Part 2 of the interview with Moxie Marlinspike, hacker and freedom of information campaigner. See part one here.
Brian Alseth is the Technology and Liberty Director at the American Civil Liberties Union in Washington State, and was a key part of Barack Obama’s election team. He talks about how our digital lives have been sold to companies and governments, and what we can do to regain our privacy.
Jacqui Thompson, a campaigner and blogger, was arrested last week by Dyfed Powys Police after she refused to stop filming a council meeting. She was angered by the way that members of Carmarthenshire Council had dismissed a petition (presented by elderly campaigners trying to save a local day centre) and decided to start recording the meeting on her phone. In her words, the reason for this was obvious: “People need to know what is going on in that Chamber.”
Communications minister Ed Vaizey recently commented on the planned additions to the EU data protection directive saying changes need to be both “practical and proportionate”. The additions focus on the right to be forgotten online, particularly for users of social networking sites. That could require websites to delete data held about individuals and inform people how their personal information is handled.