remain part of the European Arrest Warrant scheme after we leave the European Union. Citing it as ‘essential to the delivery of effective judgment on […]

by × March 7, 2017 ×

Blog

Why the Digital Economy Bill matters…. and it’s not just about porn

Why the Digital Economy Bill matters…. and it’s not just about porn

The Digital Economy Bill continues its march through the legislative process, and disappointingly (or predictably, depending on one’s perspective) the Lords thus far seem to be failing to temper the Government’s ridiculous proposals for age verification to view pornography. It is therefore apt to run through the three main problems […]

by × February 22, 2017 ×

Foreign & Defence

The scandal of Britain’s ‘withered’ armed forces: A strong defence is essential to liberty

In allowing our armed forced to become ‘withered’, successive governments have failed in a fundamental responsibility of the state Defence Secretary Michael Fallon, in discussing co-operation with incoming US Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis, said on Sunday that we cannot view Russia as an equal, but rather as a ‘strategic […]

by × December 13, 2016 ×